Many Hands, One Mason!

March 17, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope this message finds you enjoying the sun on this Sunday afternoon. Conference week is upon us and it is a great time to celebrate our learners. We would love to have every family present during their conference time this week if possible. You should have received a conference time from your child(ren)'s teacher last week. If not, please connect with the teacher first thing Monday morning. If you can't make it to conferences, please make it a priority to connect with your child(ren)'s teacher to inform them that you won't be able to make it and to receive an update on your learner(s). Having a positive relationship and common expectations between home and school really does positively impact your child.


Please keep in mind that our conferences are only 15 minutes. While, I know this is a short time frame for a conference, it is a wonderful opportunity to find out what your child is doing well and ways they can improve through the lens of Being a Leader, Being a Learner and Being Kind! Also keep in mind that your child is so much more than a test score; so much more! As a parent, I sometimes have to take a step back and remember that all three of my children learn differently and at their own pace. The pressure we sometimes place on our children can sometimes have a negative impact on their learning. I wish everyone a great conference and please keep in mind that I will be circulating throughout the building the entire time, so please feel free to let me know what Mason can do ensure your child is better prepared not only for tomorrow but for the future!


Thanks for your support,


Roy Bishop, Jr.

Principal



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.


https://mi01000971.schoolwires.net/Page/17390


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


https://share.peachjar.com/flyers/683707/districts/10713


Rock your Socks March 21st- In support of World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday, March 21st, please join our staff in wearing two different socks (mismatch) or your most colorful socks. Let’s create awareness and support all our learners.


Kids Coalition Against Hunger:​ ​Please think about helping out with this great cause! Children and parents working together to make packaged meals for hungry children around the globe and in our own Metro Detroit Area! See the attached flyer for specific details! ​What a fantastic opportunity to teach our children empathy, gratitude and that kindness matters. Hope to see you there! Our South HS student friends will be there too!


Dinner Conversations Talking Points:


What do you think your teacher will say about you during conferences?

What is one goal you have for yourself that you need my help with?

How can you help make Mason a better place?



March Writing Challenge (at least one paragraph):

Please make sure your writing challenge assignment is turned into the office by Feb. 28th.


Choose one influential Woman (March is Women’s History Month) and describe how they made a positive impact on the world.


What is one way your can be kinder learner at Mason?



March LIM Topic:


Sharpen the Saw- Take time to be you and give yourself permission to have some downtime!


March PBIS Topic:


Office Behavior- Focusing on being respectful when we are in the office.


March Character Word of the Month:


Improvement- My job at Mason is to become better and better everyday!

Get Caught Reading - Calling All Mason Readers

Don't forget to read each night and turn in your "Get Caught Reading" coupons! Call night for readers is Tuesday, March 26th.


Do you have a book you think other Mason students should read? Stop by the reading club room and pick up a Dino-mite Book Recommendation Sheet. Some recommendations will be read on the announcements. One lucky student who writes up a recommendation will get to have Mr. Bishop come to his/her house to read them a story! Recommendations will be accepted through the end of the month. Good Luck!


Parents, please email pictures of your children with a DINO-MITE book they recommend for others to read, pictures will be displayed on the bulletin board in our main hallway. Email pictures to: macgila@gpschools.org


It's going to be DINO-MITE!!

Kids Heart Challenge

Our school is proud to partner with the American Heart Association again this year Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart). Pamphlets were sent home with students, or you can register online: Go to heart.org/kidsheartchallenge, search for Mason Elementary School and follow the directions. Thank you for supporting the Kids Heart Challenge.

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

MARCH 2019


March 1-25 - "Get Caught Reading" Coupon Nights

March 19- Mason Diversity Meeting in the Library 6-7 pm

March 19- Mason PTO Meeting in the library 7-8:30 pm

March 20 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

March 20-21 - Scholastic Book Fair

March 21 - AM SCHOOL - Dismissal at 11:36 a.m.

March 21 - Afternoon and Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

March 22 - Dino-Mite Read-In

March 22 - AM SCHOOL - Dismissal at 11:36 a.m.

March 30-April 7 - SPRING BREAK / No School

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)