THE WOLF'S HOWL WEEK 10 - NOV. 10, 2017


It was great to see so many parents and family members join us yesterday for Wolf Packs. Research shows that when parents are more involved in their child's education, their child is more successful in school. We are grateful to have so many parents that value education and support the teaching and learning in our school. Thank you! Here are some pictures from Wolf Packs.

In order to extend the learning from today's Wolf Pack lesson beyond our school walls, you might consider taking your child to see the movie, Wonder. It opens on Nov. 17. Here are some discussion questions you can ask your child following the movie - Wonder.

  • Did you learn anything from this movie? If you did, what was it?
  • Which Wass Wolves' Way character traits did you see in the movie? Responsibility? Respect? Integrity? Perseverance?
  • Who was your favorite character in the movie? Why?
  • Who was your least favorite character in the film? Why?
  • If you could change one thing or event in the movie, what would you change?


One of our Wass families is experiencing a very difficult time right now as their kindergartner, Aiden, has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Aiden has been in the hospital since Oct. 31 and has faced many medical challenges. We ask that you keep the Partlan family and Aiden in your thoughts and prayers. A Go Fund Me page has been created by members of the community. If you would like to make a contribution to support this family in their time of need, please visit the link below to learn more about our Wass Wolf - Aiden. If you any questions or want to learn how to further support this family, please contact Emily Wade (Wass parent) at teamwade@hotmail.com.


Parents must encourage their children to develop self-respect

Children who are disrespectful often lack something they desperately need: self-respect. If they don’t value themselves, they will find it hard to value and respect other people. They will also have trouble following rules.

But how can you encourage self-respect and how does it develop? Self-respect comes from:

  • Competence. It feels great to be good at things. Give your child opportunities to learn and practice new skills—everything from reading to playing sports to doing chores.
  • Accomplishments. Notice and compliment your child’s progress. “You’ve read three books this week. I’m impressed!”
  • Confidence. It helps to have parents who stay positive through challenges. Display a “You can do it” attitude. Help your child see mistakes as opportunities to learn.
  • Freedom. Give your child some independence. Let her make age-appropriate choices, too. For example, “Would you like to organize your closet today or tomorrow?”
  • Support. Show that you accept, appreciate and love your child for who she is and what she believes. Ask about her day. Listen to her answers. Help her solve problems.
  • Imitation. If you have self-respect, your child is more likely to have it as well. Be kind to yourself and believe in your worth.

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.


Every year, our school hosts a learning night. This year, we will be hosting a Science Night on Thursday, January 11, 2018. We will be partnering with the Cranbrook Science Institute to have 14 learning stations for you to enjoy digging deeper and having fun with science. This program will be FREE to students and families as it is 100% funded by the Wass PTO. A registration link will be sent out soon for you to sign-up your child as it is limited to 300 students.


First graders took a field trip to Telly’s Greenhouse to launch and explore their science unit (Plants). George took them on a tour of the greenhouse and discussed a variety of plants, what they need to grow, as well as how important plants are to us (food, air, clothing, shelter...).


3rd Graders published their True Stories (personal narratives) this week and were able to celebrate as a grade level. This allowed students to meet other third grade authors and recognize a wider audience. Students closed with sharing compliments about their peers’ writing which brought many smiles as well as new energy for their next writing unit. Well done, third graders!

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.

Boost writing skills and express thanks with illustrated stories

The children’s book The Secret of Saying Thanks ends with this thought: “We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”

November is the perfect month to focus on giving thanks. As your child thinks about the reasons he is thankful, have him put his thoughts in writing. Here’s how:

  1. Brainstorm with your child. Ask him to name one thing he is thankful for. He might say, “I am thankful for our dog.”
  2. Have your child write that statement at the top of a piece of paper. Underneath it, he should write down all the reasons he is thankful for his dog. For example, he may love the fact that the dog sleeps on his bed. He may like the dog’s curly tail. He may love to take the dog on walks.
  3. Have your child draw a picture at the bottom of the page.

During the month, repeat this activity with everyone in the family. Post these illustrated stories for the whole family to read.

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. Source: R. Fletcher and J. Portalupi, Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K-8, Stenhouse Publishers.


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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