Hawk Weekly


Havel Elementary

Our mission it to educate students, promote life long learning and encourage students to become productive citizens within a positive and safe learning environment.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

It may be hard to believe, but we are near the end of our first card marking period. Since the start of school, we have worked together to navigate some of the challenges of our environment but also celebrate real successes of the connections being made between teachers and our students. It is now our opportunity to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences are an important part of our partnership to make sure students are meeting our shared expectations. This year, we will be offering BOTH virtual (online) and in-person conference sessions.

Monday, November 7th: IN PERSON ONLY

Thursday, November 10th afternoon and evening: Virtual ONLY

The window to book conferences will open October 24th at 6:00pm. and close November 3rd at 11:00pm

***If you have more than one child attending Havel, please do not schedule your conferences back-to-back. This will allow you to have some travel time to get from classroom to classroom.

Click the link below to access the Parent-Teacher Conferences Newsletter.

Report Cards

During November, Havel will distribute reports cards electronically. The first marking period grades will be sent electronically to families after scheduled parent-teacher conferences at the end of the day on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

To receive the report cards, parents will need to have a secure PowerSchool account. Parents who do not have access to a PowerSchool account will need to register for one prior to Tuesday, November 1. The report cards will then be automatically e-mailed to the address that is used to register the PowerSchool account. If you already have a PowerSchool account, you do not need to take any further action. The report card automatically will be sent to you electronically.

Please note that if you have students in junior high school and high school, the reports cards will be electronically sent by the end of the day, Monday, November 7, 2022.

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Johnathan Rand will be at Blake’s Orchard this weekend. He will be there from noon until 4:00 pm.

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A few pictures from our Red Ribbon Week and our PBS Assembly

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Dates To Know


31st- 1/2 Day Of School 12:24 Dismissal

31st- Halloween Parade- 10:30am

November- Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Fundraiser - Nov 1st - Dec 1st

3rd- Picture Retake Day

8th- No School- Election Day

8th- Voting Day Bake Sale for 6th Grade

10th- 1/2 Day Parent/Teacher Conferences

16th- Noodles Restaurant Night

21st- Rink Skating Night

23rd-25th- No School Thanksgiving Break

December- Mrs. Field's/Cheesecake Factory Fundraiser

6, 7, 8 - Student Holiday Shop

December 13 @ 6:00 p.m. Winter Concert (grades 2/3)- More Info To Come

December 13 @ 7:00 p.m. Winter Concert (grades 4/5)- More Info To Come

December 13 @ 6:00 & 7:00 p.m. Winter Concert (6th grade choir)- More Info To Come

21st- 1/2 Day 12:24 Dismissal

22nd-January 2- No School Winter Break

January- Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser - Jan 23 - Feb 28th

9th- RINK Skating Night

16th- No School- MLK Day

25th- Skyzone Fundraiser Night

February- Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser - Jan 23 - Feb 28th

20th-24th- No school- Mid-Winter Break


March 21 @ 6:30 p.m.- WILD About Music Concert (grades K/1)- More Info To Come

24th- 1/2 Day 12:24 Dismissal


3rd-7th- No School- Spring Break


16th- 6th Grade Band Concert @ 7:00pm

29th- No School- Memorial Day


8th- 1/2 Day 12:24 Dismissal

9th- 1/2 Day- 12:24 Dismissal- Last Day Of School

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School Year Calendars

We are pleased to share with you the calendars for the next two school years. To view the calendars, please see this link: http://uticak12.org/ucscalendaroverview.
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News From Our Havel Volunteer League

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Click Here To Sign Up To Donate To The Bake Sale

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. All proceeds will go directly to the 6th Grade Activities Committee. Thank you so much for your time!

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See below for news from previous Hawk Weekly updates

UCS Wellness

UCS takes pride in providing the best possible experience for the students and families that we serve. To further this initiative, the Special Services department has partnered with Celebrate Hope! to provide specialized events for families who have children with disabilities as well as the educators that care for them.

Learn more about this partnership in our latest UCS Podcademy episode: https://bit.ly/3t1757L

Reminder- Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Last year’s free and reduced-price applications will expire on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

As required by federal guidelines, students without an approved 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Meal Application on file will pay full price for all breakfast and lunch meals beginning October 14, 2022. Families must fill out a new application form located at https://utica.familyportal.cloud today in order for benefits to continue.

Please direct any questions to Food and Nutrition Services ext. 1180.

Podcademy: Celebrate Hope

MISD Fourth and Fifth Grade Daughters/Mothers Maturation Program

The Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) will be presenting maturation programs for fourth grade and fifth grade girls and their mothers/guardians, at which time they will answer growth and development questions. The virtual events will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2022, Thursday, January 19, 2023, and Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. The attached has registration details.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 7th, 2022 @ 5:00pm-8:00pm

November 10, 2022 @ 1:15 – 4:15 PM & 5:00-8:00 PM

It may be hard to believe, but we are near the end of our first card marking period. Since the start of school, we have worked together to navigate some of the challenges of our environment but also celebrate real successes of the connections being made between teachers and our students. It is now our opportunity to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences are an important part of our partnership to make sure students are meeting our shared expectations.

We will again be using a web-based process this year to schedule and virtually meet with your child’s teachers about their progress. The system we are using is called School Soft Conference Manager and it will allow you to check our teachers’ conference schedules and book an appointment on-line. You will use the same system for you and your student’s teacher to have a virtual conversation about academic progress.

The first time you use the Conference Manager you will be required to register and create a parent account. (If you already have an account from previous years, you can skip this step).Setup only takes a minute or two. You will continue to use this same account for the duration of the time you have children in the school, so please record your password where you can reference it later.

More details with specific signup times will follow in our next few the weekly newsletters...stay tuned!

Original photos have not been sent home yet, this is a save the date for those who missed picture day.

Halloween Costumes Guidelines

Halloween is a time of year where some of our students get super excited about picking out their Halloween costumes, and as parents/guardians (I learned this the hard way once) we know that sometimes those "popular" costumes are hard to find the longer I waited to go shopping. With that being said I thought it may be helpful for you to have an idea of what those "school appropriate" costumes are here at Havel. Keep in mind, or as I like to put things in perspective with my older students.... we have students as young as 4-5 years old and while some costumes are "age appropriate for them", they may not be appropriate for the all school parade. After reading the guidelines below if you have any questions regarding suitability, please contact the office or your child's teacher.

Students should refrain from violent characterization and may not use any fake weapons, fake blood, or any references to victims or perpetrators of violence for their costume choice at school. Violent characterization is unacceptable for school parades and where younger students might be frightened. If deemed inappropriate by school personnel, students will be asked to remove the costume and/or wash makeup.

Book, cartoon, folk heroes, historical figures, and period costumes are all good ideas to consider when thinking of the perfect costume.

Since Halloween is a half day of school (12:20 dismissal), students will be allowed to wear partial costumes to school. Check to be sure that your child can walk freely, and that the costume will be comfortable enough for the classroom setting. Masks may be worn (frightening masks not permitted) but those that impede vision should be left at home. Plan to have your child bring any costume props (wigs and other add-ons) to school in a bag or backpack.

Virtual Library Card & Tutor.com Information

Below are login directions for students for their virtual library card and virtual library card - Tutor.com, located in the ClassLink dashboard. The virtual library card gives students access to digital resources from the local library and the virtual library card - Tutor.com provides online tutoring and homework help for students.
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Policy On Personal Items

Any cell phones must be turned off and out of view during school hours or while on the bus OR IT WILL BE CONFISCATED and an adult must come up to school to pick it up.

Students should NOT bring toys, game boys, Nintendo DS or any hand-held electronic games, CD players, MP3 or IPods, PDA’s, memorabilia, special cards or other collectible or expensive items to school.

Havel Elementary School is not responsible for personal items that are lost or damaged.

Such items will be collected and kept in the office. A parent must come and retrieve any items they wish to have returned.


Remember ... it is very important that you report your child’s absences to the school. The attendance line answering machine is on 24 hours a day for your convenience.

The Attendance Line number is: (586) 797-5299

Please indicate when you call: Your child’s name, teacher’s name, & the reason for the absence.

Early Arrival/Dimissal

Our UCS parent and student handbook states, “general supervision begins 10 minutes before the start of school.” At Havel, that means students should arrive at school no earlier than 9:10 am. Students should not come to school before this time, unless enrolled in School Age Child Care (SACC). Teachers will allow students to enter assigned doors at 9:10 am and supervise them until school begins at 9:20 am.

If it becomes necessary for you to have your child leave the building during the school day, please conform to the following:

• Notify the office by phone or note beforehand of the reason for and time of dismissal.

• At the designated time, the parent/guardian or other person designated on the child’s emergency contact designee must come into the office to sign the child out of school.

• All adults must be prepared to show photo ID.

Birthday Celebrations

The teachers and staff at Havel strongly support and encourage the recognition of a child’s birthday during the school day. It is an annual milestone in every child’s life that should be celebrated not just at home, but in school as well, where children spend one-third of their day with teachers, classmates, and peers. While there are many wonderful and creative ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in school, birthday celebrations at Havel will not include food treats. Instead, the focus at Havel will be recognizing the day in a variety of special ways that do not include food treats. Some possibilities include:

· Class sings “Happy Birthday”

· Happy Birthday Recess/Gift

· Morning “Happy Birthday” PA announcement

· NEHS Singing Telegram

· Parent makes a donation of book to class library/read to class

· Student reads favorite book to class

· Parent/special someone reads story to class

Your child’s teacher will have more information on how birthdays will be celebrated in the classroom. As educators, caregivers and loved ones we all want the best for our students. Thank you for joining us in giving students healthy opportunities to celebrate important events and achievements.

Too Sick To Come To School? Take A Peek At These Health Department Guidelines

When is your child too sick to attend school? The following guidelines, along with the advice of your family doctor, will help you decide when your child should stay home:

• Cold and/or cough – a child with deep mucus that causes a cough and heavy nose drainage cannot function at school.

• Fever – fever is a warning that something is wrong. A child should remain at home for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of medication.

• Rash – a rash, spots or blotches on the skin can be the first sign of many illnesses. Rashes require a physician’s release stating they are not contagious.

• Stomachache/Upset – a child who is vomiting or has diarrhea should be kept at home and may return 24 hours after the symptoms are gone.

• Head Lice – a child with head lice must remain at home until treatment is complete and school officials confirm he or she is free of lice. Check your child’s head before school begins in the fall and routinely during the school year or if he or she complains of an itchy scalp. Look around your child’s ears and back of the neck for nits, which are tiny, 8 white, oval-shaped lice eggs that are attached to the hair near the scalp. Nits may look like dandruff or scalp flakes, but nits do not move and are difficult to dislodge. Notify the school office immediately if your child has head lice. Begin treatment immediately by contacting your doctor or purchasing over the counter medication from the drug store. To prevent spreading head lice, wash all infested garments, hair accessories, bedding and other surfaces with hot water and disinfectant. You must sign your child in at the office when he or she is returning to school after treatment for head lice.

Security Procedures

We are asking for your assistance to ensure that our security procedures during the school day are effective. As many of you know, our school has a security camera, intercom, and buzzer at the front entrance for use during the school day. To help us assist you when you would like to enter the school:

1. All guests must enter through the main office door

2. Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office

3. You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting

4. Each time you come to the office you will be asked to show your photo ID into the security camera above the outside door

5. Office staff will assist you.

6. Guests must have an appointment to meet with a staff member during instructional hours

In addition, we are asking you to not let any visitors in the door as you enter (and they come up behind you) or as you exit the building.

Finally, all exterior doors are to remain locked and secure daily. Teachers will not prop doors open and any door that is open is to have a staff member monitoring it at all times.

The teachers and staff are committed to student safety and security and we would like to thank you for your assistance in helping keep the students of Havel safe.

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