Many Hands, One Mason!!

December 16, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe that we are in our last week of school before our big Holiday Break! Special thanks in advance to all our families who are helping our staff orchestrate their holiday parties this Thursday. We could not celebrate the holidays like we do without your support. Feel free to check out our @masonelemgp twitter page to see all the festivities that will be taking place this week.

Over the break, please take this time to enjoy your friends, families and loved ones. Please keep in mind that the break from school will be filled with awesome learning opportunities for your child. The holidays offer real world lessons like empathy, kindness and generosity which we are constantly discussing with our learners daily at Mason. The entire Mason staff wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday Break and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing everyone at school Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 8:20 am sharp.

Have a wonderful break,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Special shout--out: Thank you so much to the Kroger on Mack and their front end team for donating supplies to our Mason learners who made 100 lunches for the homeless. We appreciate your generosity and helping our learners better understand what it means to make a difference in the real world. Thank you Mrs. Aouad and Mrs. Rokicki for your leadership!!

Dinner Conversations Talking Points:

Why is it better to give than receive?

What book are you currently reading in class?

What is your favorite part of your day at Mason besides recess?

Fun Writing Opportunity for December Break:

Mr. Bishop is going to give 30 minutes of extra recess to anyone who is able to give him one or more paragraphs about the topics below: Please turn your writing assignment into the office by Jan. 5th.

Name three things you love about your teacher!!

Upcoming Events

  • 16 - Candy Cane Day - Wear red and white
  • 17 - Flannel Day - Wear flannel
  • Mason Night at Jet's Pizza
  • Strings Extravaganza @ South @ 7PM
  • 18 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
  • After School Art
  • 19 - Red & Green Day - Show your holiday spirit wear red and green
  • Band O' Rama
  • 20 - Pajama Day
  • Winter Break begins end of day
  • December 23 - January 1 - NO SCHOOL WINTER BREAK

  • 2 - Return to school
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Strings Extravaganza 2019 - December 17, 2019

Date: December 17, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. (Fifth graders arrive no later than 6:15)

Place: Grosse Pointe South High School 11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

String instrument students grades 5-12 will perform for you on Tuesday evening, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Grosse Pointe South High School on Grosse Pointe Boulevard at Fisher in Grosse Pointe Farms. This is a very special concert which will showcase your child’s musical learning, and acquaint you with our district’s fine music program and the opportunities open to your children. Following are the expectations of your child in this concert event:

All Fifth grade string students arrive at Grosse Pointe South High School no later than 6:15 p.m., wearing nice clothes (no gym shoes, please). They should bring their own instrument, and proceed to the smaller gym marked “Fifth Grade Strings.” There will be signs pointing the way. Here they will unpack their instrument and place the closed case against the wall.

Parents should keep their own child’s coat.

Every fifth grade string student is expected to attend this graded performance.

Students then report to the large gymnasium, where their instruments will be tuned and they will be seated. Quiet and respectful behavior is expected of each child before, during, and after the concert.

The concert begins promptly at 7:00, and you will hear from string students at each grade level. I am confident that you will enjoy hearing your child perform, and the students at each higher grade level will give you and your child a fantastic preview of what instrumental music has to offer throughout their time in Grosse Pointe Schools.

The concert is about one hour long. Your child is expected to stay for the entire concert.

At the end of this event, fifth graders will be released first, to return to the small gym to pack their instrument. Parents will pick up their child from the small gym.

I look forward to presenting your children and their musical learning at this year’s Strings Extravaganza; see you then.

Band O' Rama - December 19th

North Band O Rama Concert

North High School Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dress: Nice clothes, no jeans, no tennis shoes

Report time: Arrive 6:35-6:45

Where to go: North High School cafeteria. Woodwinds will use round tables and brass will use the square tables. Stay in the cafeteria until we are ready to bring you to the performance area. You will leave your coat and instrument case in the cafeteria. At 6:45, we will start seating you. At that time, you should stop playing and be ready to take directions.

Performance Area: Main Gym. Bring only your instrument and your music to the performance area. You will be seated in the performance area throughout the concert.

Admission for parents: $1:00 or donation.

Waste Free Wednesday

  • Our Mason Green Team needs your help for yet another important green initiative we’re rolling out...Waste Free Wednesdays. Your child watched a quick two-minute video on how to reduce the amount of garbage we’re creating during lunch. We challenge all staff and students to bring a Waste Free Lunch to school every Wednesday. Here’s a link to a brief video you can watch to learn more about how to reduce or eliminate trash in your child’s lunch:

Thanks for jumping on board and developing a healthy environmental mindset for our kids and our future!

Extra Clothes

It rains, It will be kids and get wet.....yes, even our older students. Please send in extra pants and shoes for you student to keep in their locker. You never know when they might need it.

Thank you!!

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December’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Arrival and Departure: Please be sure to talk to your child about the importance of arriving at school on time and being safe when exiting the building and walking home. Tardy and attendance letters will be coming home soon for families with more than 5 absences.

LIM Focus for the month of December

Think Win-Win (Fairness)-

I want everyone to be a success. I don’t have to put others down to get what I want. It makes me happy to see other people happy. I like to do nice things for others. When a conflict arrives, I help brainstorm a solution. We all can win!

Hand Signal that goes along with Think Win-Win: Think (point to your head) Win (hand out, palm open) Win (other hand out, palm open).