THE WOLF'S HOWL 16 WEEK 16 - DEC. 11-15

digital footprints

On Wednesday, I observed a third grade lesson given by Mrs. Rzepka, Wass media specialist. She was teaching our students about Digital Citizenship and reminding students that every time you go online you leave a trail. This is called your digital footprint. Students completed a Chalk Talk Visible Thinking routine to discuss digital citizenship and digital footprints.

Here are some Top Tips that you might consider reinforcing with your child for a consistent message.

  • Treat your password like your toothbrush don’t share it with anyone and change it often.
  • Always remember to logoff when you have finished with an online service.
  • Use our great sites section to find the best areas of the net.
  • Use your own digital footprints to remember your favorite websites like the history button and your bookmarks.
  • Remember that most of the websites you visit will make a note of your visit and may also track the websites you visit before and after their website!
  • Let an adult know if anything you read or see makes you feel worried or upset.

holiday class parties

Class Holiday Parties are scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Parties in grades K-5 will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Parents signed up to work the classroom parties as volunteers can arrive and enter at 2:15 to set up for the parties.


Our school-wide service project ends on Monday, Dec. 18. We have learned that Priest Elementary / Middle School in Detroit (K-8 School) has a large need for coats, boots, and gloves. They have 800 students and many of their students can't go to outdoor recess because they don't have appropriate outdoor winter clothes. We've contacted the principal of their school to see how dire the need is and she stated that it is over half of their school. We are asking students (with assistance from their parents) to donate any coats, gloves, or boots that they have outgrown. Donation boxes are located in our front entry vestibule. This is a great way for our Wolves to show the Wass Wolves' Way to other kids that are in need.

Talk to your child about the importance of honesty

Research shows that by the time children reach elementary school, most know the difference between being honest and lying. But that doesn’t make telling the truth easy!

To encourage honesty:

  • Talk about it. Ask your child if she believes that honesty is the best policy. Does she want others to tell her the truth? When does she think it’s OK to lie?
  • Discuss the consequences of lying. Lying destroys trust. If your child makes a habit of lying to people, they won’t believe what she says—even when she is telling the truth!
  • Be a role model. Children are good “lie detectors.” They notice when parents tell the truth—and when they don’t.
  • Create opportunities for telling the truth. Say, “You broke my vase,” instead of, “Did you do this?”
  • React calmly. When your child lies, don’t label her a “liar.” Express confidence that she will make better choices in the future.
  • Reward trustworthiness. If your child is truthful in a difficult situation, compliment her!

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: McGill University, “The truth about lying? Children’s perceptions get more nuanced with age,” ScienceDaily, niswc.com/elem_honesty.

yearbook contest winners

Congratulations to Daniel Dordevic and Marilyn Crespo for winning our 2017-18 Yearbook Cover Contest. There were many outstanding entries. Thanks to everyone that gave their Wass Wolves' Way best!!!

wass holiday sing along

On Thursday, December 21st, we will have a 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. This might be the largest choir performance our school has ever put on. Go Wolves!

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.

Paying your child for grades is not an effective motivator

There are just some things that money can’t buy—including smarts, motivation and school success. Here’s why experts discourage using money as a reward for good grades:

  • It places the emphasis on the wrong thing. If you promise your child money for a good grade, he’ll be working for the money rather than working to learn. He may find that he wants the money so badly that he’s willing to cheat to get it.
  • It doesn’t help your child learn the satisfaction of doing a job well. Children need to learn the joy that comes from just doing something to the best of their ability. Great pride comes with handing in one’s best work. That is the reward your child ought to be striving for.
  • It focuses on the outcome rather than the effort. Children need to learn the importance of trying their best and sticking with challenging subjects. Putting all his attention on a reward at the end of the process will make it harder for your child to learn that lesson.

So what should you do? Let your child know that school is important. Celebrate his successes with time spent together. And keep your money in your pocket!

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


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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