Mason Elementary

February/March 2023

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This marking period, our school theme is “Diversity,” we will celebrate Black History Month and Women’s month. Students will complete projects and focus attention on the contributions of African Americans and women to the United States.

Many times, parents ask “how can I help my child at home?” Each night your child should have an independent reading book to read for a minimum of twenty minutes a night. After independent reading, please have your child write a short summary or retell the story to you.

Developing strong study skills now will help your child throughout elementary school and the rest of their school career. Suggest that your child add these tools to their studying tool kit.

● Color: Let your child use highlighters to color-code notes for easy reference. Perhaps highlight dates in yellow, people’s names in pink, and vocabulary terms in blue.

● Recordings: Encourage your child to record asking questions about the material. The student can hit “play” to hear the questions and “pause” to give each answer.

● Sticky notes: Your child could write a one-sentence summary of each textbook section on a sticky note, then use the notes to bookmark the section.

Our fifth-grade students had a visit from East Middle School Counselors and Perry Innovation Center Upper School. Middle School counselors gave students an introduction to middle school course offerings and scheduling. Students were given course offerings and scheduling information to bring home please take the time to review the information with your child and return it to their homeroom teacher in a timely manner.

We are now two weeks into our third marking period and by now you have reviewed your child’s report card. Parent’s report cards were available electronically Monday, January 30, 2023. After reviewing your child’s report card, if you have any concerns, please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher.

We will begin Human Growth and Development with our fourth and fifth grade students in March. There will be an informational meeting regarding the Human Growth and Development Curriculum within the next few weeks.

Students will go out for recess if the temperature is greater than 10 degrees. Students must have boots and snow pants to play in the snow.

In the Interest of Our Children,

Mrs. S. James

Upcoming Important Dates

February Dates

Week of February 13 - Spirit Week - See Information Below

Friday, February 17 - Professional Development - No School for Students, office closed for PD

Monday, February 20 - Holiday - No School

Tuesday, February 21 - 5th Grade to Capitol Theatre

Week of February 27 -March 3 - Book Fair, During School and Conference Times

Week of February 27-March 3 - Human Growth and Development for 4th & 5th Grade

March Dates

Wednesday, March 1 - Celebration of Learning, Evening Event

Wednesday, March 1 - 1/2 day for Students

Thursday, March 2 - 1/2 day for Students

Friday, March 3 - 1/2 day for Students

Monday, March 6 - Mrs. Faucett's Class to Ligon

Thursday, March 9 - Ms. Putnam to Ligon

Monday, March 13 - 5th Grade to Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor

Thursday, March 16 - Miss Yuhanna to Ligon

Friday, March 17 - Remote Learning 1/2 Day 8:00 am-11:15 am

Saturday, March 18 - Daddy/Daughter Dance

Monday, March 20 - Mrs. Pinson to Ligon

Thursday, March 23 - Living History Concert

Friday, March 24 - 1/2 day for Students

Week of March 27-31 - Spring Break - No School

April Dates

Friday, April 7 - Holiday - No School

Tuesday, April 11 - Mobile Dentist Visiting Mason

Friday, April 28 - Remote Learning 1/2 Day 8:00 am-11:15 am

Save the Date - March 18, 2023

We will be having our Daddy/Daughter Dance in the Mason Gym. More information will be coming from Cook/Mason PTO.

From the Desk of Mrs. Baker

Please look around your house for library books. Several books still seem to be on an extended vacation, please return them, I miss them.

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Mason during Spring Conferences.

Outdoor Winter Recess

Students will go out for recess as long as the temperature is greater than 10 degrees. Students must have coats, boots, and snow pants to play in the snow.
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Spring Conferences and Celebration of Learning

As part of our conferences, there will be a Family Celebration of Learning event. Your child will have an opportunity to “show off” all their accomplishments. So please join us for our Celebration of Learning Wednesday, March 1, 2023, from 5 - 7 pm.

Traditional conferences will be held Tuesday, February 28th, and Thursday, March 2nd. If your child’s teacher would like to have a conference with you, they will contact you. However, if your child’s teacher does not contact you with concerns, yet you would like a traditional conference, you may contact the teacher to secure a meeting time. The end of the marking period is Friday, March 24, 2023 therefore you will receive a progress report instead of a report card during conferences. We sincerely hope that our Celebration of Learning evening solidifies your understanding of your child’s growth and progress this school year.

Student Absences

We have a new feature in ParentVue, you can use to report your student's absence from school. The picture below shows the steps or you can continue to call the Mason Attendance Hotline at 810-591-7885. Remember, absences must be to be reported daily to the office.
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News From Dining Services

Attention Students…

School Breakfast… We encourage all students to eat a nutritious breakfast which will prepare them for their school day. Research shows that students who eat breakfast:

*Score better on standardized tests.

*Improve academic achievement

*Have fewer health issues

*Behave better in class.

ALL STUDENTS are eligible to participate in the school breakfast program.

If you walk, take a bus or come to school by car, you may still have breakfast at school.

If you receive a free or reduced-price lunch you also receive a free or reduced-price breakfast. There is no extra paperwork required.

Breakfast is a bargain at $1.75

Reduced Price Breakfast is $ 0.30

Free-priced students receive a free breakfast

Breakfast is served in the Mason Cafeteria

Breakfast is served from 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Lunch is $2.50

Reduced Price Lunch $ 0.40

Free-priced students receive a free lunch