THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 22 - February 8, 2019

Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th Day of Learning in grades K-2. There was a 100s day swap, students wore something in relation to 100, many students and staff dressed up as 100 years old, they made and wore $100 hats, and they participated in many activities that focused on patterns and relationships to the number 100 in math. Our Wass teachers always find a way to make learning fun!!!


Our Family Bingo Night was a lot of fun. We had approximately 300 Wolf Pack members in attendance (students and parents). This was just an old fashioned fun night of enjoying time together with family and friends. I would like to give a special thanks to Sandra Guilbault, Megan Guilbault, and Liz Pugh for planning and running our program. I would also like to thank Chris Fritzsching and Steve Zaccardelli for being our Bingo callers for the evening. They had us laughing and groaning all night with dad jokes!!! A great time was had by all.

Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria during student lunch on February 12, 13, & 14.


Your child is feeling overwhelmed by a big history project. Or he’s gotten stuck while trying to write a research paper. What do you do? Helping your child understand how he thinks and approaches problems is one of the best ways to support him. Strong thinking skills bolster your child’s learning—and give him the ability to solve real-world problems. Help your child:

  • Become aware of how he thinks. Educators call this metacognition, or the ability to think about the thinking process. Effective thinkers have a plan before they take action. They know if they need more information in order to make a decision. And if they get new information later, they adapt their plan. If your child is struggling, say things like, “Let’s think this through.” Also help your child see his strengths as a problem solver. “Remember that when you make a plan, things seem to fall into place.”
  • Draw on past knowledge to address current problems. Your child may not have had an assignment just like this project, but he has worked on other big projects. What did he learn about how he works best?
  • Focus on effort. “It’s not that I’m so smart,” Albert Einstein once said, “it’s that I stick with a problem longer.” So when your child gets discouraged, help him see the progress he has already made, and let him know he can reach his goal.

Reprinted with permission from the February 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: A.L. Costa, Developing Minds: A Resource Book for Teaching Thinking, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Thursday's All Pro Dad Meeting was full again with over 80 parents and kids. They explored the topic of loyalty (a strong feeling of support or allegiance). Parents and children discussed the benefits of being loyal people and how to show loyalty to family and friends. Check out the "Bring It Home" extension to explore the topic of loyalty further with your family. Mark your calendars for March 13 at 7:45 AM for our next All Pro Dad meeting.

Here is a list of important dates for school programs and activities that you might consider placing on your calendar.

  • Feb. 11-15 - Box Top Contest / Collection
  • Feb. 13 - K-2 Reading & Writing Parent Night @ Morse Elementary (6:30-7:45)
  • Feb. 18-19 - Mid-Winter Recess - No School
  • Feb. 21 - 5th Grade Field Trip to the DIA
  • Feb. 27 - Early Release Day
  • Feb. 28 - Parent - Son Banquet
  • March 4 - 5th Grade Growing Up Program Parent Preview
  • March 5 - PTO Meeting / Growth Mindset Parent Book Club
  • March 7 - End of the 2nd Marking Period
  • March 8 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
  • March 14 - 3rd Grade Vocal Music Concert
  • March 19 - Report Cards Available to Parents
  • March 21 - Half-Day of School for Students / Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 27 - Early Release Day
  • March 29 - April 5 - Spring Break
  • April 10 - Kindergarten Information Night
  • April 12 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Deneweth's Greenhouse
  • April 16 - 5th Grade Band Concert at Athens HS
  • April 17 - 5th Grade Parent Orientation Night at Larson MS
  • April 19 - No School
  • April 30 - PTO Meeting
  • May 1 - 5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Athens HS
  • May 15 - Early Release Day
  • May 15-17 - 5th Grade Camp
  • May 16 - Grades 3-5 Reading & Writing Night at Troy Union
  • May 27 - No School - Memorial Day
  • June 7 - Wass Family Picnic


It takes a lot of energy for students to concentrate in school. So it’s no surprise that kids who go to school without breakfast often lack focus. Studies consistently show that breakfast affects how well kids do in school. One Harvard Medical School study looked at how breakfast affected students’ attendance and academic performance. They found that children who ate breakfast had:

  • Better attendance.
  • Fewer episodes of tardiness.
  • Higher math scores.
  • A stronger ability to concentrate in class.

With today’s hectic schedules, there isn’t always enough time for a sit-down breakfast. So make sure you have a few healthy grab-and-go options available. An apple and a piece of cheese will get your child off to a good start. So will a whole-grain bagel and cream cheese. In a pinch, even a piece of last night’s pizza will do!

Reprinted with permission from the February 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: M. Levin, MPH, “Research Brief: Breakfast for Learning,” Food Research & Action Center, niswc.com/elem_breakfast.



We will be hosting a Parent Book Club on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. Please join us for a book study on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids. You can purchase this book on Amazon at the link below.

If you are able to attend the Wass Parent Book Club on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids, please sign up so we can plan intelligently. Several Wass staff will lead our conversations on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Come join Mr. Cavataio and start your morning off with some family exercise on Tuesdays. Waking Up with the Wolves takes place on the Wass Indoor Track from 8:00-8:30 a.m. during the winter months.


The Wass PTO raises significant funds every year through your normal purchases at Kroger and Amazon! These funds go right back into the classroom, directly impacting all Wass students. If you have not registered yet (especially at Kroger and Amazon), simply click on the link to find out how. Please consider asking family and friends to sign up for this FREE benefit for our Wolves. Thank you for supporting the Wass PTO.

Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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