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Last Week of School Spirit Week!

SOAR Spirit Week! Show Your Grandview School Spirit!

    • Monday, June 1- Be Safe! (Have your students wear Safe, Silly Socks!) On Monday, have your students create a time capsule. You are living through history... The link for the time capsule is included on the website. Please encourage your children to take a picture of it. There will be a drop box for the picture located on the website.
    • Tuesday, June 2-Be Organized- Show some Outrageous Organization. Wear orange! (Keep working on your time capsule and send in your picture!)
    • Wednesday,June 3- Be Accepting! Have an awesome Attitude! Wear Athletic Wear! Today is FIELD DAY! Please encourage your students to send pictures of them implementing a field day activity so that we can create a video.
    • Thursday, June 4-Be Respectful! Respect your Environment! Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
    • Friday, June 5-Fun Friday!! Wear your flip flops on this Fabulous Friday!

Student Belonging Pick-up

Hello Families of Grandview,

It was great to get a chance to see everyone a couple of weeks ago at our Grandview Parade! It was such a great experience for our students, families, and teachers. It makes me proud to be part of such a strong community and excited for our future as we continue to grow stronger and stronger together through this pandemic.

As we move towards the end of the school year, we have planned our student belonging distribution and school resource collection date. The date for this collection will be next Wednesday, June 3rd. The collection/drop off will NOT occur at Grandview since the building is currently under construction. This collection/drop off will occur at the former Montessori building at 2910 Sterrettania Road. This extensive collection plan is located on our school website. Please take a moment to read through all of the details and adhere to the specific schedule for your child as well as the pick-up/drop-off route.

For the school resource collection, we are asking parents to collect any school items that you may have at home and place them in a plastic bag with your child’s name and homeroom teacher. If you have any of the following, please include in the bag: textbooks, library books, school instruments, books-in-a-bag, or safety patrol belts. Please do not include Chromebooks, as we will be coordinating a separate collection period for these.

At this time, we will also be passing back any belongings that your child may have left at school as well as any medications that were left at Grandview. As in years past, if medications are left after this date, they will be disposed of appropriately and will not be available next year. New medication permits for next school year can be obtained through our MTSD website if you choose not to pick up your medications.

If we are able to secure a yearbook delivery prior to this date, we will include these for any student that has purchased a yearbook.

We need to maintain compliance with the current COVID-19 regulations. As such, our families will stay in their cars and we will utilize a drive through system. It is our hope to get our families through as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please plan to send a family representative at your assigned time and follow the route that is included on our website. We understand that the scheduled times may be difficult for families to coordinate, however please try and make your scheduled time. If for some reason you cannot make your scheduled time, we will store your items until the following year. Please know that as our county is in the yellow phase, our staff will be following all appropriate PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines such as utilizing masks, gloves, sanitization, and social distancing protocols.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Click here for the distribution route and schedule

Virtual Honey Sticks

Thank you all for submitting almost 60 Virtual Honey Sticks in one week! The results are below and here is the link to keep sharing how your student is SOARing at home.

Click here for results

Click here to submit a Virtual Honey Stick

Important Update from Mr. Jablonski

Dear Families of Grandview,

I hope this message finds you well. Today marks 8 weeks since Governor Wolf closed schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In those short 8 weeks, I have witnessed a Grandview community that has rallied around one another, supported one another, and worked together as we navigate through these uncharted waters. It has not been easy. From a complete shift in our teaching model and practices to technology learning curves, this change has pushed many of us. Yes, it has forced us beyond our comfort zones, but we have persevered. In all my years of education, I have never seen so much cooperation, dedication, and focus between family and teacher. All of this with the singular devotion of our mission to helping our children learn and grow. It makes me extremely proud of the work everyone is doing and extremely honored to be a part of this community.

I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the status of our renovation/relocation project. When Governor Wolf eased construction restrictions we jumped at the chance to, responsibly, move up our timeline. Over the past couple weeks our teachers, custodians, and staff have been feverishly packing while still maintaining all social distancing protocols. We have secured all student belongings and as county-wide restrictions ease, we will work to develop a plan to distribute these materials.

With the incredible amount of work that was done over the past couple of weeks, I am happy to say that as of today, the entire building of Grandview is packed up and stored. In very exciting news, construction will begin next week, almost 4 weeks ahead of schedule. As there is no way to predict how much this will or will not speed up our process, our plan is to still have grades 3-5 start the year at Montessori. The original plan was for us to be there for the entire first quarter. We are hopeful that our timeline will move up, but there are no guarantees. Therefore, we will continue with the original plan as we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Please continue to check your email as I will provide regular updates on our progress.

As we work to wrap up the end of the school year, our SOAR committee will be planning a drive-thru parade next week on Wednesday May 13th before the construction starts. Please stay tuned for details on this as it will be a great send off for our students before they come back next school year.

In regard to starting next school, we are also hopeful that we will be back in (both) our buildings. Again, there is no way to predict this as all decisions are being made at the state level. All we can do is prepare and do our best. We are already working to ensure that when we do return, we will have a safe and smooth transition. A transition where we work to help students not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. I look forward to the day when I can stand in front of the school and see 630 students hopping, running, and skipping into Grandview Elementary.

Yes, this has not been easy, but we have all found a way to work together and be strong. No matter what the circumstance, we will continue to do so. We are Grandview Strong.

Regards,

Mr. Jablonski

Kindergarten Registration

The Central Registration Office will be completing digital registrations for Kindergarten and new student enrollments. Please click here for directions and a schedule for Grandview Elementary

Virtual Office Hours for Extra Help

Each grade level has an educational assistant assigned to hold "Virtual Office Hours". This is available to any student that would like additional assistance with instructional materials. The educational assistant will be available by Zoom from 9am-12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and 12pm-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to access this additional support, please coordinate with your child's teacher.

Show your SOARing Spirit

Show your Grandview SOARing spirit by printing and placing one of these posters in your window.

Click on the link to choose a poster.

Welcome Back 4.15.20

Good Morning Families of Grandview,

I hope that everyone had a nice relaxing break, regardless of the current uncertain times we are in. I know for me, it was nice to hit the reset button, spend time with my family, and get ready to tackle this new adventure in online learning together.

This week we return to our online planned instruction on Thursday and Friday. You will find updated assignments and activities for your student located on our website under the “Planned Instruction” tab. Please make sure you also access the Specials tab, as our music, art, and gym teachers have been working extremely hard to provide exciting and worthwhile experiences for our students! Also take a minute to access any tab that may pertain to your student’s current educational programming. Whether that be our tiered reading program, Speech, PT/OT, ELL, or the school nurse. The information provided will help give our students the best possible educational experience moving forward and ensure that they ready to go in the fall!

I want to take a minute to thank all of the parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have now been thrust into this new role of tutor/educator. I recognize that this is not an easy feat. I have two of my own at home and rest assured, I know how difficult educating your own child can be. The important thing to remember is that we are all in this together and by working together it is only going to make us stronger as a Grandview family. We are Grandview strong!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your teachers, Mrs. Plaster, or myself. Thank you and have a great week!

-Mr. Jablonski

Moving to Instruction

Dear Families of Grandview,

As you may be aware, the Governor has extended the mandated closure for all Pennsylvania schools indefinitely. Since the stay at home/shelter in place order is in effect until 4/30/20, we will now be planning to move into Phase 3, Planned Instruction.

Here are some informational items for our move to Phase 3, Planned Instruction. This week, we will continue with Phase 2 (Comprehensive Enrichment and Review). Friday, 4/3/20 will be the final day of Quarter 3 as well as the final day of Phase 2. On Monday, 4/6/20 will be the first day of Quarter 4 and our shift to Phase 3, Planned Instruction. All students will have graded daily work to complete for their teachers. At the elementary level, we will focus our instruction on English/Language Arts and Math. We will not be grading Science and Social Studies for Quarter 4. Information regarding specifics for each homeroom teacher is located at the link to the right. If your child receives special education services, information from their teachers is posted on each grade level menu. Aside from grade-level specific information, you will also find pages for our Specials classes, Tier 2/3 Reading Program, ELL Program, and our school counselor. We recommend visiting all of the pages that pertain to your child's normal educational programming.

We will still be following the school calendar with our spring break from 4/9-4/15/20. Online planned instruction will resume on 4/16/20.

If you have technology needs, the district will be offering one Chromebook and charger per household to families in need of technology devices. Parents must pre-register online via a Google Form in order to receive a device. The form is available on the mtsd.org web page under the COVID-19 banner. The district will not be able to fill any orders without the pre-registration form completed in advance by the deadline, Thursday, April 2, 2020 at noon (12:00 PM). This is a one-time distribution opportunity for the health and safety of our essential personnel. The centralized pick up will be at MIHS on Friday, 4/3/20. Parents will drive up to the pool door entrance and present their child’s name for pre-registration verification. Staff will give a bag containing a Chromebook, charger, and an informational packet to the family. Families will not receive equipment if they are not pre-registered. If you or a family member is ill or experiencing any symptoms, please do not come. Instead, please contact me to discuss your individual situation. Our pick-up will be from 8-9:00 am.

For those students who do not have a printer for PDF assignments, our advisement is to read the assignments that are posted online and write the answers down on a piece of paper with a pencil. Be sure to have folder to organize the completed work. This hybrid option offers another level of accommodation for students with different technological needs. If you do not have access to the internet, Intermediate Unit 5 has provided a comprehensive link below to assist in gaining access. You can access that link here: https://www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/internet-guide-during-coronavirus-outbreak

During Phase 3, Planned Instruction will begin on 4/6/20 and will include grading. If you have specific questions about grading, please reach out to your teachers or myself. We will be flexible for students/families as this is a new process for all of us and it will take time and patience to establish a working routine. However, by working together as a team we will all be able to work together towards the same common goal.

Sincerely,

Joseph Jablonski, Principal

Jamie Plaster, Assistant Principal

Principal's Message to Families-UPDATED 3.31

Hello Grandview Families,

This week, starting March 30th, marks the beginning of the second phase to our continuing education plan. This phase is called Comprehensive Enrichment and Review. In this second phase, teachers will be posting an ELA and Math activity each day for review and practice at home. During this time we cannot mandate any work be completed, but we strongly encourage you to work on these activities with your children in order to keep their brains active and engaged.

We will be completing this second phase of continuing education from March 30th-April 5th. Also during this time, students will have the opportunity to make up any missing work for the third quarter. The third quarter will officially end on April 3rd. The 4th quarter officially begins on April 6th.

You can access the specific activity information from the menu option on the right hand side of the screen marked "Comprehensive Enrichment and Review". At this link you will find grade/homeroom specific instructions for each student. If your child receives special education services, information from their teachers is posted in each grade level menu. Aside from grade level specific information, you will also find pages for our Specials classes, Tier 2/3 Reading Program, ELL Program, and our school counselor. We recommend visiting all of the pages that pertain to your child's normal educational programming.

Here are some helpful links as we work through this new tier of continuing education:

Mrs. Moseley outlined this plan in her web address found here: https://www.mtsd.org/closure-i...

For FAQs regarding this plan, please click here:

https://www.mtsd.org/closure-information/school-closure-faqs

Our district's continuing education plan can be found here: https://www.mtsd.org/assets/do...

We realize that with these unprecedented times, there are areas of great uncertainty. But rest assured, the teachers and staff at Grandview are working around the clock to provide our students with the best possible educational experience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your teachers or contact myself or Mrs. Plaster at the following addresses:

jablonski@mtsd.org

plaster@mtsd.org


Stay Safe and Healthy,

Joseph Jablonski, Principal

Jamie Plaster, Assistant Principal