Volume: 08-09 Issue: 1
September 11, 2009 Cougar News
Grant School Parent Newsletter
8835 Swasey Drive • Redding, CA 96001 • Phone (530) 243-0561 • Fax (530) 243-7631 • www.grantesd.k12.ca.us
Inside this issue:
From John Krinkel, Superintendent
What a great start to a new year! science component of the STAR test.
From John Krinkel 1-2
Our PTO out did themselves with Ninety-two percent of our 7th graders
School News 2-5 the “Back to School Barbeque” were proficient or advanced on the
Sports News 5-6 surpassing last year thanks to the English/language arts component of
In The Know With PTO 7 efforts of Cassandra Giordano the test. Again, all of our grade levels
and Jennifer Johnson. Also, I excelled so it will be interesting, as
Harvest Festival 8
want to extend a big thank you to they compute the final API scores, to
In the Garden 9 the Luntey Family and San Fran- see where Grant will stand.
Transportation Fee 10 cisco Deli for their generous sup-
Mother/Son Skate 11 port, providing the food and ex- The API is a numeric scale that
pertise to this most successful ranges from a low of 200 to a high of
Ducky Derby 12
barbeque, the Isheim Family for 1000, used to measure the academic
Centerville Ed. Foundation 13 providing the much appreciated performance and growth of schools.
Odyssey of the Mind 14 ice, and the Ross Family for pro- A school’s score or placement on the
viding the tents. With a kickoff API is an indicator of a school’s per-
Flu Information 15
like that, it only bodes for great formance level, with the interim goal
September Activities Calendar 16 things to come! for all schools being a score of 800,
September Sports Calendar 17 and the school’s growth measured by
We await the release of the API how well it is moving past that goal.
scores from last year. I antici-
pate that our scores will equal or All schools in the state that receive
surpass last year’s 892. We saw API’s are also ranked in groups of ten
improvement in various areas. (deciles) by school level: elementary,
Our third grade classes made an middle, and high. A rank of 10 is the
extraordinary push in the number highest and 1 is the lowest. Grant
of students that achieved profi- School District received a rank of API
cient or advanced from the previ-
Former Grant kindergarten of 892, which was an improvement of
ous year. Ninety percent of our
teacher, Lori Duralia, 13 points from the previous year, and
8th graders achieved proficient or
is pictured with her that gave us a deciles ranking of 9.
advanced on the history/social
in Malaysia Calendar of Events
9-14 Minimum Day Schedule 9-25 Band Camp
9-16 Safety Committee Meeting - 8:30 am 10-5 to 10-9 Parent Conference Week (Minimum Days)
9-17 Kindergarten Grandparent’s Day 10-6 PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm
9-17 Odyssey of the Mind Meeting - 2:40 pm 10-9 Sports Boosters Meeting - 1 pm
9-17 School Board Meeting - 6:30 pm 10-9 Mother/Son Skate - 4:30 pm
9-23 Make-Up Picture Day 10-12 Minimum Day Schedule
9-25 7th/8th Grade Progress Report Period Ends 10-14 School Site Council Meeting - 3:15 pm
9-25 Jog-A-Thon 10-14 Centerville Ed. Foundation Meeting - 7 pm
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I ask that you join me in thanking our teachers, ing fun together. Children whose parents spend
staff and students for their efforts. We must con- lots of time with them do better in life. They grow
tinue to work with them to build upon the founda- up too fast and those special times can be lost!
tion we have established and look forward to the
official posting of last year’s scores. I promised A great way to stay informed of what’s happening
students that if we met or exceeded an API of at school is to get involved with our PTO. Those
900 we would be doing an outdoor movie, ala meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of
“Drive-in Theater” format with hotdogs, popcorn every month. The next meeting will be on Tues-
and sodas. We should know soon whether we day, October 6 th, at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Hope
achieved our goal. to see you there! Otherwise, we are looking for-
ward to a great year at Grant. We always say,
Attitude is everything and, as we talk about atti- “Good Morning,” at Grant, because the sun is al-
tude, there are important things to remember. ways rising at Grant. It never sets!
Help students see that learning makes them
happy. Reflect back the pride we see on their Don’t forget “Quack-Quack!” Ducky Derby is com-
faces by commenting, "You look proud of what ing and we not only need to get our ducks lined up
you did." You can also tell a child "You can read in a row, but we better get them into the water. So
so much better than you used to." Students feel buy those DUCKS!
pride in knowing that they are achieving, and re-
inforcing that feeling will perpetuate their working SCHOOL NEWS
toward success. We want to instill that intrinsic
feeling of wanting to succeed. By commenting
to a child, “You are so smart,” it may be counter PAPER COPY OF NEWSLETTER
productive to our intentions of pushing them for- In an effort to save money and be environmentally
ward. It can lead to them trying less instead of friendly, this will be the only paper copy of our
more. By saying instead, "You really practiced!" monthly newsletter you will receive this year. For
or "You got right to work and now your home- the remainder of the year you can view the news-
work is done" it helps kids understand that suc- letter on our website at www.grantesd.k12.ca.us.
cess comes from hard work. The adage, "It's not We will also be emailing a copy of the newsletter to
about how hard the work is, what matters is how our parents that have a current email address on
hard you work." Sir Edmund Hillary, the first file at Grant School. If you don’t have access to
man to conquer Everest said it best, “You don't the web or would prefer a paper copy, we will have
have to be a fantastic hero to do great things -- them available in the school office.
to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap,
sufficiently motivated to reach challenging MINIMUM DAY - SEPTEMBER 14
goals.” Don’t ever lose the opportunities to Grant School will be on a minimum day schedule
praise your child by telling them what you see on Monday, September 14th.
them doing right. "You remembered to take the
trash out by yourself." "You helped your brother." Grade Arrive Dismiss
"You controlled yourself when they yelled at
you." This kind of praise helps kids make good Grades 4 - 6 8:20 12:15
decisions, because it helps them focus on their
Grades 7 - 8 8:20 12:45
positive actions. It helps them understand that
they don’t have to be extraordinary individuals. Grades K - 3 8:20 1:15
If they are tenacious and work hard they can ac-
complish great things. They don’t have to be a
super hero. They can be themselves and be MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY
successful with a positive attitude! Make-up picture day is scheduled for Wednesday,
September 23rd beginning at 8:30 a.m. Watch for
Never lose the opportunities to spend time with your school photos to come home with your stu-
your children playing, talking, reading, and hav- dents the week of September 14th.
Volume: 07-08 Issue: Page 3
PICTURE DAY HELPER YEARBOOKS
PTO member, Jennifer Johnson, volunteered her You may purchase a 2009-2010 Grant School
time to assist the photographer on all 3 school yearbook for $29.00 per book before October
picture days! Thank you for making the school 1st. After that date the cost will be $34.00.
picture days run so smoothly.
2009-2010 YEARBOOK ORDER FORM
THANK YOU PTO Yearbook Cost - $29.00
A great big thank you to Michelle Cave and Rose Student Name ________________________
Decker for preparing a delicious and healthy back
to school breakfast for the entire Grant Staff. Teacher _____________________________
____# of Yearbooks @ $29 = $ ___ enclosed
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT ADVISORY
The first progress report period ends for 7th and Please return this form to the Grant School office with your
check payable to Grant School Yearbook. If you have any
8th graders on Friday, September 25th. The pro- questions, please call April Sharpe at 243-0561 ext.117.
gress reports will be sent home with your student
on Friday, October 2nd. If you do not receive
one, please contact the school office for a copy. ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
As fall approaches, it is time to start putting to-
CHEERLEADERS gether Odyssey of the Mind teams for Grant
We would like to thank the cheerleaders for pre- School. What is Odyssey of the Mind? Odys-
paring the first day packets. The volunteers sey of the Mind, often called OM, is a creative
worked so hard preparing and delivering over 700 problem-solving competition involving students
first day packets. We couldn’t have done it with- from kindergarten through college. Team mem-
out them. They also volunteered their time to bers work together at length to solve a prede-
guide parents during Back to School Night. fined problem (the Long Term problem); and
present their solution to the problem at a com-
petition. They must also generate spontaneous
answers to a problem they have not seen be-
fore; this is the spontaneous competition. For
more information, please see the handout about
the OM program on page 14 of this newsletter
or check out their website at odysseyoft-
hemind.com. Last year Grant School had sev-
eral teams participate in this program and we
would like to have even more this year. If you
are interested in having your son or daugh-
ter participate on a team or you are inter-
ested in being a coach, please attend our
Parent Informational Meeting that will be
held in Mr. Chapman’s room at 2:40 on
Thursday, September 17th. Questions? Con-
tact Renee Sumption, Odyssey of the Mind
RECYCLING CONTINUES school contact at 243-0561 ext. 144 or
Please consider recycling plastic bags here at email@example.com
Grant School and help us earn money at the
same time. You and your children can bring in PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
clean, dry plastic shopping or grocery bags from Conferences are scheduled for the week of
any store and place them in the green cardboard October 5th-9th. Notice of your assigned time
collection bin located in the school office or the will be sent home with your child on Friday,
middle school science room. September 25th. Please return the form to your
child’s teacher by October 2nd.
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SITE COUNCIL CANDIDATES NEEDED Erin Sutter
Grant School is looking for three new candidates
to join the School Site Council for the 2009-2010 Erin has one daughter at Grant. She is in kindergar-
school year. The Site Council reviews the Single ten. Erin is a credentialed elementary school
Plan for Student Achievement and reviews the teacher who worked at Millville Elementary School.
categorical budget for the school. We currently She has served on the Millville School Site Council in
have three parents interested in serving on our the past as a teacher representative. She currently
Site Council. Their letters of introduction are as volunteers her time as a classroom parent. She has
follows: also signed up to be a co-chair of Kindergarten
Round-up. "As a site council member she hopes to
Debbie Grigsby use her previous educational experiences to provide
direction and support to the school community to
Debbie Grigsby has three daughters, two of achieve school improvement."
which are currently at Grant. Her two Grant kids
are in 7th and 4th grades. Her oldest daugh-
ter attends Shasta High where her husband GRANT SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL BALLOT
works. Both Debbie and her husband are edu-
cators in the community. Debbie’s mother-in-law Vote for three
is the librarian at Grant. Debbie has taught
throughout Shasta County over the years as well Debbie Grigsby
as in Arizona. “I’ve never seen a school
I appreciate more than Grant School. It is a Chad Phillips
wonderful place for my children to grow up. It is
a family-like atmosphere with hard-core academ- Erin Sutter
ics. I’ve volunteered for many years at Grant
and I would like to continue to keep Grant Other ______________________
School focused on academic excellence, com-
munity outreach, with a family-like atmos- Please return ballot to the school office by 9/18/09
Chad Phillips Grant School will be recognizing monthly character
traits in our students throughout this school year.
Chad has two children attending school at Grant. Each month the whole school will introduce and
His son is in first grade and his daughter is in model a new character trait. These traits will be de-
kindergarten. He would like to make a differ- veloped in and out of the classroom. At the end of
ence with the school even though he has a short each month students will be nominated by Grant
history at this school with two younger students. School support staff and 4 th through 8 th grades stu-
“I would like to find a way to give something dents will be recognized at monthly board meetings.
back in return for my great experience I have Younger students will be recognized in their class-
had at Grant School. I am happy to help and rooms with their peers. Please reinforce these char-
aide in anyway I can.” We have had a wonder- acter traits at home as well.
ful experience at Grant. Our children started in
the Little Yellow House and we hope to attend September’s Character trait is Caring:
their 8th grade graduation at Grant. The teach-
ers, administrators and other parents have made Caring
this such a wonderful school and I would like to Showing understanding of others by treating them
contribute by serving on the Site Council." with kindness, compassion, generosity and a forgiv-
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POSITIVE REFERRAL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Grant students that are found showing exem- Coach - John Dieszi
plary behavior get rewarded with a positive re-
ferral. This referral results in a special presen- 4th Boys 4th Girls
tation of the positive behavior to the student’s Max Smith Marissa Carmena
classroom by the principal and a positive refer- Brian Twigg Eva Hines
ral to take home. We will also be showcasing Cameron Vanoncini Mae Huang
our positive referral recipients in the monthly Jordan Zane Mary Ludlow
newsletter. Keep up the good work. Aksi Kikut
August Positive Referral Recipients include:
5th Boys 5th Girls
Dakota Barnett Savannah Benjamin
SPORTS NEWS Adam Barone Christy Edginton
Noah Bland Hannah Garber
Justin Cretcher Jamie Heller
B VOLLEYBALL TEAM Kyle Elkins Alex Isheim
Coach - Jason Dotzenrod Jack Powell Keeley Tuggle
Bekah Boyle Dani Rehmann Andrew Skoy
Mia Camuso Molly Ross Matthew Sutherland
Ashley Green Rebeckah Rubanowitz
Sara Jorde Lily Schreder
Juliana Lobinger Jesse Toombs
Brooke Nourse Jessi Woodstrom 6th Boys 6th Girls
Cole Fugitt Amber Jensen
A VOLLEYBALL TEAM Jaime West
Coach - Jeanette Kyle
Peyton Barker Sage Milestone 7th Boys 7th Girls
Nicole Batman Meghan Nepomuceno James Nelson Hannah Grigsby
Taylor Bruce Rose Schreder Madison Heller
Jaime Clemens Rachel Ursitti Amanda Jensen
Mikyelie Laing Allison Place Kristiana Zufall
SOCCER 8th Boys 8th Girls
Coach - Jeremy Kriss Landon Woollard Maddie Baumgartner
Brandon Angel Josh Jensen Kelsey Hermann
Josh Bland Mitchel Linardos
Katelyn Bourne Farhaan Nishtar
Chance Carter Jordi Oliver
Spencer Ciancio Ryan Pallotto
Hannah Davis Kristian Pulice
Riley Davis Nate Schillen
Callie Demsher Riley Schmidt
Taylor Edginton Thomas Sutherland
Cole Edwards Jason Twigg
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SPORTS NEWS BASKETBALL COACHING POSITIONS
Fall sports are off to a blistering start. The K-3 AVAILABLE
cross country team coached by Mr. Tuggle had
nearly eighty runners come out in the first week Grant School is looking to fill the following
of practice. The first meet will be held at Grant coaching positions:
School on Friday September 18th. As always
we will be seeking adults to help run an organ- 6th grade girls basketball
ized meet. Please check with Coach Tuggle if
you are available to help. Nearly 40 runners 6th grade boys basketball
are on the 4 th through 8 th grade cross country
roster. Their first meet is scheduled for Thurs- 7th grade boys basketball
day, September 17th at Turtle Bay. Both teams
will finish the season during the third week of Please contact Rob Effa at 243-0561 ext. 204
October. for more information or to pick up an applica-
tion. Positions will be open until filled, so
Not to be outdone, volleyball is off to a great please turn in an application as soon as possi-
start. Coach Kyle is instructing the A team ble.
while new Coach Jason Dotzenrod is coaching
the B team. The A team was in a tournament at CONGRATULATION TRI-ATHLETES
Anderson High School after the first week of Grant staff members Rob Effa, Jana Morris and
practice. They finished the tournament winning Cindy Richardson won first place in their divi-
four games while only losing one. League sion last weekend at the Mt. Shasta Tinman Tri-
games started on September 9 th and will end athalon. Mr. Effa swam 740 yards, Mrs. Morris
October 14th. Both the A and B teams will par- ran 4.5 miles, and Mrs. Richardson biked 10
ticipate in the Mountain View Tournament on miles. Way to go!
September 11th and 12th. The A team will also
attend the HSU tournament continuing an an-
nual ritual of exciting play and travel.
Soccer also started their league schedule on
September 9 th in a game against Anderson.
They will finish their season at home against
Junction on October 14th with a non league
game scheduled against Vista in the middle of
the season. The team looks to be strong with
many returning players from a year ago.
Please check the schedule for home and away
games so you can come support the exciting
Grant soccer team.
Fall athletics is the busiest time of year with
nearly 160 athletes participating on Grant
teams. Please check the calendar and come
on out to support any one or all of the athletic
programs here at Grant School.
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IN THE KNOW WITH PTO
PTO BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2009-2010 BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ
President - Michelle Cave and Rose Decker Special thanks to Cassandra
Vice President - Wendy McBroome Giordano and Jennifer John-
Treasure - Vacant son for chairing the 2nd an-
Secretary - Sandy Dole nual Back to School BBQ.
Parliamentarian - Laura Carrier This was a very fun and suc-
Historian - Trish Phillips cessful event. The BBQ and Reserved Parking raised
Auditor - Vacant over $1000! Other participants in the event were Grant
Cheerleaders & Grant Preschool (hats & t-shirts).
COME TO A PTO MEETING Thank you to San Francisco Deli, the Isheim Family (ice
The next PTO meeting is on October 6th at 6:30 p.m. donation), the Ross Family (use of Napa easy ups) and
in the library. Free babysitting is available during the all the other volunteers, participants and attendees that
meeting. PTO is a fun way to get involved in Grant helped make this event a success. Cassandra has
School, and show support for the classrooms. Also, if done a superb job of planning the events the past two
you want a voice in where your PTO dollars are being years and is looking for someone to take on the respon-
spent, be sure to come to our meetings where you can sibility next year. If you are interested in taking this pro-
vote on mini-grants submitted to the PTO. We are cur- ject on, contact Cassandra or a PTO board member.
rently looking to fill the vacancy of Treasure and Audi-
tor. If you are interested, please contact Rose Decker
or Michelle Cave our PTO co-presidents. Job descrip-
tions can be found on the Grant School website.
WHERE YOUR PTO $'s ARE GOING
Mini-grants approved at the September PTO meeting
• Dry erase geography boards primarily for 4th-6th
grades - $443.30
• Spelling bee registration, medals, trophies and
prizes for grades 4th-8th - $430.00 HARVEST FESTIVAL
• 2 computers to replace 2 broken computers for The Grant Harvest Festival will be held on October
2nd grade (utilized for 7 software programs 24th. Parent participation is critical to make this event a
utlized by the class) - $500.00 success. The first planning meeting took place on Sep-
tember 9th. Each grade will be sponsoring a booth, so
AN EASY WAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR GRANT please take a moment to check your classroom sign-up
Did you know that you, your friends, and family could sheet to volunteer or contact a member of the PTO
be raising money for Grant School just by shopping? board to find out about any future meetings. Keep an
eye out for more information in the coming weeks.
eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundrais-
PREMIER PARKING SPOT
ing where participating business partners contribute a
Want to score that great reserved parking space?
percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card,
and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, group or You can by entering our opportunity drawing for the
organization of your choice. Visit www.escrip.com or “RESERVED” parking spaces. There is one spot in
contact Wendy McBroome for more information includ- each parking lot marked “RESERVED” for our monthly
ing how to sign up and for a complete list of participat- winners. Tickets will be drawn each month, so it is not
ing merchants in the program. too late to enter and win! Tickets are available in the
office and are $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00.
The next drawing will be Sept 30th after 3p.m. Please
TEACHERS BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST do not park in these spots unless you are the winner for
Thank you Michelle Cave and Rose Decker for hosting that month.
the Back to School Breakfast for teachers! This was a
great way to introduce the teachers to the new co- PTO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
presidents of the PTO. As a result of this meeting Thank you to everyone who has donated to the PTO
teachers signed up to participate in future PTO meet- membership drive. A special thanks to Stephanie
ings to help ensure that the PTO is a collaborative ef- McClung and Andrea Armstrong for chairing this event.
fort of both parents and teachers. If you would like to advertise your company or service in
the PTO directory, please contact Stephanie McClung
at 221-7815 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Grant School PTO
Harvest Festival 2009
October 24th 2:00pm to 6:00pm
*Games *Prizes *Candy
*Dunk Tank *Cake Walk *Jail N Bail
*Bounce House *Face Painting *Haunted House
How can you participate and support?
Volunteer 1 hour in your class’s booth - contact the classroom coordinator
Donate books or small toys for prizes – bring to school office by Oct 23rd
Donate baked items – bring to school office on Oct 23 rd
Donate candy - bring to school office by Oct 23 rd
Family Sponsorship $100.00 - Limited to 8 families! Your name will be
posted above a game at the festival. Your name will be in the various ad-
vertising as a family sponsor. You will receive 25 game tickets and $20.00
in food tickets.
Corporate Sponsorship $200.00 - This sponsorship will be on all advertis-
ing literature including the Wheel of Fortune game. Your organization will
receive 40 game tickets and $40.00 in food tickets.
Page 9 In the Garden with Cougar Cuisine
Welcome to the first edition of the “Cougar Cuisine” newsletter! We hope to keep you well informed about
the Grant School Organic Garden. We also hope to bring out the green thumb in you and your families.
Please check here monthly to find useful garden tips, recipes, photos, and general information regarding
our school garden.
After a lot of hard work, Cougar Cuisine is growing happy and beginning to produce beautiful vegetables
and fruits. Thanks to all of our volunteers, teachers, and students who had a hand in the spring garden
planting and summer care. The garden would not be possible without you.
Congratulations to Mrs. Davis’ 6th grade class from last school year (08/09) for winning the garden naming
contest. Out of 16 entries, Davis’ class came in first place. Their reward is a sign in the garden displaying
“Cougar Cuisine”. We are looking forward to seeing it in the garden very soon.
We are busy planning the Fall/Winter garden. We have many exciting projects lined up for all of the class-
rooms who will be participating in the Cougar Cuisine Garden. Thank you to our Grant families who have
already signed-up to volunteer in the garden. We hope to have many more enthusiastic volunteers ready
to dig in and help out. If you are interested in volunteering and have not had a chance to sign-up yet,
please contact Michelle Cave at 242-9198 or email@example.com, or Carrie Edwards at healthy-
firstname.lastname@example.org. We will run the program similar to the summer, with one family per week weeding and
overseeing the general health of the garden and the irrigation. With your help, teachers & students will be
able to focus their time on garden curriculums and garden projects, without having to think about garden
maintenance. If you cannot donate time, we gladly accept both garden supplies and monetary donations.
This garden is fully funded by grants and donations, as to have no financial impact on the school. We
need your help to keep it growing.
Garden Tip - “Seasonal Produce”
There are many benefits to eating your fruits & vegetables in the right season. The vitamin & mineral con-
tent is typically more concentrated. Produce loses vital nutrients during long distance shipping and stor-
age. If possible, it is also a good idea to eat local produce. This not only supports your local farmers, but
also ensures the highest concentration of nutrients.
Seasonal produce has special key nutrients that are essential in getting you through a particular season.
Winter time usually equals cold & flu time. Fall & Winter fruits & vegetables (oranges, kiwi, apples, pears,
winter squash, leafy greens, carrots, etc.) are exceptionally high in Vit. C, A, beta carotene, Vit. K, calcium,
magnesium, and fiber, all of which help the body fight off viruses and infection. Whereas summer fruits &
vegetables (tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, peppers, sugar snap peas, melons, peaches, plums,
berries etc.) while also high in valuable vitamins & minerals, they also contain plenty of water, all of which
helps to keep the body hydrated and healthy through the hot months of summer.
Page 10 Cougar News
ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION FEE
2009 – 2010
Due to budgetary shortfalls, we will be charging an annual fee of $50.00 per
student to ride the school buses this year. This fee only applies to students
who ride the bus to or from school and does not apply to students who only
ride the buses for field trips.
If your child plans to ride the school bus to or from school this year, please
complete the form below and return it to school along with a check for $50.00
as soon as possible. If you have questions regarding the annual school bus
fee, please call 243-0561. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION FEE FORM
__________________________ ______ __________________________________
Student Name Grade Teacher
__________________________ ______ ______________________________
Student Name Grade Teacher
__________________________ ______ ______________________________
Student Name Grade Teacher
__________________________ _____________________ ________ X $50=________
A.M. Bus # and Bus Stop P.M. Bus # and Bus Stop # of Students Amount
Make checks payable to Grant School
Please join the Grant Sports Boosters
for the 5th Annual
Mother/Son Evening Out
at Viking Skate Country
4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2009
Strap on your skates and get ready for some mother
and son fun! Pizza, drinks, and
dessert will be provided. Cost is $15.00 per
couple with $5.00 for each additional son.
Children must be in kindergarten - 8th grade
at Grant School. Get your tickets soon,
the deadline is October 2nd.
Mother/Son Evening Out
Name of Mother: ______________________
Name of Sons: ______________________
Please enclose $15.00 per mother/son couple and $5.00 X ____
for additional sons. For a total of $ ____________.
Please make checks payable to Grant Sports Boosters.
Ticket deadline is October 2, 2009.
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“Keep Grant Sports Alive”
Ducky Derby Drive
The Grant sports budget for the current school year is $10,000 less than needed.
In order to keep the sports program alive and well, we need to make up for this
budget shortfall. It is our goal to sell 2500 ducks!!
Each ticket allows an individual to purchase an unlimited amount of ducks.
(e.g. if Mr. Jones wants to buy 100 ducks, he can do so on one ticket.)
Tickets and monies must be turned in
no later than Friday, September 18th.
Prizes!! Prizes!! Prizes!!
• $100, $75, and $50 Visa gift cards go to the top three
overall Duck sellers.
• $200, $150, and $100 in class supplies go to the top
three classes that have the most duck sales
SELL!! SELL!! SELL!! SELL!! SELL!!
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The Centerville Education Foundation
The Centerville Education Foundation (CEF) is a nonprofit organization that
works to support programs at Grant School. CEF sponsors one fundraiser annually-a dinner
dance and auction held each spring. This year’s event will be held on March 13, 2010. If you
would like to help us select a theme and plan the event, please join us at our next CEF meeting
on Wednesday, October 14 th at 7 p.m. in the Grant School library.
The current economic climate has created challenging times for schools. Last spring,
parents were notified of potential program cuts and asked to make donations to help cover the
costs of the programs. Parents were very generous and donated $14,373 to support specific
programs and needs at Grant including music, sports, Spanish, and GATE. CEF and PTO also
each funded $10,000 to support these programs. The donations are currently in an account by
designation. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please call one of the
CEF board members: Donna Nisson, president, 243-2085, Jewel Green, vice-president,
209-4981, or Heather Place, secretary, 247-1099.
Save the Date
Mark your calendar now for the
Centerville Education Foundation
Dinner Dance and Auction
March 13, 2010
If you’ve never attended the annual dinner dance you need to attend this year.
Each class creates a unique art project that is auctioned during the live auction. We
also have fabulous silent auction items donated from the community and a great
opportunity drawing including an art project. You will have an opportunity to pre-
view the art projects at the Art Fair. Last year we had tickets to Disneyland. Look
for updates in future newsletters as we start collecting donations and set a theme
for the event. Come join the fun!
Page 14 Cougar News
Why Odyssey of the Mind is Good for Kids
The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having
fun in the process. For more than twenty five years, this unique program has helped teachers gener-
ate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative
paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems
-- great and small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think diver-
gently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn
how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express
their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards
thinking "outside of the box." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded
education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.
In the Odyssey of the Mind . . .
• Students learn to work together and develop team-building skills.
• Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the
possible solutions and their potential success.
• The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool.
• Students of all types will find something that will appeal to them.
• The fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula.
Teachers have a program to further provide
students with a well-rounded education.
Millions of students from kindergarten through college have participated in the Odyssey of the Mind.
Since the Odyssey of the Mind eliminates the fear of criticism, even shy students are afforded the
opportunity to open up and express themselves. Students learn to work in teams. Each year, five
new competitive problems are presented for the teams to solve. These long-term problems are
solved over weeks and months. Some of the problems are more technical in nature, while others are
artistic or performance based. Each long -term problem rewards "Style" in the solution. This helps
teach students that they should not simply try to solve problems but take the next step of enhancing
their solutions. The teams are invited to participate in competition and present their solution with
other teams. At the competition, the teams are given an on-the-spot "spontaneous" problem to solve.
The combination of long-term problem-solving, Style, and spontaneous problem-solving produces a
confident, able student.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Pandemic H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Information for Parents
Pandemic H1N1 influenza (flu) has been circulating in Shasta County throughout the summer. Your
child’s school and the County Public Health Department are working together to limit flu transmission
at schools. We are asking parents to do their part to protect our school children.
Please teach your children to:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick with cough and fever.
• Stay home when sick with a respiratory illness and maintain distance from other people to pre-
vent the spread of illness.
• Wash hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sani-
tizers also reduce the spread of the flu.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Wash
hands after blowing nose or coughing into a tissue.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
Students with flu-like symptoms should not attend school until at least 24 hours after they
are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (like acetaminophen, e.g. Tyle-
nol, or ibuprofen, e.g. Motrin), and should avoid contact with others.
• Flu-like symptoms include: fever (over 100° F), cough, body aches, feeling extremely tired,
and sore throat, and, less commonly, runny or stuffy nose. Additional symptoms may include vomit-
ing or diarrhea.
Public health officials have advised that students can - and should - continue to come to school as
long as they are not sick and do not have flu symptoms.
There are separate vaccinations for seasonal flu and the Pandemic H1N1 flu this year. Sea-
sonal flu vaccine is available at some private providers and will be available through Public Health.
Vaccine that protects against Pandemic H1N1 will not be available until mid-October.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children and our schools healthy. If you have ques-
tions, please contact Barbara Zlotowski at Grant School at (530) 243-0561 or Shasta County Public
Health at (530) 225-5591. Information is available on the Shasta County Public Health website
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GRANT SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Calendar events are subject to change
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
PTO Meeting - 3:15 pm Special School Board 4th Grade GATE parent
Meeting - 7 am Meeting - 6:30 pm
7 8 9 10 11 12
Labor Day School Site Council 8th Grade Parent Sports Boosters
School Closed Meeting - 3:15 pm Meeting 7 to 7:30 pm Meeting - 1 pm
CEF Meeting - 7 pm
PS/Daycare - Closed
14 15 16 17 Kindergarten 18 19
Minimum Day PTO Room Parent Safety Committee Grandparents’ Day Katherine Cox
Schedule Meeting - Library Meeting - 8:30 am Celebration in MUR
Odyssey of Mind Mtg.
6:30 to 8 pm
School Board K - 3rd X-Country Meet
Meeting - 6:30 pm 4 pm @ Grant
21 22 23 24 25 26
Autumn Begins Make-Up Picture Day Field Trip to Brandy 7th/8th Grade Progress
Creek 2nd Grade Report Period Ends
8:30 - 1:45 pm
28 29 30
Girl’s on the Run Begin
September 2009 - Sports Calendar
Calendar events are subject to change
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
31 Volleyball Prac- 1 Volleyball Practice 2 Volleyball Practice 3 Cheer Practice 4
tice A team 3:15- A team 3:15-4:15Gym 6:00-8:00 Gym
A team 3:15- 4:15Gym B team 4:15-5:15Gym Soccer Practice 3:15- Volleyball Practice
4:15Gym B team 4:15-5:15Gym Soccer Practice 3:15- 4:45 Field A team 3:15-4:15Gym
B team 4:15- Soccer Practice 3:15- 4:45 Field Cross Country Practice B team 4:15-5:15Gym
5:15Gym Soccer 4:45 Field Cross Country Practice 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
Practice 3:15-4:45 Cross Country Prac- K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle 4-8 3:15 PM Field
Cross Country Prac- 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
tice 4-8 6:45 AM Field
K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle
7 8 Volleyball Practice 9 Cheer Practice 10 Cheer Practice 11
A team 3:15- 6:00-8:00 Gym 6:00-8:00 Gym
4:15Gym Volleyball & Soccer Soccer Practice 3:15- Volleyball Tournament
Labor Day B team 4:15-5:15Gym game Anderson @ 4:45 Field A & B teams @ Moun-
No School Soccer Practice 3:15
Cross Country Prac-
Cross Country Practice
Cross Country Practice
2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
tice K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle 4-8 3:15 PM Field
2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
4-8 6:45 AM Field
14 15Volleyball Practice 16 Cheer Practice 17 Cheer Practice 18
* Volleyball & Soc- A team 3:15- 6:00-8:00 Gym 6:00-8:00 Gym Volleyball Practice
cer game @ Moun- 4:15Gym Volleyball & Soccer Soccer Practice 3:15 A team 3:15-4:15Gym
tain View 4:00 B team 4:15-5:15Gym game W Cottonwood @ Cross Country B team 4:15-5:15Gym
Cross Country Prac- Soccer Practice 3:15- Grant 4:00 4-8 Meet @ Turtle Bay Cross Country K-3
tice 4:45 Field Cross Country Practice 4:00 Meet@ Grant School
K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle Cross Country Prac- K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle Cross Country Practice 4:00
4-8 3:30 @ Turtle tice 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
Bay 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
4-8 6:45 AM Field
21 22Vball A team 3:15 23 Cheer Practice 24 Cheer Practice 25
Volleyball & Soccer Photos 3:30 6:00-8:00 Gym 6:00-8:00 Gym Volleyball Practice
game @ Shasta Lake V-Ball B team 4:15 Volleyball & Soccer Soccer Practice 3:15 A team 3:15-4:15Gym
4:00 Photos 4:15 game Junction @ Grant Cross Country B team 4:15-5:15Gym
Cross Country Prac- Soccer 3:15 Photos 4:00 4-8 Meet @ Kids King- Cross Country K-3
tice 3:30 dom 4:00 Meet@ Caldwell Park
K-1 2-2:45 Photos Cross Country Prac- Cross Country Practice Cross Country Practice 4:00
4-8 3:30 @ Kid’s tice K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
Kingdom 2-3 2-2:45 Photos
4-8 3:00 PM Pho-
28 29Volleyball Practice 30 1 Cheer Practice 2
Volleyball & Soccer A team 3:15- Volleyball & Soccer 6:00-8:00 Gym Volleyball Tournament
game @ Vista 4:00 4:15Gym game @ Anderson 4 Soccer Practice 3:15 A team @ Humboldt
Cross Country Prac- B team 4:15-5:15Gym Cross Country Practice 4-8 Cross Country Invi- State U
tice Soccer Practice 3:15- K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle tational Meet @ Shasta Cross Country K-3
K-1 2-2:45 Tuggle 4:45 Field Lake 4:00 Meet @ Bella Vista
4-8 3:30 @ Shasta Cross Country Prac- Cross Country Practice School 4:00
Lake tice 2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
2-3 2-2:45 Tuggle
4-8 6:45 AM Field