Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Last week, our Wizards enjoyed kicking off Kindness Month with a Spirit Week and the 100th day of school! This month, classes are taking on various challenges on their BINGO boards in order to show that “kindness is magic” at Wealthy Elementary. We hope they will take on the spirit of kindness everywhere they go by performing random acts of kindness at home and in their community, too.



PTO School Musical - Little Mermaid, Jr. This Week 
We are excited that this Wednesday afternoon the cast and crew of The Little Mermaid, Jr. will perform their dress rehearsal for students and staff in Pioneer Auditorium. Family and friends are invited to attend the Thursday or Friday evening performances and the Saturday matinee during the times listed below. You may purchase tickets in the office, online by clicking here, or at the door prior to each performance.  

Thursday, February 9  at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m.

This year, we have 225 students in grades 1-5 involved in the musical which is nearly half of our student body! It is truly a student led production from the stage crew to the sound and light boards to hair and make-up. Every aspect is managed by students which makes this an incredibly unique experience for elementary aged children. A special thank you to Mrs. Siegel for her continued leadership on this year’s production. She had numerous volunteers assisting her along the way, and I know all their care and dedication will be reflected in our students’ performances. Thank you, also, to our PTO for continuing to support this wonderful opportunity for our students. We hope you’ll come be part of our world during this year’s show, Little Mermaid, Jr.!

Conference Scheduling
As we look forward to spring, it is, once again, time to schedule conferences. Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 14.  Information on conference scheduling will be sent the week of February 13. 

Valentine’s Day Reminder
Next Tuesday, February 14, classes will hold Valentine’s Day activities. To remain consistent with our policy regarding food in the classroom, we strongly recommend non-food based treats be considered if your child chooses to give valentines to his or her classmates. If Valentines are sent that include candy or pre-packaged treats, those items will be placed in backpacks to be enjoyed at home. Please refer to the Parent Handbook, linked here, for additional information regarding food in the classroom and thank you for helping keep all students safe.

Yule Ball on February 25 for students in grades 3-8   
Calling all witches and wizards in grades 3-8: The 10th annual EGRPS Interscholastic Yule Ball is coming up on Saturday, February 25. Festivities will run from 6:00-9:00 pm at EGR High School. Look forward to a magical night of Harry Potter fun including returning favorites and new surprises. Please register your EGRPS students in grades 3-8 here: Yule Ball 2023 RegistrationAll students must be registered to attend the Yule Ball and unfortunately, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Registration will be open from February 6-20.  Students are encouraged to eat BEFORE they attend this event.  Refreshments will not be provided. Many Gaslight Village businesses are offering special Yule Ball fare the weekend of the event. 

This event is made possible through generous contributions from all EGRPS Parent Teacher Organizations and local business interests. Volunteers are needed to conjure up an amazing night. Please sign up here if you are able to help us on Saturday, February 25.  

Chess Club for Grades 2-5
Wealthy Elementary is excited to again be hosting Chess Club for students in grades 2-5! Chess Club will run on Mondays from February 27-March 27 in the Learning Commons from 3:30-4:15 p.m. To register your child(ren), please click here. Registration closes on Friday, February 24. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Grin at   

PTO Spirit Wear Sale
The PTO is hosting an online Spirit Wear sale for any families interested in purchasing East/Wealthy Elementary gear for their child(ren). The flash sale ends on Monday, February 20 at midnight. Please visit and choose “Wealthy Elementary” to view current options. Orders from the flash sale will be delivered to school 3-6 weeks after the sale closes. Spirit Wear options will be expanded in the future and the PTO looks forward to offering a variety of East gear to families!   

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Reminders
As the variable winter weather continues with both rain and snow in the forecast, please remember to give yourself extra time and to exercise caution when commuting to and from school each day. Families are encouraged to walk, bike, or scooter to school to the greatest extend possible. For those who need to drive, please remember that there are two drop-off and pick-up lanes that may be utilized. If one is busy, you are encourage to use the other. Cars may never be left unattended on the curbs adjacent to the building and should only be parked in marked parking spaces. Please do not exit your vehicle when parked in a “Kiss and Go” lane and remember to pull your car all the way forward so other vehicles may enter the line. Wealthy Elementary’s full parking procedures are linked here.       

Please click here to view upcoming events on the Wealthy Elementary School calendar. Please mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Board of Education Meeting - Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the EGRMS Learning Commons

  • Mid-Winter Break: No Students K-12 on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

Warm regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

Weekly Reminders:

  • We are looking for someone interested in Chairing the Scholastic Book Fair March 12 - 16. Commitment time is minimal. Please reach out to if you are interested.
  • If you haven’t had a chance to join the PTO, please do so here.

Wealthy Spirit Wear!
Our Spirit Shop is up and running!! Please click here to shop.

Amazon Smile:
If you use Amazon Prime, please check out their Amazon Smile program. This is another way you can support our school! You simply designate “Wealthy Elementary PTO”, and we will receive a kickback from Amazon.

Please follow Wealthy’s PTO on Facebook and Twitter or contact us at

**The Wealthy Elementary Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group run by parent volunteers whose purpose is to support the education of children at Wealthy Elementary.**



Do you love your children’s teachers or other staff members and want to reward them in a meaningful way this Valentine’s Day? Consider giving them STAR Awards from the Foundation. 

STAR Awards honor outstanding teachers and staff members for going above and beyond for our students. For a donation of $25 or more to the Foundation, we’ll produce a STAR Award for your favorite teacher or staff member and either present it to them or give it to you to present it yourself. Best of all, your donation will go toward funding enhancement grants that offer our kids educational opportunities that are second to none. To honor a teacher or staff member quickly and easily, visit the STAR awards page on our website. You can also nominate teachers for the Foundation’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards. Nominations are due by May 1.

Kindergarten 2023-2024 Intent-to-Enroll Information
If you intend to enroll a kindergartener who is an East Grand Rapids resident for the Fall 2023/2024 school year, you can click 
here for more information. Please complete the online Kindergarten Intent to Enroll form on or before March 1, 2023.

Wealthy Happenings 

Musical Tickets are on Sale!
Little Mermaid, Jr will be performed this week by our talented Wizards on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm, Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased now through Wednesday, February 8th at 10:00 PM via School Pay using this link, every school day in the main office from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm or at the door before each performance. Thank you for supporting our cast & crew!

Children's Used Book Sale Update
On January 27 and 28, a children’s used book sale was held to raise money for each elementary learning commons.  Books that had been removed from the three elementary schools due to minimal circulation in recent years or, in some cases, multiple copies of a title, were sold at the EGR Community Center during the two-day (very snowy) sale.  Thanks to our volunteers and staff, the sale was able to raise over $500 for each school to purchase new books as well as classic books with updated covers.  After the sale, the remaining books in good condition were donated to several local schools.

A very special thanks to the EGR Parks and Recreation Department, who provided the space for the sale free of charge, and to Friends of the Library volunteers, Shellie Adamy and Carole McDonald, who provided their experience and time during the sale.

Mrs. Sarah Webber, EGR Elementary Learning Commons Paraeducator

Melodies in March Information
Melodies in March, the annual EGR combined choir concert, will take place on Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Performing Arts Center at the high school. Wealthy Elementary choir members will be participating with the other two elementary choirs as well as the middle and high school choirs.
Click here for more information about this fun event!
Remember! No choir practice on Tuesday, March 21st! Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunity!
The Pioneer Partner Program involves EGR high school students leading our Wealthy Elementary students during lunch recess to read books, play games, and connect with students in grades 1-5. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:50 am - 12:30 pm through March 2nd. Parent volunteers are needed, preferably two per shift. Responsibilities include answering questions, maintaining respect for the Learning Commons, and just hanging out with the students! Feel free to sign up for multiple days! Click here to sign up. Thanks in advance for your help. This program can't run without you!

Children with Hair Loss Hair Drive is back!
Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts...Make a difference Wealthy Wizards and consider donating your hair!  After a few years hiatus it’s back! The date is TBD, but we are shooting for May. You only need 8 keep growing it out! Adults are welcome to sign up too. Please contact Liz Gohel at with any questions. We will be cutting hair in order of sign up, so contact Liz to reserve your spot. To learn more about this wonderful nonprofit and to print off a donation form, click here

Choir to sing the National Anthem at EGRHS Varsity Basketball Game!
Click here for more information about this great opportunity for the Wealthy Wizard 4/5 choir scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th.

Flickr Uploading Instructions
Don't forget to take pictures of class parties, field trips, project days, etc. Please email photos to, and the photos will be added to Wealthy's Flickr account.

Additional Information

2023-2024 and 2024-2025 District Calendars
District calendars for school years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 are now available on the district website at
 and can be viewed by clicking here.


Yule Ball is Quickly Approaching!
The 10th annual EGRPS Interscholastic Yule Ball is scheduled for February 25, 2023.
Click here for more information!

Girl Scout Valentine's Day Craft Night
When: Thursday, February 9th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Girl Scouts Office @ 3275 Walker Ave NW
Click here for more information!

Mark your calendar! The EGRHS Academic Boosters and EGRHS PTO invite all district parents to join us for our "Book Club" discussion of "Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Some Kids Shine" by Michelle Borba Ed.D. The meeting will take place at the High School on Tuesday, March 7 and 9 am. Questions? Want to borrow a copy of the book? Reach out to Katie Flermoen (

Please click here for important volunteer information.


Lunch Menu
Please click here for a digital lunch menu!

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