Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 18: Week of January 14, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

Half-Way Point........Where is my Child??

Dear Families,

With the New Year comes hope and excitement. At school, it means checking students’ progress and making necessary adjustments to help improve their learning. In the next couple of weeks, the second marking period ends, NWEA winter assessment begins, DIBELS, CCR, DRA, assessments will be administered, and report cards come home. These acronyms are reading and comprehension assessments to help us measure how our students are progressing.

As always, if you have any question on how your students’ are progressing please contact your teacher or myself at the school. Even though there are not winter conferences, you can always reach out to your child's learning and have conversations about their learning.

Though, you can also start to gain your own knowledge. I came across this great site,, that was put together by Grand Rapids Public Schools. If you scroll down, you will come across a section called literacy milestones separated for each grade. I strongly encourage you to look at your child's grade level and do a self-assessment to reflect as to where your child is. It also helps you identify skills that you can work with your child at home. Remember reading is a daily at-home expectation each evening. Check out what research shows if your child reads 20 minutes at home.

Thank you for your continued support at home!

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Grandview Movie Night

Need a night out and you don't want to spend a ton on babysitters?? No fear, Grandview is here. On January 25th from 5:30-8:00, Grandview is sponsoring a movie night. For $5 per child, you can bring your child to Grandview for a movie night. Parents do not have to stay. The $5 gets your child popcorn, a drink, and a craft. So bring something to snuggle with and something to sit or lay on and support our 5th grade campers who are trying to raise money to go to camp.

Spirit Day Friday's

Every Friday is Grandview Spirit days. Wear your red, black or Grandview attire and celebrate Grandview. If you are in need of Grandview attire, you can order at....

Floor Hockey

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

Game Dates are as follows:

K-3 League: Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 8, 22, March 1, and 8

3-5 League: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 21, 28, March 7

League Picnic: March 14 or 15


We have 4 dads and we would like 10 to make it an effective program. WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well. Grandview would like to start the program as I am hoping that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOGS are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. ® t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as WatchDOGS.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact the office or Ms. V, our Student Support Coach, at We would like to start the program the 1st of the year.

Menu Change

On January 22nd, there is a menu change. You have the choice of either chicken nuggets or hot dogs that day.

FOG Meeting

Is this Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the media center.

There will be a raffle for anyone who attends! They have a chance to win 2 Valentine's dance tickets.

Grandview Math Night

Has been rescheduled. The new date is Tuesday, January 29th. Ford engineers will be our volunteers. Additionally, Ford will be sponsoring the purchase of 40 game kits for the Family Game Night. It should be an amazing night, so mark your calendars!

Popcorn Day

The next FOG popcorn day is Friday, January 25th. $0.50 a bag.

In February, the popcorn days will be February 8th and 22nd.

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.

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!


Thank you to the 100 parents that have already completed the survey. Though I would love more results!! What we gain from the survey, helps to guide our work in the future. We have already looked at the feedback and results at the Principal Advisory Team to see what changes need to be made to our already amazing school. So if you have not had a chance to complete the survey, please consider taking time to fill it out.


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 have collected $7.83 from August to October (we are newly established in Mid October so the collection is from half a month).

We have 21 families registered! Though I know we can have more!!! So please sign-up. Guidelines are below!!

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 #4

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!


Please let the office know if you can volunteer your time to count Box Tops. THANK YOU!

Important Dates and Upcoming Dates

January 15: FOG Meeting at 6 pm

January 21: No School - MLK Day

January 24: RS Savers

January 25: FOG Popcorn Day

Grandview Movie Night

End of the 2nd marking period

January 29: Math Night at Grandview

January 30: Report Card comes home

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