Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for Friday, August 25, 2023

It's Almost Time . . !!!

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Dear Beck Families:

The first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year is just hours away! It's finally here! I just wanted to take a minute and remind you of a few details.

School times have changed. Start time is now 8:25 a.m. We will start letting students in beginning at 8:20. Our day ends at 3:15 now. Students should plan to be picked up (or met) on the front walkway in the yellow PICK UP ZONE. A parking lot map is shown below.

Tomorrow morning students should report to the door assigned to their teachers. The map of the school and the door assignment for each teacher is listed on there. They are color coded by grade level.

Please pay attention to traffic flow and Crossing Guard directions when navigating the parking lot. If you plan to drive your child, please park in the FRONT LOT only. The side lot to the north is for buses and staff only.

Start preparing your child now to be an independent student! Good-byes will have to be said at the door. Prepare your child for this if you know they may have a hard time. Setting the expectation up front helps minimize disappointment!

Breakfast and lunch will begin on Wednesday, August 30. If your child would like to participate in breakfast they will enter through the outside cafeteria door (we always have it propped open and a sign is put outside to help students see where to go). We open the door for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Students must be in class by 8:25 a.m.

The first day of school is always an exciting day! The Beck staff and I are looking forward to welcoming your child to Beck to begin the 2023-2024 school year! See you tomorrow morning!

Christine Wilson

Please Follow The Flow in the Beck Parking Lot!

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Where Does My Child Enter School? What Door Do We Use?

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What Do I Need to Know About the First Day?

First Day of School - Tuesday, August 29

Important Things to know about the First Day of School:

  • Students will be admitted to the building beginning at 8:20 a.m.
  • School start time is 8:25 a.m.
  • Parents may walk their children to their outside entry door grades Young 5 - 6th grade (see map for entry doors)
  • School is 1/2 day - dismissal time is 11:29 a.m.

What Can My Child Bring To School to Help Them Be Successful?

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How Do I Sign Up For PaySchools?

PaySchools has improved its platform this year to provide a system that is consistently more reliable and user friendly. The end result for parents will be that the information they need will be personalized for their child.

As a result, families will be asked to recreate an account (even if you previously had a PaySchools account). Once created, you will be provided with those product choices that directly relate to your child.

Just follow these easy steps:

  • Create an account from your computer or tablet at:
  • Complete the account registration by selecting register, enter your profile details, setting up your password via the email link that will be sent to you, then logging in.
  • Add your children to your account using their student ID numbers. ID numbers are found on their report card available through PowerSchool and on your child's PS account page. It starts with 1000 . . .
  • If you like, enter credit card and/or banking information as forms of payments to use with your PaySchools account.

A complete guide (with screen shots) is available at this link.

Need help with your PaySchools Central account?
8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (M-F)

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You Will Need PaySchools for UCS Device Insurance (See Below)

Utica Community Schools - Get the New APP today!

Utica Community Schools has a new mobile app!

Search for 'Utica Schools' in your phone's app store and download the free app to stay up-to-date on district and school news. The old mobile app 'Utica Community Schools' is no longer supported and should be deleted from your devices. Download at the App store here and Google Play here. Look for the logo like the picture above

Did You Check Your PowerSchool Account?

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Do You Need a Job?

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Meal are Free? What Do I Need to Do to Get That for My Child?

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Other Important Links You May Want To Know!

Device Insurance Plan for Accidental Damage – Annual OPTIONAL COVERAGE

Utica Community Schools is proud to deliver 1:1 technology to our students. Depending upon the grade level, your child has been issued either an iPad or a Dell laptop including charging cords and any applicable accessories. Your child is responsible for the device at all times.

In the event of damage to an iPad or laptop, district policies and practices require a charge be assessed to cover the repair or replacement cost of the device. The fees are based on use of a UCS-provided device and any damage to it, whether accidental or intentional, after it has been issued to the student.

An annual insurance plan has been designed to help families if there is an accident that causes damage to the school issued device. When participating in the district’s insurance plan for $17.50 per year, any accidental damage reported will be covered as described.

Insurance coverage will repair/replace the device for accidental damage with no cost incurred by the student for the first incident (claim). Subsequent damage repairs during the covered year will have a deductible assessed per instance. Insurance will cover a maximum of 3 damage occurrences during the covered year. The deductible fee schedule for each damage occurrence is outlined on the website.

Please note, if insurance is not purchased, actual repair costs (not to exceed the cost of the device) will apply.

In order to purchase the device insurance parents will need their child(ren) student ID number (which can be found on the report card) and create a NEW Payschools Central account. The directions for creating an account can be found at:



Dates to note on your calendar:

First Day of School - Tuesday, August 29 - 1/2 Day - Students Dismissed at 11:29 a.m.

Full Day of School (8:25 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.):

  • Wednesday Aug. 30 & Thursday Aug 31

Labor Day - No School - Friday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4

Curriculum Night/Meet the Teacher - Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register for Device Insurance - Fri., Sept. 8

No School for Students - Wednesday, Sept. 20 (Teacher Prof Development)

September 28, 2023 PICTURE DAY ! :)