Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 37: Week of June 10, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

A Year of Reflection

Dear Families,

Friday marks the last day of the 2018-2019 school year. We have 4 more lunches to make, 5 more alarm clocks to set, and a year long reflection of great memories and learning. So please take time to celebrate a wonderful year with your child.

I also want to take time to say 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. Thank you for supporting the learning environment at home.

This year was a great year for Grandview. I am already excited for all that we are preparing for next year. We are proud of all of the accomplishments for this year, but I am even more excited for next year and all that is planned 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!

Now let's end on a powerful and positive note Grandview!!!

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Sill need a yearbook?? The office has about 10 more to sell. They are $12 a piece. Come to the office if you want to purchase. They are a first-come, first serve.

The yearbooks turned out great! Thank you to Lisa Piontek for all she did to make this yearbook another masterpiece.

Sports Program

Congrats to a wonderful baseball season Grandview. It was great to see the sportsmanship that was used by our players and the great effort on the field. Thank you to our parents for all they did to support the season. Finally, thank you to Tom Krueger, our sports director, for ending another great season and for all you did for the Grandview Sports program. Next year, football, floor hockey and baseball will continue for Grandview under the leadership of our new sports director, Stacey Wittscheck. Stay tuned for the details.

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. 3 guests (this includes parents) can come for each graduate.

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.

Fall 2019 Latchkey

Families needing before or after school Latchkey in the fall must register now. If your child is currently in latchkey, this does not hold a spot for the fall, you must re register every year. If you wait, the program could be full and you will be put on a waiting list. Don’t miss out, register now.

Summer Opportunities

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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How can your Child Not Fall Victim to the Summer Slide?

Here are a few ways to address and prevent summer slide....

  • Access to books is critical. The public library is an excellent free resource for families to have access to books of a wide range of interests and reading levels, as well as librarians to guide children and families in selecting great books.
  • When children select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development.
  • Summer programs, such as those offered at Grandview and the public libraries, that allow and encourage children to choose what they read are likely to be most successful.
  • Children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.
  • Children that feel that reading is fun tend to read more often, so summer programs that help make reading enjoyable and social are most successful.
  • Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.
  • Preventing summer slide is most effective when community organizations—including schools, public libraries, community centers, parent groups, social service agencies, and others—work together to encourage kids to read, make reading fun, and to reach families about the importance of reading over the summer.
  • Parents, caregivers, and other adults can help stem summer slide by reading themselves, as children that see adults in their lives reading often tend to read more themselves.

Summer Reading Program at Grandview

Grandview is offering a summer reading program. It will be held at Grandview. Each week will offer different engaging activities and every week your child will have access to the Grandview library to get books.
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Other Ideas

Looking for other ideas or are unable to attend Grandview Summer Reading Program, here are a few other ideas that you can partake in this summer....

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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.

No Smoking on School Property

With the weather getting warmer and Grandview baseball in full swing, a reminder about NO SMOKING on school property. It is against State of Michigan law to smoke on school property. The parking lot and the baseball field are considered school property. Please see the law below.

Act 328 of 1931

750.473 Use of tobacco product on school property prohibited; violation as misdemeanor; definitions; applicability of subsection (1) to outdoor areas.

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.

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.

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.

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

Looking for a job in the fall!!

We are hiring noon aides for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office, fill out a background check and join the fun!!! Great hours and great fun!!

Lunch Menu

The menu is not typical this week nor next week. Here is the menu for the next two weeks...
  • Last Week of School:

    • No Lunch Friday

    • Monday-Thursday is Cooks Choice

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

June 10th: 2nd and Kinder Field Trip

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

June 12th: Safety Party at School - 10:30-1:00

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 11:00

Last day of School - 1/2-day

Please Connect

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