Rocket Review

Week of February 4, 2019

One Day Last Week!

What a crazy weather week! Only 1 day of school?! While it took winter a little longer to arrive in Michigan, it has definitely left an impression this week.

The school was quiet throughout the week as I worked on many things that I usually do not have time for during the busy school day. I've missed the kids though. They bring and life and fun into Morgan each day and were missed this week as they stayed warm and safe at home.

Let's hope the weather settles down so we can resume our regularly scheduled school year, although there is already a threat of accumulating ice for Wednesday. Let's hope it converts to a little snow or stays as rain!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

No Summit Ski Club Today (2-4-19) Due to Melting Conditions.

NAEP Testing Rescheduled

Monday, February 11, 2019

The NAEP Testing scheduled for Morgan's 4th Graders has been rescheduled for Monday, February 11, 2019. Please note this date on your calendar to avoid having your child arrive late to school or needing to pick up your child early during this testing session. All NAEP testing will be completed this day.

Annual Morgan Parent Survey

As part of our yearly School Improvement process, Morgan Elementary is seeking input from our parent community. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions about Morgan Elementary. This information is anonymous and will be analyzed by our School Improvement Team for input into our yearly School Improvement goals.

Your time and input is greatly appreciated!

End of Marking Period/Semester and Report Cards

New Report Card Date

The Second Marking Period/Semester ended on January 25, 2019. The Third Marking Period started on Friday, February 1, as that was the next day we were in school.

Report cards will arrive home in your email on Wednesday, February 6. You need to have a Power School Parent Portal account set up prior to Wednesday, February 6 to receive your child's report card. UCS does not print report cards to send home.

If you need help getting a Power School Parent Portal account set up, please call our school clerk, Melissa, at 586-797-5800 and she can walk you through the process.

Valentine Grams

Our Morgan ATG group is selling Valentine Grams for the upcoming holiday. Each Valentine Gram is $1 and includes a message for the recipient and a box of Sour Patch Valentine hearts.

If you would like to purchase Valentine Grams, please send in payment and the message, or messages your would like written on the Valentine Gram in a sealed envelope labeled with:

Child's Name

Valentine Gram

Teacher's Name

The Valentine Grams will be delivered on Thursday, February 14th, next week: Valentine's Day!

Recess--Inside or Outside?

20°F Recess is held outside

15-19°F Wind conditions will determine

14°F or Below: Inside Recess

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If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the

wind chill factor will be considered.

It is important that children dress appropriately: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat. All students are expected to participate in recess. Fresh air and physical play help develop fitness and increase children’s ability to focus during learning times. Generally, if a child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to go outside for a short break and to get some fresh air.

Notes from Nurse Becky--UCS District Nurse

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 illnesses:

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 Measles, or German Measles

Elevated Temperature (Fever)

Your child should be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Example: If your child has a fever above 100 at 3 PM on Tuesday, they should not return to school until Thursday.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

Your child should be symptom free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Example: If you child vomits at school at 10 AM on a Monday, they should not return to school until Wednesday, if the vomiting stopped.

Cold or Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Infection

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


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 school.

Save the Date!--Kindergarten Round Up 2019

UCS Kindergarten Round Up 2019

Reserve the date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 7 PM in the Morgan gymnasium!

(PLEASE--Parents Only)

More information will come soon!

Please share the date with friends and neighbors who have future Morgan Rockets at home, but do not have students presently enrolled at Morgan.

Morgan Lunch Monitors

Morgan continues to look for additional support during the lunch hour. While our building is allocated a certain amount of paid EduStaff lunch monitors, we can take additional support in the form of volunteers. Students really enjoying seeing their parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle at school during the lunch time helping in the lunchroom or walking around the playground with the kids.

If you are interested in becoming a paid lunch monitor, please click on link below to start an application with EduStaff. EduStaff certified lunch monitors are paid an hourly rate each day they work. EduStaff employees can also complete additional, free, online training sessions and become substitute paraprofessionals for additional paid hours of work.

Morgan also takes volunteers with a current background check on file. If you filled out a Volunteer Sheet within the past few years, you should be able to volunteer for field trips, classroom help and lunch supervision. If you are unsure about your volunteer status, please contact the Main Office and Sharon or Melissa can check for you: 586-797-5800.

If you are interested in volunteering during the lunch hour, which runs from 11:30 AM until 12:15 PM each day, please contact Melissa in the main office and let her know what days you are available to volunteer. Grandparents/aunts/uncles/neighbors are all welcome once we have a background check on file.

If you have any questions, please call Morgan at 586-797-5800 or email Mrs. Lasky at

EduStaff Application

Click here to complete an application to become a lunch monitor.

Morgan School Spirit Days

The Morgan Student Council has announced our School Spirit Days!

Monday, Feb. 4: Class T-Shirt Day

Thursday, Feb. 14: Wear Red/White/Pink

Monday, March 4: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, March 29: Wear Dr. Seuss Gear

Monday, April 8: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, April 26: Wear Favorite Sport Team Shirt/Jersey

Monday, May 6: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, May 31: Crazy Hair Day

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Thursday. Feb. 7: Winter Conference Evening--Teachers will send home notes for conference appointments.

UCS Academic Blitz

Friday, Feb. 8: Morgan Volunteers Winter Bingo night 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the gymnasium

Monday, Feb. 11: NAEP Testing for Morgan 4th graders (make up from January 29)

Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day! Check with child's teacher for any events/activities

Valentine Grams delivered

No School--February 16 through February 24

School Resumes on Monday, February 25

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UCS News and Updates

UCS Academic Blitz 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6-9 PM

Utica Community Schools Teaching and Learning Department is sponsoring Academic Blitz 2019

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Where: Henry Ford II High School

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Students in grades 5th through 11th, parents and staff are invited to this free event. The Academic Blitz features information regarding UCS secondary academic courses, clubs and specialty programs.

The Blitz serves as an opportunity for students to begin exploring secondary options offered to students. Students will also have a chance to meet with counselors and teachers to learn how high school classes can bring them closer to their post-secondary goals.

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Morgan Volunteers PTO Webpage

Click here to visit the Morgan Volunteers PTO web page and register for updates and volunteer information. Please update your family information each school year.

Morgan Elementary

Mission: Morgan is dedicated to developing lifelong learners through the working relationship of students, staff, and community.

Vision: We are a community of compassionate, committed professionals and learners who become academically successful through collaboration, ownership, and perseverance.