Many Hands, One Mason!!

March 1, 2020

Dear Mason Families,

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Parent Camp at Parcells Middle School and I had an amazing time. Our keynote speaker, Kevin Ozar, spoke to everyone in attendance about the need to have empathy for others and the importance of making sure we look at our systems to make sure all families and individuals are accepted in our community. As we embark on merging schools, it is so important that we think about why we do some of the things we do and is it good for all involved. At Mason, we say we have Many Hands but we are One Mason. That means that we are a family, through the good and the bad and one family's problem is a problem for all of us! Together we can change the world!!

One quote that stuck with me from Parent Camp was from the world renowned author Brene Brown. She states, "At the end of every day, at the end of every week, at the end of my life, I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized." I ask us as adults to truly reflect on that quote and ask ourselves the following questions: Are we modeling for our learners what it truly means to contribute to our community? How often do we negatively criticize things in front of our learners? Are we a part of the solution to make situations better? Do we look for ways to solve problems that help all involved? Judging/criticizing is the easy part but contributing and being a part of the process to change what is seen as a the problem is extremely hard.

So proud to be a part of the Mason Community,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Conference SignUp Genius Links: Watch out for an email today (3.1) at 5pm that will have a link for families to sign up for one 15 minute conference time with their child's teacher! We would love all families to be in attendance at conferences on March 18th and 19th! Thanks in advance for being present!

Parent Resources: Please read this section with your child...

Monthly Activity Calendar for you and your child to complete! Click Here! Your child will be bringing home a hard copy of this calendar next week. Students that complete 20 out of the 31 days on the calendar will receive extra recess with Mr. Bishop! Please initial the days on the calendar that you complete as a family.

Parents Make a Difference Publication: Click Here for some great tips and talking points to use with your child(ren)!

Four ways to strengthen your child’s character

Teachers help their students learn important skills and facts. But when it comes to teaching values, parents are the best teachers.

And, like any teacher, you need a lesson plan. Here are four strategies for building your child’s character:

  1. Think about the values that are important to you and your family. Talk about them openly with your child.
  2. Teach by example. A parent’s example is the most powerful teacher of all. Ask yourself, “If my child could watch my behavior all day, what lessons would she learn?”
  3. Set high standards. Expect your child to act responsibly, to be kind to others and to tell the truth. Some families make it a point of family pride. “In the Smith family, we tell the truth.”
  4. Teach the Golden Rule. Teaching your child to treat others as she would like to be treated will help her make good choices. She should ask herself, “Would I want someone to talk to me that way?”

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

March is Reading Month!

One Book, One School Book Choice: Drumroll Please!!!! We are excited to announce that our One Book, One School Committee has chosen the book A Boy Called Bat for our community to read together this year! Hopefully you noticed that your child brought home a new copy of the book in their backpacks Friday! In the book there is a reading schedule, which can be started as soon as this weekend. Winners from the upcoming Trivia Questions will have the chance to win a free book from the book fair during the week of conferences.Thanks in advance for your participation!

Dr. Seuss' Birthday - March 2nd

The Mason Leadership Council is sponsoring a week of spirit days to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Please show your Mason spirit by wearing these colors next week in honor of Dr. Seuss' book, My Many Colored Days.

Monday--Blue Day

Tuesday--Red Day

Wednesday--Pink Day

Thursday--Purple Day

Friday--Green Day

Early Arrivals

Please be reminded that students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45AM (Mon) and 8:10AM(Tu-Fri). If your child walks to school please help them to determine what time they should leave the house so they arrive no earlier than 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10AM (Tu.-Fri.). Prior to 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10AM(Tu.-Fri) there aren’t any dedicated adults on duty to supervise students in the building. We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of the building and students prior to that time.

Please do not have your child(ren) arrive prior to 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10(Tu.-Fri.), as there are no adults to supervise them before that time.

If you need to drop off your child(ren) before 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10(Tu.-Fri.), you are welcome to sign up for Kids Club which begins at 7:00AM. You may also drop off your child(ren) for breakfast club at 8:15AM(Mon) and 7:45(Tu.-Fri). There are fees for both of these programs.

Thank you for cooperating with us and helping keep your child safe.

Parking Lot Reminders

Double Parking

We know the parking lot gets very bust in the morning and afternoon. However, there is no double parking. You may NOT stand or park next to another vehicle to load/unload passengers. This not only endangers your child, but also seriously impedes the traffic flow. Your vehicle may be reported to the public works department and be issued a $175.00 fine.

Parking in a Fire Route

The fire route includes the entrancement drive from Vernier Rd. along the sidewalks leading to the main doors. Parking here could result in a $50 fine.

Please be patient, careful and kind in the parking lot.

Upcoming Events


  • Monday, 3/2 - Wear Blue Day
  • Tuesday, 3/3 - Wear Red Day
  • Art After School - must be signed up
  • Wednesday, 3/4 - Wear Pink Day
  • 1/2 day - Records day - 11:38 am dismissal
  • Thursday, 3/5 - Wear Purple Day
  • Friday, 3/6 - Wear Green Day
  • Monday, 3/9 - Board of Education Mtg @ Brownell @7 pm
  • Tuesday, 3/10 - Art After School - must be signed up
  • Friday, 3/13 - Report cards go home
  • Wednesday, 3/18 - Evening conferences 5-8PM - Bookfair open during conferences
  • Thursday, 3/19 - 1/2 day 11:38AM Dismissal
  • Conferences 12:30-3:30PM and 5-8PM - Bookfair open during conferences
  • Friday, 3/20 - 1/2 Day 11:38AM Dismissal
  • Wear Your Words Day

Box Tops

Did you know Box Tops have gone digital? Here is a short video to tell you all about it.

Digital Box Tops

Kroger Community Rewards

Don't forget to sign up for Kroger Community Rewards! Mason Elementary will receive 5% of your Kroger purchases(throughout the year), making this the hands down, easiest way to raise money for our school!!!

All you need to do is shop at Kroger and let them know you want your 5% to go to Mason!!

Just go to , create or sign in to your account, and select Mason's NPO number: WW387

It's just that easy!!

Amazon Smile

Your Amazon Smile purchases, throughout the year, will also raise money for our school! All you need to do is sign up to use Amazon Smile and pick Mason as your organization. The Amazon Smile foundation will donate 0.5% of what you spend to our school!

March Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

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

LIM Focus for the month of March

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

GPPSS Prepared For Coronavirus Response

While there have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Michigan as of February 20, GPPSS is closely following updates to the guidance issued by the Wayne County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is currently reporting 13 confirmed cases nationwide. Therefore, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. Additionally, there are no recommendations by federal, state or local public health officials to cancel events or restrict travel within the United States. The CDC is recommending avoiding nonessential travel to China. Traveler updates are available at For up-to-date information on coronavirus visit

To prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold and coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.