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2020-2021 School Year: Volume 4: Week of September 21, 2020

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

Parent Engagement Leads to Student Engagement and Achievement

Dear Families,

When we think of parent involvement, you might picture parents or guardians volunteering in the classroom or at school events? Those are important roles in a school community, but pre-COVID or in our current COVID reality of remote learning, the most important component of parent engagement, according to research, is supporting your child's education at home. There are lots of ways that you can be involved in your child's learning.

Set a Learning Environment at home

So many classroom meetings I have jumped in at, I have seen and heard things that affect your child as a learner.....TV's are blaring in the background, video games blasting on the screen and parents speaking loudly on the phone with sometime not school-aged appropriate conversation. These are distractions for your child as a learner and the other student's learning. Disconnect and allow your child to learn.

Have Conversations with your child

I know that a lot of you are listening to the learning as it is happening, and that is wonderful that you are learning with your child. Though as the day of learning ends, continue to talk to your child about their learning. Ask them questions, like,

  • "Let's see what you worked on today."
  • "Show me what you completed in your Seesaw or Google Classroom",
  • "Describe the book that you are reading or that you enjoyed today",
  • "Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about."
  • "What part of your learning are you most proud of today?"

Disconnect and have a meal as a family

Thursday's is free meal pick-up, so every family has the opportunity to have food in their home so that they can eat together. Whether your family is two-people or more, research shows that children who regularly eat meals with their families tend to do better in school. Notice I did not say dinner as everyone's schedule is quite different during this pandemic, so decide one meal to have as a breakfast, lunch or dinner and during that meal, disconnect and talk. Put phones down, turn TV's off and just connect to each other.

Set a schedule with your child

Below is the recommended sleep schedule for children. The teachers are quite concerned that our students cannot be up, dressed, alert and ready to learn by 8:30 am. We need this to happen and it can only be successful with a schedule. Teachers are also noticing kids are only attending one meeting a day, they need to be at both, attendance is taken at both, and they need to be ON TIME. If your child is on a schedule, they are more calm and more focused on learning.

We know that some families are doing this and we say THANKS!! Your child says THANKS!! Their learning will improve and their growth will happen by leaps and bounds with your involvement and engagement at home.

If you need help setting these things up at home, call me, I am here to help!

Your Proud Principal,

Mrs. Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Another Week of At Home Learning

Calling all K-3 Students -- It is Assessment Time

Thank you all for your patience last week as we scheduled and rescheduled and cancelled with short notice. We still have not set our evening session nor our virtual session, so stay tuned. I just have fingers crossed tomorrow goes better than last week, with less glitches. NWEA says that they worked through all the glitches last week with lots of districts around the United States. So I am anxious for a more successful testing day!!

Thank you for all that you did to have your child at school ready to learn and with their mask on. We were so impressed with how patient the kids were as we were working through the glitches.

Again, we have to do these assessments. These assessments will help us to guide our teaching, small group instruction, and to comply with the Read By Grade Three and the Return to Learn State of Michigan Legislature. Your children will take two assessments while they are here.

Please note:

- All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed during testing including 6 ft Social Distancing, mask wearing, disinfecting, and health screenings.

- Attendance during testing would not impact attendance in the live classes. Students would be counted as present.

Thank you for your help with this!

School Supplies and Distribution - Round 2

This Friday is our next Supply Pick-up. It is new materials and resources to help support your student learning at home. Classroom teachers will let you know what materials need to come back to school from the first distribution and what new materials you will be picking up. It varies from Grade to Grade, but it is IMPORTANT that everyone comes. If you need school supplies at home and you need assistance, let the office or your child's classroom teacher know. We are here for you and want to help.

Again, if the time does not work for you, come when it is best for your family. If you have multiple students, choose the grade level that works for your family and come one time. The office is open until 4:00. If you need after 4:00 pick-up, contact the office and we will make arrangements for you.

Mark your calendar for October 9th! That will be the 3rd distribution day!!

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Ms. Tammy sent out letters to families that need to finish their immunization. She has also called all the families that need them finished. The date will be here before you know it. Our letter that was sent out stated October 1st is the deadline. If you are not finished by the 1st, you will be contacted to know the following.....

If immunizations are not complete by that date, students will no longer be able to "attend" school (even virtually) and will be marked absent.

Please let us know how we can help you to reach this time-sensitive deadline. These mandates are from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that all school districts must abide by.

Live Online Class Meetings - WE NEED TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE!!

Thank you to the families that have already filled out this survey. If you have not, please fill out this immediately. The reason for the survey is because teachers, in our remote settings, are asked to record their class meetings. The meetings are then shared with the class within the class learning platform (ie Google Classroom or Zoom) so that students that were absent or those needing a second viewing can review material. Please complete this form to provide consent to have your child's class recorded.



In your first supply pick-up bag was information about RULER, our social-emotional curriculum that all classrooms are carrying out. Each week, classrooms take part in weekly lessons, as well as, using the Mood Meter with their students to check in on how they are feeling. This work comes right out of the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence. Below are the brochures for you to read, in case they were misplaced at the supply pick-up. As I tell the students, information needs to be heard more than one time to help it to sink into the brain so that they can recall the information and retain the knowledge. Ms. Venessa is taking the lead on this and we will be providing some parent resources and some home resources throughout the year.

Curriculum Night Date Change

The new date is September 29th at 2:00. This event is devoted to the families to help them to gain the knowledge of what your child will be learning this school year. It is not a time to communicate with your child's teacher about your specific concerns about your child, but rather a time to ask general questions and to learn about your child's new year and teacher's expectations. This event will run 2 - 20-25 minute sessions with a 5 minute break between the 2 sessions. The reason for the two sessions is to allow you to visit multiple classrooms for your multiple children. If you only have one child at Grandview, then you only need to attend 1 session, but you could attend both sessions. The sessions will be from 2:00-2:25 and 2:30-2:55. Remember attendance is important as this virtual journey is a shared effort between home and school. We look forward to having you attend this important event!!

Special's Schedule

Content is in. The specials teachers are loading new lessons each week. They are also noticing which students are not enrolled in their classroom. Below are a

This Week's Specials Content Introduction Video

Still Not In the Special's Google Classroom, here are some tips to help you.....

Junior Kindergarten through Second Grade students who have not yet enrolled in their Specials Google Classroom have been added to the classrooms. You will not need to follow instructions for joining with a code. Instead, go to and you'll see the Specials class automatically listed. Click the "Join" button and then the classroom will open. Look at the image below to help guide you.

Third through fifth grade students who have not yet enrolled in their Specials Google Classroom should follow the instructions to join with the code provided. Each of your classroom teachers have the codes listed.

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First Family FOG Dinner Event - MOD Pizza

FOG is excited to be partnering with MOD on a fundraiser for Friends Of Grandview. At MOD Pizza, they make pizza so we can serve people, they call it Spreading MODness. They are excited to be serving the community! The restaurant is located at 13229 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia, MI 48150. We want to ensure you that MOD Pizza is a clean and safe environment to hold this fundraiser. They are requiring wellness checks to all of our employees upon arrival that includes a temperature check. All Squad Members are required to wear a mask and we are doing routine sanitizing of surfaces throughout the day. The dining rooms has been set up to accommodate social distancing in our line and at our tables. This fundraiser is for guests who choose to dine-in, carry out, or order online through the MOD website or app. I have attached the flyers. This flyer includes the code that we agreed on so we can include online orders towards the fundraiser. It is very important that this flyer gets out as we are only donating 20% off of checks from guest’s who can show us a paper or digital version. Take a night off of cooking and come to MOD!
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Grandview Spirit Wear

Pictures.....We Need Pictures

Please be sure to follow the Friends of Grandview facebook page as they are trying to ask questions to capture this virtual school year. A huge thank you to the families that emailed me pictures this week. I love seeing all the fun that is happening at home. I may use these pictures in our Mustang Messenger, as well as, social media. I love to brag about our learners!!

Remember that we are trying to capture this school year as best as we can, as well as, still have a yearbook to commemorate this memorable year. If you have any pictures of your student doing some amazing virtual learning, please share it with me via email, social media, or to the classroom teacher. Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hayes are our yearbook experts and need lots of pictures in order to make this yearbook complete.

School Hours and Attendance

School hours are still 8:30-3:40. 1/2-day ends at 11:30. Even though students are not in the building, if you have a question or need something, the office is open for families. Just please remember to come during the school day hours and always have a mask on when you are in the building.

This week we are starting tardies. If you are more than 10 minutes late into the meetings, tardy will be marked. So any student in after 8:40 or 10 minutes after their afternoon session, will be marked tardy. That will happen in brick and mortar.

Any student that misses more than the majority of the lesson, will be marked absent. Students are coming in with under 5 minutes to go, that is missed learning. The teachers will try and keep your child on to catch them up, but small group sessions are happening and they might not be able to.

Tardies can affect truancy, as does attendance. Remember, attendance IS taken daily. Attendance will be monitored. Truancy laws will be upheld. Under State of Michigan legislation, truancy is defined as a child who has 10 or more unexcused absences per school year. If you are option 1 - hybrid remote, teachers will take a morning and afternoon attendance, just like in brick and mortar. If you are in option 2 - virtual academy. You have a little more flexibility, but daily contact with the teacher is still expected. You can still call into the attendance line to excuse your child, but please do not get yourself into trouble with attendance. Unlike the spring, attendance is mandatory.

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Calling all 4th and 5th Grade Artists

Calling all 4th and 5th graders who want to help the Earth and love to draw!!

Entries are due October 9th and Mrs. Hayes can help with the paperwork and submission for

anyone interested.

Artwork Theme : We Can All Help to Keep Oakland County's Lakes, Rivers, Streams and

Watersheds Clean!

Entries should promote how to protect our lakes, streams, rivers and watersheds from pollution

and how to conserve water.

Check out the website and video for more information.

16th Annual Kids' Clean Water Calendar Contest

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Food is being served EVERY Thursday!!!!! Since students are not in the building, lunch and breakfast will be served from the high school ON THURSDAY'S. See the attached letter for more information about this. Just like last year, Grandview is 100% Free and Reduced, therefore, we are not charging for breakfast or lunch. Every student is eligible for this program, even if you did not qualify for the program in the past.

Curbside meal pick-up for all children 18 and under or any mentally or physically handicapped adults ages 19-26 will take place on Thursdays at Clarenceville High School, Door 21. On most Thursdays, students will be given 7 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals. Parents/students can pick up their meals during one of the following service times: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM OR 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. See the 2020-21 First Semester Meal Pick-Up Schedule for a complete list of service dates and the number of meals to

be provided on each date.

If you are in need of food, but cannot get to Grandview for food, please reach out to myself or the Grandview office so that we can help you to get food. I have included another free food resource from Bush's.

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On-line Registration for ALL Grandview Students

The enrollment process is 100% on-line. To process the paperwork, you need to log into your child's parent portal site. The parent portal site can be accessed from the main page of the Clarenceville website by clicking on the blue on-line registration button or you can click the following link You will need your PIN number and password. If you do not know it, please contact the Grandview main office at 248-919-0404. For this process, you will be asked and prompted to go through the annual registration forms and approve the forms for this year, as prompted.

If you are new to Grandview, you need to click on the pre-enrollment button (has a pencil) located on the Clarenceville home page.

If you want to enroll on a phone or tablet.....

We now have a mobile version of Mistar that can be used on phones/tablets. It must be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Itunes. I have attached instructions if you would like to share with your parents. With the app a parent can now complete their re-enrollment forms.

Students can also download their Student Connection through Google Play Store or Itunes.

Parents can now can report absences through the app. To report an absence or complete the re-enrollment packet there is a drop down icon that they need to click, I highlighted it in red and attached a screenshot of what it looks like from their perspective.

Once they click they can choose from the options.

The instructions for the app are included below......

FOG Positions and FOG News

Our 1st FOG meeting of the year happended on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. The recording of that meeting is on the FOG site on the Grandview website. The new FOG by-laws will be voted at the October meeting, as well as, recognizing our new FOG members. If you are still interested in joining FOG, it is not too late. See the open positions below.....

The following positions are available:

FOG President:

Treasurer: Nomination - Jackie Hart

Secretary: Nomination - Mallary Louiselle

If you are interested, please reach out to myself or Nick Dorst at

Tech Support this School Year

Mrs. Frost, your student's informational technology teacher, has built time in her schedule to support families and students through this virtual platform. Attached is how you can reach out to Mrs. Frost when you have questions or problems.

Click here for Google Meet Support Link

Click her to access Google Meet for Tech support

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Tuesday Night Night

Every Tuesday night, I will be reading a book to the Grandview students. This is a way for me to connect with the students, as well as, ensure that nightly reading is happening for our students. The videos will go live at 8:00 pm. To view them, just come on to the Grandview Facebook Homepage. If you miss it, they will be at the Grandview Elementary facebook page to view after the event. I will be taking suggestions for books, so post away in our site so that I know what my Grandview readers want to hear at night. Can't wait to do what I love most....reading to students!!!

Interested in Cub Scouts

Reach out to Leeanne Buckley and get involved. All Executive Orders by the Governor will be upheld. What a fun activity for our students.
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Grandview Sports

Stacey Wittscheck is the Grandview Sports Director. She has a Grandview Sports website. All of the information from schedules, rules, code of conduct, sign-up, forms, etc. will all be housed in one location. As of right now, fall football is not happening this fall. We understand that high school football is beginning and MHSAA has opened up some more guidelines, in connection to fall sports. Though, at this time, flag football is still not happening as they are following the guidelines of Middle School sports. Though please know that Stacey is being creative and brainstorming how Sports can happen while following the COVID guidelines. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out this great communication piece for our families!!


Important Dates and Upcoming Dates


22: MOD FOG Dinner Night - Take the night off cooking and give money back to Grandview

24: Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 pm

25: Second Supply Distribution

28: Spirit Wear Deadline

29: Virtual Curriculum Night -- 2:05-2:30 and 2:35-3:00


1: Immunization Deadline

7: Count Day and Virtual Consent Deadline (Link is in the survey)

8: Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 pm

9: Third Supply Distribution

9: 4th & 5th Grade Artists Contest -- Clean Water Calendar Contest Deadline

Please Connect

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