Many Hands, One Mason!

February 3, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to getting by to our normal five day school routine next week. It is also nice to hear that the weather in Michigan will be a lot nicer this week as well! Please be sure to send snow pants, hats, boots and gloves with your child daily as we will continue to go outside for recess anytime the weather is above zero degrees. If your child needs any winter accessories, please let the front office know and we will do our best to make sure the need is addressed.

Thanks for being awesome,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


The Mason Parking Lot: This Thursday, Feb. 7th: Several of our classrooms will be going on a field trip Thursday morning right at 8:20am so please be prepared to be patient and expect limited parking and slow moving traffic. Thank you for helping us keep our students and families safe during pick up and drop off times. Feel free to use Anita or Charlevoix as an alternative drop off location Thursday morning.

Mix It Up Day Sign Up: Our Mix it up Day has been rescheduled for Feb. 13th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Please click on the link below to sign up as a volunteer! We appreciate your help in making sure this event is a huge success for our learners! .!/showSignUp/508054bacaf22a5ff2-masons

Special Message from our Mason PTO about our 2nd Annual Winter Formal:

We’re very excited to present the 2nd Annual Winter Formal on Saturday, February 9th!

This year’s theme is Alice In Wonderland and it promises to be a special evening for our Mason students and the adults who are important to them.

As in the past, we want this to be for and about Mason students, we are asking that siblings not attend.

Please note, that the deadline for pre-sales of tickets and for ordering flowers is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4th at NOON. This is a firm deadline and we will not be able to make exceptions. Ticket price is $10 before this deadline and will be $14 at the door.

If you’d like a corsage or a boutonniere, you must pre-order. Flowers that were pre-ordered will be available for pick-up on Saturday afternoon and also that evening, when you arrive.

Each of our students must be accompanied by an adult and everyone who attends will need a ticket. (Your ticket includes the dessert table; sparkling lemonade; photo booth; DJ.)

In addition, we have arranged for a Coney Cart thru National Coney Island (menu options are on the order form you received this week.) We will also have traditional and lighted cotton candy; Wonderland cookies & tarts; and, of course, we will have Plinko.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Dinner Conversations Talking Points:

Did you know that February is Black History Month?

Who are some famous African Americans who have helped make our world a better place?

February Writing Challenge (at least one paragraph): Please make sure your writing challenge assignment is turned into the office by Feb. 28th.

Choose one famous African American and describe how they made a positive impact on the world.

Write down your favorite quote and describe what the quote means to you and why it is important.

February LIM Topic:

Synergize- "Two heads are better than one." Team work makes the dream work!! It is all about the team!

February PBIS Topic:

Cafeteria Behavior- Be respectful in the cafeteria by: Using your manners, throwing away your food, staying seated at all times and make sure you stop talking when our noon aides try to get your attention.

February Character Word of the Month:

Diversity- honoring and valuing each other's differences! We are all unique!

One Book One School - The Chocolate Touch!

This week families are asked to read chapters 10-12. Each week we will have Tuesday Trivia with winners enjoying a milk and cookie treat on Fridays!

We would love to have pictures of you reading The Chocolate Touch together. Please email photos to Pictures will be displayed on our main floor bulletin board.

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


Feb. 4th - Mason Parent Diversity Meeting 6:30 pm in the Mason Media Center

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

Feb. 13th - Mix it up day! (rescheduled from Jan. 30th)

Feb. 14th - Valentine's Day

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

Feb. 28th - English Learners Game Night

Mason PTO Directory

Due to the delayed distribution of the directory we are opening up a short window for additional families to be included before final print. The books will be delivered February 8th and are included in the $12 Mason PTO membership fee. All proceeds go directly back to the school and provide amazing things for our students.

If you already paid at registration or didn't and would like to be included, please send a email with the information that you would like to be printed to Misty Cooper at

The ______________ Family

Family's address

Mother/Father/Guardian's name

Child's name - Grade (for each child you have at Mason)


phone number

Please feel free to email any questions to

If you do choose to join the Mason PTO (and did not do so during registration, please send in the $12 PTO membership fee (cash or check to Mason PTO). You can drop payment off to Mason's Office addressed to Mason PTO, or send in your child's backpack.

Hope you all are staying warm and have a great Super bowl weekend!

Mason PTO


Last week the all school invitation was sent home for our annual dance. Join us for a fun evening of dancing, a photo booth, dessert bar, and sparkling lemonade! Also available for sale are corsages and/or boutonnieres, coney cart, and cotton candy. For more information go to .

DEADLINE FOR ADVANCE TICKET SALES: Please be sure you buy your tickets, $10 each, by NOON this MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH (Tickets will be available at the door for $14 each.)

Grosse Pointe North's Style Spectacular

LAST CHANCE! 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!

The Great Kindness Challenge

Thank you to all our Mason families who contributed to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools "Great Kindness Challenge".

The program is a proactive bullying prevention initiative that helps millions of students during the last week of January every year.

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in breaking up your day with a little volunteer time at Mason? Here's the scoop:

  • Lunchtime volunteer - 11:55-12:55 p.m. on Mondays, 11:30-12:30 Tuesday-Friday. One day a week? Two...
  • Morning office support - 8:25-8:45 a.m. - Collect cell phones, walk young students arriving late down our kindergarten hallway, miscellaneous jobs.

If you're interested in either of these volunteer opportunities please email Mrs. Bartos

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)