THE WOLF'S HOWL APRIL 21, 2017

The rain at the end of the day on Thursday made for a challenging dismissal. I was proud of all members of our community for working together. Dismissal required patience, flexibility, and communication. I'm proud to say that all students were safe and persevered through difficult circumstances. A special thank you goes out to parents for managing our streets, parking lots, and pickup areas in heavy rain. I would also like to thank our teachers for going above and beyond to prepare students for early dismissal when parents were at doors early, for staying with students making sure they were connected with parents, and many who stepped up in the rain to directly connect students to parents. I'm always impressed, but never surprised at the teamwork of the Wass community.

THIRD GRADE MUSEUM OF INSPIRATION

The 3rd Grade Museum of Inspiration was amazing today. The students did an outstanding job of dressing up, creating their displays, and researching their historical figures. Our 3rd grade team spent a lot of time planning and reflecting on how to make this year's program focused on research skills, deep learning of historical figures, and how they represent the Wass Wolves' Way. Well done 3rd grade teachers and students! I certainly felt like I was stepping back in time during my tour of the museum.

SEA LIFE VISIT

The first graders went to Sea Life on a field trip today. It was a great way to celebrate Earth Day as they investigated and learned more about the animals in our environment. This field trip was intentionally designed to integrate the study of nonfiction reading and writing.

RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES

The Running with the Wolves event is coming up on May 5, 2017. This is our largest fundraiser of the year to support all the great events, programs, and learning that take place throughout our school. We are asking all students to consider a minimum donation of $20 to the event. You can send this in to school by cash or check (checks should be made out to the Wass PTO).

We are also asking parents to send out the Go Fund Me link to 10 friends and family.

Running with the Wolves Go Fund Me Link

NEW ENTRANCE DOORS

We received new doors in main entrance areas to improve the security of our building and improve function of high traffic areas. This project is part of the bond that was passed providing infrastructure and security updates. This project will be wrapped up early next week. I appreciate everyone's patience with the dumpster and semi-truck in the parking lot that were brought in for this project. We will get all of our parking spaces back soon.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Next week is Staff Appreciation Week at Wass. The Wass PTO has organized a schedule to show our appreciation to our staff each day. You might also consider showing appreciation for your child’s teacher by writing a warm letter or a heartfelt email to say thanks. Your words will encourage teachers to continue to work hard to make sure that children get the education they deserve. Teachers deserve every bit of gratitude, for being in a profession that is often very challenging. I personally believe we have an AMAZING collection of teachers in our learning community that work collaboratively to ensure each child reaches his/her highest learning potential. Teachers contribute to each child’s progress and their words have the power to shape the future of a whole new generation.

M-STEP ASSESSMENT

Our fifth graders have completed their window for taking the M-STEP assessment. They have completed the language arts, math and social studies sections. In two weeks, our third and fourth graders will begin their assessments. The remaining M-STEP schedule for Wass students is listed below.

RESTAURANT NIGHT

We had an amazing turnout at Noodles and Oberweis for our spring Restaurant Night. The Wass PTO would like to thank everyone that was able to attend. We look forward to sharing the results of the night as soon as we receive them.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

On Tuesday night, Mrs. Skinner was recognized at the Troy Board of Education meeting for being nominated for the Troy Teacher of the Year award. She is very deserving of this recognition. Mrs. Skinner is a great representation of the wonderful team of teachers that we have at Wass. Congrats Jackie!

WASS ANNUAL REVIEW

Every year, our school hosts an annual review of our school improvement process. On Tuesday, the Wass Leadership Team presented the visiting review team with our progress and future plans about our mission, vision, and goals at Wass. It was presented very well and we received a lot of positive feedback. I’m including a simplified version of what our school improvement plan is going into the 2017-2018 school year. We will continue to develop a culture of thinking, integrate the Wass Wolves’ Way, maximize technology opportunities, and differentiate instruction as we ensure each child reaches his/her highest learning potential.

FUN LEARNING IDEAS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

There’s more to May than Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Victoria Day. Here are some other holidays that offer fun learning opportunities for you and your child:

  • May 1—Mother Goose Day. Read favorite Mother Goose rhymes with your child.
  • May 4—National Weather Observers Day. Go outside and observe the clouds with your child. Or make a collage of weather-related pictures cut from magazines.
  • May 18—International Museum Day. Talk with your child about the importance of museums. Make plans to visit one online or in person.
  • May 20—Armed Forces Day. Have your child write a letter or draw a picture to thank someone for their military service.
  • May 21—On this day in 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. Head to the library or the internet to learn more about this compassionate leader of charitable causes.

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

SAVE A LIFE

Wass will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 7:45 PM, in the LGI Room. All people 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parent consent, in good health and who weigh more than 110 pounds are urged to donate. We encourage people to make their own appointments by visiting redcrossblood.org:

  1. On the home page of redcrossblood.org, type "wass" into the blue box in the upper right corner on the blue box labeled "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".
  2. Click on Wass Elementary School on the far left.
  3. You will be offered the available appointment times. Select a time.
  4. First time users must "Create My Account"; users with accounts can sign in with their previously registered email address and password.
  5. Make the appointment.

People with appointments for the Drive will always be given priority over walk-ins, so everyone is encouraged to make an appointment prior to the date of the Drive. However, walk-ins will be served as time allows. Walks-ins must arrive no later than 6:30 PM.

LINK TO REGISTRATION

WASS SPRING BOOK FAIR

Fri, 4/28 - Book Fair Preview for students

Tuesday, 5/2 - Parent shopping time after school hours

Tuesday, 5/2 - Class Buying Time

Thursday, 5/3 - Class Buying Time

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.

APRIL LUNCH MENU LINK

Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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