Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

In this final week of the semester, I want to take a moment to thank the Wealthy Elementary community for a wonderful first half of the school year. We have created many memories and accomplished a great deal of learning in these past few months together. I am grateful for the academic and social emotional growth that has occurred throughout classroom experiences, field trips, and student activities as well as the returned opportunities for volunteers, performances, and in-person events. I hope that Winter Break is a time for each of you to spend enjoying the company of family and loved ones. After this full week of school, the staff and I look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of the second semester on Tuesday, January 3!   

First Semester Report Cards
We are approaching the end of the semester and teachers are already beginning to prepare for reporting student progress. First semester report cards for all K-5 students will be available in Skyward at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6. 

Gingerbread Buddies and Kids’ Food Basket Collection
Last Friday was a busy day at Wealthy Elementary! Our kindergarten students enjoyed Gingerbread Buddy Day and our Student Leadership Team loaded up all the completed Sack Suppers we packed for Kids’ Food Basket. As a school, we packed over 1,300 Sack Suppers and donated many additional food items. In total, we donated 881 pounds of food…wow! Thank you to the Student Leadership Team for organizing this event and all of our families for helping us support children in the Grand Rapids community suffering from food insecurity. Together, we Make a Difference!


Winter Showcase
Last Friday our students, under the direction of Ms. Pugia, performed a wintry set of songs for staff, students, and families during the Winter Showcase. Thank you to all who were able to join us! Here is the slideshow presentation to share a little of what your child(ren) has been learning in ther Specials classes (Art, Music, P.E., and Spanish). Thank you to our Specials teachers for all of their great work each week with students!


First Lego League Challenge (Grades 3-5) State Competition Results
This past Saturday, two First Lego League (FLL) Challenge teams from East Grand Rapids, the Lakeside Lego Lions and Wealthy Elementary Team Power Up, competed in the state competition in Mason, MI. Both teams did an outstanding job showcasing all they had learned throughout the season! At the competition, the Lakeside Lego Lions scored their personal best on the robot game and also presented their innovation project focused on solar energy. The Wealthy Elementary Team Power Up placed in the top half of teams in the state and received the “Breakthrough Award” for wonderful teamwork and demonstration of the FLL Core Values. Congratulations to these two teams for qualifying for the post season and thank you to their parent coaches for all of the learning and leadership they provided! Information regarding how to sign up for the next season of FLL will be shared through each elementary newsletter this spring.

Thank You from the Children’s Healing Center
During the Hearts of Gold campaign this past October, a generous gift was made to the
Children’s Healing Center. Thank you East Grand Rapids for giving the gift of play! Your support of the Children’s Healing Center through Hearts of Gold is breaking down the barriers of isolation for kids and families who are shut off to the world because of a life-limiting disease. It’s the generous community -people like you- who make it possible for us to provide Good. Clean. Fun. Thank you!

Harry Potter Yule Ball is Back!
On Saturday, February 25 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. East Grand Rapids will be hosting a Yule Ball for all Harry Potter enthusiasts in grades 3-8. We are looking for one Wealthy Elementary parent/guardian who may be interested in being the lead volunteer for our building. This lead volunteer would serve on a committee with the other building’s lead volunteers Please reach out to me at if you are interested.

click here to view upcoming events on the Wealthy Elementary School calendar. Please mark your calendars for the following events:
  • Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2:  Winter Break

  • Tuesday, January 3:  School resumes

  • Monday, January 9:  Board of Education meeting in the EGR Middle School Learning Commons

  • Monday, January 16:  No school for students

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

Warm regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal


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**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.**

Looking for holiday gifts for your children’s teachers? Give them STAR Awards! 

STAR (Staff Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) Awards honor outstanding teachers and staff members for everything they do 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. To honor a teacher or staff member quickly and easily, just visit the STAR Awards page on You can also nominate them for the Foundation’s annual teaching awards in the “What We Do” section of our website,

Now, what’s next? That’s up to you. Our donors are redefining excellence so all our students can reach their full potential. And we’d like you to be a part of it.

Wealthy Happenings 

The 4th-grade Flea market is this Tuesday, December 13 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Wealthy Elementary gym. The mini-economy marketplace is a great activity that gives 4th graders hands-on experience with supply and demand, advertising, and how to make good choices with money. This project is partnered with Junior Achievement of Michigan. Wealthy Elementary students are encouraged to bring $5 in quarters to school and a bag to take home their purchases. All Wealthy families are invited to attend.
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.

3rd-5th Graders Girls on the Run
Details about the program are 

Registration is open now through 2/1. The season will start March 1st - May 20th meeting after school on Tuesday & Thursdays until 4:45/5pm. 

We are also looking for more adult volunteer coaches! If you can do 1 out of the 2 days we want you too! Contact Kateri Schutt ( for more information. 

Little Mermaid, Jr. Information
  • Last call to order Little Mermaid t-shirts and sweatshirts! Click here for more information! Deadline: January 11th
  • Send a Well Wish to your cast or crew member. Click here.
  • Advertise in the playbill. Click here.

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

LAX Fest 2023
When? Sunday, January 8th from 1-3 p.m.
Cost? Free at EGRMS Gym
What? LAXFest is designed to introduce the game of lacrosse to new players and re-engage returning young players with games, food,
music and prizes. Players from the Varsity team will be there to help out and get our youth players excited for the season. There
is no entry fee, registration, or equipment needed. Just bring a friend and have some LAX fun!

EGRHS Hockey Youth Holiday Camp
Join the EGR HS Hockey team for a Youth Holiday Camp on December 30 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Patterson Ice Arena.  
Click here for a flyer with more information.

Please click here for important volunteer information.


Lunch Menu
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