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2019-2020 School Year: Volume 28: Week of March 30, 2020

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

What a crazy year this has been?

Dear Families,


Last Friday, March 27th, Governor Whitmer came out to the media stating that it is 'very unlikely' that we will be coming back to school to complete the 2020 school year.


https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2020/03/27/whitmer-very-unlikely-k-12-schools-reopen-school-year/2925123001/


I don't know about you, but that came with a lot of questions for me.


  • When will the decision be final?
  • How can GV students keep learning?
  • How do GV teachers teach new content?
  • What about 5th grade camp and graduation?
  • What about Kindergarten Round-up? Report Cards?
  • How do we get al
  • And on....and on...


And then I realized. The entire state is asking the same questions and therefore I know that we will be OK and Grandview staff will continue to support the students and families, just like we have been.


Over the last two weeks, you have probably received lots of phone calls from staff. We are doing this because we want to know four things.....


  1. How are you?
  2. What do you need?
  3. Do you have access to our on-line platforms?
  4. Are our students still learning?


I have spent the past few weeks researching and monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus health issue in our region and across the world. Every step we’ve taken over the past couple of weeks has been taken only after thoughtful consideration and deep discussions with many who are invested in both the education and well-being of our children. I have also been working closely with our district leadership, school board, educators, families, health departments, and other school districts to develop a plan for what a virtual ending of our school year will and could look like.


So this issue is another attempt to get everyone connected, fed and learning. We need to hear from all of you. No one should be trying to figure life out alone, but rather as our tight-knit community. So please reach out. We have about 96% of our school connected and learning. I want 100%.


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


Your Proud Principal,
Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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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

Learning Should Be Happening?

As I have shared with families, we need to see our students on-line learning every day. Some families prefer paper and pencil, creative, STEM, and non-digital learning. That is GREAT, but I need the learning time to be both....online and non-online.


So here is what I need from you. Please reach out to myself or the classroom teacher if you answer YES to any of the following statements.......


  • Do you need internet access at home?
  • Do you need a Chromebook? (We still have some that can be checked out)
  • Do you need help locating your teacher's platform (i.e Seesaw or Google Classroom)



I am here. I have resources to help you. I just need to know who needs help. Please reach out to me at either melissa.carruth@clarencevilleschools.org or clvhelp@clarencevilleschools.org. You can also call Grandview as we are checking the voicemails daily.

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We fed you throughout the year and we still want to feed you!!

The Clarenceville COVID-19 food distribution has been carried out with the wrong message. Some families are not using the food distribution because they "want to leave the food to the families that really need it." Every day, during the school year, by law, I was obligated to feed all Grandview students two times a day. It is a choice, but the choice was for every student, no matter the socio-economic status. This is the same for the food distribution during COVID-19. I want to feed all of you!!


Clarenceville hands out bag meals from the High School 7am-1pm (for children under 18 and they do not have to be Clarenceville students) Please please go and use this service. You are not taking away from the needy, you may not need it now but may be grateful in the future. The staff are working hard to make this option available in our community.


If you can't get there, let me know. I have some wonderful parent volunteers that are willing to pick up meals for many families that can’t make it to bus stops or the school. If you need food dropped off please let me know.


Food will be distributed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the length of the closure.


Food will be distributed using a “drive-thru” and “walk-up” model. Food amounts will be on a per child basis, and will include breakfast and lunch meals. On Mondays and Wednesdays (and first Tuesday), the food distribution will include two days of grab-and-go meals, and on Fridays, three days of meals will be distributed. While this is the initial plan, we will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary to meet the demand and nutritional needs of our Clarenceville School District students.

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.

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.


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 postponed at this time. This includes poms, basketball, and sending out baseball information.


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!


We have postponed these meetings. Please know that you can still register on-line your incoming kindergartner.


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

Career Day

Friday, April 24th was to be Career Day. The event is now cancelled!!!

School Store Fundraiser

This fundraiser is still open as you shop through this crisi. 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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Cub Scouts Pack 279

Every Monday, at 6:30 are the weekly scouts meeting. At this time, they will not be held at GV. Please reach out to your troop/den leader to learn of where the new location will be.

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 until further notice. Refunding and Rescheduling will be discussed once we know when Shelter in Place band has been lifted.

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