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2019-2020 School Year: Volume 38: Week of June 8, 2020

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

The End of the Year is here.....Not the Ending We Were Hoping For!

Dear Families,

Friday marks the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Please take time to reflect on this memorable year with your child. To say that this school year ended in an unprecedented way is quite the understatement. As a parent, you have had to deal with a lot at the end of the school year. The pandemic. Having to teach your children at home. Now, the unlawful death of a black man. Protests and then conflict throughout the country.

In 2020, there have been a lot of ugly things which may have brought about a lot of questions from your children. I would encourage you to help your children and your students to understand the hard, ugly things that we see in this world. Look for clues from your children. Listen. Be honest. Help them to understand and process the ugly things. In a time when so many feel exhausted and hopeless from this fight, on top of the inequities and grief related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to give ourselves permission to feel and to use the wisdom of our emotions to guide us forward. We are striving for healing, for learning, for change, and for courage and collective action to rebuild and sustain the healthier, more equitable, and compassionate communities we want and need. I have included some resources to help you with this conversation later in the newsletter.

At Grandview and the Clarenceville School District, we pride ourselves on accepting all people. We celebrate Grandview's diversity. In the end, we need to do better to continue to help our children to understand the importance of fighting for what is right in the world and how our children, our future, can make the world a better place. A world that loves and accepts all. A world that is kinder and stands up for what needs to be right for the world. So let's trust each other. We can help our children. We can help each other.

Additionally, we are feverishly putting plans in place that would enhance our instructional practices and alignment for our return in the Fall. This includes administration and teaching staff coming together to make a safe and efficient transition plan for the 2020-2021 school year. We hope to have a tentative plan by July. I know you all are curious with what the fall will look am I. Just know that safety will be the priority as the plan is developed. Details will be shared with all of you as soon as we have some details finalized.

In the end, thank you to all of you for this school year. Thank you for trusting us with the important task of educating your child. You have lots of choices in schools, so thank you for choosing Grandview. Thank you for getting your child to school and on time when we were in brick and mortar. Thank you for supporting the distance learning environment at home.

This year was a great year for Grandview. I am proud of how we were able to meet the needs of your child's learning during distance learning and we are already excited for all that we are preparing for next year.

Congratulations to our 5th grade graduates. Thank you for making a mark at Grandview. Now go and paint the world and make a difference! Our future depends on you and we are counting on you!

Your Proud Principal,
Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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5th Grade Celebration

We are ready to celebrate your 5th graders. The teachers, parents and myself have been working hard to celebrate our 5th graders.

  • Tuesday, June 9th is the 5th grade virtual graduation at 11:00. Look to the 5th grade teachers for the Google Meet link. We will be announcing annual award winners
  • Wednesday, June 10th, come to school from 3:15-4:15 to pick-up supplies, your diploma, and some graduation surprises!!!!!
  • Friday, June 12th, 5th grade Clarenceville Parade. The Livonia Police has approved our event and route. We will start at Botsford and will be at the end of the parade route. Botsford will go first and Grandview will go 2nd. So decorate your car, make signs and get ready to celebrate your 5th grader. If you don't have a 5th grader, please come and join us along the parade route to cheer our graduates on!!! One car per graduate and remember to stay in your car at ALL times!! The parade route is below!
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Picking up your Child's Belongings

Mark Your Calendar.....June 10th is the day to pick-up your child's belongings. See below for the details. Since the executive order is in effect until Jun 12th, we will need you to stay in your car. Please come to the front and come to the bus loop for your pick-up. Please put your car rider tag in the window or make a paper sign and display it to make distribution run smoothly. The times and details are below. A few things to remember....

  • Teachers will be there during their grade level hour to say goodbye to their students and bring some closure to the year. Remember they can not make contact, just air hugs and waves!!!!
  • If you have more than one student in more than one grade, you may choose which hour slot works for you.
  • If you cannot come on the 10th, or during your assigned time slot, then there is a general pick-up on the 12th.
  • Please bring your Chromebook back IF you plan on NOT returning to Grandview in the fall. If you are returning to Grandview, please keep your Chromebook to support your child with the summer learning.
  • Please return your library books at this time. The teachers returned the library books that they could locate when they packed up their classroom.
  • If you have an end-of-the-year present for the classroom teacher, you may bring it up to school to give to the teachers.
  • Please do not exit your car during the car loop.
  • Lost and Found will be set-up at the end of the loop. If you feel like your child left something at Grandview, the PARENT may exit the car to look at Lost and Found. Again, please adhere to social distance rules with others when digging through lost and found.
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Kinder Graduation

Even though there is not a formal kindergarten graduation, we will still be honoring this milestone for your child.

On June 10th, when you pick up your child's belongings, you will receive your child's diploma, as well as, other keepsakes to commemorate this special accomplishment.

Ms. Venessa and Mrs. Carruth Grandview Student meeting

We are hosting a 3rd check-in for Grandview students. The link is below. It is at 1:00 Tuesday, June 9th. We plan on playing a game, having a mindful moment, mood meter check-in, celebrate the end of the school year, as well as, starting to talk about summer!! We loved how many students joined us last time. Though we want to see more!!!! It should last no more than an hour!!!!

Anti-Racism Resources

I would like to share some resources with you that hopefully will provide some support for students and families as we face the turbulence of the moment, as well as the challenges that lie ahead of us. This is not by any means an exhaustive list, but rather a few resources that may help when you our children come to you with questions.


  1. Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence
  2. Black Lives Matter Still Matters
  3. Let’s Talk! Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students
  4. Let’s Talk About It!


  1. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
  2. Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Roundup Resources
  3. Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
  4. Books About Race That Everyone Should Be Reading Right Now

Kindergarten Registration

All the necessary documents and information is attached to the following Smore Newsletter. Remember to be timely with your registration and uploading documents. The beginning of the school year will be here before you know it! Reach out to the Grandview office with any questions you may have. Remember we are here for you for any questions you need answered!!

What is Summer Slide??

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. A few key facts about summer slide:

  • Learning and achievement are perishable. The average student loses a month of academic-calendar learning each summer.
  • Students see greater academic dips in math than in reading.
  • Children not reading over the summer can fall on an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
  • Students from households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from households without access to books
  • Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.
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To avoid the summer slide......Join Grandview's Summer Learning Program

Grandview and Botsford teachers and administration have been working hard the last few weeks to get Summer Learning Opportunities together for all students. We have developed a plan that will offer the following two options.....

  • Virtual all school program with weekly fun that will be posted each week. There will be interactive events hosted by various administrators and teachers throughout the week. Book clubs and interactive read alouds, as well as, STEM activities will also be embedded. This program will run all summer. If you sign-up for this program, we will purchase books for your child to have to support them with this program.
  • Targeted small group program. This will be an invitation only program that will provided targeted literacy support. Teachers will be running small group Zoom sessions two times a week to support this program. Teachers will reach out to you in the coming weeks to let you know if your child is a good candidate for this program. Please be honest to the level of participation you can give to this program to ensure that your slot does not take the slot of others.

Below is the form to complete so your child can participate in our summer program. You cannot participate nor receive the materials needed for the program without filling out the Google Form. It will be great fun and a great way to help your child to continue reading and learning this summer so that they are even more prepared for the fall.

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Food distribution Schedule

Food Distribution will take place at the high school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next couple of weeks to get you through June, but distribution will not be happening in July and August. The schedule is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and as the program wraps up, the schedule is below.

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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Supply List for the 2019-2020 school year

The supply list will be posted on the Grandview website, as well as, a copy will be mailed home with the report cards. Remember the supply lis is a "suggested" list. Please buy what you are able to, but we wanted to get the list in your hands as the stores run such great deals over the summer that we would like you to benefit for.

MI-STAR Can we count on you??

The Mistar Parent survey is available in Mistar. We would like all Grandview families to login to their parent portal and click on the red " Can we Count on You?". Please see the below picture to help you to navigate this requet. Each of your students will be listed, answer the questions and click submit for each student. This is different than the form I asked of you a few weeks ago. Please be timely with this!!!
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Sill need a yearbook?? The office has about 15 more to sell. They are $13 a piece. They are a first-come, first serve.

If you purchased a yearbook, we have added it to your child's belongings to pick-up on June 10th.

If you did not pre-order, you need to email myself ( or Ms. Tammy ( to let us know that you wish to purchase a yearbook. We will send you an email to let you know that your request has been granted and you will pay and pick-up on June 10th in the office. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and given to the first students that email Ms. Tammy or myself.

Schools of Choice

Clarenceville Schools of Choice application is open and will be opened until August 17th. The application will be on the Clarenceville website. A few answers to a few questions you may have about Schools of Choice.....

  • You do not have to fill out a Schools of Choice application each year. Once you are accepted, you are part of the Clarenceville Community.
  • If your child is going up to the Middle School, you do not need to fill out a Schools of Choice application. Again, once you are accepted, you are part of our district, not just the school.
  • I have been at Grandview and want to stay and I am afraid to fill out the application and not get accepted. Reach out to me and let me know that you are filling out an application. I will do everything to work with Mr. Shepich to have your application accepted.
  • In the winter, they only accepted for some grade levels, but this window is open for ALL grade levels.
  • If your child attended preschool or GSRP at Grandview and you live out of the district, you STILL need to fill out a Schools of Choice application. Attending those programs did not require you to fill out a Schools of Choice application.
  • When do you "accept" Schools of Choice? It is unlimited, so you should not have a problem getting into the district and there should be space for your child. Just be timely in completing your registration.
  • If I fill out my application, will I have to go to Botsford. We do not want to have to move students that are already established in a school community. So please specify on the form which school you want your child to attend.

In the end, DO NOT miss the deadline. If you do and you live outside of the district, you will not be able to attend Grandview.

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Mental Health Crisis Text Line

Michigan residents can now text a hotline to receive mental health supporta as part of an initiative during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texting "RESTORE" to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human services "Stay Home, Stay Well" initiative.

Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help Michigan residents coping with any mental health crisis, including anxiety, financial stress, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence.

2020-2021 Friends of Grandview (FOG) Board Elections

There are a few FOG positions that are open for the 2020-2021 school year. We are trying to develop a virtual way to hold a virtual election.

The positions that are available are:

  • President
  • Co-Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer -- we have one nomination. Jackie Hart.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Mrs. Carruth expressing your interest and which position you are interested in serving.

We hope you will join this rewarding and super important organization!

Third Grade Reading Law

Per the governor's executive order, the Third Grade Reading Law is still in effect. Therefore, we will continue to populate Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (iRip)'s at the end of the year, as well as, continue to assess and support students that we are concerned about in connection with reading.

The best thing families can do to ensure that their children do not become a victim to this law is to READ each and every night. Not only carving out time each day or evening for your child to read (at least 20 minutes), but to ask them questions too. I have included some questions you can ask your child after they finish their reading.

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Grandview Garden

Parents have been working hard on the school landscape and started the clean up, but there is a lot more to be done and we need help. If you have an hour or so over the next few weeks and want to take your family to school to do some clean up, we would greatly appreciate it.

The Grandview Veggie Garden in the back of school and all the Boxes has been weeded and the soil is in the process of being loosened. The parents have laid mulch and the boxes have been filled with new dirt into the boxes to eliminate the grass growth. Also if you have a high schooler that needs hours for their Civics class or National Honor Society, this graden and Grandview beautification can be used for hours.

Reach out to me and ask to join the Facebook Group entitled Grandview Garden Guardians. That site as description in each picture to see what needs to be done in each area.

The parents are amazing helpers, but none of them are professionals nor getting paid. It is total volunteer project and we need lots of help. Therefore, the parents are up for suggestions and willing to do some hard work to make the school look awesome for when kids return.

Come help!!! It takes a Village!!! Grandview is just that, a Grand View. Come help to continue to make Grandview maintain their Grand View.

2020-2021 Latchkey and Preschool Registration

Grandview latchkey and preschool haves a pre- registration set-up and ready to go.

To locate this registration, please visit the Clarenceville web site. Select Grandview. Then select either Preschool or Latchkey and right under Ms. Jackie's picture, on the right-hand column, is the pre-registration form. It is a google form so Ms. Jackie will receive the pre-registration forms during this closure. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT!! Both programs fill up quickly and will have a waiting list. These programs are licensed and needs to follow the guidelines of teacher-student ratio. So do not wait!!!

Report Cards

The teachers have reported for the third marking period. Due to the school closure for COVID-19, the 3rd marking period report card is based on evidence collected up to March 12, 2020.

Additionally, teachers will report on the fourth marking period based on participation and engagement and mastery of new learning. There will not be formal marks, but instead, teachers will make a comment on each student's report card about the level of participation and engagement during this time. Again, we want all students on-line learning and want to report on this accordingly.

Distribution of the report cards have yet to be finalized.

Grandview Sports

All sports have been cancelled for the remainder of the 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

Also be sure to follow the Grandview Sports Facebook Page at

Clarenceville Continuity of Learning 2.0 Plan

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Distance Learning Weekly Plan

Each week, the teachers have put together a distance learning plan. This plan hi-lights the essential learning that will be covered each week and one activity that needs to be done to help support the new learning. On Google Classroom and SeeSaw, there will be other activities to support these essential learning standards for our students. To find the distance learning plans, please visit the Clarenceville Website, click on the COVID-19 box in the left-hand corner of the page and then click on the green box or you can just click the following link.
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Tuesday Night Night

Tuesday Night Night will be every Tuesday in June. Starting in July, it will take a slight break.

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.

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, your school, and classroom teacher earns money.

All you need to do is going to 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!!!

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 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

June 8: 11:00 - Virtual 5th Grade Grandview

June 9: Mrs. Carruth and Ms. Venessa Grandview check-in call with the students at 1:00.

June 10: Pick-up your child's belongings. Date, schedule and times are stated above.

June 12:

  • 9:30-11:00 - 2nd opportunity to pick-up your children's belongings.
  • 1:00 - 5th Grade Graduation Car Parade. It starts at Botsford. If you do not have a 5th grader graduating, then please sit along the parade route to congratulate our graduates. Details are above!!!

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