Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 24: Week of February 25, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

Let's start with the P in PRIDE

Dear Families,

As I shared with you all last week, we have launched our PRIDE model to the students. Students are having discussion about our model, writing about the letters, and running classroom circles about our model. Remember our model is PRIDE, which stands for.....






These next 2 weeks Grandview is focusing on the P, politeness. We are going to ask the kids to be polite with their social interactions with their peers and with the adults at Grandview. When we catch kids being polite, we are going to name it, honor it and motivate other kids to catch the positive energy. Kids will be receiving compliment cards when they are showing politeness and we will be announcing it over the announcements. Also, our first principal's breakfast will be for kids that are recognized for being polite.

So start motivating your children to be polite. It is a life skill that has a last impact. Thank you for your continued support at home!

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Grandview Math Night is this TUESDAY!!!

Tuesday, February 26th is Math Night. Botsford will be joining us for this event and we will make it a Clarenceville Math Night. It will be from 5:30-7:30. Food will be served from 5:30-6:00 and games will be played from 6:00-7:30. Ford engineers and our 5th graders will be our volunteers. It should be an amazing night, so mark your calendars! Prizes, home resources and fun will be had. Do not miss out on this great event!!

Little Caesars Pizza Kits Orders due MONDAY!!

Pizza kit selling goes until Monday, February 25th. The below attachment provides online ordering information. This fundraiser is for all Grandview students to participate in. Profit and money raised for this fundraiser is for our 5th grade camp scholarship fund. Pizza kits can be picked up on Wednesday, March 6th from 4-6:00 pm!!

5th Grade Camp Details and Fundraiser

The Camp Meeting for the kids and the parents are on Monday, March 25th. The student meeting is during the school day and the Parent meeting is at 5:30.

The next camp fundraiser is going on, Little Caesar's Pizza Kits. See below for more information on this.

Finally, please communicate with your child's teacher about campl If you need help with the expense, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher. We are wanting a 100% participation with Camp. It is a memory making event for your child and a great momento for their days at Grandview. There are about 23 students not attending at this point in time. That is higher than in year's past. Remember we can give help!!!

Yearbook Orders - Due TUESDAY

Every spring, the office receives phone calls asking to order last minute yearbooks for their children. To avoid having disappointed students and parents, be sure to take advantage of this new and last chance order. If you wish to order a yearbook, you have until Tuesday, February 26th. This is your last time to order yearbooks!!! So please take advantage of this opportunity.

March is Reading Month - starts FRIDAY!

March is Reading Month is right around the corner. The kick off is on Friday, March 1st. The teachers will launch the theme and the month of fun at a school-wide assembly on the 1st. Look for the family letter, calendar and at-home reading guidelines being sent home with your children on Thursday. A couple of events to plan for and to get excited for a month of reading are:

March 1st: Wear red and white or dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character - Green Eggs and Ham will be served for lunch. Kick-off assembly at 9:30 am

March 4-7: Book Fair Week -- Kids can purchase books during library time, lunch, and milk and bookies night. (see the below flyer)

March 6: Milk and Bookies Night -- 6-8:00 pm

Fun days at GV will be a fun activity to do in honor of reading -- look at the flyer!!!

  • 4th -- Wear your favorite college shirt
  • 8th - Wear your favorite hat
  • 15th - Wear green
  • 18th - Wear black
  • 19th - Wear Silly Socks
  • 22nd - Flashlight Friday with PJs
  • 25th - Mustache Monday
  • 28th - Disney Day

March 27th: Bookmark Contest deadline

Friday, March 29th - Reading Parade -- dress up as your favorite book character as well as design your favorite book cover

NOTE: We are asking the kids to read each evening. When you read the grade level appropriate amount, remember to fill out a slip for each evening read and have the parent sign the slip and return to the classroom. These slips will come home with the letters on Thursday!

Classroom donations throughout the month to raise money for the classroom library. The class that raises the most will win a cookie cake celebration!!!

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Grandview Restaurant Event

Want a night off from cooking?? Then come and join us for our next Grandview Restaurant Event on Thursday, March 7th from 4-8:00 at MOD Pizza at 13229 Middlebelt. Proceeds of this event comes back to Grandview. Be sure when you are there you let them know you are here to support Grandview Elementary!!

Calling all Kindergarten - Class of 2032

We are looking for new Kindergartners for the fall! We will be rounding up our kindergartners on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm at Grandview. We will be discussing Clarenceville's kindergarten programs, both the junior kindergarten and the kindergarten classrooms. Come with questions and excitement as we look forward to meeting our incoming kindergarten families. See the flyer below and fill it out and come join the Grandview family!!! Questions, be sure to contact our office.
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Schoolstore Fundraiser

Grandview is partnering with SchoolStore to raise money for Grandview. is an online shopping mall where over 350 nationally-known merchants have agreed to give a % of sales to K-12 schools. Students win great prizes through their sales. The information is coming home with each student. Our school ID is 9438 and start shopping!!!

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.

School Closing

There are lots of ways of finding out if school is closed.

  • Our local newscasters run a school's closing list. Clarenceville is listed under Oakland County. Click on Detroit ( or WXYZ ( are a few options both on-line and on the TV with the ticker.
  • Mr. Shepich sends out a robocall to families
  • I will tweet from @grandview elementary and make a post on Grandview's facebook page
  • Staff, nor the office, come in on these days, so no one will be at the office to answer the phone.


All students who have a language other than English spoken at home and are identified as English Learners must take a state test called WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (Accessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners). The Enrollment Office form that was completed when your son/daughter enrolled in Clarenceville Schools tells us this information. Students will take the test eve if they are not attending ESL/EL classes. The test is for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Comprehension in English. Students will take the test between February 4-March 22, 2019. We will mail your child's test results to you when we receive them from the Michigan Department of Education. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Morrison at 248-919-0404.


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.

Floor Hockey

Floor Hockey revised schedule! Any questions, please contact Tom Krueger, Grandview Sports Director, at 248-719-1058.

Game Dates are as follows:

Feb. 28 B Flames vs GV Purple @ Bots6:15

GV Teal vs B Redwings @ GV 6:15 GV Maroon off

B Grey Knights vs GV Blue @ Bots. 7:30

March 7 B Grey Knights vs B Redwings @ Bots 6:15

GV Maroon vs B Flames @ GV 6:15 GV Blue off

GV Teal vs GV Purple @GV 7:30

March 14 GV Teal vs B Grey Knights @ GV 6:15

GV Maroon vs GV Purple @ GV 7:30 B Redwings off

B Flames vs GV Blue @Bots 6:15

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 .


We are starting WatchDOGS in the next 2 weeks. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact the office or Ms. V, our Student Support Coach, at

Weather...Dress Appropriately

At Grandview, we go outside as long as it is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit. We combine the temperature and wind chill in making this decision. Therefore, we need the children to come prepared with hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants, winter coat and boots. If you have trouble providing your child with this necessary and essential winter gear, please reach out to us and we will help to support your child. If your child is not dressed appropriately, we will not be sending them outside. Additionally, if your child medical conditions that restricts them to be outside, please do not just send a note in from you. We need to have a medical note. Our office is becoming packed with kids that say, "my parents told me to stay in." We welcome them to stay in, but we need the medical note as we have kids that have medical restrictions and they do not have anywhere to sit due to the kids that do not have the medical note.

Also if there is snow on the ground and your child does not have boots or snow pants, then they will be asked to stay on the blacktop. In order to play in the snow, they will need boots and snow pants.

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.

Reflection Room

Reflection room is up and running. Remember if your child is sent to the reflection room, a phone call is sent home to the parent. Though there are times, when your child just needs to go to that room to deescalate. Please note this room is NOT a detention or in-school suspension. It is a room where the kids reflect on their behavior and understand the impact their behavior has on others. Additionally, the kids partake in mindfulness and yoga activities. It helps to set the child up for success and focuses on the positive about fresh and new starts and repairing the relationships that need to be fixed. Thank you for your support!


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.


Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Meetings are underway for both of these great organizations. Girl Scouts will be meeting on Wednesdays and Boy Scouts will be meeting on Mondays at 6:30. Come join the fun!

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.

MENU CHANGE -- Friday will be Green Eggs and Ham to honor Dr. Seuss. There is no 2nd choice. Though there will be Peanut Butter and Jelly.

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

February 25: Little Caesar's Pizza Kit Orders

February 26: Math Night at Grandview with Botsford - 5:30-7:30 - Dinner will be served, as well as, prizes and fun!!

Last day to order a yearbook!!

February 28: March is Reading Month Calendar and Letter coming home

March 1st: March is Reading Month Kick-off - Celebrate Dr. Seuss' b-day - wear your red and white or dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character. Kick-off assembly

March 4th-8th: Book Fair Week -- shop during library, lunch hour or milk and bookies on the 6th

March 6th: Pizza Kit pick-up from 4-6:00

Milk and Bookies -- 6-8:00 pm

March 7th: Fire Drill, RS Savers

Grandview Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza at 13229 Middlebelt from 4-8:00

March 11th: Variety Show Dress Rehearsal

March 12th: Spring Pictures

March 13th: 1st Principal Breakfast for our Polite Grandview Students.

Variety Show @ 6 pm

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