Many Hands, One Mason!!

March 8, 2020

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather outside today! This weekend, I had the opportunity to spend part of my Saturday at the Kids Coalition Against Hunger event at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church with several of our staff members and families. It was an amazing event and we were able to prepare food that will eventually be sent to people in need all over the world. My son and I left the event feeling like we really were able to make a very small contribution to making the world a better place.

One of my favorite books of all time is called The Dot. The book talks about the power of making your mark on the world! We have to continue to put our learners in the position to see greatness in themselves and this book shows how a teacher was able to make that happen for one of her learners. At Mason, we strive to make sure our learners know that they don’t need to wait until they become an adult to be a leader! Please click on the link below and take the next three minutes and forty-five seconds to enjoy one of my favorite books. I would love for your child(ren) to send me the title of their favorite book via email and maybe it will be featured in one of our future Mason Gazettes. A short blurb explaining why it is their favorite book would also be greatly appreciated!

Click the link to listen to theThe Dot.

Have a Spectacular Sunday!

Roy Bishop, Jr.


March 10th: Election Day Lunch/Building Procedures- All but one GPPSS school (North High School) are polling places and will be utilized Tuesday, March 10 for the primary election. Unlike the November election, this is a school day for students.

We will have a district representative stationed at the front door to assist with voter traffic and help monitor people entering and exiting the building. The district will also be providing us with a security guard to support the additional visitors. I will also be moving my office to the main hallway for the entire day to help with traffic as well. Lunch for all grade levels will be held upstairs in the hallway due to the gym being used by voters. Please do not send items that need to be microwaved with your child for lunch Tuesday as they will not have access to them. It takes a village to support our learners and we appreciate your support.

A Boy Called Bat! We really hope you and your family are enjoying the conversations that are being sparked by our One Book One School selection this year! Feel free to have your child read each chapter with our awesome staff! Click Here to read with the Mason Staff!

Parent Resources: Please read this section with your child...

Looking for some fun learning activities?!? Please check out this great calendar with some daily learning adventures for you and your child! Click Here! Students that complete 20 out of the 31 days on the calendar will receive extra recess with Mr. Bishop! Please initial the days on the calendar that you complete as a family.

Are you helping your child deal with frustration?

Today’s students don’t always have the skills to cope with life’s minor hassles. Are you helping your child learn to deal with frustration? Respond yes or no to each statement:

  1. I understand that it isn’t my job to protect my child from all of life’s ups and downs.
  2. I encourage my child to keep trying when she gets stuck on a homework problem. I ask questions to help her find solutions.
  3. I help my child link her effort to success. Sometimes I say, “It isn’t supposed to be easy. But you’ll get it if you stick with it.”
  4. I point out real-life stories of successful people who have overcome challenges.
  5. I put my child’s feelings into words. “You’re frustrated that learning this science concept is taking longer than you hoped. You’ll get there.”

How well are you doing?

If most of your responses are yes, you are giving your child opportunities to work through her frustration. For each no, try that idea in the quiz.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

This week, we are focusing on the information on page 2 of our March Family Publication: Click Here for some great tips and talking points to use with your child(ren)!


It's not to late!

Don't forget to sign up for conferences March 18th and 19th. Follow the link below. We would love to see everyone participate. The link closes on March 13th.

Spring 2019-2020 Conference Sign Up

Specials Teachers Availability

Mrs. Walpole - Library - Email to set up conference

Mrs. Gostomski - Library - March 18th 5-8 PM

Mrs. Graham - Art - March 18th 5-8 PM

Mrs. Grattan - Spanish will be at Poupard on the 19th from 1-4 PM

Mr. Wozniak - PE - March 18th

Elephants, Tigers and Books....Oh My! The Book Fair is coming!

Mason's book fair will be open during conferences. We need volunteers to help make this event run smoothly. Please follow the link for volunteer opportunities.

Thank you

Book Fair Sign Up Genius

Upcoming Events - Events will continue to be added so always check this calendar

  • Monday, 3/9 - Board of Education Mtg @ Brownell @7 pm
  • Tuesday, 3/10 - Art After School - must be signed up
  • Friday, 3/13 - Report cards go home
  • Tuesday 3/17 - Mason Night at Jet's
  • Wednesday, 3/18 - Evening conferences 5-8PM - Bookfair open during conferences
  • Thursday, 3/19 - 1/2 day 11:38AM Dismissal
  • Conferences 12:30-3:30PM and 5-8PM - Bookfair open during conferences
  • Friday, 3/20 - 1/2 Day 11:38AM Dismissal
  • Wear Your Words Day
  • Monday, 3/23 - Board of Education mtg @7 @ Brownell
  • Tuesday, 3/24 - PTO mtg @ 7

Office News


If your child is goiing home with a fever (100 degrees) and/or vomiting, they MUST remain home for 24 hours.

They may return to school when they have been fever and/or vomit free for 24 hours WITHOUT MEDICINE.

Thank you for your cooperation with keeping all students healthy.

Please remember to call the attendance line 313-432-4401 if your child will be out.

Early Arrivals

Please be reminded that students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45AM (Mon) and 8:10AM(Tu-Fri). If your child walks to school please help them to determine what time they should leave the house so they arrive no earlier than 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10AM (Tu.-Fri.). Prior to 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10AM(Tu.-Fri) there aren’t any dedicated adults on duty to supervise students in the building. We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of the building and students prior to that time.

Please do not have your child(ren) arrive prior to 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10(Tu.-Fri.), as there are no adults to supervise them before that time.

If you need to drop off your child(ren) before 8:45AM (Mon.) and 8:10(Tu.-Fri.), you are welcome to sign up for Kids Club which begins at 7:00AM. You may also drop off your child(ren) for breakfast club at 8:15AM(Mon) and 7:45(Tu.-Fri). There are fees for both of these programs.

Thank you for cooperating with us and helping keep your child safe.

Parking Lot Reminders

Double Parking

We know the parking lot gets very bust in the morning and afternoon. However, there is no double parking. You may NOT stand or park next to another vehicle to load/unload passengers. This not only endangers your child, but also seriously impedes the traffic flow. Your vehicle may be reported to the public works department and be issued a $175.00 fine.

Parking in a Fire Route

The fire route includes the entrancement drive from Vernier Rd. along the sidewalks leading to the main doors. Parking here could result in a $50 fine.

Please be patient, careful and kind in the parking lot.

Attention Families of Current 4th, 5th and 8th Grade Students - Please read letter below -

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Third Grade Reading Law

Please click on and read the following link from the district about the Third Grade Reading Law. This school year is the first year that the retention language of the law goes into effect. Please let Mr. Bishop know if you have any questions as to if/how this might affect your child.

Third Grade Reading Law

Spring Fling Community Donation Letter

Mason's Spring Fling is May 16th. We need your help getting great donations for this amazing event. Please join us for this great event.

March Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Office Behavior- Focusing on being respectful when we are in the office.

LIM Focus for the month of March

Sharpen the Saw- Take time to be you and give yourself permission to have some downtime!

GPPSS Prepared For Coronavirus Response

While there have been no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Michigan as of February 20, GPPSS is closely following updates to the guidance issued by the Wayne County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is currently reporting 13 confirmed cases nationwide. Therefore, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. Additionally, there are no recommendations by federal, state or local public health officials to cancel events or restrict travel within the United States. The CDC is recommending avoiding nonessential travel to China. Traveler updates are available at For up-to-date information on coronavirus visit

To prevent the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold and coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.