Due to the weather, the Running with the Wolves event has been moved to Tuesday, May 9. Each student will be running at the following times (9:00 – 5th grade, 9:20 – 4th grade, 9:40 – 3rd grade, 10:00 – 2nd grade, 10:20 – 1st grade, 10:40 – Kindergarten). Each child will receive an electronic bib and medal for participating. Bibs will be sent home with all students on Monday. Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing his/her timing bib and favorite Wass Wolf T-shirt. Only students that have registered will be eligible for the grand prizes - Garmin Vivofit activity tracker (one per grade level), framed & autographed picture of Detroit Tiger - Jose Iglesias, framed Michigan vs. Michigan State picture, gift cards, a mini-replica of Joe Louis Arena, and other prizes. Donations for these prizes will be accepted through Monday at 5:00 PM.

We are also asking parents to send out the Go Fund Me link to 10 friends and family.

Running with the Wolves Go Fund Me Link


On Thursday, we had our 8th Wolf Pack lesson of the year. The objective of the lesson was to deepen our students' understanding of the Wass Wolves' Way traits of Responsibility, Respect, and Integrity through digital citizenship. We defined digital citizenship and gave students scenarios where they had to decide how to respond appropriately. The student discussions were outstanding and we are always trying to be proactive to ensure safe learning for all.


The remaining M-STEP schedule for Wass students is listed below.


Many Wass students will have art on display at the Troy School District Art Show at the Troy Community Center from May 6-14. There will be an Opening Reception on Monday, May 8 from 5:30-6:30 PM for Kindergarten through 5th Grade students and families.


We will be opening up an online store for a spring Spiritwear sale. The sale will only be open for two weeks in order to ensure delivery of products three weeks later. The store closes on May 10.

Click here for the Wass Spring Spiritwear Online Store


It’s a busy morning. You need to leave the house on time but your child seems to be set on super-slow-motion.

Adults live in a time-oriented world. You check the time on your watch. You glance at the clock on your phone to be sure you’re at work on time. But kids? Their views of time seem to be a lot more flexible.

To help your child become more responsible with time:

  • Be a good role model. When you’re in a mad dash to get out the door, you’re not showing your child the importance of getting ready early.
  • Build in routines that help. Take five minutes in the evening to prepare for the next day. Create a “launch pad” by your door where your child can put all those things (backpack, gym shoes, permission slips) that she will need.
  • Don’t nag. You’ll make your child anxious—but you probably won’t make her hurry up. Instead, look for concrete actions that will actually make a difference. Help her put on her coat. Pick up her backpack and hand it to her.
  • Make it a game. Most kids love competition. So challenge your child to put on her shoes before you finish counting to 20.
  • Follow a predictable schedule as much as possible. It’s the best way to help your child develop a sense of time. Say, “In five minutes, it will be time for breakfast.” Or, “After dinner, we’ll read a story.”

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



Wass will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 7:45 PM, in the LGI Room. All people 17 years of age or older, or 16 with parent consent, in good health and who weigh more than 110 pounds are urged to donate. We encourage people to make their own appointments by visiting

  1. On the home page of, type "wass" into the blue box in the upper right corner on the blue box labeled "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".
  2. Click on Wass Elementary School on the far left.
  3. You will be offered the available appointment times. Select a time.
  4. First time users must "Create My Account"; users with accounts can sign in with their previously registered email address and password.
  5. Make the appointment.



Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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