Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Congratulations to our FIRST LEGO League Explore and Challenge teams for their hard work and efforts in preparing for last week’s events! Our FLL Explore teams, with students in grades K-2, showcased their efforts last Thursday evening at EGR Middle School. They had a wonderful turnout and did a marvelous job explaining their projects to attendees. On Saturday, our FLL Challenge teams, with students in grades 3-5, competed at the regional level at That One Robo Battle of the Minds. Lakeside Elementary Lego Lions placed first in robot design and fifth overall. Wealthy Elementary Team Power Up placed second in the innovation project category and third overall. Both teams will move on to compete at the State level this Saturday at Mason High School. Congratulations to all our FLL teams!


Winter Showcase
This Friday Wealthy Elementary will host a Winter Showcase at 1:00 p.m. in Pioneer Auditorium. This event is a musical performance for students, teachers, and families, and will include a slideshow of photos demonstrating work in Specials courses (Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish) throughout the first semester. To learn more about this event, please click here for a letter from Ms. Pugia. 

Students are encouraged to dress in their “wintry best” for the performance. Guests are invited to attend and will be allowed entry no earlier than 12:30 p.m. All guests must enter through the main office, sign in, and wear a visitor sticker. Seating for guests will be clearly marked and mainly available in the balcony of the auditorium with some seating on the main floor behind the sound booth. The performance is anticipated to last approximately 45-60 minutes with each grade level singing one song. We hope to see you on Friday!

Kids’ Food Basket Collection Continues Through Thursday 
At Wealthy Elementary, we learn about Making a Difference for others all year long. One way we Make a Difference for others in our community is through our annual Kids’ Food Basket collection drive led by the Student Leadership Team. You can learn more about Kids’ Food Basket by clicking here

Our building has become a major donor for KFB over the past few years and the experience of assembling Sack Suppers, decorating paper bags, and loading the KFB van with our completed bundles is truly meaningful for students. Thank you to the Student Leadership Team, led by Mrs. Eggert and Mrs. Griffith, for coordinating this service learning experience! 

Below is a list of the items to consider donating for this year’s collection. Please refer to the note from your classroom teacher for more information. We’d love every child to participate by either donating, if able, or decorating a paper bag for the Sack Suppers. Items may be sent in with your student to the classroom teacher anytime from today through Thursday, December 8. Once all items are received, students will assemble the Sack Suppers for pick-up by KFB the following day. Thank you for Making a Difference!

       Sack Supper Packs

  • Pretzel or Cheez-It Bag (1.5 oz or smaller)
  • Pudding Cups (shelf stable)
  • 0.28 or 0.5 oz meat sticks
  • Fruit Pouch or Cup (no foil tops)
  • Quart Sized Ziploc Bags

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.


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

  • December 5:  Board of Education Meeting at 6 p.m. at EGR Middle School Learning Commons

  • December 9:  Winter Specials Showcase

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

Warm regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

We are looking forward to celebrating our teachers and all their hard work this semester by treating them to a luncheon catered by Potbelly this Wednesday, December 7th.

Weekly Reminders

If you haven’t had a chance to join the PTO, please do so here.

If you are interested in contributing to a year end gift for your child’s teacher, please make sure you reach out to your room parent!

PTO Supported Grants YTD:

One of the roles of the PTO is to offer teachers mini-grant requests throughout the year for things they need or want for their students or classrooms. As a PTO, we evaluate all the grant requests and would like to keep our Wealthy community updated on grants that we have accepted. Please see the below section every week to find out where we are supporting our teachers and students. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

  • 3rd Grade Michigan studies - stencils of Michigan, custom fit to 2ftx2ft to fit on the tag board paper for Michigan map presentations
  • Special Education - IMSE Asynchronous Phonological Awareness Course
  • Music - Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (GRSO) Artists in Residence (AIR) Program

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.**

$50,000 Matching Grant Will Multiply Your Donation to Support Student Mental Health

Before kids can learn, they need to be healthy. Physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

The Foundation's Mental Health & Wellness Fund will support student mental health for all students in all our schools. And right now, a generous, concerned alumni donor will match all donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000 so the power of your gift is doubled. 

Too many students right here in East Grand Rapids are in crisis and don't know what to do. Too many parents are facing agonizing decisions and don't know where to turn. 

How many is too many? One.

Last spring, the Foundation made a $750,000 commitment to support student mental health. Since then, EGRPS has hired a Wellness Coordinator and a full time social worker. Training and additional programming is already happening, giving kids tools and resources to recognize a problem before it becomes a crisis.

Any amount you can contribute will help:

  • $100 could provide materials for a mental health resource library

  • $500 could fund a visit from an expert in the field of student mental health

  • $1,000 could provide training for teachers and staff

Give to the Foundation's Mental Health and Wellness Fund. And give our kids the support they need.

Wealthy Happenings 

The 4th-grade Flea market is next week 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.
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.

CALLING ALL POTENTIAL COACHES! Girls on the Run is a fantastic program for your 3-5 grader. Please contact Kateri Schutt if you are interested in being a coach in the spring (616-706-1854 or Kateri was a coach at Lakeside last year & has a 4th grade daughter. We need at least 2 coaches for every 15 girls. If you know your child would be interested & you are willing & able to coach, please get in touch with Kateri. Volunteer Coaches need to be established before we sign up the girls, and Kateri is looking for possibly 6 people. 

Commitment as a coach: 
  • Training in December or January. 
  • Tuesday/Thursday 75 minute practices after school, March - May 20. 
Choir Shirts Ordering Information
Shirts are available for sale for Wealthy Elementary Fourth and Fifth Grade Choir Members! They are $5 and can be purchased...Read More

Little Mermaid, Jr. Information
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

Hanging with the Hoopers Kids Day Out at the Gym!
When: Sunday, December 11th
Place: EGRHS Main Gym

Click here for more information!

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.

Santa Claus Girls Information

Santa Claus Girls (SCG) is a non-profit organization that provides both toys and clothing items to children ages 12 and under in time for the holidays. Their mission is to ensure that children ages 12 and under do not go without gifts during this time of celebration. Presents are gift-wrapped and delivered to the children’s residence on Saturday, December 10 by volunteer drivers to be received by a parent or caregiver. Online registration is currently available at  Several languages can be selected on the website for ease of registration. Ongoing updates are posted to the Santa Claus Girls Facebook page. If you have any questions regarding the program or gift distribution, please visit their website. More details are available on their flyer linked here.     


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