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2019-2020 School Year: Volume 29: Week of April 5, 2020

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

Well that's a wrap, but not really.....

Dear Families,


On Thursday, the Governor issued an Executive Order ending "face to face" instruction in all Michigan schools for the reminder of this school year. Lots of people have said to me that the school year is now over. That is not exactly true. Our face-to-face contact is over, but learning is NOT over. Teachers are still going to be teaching. We still want ALL Grandview students to continue learning. It just will be different and change can be hard on everyone, especially the students. Though we are still here to help you!!!


This issue has all the details that I know of right now. It also is another attempt for me to see what you need. Mr. Shepich has sent surveys to see what you need. Teachers are reaching out to all of you. I am reaching out to you, but if you do not call us back or tell us, we cannot help. There are lots of resources available and community members that want to help. Just let us know. Do not feel bad asking and thinking that your need may take away from others. During this time, we all have needs and the Clarenceville district, Grandview staff and community want to help.


In the end, spend them time enjoying being together as a family and enjoying each other and stay healthy!!! We Miss You!!!


Your Proud Principal,
Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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WE MISS YOU!!

The Grandview staff put this video together to let you know that we miss all of you, but it is going to be OK!!! Happy viewing!!!
We Miss You Grandview!!

So What Does the Governor's Executive Order Say??

The Executive Order is 17 pages. In the end, it asks for us to develop a Continuity of Learning Plan for the Clarenceville teachers and students to follow.


The plan is in the developing stages. Mr. Shepich will be sharing the plan with all of you when it is approved by our Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education.


What we do know about this plan is that it will discuss how we will be continuing learning for our Grandview students, as well as, how we will keep our connection to one another.


This plan will be carried out with fidelity for our Grandview students, but the plan will only be as successful as the support is at home. We know that you all are parents and guardians, not teachers. Just know that we recognize that and the best thing you can do is support the plan. We will do the teaching. We need parents and guardians to be the supporters and cheerleaders for our students.


In the meantime, continue to check into Google Classroom and Seesaw daily to see the activities that are being posted for your children to enjoy and to keep the brain thinking, the body moving and the students learning.

How Can I Teach My Children??

I came across this great article from Edutopia.


It talks about the 7 Guiding Principles For Parents Teaching at Home. This is what it says you should do with your child as they are learning at home...


  1. Establish a "flexible" learning space.
  2. Check-in Every Morning and Throughout the Day
  3. Allow for frequent Brain Breaks
  4. Find a rhythm that works
  5. Consolidate Learning
  6. Encourage a Productive Struggle
  7. Consider Passions and Play


To read more, check it out. It is a quick, but informative read, filled with great resources.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/7-guiding-principles-parents-teaching-home

Mr. Shepich Survey

Thank you to the families that have already completed Mr. Shepich's survey. I am reaching out to families that commented on the survey that they need something. Though remember that you can always reach out to the classroom teacher or myself too to help all of you with whatever you need.


If you have not filled out the survey, please do. We only want one response per family. The survey can be found on the front page of the Clarenceville Website.

Food distribution Schedule Change

Last Friday, April 3rd, there were a few changes to our food service distribution schedule. Below is the new 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.

Still need Computer or Internet

Myself and the Grandview Staff have spent time over the last three weeks reaching out to families to help to get you the resources for Internet, as well as, to sign a Chromebook out to you. I have been meeting families daily, at Grandview, to hand Chromebooks out.


If you still need a Chromebook, we still have some to sign out, but you need to let myself or the classroom teacher know. I will add you to the list and we will set-up a time once we are able to get back into the building for distribution. I am not going to be meeting families at the school until we develop all the components of our Continuity of Learning Plan. Distribution of Chromebooks and access to Internet is a component of this plan.


Please let us know if you need help getting connected. We want ALL of our Grandview students connected and learning digitally!

5th grade Camp

With the school year being cancelled, so is 5th grade camp. The 5th grade teachers will be reaching out to you to this week to find out who the reimbursement check should be made out to and where the check should be sent to. The deposit WILL be reimbursed. The fundraising money will NOT be reimbursed. Please look for those calls and please be timely in responding so that we can get the money back to all of you.


We are sad that this experience cannot happen for our 5th graders!!!

Yearbooks

The yearbook is finished thanks to Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hayes and all the deadlines were still met. Therefore, if you already purchased a yearbook, we will be getting the yearbook to you in some way. If you did not purchase a yearbook, we only have a few extras and until we know when parents can access the building, we will not be taking any money or names. Please be patient, just know that you will receive the yearbook that you purchased.

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.

Missing Grandview Students

I have created a Google Classroom too. I have my room as a platform for students to ask me questions during this unprecedented time. I also will be putting fun stuff in there too....jokes, riddles and birthday messages!!! So have your GV student join and post.


Classroom Code is.....3s2rma3

No M-STEP this year

In case you haven't heard, the M-STEP has been cancelled for this school year. Betsy DeVoss and the federal education department has cancelled each states' standardized assessments.


Additionally, the Read By Grade 3 law will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year, not this year.


To read more information, please see the article below.....


https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2020/03/20/michigan-students-wont-have-take-m-step-other-assessments/2885000001/

Report Cards

The third marking period report cards will still be sent to you. The date for when we send will be shared with you just as soon as it is finalized. Due to the school closure for COVID-19, the 3rd marking period report card is based on evidence collected up to March 12, 2020.

Tuesday Night Night and Every Evening Night Night

Tuesday Night Night will still occur every Tuesday at 8:00 pm. Though starting tomorrow, we will be uploading evening videos of our teachers reading our March is Reading Month book bracket videos so that you have nightly reading in your home, while we are off. This will happen Monday-Friday on Grandviews facebook page.


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.

Grandview Sports

All sports have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year. Therefore there will not be any Softball this year. We look forward to having sports to resume next 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 GVSportsDirector@gmail.com.


Also be sure to follow the Grandview Sports Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/GrandviewSports/

Kindergarten Round-Up

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 https://forms.gle/cTJPR8cuwUFmsxPR7. 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

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 SchoolStore.com, your school, and classroom teacher earns money.


All you need to do is going to www.schoolstore.net 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 http://www.kroger.com. 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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