MASON GAZETTE

May 3, 2016

Dear Mason Community,

May is a flurry of activity here at Mason! Please take a moment to check out upcoming events, review our dress code for warmer weather, make plans to attend our annual Spring Festival, and start to look ahead to the end of the school year!



May 6 - Emergency Evacuation Drill - afternoon

May 7 - Mason PTO Annual SpringFest - Tin Can Auction

May 9 - Instrumental concert 7:00 p.m. at Poupard

May 10-11 - 4th Grade M-Step ELA test

May 17-18 - 4th Grade M-Step Math test

May 19 - 4th Grade M-Step Science test

May 20 - Volunteer Reception - 9:00 a.m.

May 20 - AM SCHOOL ONLY - 11:36 a.m. dismissal

May 23 - Spring Vocal Concert (Kind., 2, 4, & Choir) - 7:00 p.m., Parcells Middle School

May 26-27 - Talent Show Tryouts (information to follow)

May 30 - Memorial Day / NO SCHOOL

June 1 - Mason Field Day

June 9 - Talent Show 9:00 a.m.

June 15 - A.M. School Only / dismissal 11:36 a.m.

June 16 - A.M. School Only / LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Mason Announces New Principal

Welcome Mr. Roy Bishop, who was named by the School Board as the next principal for Mason Elementary. Mr. Bishop is currently the Assistant Principal at Berkshire Middle School in Birmingham and has been a 21st Century teaching coach, with elementary teaching experience. Mr. Bishop will be visiting Mason the afternoon of Thursday, May 5 along with Dr. Niehaus. Dr. Middlekauff will be working with Mr. Bishop to ensure a smooth transition for the next school year.

After school pick-up

Please be sure your child knows the plan for pickup after school. As a reminder, students should not linger on the playground, or around the bike racks after school. Students not registered in Kids Club have no adult supervision in case of an emergency after school hours. Remind your child to come back into the school office if their ride does not show up as scheduled.

Spring Reminders

Please review our dress code with your children, keep these tips in mind when you are shopping and helping your children decide what to wear to school.


  • No flip-flops, backless sandals, high heels, wedges, etc. They inhibit play outside, and are not safe on school stairs.
  • No spaghetti straps. Bellies and backs may not be exposed by shirts that creep up and pants that sag. Sleeveless shirt straps should be three fingers wide.
  • Shorts and skirts must be must be at least fingertip length.
  • Shirts with negative messages undermine our school-wide goal of respect for self, others, our community, and are not allowed.

Warm weather also means that our students start to ride bikes, skateboards, and scooters to school. Please remember that all children must wear helmets, and bikes need to be locked!