Principal's Letter

Hello Grant Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you were able to enjoy time with your family and friends. Our staff and student returned rejuvenated, happy, and ready to finish the 23-24 school year strong. During the month of April, we are working on being courageous, which helps a child to become self-confident. Self-confidence is an important skill for students to have as they grow up. This skill can support students in better academic performance, greater sense of well-being, and happiness. This is what we want for our students at Grant. One way to do this is to give your child specific praise about what you appreciate. For example, “I like how you saw that trash on the sidewalk and threw it away without being asked. What a kind thing to do for our community.”


We have a variety of things coming up in May to make you aware of. Our 3-5 grade students will start SBAC testing, Washington State’s standardized test that students take each spring. More information will be shared in the coming weeks about this. Also, in May we will be celebrating our staff and teachers! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th. Please consider encouraging your child to write a special note of thanks to their teacher or another staff member at Grant.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Searcy

Principal, Grant Elementary

Calendar at a Glance

Apr 15 9:30 Late Start Monday (breakfast begins at 9:10)

Apr 15 3:00 Drummers & Dancers practice

Apr 16 3:00 Homework Club

Apr 16 3:00 Scratch Jr.

Apr 18 3:00 Indigenous After School Club

Apr 18 3:00 Young Club

Apr 18 3:00 Homework Club

Apr 18 3:00 LGBTQ+ Book Club

Apr 22 9:30 Late Start Monday (breakfast begins at 9:10)

Apr 22 3:00 Drummers & Dancers practice

Apr 22 5:30 Screenagers Event at Sacajawea Middle School

Apr 23 4th Grade Field Trip to Expo '74 50th Celebration

Apr 23 3:00 Choir practice

Apr 23 3:00 Homework Club

Apr 23 3:00 Scratch Jr.

Apr 25 3:00 Young Club

Apr 25 3:00 Homework Club

Apr 25 3:00 LGBTQ+ Book Club

Upcoming Events (more information to come)

Apr 30 2:00 Citizen of the Month Assembly

May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week


Congratulations to Mrs. Kestell and Mrs. Cornmesser's class for earning 250 Yellow Paws! And a shoutout to Mrs. McNamee, Mrs. Evola, and Ms. Schoenfeld's classrooms for earning 150 Yellow Paws!

Congratulations to our classrooms who had the best attendance in March! It was very close between some classrooms, with only a half percentage between them!

Primary: Mrs. Cornmesser and Mrs. Williams

Intermediate: Ms. Kim, Ms. Garland, and Mrs. Smith

Congratulations to the following classrooms for earning Yellow Paws Class of the Month!

Primary: Mrs. Cornmesser and Mrs. Kestell

Intermediate: Ms. Garland and Ms. Blalack

2024-2025 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is open now for next year! Please come by the office or register online. The following is a list of paperwork to bring in to the office to complete the registration process:

  • Birth certificate (students must be 5 years old on or before August 31)
  • Medically verified immunizations records
  • Proof of residency (this can be a utility or phone bill)

Registering now helps in preparing for classrooms next year. Please help us in our planning efforts and register your child as soon as possible. Please encourage your neighbors to register their child.

Afterschool Activities

Grant offers many afterschool activities for students to be involved in. Most activities run from 3:00-4:15. There is an activity bus for students who are eligible to ride the bus and have registered to ride.

Mondays: Drummers & Dancers

Tuesdays: Choir, Homework Cub (last day April 18), Scratch Jr.

Thursdays: Indigenous Afterschool Club (for American Indian or Alaska Native students, 3rd Thursday of the month), Young Club, Homework Club (has been extended through May), LGBTQ+ Book Club

Hello Grant families,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Spring break! Springtime brings with it beautiful sunshine, flowers, and the end of the year activities and transitions.

This is a busy and FUN time of year!

Just before break, our 5th graders and our 4/5 combo class were able to attend the 5th grade career fair, where they met over 60 local business professionals, who volunteered their time to teach students about their careers. It was such a wonderful opportunity for students to explore careers that they may not have thought about before.

Prior to the event, Mr. Pride and I met with students to help them identify their own personal interests and to talk about how they align with specific career categories. With this knowledge they could be on the look out for jobs in that career field during the event.

We are SO proud of how amazing our Grant students were. They were respectful, polite and did a great job asking questions. Awesome job 5th graders! 😊

Just a reminder that our Purposeful People Character Trait for the month of April is Courage. Courage is “choosing what is helpful, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary. 

Proud to be a Husky!


Ms. Campbell & Mr. Pride

Family Assistance Survey

If you haven’t already and would like to sign up for supports throughout the year, please take a moment to fill out the Family Assistance Survey to sign up for programs such as mentoring, food or clothing supports, mental health and parenting resources, and/or volunteer opportunities. 😊 There are several ways to sign up: Scan the QR code, follow this link, or come to the office to get a hard copy. 

T.E.A.M. Grant

Our next T.E.A.M. Grant meeting is Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. There is free childcare available and we would love to have you join us!

A quick and easy way to support T.E.A.M. Grant is through the Fred Meyer Community Rewards. When you connect T.E.A.M. Grant to your Fred Meyer Rewards card, we receive a donation from Fred Meyer every time you make a purchase. For more information, see the flyer below.

FREE Summer Camps

KSPS PBS is offering some FREE camps this summer. Registration is currently open exclusively to Grant families and will open to the public on May 1st. Be sure to get your registration in now before it fills up! See the flyer below for more information.

Register for KSPS PBS Summer Camps

Don't Forget: Wear your PE Shoes!

We are seeing an increase in the number of students who are forgetting to bring their PE shoes on PE days. Shoes with laces make for a fun time in PE! Please talk with your student about responsibility and putting those PE shoes on or putting them in their backpack before coming to school. Thank you for your support!

Parents, We Need Your Help!

We are seeing an increase in the number of toys being brought to school. These quickly become a distraction from the learning environment and we would love your help to keep these distractions to a minimum. Parents, please tell your students to keep all toys at home unless the classroom is having a special party where they are allowed.

Attendance Line

Whenever your student will be absent from school, we ask that you call our Attendance Line to report the absence. Remember to include your name, your student's name, and the reason for the absence. You can save the number in your phone for quick and easy access! The number is 509-354-2818 and is available 24 hours a day.

When to Keep A Child Home From School

It is important for the health of all students, staff and families that your child not attend school when they are sick. The following guidelines are appropriate reasons to keep your child home from school:

  • A fever of 100 degrees F or higher in the last 24 hours. Your child should be fever free (without the use of fever reducing medicines) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A consistently goopy, runny nose.
  • Drainage from the eye and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the eye.
  • A bad cough-one that you wouldn't want your well child to be around.
  • A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Shortness of breath or other problems with normal breathing.
  • A child that seems ill-unusually tired, pale, or difficult to awaken, headache or body aches; seems confused or irritable, and/or lacks normal appetite.
  • A rash that is associated with fever or severe itching.
  • Vomiting with/without diarrhea within the last 24 hours. Your child should be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. NOTE: A child who has one episode of bloody diarrhea or two episodes of diarrhea at school must be sent home and cannot return until the diarrhea has resolved. Some diarrhea may be associated with bacteria or virus. If your child has severe diarrhea you should contact your health care provider.
  • Your child needs to remain at home 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
  • Any contagious disease such as chicken pox, influenza, whooping cough or gastroenteritis.
  • As directed by your health care provider.

If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Heidi Hash at 509-354-2785.

What's For Breakfast or Lunch?

Breakfast and Lunch menus are always available online. All students eat free thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision Program.

Students who would like to have a second entree, known as a super, can put money on their Nutrition Services account. The cost of a super is $2.00. Your student can bring cash to the office or you can use your credit or debit card online or on the MySchoolBucks app.

Bussing Reminders

Zum is the new transportation company for Spokane Public Schools. Zum is committed to safe, reliable student transportation.

Students who qualify to ride the bus must be registered. Once registered, students will receive a bus pass to scan when they get on and off the bus. If a student loses their bus pass, parents can call the school office to order a new one. Register to ride the bus here. You must know your student's ID number and birthdate to register.

Parents are encouraged to download the Zum app on their phones which provides the following benefits:

  • view your student's upcoming rides
  • track your student's rides in real time and receive alerts when the bus is arriving
  • get notifications when your student gets on and off the bus
  • cancel your student's same-day and upcoming rides
  • view driver and vehicle information for your ride
  • chat with a live support agent
  • rate your ride and provide Zum feedback

For more information, please visit

Spring Preschool Enrollment

Do you know a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st? ECEAP is a free, high-quality preschool program that may be a great option for the young children in your life! Grant preschool and all SPS ECEAP programs will begin accepting preschool applications for the 2024-25 school year on April 9th. New applications will be available in the office, online at SPS Early Learning, or by contacting Celina Hernandez at or 509-354-2774. Please reach out to Celina with any questions.

Husky Highlights

Our Drummers & Dancers were featured at the Lewis & Clark High School Multicultural Fair!

Congratulations to March's Citizens of the Month! They were chosen by their teachers for displaying the Purposefull People character trait of Cooperation. Way to go, Huskies!

Kindergarten: Kaulder, Adrianna, William, RB, Emilia

1st Grade: Wyatt, Zachary, Adai, Cyana

2nd Grade: Hayley, Kieran, Rowan

3rd Grade: Kameron, Christian

4th Grade: Sophia, Alinton, Katherine, Matthew, Rahel, Malak, Ryder, Kaidence

5th Grade: Melani, Davyd, Lotte, Nathan

Our 5th grade students had a great time at the 5th Grade Career Fair! They got to learn about different types of careers through community members who shared what they do in their jobs.

Ms. Lipsker and Mrs. McCue's buddy groups. The two classes get together once or twice a week to complete projects together. This week they are completing an art project together and it was so cute to see the 2nd graders working with the 1st graders! They were cooperating so well together! 

Students earn green tickets when they are spotted following Grant ABC expectations. They filled up the all school green ticket bucket and earned a carnival right before Spring Break! There were all kinds of fun activities to choose from including karaoke, face painting, watercolor painting, bingo, field games, soccer, basketball and bracelet making! Our Grant Huskies are the best!

Mrs. McCue's class is growing corn and peas. These little farmers are super excited to watch their seeds grow into tasty veggies!

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