Many Hands, One Mason!

January 20, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

I hope this message finds you enjoying your three day weekend! There is no school Monday Jan. 21st due to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it is a wonderful time to honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. King! Please take a moment to read some of his most popular quotes below with your child. I am inspired that MLK's work continues to be relevant in the world today.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The time is always right to do what is right.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of education.

Our students look to us (educators, parents, guardians, grandparents, family members and community members) to continue to model equality, equity, kindness, accountability, acceptance, patience, love and peace. Let's pledge to continue to make not only Mason better but our world better by showing Empathy for ALL, speaking up for what is right and choosing above all to be kind. Be kind to ourselves when we fall short of our goals! Be kind to others as everyone is going through personal battles that many will never know! Be kind when it is easy! Be kind when it is hard! Most importantly, let's all just pledge just to BE KIND!

Thanks for your support and we hope your three day weekend is amazing,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Free MLK Day Activities for you and your family to enjoy:

Dinner Conversations Talking Points:

What is one lesson we can learn from Martin Luther King Jr.?

How should we treat subs when they are in the building?

What does it mean to respect adults?

What does it mean to respect yourself?

What does it mean to respect others?

January LIM Topic:

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood- Listening with the intent to understand someone else better, Listening to understand instead of listening to reply.

January PBIS Topic:

Hallway Behavior- Doing the right thing in the hallway when no one is looking... Walking, keeping our hands to ourselves, using quiet voices, etc...

January Character Word of the Month:

Empathy - Trying to understand what others are feeling and looking at things from their perspective.

One Book One School - The Chocolate Touch!

Our One Book One School event has officially begun and we're so excited! Each family should now have a copy of The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, along with a reading schedule and more details!

Thank you so much for fostering a love for reading at home and we hope you enjoy this special family time together!


Jan 21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Feb 9 - Mason Winter Formal - 6:00 p.m,. Parcells

Feb 18-22 - Mid-Winter Break / No School


Our Library team sent home the Library Bookmark contest entry forms this week!

Each student is allowed one entry. They design their bookmark based on a favorite book or book character. Student's will need to use the template provided by the library. Good Luck Mason Students!

The Great Kindness Challenge

Grosse Pointe Public Schools have come together again this year to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge, January 28-February 1, 2019. This is a positive, proactive bullying prevention initiative that helps millions of students during the last week of January every year. Please see the attached letter for details.

Parents For Unity In Diversity

Parents of GPPSS Students! You are invited to meet with us and participate in an ongoing conversation about topics related to diversity and helping our schools continue to value diversity! Next meeting January 31, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Defer Elementary School. See the attached flyer for additional information.

Grosse Pointe North's Style Spectacular

The Grosse Pointe North student council for the class of 2021 is hosting a little girls night on February 7. This is open to all little princesses in kindergarten-5th grade. The cost is $20 per student. Please see the attached flyer for additional information and sign up!

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