I would like to wish all students, parents, family, and staff a Happy Thanksgiving! We have just completed 11 straight weeks of instruction and it's time for everyone to take a break and enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. This will be my last communication until after the Thanksgiving break.

Everyone has their own way of celebrating Thanksgiving. I want to pause for a moment and share my gratitude and reflect on many things for which I'm thankful for in the Wass Learning Community.

PARENTS - Thank you for your never-ending support to our teaching and learning at Wass. I appreciate you choosing to send your children to Wass Elementary School and entrusting them to our care and instruction.

STUDENTS - Thank you for reminding me daily of the reason why we all serve at Wass. It's truly all about the students!!!

TEACHERS & STAFF - I'm eternally grateful for these individuals who care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart. I believe we have an amazing collection of talented teachers and staff that dedicate their time and energy to help each child reach his/her highest learning potential.

I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday! Go Wolves!!!

2-day week

We have a short week due to the Thanksgiving Break next week. We will only have school on Monday and Tuesday.

bmx show

On Thursday, we had an entertaining assembly provided by the Entertainment Book Company as a reward for the quantity of books sold in our fall fundraiser. The BMX program was very entertaining for students and staff. Our students received a message from the professional BMX riders about safety, perseverance and how to "Reach for Your Dreams."

Expose your elementary schooler to other countries and cultures

Children don’t always know much about other countries. Here are some ways you can expose your child to other cultures:

  • Learn about holiday customs of people around the world. Use the library to discover how other people celebrate their special days.
  • Watch plays, movies or puppet shows about people from other countries. Many libraries and museums present these programs for free.
  • Compare coins and stamps from other countries. They often include information about the country. You may find stamps on mail from other countries at your workplace. You can also look online.
  • Learn simple words in different languages. Teach your child to count to 10 in another language. Learn how to say hello and thank you.
  • Look for television programs about other countries. When you watch the news, keep a globe or an atlas nearby to show your child the location of places mentioned.
  • Find a pen pal. The best way for children to learn about other countries is for them to connect with kids from those places. Search online for free pen pal sites, such as www.studentsoftheworld.info.
  • Cook authentic recipes. Pick a country and search online for a recipe to try. Prepare the dish with your child and enjoy it together!

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.


The third grade teachers planned a great in-school field trip for our students by bringing the Robot Garage to Wass. Our third graders had the opportunity to participate in a Lego Robot Challenge practicing creativity, collaboration, and perseverance. The students did a remarkable job designing and constructing robots for a Sumo Battle Bot Challenge. This was a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) learning extension for our Wolves.



I would like to remind everyone of 3 important safety issues at morning drop-off. Please adhere to the following morning Wass Drop-off 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.


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. We have twice as many families as we do parking spaces. We all need to work together to maximize the resources we have. Please adhere to our policies and consider some of these suggestions.

  • 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.

I have contacted the Troy Police Department for their assistance in the safety of our students, parents, and staff.


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.


The PTO would like to survey the Wass parents to get a better understanding of their thoughts and feelings about our programs and fundraising. Please take 2 minutes to complete the PTO Survey. This information will be used to guide future fundraising and support of the teaching and learning throughout our school.



Captain Sollars is a Wass parent and spent time with our third graders sharing what she does as she actively serves in the US Air Force as a flight nurse. I would like to thank Captain Sollars and all of the Wass parents that serve are armed forces for their service. Thank you for all you do. Happy Veterans' Day!!!

Teach your child to pay close attention to textbook graphics

Many students pay little or no attention to the images in their textbooks. However, photos, maps, graphs and illustrations can give students a clearer idea of what a chapter is about.

Before your child reads a chapter, have him look at the visuals and answer these questions:

  • What does the graphic show? He should explain in his own words.
  • What details do you see?
  • What do you think this chapter is about based on this illustration?
  • Why do you think the authors included this graphic?

Once your child has studied the images, have him read the chapter. He is likely to understand more and remember more of what he reads.

Reprinted with permission from the November 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 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.


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).


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. I look forward to hearing from you!

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.



Have a great weekend! #WassKindness #WassTeammates

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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