Wiley Way

Week of August 30, 2021


Welcome to Wiley! We would like to welcome Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner as our new Administrative Assistant; she was formerly our clerk. Mrs. Melissa Jankowiak joins us as our new Office Clerk.

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:10 PM (full days) and 9:20 AM -12:24 PM* (half days) PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TIMES (*Half day dismissal is tentative; we will know the exact time next week)

If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL or phone the office staff at officewiley@uticak12.org/586-797-6700 ; someone will respond promptly.

Office Staff:

  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Melissa Jankowiak, Office Clerk


Tuesday, August 31:

Kindergarten through 6th Graders attend a half day of school (9:20 AM- 12:24 PM*)

Breakfast program will be in operation.

SACC will be available beginning today, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday and Thursday, September 1 and 2:

Kindergarten through 6th Graders attend full day (9:20 AM -4:10 PM)

Breakfast and Lunch program will be in operation. Lunch orders will be taken the day before.

Friday and Monday, September 3 and 6:


Tuesday, September 7:

School Resumes


Hello Wiley Families~

Welcome back! We are so excited to be beginning the new school year with you!

I hope that you and your family enjoyed a wonderful summer vacation and found time to relax, reconnect, and spend time enjoying nature. I had the opportunity to visit with my daughter and our grandchildren (Charlotte and Sutton), as well as visit with my sisters whom I have not seen in nearly 2 years. One resides in Virginia and the other in Canada. Along with a sister in Rochester, we were all able to get together and spend some time near Petoskey. My husband and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary with a weekend trip to Grand Haven and Saugatuck. I am still in awe of the beauty of our state, and how much good a weekend up north can do to rejuvenate the spirit!

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It is hard to believe that school is just around the corner. Many of you are wondering if there will be a "SNEEK PEEK" prior to the start of the school year. We are hoping to schedule a time for families to visit; we will know more in the next week or so. I will communicate it to all families as soon as I am able to.

Please take time to read and review the enclosed information regarding the start of school, as you will find many questions answered. Our most effective way to communicate with families is through email. Please be sure that your email is up to date. This will ensure that you can receive valuable and timely school information. If you require further information or have questions, please contact the school office at officewiley@uticak12.org or call 586-797-6700. Throughout the year, look for our newsletter, the Wiley Way; it is one way to keep you aware of what is happening at Wiley. In the next few weeks I will be providing you with arrival/dismissal procedures and times, as well as information regarding information about breakfast and lunch procedures.

As a part of the Utica Community Schools, we hold high expectations regarding the success and achievement of all students. Our entire school staff strives to provide a positive educational environment, supporting academic growth. Please do not hesitate to call if you have a question, concern, or would like to offer support when possible. Working togehter as a team, we will make this school year a very successful one for your child. I am looking forward to partnering with you and your child for a great school year!

You can find suggested supply lists below for each grade level.

As always, thank you for all you do to help support your child and the Wiley school community. We truly appreciate your support; we could not do it without you!


Mrs. Merivirta


Please be sure to read the updated ESSENTIAL PARENT GUIDE for the 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR


FULL DAY: 9:20 AM to 4:10 PM

HALF DAY: 9:20 am to 12:24 PM*

Students can be dropped off NO EARLIER than 9:10 AM; adult supervision begins at this time. Parents with students arriving earlier should plan to use SACC services.

Students will enter the building through their designated doors and go to their rooms at 9:15 AM. Designated doors will be provided in the coming weeks.

Students arriving after 9:20 will be marked "tardy".

If you need to change the usual arrangements for your child's dismissal (pick up/bus) please be sure to notify the office and your child's teacher. If need be, you can call the office and we will get a message to your child. Please be sure to contact the office by 3:30 PM.


At this time we are not able to welcome volunteers into the building. Visits to the building during the school day will be limited to essential visitors.


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Face coverings will not be required for students and staff in our schools and work environments. The wearing of face coverings will be based on the choice of each family and/or individual. The Macomb County Health Department recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face covering when indoors, especially in crowded settings.


In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, information will be shared with the school commmunity. The communication will begin with direct contact to those who may have interacted with the individual and making staff aware. After those communications are complete, a school wide notice will be emailed to families. The district works closely with the MCHD which follows protocols for contacting individuals through contact tracing. It is important that we maintain the privacy rights for individuals in our community who may have tested positive for COVID-19. Our distict, nor our school, can provide information that would identify the person to the general public. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.


Self-screening students before school is essential to the health and safety of the school community.

Before your child leaves in the morning, ask these two questions:

  • In the last 24 hours has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline chronic illness: subjective fever (felt feverish) or measured a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills or rigors (severe chills with shivering), headache, sore throat , muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny noseor congestion and fatigue?
  • In the last 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline of any chronic illness: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell and new loss of taste?

The answer should be NO to BOTH questions. If not, your child should remain home for their protection and the health and safety of classmates and the adults in your school. Please call the school office to communicate the absence.

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As you get ready for the upcoming school year, check out the suggested Supply List for your child(ren). Please keep in mind that these are suggested school supplies and you are NOT required to purchase anything. Your child's teacher will supply materials that will be shared with others; if you would prefer that your child have their own individual supplies, you may purchase them. If you do so, please remember to label them as well.

WILEY 2021-2022 STAFF

Principal: Mrs. Candice Merivirta

Kindergarten: Mrs. Champagne, Ms. Kramer, Mrs. Landgenderfer

First Grade: Mrs. Paslean, Mrs. Smyka, Mrs. Vollmert

Second Grade: Mrs. Grose, Mrs. Kurmas, Mrs. Ross

Third Grade: Mrs. Guglielmetti, Mrs. Ronse, Mrs. Transki

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Featherman, Mrs. Leo, Mrs. Pries

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Klida, Mrs. Provencher, Ms. Ryan

Sixth Grade: Mrs. Andrus, Mrs. Drouillard, Mrs. George, Mrs. Ledbetter

Specialist Staff: TBD

Literacy Coach: Mrs. Gabriel

EL Teacher: Mrs. Gojcaj

Speech: Mrs. Buzenski

Learning Center: Mrs. Watson, Ms. Weiss

School Social Worker: Mrs. Filauro

Paraprofessionals: Mrs. Belz, Mrs. Range, Mrs.Zygler, Mrs. Danha, Mrs. Bono

Head Custodian: Mr. Eugene


Once again, to ensure communication in a safe and secure manner, classroom assignments will be emailied directly to parents via the email address(es) on file in PowerSchool. Those assignments will be emailed to you on Thursday, August 26th after 3:00 PM.


Once again, UCS is pleased to inform our families that ALL students enrolled at Wiley can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily! We do, however, need ALL families to click on the link below and complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application whether or not you need assistance.

This information is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs. These supplemental programs help us offer supports and services to our students including, but not limited to:

  • Pandemic-EBT
  • Instructional Supports (staff, supplies, materials)
  • Professional Learning for Staff
  • Parent and Community Engagement Supplies and Activities
  • Technology

All information on the application is confidential. Forms can be filled out online at www.lunchapp.com or by using paper applications available at your school. The form must be completed annually. This year's deadline is October 13, 2021.

Without your assistance in completing the applciation, Wiley cannot maximize the use of State and Federal Funds.

If you need further assistance, please contact food services at 586-797-1180 or email them at foodservices@uticak12.org.

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You may have already seen UCS bus drivers on the road reviewing routes for the reopening of school. Students are eligible for transportation service if their residence is 1.5 miles or farther from the school. Elementary students should not walk further than 0.5 mile to reach a bus stop and secondary students should not walk further than one mile. The district website will be updated with bussing information when available.

New bus routes will be posted by the end of the day on Monday, August 23.

Medical/Health Plans and Dietary Needs

UCS is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all students. A health plan is required at the beginning of every school year. For your child's safety, we ask that all health forms are turned in prior to the first day of school, August 31, 2021.

Health plans should be completed for any condition that may involve special dietary considerations, activity levels, medications, or treatment of an urgent problem. Completion of health plans allows staff to take the best possible care of your child. A physican's signature is required on all health plans. Any medications that are to be distributed by school staff or used by a student at school must have an Authorization for Medication form completed, signed and dated by a physician, including any over the counter medications.

Health Care Plans and Authorization for Medication are available on the link below. Please note that two transportation forms are required for each student that rides the bus with a COLOR picture attached to each form. Depending on your child's diagnosis, the following forms are required by the school:

Food Allergies/Insect Allergies/Latex Allergies: FARE Food Allergy and Anaphylaxix Emergency Care Plan, MI Department of Education Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations, 2 Authorizaion for Medications (one for an anti-histamine and one for Ephinephrine), 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

MDE Dietary Accommodations: Required for Food Services for students with Food Allergies.

Asthma: Asthma Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication for rescue inhaler, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider).

Seizure: Seizure Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication for rescue medications and/or other medications, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider).

Diabetes: Diabetes Health Care Plan, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider) and you must submit your Diabetes Medical Management Plan from your Endocrinologist.

Heart COndition: Heart Condition Health Care Plan and 2 Tranpsortation Forms (if your child is a bus rider).

Any other diagnosis: General Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication (if needed), 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

Please return all the necessary, completed and signed forms (dated AFTER June 11, 2021) prior to August 31, 2021. These may be submitted by email (wiley.office@uticak12.org) or may be brought into the office.

Your cooperation will help ensure a safe and healthy year. Any questions can be directed to Ms. Emily Duzey @586-980-0743 or emily.duzey@uticak12.org., our School Nurse

SACC is Back at Wiley!

Utica Community Schools is pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for School Age Child Care beginnng August 31, 2021, Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM - to school start time and from school dismissal - 6:00 PM at Wiley Elementary. Please be sure to read the following pricing and scheduling updates before pre-registering for the 2021-2022 school year.

Families must pre-register online.

Registrations will not be done on site or over the phone.

  • Please note that completing the online form IS NOT a guarantee or confirmation of registration.
  • Once families complete the online form, a SACC representative will contact you to confirm your registration and process payment. Please have your credit card information available.
  • Once payment is complete, you will receive a separate email with required paperwork. Completed paperwork must be emailed back to Wileysacc@uticak12.org.
  • Registrations will be processed on a first come first served basis; availability is limited.


As we begin the new school year, the district is pleased to be able to offer families a low cost insurance plan for your child's ipad and/or laptop. Please click on the link below to read the 2021-2022 Device, Responsibility, Damage Fees and Optional Insurance document for assigned 1:1 devices.

Once again, families must complete the Technology Device Responsibility form included in the link below as well.


We are in need of lunch supervisors for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested, please call or email Mrs. Baumgartner at 586-797-6700/wiley.office@uticak12.org for more information.

Become a WILEY COYOTE! Please consider joining us and becoming a member of our fantastic crew. We need support in the cafeteria and on the playground.

What we offer:

  • Great students
  • Dedicated and caring staff
  • School environment that feels like "home"
  • Paid positions at $9.65
  • Work 1-5 days a week
  • 1 -1.5 hours a day

Looking for moms, dads, guardians, and grandparents to support lunch supervision.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Join the UCS TEAM

Utica Community Schools will be hosting a series of pop up job fairs throughout the district for a variety of open positions. The job fairs will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, August 19

Utica High School

47255 Shelby Road, Shelby Township, MI 48317

9:30-10:30 AM

Monday, August 23

Bemis Junior High

12500 19 Mile Road

Sterling Heights, MI 48313

1:00-2:00 PM

The job fairs will allow interested applicants to learn more about open positions, meet with supervisors and current employees as well as complete an application. For more information, please visit https://www.uticak12.org/ucsjobs.


Jimmy John's is hosting a UCS Back to School Night on Thursday, August 19th. All UCS families will receive $4 off per ticket for that evening's game. See the flyer below for the promotion code when purchasing tickets. We hope to see you there!
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As you and your family prepare for back to school, read below for ideas on how to help foster a smooth transition.

Summer is such a celebrated time that many kids anticipate the return to school with disappointment at the loss of their vacation time.

Parents can support their children by creating positive excitement around the beginning of a new school year by trying the following family fun activities:

  • Write a “New School Year” book with your child with wishes for the coming year.
  • Brainstorm with your child about the new concepts they’d like to learn.
  • Create a back-to-school countdown calendar for that "exciting" first day.
  • Build anticipation for the first day of school by planning a fun first day photo.
  • Help your child set goals for the school year ahead.

By infusing positive anticipation for the new school year, kids will look forward to their new learning adventures.

Credit: https://30seconds.com/mom/tip/14434/Anticipating-a-New-School-Year-6-Ways-to-Help-Kids-Build-Excitement

Below are two stories to share with your child as they prepare to begin the new year!

AMELIA BEDILIA FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL | Amelia Bedelia Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud
THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE THE BEST | Back to School Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud


Please remember to be courteous and patient as you enter and exit the parking lot to ensure the safety of our students and parents. Be sure to use the designated cross space to move between the parking lot and the sidewalk.

Also, it is necessary for parents to get out of cars and pick up their child; students are not permitted to cross the parking lot without an adult.

Especially of importance, the expectation is that when school buses are pulling out ALL CARS MUST WAIT until all buses have departed; please do not cut into the bus line.

Thank you for following the expectations; this will ensure safety for all!

Meeting with Teachers/Staff

At this time, parents will not be allowed in classrooms during school hours to drop off forgotten items or to meet with a teacher unless you have a scheduled appointment. The teachers will provide a list to the office staff.

Forgotten items will delivered to class or a message will be emailed to teachers so that students may pick up the item at an appropriated time.

Safety Procedures

We need your assistance to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff throughout the schoolday. 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 entering the building:

  • Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office
  • You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting
  • You will need to show your Photo ID into the security camera
  • Office staff will buzz you into the vestibule
  • All visitors must immediately sign in

Additionally, if you are entering the building please self-screen before entering, ensuring that you do not have COVID--19 or COVID symptoms. Also, please do not let any other visitors in the door as you enter (if they come up behind you).

The Wiley Staff are committed to student safety and security. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!

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Daily attendance is important for your child to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally.

If your child is going to be absent for the day, you must call the Attendance Line at (586) 797- 6799. This line is a 24-hour automated line so you may call at any time. If your child will be late, please report that on the attendance line as well. For early dismissals, parents should call the school office prior to 3:30 pm and send a note for your child's teacher. Parents must come into the vestibule to sign students in and out. Be prepared to show photo ID when picking up a student.

If your child does not attend regularly, the staff and I will be reaching out to find out how we can assist. If absences persist, it may constitute truancy and the matter will be addressed with the truancy officer.

Thank you for your help in this important matter! If we can be assistance, please let us know.

2021-2022 Yearlong Calendar Dates

The UCS teacher/student calendar continues to be mutually developed through the collective bargaining process. In the interest of planning the following dates are confirmed for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:

  • First Day of School for Students: August 31/early dismissal
  • Labor Day Break: September 3-6 (no school)
  • Half Day: October 29
  • Election Day: November 2, (no schoool for students)
  • Conference Day: November 11, early dismissal for elementary
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 24-26 (no school)
  • Half Day(s): December 20 and 21
  • Winter Break: December 22-December 31 (no school)
  • MLK Jr. Holiday: January 17 (no school)
  • MId-Winter Break: February 21-25 (no school)
  • Half Day: April 1
  • Spring Break: April 4-8 (no school)
  • Good Friday: April 15 (no school)
  • Memorial Weekend: May 27-30 (no school)
  • June 9: Early dismissal
  • June 10: Early dismissal; last day of school


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To be considered enrolled in the optional Technology Insurance Program, payments for the 2021-2022 school year must be received no later than Friday, September 10, 2021.