Many Hands, One Mason!!

September 30th, 2018

Dear Mason Families,

I can't believe that tomorrow is October 1st! We have really enjoyed getting to know your child as a learner over the last four weeks of school. Please have a conversation with your child about the importance of coming to school but also being on time. It takes a lot of time for students who are tardy to feel comfortable at the start of the school day when they are late.

Everyone should have received, completed and returned their conference time selection form last week. Your child's teacher will be in contact with you early next week to let you know what time your conference will be held. If for any reason, you can't make it at that time or you didn't turn your form in, please connect with your child(ren)'s teacher asap! If you can't make it, please let us know so we can try to our best to get creative (skype, facetime, phone call, etc...) so we can partner with you to create a success plan for your child(ren). We would love to have at least one family member representing each child at conferences on Oct. 10th and 11th!

Have a wonderful week,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Family Math and Reading Opportunities: Read for 30 minutes a night and click the link below to try one of these critical thinking Math problems below every week with your child at home!!!

Young 5's -2nd grade math problems

3rd - 5th grade math problems

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.

LIM Focus for the month of October: Begin with the End in Mind

Begin With the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before it getting it started.

Please talk with your child about one of their growth areas and help them Begin With the End in Mind by coming up with a plan with them that allows them to experience even more success than ever.

Example: Growth Area: Keeping your hands to yourself

Begin With the End in Mind Questions/Discussion Topics:

How are you going to communicate with your friends when you don't agree with something they are doing?

What do you do when someone is not treating your fairly?

How might the other person feel when you do something unkind to them?

What can you do to calm down when you get upset at something?

End Goal: To be able to communicate with others while keeping our hands to ourselves.

Thank you for having these Begin With the End in Mind conversions with your child!!

October’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Classroom Behavior- We are focusing on following directions and doing our best in the classroom. Our motto is to do your best and forget the rest!!

October's Character Word of the Month: Commitment- Taking responsibility for making yourself and community better everyday.

Message from our Wonderful PTO:

Oops! We've had a mix up with our Spirit Wear Order Forms! Please disregard what was sent home this past week. If you've already sent in your orders with payment, it will be returned to you on Monday, October 1st. A brand new form will be coming very soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Girls Scouts Parent Meeting: Parents of 3rd grade girls who are interested in joining Mason's Brownie troop should attend our parent meeting Thursday, October 4th in the Mason Library at 7pm for more information. If there are any parents interested in starting Girl Scouts troops for other grade levels, please attend the meeting for information and support on how to get started.

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)

****Evacuation Drill RESCHEDULED****

Due to the weather this past week we have rescheduled the Evacuation Drill for Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Please do not come to school or call the office during the drill so our staff and public safety officers can remain focused on the drill and our students' safety.

Please plan ahead as students cannot be released for appointments during the drill.

The district will notify you when the drill is complete and students are back in class. Thank you for partnering with us to provide a safe and secure learning environment.

Updates from our Specials Teachers

Please click the link below to find out what your child(ren) have been doing in their Specials Classes.

September Specials Newsletter

It's Count Day!! October 3, 2018

Count day is when all public schools in Michigan tally the number of students attending their schools. Count information is critical to districts, because each student translates into state funding. LEA and ISD state aid is based on number of students legally enrolled on or before count day. Please be sure to get your student to school on time.

Fun Run October 12, 2018

If you have already made a financial pledge, thank you for your support! If you would like to pledge, "Get Movin' Today!" envelopes are in the office, or you can go online to register your child (link attached).

Join us on October 12th to cheer from the sidelines! The students will be running/walking on our field, using the following schedule:

1:00 p.m. - Grades 4-5

1:50 p.m. - Grades 2-3

2:40 p.m. - Grades Y5's, K-1

Pumpkin Derby 2018

Hey Mason Families! The Pumpkin Derby will be here before we know it (October 27th)! We'd love to include YOU!! Do you have a passion for all this FALL??? Pumpkins, ghosts, leaves, scarecrows, cider, donuts, pumpkin spiced lattes, etc!!! Or do you just want to pitch in and help? Then we need YOU!! Our first planning meeting will take place on Thursday, October 4th @ 7pm Please sign up if you're interested in pitching in or helping out with the planning process of this year's Pumpkin Derby! Just follow the link below to sign up. Thank you!

Box Tops For Education

Just a reminder that Mason Elementary is a Box Tops for Education participant.

Each classroom has a special Box Tops container. All you need to do is look for Box Tops coupons on your favorite products. Clip the coupon off. Send it in to your child's classroom, or drop off in the office. There is a container there too!

Our school earns dollars to spend on our students. Last year we earned just over one thousand dollars!

Our schools Box Tops Coordinator is Mrs. Gillette.

Thanks for participating!

Calendar of Events

Oct 3

  • Count Day

Oct. 8th

  • Mason Parent Diversity Meeting 6:30PM in the Mason Media Center/Library

Oct 10

  • Evening Conferences

Oct 11

  • 1/2 Day - AM only 11:36 dismissal
  • Afternoon and Evening Conferences

Oct 12

  • Fun Run
  • North Vs. South - Tailgate @5:30, Football game 7PM
Oct 25
  • Picture Re-take Day - Must bring in originals
Oct 27
  • Fall Fest - Watch for more information
Oct 28
  • Haunted Garage - 6-9 PM
Oct 31
  • 1/2 Day Am only - 11:36 dismissal