THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 16 - DECEMBER 14, 2018

Students show off their holiday spirit on Hat Day.


Congratulations to Skyye Frailey and Madison Miller for winning our 2018-19 Yearbook Cover Contest. There were many outstanding entries. Thanks to everyone that gave their Wass Wolves' Way best!!!


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



Our fourth grade Wolves were very excited to participate in an enactment of the French Fur Trade as their teachers brought social studies to life. The annual program is called Trading Day. It is a project that we do to support the learning of economics and the French Fur Trade. There were some amazing products created and traded on Tuesday. I would like to thank the fourth grade teachers for their hard work in planning and facilitating this program. Special thanks goes out to each parent that helped their child with this program as well.


Many people exchange gifts over the holiday season. While children love receiving gifts, they also enjoy being able to give them. Does your child know that the most meaningful gifts don’t have to cost money? They simply take time and come straight from the heart. Share these thoughtful gift ideas with your child. She could:

  • Offer to do chores for an elderly neighbor.
  • Record herself reading a book for a younger sibling to listen to while reading.
  • Make a list, such as “My 10 Best Memories With Grandpa.”
  • Play a favorite game with a family member or a neighbor who is homebound.
  • Record an audio or video message for a loved one who lives far away.
  • Create a playlist with a bunch of her favorite songs to share.
  • Bake cookies and deliver them to someone who may not receive many homemade gifts.
  • Create a calendar for 2019 and decorate it with personalized artwork, one drawing for each month.
  • Make a gift certificate good for two hours of help around the house.
  • Create a beautiful picture or poem about a special person.

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.


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.



Sometimes, kids can learn better if they work with another student. Having a study buddy can be an effective way for students to master challenging material. Study buddies can help each other practice math facts. They can prepare for a class presentation. They can test each other to see what they know—and don’t know. Of course, without a bit of planning, a session with a study buddy can turn into nothing more than social time. Here are some tips to make a study session productive:

  • Commit to the purpose. Both students should agree that they are getting together to study math or social studies—not to play Fortnite or other games.
  • Choose someone responsible. Both students should be focused on learning.
  • Set a schedule. Your child and her buddy might meet at the library. Or they could take turns going to each other’s houses.
  • Set goals. Decide what is going to be covered during a session. Then stick to it!

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.


The Troy Schools Food Service Department, which is contracted by the Sodexo Corporation, is seeking friendly people willing to fill various vacancies within the Food Service Department that are responsible for providing lunches to the students of the Troy School District. Not to worry if you haven’t had previous experience, as “on the job” training will be available!

Depending on the school, the hours would primarily be during the middle of the day, and would range from 3 to 4 hours a day. And you would be earning some extra money while your students are in school! Come join our Food Service Staff by calling 248-823-5089, or please email us at ngervais@troy.k12.mi.us.

Gayle M. Moran -Director - General Manager - Sodexo Corporation


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.

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 Indoor or Outdoor Track from 8:00-8:30 a.m.


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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