Wiley Way

News to Know ~ Week of September 30

School Information:

School Hours: 9:00 AM-3:50 PM

(First Bell @ 8:50 AM, line up at doors; Second Bell @ 8:55 AM, enter classrooms)

School Office: (586) 797-6700

Absence Line: (586) 797-6799

SACC: (586) 797-6750

Mrs. Merivirta, Principal

Mrs. Savage, Administrative Assistant

A Message from Mrs. Merivirta: 2019 M-STEP Results

Last week letters went home to parents of all students in Grades 4-6 who took the M-STEP this past spring. An email was sent that included a link on how to read/interpret your child's scores.

Wiley is proud to announce that in nearly every assessment area our students out performed students across the district as well as performing better than last year's groups!

This is a testament to the dedication of the entire Wiley Staff to ensure that students are successful. On a daily basis, staff works to meet the individual needs of their students and find ways to motivate and encourage them to strive for their personal best.

In addition, this is a reflection of the value that you as parents place on your child's education. Encouraging them to set goals, assume responsibility for their learning and helping them to complete assignments helps them to be successful at well.

A strong home-school connection is important and we appreciate all that you do to foster that connection!


This Week

Wednesday, 10/2 Count Day, Volunteer Meeting @ 7:00 PM Media Center

Looking Ahead:

Sunday, 10/6 Band-O-Rama (see flyer below)

Monday, 10/8 Band Rental Night 5:00-7:00 PM

Saturday ,10/19 Trunk or Treat 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Friday, 10/25 Bagel Day

Thursday, 10/31 Halloween Parade (info to come!) 12:04 PM Dismissal for Elementary Students

Tuesday, 11/5 No School ~ Election Day

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Halloween Costume Guidelines

With October almost upon us, and the excitement of Halloween already filling the air, it is time to begin thinking about Halloween costume safety.

In keeping with our school-wide environment of promoting non-violence and safety, students will be permiited to wear costumes that do not depict violence, gore, or that would frighten our younger students. If a student has a costume that includes a prop that could be considered inappropriate or has blood or gore, they are asked to keep that at home and use it when they go out Trick-or-Treating.

Parents, please monitor your child's costume. If a student wears an inappropriate costume they will need to call home and will not be able to particpate in the school-wide parade.

If in doubt, please ask before the big day!

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Halloween Treats

Classrooms at Wiley are peanut and tree nut safe. Please be sure that any candy or treats that will be provided for classroom parties comply; treat items containing these ingredients WILL NOT BE PERMITTED. As Halloween gets closer, please be in contact with your child's teacher for specific food items/treats that may be needed for the party, HOMEMADE GOODS are NOT PERMITTED in the classroom. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe classroom environment for all students at Wiley!
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Updating Eligibility for Free and Reduced Lunch

Each year families must reapply/complete the forms to qualify for free and reduced lunch benefits. As required by federal guidelines, students without a 2019-2020 approved Free and Reduced Lunch Application on file will pay full price for all breakfast and lunch meals beginning on October 15, 2019. Families are strongly encouraged to go to lunchapp.com for quick results or complete a paper application as soon as possible for benefits to continue..
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School attendance is important to your child’s academic, social and emotional success. However, there may be times when you should not send your child to school:

When Should Your Child Stay Home From School

Protecting your child’s health and preventing the spread of illness to other students is one of our parental responsibilities. Please keep your child at home if you notice any of the following ill-nesses:

Contagious Diseases

Inform the school immediately if your child develops any of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Hepatitis, Mumps, Strep Throat Scarlet Fever, Impetigo, Scabies, Lice, Flu, Pink Eye, Rheumatic Fever, Ringworm, Hard or German Measles.

Elevated Temperature (fever)

Your child must be fever-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

Your child must be symptom free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Cold or Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Infection

Such as persistent cough, green nasal discharge, sore throat and congestion.

Suspicious Skin Rashes or Suspicious Infections

We appreciate your support in this matter. If you should have any questions regarding your child and an illness, please do not hesitate to call the office.

To report your child’s absence, please call our answering machine at (586) 797-6799. Please be sure to clearly state your child’s name, their teacher, the reason for the absence, and the length of the absence. The answering machine will take attendance calls 24 hours a day.

Emergency Contacts

To ensure the safety of all students, it is important that we have current and accurate information on file in the office for every student. If your contact information changes throughout the year, please be sure to notify the office so that updates may be made.

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Wednesday, October 2 is “Count Day” for Michigan school districts. Count Day is held twice every year and is the basis to determine the enrollment number that is used for state funding. The October date represents 90 percent of our school funding. The second Count Day is February 13, 2020.

Attendance for Utica Community Schools students is important every day, and the district’s average daily rate continues to be approximately 95 percent. As always, we encourage families to stress the important of attendance and ensuring students are on time and ready for another great day of learning.



Children should not be arriving at school until 8:50 AM, unless they are going to SACC or are here for breakfast. There is no adult supervision for students prior to 8:50 AM. Students eating breakfast may enter no earlier than 8:40 AM.

This year, our first bell will ring at 8:50 AM, at which time all students should line up at their assigned entry doors (1st -6th grade enter at the back of the building; Kindergarten students enter through the front doors as they arrive). Our second bell will ring at 8:55 AM, at which time all students will enter the building and proceed to their classroom. The 9:00 AM bell will signal the start of the day.

Students who arrive after 9:05 AM must stop in the office for a Tardy Slip and will be marked tardy.

Please note that all 1st through 6th graders must walk around to the back of the school and enter with their class; if they arrive after 8:55 AM they may enter through the front doors.


In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, please let their teacher know in advance if at all possible. You will need to come into the office and sign your child out. If they return to school that day, you will need to enter the building and sign them back in as well.

Please note that ongoing late arrivals and early dismissals impacts attendance records and potential truancy issues.

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UCS 2019-2020 Student Calendar

Below you will find the most current UCS Calendar dates for the year. As more become available they will be shared out.

October 10 Secondary Students Half Day for Conferences

October 31 Elementary Student Half Day

November 1 End of Marking Period

November 5 No School Election Day

November 14 Elementary Student Half Day for Conferences

Novermber 27-29 No School ~ Thanksgiving Break

December 23-Jan 1, 2020 No School ~ WInter Break

January 15 Secondary Half Day ~ AM Exams

January 16 All Students Half Day ~ AM Exams

January 17 All Students Half Day ~ AM Exams

January 17 End of Marking Period

January 20 No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 17-21 No School ~ Mid-Winter Break

April 6-10 No School ~ Spring Break

May 25 No School ~ Memorial Day

Macomb County Children's Mobile Crisis Unit

The Macomb County Children’s Mobile Crisis Unit is a division of the Macomb Community Mental Health Agency that offers free mobile crisis response services to children ages birth to 21 who are uninsured or have active Medicaid coverage. The Children's Mobile Crisis Unit will come to the home or community setting where the crisis is occurring. Within an hour of initial contact, a masters level therapist and parent support partner will arrive to assist in resolving the situation, create a crisis plan and provide follow-up clinical support. Please refer below for further information.

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