Rocket Review

Week of October 5, 2018

Welcome to October!

This is such a fun month! The school year is well underway and summer fun is giving way to fall activities: cider, donuts, apples, pumpkins, hay rides, colorful leaves, sweater weather, football games and so much more! There are so many things to do with our families that there isn't enough time in the weekend to enjoy it all. Please pick one favorite fall activity to share with your kids and tell them your memories of fun fall activities.

We have one more week of NWEA testing (pickles) then we are complete until January, when we do our mid-year check for progress. The mid-way point of the marking period is also approaching, so you should receive a progress report from your child's teacher at the end of next week. Don't forget to check Power School for grade updates (grades 3-6) throughout the year. Power School provides the most up-to-date information on your child's progress and work completion.

Tonight is our Fall Festival from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. We have a Plan B should rain move it to keep the festivities running! Tickets are required and should be purchased online at the Morgan Volunteers PTO web page. More information can be found further down in the Rocket Review.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

Fall Festival is TONIGHT!

Stop by for some family fun tonight! There will be BABY ANIMALS in the petting zoo, including a colt, baby alpaca and ducklings.

Enjoy pizza, chips and pop for dinner or a snack.

See you TONIGHT---rain or shine!

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Purchase Tickets Online Here!

You will need to sign in or create an account to purchase online.

Fire Truck Visit

As part of the annual Fire Prevention Week, Morgan has a Shelby Township fire truck come visit the school for students in grades K-2 to learn more about fire safety and prevention.

The annual Fire Prevention Open House for Shelby Township will be Saturday, October 13.

This is a family friendly event that provides an opportunity to tour the fire station, meet the firefighters, and participate in many fun, educational activities.

The annual Fire Department Open House is set to run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Come and join the Shelby Township Fire Department in celebrating National Fire Prevention Week.

Station tours, fire gear demonstrations and snacks will all be included. Meet your Shelby Township firefighters and become educated about fire safety. The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week is, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere."

Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We are going to start at Mae Stecker Park at 7 AM to walk to Morgan Elementary from there. If you would like to join the group, please arrive at Mae Stecker by 7 AM so we can start our 50 minute walk to Morgan by 7:15 AM, arriving around 8 AM. We will have hand help STOP signs to help with crossing at VanDyke and Shelby Township Police have been notified of our event.

Celebrate National Walk-to-School Day with your friends at Morgan!

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Friday, October 5: PTO Fall Festival

Wednesday, October 10: Walk to School Day!

Thursday, October 11: Progress Reports sent home

Friday, October 19: Morgan Elementary Color Run 12:45 PM

Monday, October 22: PTO meeting 6:30 PM @ Hamlin Pub

Tuesday, October 26: Firehouse Sub Restaurant Night 4-9 PM at the Rochester Hills location

Wednesday, October 31: 1/2 Day of School--Students dismissed at 11:29 AM.

Morgan Annual Halloween Parade 10:45 AM--details to come

McDonald's Restaurant Day from 11 AM - 2 PM at the 26 Mile Road location

Tuesday, November 6: No School for all students.

Wednesday, November 14: Conference Evening--Teachers will be sending home letters in October to set up conference times.

Thursday, November 15: 1/2 Day of School--Students dismissed at 11:29 AM. Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon and evening. Teachers will be sending home letters in October to set up conference times.

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UCS News and Updates

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Utica Community Schools Bond Proposal

Safety, technology and infrastructure improvements highlight Nov. 6 Bond Proposal

The Utica Community Schools Board of Education has unanimously (7-0) approved placing a $155 million bond proposal on the November 6 ballot to address safety and security, technology and infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s strategic, long-range facility improvement program.

“The bond proposal will allow us to continue providing an environment that supports the academic excellence for students that our community expects and deserves,” Board of Education president Gene Klida said. “The bond projects address safety and security and infrastructure priorities that directly impact our classrooms. The projects also provide our teachers the tools they need to drive learning and develop the job skills that businesses need to build our economy.”

Voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to keep the tax rate at or below the current level.

The bond proposal will affect each UCS student and every UCS school and school facility.

The ballot proposal states that that the bond proposal will provide for:

1. making safety and security improvements, including cameras and door-locking systems;

2. equipping, furnishing, re-equipping and refurnishing school district buildings, facilities, and structures, and acquiring school buses and technology equipment;

3. constructing additions to and/or remodeling school district buildings; and

4. improving and developing sites, including playgrounds, athletic fields, facilities, and structures in the school district.

“Safe and secure schools are a top priority for our community and our district,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “The improvements in this bond proposal are a key piece to our collaborative efforts with local law enforcement to continue to keep our schools safe places for students and staff.”

Technology improvements provide students and teachers the resources to support learning, including key areas of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the integration of skills that ensure success in college and career.

The infrastructure projects also support the district’s long-range improvement programs in key areas of roofing, paving and the replacement of buses.

Board of Education Treasurer Dr. Robert Ross emphasized that voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to not increase the current tax rate.

“Through solid fiscal planning, this bond issue has been designed to ensure we can address our facility priorities at or below our current millage level,” Dr. Ross said.

Dr. Ross added that the improvements will allow the district to extend the life of current school buildings and protect the investment the community has made in its facilities.

“Area realtors are clear that the strength of Utica Community Schools protects property values and draws new families and businesses to the communities we serve,” he said.

Dr. Ross noted that by law the bond revenue will be used only for capital improvements and may be not used for operating expenses, such as salaries or utilities.

“It is important that our taxpayers know that all revenue must be used for the purposes that are specified in the bond proposal and the expenditures are independently audited,” he said.

More information and an overview of projects are available on the district’s website at

UCS Bond Proposal

This link will provide you with additional information and frequently asked questions relating to the 2018 Bond Proposal.

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Check here each week for information about our PTO, including upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers.
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Firehouse Subs Restaurant Night

Friday, October 26th

4 - 9 p.m.

1480 N. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills

Come support a Morgan family-owned business and Morgan PTO at the same time!

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McDonald's Restaurant Day--October 31

Wednesday, October 31st, 11a.m. - 2 p.m.

McDonald's 26 Mile Rd., Shelby Twp. (west side of Van Dyke)

Join us at McDonald's on our 1/2 day of school, and they will donate 15% back to Morgan Volunteers. Flyer is NOT required.

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Monday, October 22 starting at 6:30 PM

The second PTO meeting of the 2018-2019 school year will be Monday, October 22, starting at 6:30 PM at the Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile Road/VanDyke. Hope to see many of you there!
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.