THE WOLF'S HOWL Week 18 - january 11, 2019

Happy New Year to all Wass Wolves!

Our Wellness Night is only 6 days away. The Wass PTO is sponsoring this program on Thursday, January 17. We will be turning our school into a fitness center. Due to space and materials, sign up will be limited to the first 300 Wass students that register. FREE Tickets are for Wass students ONLY (No non-Wass siblings). All students must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or friend of the family. Parents do not need a ticket for this event. We have 270 students currently registered. If you want your child to attend, please register him/her promptly to ensure participation. There are only 30 spots left.

  • American Heart Association
  • Explore Yoga
  • On Your Mark
  • Agility Exercises
  • Indoor Track
  • Running with the Wolves Goal Setting
  • Climbing Wall
  • Flexed Arm Hang
  • Box Jumping
  • Smoothies for all students

You can sign up your child online at the Eventbrite-Wass Wellness Night link.


On Friday, Dec. 21, several 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Wass Wolves had the opportunity to be ball boys for the Troy Athens Boys' Varsity basketball game. It was a great opportunity for our students to be a part of the athletic program at their future high school. The large family turnout certainly helped cheer on our Red Hawks to a victory.


Our kindergartners have been receiving special packages from a super hero, Reader Man, with special messages to teach them about Super Reading Powers! These Super Reading Powers give them the ability to read. Just before the holiday break, our kindergartners had a Super Reader Celebration Day by making capes, masks, cuffs and of course a Reading Shield which contains all their powers. At the celebration, the Super Readers shared all their Super Reading Powers with their parents. At Wass, we believe in developing a love for reading as well as giving our readers the strategies and skills to read at or above their level.

Becoming a #WassReader starts in kindergarten!


Students and staff spread intentional acts of kindness throughout our school everyday. Our kitchen team, Donna Black and Natalie Groen, find their own creative way to show kindness to our students by writing positive messages to students on bananas in our vegetable and fruit bar. It's no surprise that bananas are popular with our Wolves!


Some parents stop reading aloud as soon as their children learn to read. But reading aloud can continue to be fun, and it builds reading skills, too.To make your read-aloud time successful:

  1. Do it every day. When you read aloud daily, you demonstrate that reading time is much too important to miss.
  2. Pick a regular time. When reading is already part of your daily routine, you won't have to think about trying to fit it into a hectic day. Choose a time when your child will be most receptive, such as after playing outside or before bed.
  3. Read the book first—before you read it aloud. Reading aloud is performing. You’ll do a better job if you’re familiar with what you’re going to read. Previewing a book may also keep you from getting bogged down in a book that neither you nor your child enjoys.
  4. Read books you like. If you like a book, odds are your child will, too. Start by reading books you enjoyed as a child. Often, your enjoyment will be contagious!
  5. Accentuate the first line. The first line of any good story will grab the reader’s attention. Your reading should make your child want to sit up and listen.
  6. Use facial expressions. Widen your eyes to show surprise. Squint a bit to show you’re thinking.
  7. Leave your child wanting more. Stop your day’s reading at a point where you are both eager to hear what happens next.

Reprinted with permission from the January 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


Over the holiday break, our school had a construction project take place. All three of our kindergarten rooms received new floors. They look great! Our school is 41 years old and it’s the first time the floor has been resurfaced. Special thanks to each of the kindergarten teachers for their help in making this project go so smoothly. This renovation project was funded by the Troy School District sinking fund.


We are moving our Wass Parent Book Club to Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. Please join us 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.


Our next All Pro Dad meeting will be on Thursday, January 31. The January topic is LOYALTY. Relationships are built on loyalty. It is the same with our family and our friends. Loyalty means standing with someone in the good and bad times. I've got your back, you've got mine. If you don't have loyalty, you stand alone.

Please RSVP at the link below.

Chris Fritzsching - Team Captain - Wass Elementary


Here is a list of important dates for school programs and activities that you might consider placing on your calendar.

  • Jan. 15 - PTO Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Jan. 17 - Wass Wolves' Wellness Night @ 6:00 PM
  • Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Jan. 24 - Wolf Packs
  • Jan. 28 - 1st Grade Informance for Miss Naugle's Class @ 2:45 PM
  • Jan. 29 - 1st Grade Informance for Mrs. Dipzinski's Class @ 2:45 PM
  • Jan. 29 - 5th Grade Musical @ 7:00 PM
  • Jan. 31 - 1st Grade Informance for Miss Pickelhaupt's Class @ 2:45 PM
  • Feb. 4 - 5th Grade Band & Orchestra Concert
  • Feb. 6 - Early Release Day
  • Feb. 7 - Wass Family Bingo Night
  • Feb. 18-19 - Mid-Winter Recess - No School
  • Feb. 27 - Early Release Day
  • Feb. 28 - Parent - Son Banquet
  • March 7 - End of the 2nd Marking Period
  • March 8 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
  • March 14 - 3rd Grade Vocal Music Concert
  • March 27 - Early Release Day
  • March 29 - April 5 - Spring Break
  • April 10 - Kindergarten Information Night


We held a Geography Bee on Tuesday for 4th and 5th grade students. Congratulations to our three finalists (Aarush - 1st Place, Gargi - 2nd Place, Sara - 3rd Place). We are proud of all of our Wolves that participated. Aarush will move on to the state level competition to represent Wass.


The discipline strategies you use at home can increase your child’s likelihood of succeeding in school. And experts agree that the best discipline methods are positive, not harsh. Studies have shown that physical punishments may actually increase children's risk for mental health problems.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents:

  • Develop loving, supportive relationships with their kids. This gives children a strong foundation and motivates them to behave well. When kids feel loved and respected by their parents, they are more likely to cooperate at home and at school.
  • Focus on the positive. Compliment what your child does right—and be specific. “You started your homework without my reminding you. Great job!”
  • Use time-outs and other non- physical consequences when needed. A child who speaks disrespectfully may need some time alone in her room. A child who puts off homework may miss other fun activities.
  • Let natural consequences do the work. If your child forgets to bring her homework to school again, don’t bring it to school for her. Instead, allow her to get a zero. She will be more likely to remember her homework tomorrow!

Reprinted with permission from the January 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: P. Holinger, M.D., “Physical Punishment—and Violence: A Serious Health Problem,” Psychology Today, niswc.com/elem_physical2.


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

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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