Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,    

The staff and I are excited for our first full week of school with the students. It takes time to develop routines and procedures at the start of the year. We look forward to watching the students grow each day as they learn about and from one another. This week Wednesday through Friday our Fifth Grade students will be off to Mystic Lake Camp for three days of team building and exploration in the area of science. My fingers are crossed for nice weather!

Literacy begins at an early age with students practicing letter formation using their favorite letters...the ones in their names!

Painting Snowplows
You might have seen an EGR snowplow parked at each of our elementary buildings.  We are excited to announce that all of our third and fourth grade students at Breton Downs, Lakeside, and Wealthy have a very unique opportunity to collaborate with the city of East Grand Rapids. They will be painting the blades of three city snowplows that will be featured in the Homecoming Parade on September 27! This is a special opportunity to share the arts with our community, and we feel so honored to be part of this. Thank you to Mrs. den Dulk for working with our students on this creative canvas! 


Hearts of Gold
Each year, East Grand Rapids Public Schools participates in a community-wide fundraiser called Hearts of Gold. Students, staff, parents, and community members work together to raise money for a local organization that supports a great cause. This year’s Hearts of Gold partner is the
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that causes recurrent seizures and 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy during their lifetime.  The Epilepsy Foundation works with those diagnosed to learn how to manage their neurological condition, as well as raises money for treatment and research to find a cure. There are members of our East Grand Rapids community that have experience with this organization. Please see their story here and view with your child if you feel it is developmentally appropriate. We look forward to the official kickoff to our Hearts of Gold fundraising event happening Friday, October 4. The culmination of the fundraiser takes place on Friday, October 18 where a check of all funds raised will be presented to the Epilepsy Foundation. The check presentation will take place at mid-field of the varsity football game at 7:00 p.m. on Memorial Field. We look forward to seeing you at the game! 

Code Red Info
Consistent with our commitment to communicate and to serve the best interest of our students, I am writing to provide you with information of a very important safety drill that will be conducted next Monday, September 16, 2019.  Wealthy Elementary School will have a Full Sheltering/Lockdown drill in cooperation with East Grand Rapids Public Safety. This drill is conducted at least three times annually in compliance with legislation adopted in 2006 (as amended by Public Act 12 of 2014).  This will be our first Code Red drill of this year. 

During this drill, teachers and school staff implement procedures designed to maximize student safety in the unlikely event that a threatening situation were to unfold in or near our school.  These procedures have been designed in collaboration with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department and a public safety officer will be present during our drill to observe and provide feedback about performance.  The public safety department will not practice their response procedures during our drill. The most noticeable components to these procedures that your child will experience are hearing the term “Code Red” as a signal to take shelter, statements they might hear over the Public Address system if a real danger were present, the verification that doors are locked and closed, lights being turned off, and the re-positioning of students within each classroom to maximize safety.  

In preparation for this drill, your child’s classroom teacher will have an age-appropriate class discussion about the drill and about appropriate student behavior and responses during the drill. Teachers emphasize that this drill is just practice for a highly unlikely situation with the goal of avoiding or reducing student anxiety during the drill.  Since each grade level is unique regarding what depth of information or what types of student questions are age-appropriate, teachers moderate these discussions carefully and may direct students to talk with parents about those questions deemed by the teacher to be best addressed by parents. While these classroom conversations and the remarks over the Public Address system prior to the drill have been adequate at creating an anxiety-free experience for the vast majority of students in the past, please feel free to talk with your child to help them make meaning of why such a drill is necessary and to understand its importance.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this safety drill, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm Regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

Alison Peot
I am new to Wealthy but not to East Grand Rapids Public Schools.  I spent the last 15 years at the middle school and am so excited to be part of the Wealthy staff this year teaching Physical Education.  My husband Matt teaches at the middle school, my son Jake is a senior, Maddie is a freshman, and Zac is a seventh grader.  We have two Springer Spaniels, Kabookie (3 years) and our new puppy Louie!  We love to camp, watch football, baseball, swimming. and water polo!  Our family cheers for Notre Dame, MSU and the Redwings!  My favorite treat is chocolate covered peanuts and tortilla chips!  I can’t wait to be part of the Wizard Family!

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The beginning of the school year is a busy time for everyone, but we hope you and your kids have had a great start. The Foundation has been busy too. Just last month, we approved mini-grants to fund three important enhancements...Read More

Wealthy Happenings

NO SAFETIES on September 11, 12, and 13 due to 5th graders being away at camp.

Take Note: Don't forget to order a yearbook when you order your child's pictures. Within a couple weeks of having your child's picture taken at school, you will receive a proof of your child's picture as well as an order form. There is a spot on the order form to order pictures as well as a yearbook. Please contact the main office (616-235-7550) if you have any questions!

Click here for more 2019 Hearts of Gold Information!

Odyssey of the Mind is a nation-wide creative competition for grades K-12. Teams of 5 to 7 students meet regularly from October through February to create a performance without outside assistance from parents. This culminates in a day-long regional competition on February 8 where students showcase their performance. Click here for more information.

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This year, we are excited to present Disney’s Frozen, Jr!  Our performance dates will be Feb.5, (school show) Feb. 6, Feb. 7, and Feb. 8.  Audition dates are: Tuesday, Sept. 24, Thursday, Sept. 26, and Monday Sept. 30.  Please visit this website to hear the music and to see audition practice dates...Read More

Would you like a break from cutting out tiny box tops? If so, download the Box Tops App. It is very easy to use! You simply open the app, scan your receipt within fourteen days of purchase, and all products with box tops will be applied to the Wealthy Elementary account that you have entered when setting up the app. Feel free to use either method. Wealthy Elementary has obtained new playground equipment, STEM materials, and classroom supplies using the money earned from Box Tops!
Free Piano!
Looking for a piano...for free? This piano is on the third floor near the music room. It needs some TLC (see photos above), but a professional piano tuner informed us that it is fixable! A couple of internal hammers are detached, and some keys need cosmetic repair, but what a great instrument for someone to learn to play tunes on! First come, first serve. You will need to be able to remove it from the building. Email Deanna in the office at if interested!

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

Skylert is the school-to-home communications system which we use to broadcast emergency alerts and attendance notifications via phone call, e-mail, and/or SMS (text message). It is customizable and allows parents and guardians full control over how they would like to receive messages. To customize your school-to-home communication preferences, visit If you have questions regarding accessing this system, please contact your building office. 

For every person who test drives a vehicle on September 11th, 4 - 8 PM, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 per test drive to EGRHS. Click here for more information.

Click here for EGR Spirit Shop hours of operation and other information!

Don’t forget to order a copy of the spiral bound All School Directory! Save time, paper and ink and support the EGR High School PTO. You may order through School Pay (If you already didn’t do so during online registration) by clicking here 
or by submitting this form with payment to any school office. Interested in advertising in the directory or know a business who would be? Please click here. We appreciate your support!

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