South PTC News 1.15.17

We had a great PTC Meeting on Friday January 13th, Thank you so much to all the parents who attended!

We are happy to report the PTC board & members in attendance Friday 1.13 voted in favor of funding Orff instruments for our students at South.  Thanks to our fundraising efforts this year we were able to fund a Soprano Xylophone and a Soprano Metallophone.  We also decided to go ahead & fund 2 more instruments- a soprano glockenspiel and an alto glockenspiel.  The music teachers and the Grandville Education Foundation have made a 5 year plan to fund these instruments and many more for each of the 7 schools.

In addition, our fundraising efforts have funded a lot more great things recently- new balls (Basketball, Football and Kickball) for the playground/gym!  We also purchased a drone for the upper El classes to use!  And you may remember we voted to approve $2500 for 6th grade camp!

This is AMAZING!  Thank you everyone who participates in all the fundraisers- from Spirit days, to Dining nights and Walk-A-Thon to purchasing Pastry Puffins– These all Add up and make a HUGE Difference for what we can do for our students at South!

Speaking of Walk-A-Thon…Mrs Timmers Class is going bowling Friday (Pizza, pop and 2 games per student) as the winners of the Walk-A-Thon earlier this year!  Have fun kids, thanks for all your hard work!

There will be a Box Tops contest starting very soon!  The next deadline for us to submit BoxTops is the end of February!  There will be forms coming home soon for you to attach your Box Tops to, or send them to school in ziploc baggies with your students name, teacher name & grade on it.  There will be a pizza and ice cream party for the class that collects the most, so make sure to ask friends & family to save their Box Tops!

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!  Carnival!  I’m so excited its almost here!  I’m in my final preparations mode.  Thanks to the parents who have offered to help make games, send in donations or volunteer.  We still have more open slots for volunteers later in the night- we hope you’ll take an hour shift to run a game, collect tickets and hand out prizes.  It will be a really fun night! Sign up HERE
We will have pizza from Jets for sale in the cafeteria.  I have a ton of fun games planned for each of the classrooms.  Games are 1-4 tickets and tickets will be sold for .25 cents each.
Please bring CASH!  Carnival is 4:30pm-8pm!
We realize parking will be crazy, please be courteous to our neighbors and don’t block driveways.
We have a great video game trailer coming too and students who sold over 7 boxes of Pastry Puffins will have a turn in the trailer for free.  Other students can pay tickets like the other games for their turn.

HATCHIMALS!  Guess what?  I have TWO brand new Hatchimals that we will raffle off Friday night.  Seperate raffle ticket 1 for $1 or 6 tickets for $5. Bring Cash!

We will have tons of prizes and fun games all over the school, face painting and balloon animals, popcorn & cotton candy!  We hope everyone can make it for a fun night out!

Coming up:
January 27th: Jets Fundraiser
February 3rd: Popcorn Friday
February 6th: 1/2 Day
February 9th: Big Boy Dining Fundraiser
February 10th: PTC Meeting 9am Teachers Lounge
February 14th: Valentines Day Parties
February 16th: Terry Hall Skating Party
February 17th: Box Tops Due!
February 20th- No School (Mid Winter Break)
February 23rd: Jets Fundraiser

Daddy Daughter Dance is March 10th
Mother Son event is March 29th
We are working on a March date for an evening PTC Meeting due to popular request.  We will communicate once we have one nailed down!

T-Shirt order has been placed and once I have a date of shirts in hand, we will let everyone know!

We took final tally of the Pastry Puffin order forms and we sold 474 boxes!  Way to go!  People have some delicious product coming their way! Once I have delivery info, I’ll pass it along!

Have a great week, and see you all FRIDAY Night for the CARNIVAL!


South PTC News 1.9.17

Its Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser night tonight!  Bring the FLYER and present it for South to receive a portion of the proceeds!

We received a good amount of t-shirt order forms back, we are still missing a few and hope to have every student accounted for by Wednesday this week.  Remember- the student shirts are free!  If you want to order a shirt for yourself or siblings that do not attend South- the form is ptc-shirt-order-from  Send the completed form and money in by Wednesday morning (Firm deadline).

Pastry Puffin Order forms are due back this Wednesday the 11th.  Please make sure to send in completed forms and checks!

PTC Meeting is this Friday the 13th!  Join us at 9am in the teachers lounge.  Everyone is welcome & encouraged to attend!  We will talk about the carnival quickly coming up, get an update from Principal Ryan Roberts and begin discussing other events.

A few people have posted on our Facebook group page about some easy Fundraisers so I want to send this again. No-Cost Fundraisers
It went out at the beginning of the year but may have been lost or missed in the back to school shuffle.  We would love to have a BoxTops Coordinator and a Scripts gift card program coordinator. If you’re interested, reach out to our volunteer coordinator- Samantha Siegert either on facebook or call/text: 616-240-0678.

If you didn’t see the Facebook post yesterday- Huge congrats to South’s VEX IQ Teams!
“Congrats to South’s very own sixth grade Angry Animals VEX IQ Team for making it to state today! These boys also won the Teamwork Award and the Excellence Award today.All 3 South teams did a great job today. All of them made it to the final round playoffs and had some of their highest scores of the season. Congratulations to all of these boys for a wonderful season. They should be extremely proud of their performances today. Let’s celebrate the great job these coaches, parents, and especially the boys did to make this season a success!”

Hey did you hear we have a CARNIVAL coming up?!  I’ve been working a ton on this event and am SO EXCITED about it!  Friday January 20th from 4:30pm-8:00pm at South! I have made a ton of games and am so thankful to the parents stepping up to help!  Bring CASH and buy tickets for your kiddos to play games and win prizes.  We will also have Jets Pizza for sale in the cafeteria.  Fun for the whole family!  We hope you can make it!!
And if you’re able, I need volunteers.  One hour shifts! Buy your kids some tickets and let them play for an hour while you volunteer!
If we dont have volunteers, I’ll have to close down rooms early, and I really don’t wanna do that!

Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls! Registration is open for the 2017 season for Girls On The Run!
What is it? Girls on the Run is a curriculum based, after-school character development program designed for 3rd – 5th grade girls of ALL fitness and ability levels. The 10-week curriculum attempts to help each girl find and stay true to her REAL self. Groups of 8 to 15 girls meet twice a week with their trained, volunteer coaches to discuss important life lessons while playing fun running games.
Girls on the Run emphasizes independent thinking, making healthy choices, healthy group dynamics and problem solving. The curriculum stresses peer support and doing your best. The program finishes with the girls running or walking in a non-competitive 5k.
South’s 2017 will begin the week of February 27. There will not be practice over spring break. Registration fees are tiered based on family income and range from $15-$145
Online registration can be found at
Contact Colleen Randall with any questions.


Thanks for taking the time to read this and be active with your childrens school, we appreciate you all!




South PTC- New Shirts for Students!

NEW SHIRTS! If you read my blog posts the last 2 weeks I mentioned new shirts for all students! Well I have final art & pricing back! Horray! Parents and families have provided South PTC with amazing support so far this year. As a result, the PTC is able to purchase a Grandville t-shirt for each South student. It is the hope of the PTC that this t-shirt will be worn, with pride by students, on field trips, on Field Day, etc. Additional shirts for family members are available for purchase. Sample shirts (for checking the sizing) will be available in the office starting tomorrow (Wednesday) along with Order forms. Bring cash or check if you’re coming in to work Christmas Parties this week and place your order!



South PTC News 12.18.16

Hi South families!

Most class Christmas Parties will take place on Thursday December 22nd.
We also have a Jets Fundraiser scheduled for the 22nd! (Flyers coming home this week!)

Friday the students were treated at an assembly to get them excited about our new fundraiser- Pastry Puffins & Puff Crust Pizza!  The PTC group tried these at one of our first PTC meetings of the year and let us tell you, they are delicious!  They are a freezer to oven product, and I cannot wait to buy some!  There is a Pastry kind that comes in Apple, Blueberry Cream, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, or Strawberry cream flavors!  And there is the Puff Crust Pizza that comes in Cheese, Italian Sausage  or pepperoni flavors!  There will be a few different incentives for selling the product that I’m sure your kids will be very excited about-mine came home Friday talking non stop about it!  Plus the funds raiser by this fundraiser will go towards the new shirts for the students, new balls for the playground, funds for 6th grade camp- just to name a few.  Order forms and information will be coming home this week in Friday Folders (On Thursday 12/22)

Speaking of shirts for the students- I found a vendor willing to give us a great price on the shirts.  I should have final pricing and artwork this week along with sample sizes- which I will bring in to the office  on Tuesday.  We will have order forms there as well and will also be sent home in Friday Folders this week (On Thursday 12/22) So If you are coming in to work a class party- stop by the office to check out sizing and place your order (Bring your checkbook for any extras you want to order!)

No School starting Friday December 23rd thru Monday January 2nd!  Enjoy your break!

We come back from break and into full on CARNIVAL MODE! I’ve still got open spots on our volunteer schedule, and if I don’t have enough volunteers, I have to close down rooms and eliminate games.  Please pitch in for an hour or more if you are able!  SIGN UP HERE!

Questions, Comments, Concerns- I’m available at or call/text- 616-366-1760 (Jackie Stone)

Jan 6 is a half day AND Popcorn Friday AND PJ Spirit Day (Suggested donation of $1 to wear your PJs to school!)
Jan 9- Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser (Flyer coming home soon!)
Jan 13- PTC Meeting
Jan 20- School Carnival
Jan 27- Jets Fundraiser

On behalf of the PTC Board- Have a very merry break, and if you’re traveling near or far, be safe out there!

South PTC News 12.11.16

Good evening South families!  We had a great PTC meeting on Friday 12/9!

The Daddy-Daughter Dance is being moved to March 10th.  We have someone willing to lead up the coordination of the this event.  We’re looking for a few others to help plan, if you’re interested in helping to plan the event, sign up HERE!
The Mother Son Night is March 29th.

Reminder Classroom parties are scheduled for December 22nd for almost all classrooms.  There is also a Jets Pizza Fundraiser that night!  Our food fundraisers have been going great!
Hat Day Fundraiser for Shop with a Cop was a great success, thank you all for your support.  Principal Roberts was very excited by the turnout.
Mr. Roberts also expressed his gratitude for everyone that brought in food last week.  The staff very much appreciated it.  Jody in the office has been a huge help filling in as well.

The PTC is happy to report we will be able to fund a few other items Mr Roberts has requested- some new balls for the playground and a drone for 6th grade science activities!
We are also working to get every student a t-shirt!  We hope to be able to order these and have them in January.  I’m starting to collect sizing at this link HERE.  Feel free to fill it out multiple times if you have more students or more shirts to order. The student shirts will be at no cost.  The parent or sibling shirts will be $10 or less.  We are working on the pricing and the artwork for them.

Carnival is coming up quick- January 20th will be here in no time at all!
Volunteers are still needed to make this event happen! Sign up HERE! 
I’ve visited a ton of local stores asking for donations- if you know of any local company that may donate for events please contact me- Jackie- 616-366-1760 or  I’m also posting on our Facebook Event Page for the Carnival for things we may need- such as creating the games for the kids to play. Any & all ideas or suggestions are welcome!

Thanks for reading and all your support!  Stay warm & safe out there!


South Elementary PTC News 12.4.16

Hi South families!  We want to thank everyone for their support during this week.  We’ve heard from many teachers that really appreciated all the food that was brought in, and the support for Wendy & her family has been amazing.

Here is whats coming up this month:

Tuesday December 6th: Students Half Day! Dismissal at 11:36am.
Also- Big Boy Fundraiser- 4950 Wilson Ave SW. 12pm-8pm! Flyer HERE  on our Facebook Page!

PTC Meeting Friday December 9th at 9am- Teachers lounge, everyone is welcome & encouraged to attend!
This is also our rescheduled date for Backwards Spirit Day.  Bring $1 (Suggested donation) and wear your clothes backwards for the day!

Coming Up:
Christmas Parties will be December 22nd.  Teachers or Room Parents will be reaching out soon with information!
December 22nd is also a Jets Pizza Fundraiser night, flyer will be sent home soon!
No School December 23rd-January 2nd.

Have a great week!

South Elementary PTC News 11.20.16

Hey South families!  Here is whats coming up and what we discussed at the PTC Meeting on Friday:

PTC Meeting Friday November 18th
Had a good turnout of parents attend!  Mr Roberts shared this VIDEO with all of us.  I hope you’ll take 10 minutes to watch it.  Its something he really wants to move our students towards.  He shared this video with the teachers at their last staff meeting as well.   Ms Messina was also at the meeting and mentioned she uses Classroom Dojo which features the Dojo Growth Mindset.

Mr Roberts mentioned we will be doing a fundraiser for “Shop With A Cop” on Tuesday November 22nd.  For a $1 donation students may wear a hat to school.  All monies raised will go towards being able to provide more students the ability to Shop With A Cop.  For those who may not know (like myself) the “Shop With A Cop” program is run by the Grandville/Walker Police Dept and South Elementary.  Teachers nominate students on perceived need and Mr Roberts notifies the parents that their student was nominated.  The students get to shop with a police officer at Wal-Mart and pick out things for their families (list provided by parents of items needed). Gifts are wrapped at the store and then taken home by the families to enjoy on Christmas morning.  All monetary donations are welcome on Tuesday morning, money raised by South will allow more South children to attend!  Teachers will collect the donations in the classrooms that morning.

Mr Roberts mentioned the new parking routine has been going well.  One thing to know is that the Student Safeties in front of the school are instructed to not let people cross the crosswalk until there are no cars on that stretch of road.  If you are driving thru there please continue driving, the Safeties stand with their arms out so people do not cross. And please NO 3 point turns in front of the school.

We’ve heard there are some parents who don’t know who the PTC is or what we do. There are 5 of us on the Board and another 10 or so parents who regularly attend the PTC meetings.  Every parent or guardian of a South student is a member of the PTC!
The 5 Board members have put together a little “About Me” section below. We facilitate all the fundraising for the school.  We are a non-profit and work really hard for there to be fun things for the students- Mother/Son night, Daddy/Daughter Dance, School Carnival, Family BBQ, Popcorn Fridays, Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad to name a few.  PLUS we can provide grants for the teachers to purchase things for their rooms that they would not have funding for otherwise.  Our treasurer Kristy Gibney has put together a list of what we have funded this year (Thanks to you for participating in our fundraisers!)-

Mini-grants total $1500 for the year!
Peggy Camiller $100 for new books and sensory items for new classroom.
Wendy Wellman-Bowman $100 for supplies for class store.
Beth Boersma $96 for subscription to Flocabulary.
Timmer $150 for food for various projects.
Also, all full time teachers get $75 and part time get $50 at the beginning of the year.
Room parents get $25 for each party.
Library is provided with $3,700.  So far, the library has used almost $2000 on books and prizes!
Each classroom is given $200 for field trips.
This year, $2,500 has been approved for 6th Grade camp.
PTC paid for the beautiful new classroom signs in the hallways!
PTC also buys popcorn and supplies, provides $400 for Teacher Appreciation Week, $300 for Girls on the Run, $150 for Kids in Nature, $150 for Lego League, and $250 for the safeties White Caps Field Trip.

The 5 PTC Board members plus all the other PTC parents at the meeting on Friday voted in favor of $2500 spend for 6th grade camp. Thank you to all who participate in PTC fundraisers!
Another thing the PTC was able to do last month was purchased 52 wall mountable fans for the classrooms and library at South- ALL BECAUSE YOU HELP US RAISE MONEY BY PARTICIPATING IN OUR FUNDRAISERS! THANK YOU!  These fans should really make a difference in the classrooms!

Coming up this week:
Monday night- there is a Social Media Night for parents at a local church- information is scheduled to come from Infinite Campus Messenger.
Tuesday- Hat Day for Shop with a Cop (All Monetary Donations accepted, suggested $1 per student.)
Tuesday- Also Jets Fundraiser Night!  Flyers came home on Friday and I’ll repost on the facebook group if you need to print another one.
No School Wednesday-Friday- Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Coming up-
December 2nd-9th: Five Below Fundraiser!  There will be a flyer coming home this week and it is also posted on the facebook event page.   Turn it in at Five Below and we receive a portion of the sales that night!

So who are these board members anyways?

Co Presidents: Alison Edidin & Victoria Talsma

Victoria Talsma:
My name is Victoria Talsma and I am one of your PTC Presidents. I have three daughters that attend South Elementary; Emma who is 10 yrs old and is in Mrs.Timmer’s  4th grade class.  Olivia who is 8-1/2 and is in Mrs. Messina’s 3rd grade class, and Zhoey who is 6 and is in  Mrs.Uhl’s Kindergarten class. I am from the Kalamazoo area and have spent many years in the medical field as a practice manager in both Kalamazoo and right here in Grand Rapids. Currently both my husband, Paul and myself are business owners.  One of my hobbies is cake decorating and spending time with my family. When the girls aren’t committed to dance or other sporting activity we love to travel and enjoy warm weather activities as well as snow skiing in the winter. This is my third year participating on the PTC board, formerly volunteer coordinator and vice president. I enjoyed coordinating the Daddy Daughter dance for south the past two years. I feel fortunate to have such amazing teachers, staff, students and parents at South Elementary. I look forward to many great parents joining our board over the next year to continue making South Elementary the great school that is.

Alison Edidin:
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My name is Alison Edidin and I am one of your PTC presidents. I have two kids at South; Lucas in Mrs Hjort’s class and Jacob who is in Mrs Lancto’s class. I also have a 7th grader named Graham and a 10th grader named Noah. By the time Jacob graduates from GHS I will have had children in Grandville schools from the year 2012-2030!
I grew up in Grandville and went to south myself. My family moved back here from AZ in 2012 when Noah started 6th grade and Graham 3rd grade at South. I am an ER nurse by trade but am currently working in the ICU at St Mary’s as a case manager. I also work for the YWCA as a nurse examiner. My husband, Blake, is a Chicago native and is a realtor with Five Star.  I love being at South and being involved with the happenings at the school. I think very highly of the teachers, staff, parents and students of South Elementary and look forward to being involved for many years to come!

Treasurer/Secretary: Kristy Gibney
My name is Kristy Gibney. I am the PTC Treasurer this year.  This is my fourth year (not consecutive) serving on the Board. My daughter Grace is in Mr. Karnehm’s class.  My son Jackson is a 7th grader at the Middle School. My husband Charlie and I are originally from Indiana and moved to Grandville 9 years ago from Illinois. I am an attorney and work in Grandville at Hackney Grover and Charlie works in Holland. I love South, its staff and students, and would not want my kids to go anywhere else.  

Volunteer Coordinator: Samantha Siegert
My name is Samantha Siegert, and I am our volunteer coordinator. I have 2 kids at South; Jack in Ms. Rieger’s class and Addy who is in Mrs. Doxstader’s class. I also have Theo, who is only 14 months, but still spends most his days at South Elementary following me around! I love South Elementary and feel very blessed to have my kids here. I think our staff is awesome and the community can’t be beat, but the thing that really makes South stand out to me is our kids. I’m blown away by the kindness and respect that I observe South kids show towards each other each day. We have such a special group.  At the PTC meetings we talk about ways to support our awesome kids and expand their learning opportunities. I hope you’ll join us soon! Or if you can’t make a meeting, feel free to reach out to any of us with suggestions or questions!

Activities Coordinator/Secretary: Jackie Stone
Hi!  I’m the one that has been writing these blogs and posting a bunch on facebook this school year.  My children are Cameron- 1st grade Mrs Hyde, and Abby- Kindergarten with Mrs Doxstader.  I also have a 3 1/2 year old, Emma, at Treehouse full time. My husband Ryan is a civil engineer with Prein & Newhof.  I started attending PTC meetings about halfway thru last year and love to plan & coordinate- its a lot of what I do with my job at Experience Grand Rapids, so it was a natural fit for me!  I’m still learning a lot but really enjoying all the parents and teachers that I meet!  Please reach out anytime if you have an idea for an event or activity!

I’ve attached these forms a few times, but am sending again in case they got lost in the shuffle at the beginning of the year 🙂
2016-2017 New Year Letter
2016-2017 Important Dates

Carnival is 2 months away- AHHH!  Volunteer spots have been going pretty well thanks to a ton of NHS Volunteers.  We still have a lot of spots open- Click HERE!  Take a look and volunteer for an hour or two if you’re able to!  It will be a really fun night if we can all work together!  More will be posted about this soon.  I have lots of donation requests out right now and may need help building or assembling games.  Information will be posted here & on our facebook group page!

Thanks so much for reading & participating in any way you’re able to!

Grandville South Elementary PTC News 11.13.16

Good evening South Families!  Heres whats coming up:

Tuesday 11/15- SKATING PARTY! Terry Hall Rollerink 6pm-8pm.  $5 admission, $1 skate rental!
Friday 11/18- PTC Meeting 9am- teachers lounge- everyone is welcome & encourages to attend!
Tuesday 11/22- Jets Pizza Fundraiser! Flyer will be sent home to turn in so South receives credit and a portion of the nights sales will be donated back to us!
Wednesday 11/23-Friday 11/25- No School- Thanksgiving Break

I am busy working away on the School Carnival coming up on January 20th!
I’ve stopped in many local businesses and have been busy sending emails and facebook messages to other companies.  If you have a contact at a local business, please ask if they would donate food, gift cards, money or prizes to this event!  I have a generic donation request letter ready! Contact Jackie Stone- 616-366-1760 or facebook/email!
Many hands make light work- and honestly we cannot do this event without a ton of volunteers. Sign up is ready!  Games may change if we are unable to secure the things needed to create the game.  I have asks in to Home Depot & Menards for supplies.

We are also looking for a coordinator to plan the Daddy daughter dance this coming year in February. This person would be in charge of coordinating the theme and collecting a group of parents to plan, coordinate and make it a successful event and stay within the budget. Please contact Victoria Talsma if you are interested or have questions at 616 916-6867.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered or came out to support us at Culvers night!  It was a lot of fun to see Mr Roberts running food in his paper hat 🙂

Thanks as always for your support!  More December information will be included in next weeks blog- including Christmas Parties times!

South Elementary PTC Update 11.6.16

Hi South families!  Heres whats coming up the next few weeks:

  • Monday Nov 7th- Culvers Fundraiser- please join us at the Culvers in Jenison – 7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison.  From 4:30pm-8pm!  We are in need of a few more volunteers from 7pm-8pm-  Would you be willing to open doors and run food to tables?  Sign up HERE
  • There is no PTC Meeting this week- due to a conflict with the principals schedule it has been moved back a week to November 18th.  All are welcome & encouraged to join us at 9am in the Teachers Lounge!
  • Terry Hall Skating Party is November 15th from 6pm-8pm!  Admission is $5 per person and skate rental is $1.
  • There will be another Jets Fundraiser on the 22nd of November.
  • Thanksgiving Break is November 23-25
  • Girls on the Run program is looking for Coachs & assistant Coaches.  You do not need to be a runner to volunteer!  See the flyer here!gotr-coach
  • The school carnival is coming up on January 20th and I’ll be looking for tons of volunteers.  I’ve also started the search for games.  If you know of a great game or have played one at another event I want to know about it!  Contact Jackie Stone: or call/text: 616-366-1760.  More information and volunteer opportunities will be coming soon!
  • A letter was sent via Infinite Campus on Friday afternoon regarding Pick Up & Drop Off Procedures at South.  Please read it over here:  pick-up-drop-off

South Elementary PTC News 10.30.16

Here is whats going on this week-
Monday Oct 31- Happy Halloween- No School!
Friday Nov 4- Popcorn Friday! Also Kindergarten Silly Sock Day

Mrs Messina took some pictures during Officer Mikes visit earlier this week- See them HERE

Coming up-
Culvers Fundraiser night- Jenison location- Monday Nov 7
Terry Hall Skating Party- Tue Nov 15, 6pm-8pm
PTC Meeting-Fri Nov 18, 9am
Jets Pizza Fundraiser- Tue Nov 22
No School, Thanksgiving Break Nov 23-25

Dont forget our easy moneymakers-
Shopping with Amazon this holiday season?  Go to select “Grandville Parent Support Organizations- Parents-Teachers-Children”amazon-smile-screenshot
And we will earn .5% of purchase price.  Its an easy way, costs you nothing, and can make a big impact if everyone used it!

Have you downloaded Shoparoo yet?  Its an app for your smart phone- snap pictures of your grocery receipts and we earn points that we can turn into dollars!  And snapping non-grocery receipts puts us into drawings to win prizes.
Theres also a BoxTops app you can download and snap pictures of your receipts too.
Make sure for both of these apps that you select Grandville South Elementary as your school!

Have a great week!