THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 15 - DECEMBER 7, 2018

The Wass Superhero Emblem with our Super Powers of Character.


Earlier this year we shared a Wass Readers video created to inform our community of the literacy instruction and reading life in our school. Today, we would like to share a Wass Wolves' Way video about the character education practices infused in our school culture. The video also includes staff and student testimony of the impact of our core values in our school. Enjoy!


Report cards for students in grades K-5 will be available to parents on Tuesday, December 11 electronically through PowerSchool.


On Friday, December 21st, we will host our 2nd annual Wass Holiday Sing Along with the entire school. It will be a great way to kick off the holiday break and get everyone into the holiday spirit. Songs from different cultures and winter favorites will be sung (songs listed below). The Sing Along is open for parents to attend. Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to dress in the holiday spirit. The program will begin at 2:45 PM. Go Wolves!

  • I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  • Feliz Navidad
  • Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Oh Kwanzaa
  • Hanukkah is Here at Last/ Hanukkah oh Hanukkah
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Night of Silence/Silent Night
  • 12 Days of Christmas
Wass Holiday Sing Along 2017


Thursday's Wolf Pack lesson on Digital Citizenship created a lot of great discussion between students and Wolf Pack leaders. Officer John Julian was instrumental in helping us discuss scenarios that require students to be upstanders as digital citizens. You can further discuss this topic at home by viewing our scenario video with Officer Julian. Below are some questions you can discuss with your student if you wish:

  • What does it mean to be a digital citizen?
  • What does it mean to be an upstander as a digital citizen?
  • If a friend shared something with you online that they probably shouldn’t, what would you do? What would you not do?
  • How do you decide who to share something with and who not to share something with?
  • Are there different rules if someone tells you something online rather than in real life? Why?
  • If you make a mistake online, who can you go to for help?
  • Should adults be allowed to see everything you put online? Why or why not?

Digital Citizenship Video


Wass has celebrated Computer Science Education Week by having 3rd graders work with Dash robots, playing robot “Capture the Flag.” Dash is a real robot that responds to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing. Students developed their computational thinking skills while demonstrating perseverance and teamwork (Wass Character Traits) in order to program the Dash robots to avoid obstacles and capture the other team’s flag. Also, during Media time this week, all K-5 students were given the opportunity to engage in coding work and the engineering design process with the help of our Dash robots. The classroom teachers also provided students with time to work on various coding activities on Code.org, Kodable and more. Wass Wolves are moving into the 21st Century!


Class Holiday Parties are scheduled on Thursday, December 20. Parties in grades K-5 will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Parents signed up to work the classroom parties as volunteers can arrive and enter at 2:15 to set up for the parties.


Parents are also invited to join us at the PTO Meeting on January 15 at 7:00 PM for a book study on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets In Kids. You can purchase this book on Amazon at the link below.

If you are able to attend the Wass Parent Book Club on Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids, please sign up so we can plan intelligently. Several Wass staff will lead our conversations on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2018 from 7:00-8:00 PM.


The halfway point of the school year is approaching. It’s time for a mid-year checkup on your child’s attendance. Each year in the United States, close to eight million students are at risk academically because they are chronically absent. Here’s what researchers have found:

  • School absences add up. When students aren’t in school, they miss out on valuable learning.
  • Missing school becomes a habit. Students who miss a lot of school in kindergarten are still frequently absent in fifth grade.
  • There is a clear relationship between early attendance and later achievement. Kids who come to school regularly in the early grades are still doing well in secondary school—and they are more likely to graduate from high school.

How many days of school has your child missed this year? If you’re unsure, contact the school to find out. It’s not too late to get back on track so he can have a successful school year—and school career.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: “Why Attendance and Chronic Absence?” Count Us In! Toolkit 2018, Attendance Works, niswc.com/elem_chronic-absence.


We know that a high-quality preschool experience makes all the difference as children enter Kindergarten. That's why we are so excited to show you the progress on our new Troy School District preschool AND tell you about an important night where you can learn more.

In today's WORLD CLASS WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT VIDEO, we give you a sneak peak at our new building and demonstrate what the "Troy Difference" means for our youngest learners (note--the building is even MORE complete then it was when we shot this video.)

If you have a child entering preschool, please make plans to attend our information night on January 15, where you can learn much more about the programs offered, how to enroll and what getting this "Best Start" could do for your child. Explore, Create, Connect at our Troy School District Preschool!


On December 20, Cub Scout Pack 1708 is going to participate in the Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. This program was created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council. Pediatric patients will shine flashlights from the hospital windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital to flash them back. Pack 1708 would like to offer an open invitation for any Wass Wolves and families to join them at this event. Parking is limited. Please carpool and arrive early on campus to park. Use either the 13 Mile or Coolidge entrance. REMEMBER YOUR FLASHLIGHTS! The Wass Pack will meet at the East Entrance at 7:45 PM. Please use the designated sidewalks to gather outside the hospital's East Entrance. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the campus to guide you. Pediatric patients will be ready for 'bedtime' promptly at 8 p.m. each night. Please plan to be on campus 15-20 minutes prior to park and arrive at the designated waving area. The event begins promptly at 8 p.m. and lasts 5 - 10 minutes

“Many children are unable to leave their rooms and can feel isolated in the hospital as the rest of the world continues without them,” Beaumont Children’s Child Life Supervisor Kathleen Grobbel said. “With the help of the community, we can make sure they go to bed with smiles on their faces.”

Pediatric patients will shine flashlights from the hospital windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital to flash them back.

@WassWolves on Twitter

You can view the learning that is taking place daily in our school. During the week, you can have a window into our school through the @WassWolves Twitter Feed with images of learning activities from grades K-5 throughout our school. Whether it is in a classroom, on a field trip, or in a specials class, we want you to know the great things going on at Wass. A picture and a headline says a thousand words! You can go to @WassWolves on Twitter or view the feed on the bottom right of the Wass website.

We had nice weather to be outside on Tuesday for this week's morning exercise. 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.


Many parents work hours that do not allow them to pick-up or drop-off their child when school begins or is dismissed. If you are in this situation, child care is available before and after school through the C.A.R.E. Company. Full or part-time schedules are available. For more information, please call 248-823-5100 or visit their website at www.troyceonline.com.


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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