WASS E-NEWS March 24, 2017


The month of March is going by so quickly. The students, staff, and I are enjoying every reading opportunity throughout March Is Reading Month. When I stop to think of all of the great events and programs our students are a part of, I realize how fortunate they are to be in a community of readers. Here is a brief list of some of the March Is Reading Month activities.

  • The February Wolf Pack lesson launched the enthusiasm and vision for March Is Reading Month
  • School-wide Read-In in the cafeteria and gymnasium
  • Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) daily to music in our school
  • Each student received a Reading Cinch Sack courtesy of the Wass PTO to read anywhere in our school
  • Emphasizing The Energy Bus Rule #5 - Enjoy the Ride (with a good book)
  • Reading incentives and rewards by classroom teachers
  • Guest readers in all grades throughout our school
  • School assembly with the Detroit Tigers' mascot, Paws
  • Tournament of Books in each grade level
  • Theme days to promote enthusiasm and enjoyment for reading
  • Sharing our reading journey on Twitter through #wassreaders
  • Wasscenter broadcasts (based on ESPN's Sportscenter) during morning announcements
  • 6th annual Wassbery program in each grade level

I would like to thank all of the teachers that have planned, organized, and helped make March Is Reading Month a HUGE hit for our students.

Who's got it better than us? Nooooobody!!!



The 6th Annual Wassbery Awards will be announced next week! During March is Reading Month, your child has been involved in a Tournament of Books over his/her favorite read aloud in the annual Wassbery Contest. Each classroom teacher has displayed eight read aloud books he/she has read this year. The students had opportunities to persuade others to vote for their favorite read aloud through Tug-of-War Visible Thinking routines. On March 30, Wassbery Awards will be given based on students’ votes. Ms. Rzepka will purchase multiple copies of these books for the library and put a special tag on the spine showing it is a 2017 Wassbery Award-winning book!


This month's Wolf Pack lesson kicked off how students can use The Energy Bus rules in the Running with the Wolves event. We want all students to have a positive experience and persevere by doing their personal best. The video that Mr. Cavataio put together explains how each child can be successful by setting an attainable goal.

We also shared with students how the money raised from this event funds major programs throughout our school all year long. Please view the PTO Money Tree to see how the money raised from the Running with the Wolves event benefits each child at Wass. Each student is encouraged to raise a minimum of $20 through a Chores Calendar to benefit out school. Every student that raises $20 gets their name put into a grade level drawing to win a Garmin Vivofit activity tracker. There will be more information on how to raise money for this event in a future communication. We encourage all students to begin thinking of how they can support the great things that take place in our school due to the generosity of the Wass PTO.

Running with the Wolves' Chores Calendar


The 2017 Running with the Wolves promotional video.

Mr. Cavataio's encouraging message to our students to create a personal best goal.

Read aloud to build your child’s listening skills and memory

Even if your child knows how to read, it’s helpful for you to continue reading aloud to him.

Reading aloud gives your child important quality time with you—and it exposes him to ideas, concepts and vocabulary he might not get otherwise. Each time you read together, you add to his storehouse of knowledge and strengthen his reading comprehension skills.

To boost your child’s vocabulary skills as you read, define words he doesn’t know. Then ask if he can think of words that have a similar or opposite meaning.

From time to time, see if your child can figure out the meaning of an unknown word by how it’s used in a sentence. Give examples of how the word might be used in other contexts. For example, note how the word sign can be a noun (Look at the stop sign) or a verb (Please sign your name here).

As you read, you can also help your child strengthen other skills, such as:

  • Listening and speaking. After you’ve read a passage, have your child tell you what he heard. Ask specific questions—What did ... do? Why? Where ... ? How ... ? What color was ... ?
  • Memory. Don’t just start reading where you left off in a book the night before. First ask your child to recall where you were in the story.
  • Word recognition. Stop reading periodically. Ask your child to read a sentence or two to you. Help him sound out new words. Then have him read the sentences again.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


Everyday on the Wass morning announcements, students are nominated by their peers for exhibiting the character traits of the Wass Wolves’ Way. Peer-to-peer recognition is a research-based strategy that yields high return in encouraging the desired behaviors that we want to see out of our students in our learning community. Wass Wolves start the nomination process by recording acts of Responsibility, Respect, Integrity, or Perseverance on Wass Wolves' Way tickets in the cafeteria. We receive hundreds of nominations each week. Way to go, Wolves!

We had a great turnout at our Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday as we welcomed parents of incoming kindergartners. These future Wolves will be the future Class of 2030. I can’t wait to help these young learners develop their foundation of learning and citizenship alongside the Wass staff.


Our school will be hosting another restaurant night at Noodles and Oberweis on Rochester Road on April 20. We made over $1500 at our fall event. Noodles again is donating 50% of the sales from the evening to our PTO. Oberweis is donating 30% of their sales to Wass. Let's pack the house again!

  • Half-Day of School for Students on Thursday, March 30 - Dismissal at 12:17 PM.
  • No School for Students on Friday, March 31 - End of Marking Period / Teacher Work Day.
  • NO SCHOOL March 31—April 9.
  • Classes will resume on Monday, April 10.

How well are you listening to your child?

Communication between you and your child is very important. You want him to know that he can talk to you about school problems or difficult situations he may be facing. But when your child talks, are you really listening? Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out:

  1. Do you give your child some uninterrupted listening time every day, like when he comes home from school or at bedtime?
  2. Do you avoid interrupting your child when he is speaking to you?
  3. Do you tell your child if you are unable to listen that you want to hear what he has to say, then set a time when he can have your full attention?
  4. Do you ask questions if you don’t understand what your child is saying?
  5. Do you sometimes rephrase what your child has said to make sure you understand? How well are you doing? If most of your answers are yes, you have strong listening skills. For no answers, try those ideas.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.



Join Mr. Cavataio and the Wolf Pack on Tuesdays for an Early Bird Trot on the Wass Track (Indoor or Outdoor Track) from 8:00-8:30 a.m. This is a great way to actively start your day as a family.


Wass Weekly for March 27 - April 14.

March Lunch Menu

Have a great weekend! Every Student! Every Day! #BeWassKind #WassReaders

Mr. Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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