THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 17 - DECEMBER 21, 2018

On behalf of the entire Wass staff, we thank you for your support and partnership in educating the entire Wass Wolf Pack! We wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Please watch this video to see an update on the Wass Holiday Drive. I would like to thank everyone for spreading Wass Kindness during this holiday season.


The second annual Wass Holiday Sing Along packed the cafeteria and gym walls. A special thank you goes out to Mr. McNurlen, Wass vocal music teacher, for preparing and conducting an amazing program. The atmosphere had a true feeling of community and joy. I hope the Sing Along helped everyone get into the holiday spirit as they enter the winter break. Enjoy the videos and pictures.

The Wass PTO is sponsoring a wonderful night of wellness on Thursday, January 17. We will be turning the entire school into a giant playground of wellness, including:

  • American Heart Association
  • Explore Yoga
  • On Your Mark
  • Agility Exercises
  • Indoor Track
  • Running with the Wolves Goal Setting
  • Climbing Wall
  • Flexed Arm Hang
  • Box Jumping
  • Smoothies for all students

Due to space and equipment, sign up will be limited to the first 300 Wass students that register. FREE tickets are for Wass students ONLY (No non-Wass siblings). All students must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or friend of the family. Parents do not need a ticket for this event.


Children aren’t always kind to one another. They pick on other kids. They say mean things behind people’s backs. But your child doesn’t have to accept that unkindness as the norm. Instead, you can teach your child a simple rule: Do something about it. If your child witnesses a classmate being treated unkindly or left out, help her think through actions she could take. She could:

  • Start a conversation with the classmate about a book she has read or a school assignment.
  • Ask the classmate to sit with her at lunch.
  • Compliment the classmate on something. “Your handwriting is neat,” or “I like that shirt.”
  • Smile at the classmate. Sometimes all it takes is a simple smile to make someone’s day.

Challenge your child to do at least one kind thing for a classmate each week and ask her to report on what she did—and how it made her feel.

As your child takes these actions, she will learn many lessons. She will learn how good it feels to do something positive to help another person. Even more importantly, she will learn that when she sees something wrong, she doesn’t have to accept it. Instead, she has the power to make a difference.

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. Source: L. and R. Eyre, Teaching Your Children Values, Fireside Books, Simon & Schuster.


We are moving our Wass Parent Book Club to 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, Jan. 15, 2018 from 7:00-8:00 PM.


Let's kick off the 2019 year with a great All Pro Dad meeting! We can't wait to see you there as we strive to become the best parents we can be!

The January topic is LOYALTY. Relationships are built on loyalty. It is the same with our family and our friends. Loyalty means standing with someone in the good and bad times. I've got your back, you've got mine. If you don't have loyalty, you stand alone.

Please RSVP at the link below.

Chris Fritzsching - Team Captain - Wass Elementary


Here are a few more articles for all parents (mothers and fathers) from All Pro Dad and iMom.


A Geography Bee will be conducted on Jan 8th from 9:00-10:00 AM in for students that would like to participate. Students across the country in grades 4 through 8 will compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic GeoBee Champion. Students interested in the competition should have their parent email Mr. Jansen to participate.


Congratulations to Miss Rebecca Williams, Wass CARE Company Director, and her fiancee, Steven, on the arrival of our newest Baby Wolf! Their daughter was born on Dec. 20 weighing 5 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 18.75 inches long. Congrats to Rebecca and Steven!


It’s wonderful for students to be talented and smart, but educators know it’s just as important for them to be persistent. At one time or another everyone faces a challenging task or a heartbreaking setback. The key is to remind children to keep trying until they are successful. Pushing forward—even when it’s tough—is a key to success in school and in life. To promote PERSISTENCE in your child:

  • Talk about it. How has persistence already helped your child? Maybe he learned to ride a bike or play an instrument. What new challenge can he tackle now?
  • Break big goals into small parts. If your child is determined to raise his grade in English, support him by discussing steps and helping him develop a reasonable plan.
  • Offer encouragement. When your child is working on something challenging, say things like:
  1. I know you can do this.
  2. I bet you’ll figure it out.
  3. You’re making great progress. Keep at it. You’ll get it.
  4. It will get better. You’ll get the hang of it.
  5. If it doesn’t work that way, try another way.
  • Focus on the process. Sure, it feels great to see an A on a report card, but it also feels great to do well on a test after studying hard. Even better, it feels great to learn! Talk with your child about his accomplishments and what makes each of them worthwhile.

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.


The Troy Schools Food Service Department, which is contracted by the Sodexo Corporation, is seeking friendly people willing to fill various vacancies within the Food Service Department that are responsible for providing lunches to the students of the Troy School District. Not to worry if you haven’t had previous experience, as “on the job” training will be available!

Depending on the school, the hours would primarily be during the middle of the day, and would range from 3 to 4 hours a day. And you would be earning some extra money while your students are in school! Come join our Food Service Staff by calling 248-823-5089, or please email us at ngervais@troy.k12.mi.us.

Gayle M. Moran -Director - General Manager - Sodexo Corporation


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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! #BeWassKind

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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