Many Hands, One Mason!!

January 20th, 2020

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is enjoying their MLK Day! Last Friday, the Mason staff traveled to the Charles H. Wright Museum for an interactive field trip with the educators from Monteith and Poupard Elementary Schools. It was powerful to say the least... To see our educators having conversations about how history impacts each and every one of us and our daily interactions was refreshing. We all walk around with our own history in our hearts and knowing the history of others can really help shape our perspective and establish empathy for others.

As we celebrate MLK Day as a community, please continue to discuss who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and what he stood for with your child. The impact he made on our community is evident and undeniable. I am often reminded that without brave individuals like MLK, our word wouldn't be what it is today. Below are some of Martin Luther King Jr's famous quotes. Please choose one or two of these to discuss with your child(ren) today (Or any day)!

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

The time is always right to do what is right.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Thanks for being awesome,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


MLK Day Activities in Metro Detroit:

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Family Reminder: Shout out to Marisa Collins, our Technology teacher at Mason. She does a wonderful job of keeping our school website up to date. Please visit our Mason website frequently to be well informed on how to best support your child(ren). On the website, you will find teacher emails addresses, breakfast and lunch information, calendar information, student and families websites, learning opportunities for students and programming information.

Upcoming Events

  • 20 - MLK day - NO SCHOOL
  • 21 -- PTO Mtg @7 PM in the library
  • Mason night at Jets
  • Green Team Towel drive 21st-28th
  • 24 - Detroit Sports Team spirit day - wear your favorite Detroit team shirt
  • 27 - American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Mason 2:30-8:30 PM
  • 28 - Parents For Unity in Diversity Mtg 6-7:30PM in the library
  • Art After School - must be signed up
  • 4 - Art After School - must be signed up
  • 8 - Peter Pan in Neverland Winter Formal - 6-8:30 PM
  • 11 - Art After School - must be signed up
  • 12 - Count Day
  • 17-21 - NO SCHOOL Mid-winter break
  • 24 - School resumes - late start
  • 25 - Art After School - must be signed up
  • PTO Mtg @ 7 PM in the library

Office News

Health Reminders:

With cold and flu season upon us please keep in mind that when your child is running a fever 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 you cooperation with keeping all students healthy. Please remember to call the attendance line (313)432-4401 if your child will be out. Leave your child's full name and reason for absence.


It is getting cold outside so please be sure to bundle your student up for recess. Students do go out for recess unless it's raining or a windchill below zero. All students will go out for recess.

Early Check Out:

If you need to pick your student up early please remember to call the office before noon so we many limit the number of classroom interruptions. Although we realize it isn't always possible, please try to schedule appointments before or after school.

Thank you

Green Team Towel and Blanket Drive for Animals

Tuesday, January 21- Tuesday, January 28: Towel and Blanket Drive for Animals

On January 28th, Mason will be visited by a representative from The Paws with a Cause Foundation. This is a program that helps train animals to work as service animals for people who need them. The Mason Green Team and Leadership Council are encouraging you to give back to those furry friends that serve us so well by donating your old, clean towels and blankets. These blankets are needed by both The Paws with a Cause Foundation and by the Moore Veterinarian Hospital. Our Mason Green Team is hoping you'll see the value of reusing items you may have considered throwing away. You can drop off your donation(s) to Mason School in the main hallway near the office anytime between Tuesday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 28th. Other items these valued animals are in need of are clean paper towel rolls and Clorox Wipes. Thanks in advance for your help making a positive difference!

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#One GP Parent Camp

#ONEGP Parent Camp Registration February 29, 2020

A Grosse Pointe Public Schools FREE event for parents, supported by The Family Center, Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods, CARE, and GP Public Library.

Topics include: social media, student panels, cultural competency, anxiety, trauma, unconscious bias, vaping, special education, early intervention, the transition to middle school, and more.

Please see the flyer below for more information. You can register for this amazing opportunity by clicking the link below!

Click Here to register

Thanks for your support!!!

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Mason Parking Lot

The parking lot speed limit is 5 mph. This is for your students safety and the safety of all drivers. Please be considerate and patient with everyone.

Extra Clothes

It rains, It will be kids and get wet.....yes, even our older students. Please send in extra pants and shoes for you student to keep in their locker. You never know when they might need it.

Thank you!!

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The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs blood donors of all blood types – especially types O negative and O positive – to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks.

• Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of both O negative and O positive blood types.

• In January, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can make it difficult for the American Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply. Schedule now and be the lifeline patients need.

• The Red Cross urges people to share their good health and resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January with National Blood Donor Month.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass® to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit

Box Tops

Did you know Box Tops have gone digital? Here is a short video to tell you all about it.

Digital Box Tops

Parents For Unity In Diversity

Dear GP Community! Our Parents For Unity In Diversity Committee is happy to announce that the district-wide parent meetings for this year will take place on Jan. 28th (in the Mason Elementary Library) and April 13th (in the Defer Elementary Library) from 6-7:30 pm. The meetings will be facilitated by Ginni Winters and the topic of our conversations will be centered around how we can help our community heal and become better during this time of transition for all our students. We are asking all participants to come prepared to brainstorm ways we can make our community better for everyone involved. Please consider joining us for these rich conversations; our students and community deserve it!

Thanks for your time,

Parents For Unity In Diversity Committee--

January’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Hallway Behavior- Doing the right thing in the hallway when no one is looking... Walking, keeping our hands to ourselves, using quiet voices, etc...

LIM Focus for the month of January

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood- Listening with the intent to understand someone else better, Listening to understand instead of listening to reply.