Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Last Friday was full of activities to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At our assembly, we reflected on Dr. King’s work and thought about how we can “be bold” in our own lives. Thank you to guest speaker, Ms. Sommer Jabbar, who has worked at the Kent ISD as a Diversity, Equity, and Belonging consultant, for sharing her message of “being bold” by welcoming those who are new or look different than us. The choir and student body shared songs with messages of “boldness” including “Wavin’ Flag”, “This Little Light of Mine”, and “Be a Light”. We followed our assembly with an outdoor Silent March and Dream Keeper activities where students listened to the book “The Best Part of Me” and participated in a related writing activity. To view photos from our MLK Day, please click here. Teachers will continue to embed lessons throughout the school year through classroom activities and read alouds. 


Yesterday, staff participated in professional development sessions on a variety of topics including phonic instruction and comprehension strategies. Some staff continued their professional training in Restorative Practices. This is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. This philosophy also helps to repair harm and restore relationships after an unexpected situation has occurred. To learn more, you can visit this site for the International Institute of Restorative Practices. I look forward to having all staff trained in this area in the future.  


Bright Star Theatre
A special “thank you” to the Wealthy Elementary PTO for supporting Bright Star Theatre performing last Thursday. Our students in grades K-2 students enjoyed learning lessons from AESOP’s fables and our students in grades 3-5 learned all about the role that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others played in the Civil Rights Movement. Both were engaging performances by young actors!


School Work for Student Absences
Recently there has been an increase in the number of student absences for various reasons. While we realize that special opportunities arise, we encourage families to plan trips during the pre-determined school breaks when at all possible. Missed instruction cannot be replicated and our teachers do not have worked prepared to send home ahead of a student absence. During your child's absence please encourage them to read, practice IXL, write in a journal, or continue their work on previously-communicated activities, when possible. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

PTO Family Movie Night
Next Friday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. we are happy to once again host the PTO sponsored Family Movie Night! Please join us in your pajamas, bring a blanket, and make yourself comfortable on the gymnasium floor as we watch Minions:  The Rise of Gru. This movie was chosen by our students during the November election run by our Student Leadership Team. To learn more about the movie and developmental level of the content, please click here

Movie night is an event for the whole family and children must be supervised by an adult to attend. The doors will open that evening at 5:30 p.m. The PTO and Student Leadership Team will be selling popcorn and candy for enjoyment during the film. Please bring a labeled water bottle from home and use the drinking fountains purchased by our PTO to stay hydrated while also helping out the environment.

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

  • Wednesday, January 25:  PTO General Meeting in the Learning Commons at 6:00 p.m. (please note this is a date change)
  • Friday, January 27:  PTO Family Movie Night at 6:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium

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

Warm regards,

Carlye Allen
Wealthy Elementary Principal

Weekly Reminders:

  • Movie Night is approaching and we can’t wait. Minions: The Rise of Gru will be shown on January 27th at 6:00 PM in the gym.  We are looking for volunteers to help with concessions. Please see the signup here.
  • 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
  • 2nd Grade - rug for classroom learning

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.**


Adventure awaits! Save the date of Saturday, April 22 for the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation’s fundraiser of the year.

HURRAH! Adventure Awaits will bring our entire community together to celebrate our schools and explore all the possibilities the Foundation provides for our students. HURRAH! Adventure Awaits will transform Wege Plaza overlooking Reeds Lake into an outdoor oasis, providing hundreds of happy campers with a spectacular night of food, fun, music and more to benefit our schools. It will be a great night for a great cause. We want you to be a part of it and you’ll want to be there. 

More information, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, is coming soon. The adventure begins Saturday, April 22.

Kindergarten 2023-2024 Intent-to-Enroll Information
If you intend to enroll a kindergartener 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 

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.

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--DEADLINES THIS WEEK!
  • Send a Well Wish to your cast or crew member. Click hereDeadline: January 18th...TOMORROW!
  • Advertise in the playbill. Click hereDeadline: January 18th...TOMORROW!

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

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!

Please click here for important volunteer information.


Lunch Menu
Please click here for a digital lunch menu!

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