Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the winter break with your families and created fond memories together. I was lucky enough to visit Harry Potter and Disney Worlds with mine which was a dream come true for this Wizard! As our school community begins this new calendar year, the staff and I are looking forward to a wonderful second semester together. Despite the dreary weather, we enjoyed our first day back and our first inside recess of the new year!


First Semester Report Cards
First semester report cards for all K-5 students will be available in Skyward at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6. A specific email communication announcing the availability of report cards will also be sent to parents/guardians as a reminder.  In the meantime, if you need assistance in learning how to access Skyward, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Allchin in the main office at 616.235.7550 or  

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, January 5.  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 second 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.

Parking Reminders
As we head into the second semester, we continue to keep student safety as our top priority. Please be mindful of signage around school property, including where no left turns are allowed. Full information on drop-off and pick-up procedures is linked here.  

Smartwatch and Cell Phone Reminder
Typically, many of our students are involved in activities before and after the school day throughout the year. We understand that there are times when you need to communicate with your children and smartwatches and cell phones are an easy way for you to do this. Please help us to maintain a distraction-free learning environment by reminding your child that any smartwatches and cell phones brought to school must remain off and in their backpack while on school grounds. For more information, please see Board Policy 8320 and 8320-R linked here

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

  • Friday, January 6:  Report cards available at 8:00 a.m.

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

  • Monday, January 16:  No school for students; MLK Day

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

Warm regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

Weekly Reminders:

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

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.**

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s “What’s Next?” year-end appeal. The money that has been raised will fund program support, classroom enhancements, professional development, and student scholarships, along with two new dedicated funds: 

  • The Foundation’s new Mental Health and Wellness Fund to support student mental health in all our schools, and 

  • Jimmy’s Friendship Fund to help East families in need. 

If you’d still like to be part of What’s Next, you can join your friends and neighbors by donating to the Foundation quickly and easily at

Wealthy Happenings 

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

Girl Scouts Kindergarten and 1st Grade Information Night
When: Thursday, January 12th @ 6:00 PM
Where: 3290 Walker Ave NW
Click here for more information!

Children's Book Sale!
When: January 27th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and January 28 from 10 am - 3:00 pm
Where: KDL-East Grand Rapids branch
What: Loads of books for kids!

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!

Please click here for important volunteer information.


Lunch Menu
Please click here for a digital lunch menu!

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