Many Hands, One Mason!!

November 3, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone enjoyed an extra hour sleep like I did this morning! We had another amazing week at Mason filled with Halloween festivities and a plethora of learning opportunities! Please don't forget that there is no school this Tuesday (Nov. 5th) due to Election Day! Please read the message below about the portion of the ballot that directly relates to the GPPSS.

By now, I am sure most of you have heard about the tragic house fire that claimed the lives of two Richard Elementary students. This is heartbreaking and tough for everyone involved; especially the Connolly Family. Thank you for all the ways you have supported the school and family thus far. We will continue to support everyone involved anyway possible. If we hear of any immediate needs, we will definitely share them with the Mason community. Please be reminded that we have trained mental health professionals at Mason daily. If you or your child needs any assistance or support, please don't hesitate to let the office know and we will connect you to a professional.

Thanks for your time,

Roy Bishop, Jr.

Morning Line Up:

Families, please make sure you are connecting with your child about their behavior at morning lineup. Students on the playground before 9:05 am on Mondays and 8:20 am on Tues.-Fri. must be supervised by an adult. Please have a conversation with your child tonight that they are to line up, facing forward when the whistle blows and keep their hands and bodies to themselves. Should your child have difficulty following the rules, we will look for an alternative line up plan for them. Thanks in advance for your support!

Message About Election Day:

Next Tuesday is election day in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. There will be no school for students. Two school proposals are on the ballot.

The first is an Operating Millage Restoration and Extension (also known as a homestead and non-homestead operating millage) that was first approved by voters in 1995.

The second is a one mill sinking fund proposal that was first approved by voters in 2004. This millage expired with the 2019 levy. Voter approval of this proposal will extend the term 5 years, expand the purpose of the sinking fund in line with new state legislation, and restore the authorization to one mill after a Headlee rollback.

These make up about 25% of the Grosse Pointe Public School System's annual budget.

Please take the time to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Thank you!

Fire Safety:

Talking points about house fires. Please look over their bullet points as a family.

Fire Safety for kids

LIM Focus for the month of November

Put First Things First: Spending time on the most important things in my life. "I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow a plan. I am disciplined and organized.”

November’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Recess Behavior: I keep my hands to myself and look for ways to solve problems where everyone wins.

ART Teacher Update!

We are proud to announce the arrival of the newest Mason Moose. Mrs. DeBow and her husband welcomed baby Avery to their family! Congratuations!!

We are happy to welcome Mrs. Leslie Graham as our long term sub for Mrs. DeBow. Here is a brief introduction letter.

My name is Lesley Graham and I have the honor of being Mrs. DeBow’s long-term substitute in her art classes at Mason and Ferry elementary schools. My educational background consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History that is brimming with fine art classes. In Missouri I earned my education certificate in elementary and middle school, a Master’s Degree in elementary education, and additional teaching certificates in language arts and social studies. My first teaching position was as an elementary art teacher where I developed curriculum and taught art classes ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. I later became a fourth grade classroom and multi-subject middle school teacher.

Since moving to Michigan and more recently, I have served in four long-term substitute teacher roles in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

Additionally, my most valuable teaching experience in Grosse Pointe Woods has come from being a mother to three Grosse Pointe Public School students (one of whom was a Kindergartner at Mason). Each of my three sons possesses a different perspective regarding art class. I understand the importance of making art a positive experience. There is great value in nurturing students’ talents and encouraging them to try something new. I will be organized, stick with their routine, make them feel secure, and keep them on track with district plans. Plus, I plan to have a great deal of fun with them.☺

With a smile,

Mrs. Graham

Upcoming Events

  • 3 - Daylight Savings Ends
  • 4 - 4th Grade Lansing Field Trip

  • Mason Night at Ferlitos

  • 5 - NO School - election day

  • 8 - Mobile dentist visit

  • 19 - Mason night at Jets Pizza

  • PTO meeting @ 7PM

  • 26 - Records day 1/2 day - dismissal at 11:36 NO PM school

  • 27-29- Thanksgiving Break

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Mobile Dentist

Friday, Nov. 8th, 9am

1640 Vernier Road

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

The Mobile Dentist will be coming to Mason on Friday, November 8, 2019. If you would like to participate please complete and sign the consent form that was sent home on Friday, November 1st or stop in the office for a new form. All forms are due by Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
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