Many Hands, One Mason!

November 2, 2018

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Dear Mason Families,

Can you believe it is November already? Our school year is off to a great start and we look forward to continuing to partner together to make sure your child has their social, emotional and academic needs met. We are proud to say that at Mason we care about the whole child and relationships with our learners, families and community are always a priority!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Dinner Conversations Talking Points:

What is your favorite Leader in Me habit that you have learned about so far?

What do you do to make new friends?

What is one academic area you need more support in?

Vote November 6

There is no school for students on Tuesday, November 6. On that day, we encourage you to take your student to the polls and model the voting process, or discuss the ballot initiatives with them.

On the ballot is a School Bond Proposal. It is designed to:

· Enhance student safety and school security

· Make infrastructure improvements (roofs, boilers, HVAC)

· Upgrade technology infrastructure (no student devices)

Projects fall into four main categories to keep students:

· Safe - secure vestibules, cameras, PA systems, asbestos abatement, locks from inside classrooms

· Warm - energy efficient HVAC (boilers, air handlers)

· Dry - roofs, mechanical systems

· Connected - technology infrastructure and classroom technology (no student devices)

Key Points:

· To calculate your annual cost multiply 1/2 the market value of your home by 0.0015 (Example: $300,000 market value divided by 2 = $150,000 x 0.0015 = $225/year or $19/month)

· The average age of a GPPSS school is 77 years.

· 100% of the funds raised stay in GPPSS for our students.

· The district will continue to act as wise fiscal stewards. On 10/08/18 another clean audit was presented to the Board highlighting how fund equity has increased to our goal of 10%.

· If you have questions or need more information, call any principal or call Superintendent Gary Niehaus at 313/432-3010.

· More facts, including a line by line list of projects by school, are posted at - click School Bond 2018

Leader in Me

Currently, your child is learning the 7 Habits. These habits are continuously reviewed, practiced and integrated daily at Defer. Our purpose is to review the 7 Habits with you monthly. It is our hope that the home/school connection will reinforce your child’s leadership skills.

Tired of reminding your child about …Home practice? Cleaning their room? Picking up? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they just did it on their own?

Habit 1 is Be Proactive- “I am in charge of me.”

This Habit is the key to moving from dependence to personal responsibility. To be proactive means to take responsibility for one’s choices and behaviors. Proactive says, “I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I do not blame others for my actions. I do the right thing even when no one is looking.”

Skills that can be learned by this habit:

  • Motivation and taking pride in one’s work

  • Acting responsible toward self, family, school, community, nation and world

  • Initiative

  • Using talents and abilities

  • Thinking about choices and being accountable and responsible for actions and results while understanding that choices affect others

Read more Parent Pointers about Being Proactive in the link below:

October Leader in Me News

Upcoming Events

Nov 4

  • Daylight savings - Turn clocks back 1 hour
Nov 6
  • NO SCHOOL - Elections
Nov 8
  • Parent for Unity in Diversity meeting at 7pm at Pierce Middle School

Nov 9

  • Picture Re-takes - Must bring originals
Nov. 10
  • Many Hands, Many Desserts Event 3-5pm

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day
Nov 13
  • Coffee with the Principal @ 6 PM
  • PTO mtg @ 7 PM
  • TCBY night - 6-10 PM
Nov 20
  • 1/2 Day AM only - 11:36 dismissal - Records Day
Nov 21-23
  • NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
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November Writing Challenge

Mr. Bishop is going to give a special prize to anyone who is able to give him one or more paragraphs about one of the topics below: Please turn your writing assignment into the office before November 30th to receive your special prize.

1. What is one goal you have for yourself?

2. What does the word caring mean?

3. What are you thankful for?

4. What are some of your hobbies?

Many Hands, Many Desserts

Mark your calendars for our First Ever... Many Hands, Many Desserts Night presented by our Mason Parent Group!!!

We are excited to announce that Nov. 10th from 3-5 pm will be our first Many Hands, Many Desserts Event at Mason where we will be focusing on learning more about each other as a community. We will have performers, games, speakers and opportunities to connect with the Mason Community. More information will be coming out soon but please mark this event on your calendars as it will be an event you won't want to miss. Please begin thinking about a game, desert or anything else your family would be willing to share with the Mason community; we will definitely need your support to make this a great experience for our learners. Please follow the link below to volunteer.

Many Hands, Many Desserts Sign Up


Arrival and dismissal can be a very busy time here at Mason and we want to keep our school as safe as possible. Thank you for your help in making sure our arrival and dismissal rules are followed.

During arrival time: Please allow your students to enter the building on their own if possible. It's a great way to help your child build independence and allows our learners an opportunity to start their school day off on the right foot. Please know that our staff is here to give them any assistance they might need. If you child has anxiety about entering the school by themselves, please let us know so we can work with you and your child on a plan that leaves everyone feeling successful.

During dismissal time: We try to ensure our learners at Mason are learning every minute of the school day and towards the end of the day, before dismissal, teachers are wrapping up their lessons and getting our learners ready to go home. We are asking that students be picked up on the playground unless an early dismissal has been called in ahead of time. Please do not enter the building to wait for your child. This is courtesy that we can't extend to every Mason parent if they asked so we want to be fair and consistent to everyone involved.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Weather Update:

As the weather starts changing, it is imperative that our learners have coats, hats and gloves at all times when they go outside. If your child needs any cold weather items, please don't hesitate to let the front office know and we will make sure they get exactly what they need.

Student Illness:

We are doing everything we can to make sure our students are safe at Mason but we need your help. Please make sure your child is fever free for at least 24 hours before they return to school. If your child has an illness that is contagious and puts other students at risk, it is mandatory that you report it to the office so the proper measures can be taken.

Stay Informed

Stay Informed by …

-regularly checking our Mason Elementary School webpage

-signing up for for Mason Elementary Community Remind text messages by texting the message @f69f4d to 81010 from your mobile device

-receiving and reading Mr. Bishop ’s Weekly Update email

-following us on Twitter (@masonelemgp) and FaceBook (@masonparents)

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