Many Hands, One Mason!

April 7th, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Happy April! April is Autism Awareness Month and it is a great opportunity for us to talk to our learners about the importance of being inclusive. Being unique is awesome; we are all unique in one way or another. We all have different strengths and different challenges. It is so important that we continue to have conversations about how we best support all of our learners at Mason and we have so much we can learn from each other. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, let's continue to educate ourselves on what Autism is and what it is not. Please scroll down to see talking points for you and your family as it relates to Autism Awareness! Every Friday in April, we are asking our entire community to wear blue to support Autism Awareness! Thanks in advance for your support!

Thanks for being Awesome,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Young 5’s information: Please click the link below for more information about registering for our Young 5’s program for the 2019-20 school year.

Parent Workshops: Please click the link below for some wonderful parent workshops that our district offers.

Dinner Conversations Talking Points

April Writing Challenge (at least one paragraph):

Please make sure your writing challenge assignment is turned into the office by April. 30th.

What does good Bathroom Behavior mean to you?

Young 5's and Kindergarten students can draw picture and hand it into the office for full credit! We welcome the participation of all our students.

April's Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Bathroom Behavior- Focusing on acting appropriate in the bathroom and practicing cleanliness.

April's Character Word of the Month: Honesty- Speaking the truth and not telling stories when you think you might be in trouble for your decisions.

April LIM Topic(s): We will be reviewing all 7 habits this month:

  • Habit 1: Habit 1: Be Proactive® You're in Charge. ...
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® Have a Plan. ...
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First® Work First, Then Play. ...
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win® ...
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® ...
  • Habit 6: Synergize® ...
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

Bottle Drive at Mason: Our Mason PTO has made it easier than ever to get rid of those ever-mounting cans and bottles! You will now find a marked bin near the dumpster in the school lot. Just drive up and deposit your bagged returnables and know that you are helping Mason to raise funds that will enhance our kids’ school experience. Thank you so much for your support!

April is Autism Awareness Month!!!

Autism Society Central Virginia
200 South 3rd Street -- Richmond, VA 23219 -- (804) 257-0192
Tips for Being a Friend to Someone with Autism
Celebrating National Autism Awareness Month
understanding autism starts at a young age, and there is no greater place than the
classroom to start. Understanding autism and how to interact with people with autism
comes from being exposed to them, and being taught how to treat and talk to someone
with autism. Children naturally want to be helpful. Give them that opportunity by
encouraging them to be a buddy to someone with autism. It is up to teachers and parents
teach children about differences, acceptance, and understanding. Here are some ideas
on how to get started.
• People are born with autism and while they look just like you and me, autism
changes the way their brain works.
• Some people with autism talk and others do not. Just because they cannot talk
doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say.
• Nobody knows what causes autism, but we do know that a person with autism
will always have autism.
• Kids with autism are the same as other kids in a lot of ways. They like birthdays,
swimming, and having friends.
• Being kind and compassionate is one of the best things you can do to help
someone with autism.
• Here are a few ways to be a friend:
o Playing games they like to play.
o Talking to them like you would any other kid.
o Giving them a high five when you’re having fun!
o Sitting next to them in the lunchroom.
o Visiting them at their house.
o Inviting them to your house.
o Show them what to do so they can imitate you.
o Being a buddy to them on the playground.
o Walking with them to the next class.
o Supporting them with kindness and understanding.


Dear Mason Families,

When we come back from break we will start M-Step Testing.

Testing begins with grade 5, Tuesday, April 9, and continues 4/10, 4/11, 4/16, 4/17, and 4/18. Grade 4 begins April 30, and continues May 1, and May 2. Grade 3 tests May 7, 8, and 9.

PLEASE make every effort to have your child at school on time, that they have had breakfast, and are well rested! Try to schedule appointments and early releases on days that we are not testing. Thank you for your patience and understanding through the testing process.


Don't miss out on this great volunteer opportunity on Wednesday, April 24th! Join us as we mix up our 3rd through 5th graders at lunch. Students will be assigned a new seat with other Mason students, and given questions to prompt conversation with a new friend!

We need volunteers to make this a successful event. Please click on the Sign Up Genius to volunteer an hour of your time.

Know a Kindergarten or Young Five student starting school next fall?

Do you know a Kindergarten or Young Five student who will be starting school next fall?

Word of mouth remains the most powerful marketing tool. Help us encourage community members with little ones to explore our neighborhood schools.

It is critical that families establish or verify residency soon if they have a student entering GPPSS next fall, particularly for kindergarten (by May 1) and Young Fives (by April 18). Click here to see the pre-enrollment process (step one) and the residency documents (step two) required by board policy.

This Frequently Asked Questions document was created in response to inquiries from families this year.

Call 313-432-3083 if you have questions or need an appointment outside the enrollment office hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday.

Thank you for helping us share what we love about the Grosse Pointe Public School System!

Young Fives FAQ 2019


The Grosse Pointe South High School freshman class is putting together a Mom to Mom Sale at Grosse Pointe South on Saturday, May 4th. See the attached flyer for details!

Mom to Mom Sale

GP South Class of 2020 - Spring Carnival

GP South Student Council Presents the 2nd Annual Elementary School Spring Carnival. Join kindergarten through 5th grade students for and evening of face painting, bounce houses, games, prizes, and more. Check out the attached flyer with details!

Spring Carnival Flyer

APRIL, 2019

March 30-April 7 - SPRING BREAK / No School

April 8-May 9 - M-Step Testing (see schedule above)

April 19 - No School

Stay Informed

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-regularly checking our Mason Elementary School webpage

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

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