Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 33: Week of May 13, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

E is For Effort

Dear Families,

Monday, we have our fourth principal breakfast celebrating our students that show discipline. These are our student leaders that have control of their body, keep their hands to themselves, and take responsibility for their actions.

We will then turn our focus to our last letter in our PRIDE model, E for Effort. The "E" asks students to do their best, stay focused and be on time at school. This letter comes at a perfect time as we have 24 days left of school. The end of the year and springtime finds kids to lose focus, become quickly irritated by the peers that they have learned with all year, and not listening to their teachers, like they did at the beginning of the year.

So what a better way to show and celebrate the "E" than to have our students show a year's worth of effort with their learning at our Grandview Learning Fair. This Thursday, May 16th, we would love for you to join your child in their classroom as they showcase their learning. The event is from 2-3:00. Feel free to take your child home with you at 3:00 or they can stay until the end of the day.

Another important event that will help sustain your child's effort is our kick-off event for our summer school. On May 28th at 5:00 pm is the summer kick-off literacy night. This event will hi-light all of the great opportunities that will be provided to and for the students this summer. The event will be held at Botsford as both schools are coming together to support Clarenceville Elementary students to avoid the summer slide and keep our student's Effort at a high level. It will be a super fun and engaging evening, be sure to come and support your child with their learning!!

NWEA and 3rd grade M-STEP will be happening too!

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

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Grandview Learning Fair

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Summer Literacy Night

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Grandview Spring Vocal Concert

May 15th is the Grandview Spring Vocal Concert at 7:00 pm at the High School Auditorium. Please be on time and be ready to hear some fabulous music from our Grandview musicians.

5th Grade Transition Events

There are 3 events scheduled for our 5th graders to get them ready to transition to the Middle School.
  • Monday, May 13 6:30 pm- 6th grade orientation. Informal meeting for parents/students at the Middle School for tour and overall information in the cafeteria.

  • 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 Group Picture & Baby Picture

The 5th grade group picture Is on Friday afternoon. Be sure to look great as this picture will hang in the halls of Grandview for many years to come!!!

Also, 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 your classroom teacher. 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.

Mattress Sale

Are you or someone you know looking to replace a bed in your home? Now is the time. The Clarenceville Bands are hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, May 18th, from 10am - 5pm. There will be over 25 beds on display for customers to try. The brand name mattresses are made to order, have full factory warranties, are available in all sizes, and are priced below retail. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows and even adjustable power bases! Delivery & financing is available. Visit our FACEBOOK event - Click “GOING”! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SHARE OUR POSTS!

As a thank you for helping spread the word, attached is a very special coupon flier just for faculty and staff!

Check out this cool video to see how it works:

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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

Upcoming FOG Meetings and Elections

There is one more FOG meetings remaining. We would love to have large attendance to these meetings as there are elections that will be held at both, as well as, lots of discussion of the end of the year events. We want to ensure that what is voted on receives votes from many members of the community. Below are some of the topics to be discussed. Remember that the meetings are always held in the media center.

May 14th

  • Vote on the FOG board positions for the 2019-2020 school year. The following are the candidates -- President, Jamie Liss, Vice-President, Nick Dorst and Mary Ann Gould-Brent, Public Relations, Audra Roberts and Joy Mitchell
  • Vote on if the sports director for the 2019-2020 school year is a FOG Position or not a FOG position.
  • Vote on the 3 sports director candidates - Tom Krueger, Beth Hall and Stacey Wittscheck
  • Discuss 5th grade and kinder graduations
  • Make suggestions and vote on any end-of-the-year donations for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Set calendar dates for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Honor out-going FOG members

NOTE: If you cannot attend the May 14th meeting, but want to vote, there will be a ballot in the office from May 7th-14th. You may only vote one time. You need to get the ballot from Mrs. Ruspaj and sign a form that you voted in order for your vote to count.

Upcoming Assessment Dates and Information

There are lots of state and districts assessments on the horizon. The following PDF provides parents with some important information about you should know about these assessments.

M-STEP Dates

3rd Grade = May 17 (ELA) and May 20 (Math)

April 29th-May 31st

All K-5 students will participate in the NWEA, DIBELS, DRA, and CCR assessments

Attendance is important and please be on-time as assessments begin first thing in the morning.

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.

Lace Up, Clarenceville

The Clarenceville Educational Foundation is joining with Botsford Commons to hold the 1st annual 5K Run/Walk & Fun One Mile event on Sunday May 19th. They are looking for participants, volunteers and donations. Everyone can participate at some level. So lace up and join the fun!!
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The following two PDF's provide you with some important information from Oakland County Health Division in connection with the recent Measles concerns.

Popcorn Days

May 24th is our last popcorn day for the year. The bags are $0.50 a bag. Thank you for all the support of FOG's popcorn days.

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 $100 from Kroger from our last reporting. Thank you to all of you who have 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.

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

Substitute Noon Aides are needed. This job involves supervising children in the lunch room and on the playground from 11:30am-1:00pm. It is a great way to make money while working on your child's school schedule and it is FUN!!! 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. Come and join the 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 #1

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.

MENU CHANGE: Tuesday is Cook's Choice or 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 13th: Principal's Breakfast = Discipline

Middle School Orientation @ 6:30 pm

May 14th: FOG Meeting @ 6 pm, last day to vote

Fire Drill @ 2pm

May 15th: Grades 1-5th Grade Choir Concert @ 7 pm @ the HS

May 16th: Grandview Learning Fair @ 2:00 pm

4th Grade Field Trip @ Domino's

May 17th: M-STEP - 3rd Grade = ELA

5th Grade Grade Level Picture

High School Grad Walk at 1:30 @ Grandview

May 19th: Clarenceville 5K Fun Run "Lace it up Clarenceville"

Grandview Tigers Game

May 20th: M-STEP - 3rd Grade = Math

May 22nd: Reproductive Health Parent Meeting @ Botsford 4:30-5:00

May 23rd: Board of Education Meeting at MS = 6:30 pm

RS Savers

May 24th: 4th and 5th Grade Reproductive Health Training

Popcorn Day

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

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

May 31st: Relay for Life / Field Day

Please Connect

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