April 14, 2014
On Friday, March 28, I communicated that it was necessary for Grandville Public Schools to make-up one instructional day due to school cancelations this winter. I shared with you that the make-up day is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014, a day in which school was not originally scheduled to be in session.
Today, I am writing to you to reverse my previous announcement. Grandville Public Schools will not be making up the instructional day on May 23.
Why the change? On Friday of last week, we received news that Governor Snyder signed into law a School Aid Supplemental Bill (House Bill 4295) that gives schools with more than 174 school days on their calendars additional snow day relief provided the districts still meet the required 1,098 hours of yearly instruction. Grandville has 175 days of instruction and also exceeds the number of hours of instruction (1,098), even with the cancelations we experienced this winter. In essence, the legislation recognizes school districts like Grandville that exceed state requirements and have extra hours and days built into the school calendar.
I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience caused by the back-and-forth communication on this matter. With the March 28th announcement we were intending to share information with families as far enough in advance as possible so schedules could be adjusted as necessary. The enactment of the new law (Public Act 116 of 2014) last week causes us to reverse course. Needless to say, the news received from Lansing came as a bit of a surprise.
Again, school will not be in session on Friday, May 23, and the day will be restored as part of a four-day Memorial Day weekend as originally scheduled.
Schools of Choice 2014-15 Application ProcessGrandville Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice program and the state 105c plan.
KISD Schools of Choice
For available grade levels, Kent ISD Schools of Choice Policies & Regulations and Application, please click here. Students residing in districts within Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice April 14 - May 30, 2014.
Kindergarten Registration Underway
It’s already time to think about enrolling your child in kindergarten! Our goal is straightforward: We endeavor to develop your child’s capabilities and instill a lifelong love of learning. We can’t wait to partner with you and your child to provide an excellent education.
Registration is underway for children 5 years old by October 1, 2014 (*see below).
Grandville Public Schools will continue to offer the following Kindergarten Programs in 2014-2015:
• Full Day: Every day in each elementary school.
• Half Day “Young Fives” option: open to all kindergarteners (usually fall birth dates) but the program will not be housed in all schools due to limited classroom availability. Bus transportation to and from the school housing the Young Fives classroom is provided. A date will be set at a later time for children with late summer and fall birth dates to receive an optional screening assessment to assist parents in making the appropriate placement decision for their children.
Please call to register your child for kindergarten by contacting the location nearest your residence:
• For Cummings call (616) 254-6041
• For Central, East, South and West call (616) 254-6251
• For Century Park and Grand View call (616) 254-6840
(families living south of 44th Street/Rivertown Parkway)
*According to statute, children with an October or November birth date who will be five years old by December 1, 2014, are eligible for kindergarten if the parent submits a written request to the district (a form will be available) no later than June 1, 2014.