Many Hands, One Mason!

December 16, 2018

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday! Thank you so much for another wonderful week of learning! The holiday season is definitely in full swing and we know this can be a very stressful time for everyone in our community! Thank you in advance to partnering with us to help model effective ways to deal with stress. Our students are always watching and looking for ways to communicate that they need support. If you or your family needs any support during the holiday season, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Please encourage your child to complete the writing assignment for the Month of December! Students are asked to write down three things they love about their teacher! Learners can turn their writing assignment into the office or their teacher when they are done.

Don't forget we are still collecting toys, books and cards for Children's Hospital. This is a great opportunity to teach our learners the importance of giving back. So many families have already contributed items and we are very thankful for your generosity. Don't forget we also have our last spirit day (pajama day) of the year this Friday. Student are welcome to wear their pajamas and donate a dollar to help Mason Families in need.

Children's Hospital New Toy, Book and Card Drive

Thanks you for all your support and kindness,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Young 5's -2nd grade Parents:

We have been having classroom meetings about what we can and can't do at school as it relates to personal space and appropriateness. During our conversations, students often mention what they see adults do and we talked about how we can't do everything adults do. Please talk with your child at home about the following concepts: respecting personal space, keeping hands and lips to yourself at school. Lips should only touch your food at school. Also remind your child that making better choices about what and who you play with at recess is important. We are doing our best to make sure students keep their minds on learning, leading and being kind and we appreciate your support.

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:

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.

Name three things you love about your teacher!

Upcoming Events

Dec 17

  • TCBY Night - 6-10 PM
  • Winter vocal concert 7 PM @ Parcells
Dec 20
  • Classroom holiday parties
Dec 24 - Jan 1
  • Winter Break
Jan 2
  • Classes resume

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 Leader In Me 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.

Winter Vocal Concert - December 17th

Mason Winter Vocal Concert

Monday, December 17, 2018

Grades 1, 5, and Mason Choirs





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


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.)



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!


  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.


McCulloch 100

Krausmann 101

Frakes 102

Tyler 103

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

Parcells Community Cookbooks

If you enjoy cooking or know someone who does...Parcells NJHS will have their community cookbook available for purchase at the Mason vocal concert. They are $15 each or 2 for $25. Cash only. These would make a great gift or stocking stuffer.
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"The Power of Yet" Assembly

Mason School is excited that on December 21st, we will be having a special NED Mindset Mission assembly. NED will teach us to:

Never Give Up

Encourage Others

Do Your Best

And here’s the fun part! We will be selling special NED yo-yos before NED visits. An order form is going home with each Mason student. Look for the flier coming from your teacher. Order forms with payment (checks made payable to Mason School) can be turned in to the office from December 3-14.

Lily's 2nd Annual Snowpile Fundraiser - Toy Drive

We will be collecting new toys for students who will be at Children’s Hospital for the holidays. Please click the link below for more information.

Lily's 2nd Annual Snowpile

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!

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)