I hope that each of you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with your children. The Troy School District has reduced the number of marking periods from 4 to 3 this year. The end of the first marking period was yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 30.). Teachers are busy completing report cards on their Work Day today. Report cards will be available to parents in grades K-5 electronically on Tuesday, Dec. 12 through Home Access Center (HAC).


There will be a PTO Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 PM. There will be two main topics of discussion - Review of the PTO fundraising survey results as well as parking and traffic safety concerns. There has been some concern shared on the Wass PTO Facebook page regarding drivers following procedures and obeying local parking ordinances. We will be looking at addressing those concerns in a positive and safe manner.

There are a few items remaining that can be selected and donated for the Wass Holiday Drive. We are assisting four families in our own backyard that need help in this season of their lives. Groceries are the number one area for support. Please consider helping our own and modeling the Wass Wolves' Way within our community. Special thanks to Lisa McCray for setting our registration / sign-up link. If all of the gift card sign-ups are full, we will take additional donations to help these families. Thank you in advance for supporting the Wolf Pack!!!


To motivate your child, make sure expectations are realistic

Expectations can be tricky. Research shows that students generally live up to parent and teacher expectations, whether the expectations are high or low. So, you want to set the bar high for your child.

But it’s important to be realistic, too. Most students are not going to excel at everything. If you are only satisfied with near-perfection, your child may say to herself, “What’s the point?” and stop trying altogether.

To make sure your expectations are realistic and effective:

  • Encourage your child to do her best in all her pursuits.
  • Have unique expectations for each of your children. Do not compare your child with her siblings, friends or classmates.
  • Let your child know you are proud of her effort and hard work. Remind her that she should be proud of herself.
  • Remember that your expectations are for your child, not for you. She is entitled to her own dreams. It is not fair to her if you simply want her to do what you wish you had done.
  • Learn about your child’s interests. When your child feels you value these, it can spur her to try to do better in all her pursuits.
  • Be a good role model. Let your child see you give your best effort. Set expectations for yourself and talk to your child about how you plan to meet them.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: “Child Trends Databank: Parental Expectations for Their Children’s Academic Attainment,” Child Trends, niswc.com/elem_expectations.


The PTO would like to survey the Wass parents to get a better understanding of their thoughts and feelings about our programs and fundraising. Please take 2 minutes to complete the PTO Survey. This information will be used to guide future fundraising and support of the teaching and learning throughout our school.


safeties of the month

Congratulations to our fifth grade safeties of the month. They have displayed the Wass Wolves' Way traits of responsibility and respect at their posts throughout the month of November. Way to go Wolves!!!

wolf packs on thursday

Our next Wolf Pack lesson is on Thursday morning at 8:55 AM. This month's lesson is focused on teaching all students how to use the TIPS strategy to improve problem solving skills. This will help students to have common language and a consistent strategy to use as they progress from Kindergarten through 5th grade during math instruction. Be sure to ask your child how to use TIPS to solve a math problem after our Wolf Pack lesson.

T = Thoughts

I = Information

P = Plan

S = Solution

We had nice weather to be outside on Tuesday for this week's morning exercise. 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 Track from 8:00-8:30 a.m. If it's raining, we'll use our indoor track.

Empathize with your child—up to a certain point

Is there such a thing as being too supportive when it comes to your child’s negative emotions? Experts say yes.

According to research, parents who are overly sympathetic about their children’s troubled feelings think their kids are more socially well-adjusted than others. Those same kids’ teachers, however, rate them as being less well-adjusted than their peers.

Why the disconnect? It could be that when parents indulge every bad mood their child has, the child never stops to consider that there may be little justification for that mood.

This doesn’t mean you should ignore your child’s feelings. But rather than rush to agree every time she feels she’s been wronged:

  • Ask for details. If your child says a classmate was mean to her, find out more before jumping to her defense. Say, “Tell me what happened.” This way, you’re encouraging her to open up but not automatically agreeing that she’s a victim.
  • Challenge her. Your child may be upset that she performed poorly on a math quiz, but was that quiz really “unfair,” as she claims? Press her a bit. “Why wasn’t it fair?” If the real story is that she didn’t study for it, then point that out. She wasn’t mistreated; she was irresponsible. It’s a hard—but vital—lesson to learn.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: V.L. Castro and others, “Changing tides: Mothers’ supportive emotion socialization relates negatively to third-grade children’s social adjustment in school,” Social Development, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., niswc.com/elem_negative.




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! #WassKindness #WassTeammates

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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