WASS E-NEWS FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Principal's message

It was a shortened week due to the Mid-Winter Break, but that didn't stop us from packing in a lot of great opportunities for our Wolves. The warm weather even allowed our students to go outside without a jacket with temperatures over 60 degrees in the month of February. We all hope this weather stays around, but it is Michigan. Let's enjoy the moment.

wolf packs

The lesson this month focused on Rule #5 on the Energy Bus - "Enjoy the ride!" With March is Reading Month just around the corner, the Wass Character Education Team put a twist on this by stating, "Enjoy the ride with a good book!" The students learned that our goal at Wass is to promote a love of reading all year round. We will emphasize this during March by asking students to drop everything and read a book for fun. We are literally going to do this EVERYDAY in March. Students and staff will hear a song played over the sound system and that is the sign to DROP EVERYTHING AND ENJOY READING! Each student will be given a READING CINCH SACK to carry a book or two that they can enjoy reading anywhere they go in the month of March. Thanks to our PTO for providing this resource for all of our students.

#WassReaders Wolf Pack Video

wass read-in

Wass Wolves reading at the 2016 School-wide Read-In.

We will kick-off March is Reading Month with a school-wide Read-In on March 1st to start the day. Every member of our school will come together in the cafeteria and gym to ENJOY THE RIDE WITH A GOOD BOOK for 30 minutes. Students will bring their Wass reading cinch sacks as we further our love of reading for enjoyment. I can't wait to read with approximately 500 students and staff.

teacher of the year recognition

I'm happy to inform you that Mrs. Jackie Skinner, 2nd grade teacher, was nominated for the Troy School District Teacher of the Year award. She will be recognized at a board meeting later this spring. She is a wonderful educator that well represents the Wass teaching team with this honor. Congratulations also goes out to Wass parent, Kimberly Phillips, for being the overall winner of the elementary teacher of the year program. Kimberly teaches at Wattles Elementary. Congratulations Jackie and Kimberly!

incredible kid program

On Thursday night, the Troy Community Coalition hosted their annual Incredible Kid program at the Troy Community Center. We had 4 Wass Wolves nominated for representing the Wass Wolves’ Way and showing kindness to others. Congratulations to Alyssa Moore, Adelia Lombardi, Tanika Deshpande, and Connor Rolack for representing the Wass Wolf Pack and our core values of Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, and Perseverance.

Incredible Kid Story of Kindness - Adelia

Incredible Kid Story of Kindness - Connor

Incredible Kid Story of Kindness - Alyssa

Incredible Kid Story of Kindness - Tanika

5th graders visit the dia

On Thursday, our fifth-graders went on an annual field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The purpose of the trip was to engage in facilitated discussions about carefully chosen works of art that encourage observation, improve critical thinking and communication skills, and promote cooperative learning using Visible Thinking Strategies, a research-based teaching method that we use in all classrooms at Wass Elementary. We plan this opportunity for fifth graders as a great way to culminate six years of visual arts instruction with Mrs. Clos.

What is it? Fixed versus Growth Mindset

Article by author - Maria Dismondy.

A fixed mindset means a child believes his or her intelligence is set and that there’s no changing it. With a growth mindset, a child believes persistence and hard work lead to success.

How can you help?

  • Allow children to make mistakes.
  • Praise them on the process (work) instead of the end result (grade).
  • Teach them that mistakes and failures will help them learn and grow.

Help your child change their inner dialogue:

  • Instead of “I can’t do this,” teach them to say, “ I can’t do this yet.”
  • Instead of “I’m not smart,” try “ I will learn to do this!”
  • Instead of “That didn’t work!” tell them to say “There’s always Plan B!”
  • Instead of “I give up!” have them practice saying, “I’ll try it a different way!”
  • Instead of “This is too hard!” have them say “This may take some time.”

Be mindful of areas that can promote a Fixed Mindset (undesirable mindset). Pay attention to what children are:

  • Watching (television, youtube, etc.).
  • What children listen to (music).
  • What they are reading (books).

Use www.commonsensemedia.org for reviews and recommendations for children’s media and technology.

Link to Maria Dismondy's Growth Mindset Blog

Try strategies from teachers to improve behavior at home

Can’t get your child to complete homework? Pay attention? Respond to requests? Why not get help from those who get not just one—but 20 or more—kids to do what’s expected? Teachers!

Here’s what they suggest:

  • Teach what you want your child to do. Focus on the tasks you want to be routine—like putting her backpack by the front door.
  • Post a schedule for activities. Your child will know what to do and when to do it. And she’ll feel more independent.
  • Avoid abrupt transitions. Let your child know how many minutes she has left before she needs to switch gears and do something else.
  • Make the ordinary tasks fun. Don’t just tell your child to pick up her room. Challenge her to do it in rhythm to music.
  • Use silent signals. Use a gentle touch on your child’s shoulder to get her attention. Flick the lights off and on to give a five - minute warning before bedtime.
  • Provide meaningful things for your child to do. Stash books that interest her around the house. In the grocery store, put your child in charge of the list.

Reprinted with permission from the February 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: P. Kramer, “Teachers’ Best Discipline Tricks,” Parents, Gruner+Jahr USA Publishing.

Goal setting

The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals helps motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Parents can help students set and achieve these goals.

Goal-setting can be tedious, even intimidating, for some students. Parents can support students in this process by following these steps: pick it, map it, do it, own it, and celebrate it.

Read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals by clicking here.

Wass Wolves stick to kindness

Our Wolves helped raise money for our March Is Reading Month activities by donating a dollar to emphasize STICKING to KINDNESS.

WASS WEEKLY

Wass Weekly Link for Feb. 27-March 3

LUNCH MENU

February Lunch Menu Link

March Lunch Menu Link

Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind #WassReaders

Mr. Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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