Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

I hope you enjoyed the extended time home with your families during the Thanksgiving Break! As we begin the final three weeks of the first semester, we have many events planned for our school community including our annual service learning project for Kids’ Food Basket, Fourth Grade Flea Market, Winter Showcase, and classroom celebrations. We hope to have many of you join us as we wrap-up our first semester of learning this school year! 

Friendly Reminder- Community High School Open House tonight at 6:00 p.m.
We invite our full community to visit and explore our high school at the upcoming Community High School Open House tonight at 6:00 p.m. For details, please see this communication that went to all EGRPS families.  Elementary students are encouraged to attend to complete the scavenger hunt looking for the wizards!  The scavenger hunt instructions will be available at the high school and can also be found here

Kids’ Food Basket Collection Begins Today
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

Dogs and Clean-Up on School Property
For the safety of our students and families, we do not allow pets on school property during school hours as well as during arrival and dismissal times. We all love our pets, but they are not always welcomed by all individuals as some students are allergic or fearful of them. Thank you for leaving pets at home when you drop-off and pick-up your student(s).  

If you and your pet do choose to utilize the Wealthy Elementary grounds outside of school hours, please follow Section 1 Chapter 92 of the Code of the City of East Grand Rapids by making sure that your pet is leashed and waste is disposed of properly in trash cans located around the property. We appreciate you helping to keep our playground clean for student use before and after school and at recess.

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.

Winter Showcase
This year Wealthy Elementary will host a Winter Showcase on Friday, December 9 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. 

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

  • November 28:  High School Community Open House from 6-7 p.m.

  • 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

East Grand Rapids Public Schools - Feedback Requested

East Grand Rapids Public Schools (EGRPS) requests community feedback as part of an ongoing facility study at East Grand Rapids High School.  This communication, and a number of embedded links to background documents, provides a broad overview of the study. Throughout this process, the District has sought feedback from multiple stakeholders, including students, staff, administration, and alumni; now, we wish to engage the larger East community. Community feedback is requested to assess current needs of the high school and potential areas of improvement. 

Please consider sharing your feedback through the following:

  • Please provide your feedback: EGRHS facilities survey. (Survey closes at 10:00 p.m. tonight)

  • We invite our full community to visit and explore our high school at the Community Open House tonight at 6:00 p.m. For details, please see this communication that went to all EGRPS families.

Keeping Our Kids Safe Online Community Presentation

The Community Action Council and EGRPS have partnered with the FBI and the Michigan Child Protection Registry to bring our school community the opportunity to learn more about how to keep kids safe online. Please see this flyer for more information on the November 30, 2022 presentation.

Hope everyone had a nice, long holiday break!

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.**

After five glorious days at home with your kids, it’s possible you may have a new appreciation for your children’s teachers. Why not reward them with a STAR Award? 

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

Wealthy Happenings 

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!

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.     


Lunch Menu
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