Many Hands, One Mason!!

January 12th, 2020

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday! Thank you for another great week of leading and learning. OUR PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Team combined with our Leader In Me Team did a wonderful job this week of setting us stations that learners and their teachers rotated through around the building for learners to review common classroom, school and community expectations! Special Thanks to the entire PBIS/LIM Team for organizing such a power experience for our learners!


Last weekend, I attended the funeral for Mr. Stephen Hadala and there were several messages that could really help us continue to be great a community of learners. These are skills that our wonderful staff are continuing to teach our learners on a daily basis at Mason. We appreciate your support in continuing the conversation at home and modeling these life skills.


The power of positivity- You can't control what happens to you but you can definitely control your response. Being Positive is harder than one may think and it requires constant practice. Setting aside intentional time to express gratitude allows us to foster a sense of promoting the good we see in others!


The power of the small things- Never under estimate the power of a smile, making eye contact with someone, saying hello and simply saying I am sorry. Everyone has a story and the small things can make the biggest impact on our journey through life. The small things add up and they are a reflection of our character!


The power in lifting up others- We must be bucket fillers and not bucket dippers. At Mason we often say our Hands, Feet and Voices are not meant for hurting people, they are meant for helping people. Our words, actions, beliefs and thoughts have power and they should always be lifting people up and not tearing them down!


For us to remain a strong community of learners we must remain focused on the positive as negativity is all around us and it can overwhelm us if we let it. We must recognize the little things that we take for granted (they matter too) and model for our learners what it means to lift each other up. Be the change...


Feel free to join me this week in taking 10 minutes a day for the next 7 days to focus on the positive, celebrate what is going right in our community and be the change we want to see in the world!


Have a wonderful weekend,


Roy


Home to school Connection: Ways we can continue to support our learners....


Continue reading with your child for at least 20 minutes a night.

Continue to study your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

Continue to talk about about what it means to Be a Leader, Be a Learner and Be Kind!

Continue to talk about what it means to value and appreciation others.


News from our Fabulous Green Team led by Mrs. Frakes:


Towel and Blanket Drive


Tuesday, January 21- Tuesday, January 28 Towel and Blanket Drive for Animals

On January 28th, Mason will be visited by a representative from The Paws with a Cause Foundation. This is a program that helps train animals to work as service animals for people who need them. The Mason Green Team and Leadership Council are encouraging you to give back to those furry friends that serve us so well by donating your old, clean towels and blankets. These blankets are needed by both The Paws with a Cause Foundation and by the Moore Veterinarian Hospital. Our Mason Green Team is hoping you'll see the value of reusing items you may have considered throwing away. You can drop off your donation(s) to Mason School in the main hallway near the office anytime between Tuesday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 28th. Other items these valued animals are in need of are clean paper towel rolls and Clorox Wipes. Thanks in advance for your help making a positive difference!


Waste Free Wednesdays:


  • Remember to pack a Waste Free lunch every Wednesday. Here’s the link to learn more about how to reduce or eliminate trash in your child’s lunch: Waste Free Lunch Video

Thanks for jumping on board and developing a healthy environmental mindset for our kid(s) and our future!

#One GP Parent Camp


#ONEGP Parent Camp Registration February 29, 2020


A Grosse Pointe Public Schools FREE event for parents, supported by The Family Center, Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods, CARE, and GP Public Library.

Topics include: social media, student panels, cultural competency, anxiety, trauma, unconscious bias, vaping, special education, early intervention, the transition to middle school, and more.


Please see the flyer below for more information. You can register for this amazing opportunity by clicking the link below!


Click Here to register


Thanks for your support!!!

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Upcoming Events

January
  • 14 - Mason Night at TCBY
  • 16 - ELL Game Night @ 5:30
  • 17 - 1/2 AM only - 11:36 dismissal
  • 20 - MLK day - NO SCHOOL
  • 21 -- PTO Mtg @7 PM in the library
  • Mason night at Jets
  • 27 - American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Mason 2:30-8:30 PM
  • 28 - Parents For Unity in Diversity Mtg 6-7:30PM in the library
February
  • 8 - Peter Pan in Neverland Winter Formal - Information coming soon

Mason Parking Lot

Please help us remind our students how important safety is in the parking lot. Students must remain on the sidewalk unless walking to their vehicle with an adult.


Your students safety is very important to us.

Extra Clothes

It rains, It snow.....kids will be kids and get wet.....yes, even our older students. Please send in extra pants and shoes for you student to keep in their locker. You never know when they might need it.


Thank you!!

Parents For Unity In Diversity

Dear GP Community! Our Parents For Unity In Diversity Committee is happy to announce that the district-wide parent meetings for this year will take place on Jan. 28th (in the Mason Elementary Library) and April 13th (in the Defer Elementary Library) from 6-7:30 pm. The meetings will be facilitated by Ginni Winters and the topic of our conversations will be centered around how we can help our community heal and become better during this time of transition for all our students. We are asking all participants to come prepared to brainstorm ways we can make our community better for everyone involved. Please consider joining us for these rich conversations; our students and community deserve it!


Thanks for your time,


Parents For Unity In Diversity Committee--
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January’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus


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

LIM Focus for the month of January



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.