986 7th Street Lafayette OR 97127                  503.565.5400   FAX 503.565.5406

Principal | Kourtney Ferrua

Regular School Hours

Morning Kindergarten
8 AM-10:45 AM

Afternoon Kindergarten
11:45-2:30 PM

1st-5th grades
8 AM-2:30 PM

Office hours 7:30-4PM  

Interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards?

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Free Breakfast/Lunch For All Students

We are pleased to inform you that the McMinnville School District will be participating in a one year pilot option for our school breakfast and lunch program funded by the USDA Child Nutrition Program.

This new option, called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is only available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

This will be a one year pilot program for the 2014-2015 school year.  The program may continue past the pilot year if there is strong meal participation. | Complete information

Dear 5th Graders,

Congratulations on your promotion to middle school. I feel so lucky to have been with you on this important day. Fifth graders, you did it! Parents, you did it! Congratulations on all the achievements that have led you here to this meaningful moment in your lives.
You are headed off to Middle School…. and then High School and then college and beyond! This is an exciting beginning that will lead to many more new adventures. But before you leave, I want to send you off with 5 important lessons from Wascher that will help you have the best time in Middle School.

1. Remember who you are and decide who you want to be.  You are beginning a powerful journey, new classrooms, new friends and so many adventures. Although there is so much new to think about I want you to spend some time thinking less about the beginning of middle school and more about the end. What kind of person do you want to be when your three years are over? What kind of experiences do you want to have had?  How would you like to be described at your 8th grade graduation?  Successful, creative, kind, thoughtful, persevering, fair? Do you want to have been on a team, in a club, on the news?  Once you know where you want to end up, it’s much easier to get there.

2.  Remember that we are a family. When you go off to new places and new circles, be sure to remember the special community that we have created in your classrooms at Wascher. Families take care of each other so remember to offer smiles and words of encouragement to each other when you see them in the hallways. And when you are in a new place also know that your Wascher family is here thinking about you and are so proud of you.

3. Remember to persevere. This year we decided that perseverance means working hard and never giving up. When you decided to persevere this year you were able to accomplish so many things. Remember how good that felt after the work was done? That sweet satisfaction comes when you know that you did something difficult because you believed in yourself and didn’t stop trying. Perseverance will get you far in life. Please don’t ever lose it.

4. Remember to show your new teachers how smart you are. They will be meeting you for the first time so be sure to be impressive. Ask deep powerful questions that start with how or why. Speak up and share what you know and how you know it. Do your best work and push yourself to be leaders in your classrooms.

5. Remember to be courageous. Yesterday Mrs. Tate read us an important story about being courageous in the face of change. You will have lots of changes ahead- embrace them. Have courage to try new things like building robots, acting in school plays and trying out for sports teams. Have courage to stand up for what you believe in and being a good friend even when others are not. Be courageous to be strong, and brave and vibrant in everything you do.

Walt Disney said “All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Decide now that…
1. You will be who you want to be
2. You will look out for your friends and family
3. You will show perseverance
4. You will show them  how smart you are
5. You will be courageous.

You are incredible people and we are so very proud of you. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you. Congratulations fifth graders. Congratulations parents!

Best Wishes,
Mrs. Ferrua

Reistering for Kindergarten

We are currently welcoming registration for fall kindergarten students. You will need to bring a birth certificate and immunization records for your child. All incoming kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2014 to register.

Wildcat Wednesdays during the Summer!

We are pleased to offer our summer library opportunity for children and families during the summer. The library will be open from 12:30-2PM beginning on June 16th through August 14th. Our librarian Sharon Buehler will be offering special activities for students to participate in as they come to check out books to read during the summer. This opportunity is made possible through a grant funded by our McMinnville Education Foundation. Thank you MEF!

Transfer Requests

If your child is currently attending Wascher on a transfer request because you live outside of the Wascher attendance area, please remember that those requests need to be re-submitted each year. Please see the front office for paperwork to fill out. Decisions on transfers will be made in August depending upon current enrolment numbers.

PTA Update

Thank you to everyone who helped and attended our school carnival! It was an incredible success! We were able to exceed our fundraising goal by $1000! In total we raised over $4400! This money will help fund field trips, classroom supplies, assemblies and other projects around our school. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Looking ahead to next year we will have a PTA retreat in the summer on August 20th at 3PM. Please join us as we plan our calendar of events!  

Sign up for eScrip

The PTA has a new way of bringing money to Wascher, through eScrip and all it requires is that you register your Safeway Club card with Wascher School. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to www.escrip.com
  2. Click on the “sign-up” link
  3. Follow the instructions to register your grocery card

Every time you shop at Safeway it puts a portion of what you spend in a Wascher account, with the potential of $150 per customer going back to the school. Spread the word with spouses, grandparents, neighbors and friends!

PTA Update
We now have school shirts available to purchase in our front office. The forms are on top of the display case. They are child sizes S-XL and are $9.00 for T-shirts and $22.00 for sweatshirts. This is a great way to show your Wildcat spirit and help raise money for our PTA events!

We have a new P.T.A. board this year, and they are getting started early. Katie Cox is our new president, Chad Riddle is our vice president, Becky Denham is our treasurer, and we are looking to fill our remaining positions. The board met this summer along to plan some exciting activities for the upcoming year. We strongly encourage you to checkout the new Wascher P.T.A. website Please contact Katie Cox or Mrs. Ferrua if you are interested in helping.

Joesphine Wascher Documentary Video by Andrew Murga


Study Island Link

Student Resource Links

Important dates

Sept. 2 | First day of school

Sept. 8 | PTA meeting 6-7 p.m.

Sept. 8 | Parent work night 7-8 p.m.

Sept. 15 | KOB/Success Now starts

Sept. 18 | Back to School Night

Sept. 24 | Coffee with the principal

Sept. 26 | Bravery Assembly

Sept. 26 | PTA movie night 6-8 p.m.

October 2 | Picture day


School Improvement Plan 2013

PTA website

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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Immunization information

Nutrikids Online payment system