Many Hands, One Mason!

March 3, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Happy March! We recently celebrated our 100th day of school and with the blink of an eye our school year is past the halfway point! We would have hit this milestone earlier in the school year but all the ice/snow days pushed it back! Several parents have asked me this week, now that the school year is halfway done, what can we do to make sure our child(ren) is prepared for the reminder of the year? While every child’s needs are different, please make sure you are continuing to the do the following:


- Read with your child for at least 15 minutes everyday. This time is necessary in helping your child critically think about what they are reading and you would be surprised at the conversations that originate from reading together. What a great opportunity for some teachable moments during reading...


- Help your child get to school on time every day. Every minute of instruction time they miss negatively impacts their overall success and creates stress for the learner.


- Continue to help your child understand that academics are important but so if being the “kind” kid. Being kind can take you places in life that sometimes your NWEA score can’t!


- Help your child practice their basic Math facts! Knowing these can really help your child’s confidence!


- Continue to monitor your child’s internet and phone/tablet usage. The internet can be a very scary place for our learners without the proper supervision. We are having more and more issues with apps/technology usage that occurs at home and is then talked about during the school day. Technology issues are occurring more frequently than normal this year with our upper grade level students. Please help us make sure these situations don’t continue to bleed into the school day and cause disruptions in the learning environment. Please be aware that some Apps have age requirements...


Thank you so much for your support and partnering with us to be an advocate for your child(ren),


Roy Bishop, Jr.

Principal


Proud Principal Moment: We had so many of our students complete the February writing prompt this month. I am beyond impressed at their thoughts on inclusion and diversity. Thank you for being a champion for inclusion and diversity at home.


Young 5’s information: Please click the link below for more information about registering for our Young 5’s program for the 2019-20 school year.


https://mi01000971.schoolwires.net/Page/17390


Parent Workshops: Please click the link below for some wonderful parent workshops that our district offers.


https://share.peachjar.com/flyers/683707/districts/10713


Rock your Socks March 21st- In support of World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday, March 21st, please join our staff in wearing two different socks (mismatch) or your most colorful socks. Let’s create awareness and support all our learners.


Kids Coalition Against Hunger:​ ​Please think about helping out with this great cause! Children and parents working together to make packaged meals for hungry children around the globe and in our own Metro Detroit Area! See the attached flyer for specific details! ​What a fantastic opportunity to teach our children empathy, gratitude and that kindness matters. Hope to see you there! Our South HS student friends will be there too!


Dinner Conversations Talking Points:


What basic math facts do you need more practice with?

Why is it important to be kind to everyone?

What does it mean to respect adults?



March Writing Challenge (at least one paragraph):

Please make sure your writing challenge assignment is turned into the office by Feb. 28th.


Choose one influential Woman (March is Women’s History Month) and describe how they made a positive impact on the world.


What is one way your can be kinder learner at Mason?



March LIM Topic:


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


March PBIS Topic:


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


March Character Word of the Month:


Improvement- My job at Mason is to become better and better everyday!

MARCH IS READING MONTH!!!

Let's celebrate all month long! Calling all Bookceratops, Readasaurus Rexes, and Bookivores - get ready for an awesome reading month at Mason. Check out our March calendar of events below for some of our special events! Parents, please email pictures of your children with a DINO-MITE book they recommend for others to read, pictures will be displayed on the bulletin board in our main hallway. Email pictures to: macgila@gpschools.org


It's going to be DINO-MITE!!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Our Mason PTO is looking for volunteers to help run our Scholastic Book Fair. It takes many hands to make a fundraiser work. Just one or two hours of your time can make the difference in running a successful event.


We would like to reach out to all our Mason Families and extend an invitation to be a part of our Scholastic Book Fair event. Below is a link to the sign up genius. Please take a moment to look at the times available, and consider being a part of this awesome fundraiser!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BACAF22A5FF2-dinomite


Thank you, The Mason PTO

SAVE THE DATE!

We are kicking off our kids heart challenge on Monday, March 4th. Our school is proud to partner with the American Heart Association again this year kicking off Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart)!


Look for Pamphlets to come home next week! We're excited to get active and help those with special hearts.

MARCH 2019


March 1 - Read Across America with NJHS from Parcells

March 1-25 - "Get Caught Reading" Coupon Nights

March 5 - AM SCHOOL - Dismissal at 11:36 a.m.

March 6 - Wacky Wednesday - dress wacky!

March 13 - Wear Your Words Day - words need to be positive and school appropriate

March 19- Mason Diversity Meeting in the Library 6-7 pm

March 19- Mason PTO Meeting in the library 7-8:30 pm

March 20 - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

March 20-21 - Scholastic Book Fair

March 21 - AM SCHOOL - Dismissal at 11:36 a.m.

March 21 - Afternoon and Evening Parent Teacher Conferences

March 30-April 7 - SPRING BREAK / No School

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)