THE WOLF'S HOWL WEEK 11 - NOV. 9, 2018

The kindergarten students and teachers enjoyed playing in the snow at recess today. There is nothing like seeing the first snow fall of the year through the eyes of a child.

The snowfall this morning was great for kids, but not so much for drivers and adults. As the winter weather is upon us, it brings an increase in the number of parents that pick up their children from school and want to use our parking lots and drop-off loop. We have twice as many families as we do parking spaces. I appreciate everyone's patience and willingness to put everyone's safety first during drop-off and pick-up times.

While we had some salt spread for icy patches this morning, the timing of the snowfall presented a challenge between 8:20-8:35 AM. Some of us grabbed shovels, others helped with traffic and indoor lineup, and everyone was patient. Thanks to everyone for persevering in a respectful manner. I would like to remind everyone of some safety issues during morning drop-off and after school pick-up. Please adhere to these policies and procedures.


  • Please remain in your car when your are in the drop-off loop. If your child can’t get out of the vehicle on his/her own, please park in the parking lot and walk your child up to the sidewalk. Getting out of your vehicle slows down our drop-off process.
  • Do not use the parking lot as a drop-off area. This area is meant for parents that want to park and walk their child up to school. If this continues, I will likely have to use funds to purchase signage for this area. If you see someone dropping off their child, please “kindly” remind them of our policy.
  • Please pull all the way forward in the drop-off loop. We can fit up to 18 cars at one time if everyone pulls all the way forward. This also helps us get students into the building faster.


  • Don’t park illegally in the parking lot. If there isn’t a space available, please don’t park illegally. It only makes the situation worse. Please consider parking on a neighboring street and walking up to the school or have your children walk to the neighboring street. You’ll make Mr. Cavataio proud with a little exercise.
  • Don’t park next to “NO PARKING” signs. The Troy police are out helping us keep our streets and walkways safe for all members of our community.
  • Please be patient! While it can be busy at dismissal, we do clear out all parking lots within 12 minutes of the bell. Sometimes, sitting in your car and just waiting for things to clear provides an opportunity to ask you child about his/her day.

The Troy Police Department will and has been visible in our subdivision to assist in the safety of our students, parents, and staff.


In many families, “rush hour” begins before anyone even walks out the door: Your child doesn’t have time for breakfast. He may race out the door while leaving homework and school supplies behind. And even then, he may miss the bus. If this sounds familiar, it’s time for you to develop a new morning “traffic pattern.” To tame the chaos:

  • Prepare for the day the night before. Help your child make his lunch and pick out his school clothes. Have him make sure his backpack and other items are ready to go and by the door.
  • Help your child figure out how much time he really needs in the morning to get ready. Tell him it is his responsibility to set his alarm clock—and get up when it goes off.
  • Use charts and checklists. Post a list of all the steps your child must take to get ready in the morning: brush teeth, brush hair, get dressed, make the bed. Post another checklist of things that need to go to school. If it’s Tuesday, where’s the library book? If it’s Wednesday, does your child have his shoes for gym?
  • Make it a game. Try playing Beat the Clock. If it took 20 minutes for your child to get to the kitchen for breakfast yesterday, can he do it in 18 minutes today? Let’s be honest. Some kids are late because they dawdle.
  • Create fun breakfast themes— Waffle Wednesday, Fruity Friday, etc. Having a schedule takes the guesswork out of breakfast and may motivate your child to actually sit down and eat!

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


We have had a recent escalation in parents bringing dogs and puppies to school during drop-off and dismissal. For student safety, we are asking parents to not walk their dog to school before, during, or after school hours. The Troy School District policy is that dogs are not allowed on school grounds. Thank you for adhering to the TSD policy.


ALL students must enter the school through the front doors by the office. I ask that you drop your child off and know that we will take care of them from there (Please Hug and Go). Teachers will go over the Indoor lineup locations with students in school. We will have staff and fifth grade safeties in all locations inside the building to monitor the students until the attendance bell rings. In order to avoid traffic backups in the circle drive, I ask that you consider dropping your child off at 8:25 a.m.

  • Kindergarten students will line up in the hallway by the gym and cafeteria.
  • 1st grade students will line up in the front lobby.
  • 2nd grade students will line up in the “Art Gallery” hallway (between front and back lobbies).
  • 3rd grade students will line up in the hallway between rooms 6 and 7.
  • 4th grade students will line up in the hallway between rooms 12 and 13.
  • 5th grade students will line up in the back hallway between room 18 and the art room (back lobby).


To develop your child’s thinking skills, challenge him to apply concepts he’s learned to various situations. A child who has learned to count, for example, can get out the correct number of plates when setting the table. Help your child strengthen his thinking skills in common elementary school subjects, such as:

  • Language arts. Before, during and after reading, encourage your child to ask and answer questions that start with What, Why and What if. “What do you think the character will do?” “Why is the character doing that?” “What if the character had made a different decision?”
  • Math. Challenge your child to catch mistakes. For example, you might count by twos and say, “2, 4, 6, 7.” Can he figure out what’s wrong? Do activities together that involve building and sorting. “Let’s build a tiny model of our car.” “Can you help me reorganize this shelf of canned food?”
  • Science. Watch nature programs and read books about nature. Encourage your child to use what he learns. “The leaves are falling off that tree. What’s that type of tree called?” “The flowers we planted last year grew back. Are they annuals or perennials?” “Look at that fly. Do flies have four wings or two?”

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

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 students pictured below celebrated with Mr. Cavataio on Thursday before school for completing their October Activity-Nutrition Calendar. Way to go Wolves! Thanks for being great examples of how to live a healthy lifestyle.


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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