The Lion's Share Newsletter

May 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Miller:

Grant Families,

Welcome to the last newsletter of the school year! Each school year seems to go by faster and faster. It's hard to believe that we are in May and will be soon wishing our Lions a great summer break and saying farewell to our 5th grade students.

This month will be offering many events and and we hope that you can join us! One of our biggest events each year is Night of 1,000 Stars. It has been a couple of years since we have last held this event. Each year, we welcome nearly 700 people into our building for dinner, music, prizes, and best of all, to showcase a local author that will be there in person to personally sign their books. This year is extra special as we will be highlighting our very own Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Nash. Please be sure to RSVP and we hope to see you there!

I really want to say thank you to all of you that were able to join us for our primary and intermediate Track Days! The students had so much fun and you being there to cheer them on made the day even more special for them. I really mean it when I say how great it is to see our families back in the building and at our events! Thank you for your continued support!

As we begin to close up shop, please keep in mind that students will need to turn in their devices (iPads and Chromebooks) so we can clean them, update them, and get them ready for next year. Along with the devices, we will also need to to have the charging cables returned as well. Your student's teacher will have more information on that process.

Finally, I want to simply say thank you, parents & guardians, for all that you have done for your student(s) and for us this year. I say this each year in August as we welcome students back, but it really does take a strong partnership between home and school to continue to see the successes in our Lions. Please know that I appreciate you more than you know.

I hope that this summer brings you all time to relax, and some fun, unwind, and prepare for the next adventure.

Thank you,

Ryan Miller

Principal, Grant Elementary

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated nationally each May. This year, we will be celebrating the best staff around beginning Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6th! I hope you will join us in celebrating our group of dedicated teachers by thanking them for all of their hard work!

Capturing Kids' Hearts Focus for May: Integrity

Our final CKH monthly focus will center around integrity. Having integrity is essential for our Lions as they grow to become strong leaders. One of my favorite quotes about integrity is by C.S. Lewis. The quote states, "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." This month we will work with our Lions on the foundation skills of what integrity is all about...honesty, consistency, and responsibility.

What is Integrity?

Integrity is the ability and willingness to live with honesty and excellence. People who act with integrity make a choice to do the right thing, no matter who is watching. Integrity is the foundation on which we build relationships and trust.

Why focus on Integrity?

  • Integrity generates trust. When we are honest and follow through on promises, we gain the confidence of our team; Trust allows us to collaborate and achieve more together.
  • Integrity encourages self-assessment. Integrity requires our regular self-assessment to align behaviors with our goals and self-beliefs.
  • Integrity is essential in leadership. Great leaders decrease anxiety and build strong teams when they are honest, consistent, and responsible.

Integrity in Action:

  • Acknowledge and affirm acts with integrity. Publicly praise students who model acts of integrity such as honesty and honor. Encourage students to identify classmates who show integrity.
  • Use scenarios and role play. Challenge students with real-life scenarios and situations that allow them to reflect, discuss, and choose the best next step or action.
  • Create a culture of accountability. Invite students to give you feedback. Ask students to rate the class based on your Social Contract. Empower students with choice-based consequences.

Night of 1,000 Stars

Be sure to join us on Thursday, May 12 for Night of 1,000 Stars! It really is our biggest night of the year and it's a great time to celebrate all of the work our students have done this year. Each year, we bring in a local author (this year, we will have two!) for you and your Lion to meet! This year, we will have Chelsea Lewis and Kathy Nash bringing their talents to Grant with their book, Choose Kindness. It really will be a fun night, so be sure to RSVP as soon as you can!

Talent Show

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Student Feature

For our final Student Feature, we would like to highlight a star 1st grader! Sloan is in Ms. Lewis' class and she is always helpful, always smiling, and always willing to lend an extra hand. If you have been keeping track of our Capturing Kids' Hearts focus' each month, we would say that Sloan exhibits all of those traits! She is truly a Leadworthy student!

What do you love most about Grant? What I love most about Grant is that they have a park so we can play at recess!

What do you love about being a 1st grader this year? I love that we get to have fun on Fun Fridays! I also love that I have a nice teacher!

What do you think about Capturing Kids’ Hearts: It helps other students if they are doing something wrong. My social contract is something we use to help us stay on task, to show respect, and to be kind.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a teacher and a principal. You get to be a boss and you get to do fun things while the students are doing fun things!

What’s your favorite subject: My favorite subject is reading because you get to sit down and enjoy what you are looking at.

What does it mean to you to be a Grant Lion? It means that I can do stuff that makes other people happy. I can tell them nice things and do fun stuff!

Fun Pictures from April!

Important May Events:

Monday, May 2: Class Pictures, Grant Pride Week - Twins Day (Dress like a friend), Teacher Appreciation Week begins!

Tuesday, May 3: Grant Pride Week - Sport Jersey Day

Wednesday, May 4: Grant Pride Week - Crazy Hair Day, NEHS 2:30-3:45, Talent Show 5:30-7:30

Thursday, May 5: Grant Pride Week - Hat Day (wear your favorite hat), 3rd Grade Recorder Concert 6:00, Last day for Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6: Grant Pride Week - Wear Camo Day

Monday, May 9: Ron Hein Track Meet

Tuesday, May 10: Student Council 2:30-3:30

Wednesday, May 11: Band & Orchestra Concert 6:30

Thursday, May 12: Night of 1,000 Stars 5:00-7:00

Friday, May 13: 4th Grade Field Trip to Mining Museum 9:30-1:30

Monday, May 16: NEHS Induction 4:15-6:00

Thursday, May 19: 5th Grade Continuation 6:00

Friday, May 20: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!