Many Hands, One Mason!

April 28, 2019

Dear Mason Families,

Dear Mason Families,

Happy Sunday! Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week for us at Mason! Thank you in advance for showing our staff some love! They go above and beyond to make sure our learners have everything they need to thrive beyond the four walls of the classroom. Special shout out to our wonderful PTO for organizing all of our teacher appreciation efforts!

Tomorrow (4.29), in the Mason gym from 6:30-8pm, we will have our Town Hall meeting with the Board of Education and central office administration. This is a great opportunity to come and hear the facts about the potential changes to our district. There will be a presentation shown as well as a Q and A session after the presentation. I encourage everyone to be present if possible and come prepared with any questions that you would like answered.

I am aware that the potential changes to our district creates a sense of fear and anxiety. Change is hard for everyone, especially when you know a change is coming but you don’t know exactly what the change will be. Let’s come to the meeting tomorrow with a mindset focused on our students. These type of conversations are tough but please remember the words of James Lane Allen, “Adversity doesn’t just build character, it reveals character.” Let’s continue to model for our learners how to have productive conversations around change. As always, I am always available if you have any questions or concerns!

Thanks for being awesome,

Roy Bishop, Jr.


Dinner Conversations Talking Points

What does a good friend look like?

How can you be a better friend to someone during recess time?

How do you synergize with your family at home?

April Writing Challenge (at least one paragraph):

Please make sure your writing challenge assignment is turned into the office by April. 30th.

What does good Bathroom Behavior mean to you?

Young 5's and Kindergarten students can draw a picture and hand it into the office for full credit! We welcome the participation of all our students.

April's Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Focus

Bathroom Behavior- Focusing on acting appropriate in the bathroom and practicing cleanliness.

April's Character Word of the Month: Honesty- Speaking the truth and not telling stories when you think you might be in trouble for your decisions.

April LIM Topic(s): We will be reviewing all 7 habits this month:

  • Habit 1: Habit 1: Be Proactive® You're in Charge. ...
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® Have a Plan. ...
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First® Work First, Then Play. ...
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win® ...
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® ...
  • Habit 6: Synergize® ...
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

Bottle Drive at Mason: Our Mason PTO has made it easier than ever to get rid of those ever-mounting cans and bottles! You will now find a marked bin near the dumpster in the school lot. Just drive up and deposit your bagged returnables and know that you are helping Mason to raise funds that will enhance our kids’ school experience. Thank you so much for your support


Please join us on Monday evening, April 29th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mason gym for a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Niehaus. Conversation will be regarding the Blue Ribbon Committee recommendations and school closures.

Kindergarten/Young 5's Transition Day

On Tuesday, May 8, 2019, the district is hosting Kindergarten/Young 5's Transition Day. All kindergarten/Young 5 students who have registered at the Grosse Pointe Board office have an appointed time slot to visit Mason! If you have not registered your kindergartener/Young 5 student, or have a neighbor who has not enrolled a kindergartner or Young 5 student, please reach out and register!


Dear Mason Families,

Once again this year we are offering the option of buying school supplies in kit format from Edu-kit. Orders are due by June 14, 2019, and kits will be ready for pickup at the Mason Back to School Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, August 28 between 4:00-6:30 p.m.

See the attached flyer with detailed information and ordering instructions!

Edukit Information


Dear Mason Families,

Testing has begun! Our 5th grade is working hard this week. Testing continues for 5th grade: 4/16, 4/17, and 4/18. Grade 4 begins April 30, and continues May 1, and May 2. Grade 3 tests May 7, 8, and 9.

PLEASE make every effort to have your child at school on time, that they have had breakfast, and are well rested! Try to schedule appointments and early releases on days that we are not testing. Thank you for your patience and understanding through the testing process.


April 29 - Townhall Meeting at Mason - 6:30 p.m.

May 2 - Mason/Poupard Instrumental Concert @ Poupard 7:00 p.m.

May 3 - 5th grade picture

May 8 - Kindergarten Visitation (by appointment)

May 7-10 - 5th grade camp

May 13 - Mason Spring Concert @ Parcells

May 16 - District Wide diversity meeting (Mason Library) 6:30 p.m.

May 21 - Mason PTO Meeting (Mason Library) 7-9:00 p.m.

May 27 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day