the wolf's howl WEEK 17 - DEC. 18-21

happy holidays from the wass staff

wass sing-along

The Wass Holiday Sing-Along was spectacular!!! It's an event that I can't believe we haven't done before. Consider this the first annual event. Next year - we will be opening this to parents to join us and join in the fun. I was amazed at the things our students shared they were thankful for. Be sure to ask your child about the Sing Along. You can see some of the video clips as they are currently trending on Twitter @WassWolves. Enjoy the pictures from the program below.


Our kindergartners have been receiving special packages from a super hero, Reader Man, over the past several weeks with special messages to teach them about Super Reading Powers! These Super Reading Powers give them the ability to read. On Tuesday, 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 3rd grade buddies. 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.

4th grade trading day

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 Monday. 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.

Help your child make learning resolutions

The start of a new year is a traditional time for making resolutions. Why not help your child make some learning resolutions to help her finish the school year strong? Here’s how:

  1. Start a conversation. Tell your child something you’ve resolved to change. “This year, I’m going to get more exercise and cut back on watching TV.” It’ll show her that a resolution is really just a promise you make to yourself.
  2. Get her thinking. Are there things she’s struggled with in class? Nudge her toward making improvements. “You’ve had trouble getting your homework done on time. What could you do to fix that?” Creating a study routine, starting projects earlier, or organizing her school supplies are three examples of things she could resolve to do.
  3. Define the goal. Resolutions can be vague. She can make hers concrete by turning it into a specific goal. Use her “creating a study routine” resolution and make it real. “I resolve to spend at least 15 minutes studying every day.” When a goal is measurable, it is easier to achieve.
  4. Be supportive. Resolutions have a way of fading away. So support your child if she starts to slip. “I know it’s hard to stick to a study routine, but you can do it!” Remind her that falling short once in a while doesn’t mean she can’t get back on track.

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


I'm so proud of our students for the team effort they have made to take on a school-wide service project and represent how to #BeWassKind. The donation boxes were overflowing and it took a large truck to deliver all of the coats, gloves, and boots to Priest Elementary in Detroit. I love how this project is students showing kindness to other students. This truly represents the Wass Wolves' Way! I would like to thank Mrs. Koenig for her help in getting these items delivered to Priest Elementary-Middle School in Detroit.


The Wass PTO is sponsoring a Science Night on Thursday, January 11 in partnership with the Cranbrook Science Institute. We will be turning our gym and cafeteria into a huge science laboratory where you can participate in 14 different science activities. 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 240 students currently registered. If you want your child to attend, please register him/her promptly to ensure participation.

You can sign up your child on line at the Eventbrite-Wass Science Night link.



  1. Phases of the Moon (Astronomy) - Explore the lunar cycle and create images of different moon phases
  2. Slime (Chemistry): Discover the properties of polymers as you create fun, oozing slime
  3. Bubble Mania (Chemistry) - Explore the chemistry behind surface tension
  4. Paleontology (Earth Science) - Examine fossils and casts of different dinosaurs. Great photo opportunity with a huge T-Rex femur!
  5. Fast Forming Crystals (Earth Science) - Watch how quickly crystals can form and explore their basic properties
  6. Catapult Construction (Engineering) - Design and construct a catapult to show off at home
  7. Flinker (Engineering) - Explore density and buoyancy before taking an engineering challenge
  8. Snap into Circuits (Physical Science) - Create snap circuits to power a light or motor
  9. The Attraction and Repulsion of Magnets (Physical Science) - Explore the forces of magnets
  10. Marble Run Physics (Physical Science) - Create and explore the fun forces of gravity and inertia with a marble roller coaster
  11. Swirling Vortex (Physical Science) - Explore the natural phenomenon of moving fluids
  12. Ram Rocket (Physical Science) - Blast off to a fun way to learn about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
  13. Light and Color (Physical Science) - Explore white light diffraction into the colors of the rainbow and examine how colors interact to make new colors
  14. Van de Graaff Generator - A hair-raising experience examining static electricity


Thursday, January 11, 2017 - 6:00-8:00 P.M. - Wass Elementary School Cafeteria & Gym

Keep learning alive for your child over the winter break

Your child looks at the calendar and imagines the joy of having free time for the whole winter school break. You look at the same blank squares on the calendar and have a mild moment of panic.

To keep from hearing “I’m bored” during your child’s time off from school, here are some activities that will keep her learning:

  • Make a list of things your family can do together. With your child, look in the local paper or go online to find free events to attend and places to go. Are there museums in your area? Are there free concerts scheduled for this month? Does the public library have special story hours or performances?
  • Select a movie that is based on a book. After you and your child finish reading the book, watch the movie together. Discuss how the two are alike and how they are different.
  • Prepare food together. Nearly every culture has some special foods associated with the holiday season. With your child, prepare foods you remember from your childhood. Share your memories. Or do some research and cook a dish you’ve never tried.
  • Encourage your child to learn more about the past and your family history by talking with grandparents, aunts, uncles—even you. Help her come up with a list of questions to ask, such as, “What was school like for you when you were my age?” and “What trends were popular?” She can record the conversations, write them down, or just listen.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2017 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2017 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

mission moment at tsd board of education meeting

Captain Sandra Sollars and her daughter, Abigail, were honored at the Troy School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. You can view this portion of the board meeting between the time of 1:33 to 11:45 on the video clip below. Captain Sollars delivered a wonderful presentation with teaching points about Veteran's Day, service in the United States Military, and the partnership as a working mother with teachers at Wass Elementary. Thank you for your service Captain Sollars! We appreciate you, our veterans, and all members of the U.S. armed forces that are currently serving our country.

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 Track from 8:00-8:30 a.m. during the winter months.


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.



Enjoy your Winter Break! Happy Holidays!

Matt Jansen - Principal - Wass Elementary

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