Mustang Messenger

2019-2020 School Year: Volume 35: Week of May 17, 2020

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

RULER.....the What and the Why for Grandview

Dear Families,

COVID-19 has been an emotional time for everyone. The good news is that all of the Grandview students and parents continue to be healthy. The bad news is that some of our Grandview students and families have lost family members and friends and that is emotional. We also know that our community continues to worry and fear about the disease and contracting the disease. We also know that we have Grandview family members that are stressed over bills, finances, job security and food. We also know that our Grandview students are missing school and yearning time with their friends. We also know that the transition time back to school will be filled of emotions for our families and our students. In the end, it is an emotional time and one that needs to be addressed.

Therefore, our teachers, behavioral support coach, social worker, and myself will be using the RULER model with our families. Some of you who have Grandview students who are older, may remember RULER. It was a program that was used at Grandview, but we all have decided that the learning with RULER in imperative that we use this learning with our families.

So what is RULER? RULER provides everyone in the school community, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and families, with social and emotional learning, which is helpful in their lives overall. Research shows that RULER reduces problem behavior, promotes positive relationships, and improves academic achievement.

RULER stands for Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating. Each letter stands for one of the building blocks of emotional intelligence. It is important that we attend to and provide awareness to emotions because they matter. Emotions influence attention, memory and learning, decision making, relationship quality, physical and mental health and everyday effectiveness.

Through strengthening our knowledge of RULER, we, as the Grandview community, want to provide strategies and tools to help all of us, especially the students with our emotional intelligence. The four primary tools are the charter, mood meter, meta-moment and the blueprint. They all work together to help cultivate the skills of emotional intelligence. Throughout Mustang Messengers, I will continue to provide families with information both this year, as well as next year, as well as, embedding social emotional curriculum into the classroom.

Join us and use RULER at home!! Continue to stay healthy and happy!! We miss you!!!

Your Proud Principal,
Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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VIRTUAL Kindergarten Round-Up is right around the corner......Please Join!!

Clarenceville is coming together to hold a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 19th @ 6 pm or Wednesday, May 20th @ 11:30 am.

The link was sent in two school messenger, but below is the same information that was included in on the messenger.

Please use the links provided to join one of our two options. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be posted on our district website. Note: The same presentation will be presented at each meeting and both Botsford and Grandview principals will be leading both meetings.



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Remember, we are looking for new Kindergarteners or Junior Kindergarteners for this fall! You can STILL enroll online.

If you have a child who will be five years old by December 1, 2020, he/she may be eligible for Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten next fall. Please complete the Round Up Registration form online by visiting this link Please pass this link along to friends and neighbors who have a future Kindergarten student but do not have siblings at Grandview or Botsford.

For Questions, contact the Grandview Office: 248-919-0404

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Paul's Survey

Last week, Mr. Shepich sent a 2nd survey to families. With the completion of the third week of our Continuity of Learning Plan, he wanted to check in on how things are going for you and your children. Please help us support you by answering this short survey. Remember one survey per family. Your feedback is very important to us. Remember, if you need to communicate with an administrator you can always email us at

Here is the link to the Parent Survey:

Social Emotional Parent Meeting

On May 28th at 3:00, the Clarenceville School District student support coaches, our beloved Ms. Venessa is one of them, will be hosting a virtual social emotional parent meeting. The intent of this meeting is to support our families emotionally during this tough time of COVID-19. More details for this meeting will be shared in our next Mustang Messenger, but wanted you to have the date on your calendar.

Live Mystery Doug - Thursday, May 21st

Grandview's Science curriculum is Mystery Doug.

This week, Mystery Doug invites you to a LIVE SCIENCE SHOW. Doug is excited to answer kids’ questions with the help of astronaut Jessica Meir, who filmed videos for us while she was in space! (Seriously!)

Make this part of your children's learning on Thursday.

Thursday, May 21
10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern
11am Mountain / 12pm Central

Summer Activities are Starting to Cancel

With each issue, I will continue to update you with any developments with summer programs.

Due to COVID-19, some district and county activities are starting to cancel.

  1. Mrs. Buckley, Botsford Latchkey and Summer Camp Director, has had to cancel the Clarenceville School District Summer Camp program.

  2. Many people have asked about a Grandview summer school program. We are starting to look at what that can look like to support our students, as well as, being in compliance with the Governor's Executive Order.

  3. Oakland Schools has cancelled the following summer programs:
  • STEM Summer Camp
  • Cybersecurity Camp
  • Future So Bright
  • MI Career Quest

Schools of Choice

Clarenceville Schools of Choice application is open and will be opened until August 17th. The application will be on the Clarenceville website. A few answers to a few questions you may have about Schools of Choice.....

  • You do not have to fill out a Schools of Choice application each year. Once you are accepted, you are part of the Clarenceville Community.
  • If your child is going up to the Middle School, you do not need to fill out a Schools of Choice application. Again, once you are accepted, you are part of our district, not just the school.
  • I have been at Grandview and want to stay and I am afraid to fill out the application and not get accepted. Reach out to me and let me know that you are filling out an application. I will do everything to work with Mr. Shepich to have your application accepted.
  • In the winter, they only accepted for some grade levels, but this window is open for ALL grade levels.
  • If your child attended preschool or GSRP at Grandview and you live out of the district, you STILL need to fill out a Schools of Choice application. Attending those programs did not require you to fill out a Schools of Choice application.
  • When do you "accept" Schools of Choice? It is unlimited, so you should not have a problem getting into the district and there should be space for your child. Just be timely in completing your registration.
  • If I fill out my application, will I have to go to Botsford. We do not want to have to move students that are already established in a school community. So please specify on the form which school you want your child to attend.

In the end, DO NOT miss the deadline. If you do and you live outside of the district, you will not be able to attend Grandview.

The Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is a self and social awareness tool a that we can use to better recognize, understand and label our own emotions and those of others. We also use the Mood Meter to build emotion regulation strategies. Below is a video introducing the Mood meter, as well as, what the mood meter looks like, and some questions and resources to support you when you or anyone in your family verbalizes what color they are feeling.
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence: Mood Meter Overview
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Mental Health Crisis Text Line

Michigan residents can now text a hotline to receive mental health supporta as part of an initiative during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texting "RESTORE" to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human services "Stay Home, Stay Well" initiative.

Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help Michigan residents coping with any mental health crisis, including anxiety, financial stress, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence.


Yearbooks are here and look WONDERFUL!! Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hayes did an outstanding job. We will be sending them out the first week of June if you pre-ordered. If you did not purchase a yearbook, we may only have a few extras. You cannot order a yearbook now. Requests to purchase a yearbook were sent out in the fall. If you missed that opportunity, please be patient until we know how many extras will be shipped to us and we will try and fill as many requests as we can.

2020-2021 Friends of Grandview (FOG) Board Elections

There are a few FOG positions that are open for the 2020-2021 school year. We are trying to develop a virtual way to hold a virtual election.

The positions that are available are:

  • President
  • Co-Vice President
  • Treasurer

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Mrs. Carruth expressing your interest and which position you are interested in serving.

We hope you will join this rewarding and super important organization!

Third Grade Reading Law

Per the governor's executive order, the Third Grade Reading Law is still in effect. Therefore, we will continue to populate Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (iRip)'s at the end of the year, as well as, continue to assess and support students that we are concerned about in connection with reading.

The best thing families can do to ensure that their children do not become a victim to this law is to READ each and every night. Not only carving out time each day or evening for your child to read (at least 20 minutes), but to ask them questions too. I have included some questions you can ask your child after they finish their reading.

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Move More in the Month of May!

Michigan Fitness Foundation provides fun resources for families to engage in healthy physical activities under the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays give Michigan families opportunities for healthy and fun outdoor activities.

Beginning May 6, families are invited to be active by spending at least 20 minutes outside every Wednesday. This includes walking, bicycling, hiking or other outdoor activities with individuals from the same household.

While being active, families are reminded to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other members of the public, avoid all shared outdoor equipment, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands immediately upon returning home.

Families are encouraged to post photos of their Walk and Wheel Wednesdays activities to social media by tagging @MichiganFitness and @MichiganDOT with the hashtag #WalkandWheelMI.

Visit for additional information.

Grandview Garden

Parents have been working hard on the school landscape and started the clean up, but there is a lot more to be done and we need help. If you have an hour or so over the next few weeks and want to take your family to school to do some clean up, we would greatly appreciate it.

The Grandview Veggie Garden in the back of school and all the Boxes has been weeded and the soil is in the process of being loosened. The parents have laid mulch and the boxes have been filled with new dirt into the boxes to eliminate the grass growth. Also if you have a high schooler that needs hours for their Civics class or National Honor Society, this graden and Grandview beautification can be used for hours.

Reach out to me and ask to join the Facebook Group entitled Grandview Garden Guardians. That site as description in each picture to see what needs to be done in each area.

The parents are amazing helpers, but none of them are professionals nor getting paid. It is total volunteer project and we need lots of help. Therefore, the parents are up for suggestions and willing to do some hard work to make the school look awesome for when kids return.

Come help!!! It takes a Village!!! Grandview is just that, a Grand View. Come help to continue to make Grandview maintain their Grand View.

2020-2021 Latchkey and Preschool Registration

Grandview latchkey and preschool haves a pre- registration set-up and ready to go.

To locate this registration, please visit the Clarenceville web site. Select Grandview. Then select either Preschool or Latchkey and right under Ms. Jackie's picture, on the right-hand column, is the pre-registration form. It is a google form so Ms. Jackie will receive the pre-registration forms during this closure. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT!! Both programs fill up quickly and will have a waiting list. These programs are licensed and needs to follow the guidelines of teacher-student ratio. So do not wait!!!

Report Cards

The teachers have reported for the third marking period. Due to the school closure for COVID-19, the 3rd marking period report card is based on evidence collected up to March 12, 2020.

Additionally, teachers will report on the fourth marking period based on participation and engagement and mastery of new learning. There will not be formal marks, but instead, teachers will make a comment on each student's report card about the level of participation and engagement during this time. Again, we want all students on-line learning and want to report on this accordingly.

Distribution of the report cards have yet to be finalized.

Grandview Sports

All sports have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year.

Stacey Wittscheck, Grandview Sports Director, has a Grandview Sports website that has the documents linked. All of the information from schedules, rules, code of conduct, sign-up, forms, etc. will all be housed in one location. Check out this great communication piece for our families!!

Questions, reach out to Stacey at her email at

Also be sure to follow the Grandview Sports Facebook Page at

Clarenceville Continuity of Learning 2.0 Plan

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Distance Learning Weekly Plan

Each week, the teachers have put together a distance learning plan. This plan hi-lights the essential learning that will be covered each week and one activity that needs to be done to help support the new learning. On Google Classroom and SeeSaw, there will be other activities to support these essential learning standards for our students. To find the distance learning plans, please visit the Clarenceville Website, click on the COVID-19 box in the left-hand corner of the page and then click on the green box or you can just click the following link.
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The Teachers felt appreciated

Thank you to all the families and students that took time out of their busy schedule to honor our teachers last week. Every day the teachers received something to let them know that we appreciate them. So thank you! If you did not see the Tuesday surprise, I have included the video below! Thank you to Lacey Tate who put the video together and all the families that sent in content for the video. It was so sweet!!!
Grandview Teacher Appreciation 2020

How Do I Engage My Children?

Here are a list of creative ways to engage with children. Here is a list of Clever activities that parents can give to families wanting to stay connected at home and in the community.

Food distribution Schedule

Please remember that the food is for ALL of the Grandview students. We fed your children two meals during the school year and want to continue. If you need help getting to the school or the bus route to pick up the food, please let me know. I have wonderful parents who are delivering food, just please let me know!!

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Looking for other areas for food?!?!

We know that many of our families live outside of the Clarenceville District and need food. I have included other school district's information, as well as Clarenceville, to let you know where else you can find food for your family. You do not have to have children in the various districts. So please use any listed resources.

IEP and 504 Meetings

If your child has a current IEP or 504 that has a timeline that needs to be revisited during this shut down, we are going to do our best to still hold the meetings virtually. Members of the Special Education team will reach out to you to set up the IEP meetings. Mrs. Carruth will reach out to the families with a student who has a 504.

New IEP's or 504 meetings will not meet during this shutdown. These will be occur and conversations will resume in the fall.

Again, if you have a concern, please reach out. We are here to help you!!

Getting supplies from the classrooms

We know that there are supplies and materials in the classrooms that we want to send home with the children. Unfortunately, we cannot get the supplies YET. Though please know that we are developing a plan and a timeline on when parents will be able to get into the classrooms to get materials. So please be patient and know that this opportunity will be given to all of you.

Tuesday Night Night

Tuesday Night Night will still occur every Tuesday at 8:00 pm.

If you cannot view Live, no worries, it is published to the Grandview Facebook Page so that families can view it at their earliest convenience for your children and their evening schedule. The point of this activity is to foster the importance of 10-20 minutes of reading each night. Remember it is super easy to view.....just visit the Grandview Facebook Homepage. 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!!!

Parent Walk-Up

Once we return, parent walk-up will still not be opened. The biggest obstacle to avoid is large masses of people. Therefore, we will reserve the front to only bussers, at dismissal.

If you child walks home, they may, but they will not be dismissed by adults.

Please do not express your displeasure by just picking your child up at 3:15. That misses excessive learning time. We are doing this for safety. Please support us.

School Store Fundraiser

This fundraiser is still open as you shop through this crisis. The teachers received some gift cards this past week at the mid-way point in this fundraiser and were so excited with what they received. Remember, this is a Win-Win fundraiser as the school earns money, as well as, the classroom teacher. This fundraiser helped to purchase the clay that is used for art, this spring's assembly, as well as, the supplies for March is Reading Month.

School Store is an online shopping mall with over 400 nationally-known merchants including Sears, Target, Oriental Trading Co., Office Depot, Toys"R"Us, Family Book Store and many more. When your family and friends make everyday purchases from their favorite merchants through, your school, and classroom teacher earns money.

All you need to do is going to and enter Grandview Elementary School's code (0000009438) and then shop away.

Box Tops for Education

Please remember that Box Tops are moving away from clipping paper box tops and moving to scanning qualifying receipts to earn school money.

Last year, Grandview earned $757.50 with Box Tops and we do not want to lose that revenue.

There is a Grandview parent that is already earning box tops via apps. Please download the app and log in, it is easy. Questions, stop in the office!!!

The Importance of Sleep

Even with this extended time off, we are still asking our GV students to go to bed at their typical time and adhere to the bedtime guide below.
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Kroger and Grandview

Kroger and Grandview

We get money from Kroger if you add Grandview to your profile. Thank you to all of you who have already added Grandview to your account. Though know that it is never too late to sign-up and join!!! So shop away, Grandview is benefitting from your grocery shopping!

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Simply encourage your participants to visit Once logged into their Kroger account they can search for Friends of Grandview either by name or TH003 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

*Customers must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a Kroger rewards card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your organization until after your participants register their rewards card.
Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Volunteering at School

If you are interested in volunteering at school next year, you need to complete an iChat form (available in the office) EACH YEAR and submit a copy of your driver’s license for a quick background check. Thank you! We love our Grandview Volunteers!

iChats are also needed to be filled out if you wish to be a WatchDOG dad or chaperone a field trip.

Job Opportunity

Noon Aides are needed for next year. This job involves supervising children in the lunch room and on the playground from 11:30am-1:00pm. Please stop in at the office to get an application if you are interested. You would need to be fingerprinted (approximately $70 cost) before working.

Important Dates and Upcoming Dates

All events have been cancelled. A refunding process will occur once we know when the Shelter in Place band has been lifted.

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