Principal's Message 

Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,

Thank you to everyone who attended last Friday’s PTO Family Movie Night! We had a packed house to watch Minions:  Rise of Gru. I am grateful to our PTO for organizing this annual event for our school community and thank you to our Student Leadership Team and family volunteers for selling snacks during the show! 

February is Kindness Month
This week, we kick off Kindness Month with some Spirit Days! Throughout February, we will be participating in kindness activities here at school and also encourage students to perform random acts of kindness for others. Consider writing a letter to a veteran or nursing home resident, sending a thank you note to a special person, performing a chore at home without being asked, etc. If families have pictures to share of students’ random acts of kindness, please email them to me at I look forward to seeing ‘kindness is magic’ in action! Below are the Spirit Week happenings for next week. 

Spirit Week

  • Tuesday, January 31- Crazy for Kindness (Wear mismatched clothes)

  • Wednesday, February 1- Hats off for Kindness (Hat Day)

  • Thursday, February 2- Kindness Shines Bright (Wear bright colors)

  • Friday, February 3- Team Up for Kindness (Favorite team/East color) 

    • This is also the 100th Day of School!!


PTO School Musical - Little Mermaid, Jr. 
This is “tech week” for our school musical! The cast, crew, and volunteers have been hard at work preparing for this year’s show, The Little Mermaid, Jr. If you’d like to purchase tickets to the performances on February 9 or 10 at 6:30 p.m. or February 11 at 2:00 p.m., please click here. Tickets will also be for sale in the office beginning Tuesday, January 31. Each ticket is $5 and may be used once. Thank you to the PTO for supporting the musical which includes 225 of our students! It is a fantastic community event and allows many of our students to shine in unique ways. We hope you’ll come be part of our world next week!   

Harry Potter Read Aloud Opportunity
We are seeking additional readers for upcoming Harry Potter Read Alouds. Every Wednesday, from 11:40-12:05 p.m., students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to the Learning Commons to hear Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. If you’re interested in reading to our students, please click here to sign up. All wizards and muggles are encouraged to join us!

EGR Public Safety Update
East Grand Rapids Public Schools continues to partner with East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety (EGRDPS) to support our students. Officer Troy Brown, current EGRDPS school liaison officer, and additional Public Safety officers often visit the school to spend time with students. You may even hear about these officers playing games at recess! Please ask your child about the Public Safety officers they see around the building and reiterate that they are another way that we ensure their safety each and every day.

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

  • Board of Education Meeting - Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the EGRMS Learning Commons

  • Mid-Winter Break: No Students K-12 on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20

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 was a great success. Thanks to all who came out to watch the movie and help with making sure the night went smoothly.
  • 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
  • Reading Specialist - Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference

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.**



This week, our schools are celebrating Kabookie Week and Spirit Week. “Kabookie” was the nickname of Jimmy Gerken, an East resident and then staff member with special needs. Jimmy was a friend to just about everyone he ever met. If you attended an East event any time in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s, you probably saw Jimmy. And if you were really lucky, you got to know him. One of Jimmy’s most famous quotes is his response to someone who was bullying him about his special needs:  “That’s okay," Jimmy said. "I’ll still be your friend.” We’re celebrating kindness and friendship this week in honor of Jimmy. It’s a great week to be a good friend or make a new one.

This story WOOD TV produced will tell you more about Jimmy Gerken’s life and legacy.

Kindergarten 2023-2024 Intent-to-Enroll Information
If you intend to enroll a kindergartener who is an East Grand Rapids resident 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 

Musical Tickets are on Sale!
Little Mermaid, Jr will be performed by our talented Wizards on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm, Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased now via School Pay using this link, in the main office from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm beginning January 31st or at the door before each performance. Thank you for supporting our cast & crew!

Melodies in March Information
Melodies in March, the annual EGR combined choir concert, will take place on Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Performing Arts Center at the high school. Wealthy Elementary choir members will be participating with the other two elementary choirs as well as the middle and high school choirs.
Click here for more information about this fun event!

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. 

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

Mark your calendar! The EGRHS Academic Boosters and EGRHS PTO invite all district parents to join us for our "Book Club" discussion of "Thrivers: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Some Kids Shine" by Michelle Borba Ed.D. The meeting will take place at the High School on Tuesday, March 7 and 9 am. Questions? Want to borrow a copy of the book? Reach out to Katie Flermoen (

Please click here for important volunteer information.


Lunch Menu
Please click here for a digital lunch menu!

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