Principal's Message 

February 13, 2023

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Last week our school community was thrilled to go under the sea with this year’s PTO musical, The Little Mermaid, Jr.! It was truly wonderful to see 225 of our students shine in so many different ways. The cast, crew, lights, and sound are all composed of or managed by third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Even our first and second graders had the chance to be a part of the show as jellyfish, sailors, and more. To view the first grade video stars performance, please click here. I am grateful to our PTO for their sponsorship of this incredible opportunity each year. Congrats to the cast and crew of this year’s show!

A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Siegel for directing our musical! Her passion for our school and love of children is evident in all the work she does. 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. I am thankful for how the school musical brings our community together and provides valuable opportunities for students. 

To view our Flickr album for the The Little Mermaid, Jr., which will continue to be updated, please click here. If you have additional pictures, please share them with us by sending photos to (Subject: “Little Mermaid, Jr.” and Message: leave blank).   

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 was sent earlier this morning.  

Valentine’s Day Reminder
Tomorrow 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.

Code Red Drill
Consistent with our commitment to communicate and to serve the best interest of our students, I am writing to provide you with information regarding a very important safety drill that will be conducted this Thursday, February 16.  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 third 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 repositioning 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 or the classroom teacher.

Yule Ball- 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 Registration.  All 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. 

Please also plan to free a house elf with SPEW by bringing a new pair of socks (any size) to the Yule Ball on February 25. Sock donations will be given to Family Promise of Grand Rapids to help warm local toes. Thank you!

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 Yule Ball Signup if you are able to help us on Saturday, February 25. 

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:

  • Congrats to all of our students for their amazing performance and execution of The Little Mermaid Jr. last weekend. And a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who make it possible.
  • 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.

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.**



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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 

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

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!

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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