The Crissman Connection

September 1, 2017


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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Crissman Elementary!

All of our students will receive a Back-to-School Packet on the first day of school. This packet contains important school paperwork that we would love back as soon as possible. This helps us update our information in PowerSchool for your family. Be sure to complete the paperwork and return it to your child’s teacher the first week of school.

The morning drop-off will look very similar to last year. Students in grades kindergarten through 2nd grade will enter the building through door 9, right off the parking lot. Students in grades 3rd through 6th will enter through the main lobby to door 5. Our AIM students will continue to use door 9, as well.

If you are using the student drop off, Kiss and Go Loop, please have your child/children ready to go when you pull up to the area. This will ensure a smooth and timely drop off for all our Crissman Cougars. Just a reminder that all families must use the drop-off loop only when dropping off children. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience!

Mrs. Papastamatis

Our first week...

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 5th.


Wednesday, Sept. 6th will be a full day of school.


Please look below for the menu for the first week.

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Breakfast is Served!

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is a critical ingredient to the success of our students. Studies have shown that eating breakfast significantly improves student achievement.

To help our students succeed, the school breakfast program is available in all of our schools. Healthy choices include cereal, whole-grain breakfast bars, yogurt, fruit and milk in the elementary buildings. Those choices, along with fresh-made hot breakfast sandwiches and other favorites are featured in the secondary buildings.
Fresh-made fruit smoothies are also available in the high schools. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria prior to the start of the school day.

For menu information and serving times at your student’s school, please visit or download the new app by searching Utica Community Schools at the App Store or Google Play.

Food and Nutrition Service meal policy

A new meal charging policy is in effect this year in an effort to provide clear and consistent meal account procedures, including the charging of meals and handling and disposition of negative meal balances. When a student meal charge creates a negative balance, prompt repayment is expected. To bring the meal account up to date, families can make deposits online, send cash or a check to school with the student’s full name on the memo line (checks made payable to Utica Community Schools).

By establishing an account with through the food and nutrition service link on the district website ( or app, families/parents can monitor balances and receive low balance email alerts on their students’ account. Students who pay for meals may only charge (have a negative account balance) up to five (5) meals (breakfast and/or lunch). If a student has a zero or negative account balance, they will not be allowed to make any a la carte or beverage purchases. After the fifth charge, students will not be able to make purchases of any kind in the cafeteria using their meal accounts. Instead students will be offered a regular meal (alternate meal).

Alternate meals are provided at no charge and include all the components federally required to qualify for a reimbursable meal. Alternate meals will continue to be offered while the negative balance is being resolved. For elementary school households, auto-messages from the school regarding negative/low balances are initiated weekly each Thursday (by email if provided or letter sent home). When an account balance is low or negative, cashiers will share that information with the student in a respectful age-appropriate manner. Please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Department at 586-797-1180 for further assistance.

Bus Rides

Thank you for your patience as we work through the first week of school bus schedules. The buses can be early or late as drivers work through the routes with students on board. Please remember to be outside, at the bus stop, at least 10-15 minutes before the scheduled arrival time each morning. If a bus were to be extremely late on a given day, parents would be notified by phone call.

Crissman Picture Day

Practice those smiles for September 21st! We make every effort to fit in as many classes before lunch recess as possible that day, especially the younger students. Our retake day will be November 2nd.

Crissman Info

School Starts - 9am

Half Day Dismissal - 12:04 pm

Full Day Dismissal - 3:50pm

Breakfast- 8:50am


This year we will be having two lunch shifts. The first shift will start at 12:00pm. The grades that will be in the first shift are AIM, kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grade. The second shift will start at 12:25pm. The grades that will be eating are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade.


Label everything.... lunchbox, lunch money, gym shoes, jackets, hats, etc. If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line (586) 797-4399.

PAWS-itive Behavior Plan

Be sure to review the PAWS-itive Behavior Expectations with your child. A copy of the full plan came home with your youngest Crissman Cougar. Please be sure to return the contract page with each of your students by Thursday, Sept. 7th. They will earn a PAWS-itive Ticket!

New Face at Crissman Elementary

This year we welcome a new face to Crissman. Ms. Schodowski joins us teaching kindergarten. She is very excited to join the Crissman Community!

Birthday Treats

As we continue to focus on keeping our students healthy and happy, we will continue with our goal of promoting healthier choices.

We are encouraging birthday treats to be nonedible items. As adults, we will certainly acknowledge children who are celebrating a birthday in the same way (i.e. a song, a crown, a sticker, a visit to the Principal). In addition, teachers can provide suggestions for items other than food/treats to pass out to classmates. Some popular suggestions have been: a book for the class, a board game for indoor recess, a ball or jump ropes for the playground, individual pencils, stickers, or erasers to name a few.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to this practice!


For 2017-2018 Transportation routes are available on the UCS website or download our Utica Community Schools app on your smartphone for the information.

Upcoming Reminders

September 5th- First Day of School (half-day)

September 21st- Picture Day

September 25th-29th- Book Fair in the Media Center

September 27th- Open House Kindergarten-2nd Grade

September 28th- Open House 3rd-6th Grade

October 3rd- PTA Skate Night at 6pm

October 10th- 6th grade goes to Camp

October 11th- PTA meeting at 4:15pm

October 18th- The NED Show Assembly

Crissman PTA

Our PTA works together for our students! Here's the link to their Facebook page:

About our school

The mission of Crissman Elementary School, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide a safe, positive and productive learning environment that fosters academic excellence and recognizes individual uniqueness. We will strive to prepare students for their future in an ever changing world.