WASS e-NEWS March 17, 2017


While we have provided and planned several incentives, opportunities, and programs for students throughout our school to read during the month of March, I have received numerous emails from parents on how to extend this at home. I would recommend a simple formula to promote reading at home.

  1. READ to your child.
  2. LISTEN to your child read.
  3. FOCUS ON GROWTH MINDSET in reading through the feedback and language you give your child.

I have linked a great article that promotes a growth mindset with your child through verbal feedback.

Give Readers Feedback That Fosters a Growth Mindset.


I was extremely proud of our third grade students for their performances of Wass Salutes America. Each of the students did an amazing job demonstrating their patriotism through their vocal music and acting skills. It was an outstanding concert under the direction of Mrs. Kniseley, Wass vocal music teacher. In their final song, Thank You Soldiers, all current and former military members were asked to stand to be recognized. It was a powerful site and moment honoring our veterans and current family and friends that serve our country in the U.S. military branches.

Recently, a third grade Wass student received a surprise visit from her mother whom has been serving our country overseas since August 2016. Captain Sollars visited Miss Fragomeni's class to see her daughter and share the excitement with the entire class. The Sollars fmaily has given us permission to share this special moment with you. It was great to see and honor Captain Sollars at our third grade musical last night as well.


One of the great things about attending Wass Elementary is that our students get to have experiences most kids never dream of. Our PTO is bringing the Detroit Tigers' mascot, Paws, to Wass for March Is Reading Month. Paws will be entertaining our students at a school wide assembly by acting out the story of The Mighty Casey at the Bat. Each class will have a chance to get a picture with Paws. We will be having a March Is Reading Month spirit day for all students and staff on Monday by wearing Detroit Tigers' colors or team gear.

Principal and physical education teacher of the day

Stephanie Black was our principal of the day and Lulu Thaqi was our physical education teacher of the day on Thursday. Their parents were the highest bidders in the PTO online auction last spring. Congratulations to Stephanie and Lulu for doing an outstanding job in their roles at Wass. We will be hosting another online auction later this spring for these events as well.

Discover ways to build family time into your daily schedule

To reach their full potential in school and in life, kids need frequent, meaningful, undivided attention from parents. But finding quality time to spend together can be challenging.

Here are some ways to build more family time into your busy schedule:

  • Turn off the TV. Simply limiting TV time can result in several hours of free time each week.
  • Volunteer. If your child is involved in a club, team or other group activity, offer to help out. This is a great opportunity to spend time together.
  • Get moving. It’s important to squeeze exercise into your routine. Be active as a family—go for walks, play tag or kick a soccer ball.
  • Write it on the calendar. Treat family time like an appointment. If you can, schedule some one-on-one activities that appeal to each child.
  • Gather for dinner. Sit-down meals help kids and parents connect and can lead to great conversations. Strive to have at least one family meal every day.

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


Students and staff shared their enthusiasm for March Is Reading Month by wearing hats on Monday. The month of March has been filled with great activities to encourage and foster enthusiasm throughout our school.


Throughout the month of March, we have had numerous guest readers visit classrooms throughout our building. Our Wolves have listened to stories read by parents, siblings, principals, grandparents, and our own superintendent to share their love of reading.


Students in grade K-2 are having a ball reading. As we focus on students reading books for completion and enjoyment, they get to put up a basketball on their class' team door. Keep reading, Wolves! Go Team!!!


Our school will be hosting another restaurant night at Noodles and Oberweiss on Rochester Road on April 20. We made over $1500 at our Fall event. Noodles again is donating 50% of the sales from the evening to our PTO. Oberweis is donating 30% of their sales to Wass. Let's pack the house again!


Wass Weekly Link for March 20-24

Lunch menu

March Lunch Menu Link

Have a great weekend! Every Student! Every Day! #BeWassKind #WassReaders

Mr. Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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