Grant Weekly Bulletin 10.11.2021
I want to point out how beautiful our Grant Community is!! When I come to Grant Elementary every morning I typically take Farmington or Merriman and then take West Chicago to Grant! I smile every time I pass a beautifully decorated home for the fall season. I am sure I didn't need to tell you that; however, it makes my short commute to school from the north end of Livonia each day pleasant! So thank you to any of our Grant families who decorate their homes during each season!
On another note, we have had an excessive amount of tardy students during our first month of school. Every minute of our school day counts. Please have your child to school before 8:55 a.m. each day. No child wants to be the one who walks into class late every day. Our school day is challenging. It is hard to rise to the occasion when you missed part of the morning routine and are already embarrassed about everyone seeing you arrive late. Please drop your child off between 8:45 a.m. and 8:54 a.m. every day.
This month's Community with Character Trait of the month is Responsibility. Students will be working on practicing how to be responsible. Ask your child about how they showed responsibility during their day. What are they proud of? What did they notice? What could they do better tomorrow? How can you work as a family at home to practice being responsible?
We'd also like to wish Mrs. Guinta and Mr. Socie good luck on their next chapter. Mrs. Ann Kosinski our other secretary will be taking over for Mrs. G. Let's give her a warm welcome! We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to Parent-Teacher Conferences next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!
A Good Bye Letter to our Grant Students from Mrs. G.
NEW - A MESSAGE FROM FOOD SERVICES
Did You Know…..
All LPS students are eligible for free school meals during this school year. This means any LPS student may choose to have breakfast and/or lunch every school day. This is because all school districts across the country were able to receive a federal waiver to serve breakfast and lunch meals, at no charge to families, for every student, regardless of financial status.
We’re serving A LOT of meals this year! It is wonderful to see so many of our students accessing this service. So you know...here are some quick district stats about the first 23 school days in fall 2019 compared to the first 23 school days of 2021.
2019~First 23 school days:
Breakfast = 21,224 meals served in LPS
Lunch = 81,914 meals served in LPS
Total = 103,138 meals served in LPS
2021~First 23 school days:
Breakfast = 45,206 meals served in LPS (113% increase)
Lunch = 120,972 meals served in LPS (48% increase)
Total = 166,178 meals served in LPS (61% increase)
Menus occasionally need to be adjusted. There are several reasons for menu changes. In short, the national supply chain challenges that are occurring in almost every industry, also exist in food service. With schools across the country offering many more meals than ever before, due to the waiver, food supply companies are having some trouble keeping up. Additionally, the trucking industry is also facing pretty big delays due to the shortage of truck drivers, which impacts the delivery of items to the suppliers. While we order a wide variety of food items each week, if an item does not get delivered, LPS Food Service replaces it with a comparable item. Here’s a good article explaining how this is affecting schools across the country: School Meal Supply Shortages
If your child is a hearty eater, he/she is able to both access a breakfast or lunch AND bring their own snack or lunch from home.
Families, regardless of household income, are able to receive these free meals throughout the 2021-2022 school year. However, families (as applicable) should still complete the Free / Reduced Application: Horizon Free & Reduced Apps (horizonsolana.com) on an annual basis, as this allows our school district to continue to receive federal funding and allows families who qualify to access additional fee reductions (ie: Pay to Participate fee reductions; AP exam fee reductions and others).
We are very thankful for the efforts of our Food & Nutrition department staff, who have worked tirelessly to respond to the increased meal service needs!
We are hopeful this information is helpful to you and provides some insights into how the Food & Nutrition Services Department of Livonia Public Schools provides for our students.
NEW - MONDAY, OCT. 11 - Lunch MENU CHANGE
The main choice will be a hamburger, tater tots, and fresh fruit.
The alternate will be fruit loops cereal, cheese stick, go-gurt, chocolate chip muffin, and fresh fruit!
September Student of the Month - Congratulations to our Grant Gators Selected (see PDF below)
PINK OUT - OCTOBER 22!
Important Grant Elementary Dates
October 4-15 - PTA Fun Pasta Fundraiser - Please note Mrs. Mazzoni is loving the OSU pasta and will be purchasing that for sure. Go, Bucks!!
Please be on the lookout for a sign-up genius from your child's teacher. We strive for 100% and are offering our parents a choice this school year (virtual or face to face).
October 13 - Full Day of School for Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences in the evening
October 14 - 8:55-12:10 a.m. with Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences in afternoon/evening
October 15 - 8:55-12:10 a.m. with Students, Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon
October 20 - AM - PLC Collaboration time for STAFF. PM we will have Grant Students. Time TBD.
November 2 - No School, PD for Staff
Grant Gator Mileage Club - We need Support!
Thank you in advance for your help and support always!
Physical Education Teacher at Grant Elementary
Greetings Grant Gators!
My name is Andrea Malenfant and I wanted to introduce myself as the Reflections chair for Grant this year! If you aren't familiar with the Reflections Art Program, let me give you some info!
Reflections is a National PTA program that encourages students to express themselves through the arts. Every year the students create art that is inspired by a theme. This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World By...”.
Students may create art in any of the following categories:
Visual Arts Dance Choreography
Music Composition Film Production
Artwork is then judged at the district level. Winners will advance to the state judging and then state winners advance to national judging.
The students compete against students in their age division.
Primary: Pre-school – Grade 2
Intermediate: Grades 3-5
Middle School: Grades 6-8
High School: Grades 9-12
I'm excited to announce that there is also a Special Artist Division! Students who identify as having a disability and receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504, may enter the Special Artist Division or the grade division most closely aligned to their functional abilities.
It is my hope that many of our Grant Gators will participate this year! Especially our students in the center program! This also includes our virtual students as well!
I have included the rules and the entry form that you can download. I will also leave a few paper copies in the vestibule at the school.
Entries are due to me by November 12th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please encourage your kiddos to enter! We have had many LPS students create some fantastic art and also many LPS winners, so let's keep it going!
Livonia PTSA Council Reflections Co-Chair
October Lunch Menu
Grant PTA Up Coming Fundraisers and Events
Today on Friday, October 1st we held our first Birthday Celebration with Mrs. Mazzoni. This occurred during 2nd recess and was for all birthdays in August & September. We had Ice Cream or Italian Ice and students received a spirit stick and a special pencil.
Our next monthly PTA Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 5th in the LMC at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!! As a heads up, the Novembers meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m in the LMC. The date change is due to Election Day and no school.
The PTA will be kicking off a fundraiser on Monday (October 4-15th) - FUN PASTA! Look for flyers in your mailboxes today. If you’d like to check out the fundraiser the link is https://funpastafundraising.com/shop/grant-elementary-pta Please feel free to include the link in your e-blasts home to parents also. There are so many fun-shaped pasta choices! I’ve already placed my order and of course, I have Michigan & Michigan State pasta ordered to have rivalry pasta night later in October for the big game!! SO many gifting ideas! The PTA earns 40% of each order!! We have HUGE goals this year for supporting our students and staff so we are hoping this fundraiser is a great kick-off for us! (I attached a digital copy of the flyer)
Boo Thru- October 22nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We realize that a Friday night is usually family night and hard to give up but we still hope you’ll still join us! We would love to see staff participation, and your families are MORE than welcome to dress up and come have fun with our Gators! We are so excited to expand this event to include more families decorating trunks and while the idea will still be the same- families staying in their cars and driving around the parking lot, we are excited to add more candy stops and more decorations!! We have a signup genius for RSVPs, Candy donations, and Trunk decorating spots. Please share this information also! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845adad2ca7f58-boothru2
Paper Flyers will be going home late next week.
Have a fabulous day!!
Franklin High School Family 5K Color Fun Run/Walk
Grant students have been invited on behalf of the FHA PTSA to their Color Run on October 23. They'd love for our future Patriots to join them. If you have any questions please contact Mandy Gerstenbrand, FHS PTSA membership chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant School Hours & Bells
8:45 a.m. Slow Roll/Drop Off Begins at Grant Elementary (Bell 1)
8:55 a.m. Instructional Time Begins (Bell 2)K-4 Full Day: 8:55 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Half Day: 8:55 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8:00-4:30 p.m.
11:40-12:55 p.m. Lunch Time
4:00 p.m. Dismissal at Grant Elementary (Bell 3)
Grant Student Exit/Enter Doors include:
Hutchinson, Dimopoulso, Vanek - Door #1
Carroll, Gidley - Door #2
Buscemi, Lenard, Anton, Green, Dresser - Door #7
Bryne, Herman, Stanford, Corp - Door #10
Schlaud, Vlcko, Jorgensen - Door #12
Erickson, Olson, Bray - Door #16
Wright, Sholack - Door #17
Risko, Warner, Hamby, Pascoe #22
Grant Elementary Map
UPDATE: Mitigation Measures for 2021-22
Good Afternoon LPS Families,
As you may have read or heard in the news today, the Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veteran Services issued an Emergency Order to Control the Pandemic which applies to all educational settings/schools within Wayne County.
Per today's issuance of this order, which includes a mask mandate for all persons in an educational setting, the district has updated our 2021-22 Mitigation Measures information as required by this mandate.
Please see attached for this important update.
As we continue our mitigation efforts and based on the mask mandate from Wayne County Health Department all staff and students will be wearing masks while in the building. It is also imperative that you take the time in the morning to complete the health screener prior to sending your children to school. If your child is not feeling well please err on the side of caution and keep them home for their safety and the safety of others. Click here to access the Health Screener
Please Watch and Sign Our Grant Title 1 Video Presentation
Grant Elementary is a Title 1 School. Here is a video that explains a little bit more in detail about what that means and how it benefits our students. Title 1 is the largest federally funded educational program. The program provides supplemental funds to school districts to assist schools to help meet their educational needs.