THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 14 - november 30, 2018

Parents share why they are proud of their children during All Pro Dad.


Miss Cornelissen is all smiles at the TSD Board of Education Meeting with Principal Mueller (Smith MS) and me.

On Tuesday night, November 20, Kim Cornelissen was approved by Dr. Machesky and the Troy School District Board of Education to become the assistant principal at Smith Middle School. Miss Cornelissen will begin transitioning into her role later in December and will be full-time at Smith after the holiday break. Congratulations Miss Cornelissen! We all wish you the best as you positively impact the Smith MS students, parents, staff, and community. Once a wolf, always a wolf!!!


I hope that each of you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with your children. The end of the first marking period was yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 29.). 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. 11.


Yesterday's All Pro Dad meeting on Thankfulness was a great message for everyone. Moms and dads shared something they are proud of in their son or daughter during the Pride Exercise. Our Wolves are living out our core values of the Wass Wolves' Way in school and at home. The "Bring It Home" extension to this month's theme has some great ideas for you to model in your home. Give it a try!

Go ahead and mark your calendars for our next All Pro Dad meeting will be on Thursday, January 31 from 7:45-8:30 AM. Enjoy the pictures from the meeting where we learned about being thankful and discussed this between parents and kids.

The Wass Holiday Drive is open for donations for one more week (Dec. 7 deadline). Please consider making a donation to support families in our own school community that need assistance this holiday season. We have added a fifth family that we recently learned of their recent job loss and health circumstances. Thanks in advance for taking care of our own Wolf Pack!!!


Many people exchange gifts over the holiday season. While children love receiving gifts, they also enjoy being able to give them. Does your child know that the most meaningful gifts don’t have to cost money? They simply take time and come straight from the heart. Share these thoughtful gift ideas with your child. She could:

  • Offer to do chores for an elderly neighbor.
  • Record herself reading a book for a younger sibling to listen to while reading.
  • Make a list, such as “My 10 Best Memories With Grandpa.”
  • Play a favorite game with a family member or a neighbor who is homebound.
  • Record an audio or video message for a loved one who lives far away.
  • Create a playlist with a bunch of her favorite songs to share.
  • Bake cookies and deliver them to someone who may not receive many homemade gifts.
  • Create a calendar for 2019 and decorate it with personalized artwork, one drawing for each month.
  • Make a gift certificate good for two hours of help around the house.
  • Create a beautiful picture or poem about a special person.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


On Friday, December 21st, we will host our 2nd annual Wass Holiday Sing Along with the entire school. It will be a great way to kick off the holiday break and get everyone into the holiday spirit. Songs from different cultures and winter favorites will be sung (songs listed below). The Sing Along is open for parents to attend. The program will begin at 2:45 PM. Go Wolves!

  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Oh Kwanzaa
  • Hanukkah is Here at Last/ Hanukkah oh Hanukkah
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Night of Silence/Silent Night
  • 12 Days of Christmas


Our next Wolf Pack lesson is on Thursday morning at 8:55 AM. This month's lesson is focused on digital citizenship. Troy Police officer John Julian has worked with us to prepare this lesson and will be visiting our students to remind them of the digital fingerprint they have when they are online. Students will learn positive strategies and be reminded to be Wass Kind at all times.

Here's a quick image to share with you the impact of reading 20 minutes per day. Keep it up Wass Readers!!!

This research is provided by Scholastic Publishing.


Homework in elementary school often involves reading something—a chapter in a textbook or a few pages in a library book. One way to make sure your child understands what she has read is to have her write a summary.

One night, after your child has finished her homework, tell her you’d like to find out what she’s learned and what she’s read about. Ask her to write down the most important points in her own words.

Your child may need to go back and read the material again. When she knows she has to write about it, she’ll read more carefully. She’ll think more as she reads. After your child writes her summary, give her this set of questions to help her write more complete summaries in the future:

  • Who are the characters or people involved? Suggest that she write about each person and what’s important about each one.
  • What did the characters do? Your child should write down the plot in her own words.
  • Where did the story take place? Have your child describe the setting in some detail.
  • When did the events take place? Your child should give the time span of the action.
  • Why did things occur as they did? Have her explain why the characters behaved the way they did.

Once your child gets the hang of writing summaries after she reads school material, she will soon reap the benefits. Not only will she have a much better understanding of what she reads, she will improve her writing skills as well!

Reprinted with permission from the December 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


Congratulations to these Wass Wolves for having their art on display at Oakland Schools!


Congratulations to Wass 2nd and 3rd graders for participating in the First Lego League Jr. event in November. Their team was called the Cool Robos. They also had the opportunity at this event to watch older kids competing within FLL rules. Thanks to coach Yuri Savuchin for giving these Wolves this opportunity.

@WassWolves on Twitter

You can view the learning that is taking place daily in our school. During the week, you can have a window into our school through the @WassWolves Twitter Feed with images of learning activities from grades K-5 throughout our school. Whether it is in a classroom, on a field trip, or in a specials class, we want you to know the great things going on at Wass. A picture and a headline says a thousand words! You can go to @WassWolves on Twitter or view the feed on the bottom right of the Wass website.


A Dear ONE Troy,

We are busy preparing for the opening of our new Troy School District Preschool next fall and are looking for input from families with preschool age children. If you have children who will be entering preschool in the near future (or are currently enrolled in a preschool program,) we would appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts with us. Also, please share this survey link with any other parents who might be able to give input as well.

IMPORTANT: Save the Date If you are interested in our NEW Troy School District Preschool, plan to attend our Information Night for Parents on Tuesday, January 15 from 6-7 pm in the Troy High School auditorium. Details on this night and Early Bird Registration opportunities will be sent out very soon, but mark your calendar NOW!

Preschool parents, thank you again for taking the time to fill out this survey:

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

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.


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 #WassReaders

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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