Our fifth graders completed the language arts portion of the M-STEP assessment this week. They will continue with the math and social studies portions next week. The schedule for Wass students in grades 3–5 is listed below. We appreciate your help with making sure students come to school on time with their iPads fully charged.

staff appreciation week - APRIL 25-29

Please join the Wass PTO in honoring our amazing staff during Wass Staff Appreciation Week April 24-28. Click on the links below to donate items needed or to volunteer your time to make the week a success. When dropping off items in the Wass office, please have a note attached to your item indicating what day your item is for so there is no confusion. Thank you in advance for your support in honoring our Teachers and Staff. Let's fuel their Energy Bus!!!

Monday, April 24th - Breakfast "for" Champions

Tuesday, April 25th - "Souper" Lunch

Wednesday, April 26th - Popcorn Bar

Thursday, April 27 - Sweets & Treats

Friday, April 28 - Lunch for our Amazing Bunch of Teachers and Staff


If you are able to volunteer to help with our Field Day on Friday, June 1, please sign up using the link below. The times are: (K-2) 9:25-11:15 / (3-5) 1:25-3:15.


Restaurant NIGHT

Our school will be hosting another restaurant night at Noodles and Oberweis 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!


Our third grade teachers have been working hard with their students to prepare for what has traditionally been called our Wax Museum. They have made some changes and in the spirit of continuously looking to improve, this year's program is called the Third Grade Museum of Inspiration. This will take place on Friday (April 21) afternoon in the media center.


Fri, 4/28 - Book Fair Preview for students

Tuesday, 5/2 - Parent shopping time after school hours

Tuesday, 5/2 - Class Buying Time

Thursday, 5/3 - Class Buying Time


The 3rd grade boys in the Bear Den of Pack 1708 wanted to give back to the Wass community and decided to clean up outside the school Tuesday night. Thank you Pack 1708 for representing the Wass Wolves' Way.


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.

People with appointments for the Drive will always be given priority over walk-ins, so everyone is encouraged to make an appointment prior to the date of the Drive. However, walk-ins will be served as time allows. Walks-ins must arrive no later than 6:30 PM.



This year’s event takes place Saturday, May 13 at 9:45 a.m. at Boulan Park and BPMS. This is a fabulous, fun event and we are hoping that every 5th grade student gets involved and all our families come out to cheer them on. Our elementary physical education staff works hard to ensure that every student is ready and raring to go. Registration is now open.


Congratulations to the Wass Green Team, who recently were informed that we would be awarded "EVERGREEN" Status, which is the highest ranking! Our students took place in weekly recycling, visited a rescue shelter and delivered homemade dog toys, and have started a garden at Larson! Thanks to advisors Mrs. Kellett and the members of our Green Team for their leadership of this initiative.


Kids who are motivated to learn are likely to be more successful in school than those who are not. To motivate your child:

  1. Be a learner yourself. Let your child see you read books. Watch educational programs. Attend school functions. Try new things. Show curiosity.
  2. Share what you learn. Talk about new ideas or scientific discoveries with your child. Discuss things you read or hear.
  3. Show an interest in what he is learning. Ask questions simply to learn and share—not to check up on your child.
  4. Let him know you believe he can learn. If you show faith in your child’s ability to learn, he will have more confidence in his ability.
  5. Stay positive. If your child has problems in school, help him see that problems can be solved. Meet with the teacher to figure out ways your child can improve. Then discuss ways you can work together to help him succeed.

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.

girl scout DRIVEs - april 17-21


Next week (April 17th- April 21st), Wass Fifth Grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 70693, will be accepting gently used stuffed animals and books for S.A.F.E (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies). With your help we have collected over 3,000 books and stuffed animals in the past 5 years! Bins will be available in the front foyer at Wass for your donation.


Fourth grade Girl Scout Troop 71064 is collecting items for the Michigan Humane Society as their community service project this year and can use your help. We are collecting old blankets and towels to donate. There will be a box in the front lobby of school labeled Michigan Humane Society. Thank you in advance for you help


At this time of year, I begin the planning process for next school year. I would like to share our procedures for moving students to their next grade level teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. We use a comprehensive procedure to determine grade/teacher placement. The process is outlined below

  1. Teachers will fill out a student profile sheet on each student in his/her class. The profile sheet will allow teachers to identify each student’s strengths and needs.
  2. A team consisting of the grade level teachers, principal, and other pertinent staff such as the reading specialist, special education personnel, and/or ELL teacher will meet to place students into classes based on information from the profile sheets, and any additional input. The class lists will be constructed so that each class is relatively equal with regards to the following factors:
  • Balance of male and female students.
  • A range of reading, writing, and math abilities in each room.
  • Consideration of learning needs.
  • Separation of behavior conflicts.
  • Balance of students with strong leadership qualities.
  • Balance of students with independent study habits.

In analyzing all these factors we strive to develop balanced classrooms, which will be minimally affected by the addition of new students as they move into our area.

We do not accept specific teacher requests. Parents are cautioned not to request placement or non-placement based on what they may have heard about a teacher from other parents. Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An experience that other parents may have had with their child may be totally different from what your child could have with the same teacher. However, if there is a concern, parents may send a letter with information regarding their child’s learning style and specific educational needs. I need to receive this information by April 21st

Please help your child understand that he/she may not be with the same friends next year, or with a teacher a sibling may have had. Help them know they are capable of working with new friends and teachers, that they are skillful youngsters, and able to handle new situations. It will help ensure a smooth transition. We value your help and appreciate your consideration.

Thank you for your time and interest regarding the Grade Placement Procedures. We are looking forward to using this process and feel confident that each student will be placed in a classroom that will allow him/her to have a successful school year! Thank you.

Join Mr. Cavataio and the Wolf Pack on Tuesdays for an Early Bird Trot on the Wass Track (Indoor or Outdoor Track) from 8:00-8:30 a.m. This is a great way to actively start your day as a family.

Wass Weekly Link - April 17-21

April Lunch Menu Link

Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind

Mr. Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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