Principal's Message

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,       

March is a busy month here at Wealthy Elementary! I am hopeful Spring is around the corner as students (and staff) are looking forward to sunshine and warmer temps. My fingers are crossed that we have almost reached the end of Winter.

Shrek, Jr.
This past week was magical as our students performed Shrek, Jr. the musical! Each year, this PTO sponsored event involves over half the student body. I am continually amazed at the many ways in which our students grow because of this unique and empowering opportunity. The cast, crew, lights, and sound are all run by students. Even our first and second grade students had the chance to be a part of the show. To view the first grade video stars please click here. Our second grade chorus appeared in scene one as ducks and frogs. Congrats to all our rising stars!

A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Siegel for coming out of retirement to direct the play! Her love of working with children was evident at each and every rehearsal. Thank you, also, to the many parents, staff, and volunteers who participated by helping with the set, costumes, props, playbill, publicity, microphones, decorations, photography, cast party, and so much more. We even had former students come back to assist with rehearsals and performances. I am thankful for how the school musical brings our community together and provides meaningful opportunities for students.  

To view our Flickr album for Shrek, Jr., which will continue to be updated, please click here. Photo booth pictures from the cast party may be found here. If you have additional pictures, please share by sending them to (Subject: “Shrek, Jr.” and Message: leave blank).   


Author Visits and March Book Madness
Although we consider every month to be Reading Month, we do have some special activities planned for March. Tomorrow, our Kindergarten through Third grade students will have an opportunity to hear from author Denise Brennan-Nelson who wrote Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes, Willow, and many more wonderful books. To learn more about her, please click here. This visit was made possible by our PTO with support from the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library and KDL. Thank you for your strong support of literacy in our community! Next week, author Gary Schmidt will be visiting with our Fourth and Fifth graders. To learn more about him, please click here.

March Book Madness will also continue to run through Spring Break. This year’s theme is “the character’s journey” with a focus on diverse books. Voting begins soon, and we will be comparing our building results to other schools from around the world. I look forward to seeing the results! Thank you to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation for supporting us by purchasing copies of the picture books and novels for our grade level libraries.   

EGR Now&Forever Get Together
I hope many of you will join us this Thursday at 8:30 AM or 6:00 PM to learn more about EGR Now&Forever, a sustainable source of predictable funding for our schools. You’ll hear the latest from EGR Schools Foundation Executive Director Amy Stuursma, along with parents and teachers. We will be meeting in the Wealthy Elementary Learning Commons.

PTO Scholastic Book Fair & Drive
Our Scholastic Book Fair will kick off this Sunday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Learning Commons! We hope you will join us to browse new book titles while enjoying some popcorn and games run by our Student Leadership Team. As you consider adding new books to your child’s library, we hope you will also think about donating a gently used one. All week, we will be collecting gently used books to donate to a local elementary school with a high population of disadvantaged students. This is one way our students will be Making a Difference in their community. To view the hours of the Book Fair, please visit the calendar on our Wealthy Elementary webpage found here.

Warm Regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

Welcome back! Below are the PTO highlights. Click here to read more.
  • Musical
  • PTO Executive Board Nominations
  • Book Drive
  • Next PTO Meeting

Sip&Support, the Foundation’s gathering to celebrate a solid gold future for our schools, is just around the corner. Invitations to this fun event, which is Saturday, March 23, at 7pm in the EGR Community Center, were mailed out last week. If you didn’t get one, or need another, they’re available in any school building. We hope you’ll join us at the party March 23!...Read More

Wealthy Happenings

Help Us Keep a Great Art Program Running!
Wealthy Elementary’s one and only art program fundraiser, Art to Remember, is here! Please keep an eye out for your child’s order form in backpacks or take-home folders...Read More

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Wealthy! Click here to read all about it!

Children with Hair Loss Hair Drive on May 22nd!
Covering Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts...Make a difference Wealthy Wizards and consider donating your hair!  Wealthy will be partnering with PURE Salon and hosting our annual Children With Hair Loss (CWHL) Hair Drive on Wednesday, May 9th at 11:30 AM during lunch...
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Additional Information

Find out more information for the Sweetheart Dance 2019 Masquerade Ball by clicking here!

Denise Brennan Nelson, author of Tallulah Mermaid of the Great Lakes, is coming to Wealthy Elementary and EGR Kent District Library! A big thank you to the Friends of the EGR Library for making this visit possible! Click here for more information! Click here to learn more about this author and her books!

Feedback and improvement ideas from readers have been a major information source to both SNN’s Advisory Committee and to the staff. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, I encourage you to do so. We are deeply grateful to SNN for all of the wonderful opportunities they provide in highlighting our students and staff. Survey Link   

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