Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 34: Week of May 20, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

Parent Engagement and Parent Involvement

Dear Families,

Last week was our Learning Fair. We had almost 200 family members come and celebrate your child's learning. That is amazing and that is one of the best ways to be engaged.....take an interest in your child's learning. Though we need this to happen most days, not just Learning Fair days. We hope with the introduction of data folders next year, you will take even more of an active interest and participation in your child's learning. The 4th and 5th grade reproductive health meeting on Wednesday and the Literacy Night Event on Tuesday, May 28th are another way. We need you parents!! The teachers can't do it alone!!

Parent Involvement is when you come and help out at school. That is important too. We need involved parents to help us run our sports programs, our afterschool events, book fairs, FOG, popcorn days, FIELD day, just to name a few.

In the end, Grandview needs both. We need all Grandview parents to be engaged in their child's learning. We also need involved Grandview parents to help us to continue to keep the rich traditions and strong Grandview culture alive. So commit to this. Take an active role in both of these. When you do, you will see learning improve for our students!!!

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

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Summer Literacy Night

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5th Grade T-Shirts

If you wish to purchase a 5th grade graduation t-shirt. They are $10 and the money is due this Friday, May 24th.

Note: There will not be extras to purchase on the day of graduation.

5th Grade Transition Events

There are 2 more events scheduled for our 5th graders to get them ready to transition to the Middle School.

  • 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 Baby Picture

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 Lisa Piontek at 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.

Field Day

Field Day is on Friday, May 31st. It is an all-day event. Mr. Terpack and Mrs. Gibson will be running this tradition and Mr. Mair will be assisting and learning the ropes of this wonderful event.

Though WE NEED OUR PARENTS!! Last Friday, a volunteer sign-up form came home. Please fill out and send back so that the day can run effectively, efficiently and safe!!!

Look for more details on this great event as we get closer.

Reproductive Health

As stated in our curriculum, all 4th and 5th graders, will participate in reproductive health. A permission slip will be coming home on Monday letting us know if you wish for your child not to participate in this learning. If we do not have a slip, they will partake in the course.

To learn more information, please attend the parent meeting this Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:30 at Botsford.

The reproductive health course will be taught by Mrs. Ballou and Mr. Terpack this Friday, May 24th.

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

2019-2020 FOG Board and Election for one more member

A huge thank you to Heather Hackenberg, Marc Luce and Tom Krueger for the time, passion and devotion that they gave to Grandview and FOG. You will be missed.

Congrats to the 2019-2020 FOG Board

President: Jaime Liss

Vice President: Nick Dorst

Secretary: _________________

(If you are interested, please let me know. We will be having a special election for this.)

Treasurer: Aya Lumley

Public Relations: Joy Mitchell

The Sports Director position is no longer a FOG position. Stacey Wittscheck is our new Director and she will be collaborating all the sports programs with the myself.

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 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.


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 $130 from Kroger from our last reporting. Thank you to all of you who have added Grandview to your account. We have 36 households that have signed up, but I know we can have more.

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 #2

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.

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 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

Cartooning event at Grandview @ 4:00 pm

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

May 31st: Field Day

June 3: Field Day Rain Date

June 4th: Principal Breakfast = Effort

5th Grade DIA Field Trip = 10-1:30 pm

June 5th: Recess & Pizza Party for Safeties

June 6th: Student Council afternoon Party

June 7th: High School Grad Walk at their Elementary School @ 1:30 pm

June 11th: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Henry Ford

June 13th: Kinder Graduation @1:30 pm

5th Grade Boat Trip

Board Meeting @ 6:30

June 14th: 5th Grade Graduation @ 9 am, Clap-out at 11:30

Last day of School - 1/2-day

Please Connect

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