Many Hands, One Mason!!

September 12, 2019

Dear Mason Families

Our first full week of learning was amazing and Mother Nature didn't disappoint. We really appreciated everyone's patience during dismissal Wednesday! That was the first time we ever had any issues as it relates to weather impacting our dismissal process. Our staff has put together a plan just in case we ever need to dismiss students from inside the building moving forward. Please review the procedures for inclement weather at dismissal below so you are aware of our new procedures.

Special shout out to everyone who was able to make it to our Back School Night this week! We hope you had a wonderful experience and we look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child is even more successful than they are currently.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Inside Dismissal Procedures when students can't be dismissed outside due to inclement weather:

-All 1st-floor classroom teachers will hold their students in their classroom and families will line the lockers next to their learner's classroom. Teachers will assist in getting students from their rooms to their families as they arrive.

-All second-floor classroom teachers will wait in their classroom until they are called down over the PA.

-2nd and 3rd-grade families will gather in the media center.

-4th and 5th-grade families will gather in the gym.

-Classrooms will be called down one by one to be dismissed in their designated areas.

-2nd and 3rd-grade teachers will dismiss their students from the media center.

-4th and 5th-grade teachers will dismiss their students from the gym.

Dinner Conversation Starters:

Did you and your class take the NWEA test in Reading and Math yet? If not, do your best and forget the rest! Your personal best is always expected!

What is the name of a book that your teacher read aloud to you this week?

What learning goals would you like to set for yourself this week?

Sight words for families to practice at home:

Please click the link below and select the appropriate grade level to help your child practice their sight words. These are words students must memorize as they can't sound them out. Thanks for your support!

Sight words for K-3rd graders

Sight words for 4th graders

Sight words for 5th graders

Reading Homework: As a family 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!

Office News

School Hours

Are located on our Mason webpage or click here.

Bell Schedule

Parents/Visitors at Mason

For the safety of all of our students, all parents and visitors must go directly to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass. This pass must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.


The GPPSS has modified attendance codes for our district to keep consistent records at all schools. What's important for you to know?

  1. Medical appointments now require a doctor's note for an excused absence.

  2. Tardies are now split out in six minutes increments, giving a better picture of our students arriving late.

Attendance is a serious matter. We need to know where your child is when they do not show up for regular school hours. Please use the attendance line 313-432-4401 to report an absence prior to 9:00 a.m.

Mason Playground Line up Order: Please click the link below...

Line up order

Inside Line up diagram (when poor weather conditions occur): Please click the link below...

Inside line up

Stay Informed by …

-regularly checking our Mason Elementary School webpage

-signing up for for Mason Elementary Community Remind text messages by texting the message @k3fh9a to 81010 from your mobile device

-receiving and reading Mr. Bishop ’s Weekly Update email

-following us on Twitter (@masonelemgp) and FaceBook (@masonparents)

Thank you for all your help!

Lunchroom Microwaves

We are very thankful to offer your students the ability to heat up their lunches in 2 microwaves. We have limited help in the lunch room to assist them. Due to the long lines for the microwaves, please try not to send in any food items that take more than 30 seconds to reheat. We want all our students to have time to eat their lunch.

September’s LIM and PBIS Topic: Be Proactive (Respect) and hallway behavior

Hallway Behavior- We are working extremely hard at making sure we are conducting ourselves in a positive way in the hallway. Our goal is to make sure we are keeping our school as safe as possible and part of that is making sure we understand the expectations for the hallway. Please ask your child to tell you what they are expected to do in the hallways of Mason.

Be Proactive: I have a “Can Do” attitude. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I don’t blame others. I do the right thing without being asked, even if nobody is looking.

Hand Signal that goes along with Being Proactive: Place your thumb to your chest.

Mason Parking Lot Rules for Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents/families… We need your help in the Mason parking lot! Mason is committed to maintaining a policy of safety and respect regarding transportation and parking. The following guidelines have been established to promote this policy. Please read this carefully as you participate in dropping off and picking your child up from school in the near future. Thanks for your support in helping to keep our parking lot safe and accident-free. Please do not park in the numbered parking spaces as they are designated for your child's teachers.

Parent/Driver Expectations:

  • Students that are being driven to school should be dropped off curbside (sidewalk) in the driveway circle. To assist with the flow of traffic, please pull your car forward as far as possible in the circle. We do not want any students walking across lanes of traffic or through the parking lot. Please do not leave any vehicles unattended in the circle. If you need to come in the building, please find a parking spot that isn’t numbered or park on Anita or Charlevoix St.

  • You MUST obey all traffic laws on the streets surrounding the school at ALL times. We will be enlisting the help of law enforcement throughout the year. Parking lot speed is 5 MPH.

Understandably, mornings and afternoons can be extremely hectic as we are all rushing to get to many different places. However, our students’ safety has to be our first priority. Therefore, please take time and drive slowly through our parking lot. Your cooperation with these basic safety rules is greatly appreciated.

Again, our goal is to make sure that that we create a safe environment for all students and families. Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

Stomp out Bullying

Mason is proud to support the Stomp Out Bullying effort. We invite you and your student to join us in wearing pink every Wednesday to show our support. Lets put an end to bullying!!

Calendar Dates


  • 16-17 - Hearing and Vision Testing
  • 17 - PTO Meeting 7PM
  • Jets Pizza Night - Mention Mason
  • 19 - Picture Day - Order forms going home this week.
  • 20 - Fun Run Kickoff - watch for more information to come

  • 2 - Count Day
  • 7- Mason night at Telly's - Mention Mason
  • 9 - Evening Conferences
  • Bookfair
  • 10 - Afternoon and Evening Conferences
  • Bookfair