Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 35: Week of May 27, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

End of the Year Excitement

Dear Families,

It is the end of the year. We have made it. We are down to three weeks, 14 days, and 2 more Mustang Messengers. There is a lot of fun happening at Grandview. We have Literacy Night at Botsford on Tuesday, field trips galore by all grade levels, Field Day on Friday, and Kindergarten and 5th grade graduation. All of these events require lots of effort, planning and time by FOG, teachers and our students. Please join us in helping. We need LOTS of help to make these events go off successfully.

If every Grandview parent committed in helping with one thing by the end of the year, we would have all the help that is needed covered. So look at your calendar and help where you can.....join the clean-up on Sunday, chaperone a field trip, run a field day station, attend Graduation, and bring your child to literacy night. Commit to one and feel the rewards for a lifetime. All events are listed below!

Let's make it another great week at Grandview!!!

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Summer Literacy Night

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Field Day in Need of Volunteers!

We need YOU! We need your help! Please consider volunteering for Field Day this Friday, May 31st! We can not run this event without your help. Please look in your child's bag on Tuesday for another flyer being sent home. Simply fill out your availability on the form and send back in on Wednesday! Thank you so much and look forward to seeing you all!

No Smoking on School Property

With the weather getting warmer and Grandview baseball in full swing, a reminder about NO SMOKING on school property. It is against State of Michigan law to smoke on school property. The parking lot and the baseball field are considered school property. Please see the law below.

Act 328 of 1931

750.473 Use of tobacco product on school property prohibited; violation as misdemeanor; definitions; applicability of subsection (1) to outdoor areas.

5th Grade Transition Events

There are 2 more events scheduled for our 5th graders to get them ready to transition to the Middle School.

  • Tuesday, May 28 9:00-10:30 am- Botsford/Grandview Step-up Event. Informational games and meeting for students at the middle school with a tour.

  • Wednesday, May 29 5:30-7:30 pm- 5/6 grade activity night. Flyer is coming home to you - $5 at the door

Be sure to attend all events to help your soon-to-be 6th grader become part of the Clarenceville Middle School Family!

5th Grade Baby Picture

In sticking with Grandview tradition, we are looking for baby pictures of all 5th graders. If you have a digital picture of your 5th grader, please email it to Lisa Piontek at If you have a hard copy, please drop it off at the main office or put it in an envelope with your child. Be sure to have their name on the back of the picture. We would like all pictures in by Monday, June 3rd.

Do you have a graduate in your home? If so, mark your calendar....

Do you have a kindergartner in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for Kindergarten graduation for Thursday, June 13th at 1:30 at Grandview.

Do you have a 5th grader in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for 5th grade graduation for Friday, June 14th at 9:00 at Grandview. Followed by the traditional clap-out at 11:30.

Do you have a senior, 12th grader, in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for Friday, June 7th at 1:30 at Grandview. Graduates will do an elementary graduation walk. They are to report to the elementary school they attended, at 1:30 on Friday and meet in the gym. They are to bring their cap and gown and the elementary staff will greet them and line them up. You will walk the halls and wave and celebrate with the teachers and students. If your graduate did not attend Botsford or Grandview, they can choose whichever one the graduate wishes. They will be done around 1:45 pm.

Grandview Beautification

A huge thank you to Donna Pelon and Gina Londo as they have devoted lots of time and effort to fixing up our front island. Also thank you to all the families that have volunteered to work with these ladies to make a difference for Grandview. There were students painting, parents hauling rocks, and families coming together to beautify Grandview. AMAZING!!

If you have not seen what they have done, be sure to swing by the front island of Grandview. There now is a bug hotel, rocks using glow-in-the-dark paint, a Kindness pole, a Kindness feeder, and a bee house. Along with that, we are in the process of planting new flowers, sunflowers, and wild flowers to add a great facelift to this area. Also coming are new banners in the front loop and the 5th grade project......stay tuned and keep watching for these awesome changes!!!!

Grandview Clean-up

On Sunday, June 2nd, before and after the TBall make-up game, Grandview families are coming together to clean up, sand and paint the playground. It takes a village and we need lots of help. So consider coming out around 11:00 on Sunday, June 2nd to help beautify our playgrounds.

Open FOG position

Our FOG secretary had to step down. We have two names of interested parents wanting to run for the secretary position. Elections will be held in the fall for these positions. If you are interested, please reach out to either Jaime Liss or Melissa Carruth if you are interested.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year

2 buttons have been added to the Clarenceville district home page. One button, entitled Schools of Choice, is for people who do not live in district, but would like to enroll their child into the Clarenceville School District for the 2019-2020 school year. The other button, entitled Pre-enrollment, is for incoming kindergarten families or new families that moved into the district. If you are an incoming kindergarten family, that does not live in the district, you need to fill out the Schools of Choice forms, even if you have another child attending Grandview. After you have your forms completed, you need to supply the Grandview office with the necessary residency documentation. Questions, contact the Grandview main office.

School of Choice Deadline

The School of Choice deadline has been extended. It is open now and it closes Friday, August 23rd by 4:00 pm. Remember if you are currently a school of choice student, you have been accepted into our district and do not need to fill out the application again. Though all new students, including siblings, that live outside of the Clarenceville school district, do need to fill out the application.

Grandview Baseball

Below is the 2019 baseball schedule.

Any questions call / text Tom (248) 719-1058.

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What is CEF and how can I support?

CEF stands for the Clarenceville Educational Foundation. Since 2014, the CEF has been supporting the Clarenceville School District. The mission of the Clarenceville Education Foundation is to enhance the resources available to students and teachers of the Clarenceville School District in order to foster and expand educational opportunities for programs impacting students.

CEF Goals

Enhance student learning and teacher effectiveness by putting resources into the classrooms for items the district cannot fund.

  • Provide scholarships
  • Reward achievement growth and promote a desire to learn
  • Provide technology enhancements to encourage new approaches to teaching & learning
  • Deliver enrichment opportunities
  • Provide mini – grants to enhance and sustain programs

Want to Support CEF, here is how?

  • Every Thursday is Clarenceville Education Foundation Trojan Day at Fantastic Sam's.
  • Come to a CEF Event....Lace Up Clarenceville, Reverse Raffle Dinner, Golf and Bowling Outing
  • Link your Amazon Prime Account to the Clarenceville Educational Foundation

2019-2020 FOG Board and Election for one more member

A huge thank you to Heather Hackenberg, Marc Luce and Tom Krueger for the time, passion and devotion that they gave to Grandview and FOG. You will be missed.

Congrats to the 2019-2020 FOG Board

President: Jaime Liss

Vice President: Nick Dorst

Secretary: _________________

(If you are interested, please let me know. We will be having a special election for this in the fall.)

Treasurer: Aya Lumley

Public Relations: Joy Mitchell

The Sports Director position is no longer a FOG position. Stacey Wittscheck is our new Director and she will be collaborating all the sports programs with the myself.

Livonia Parks and Rec Grant Opportunity

The City of Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is offering students who are on free or reduced lunch the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $300 to pay for Parks and Rec program participation. Grant applicants must be a Livonia resident.

Please see attachment for grant application.

Calling all 5th Graders (Incoming 6th Graders) -- Great Summer Opportunity!!

Registration is now open for middle school students looking to participate in a hands-on, project based learning program centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM concepts.

Each camp is grade-specific and enables students to experience culinary arts, engineering, health sciences, information technology, robotics and visual imaging. Students will also have the opportunity to visit STEM-related programs at Oakland University and will create professional portfolios during a career day.

The camps are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free after-camp care is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The camp will run for incoming sixth graders from June 24-28, for incoming seventh graders from July 8-12 and incoming eighth graders from July 15-19.

The camp is housed at all four Oakland Schools Technical Campus locations:

  • OSTC Northeast, 1371 N. Perry Street, Pontiac, 48340
  • OSTC Northwest, 8211 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, 48346
  • OSTC Southeast, 5055 Delemere Avenue, Royal Oak, 48073
  • OSTC Southwest, 1000 Beck Road, Wixom, 48393

The cost is $190 a week, including lunch and snack. Dinner is provided to students who stay for after-camp care.


The following two PDF's provide you with some important information from Oakland County Health Division in connection with the recent Measles concerns.

Safety First

I lead the building with safety first as the priority. Please take the extra steps and time to keep Grandview safe. A few safety procedures reminders.

  • During the school day, no one can enter the building through any door, but the front door.
  • Everyone needs to sign in and get a sticker if you wish to walk towards the classrooms during the school day. Staff indicated that they are unsure if the adults in the building have signed in and look to see the visitor stickers. I know that we are familiar faces to the office, but not all of the staff knows all of the faces, so please take the extra steps to sign-in.
  • If you have a GSRP or Pre-school student, after dropping your little one off, please do not walk through the hallways. If you wish to get your other child to class, please walk around to the front and sign in. It seems like a silly extra step, but arrival and dismissal is very hectic and all adults should be identified.

In need of Milk and Water Gallon Jugs

Mrs. Duplessis is in need of cleaned out and emptied milk and water gallon jugs. She is doing a learning unit about recycling, as well as, research. Please read the letter below to see how you can help this amazing learning opportunity!
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Transportation Changes

The end of the day is VERY hectic for the office. Changes to your child's transportation at the end of the day adds to the confusion. We want all of Grandview students to get home safely, therefore, we will NOT take any changes to transportation after 3:00. We know emergencies come up, but we want to ensure the message reaches your child so that is why we are setting this time.

Custody Information

Please notify the school office if there are changes to your child’s custody that restricts one biological parent’s access to school records or to the child. Parents must supply a copy of the court order that outlines the restrictions.


Please do not send your child back to school the next day after being sent home with a fever. Your child has to be fever free for 24 hours in order to return to school.

After-School Event Guidelines

When there are events after school, please help to remind your child that even after school, there is a certain behavior to uphold. Kids should not be running up and down the hallways and screaming and yelling in the bathrooms and down the hallways. The students should take pride in their school whether it is during the school hours or after the school hours. Please help to support this. We need our students to be safe and school property respected .

Pink Out Store

Team Gibson/Terpack still have the Pink Out Store opened. Suckers and other items will be sold to raise money for Karmanos Cancer Center. The store will be set up in the main hallway by the office and will be student run.


We have had a lot of students arriving late. Tardies start at 8:40 and will be tracked. If your child comes in after the class did the lunch count, then they will automatically get PB&J as their lunch choice. Lunch counts will not be finalized until after 8:40. If you know your child is going to be late, then please call in the tardy and select your child's lunch choice to ensure that they can get another choice. Our lunch counts are becoming very lopsided and we need to ensure that the children are getting the choice that they signed up for. Also we need our students on time for school!!

Kroger and Grandview

We received over $130 from Kroger from our last reporting. Thank you to all of you who have added Grandview to your account. We have 36 households that have signed up, but I know we can have more.

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.

Bookflix for Grandview Families

The Michigan eLibrary did not renew their subscription to Bookflix. We found great value in this site for our children. Therefore, Grandview purchased a school subscription that allows teachers and students to use the following username and password to access Bookflix at home and at school. Please feel free to use this at home. The link is as follows.....

There is a link on the Library symbaloo and will be putting a link under the student links on the Clarenceville website.

Username: grandvw

Password: flix

If you click on the apple and book in the top right corner, it takes you to a Resources and Tools page where you can search for books, search by themes, running times and grade levels.

This is another way to engage your students with their learning at home.


Transportation Changes

Do not rely on just the office for transportation changes. It is important that you also put it in writing in an email to the teacher. If you alert the teacher and the office, chances are better that the message is delivered accurately. We have so many transportation changes at the end of the day that makes us uneasy that a mistake could occur. Please do not make a change after 3:00!!

Job Opportunity

Looking for a job in the fall!!

We are hiring noon aides for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office, fill out a background check and join the fun!!! Great hours and great fun!!

Volunteering at School

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

Lunch Menu -- This week is Week #3

I will remind you all in the Mustang Messenger what week in the lunch menu we are on. The menu rotates on a four week rotation.

This is the last week that we will be slightly following the menu. The last 2 weeks of school be sure to look at the messenger as the schedule will change every day.

Below are the changes for this week.....

Menu Changes

Tuesday: 2nd choice will be hamburgers, not hot dogs

Friday: Everyone gets grilled hot dogs on Field Day, no 2nd choice, but there is always PB&J

Box Tops

Now is the time to turn in all of the Box Tops you have saved over the summer including all of the Back to School Bonus Box Tops. Please send them to school in a baggie and give them to your child’s teacher. The class will the most Box Tops collected will win a prize!

Important Dates and Upcoming Dates

May 27th: No School - Memorial Day

May 28th: Middle School Step-up 9-10:30 am

5:30-7:00 Summer Learning Event @ Botsford

May 29th: 4th Grade Field Trip @ DIA

Cartooning event at Grandview @ 4:00 pm

5th/6th Grade Activity Night - 5:30-7:30 = $5 cost

May 31st: Field Day -- WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

June 2nd: Beautify Grandview @ 11:00

June 3rd: Field Day Rain Date

June 4th: Principal Breakfast = Effort

5th Grade DIA Field Trip = 10-1:30 pm

June 5th: Recess & Pizza Party for Safeties

June 6th: Student Council afternoon Party

June 7th: High School Grad Walk at their Elementary School @ 1:30 pm

June 10th: 2nd and Kinder Field Trip

June 11th: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Henry Ford

June 13th: Kinder Graduation @1:30 pm

5th Grade Boat Trip

Board Meeting @ 6:30

June 14th: 5th Grade Graduation @ 9 am, Clap-out at 11:30

Last day of School - 1/2-day

Please Connect

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