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THE WOLF'S HOWL WEEK 10 - NOV. 2, 2018

Mrs. Maher's class takes a group photo with Coach Harbaugh and a recruit from Athens High School.

CHARACTER EDUCATION PARENT SURVEY

Please complete this parent survey about the character education practices at Wass Elementary School. The Wass Leadership and Character Education Teams will use the results for planning purposes and future practices to benefit all Wolves in our learning community.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I loved seeing all of the staff and students dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween. This is a great relationship day for students and staff. The weather cleared up just in time for us to have the Wass Halloween Parade outside. I would like to thank all of the classroom volunteers that planned and organized our class parties. The students had a blast!

EXCESS HALLOWEEN CANDY

Troy Youth Assistance is hosting their annual collection of unwanted/excess Halloween candy at the elementary schools for donation to other action agencies. We will have collection bins in our front lobby from Monday, 10/29 through Friday, Nov. 9.

VIDEO OF DR. M TEACHING KINDERGARTEN AT WASS

OWL PELLET PROGRAM

Third grade students participated in our annual owl pellet dissection program after a week-long study of owls in our Structures of Life science unit.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY - TUESDAY, NOV. 6

If you are unhappy with your child’s pictures or if your child was absent the day pictures were taken, please send your child to school ready to have his/her picture taken on Tuesday, Nov. 6. For retakes, your child must return the original package intact and bring it on the day of retakes. Extra order forms are in the school office.

MODEL THE RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR YOU'D LIKE TO SEE FROM YOUR CHILD

Being respectful is critical to success in school and life. However, when it comes to teaching your child about respect, the idea isn’t to teach her at all. It’s to show her. By demonstrating what respect looks like, you’ll go a long way toward helping your child become respectful. Here are some simple ways to demonstrate respect every day:

  • Be honest. Tell your child the truth. Admit your mistakes instead of blaming others for them. Apologize (even to your child) when you are wrong.
  • Be dependable. If you tell your child you’ll do something, do it. Earn her respect by proving that you’re reliable. And when you can’t do something, be honest about it.
  • Be kind. Don’t insult or belittle your child when she makes a mistake.
  • Be fair. Don’t pass judgment on your child or punish her for something before learning all the facts. Show respect by taking the time to get her side of the story.
  • Be polite. Say please, thank you and excuse me when talking to your child. Don’t barge into her room, either. Knock first.

Reprinted with permission from the November 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

5th GRADE CLASS SHIRTS

5th grade class shirts can be purchased through the online store using the link below. The store will be open until Thursday, Nov. 8. Orders are anticipated to be in before the end of November. The Varsity Shop is aiming to have this completed before Thanksgiving break.

FIRE SAFETY

Our students in grades 1, 3, and 5 participated in our annual Fire Safety programs with Firefighter Rob. Each grade level receives a specific message to make them aware of fire safety. Each grade level went over the importance of having an evacuation plan in case you ever deal with a fire. Sunday is Daylight Savings, it's a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

@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.

SAFETIES OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to these fifth grade students for being recognized for their outstanding service as Wass Safety Patrol members throughout the month of October.

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.

FIVE STRATEGIES TO GIVE YOUR CHILD'S VOCABULARY A BOOST!

Reading at home is one of the best ways to boost your child’s vocabulary. That’s because reading exposes your child to new ideas, concepts and words. Here are five effective strategies that will help you increase your child’s vocabulary:

  1. Read different kinds of books to your child. If you usually read fiction, go to the library and get a book that explains how something works instead. Check out a book about a sport or activity your child enjoys. Or, read a biography about a person she admires.
  2. Look for words your child might not know as you read. “It says here that George Washington went to school to become a surveyor. What do you think that word means?”
  3. Listen for new words as you’re watching TV. News programs often include words your child may not know. “Have you ever heard the word tsunami before? Let’s look it up to see what it means.”
  4. Pull out the thesaurus. Find synonyms for words your child uses often when writing or speaking.
  5. Help your child create her own dictionary. All you need is a notebook with a page for each letter. When your child discovers a new word that she wants to remember, have her write it and its definition in the notebook. Review those words from time to time.

Reprinted with permission from the November 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Don’t forget to to Fall Back an hour on Sunday (Nov. 4) for Daylight Savings Time.

PLEASE VOTE ON TUESDAY

A We are less than a week away from a very important election for the Troy School District. On Nov. 6, voters in the TSD will head to the polls to cast their vote for the Troy Schools Non-Homestead Millage question.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

A "Yes" vote means the TSD can maintain the educational programs you have come to expect.

A "No" vote means the District could lose $22.6 million a year.

The outcome of this election will come down to voter turnout. The City expects a large percentage of voters will head to the polls for other issues, and it’s difficult to know how they would vote on this important school millage. That’s why we are asking every eligible voter in the TSD to make plans to VOTE in this election—our families need to make their voices heard.

Need more information on this non-homestead millage? Here are some FAST FACTS to remember:

Does NOT affect homeowners—only businesses and non-homestead properties pay.

  • Generates 22.6 million dollars for the day to day operations of our schools (17% of our funding.)
  • Voter approval of this allows us to collect our full foundation allowance (If this fails, we would lose $400,000 this year—and that number could increase every year up to the full $22.6 million in a few short years.
  • ZERO increase to the voter approved 18 mill tax rate for businesses.

You can also watch this very short video by Dr. Machesky for more information on where this money goes--and why, you, as primary homeowners and taxpayers here in Troy, don't pay anything at all for this millage:

NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE REPLACEMENT VIDEO

We also have an FAQ on the non-homestead millage replacement on our website:

https://www.troy.k12.mi.us/apps/news/article/922398

If you have additional questions, please email (kbirmingham@troy.k12.mi.us) or call me at 248-823-4035. Please encourage your friends, neighbors & relatives who might live in the TSD area to come out and vote on November 6th!!! -

Thank you! - Kerry Birmingham - Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives - Troy School District

KROGER REWARDS & AMAZON SMILE

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.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

AMAZON SMILE

Have a great weekend! #BeWassKind #WassReaders

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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