Many Hands, One Mason!

September 7, 2018

Dear Mason Families,

We had a wonderful first week full of learning! Our focus, as a staff, was on building relationships with our students and making sure they felt mentally and physically safe at Mason. We understand that no significant learning can take place until a significant relationship is established.

During our town hall meetings this week, with our entire student body, we discussed the importance of Being a Leader, Being a Learner and Being Kind! Please take some time this weekend to discuss these foundational skills with your child(ren).

Thanks for your support,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Dinner Conversations Talking Points:

What does it mean to Be Proactive?

What was the best part of your week?

What book did Mr. Bishop read to your class this week?

Important Information

Mason Playground Line up Order: Please click the link below...

Line up order

Inside Line up diagram (when poor weather conditions occur): Please click the link below...

Inside line up

September’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus/Character Word of the Month/Leader in Me Focus

Hallway Behavior- We are working extremely hard at making sure we are conducting ourselves in a positive way in the hallway. Our goal is to make sure we are keeping our school as safe as possible and part of that is making sure we understand the expectations for the hallway. Please ask your child to tell you what they are expected to do in the hallways of Mason.

Character word of the month: Respect: means honoring other people and treating them with care and courtesy

Leader in Me September Focus: Be Proactive: Focusing on yourself and things you can control.

Parents/Visitors at Mason

For the safety of all of our students, all parents and visitors must go directly to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass. This pass must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Back To School Night

Wednesday, September 12th is Parent Back to School Night at Mason. We will start promptly at 6:30 PM in the gym with a message from Mr. Bishop, followed by teacher presentations at 7 and 7: 30 PM. We have two sessions available for each teacher just in case you can’t make the first one or if you have multiple students at Mason. Thanks for coming! We would love to see all our parents there! Let’s make this the biggest Back to School Night turnout ever

Picture Day

Order forms for picture day will be sent home soon. Please have your child bring in the completed form on September 20th. Parents can also order pictures online at - the Mason ID number is LM718093Y0.

YEARBOOK: The yearbook is part of packages A-G. It may also be purchased separately for $10 if you choose not to purchase a package

Mason Parking Lot Rules for Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents/families… We need your help in the Mason parking lot! Mason is committed to maintaining a policy of safety and respect regarding transportation and parking. The following guidelines have been established to promote this policy. Please read this carefully as you participate in dropping off and picking your child up from school in the near future. Thanks for your support in helping to keep our parking lot safe and accident free. Please do not park in the numbered parking spaces as they are designated for your child's teachers.

Parent/Driver Expectations:

  • Students that are being driven to school should be dropped off curbside (sidewalk) in the driveway circle. To assist with the flow of traffic, please pull your car forward as far as possible in the circle. We do not want any students walking across lanes of traffic or through the parking lot. Please do not leave any vehicles unattended in the circle. If you need to come in the building, please find a parking spot that isn’t numbered or park on Anita or Charlevoix St.

  • You MUST obey all traffic laws on the streets surrounding the school at ALL times. We will be enlisting the help of law enforcement throughout the year. Parking lot speed is 5 MPH.

Understandably, mornings and afternoons can be extremely hectic as we are all rushing to get to many different places. However, our students’ safety has to be our first priority. Therefore, please take time and drive slowly through our parking lot. Your cooperation with these basic safety rules is greatly appreciated.

Again, our goal is to make sure that that we create a safe environment for all students and families. Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.


The GPPSS has modified attendance codes for our district to keep consistent records at all schools. What's important for you to know?

  1. Medical appointments now require a doctor's note for an excused absence.

  2. Tardies are now split out in six minutes increments, giving a better picture of our students arriving late.

Attendance is a serious matter. We need to know where your child is when they do not show up for regular school hours. Please use the attendance line 313-432-4401 to report an absence prior to 9:00 a.m.

Thank you for all your help!

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)

Calendar of Events

Sept 7

  • Menchies Fundraiser - 6-8pm

Sept 12

  • Back to School Night - 6:30 PM in the gym

Sept 17-18

  • Vision and Hearing
  • 18th - PTO Meeting 7PM

Sept 20

  • Picture Day