Many Hands, One Mason!!

October 20, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

I can't thank each of you enough for all the support you have given our school through our Fun Run efforts this year! The smiles that were on the faces of our learners when I got dunked this week were priceless. We have raised over 20,000 dollars this year to go towards enhancing the educational environment here at Mason! Well Done, Mason!


Open House was so much fun today!! Our 5th graders stole the show as they lead all the prospective families through the school and shared with them what they like most about Mason. It is always wonderful to see our students being put in positions that allow them to take ownership of their school environment! Well Done, 5th graders! Special shoutout to all the staff members who were present today as well. We couldn't run our Open House without you!


Thanks for your support,


Roy Bishop, Jr.

Principal


Mason Family Game and Diversity Night this Thursday from 6-8 pm


We will be having a Mason Family Game and Diversity night from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 24th! This is an event you will want to attend! Please do your best to be there even if it's for a short stint of time. Please send Mr. Bishop an email (bishopr@gpschools.org) if you would like to volunteer to help support the event! Many hands are needed to ensure this event is a success for our students. More details will come home with your child this week! Please be there!!!


Dinner Conversation Starters:

What does it mean to be kind?

What do you if one of your friends isn't being kind?


Reading Homework: As a family, it is so important that we are reading every night! If you need books to read to your learner or they need a new book to read at home to read to themselves, we have a free library that you can grab a book from by the main entrance!


Reading Strategies to use with your child at home...


· Eagle Eye: look at the picture. Use the beginning letter.

· Lips The Fish: Get your mouth ready. Say the sound.

· Stretchy Snake: Slowly stretch each letter sound together.

· Chunky Monkey: Break the word into chunks you know.

· Tryin’ Lion: Try to reread the sentence. Think about what would make sense.

· Skippy Frog: Skip the tricky word. Read to the end. Go back and try it again.

· Flippy Dolphin: Flip the vowel sound. Try long & short sounds.

Upcoming Events

October
  • 24 - Gizmo Game Night - 6-7PM Flyer coming soon
  • Diversity Event 7-8PM flyer coming soon
  • 25 - Light Up The Lawn - 6:30-8:30PM
  • 26 - Fall Fest - 11AM-2PM
  • 27- Haunted Garage - 6-9PM
  • 29 - Picture Re-take day - must bring in original if taken
  • 31 - 1/2 day AM only - 11:36 dismissal
  • Halloween morning schedule
  • 8:30 Parade

    9:30-10:30 Halloween parties

    10:30-11:15 Magician Assembly

November
  • 4 - 4th Grade Lansing Field Trip

  • 5 - NO School - election day

Gizmo Family Game Night & Diversity Event

Save the Date!!!!!


We will be having a Mason Family Game and Diversity night from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 24th! This is an event you will want to attend! Please do your best to be there even if it's for a short stint of time. If you would like to be a volunteer at the event, please click the link below to sign up. Many hands are needed to ensure this event is a success for our students. More details will come home with your child this week! Please be there!!!


Family Game Night Sign Up

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The Haunted Garage - Mason Night

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 6-9pm

19520 Mack Avenue

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Mason night at The Haunted Garage. Join us for a night of spooky fun at the Haunted Garage. Tickets are $13 per person. VIP Fast Pass is $20. A "No Scare" blinky light is available if you prefer. Mc/Visa available at the door.

From The Office

Lunch Volunteers:


We could use some volunteers to help during lunch/recess. If you would be willing to give us an hour of your time please follow the attached link to help us during the lunch hour. Thank you so much!


Lunch Volunteers


Colder weather:


As the weather starts to get colder, please remember the students do go outside everyday for recess. Bundle them up accordingly.


Arrivals:


All students should line up on the playground. Please do NOT enter the building to go to their lockers at this time.


Dismissals:


Please meet your students outside for end of day dismissals. It can't be helped, we understand appointments happen during the school day. Please remember to call the attendance line for early dismissals, the attendance line is open 24 hours a day. Teachers are trying to wrap up instruction and get the students ready to leave so, we would appreciate it if all arraignments were handled before 3:15PM. The more notice you give the better. Thank you!


Contact Information:


Did you miss an important phone call? Please make sure all your contact information is up to date.

Is your voicemail box full? Did you know your cell has a voicemail trash folder? Both need to be emptied from time to time.

LIM Focus for the month of October: Begin with the End in Mind

Begin With the End in Mind I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my school. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Hand Signal that goes along with Begin With the End in Mind: Begin (point to your feet) With the End (both hands point forward) in Mind (point to your head).

October’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Classroom Behavior- We are focusing on following directions and doing our best in the classroom. Our motto is to do your best and forget the rest!! Please discuss with your child at home what it truly means to Be a Leader, Be a Learner and Be Kind in the classroom.

A NEW WAY TO TRACK BOX TOPS PARTICIPATION!

Now when families use the Box Tops app to scan their store receipt, they can "Give Credit" to an individual, classroom or grade level. To "Give Credit" make sure you have the latest version of the Box Tops app, scan your receipt, then tap the star icon to enter your "Give credit" memo.

Pop/Can Tops For Ronald McDonald House

Your student might have brought home a ziploc bag this week. These are for students to fill with pop/can tops to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Ann Arbor at U of M Mott Children's Hospital. When bags are full, they can be turned into the office at Mason or given to Mrs. Aouad. We will be collecting all year!

PTO NEWS

Spirit wear: PTO spirit wear is now available for ordering. Please follow the link below.

PTO Spirit Wear


Haunted Garage: We need a few volunteers for our spooky night. Please follow the link below to sign up.


Light Up The Lawn: Friday, October 25th, join us on the front lawn to light up our pumpkins. Carve a pumpkin at home and light it with a battery-operated tea light. Return it to school on Friday at 6PM for a celebration as a Mason Family. Mr. Bishop will read by our "campfire" at 7PM. Cider and donuts will be available for purchase! Don't forget to write your name on the pumpkin.

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