Many Hands, One Mason!

December 2, 2018

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday and Happy December! December marks the end of the first trimester of the school year for our elementary schools. Tuesday, report cards will be coming home with your child in their backpacks and it is a great opportunity to talk with your child about their education progress. When you have this conversation please consider their growth through a holistic view; your child is so much more than their report card. They are growing socially, emotionally and academically everyday and focusing on the strengths of your child is very important. I couldn't be more proud of all our learners. When talking to your child about their progress, please consider these tips:


1. Be enthusiastic about your child(ren)'s progress!

2. Discuss their areas of strength first

3. Calmly address the areas of concern and don't harp on them too much

4. Formulate a plan of improvement together; look for growth not immediate change

5. Follow up with the teacher if you need clarification on anything

6. Remember, the report card is only a snapshot of your child(ren) and they are so much more than their report card.


Thanks you for all your support and kindness,


Roy Bishop, Jr.

Principal


Holiday Questionnaire from our Mason PTO and Parent Diversity Committee-

Please click on the link below and answer the 1 question questionnaire.


https://goo.gl/forms/3r0VWnraFeOTFTvy2


December PBIS Focus: Arrival and Departure


We are really striving to cut down on our tardies at Mason. Please be sure your child is doing their best to be on time and walk into the building by themselves. If your child comes in late, please make sure they check into the office so we can walk them to their classroom.


After school, students are reminded to find their family or walk home right after school for safety reasons. If you are playing on the playground after school, you must have a parent present at all times.


December LIM Focus:


Habit 4: Think Win-WIn


Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not you or me, it’s both of us. It’s a belief that there are enough good things for everyone. It’s being able to be happy when good things happen to other people.


Dinner Conversations Talking Points:


Why is it important to have character while playing sports during recess?

What does it mean to never give up?


Fun Writing Opportunity for December:


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 before December 18th.


1. Name three reasons why you are lucky to have your current teacher.

Upcoming Events

Dec 5

  • Blown Fuses - 5th grade robotics night

Dec 8

  • Merry Mason Morning - flyer below
Dec 17
  • Winter vocal concert 7 PM @ Parcells
Dec 20

  • Classroom holiday parties
Dec 24 - Jan 1
  • Winter Break
Jan 2
  • Classes resume


Mason Family House Fire

The Cassidy and Damm Family would like us to thank the entire community for their support during this very difficult time. Below you will find a gofund me page for the family. The family is also working on figuring out what their immediate needs are at this time. Once that list is created, I will be sure to pass it on to the Mason community. We will also be having a spirt day this Friday, Dec. 7th and next Friday Dec. 21st. A portion of the proceeds from the spirit days will go to the Cassidy and Damm Family. More details on our up and coming spirit days coming soon.


https://www.gofundme.com/single-mother-lost-all-in-house-fire

Forgotten Item Drop Off Routine Update

Forgot to send a lunch, hat, shoes, snow pants or instrument, just to name a few. We ask that you do not go to your students locker or classroom to avoid instruction disruption. Please bring these items to the office. We have created a space in the office for each grade level. Please label the item with your students name and teacher. Items will be delivered to the classrooms before lunch and in the afternoon.
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Specials News

Please click the link below to find out what your child(ren) have been doing in their Specials Classes.


Specials Newsletter

Winter Vocal Concert - December 17th

Mason Winter Vocal Concert

Monday, December 17, 2018

Grades 1, 5, and Mason Choirs

LOCATION:

PARCELLS MIDDLE SCHOOL – VERNIER AND MACK, GPW

PARKING:

BACK PARKING LOT, OFF OF SUNNINGDALE

(Be prepared to park along Sunningdale when Parking Lot fills.)


DRESS REHEARSAL:

Monday, December 17th, during PM classes. The rehearsal is at Parcells. Lunch on Monday December 17 will be 11:36AM-12:26PM (Tuesday-Friday schedule.)


EVENING PERFORMANCE:

6:30 ARRIVAL FOR CHOIR, 6:45 ALL OTHERS, CONCERT BEGINS AT 7:00.

DRESS:
CHOIR – Navy Blazer, choir T-shirt, Khaki Pants, Dark Shoes. Boys will tuck in their shirt and wear a belt. Girls will use a hair tie on the back of the shirt.

ALL OTHERS -- “Winter Dressy.” No Jeans, Shorts, Sandals, or Athletic Shoes. Girls please keep heels to a minimum. All hair should be neat and off the face. All shirts tucked in. Please look your best!


CHOIR:

  1. Your choir t-shirts are ordered and you will get them the day of the concert.

  2. Please send $20 to school (if you haven’t) to cover t-shirt, props, party for Choir.

  3. Parents of Girls -- If you are having trouble finding a blazer, please consider looking for a BOYS blazer. Girls’ blazers are expensive and hard to find. A blazer is a blazer for this show.


ROOM ASSIGNMENTS:

McCulloch 100

Krausmann 101

Frakes 102

Tyler 103


All CHOIR reports to 127 (including 5th grade at 6:30)

Brrrr.......It's getting cold outside!

Mason students go outdoors for recess every day throughout the school year, unless it's raining hard or the windchill is below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Please be sure that your child leaves for school dressed properly for the weather.


Please dress your child with a hat and gloves and a winter coat when the weather is frigid. We also ask that you write your child's name on his or her gloves, hats, boots and coat. Our Lost and Found fills up quickly!

Pokemon Cards NOT allowed

We are sorry to say that Pokemon cards are no longer allowed to be brought to school. We don't want any students to lose their cards or have them damaged. Any cards found will be sent to the office for a parent to pick up. We thank you for your support in this matter.

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)