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Wahoo Elementary Principal Ben Kreifels

Welcome to Wahoo Elementary

2021-2022 theme is "We GROW Together!"




August 2, 2021

Warrior Families,

Welcome back to Wahoo Elementary for the 2021-2022 school year! Our theme this year is “We GROW Together!” Our primary focus with this theme is to foster a growth mindset within each child in our school.

Growth mindset is a term based on the positive psychology and research of Dr. Carol Dweck. It is used to describe the underlying belief that each person has intelligence and talent that can be developed with time and effort. Join our elementary staff in empowering our little Warriors to embrace challenges as they grow! A simple way to reinforce our theme at home is to teach the “Power of Yet” when your child faces a setback. If your child says, “I can’t do it,” teach him/her to say, “I can’t do it… YET!” Doing so reinforces the value of persistence and effort, and it allows us to model that even adults are works in progress. Teachers, just like students, face challenges that prompt us to learn, grow, and try to get better… every single day.

I look forward to leading our elementary again this year as we use growth mindset to support the mission of Wahoo Public Schools, “Inspiring Our Students to Thrive!” Please contact me if I can help in any way.

Warriors believe in the Power of Yet!
Ben Kreifels, Wahoo Elementary School Principal
(402) 443-4250 ext. 1002, email: bkreifels@wahoowarriors.org

General School Items:
The first student day is Thursday, August 19. Elementary will dismiss at 1:15 that day.

Back to School Night - Please join us on August 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to meet your child’s teacher, take photos, and bring your child’s school supplies. This is also the best time for you to update your family’s Enrollment Update form; we will use your updated information to contact you throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!

Supervision & School Hours - Breakfast and morning supervision begin at 7:45 a.m. The first bell rings at 8:05 a.m., and the tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. Students must be seated and ready for class at this time. School dismisses daily at 3:15 p.m., and all children must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Do not leave children unattended on school grounds before 7:45 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. Please be patient during arrival and dismissal. It takes our young students time to learn their routines, and construction along Hackberry street may slow the process.

Wahoo Elementary Traffic Guidelines
Wahoo Elementary Traffic Pick-Up Map

Transportation - Please complete the transportation form and return it on Back to School Night so school bus routes can be organized before August 19. If you have additional questions regarding transportation to and from school, contact the Superintendent’s office at (402) 443-3051.

Security & Signing In - All visitors, including parents, are expected to sign in at the office and wear a nametag while visiting the school.

Early Dismissal & School Closing - Please look over the district calendar and make note of scheduled early dismissals. Additional calendars and schedules are available on the school website. If the school schedule is altered due to weather, it will be announced via the phone alert system, social media, and news stations. Please notify the school if your contact information has changed. Doing so allows us to communicate with you more effectively.

Appointments & Instructional Time - Occasionally, medical appointments and other high-priority meetings must be scheduled during the school day. Please understand when scheduling these and other obligations that instructional time is a high priority and missing school should be a last resort. If your child does need to leave for such an appointment, please notify office staff and teacher in writing with advance notice.

Illness & Absences - If your child is ill or misses school for any other reason, call the school office by 8:45 a.m. or earlier on the morning of absence. Per Saunders County Unified Attendance codes, students will be counted truant if a parent does not call to excuse the student prior to this time. Parents of absentees will receive a phone call if we do not hear from you.

School Pictures - Studio 123 will take student photos on September 1, 2021.

Immunizations & Forms - All students must have current immunizations or meet the waiver requirement. A valid birth certificate must also be on file. Contact WPS Nurse Josh Trutna (402-443-4250 ext. 1003, email: jtrutna@wahoowarriors.org) if you have questions regarding immunizations or medical forms. Note: COVID-19 vaccines are not required.

Student-Parent Handbook - A handbook will be sent home in a manila envelope with each student on the first day of school. Sign the School Handbook Acknowledgement form and return it to school with your child on August 20.

Welcome to Wahoo Elementary


Aug 23, 2018

So excited to begin a new school year with our wonderful WES staff!