Rocket Review

Week of January 8, 2021

Notes from the Principal's Desk

In case you missed the emails earlier today.....kids are returning to hybrid in person learning starting Tuesday, January 19!!


Hybrid schedule means our students in grades K-6 will follow the AM/PM attendance rotation with the AM running from 8:20 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and the PM session running from 12:30 p.m. until 3:10 p.m. An updated email with AM/PM assignment reminders will be sent out next week. Please note that we do not have space to switch AM/PM preferences at this time. The AM/PM schedule was created to limit class sizes and support social distancing while in person.


There is a slight change in the hybrid schedule. The week of January 19, students will attend either AM/PM in person on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The following week, starting January 25, students will attend AM/PM in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. All students will meet remotely with their teacher in the AM on Wednesday, with PM students attending their AM special as usual, while the AM students work in small groups with the teacher. In the PM on Wednesdays, all students will meet after lunch for attendance/check in. AM students will attend their PM special as usual. Teachers will work with students in small groups, individually, or assign independent work for students to complete. Your child's teacher can provide a more detailed schedule for Wednesdays.


Our hybrid in person learning is scheduled to continue through February break, barring any unforeseen spike in Covid conditions. UCS will communicate next steps for in person learning as we approach the February break, determining if we will continue in hybrid learning, expand days, collapse days, etc. All will be based on current health/safety conditions in Macomb County with input from the Macomb County Health Department.


We are so excited our Morgan Rockets will be returning to in person learning!! This will be the first in person learning for our 5th and 6th grades this year and we are eager to see them in the building! Please know we will continue our diligence of cleaning, hand washing, sanitizing, and social distancing, to keep our students and staff safe as we return to school. We will not screen students as they arrive as parents are expected to perform a self screening at home prior to sending their child to school. If we suspect any illness while a student is in person, that student will be moved to our health care room (science room) and parents notified. Again, UCS/Morgan will continue to follow CDC and Macomb County Health Department guidelines for student/staff health and safety.


If you have further questions/concerns with in person return, please contact the main office at 586-797-5800.


Have a good week!

Mrs. Lasky

NWEA Testing in January

Jan. 4 - Jan. 22

Hello Students, Parents and Guardians,


Similar to this past fall, our students will be participating in MAP® Growth™ Reading and Math assessments from NWEA as part of the state benchmark requirements over the next few weeks. The MAP Growth tests are unique because they adapt to your child’s responses. Teachers will be sharing testing dates, times, and testing procedures with families.


If testing is done remotely please do not help your child, some of the questions given will be beyond their ability and the results will measure their specific skill level. As your child answers questions correctly, the questions become more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the questions become easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.


Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, teachers can identify students with comparable scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. MAP Growth results are used to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. These scores help teachers check and measure student performance by achievement and growth.


MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject and have the same starting performance level. Following each testing period, you will receive a Family Report showing a summary of how your child is performing academically. Students will take the tests in Fall, Winter, and Spring.


We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to your child’s teacher or feel free to contact me.

Sincerely

Mrs. Sue L. Lasky

Return to In Person--More Details

Student Schedule

Our kindergarten – sixth grade students will follow the ½ day AM and PM hybrid schedule (see attached hybrid document). Beginning week of January 25th through February 12th, we will be embedding a remote instructional day every Wednesday for all kindergarten – sixth grade students (see attached schedule). These days allow for more personalized instruction for our students. The schedule is critical to supporting our students and our school’s academic mission during this continued transition. We recognize that developmentally our students need consistency with learning routines, socialization, connecting with their teacher and classmates on a regular basis.


If you are a family that made the recent decision to begin the in-person option and have not already been notified of the AM or PM assignment, we will be sharing your child’s assignment with you shortly. The AM session is 8:20 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and PM session is 12:30 p.m. until 3:10 p.m.

Safety Protocols

As a school and district, the health and safety of our students and staff remains the top priority. We need to work together to make sure that we can meet our goal of a return on January 19 and continue moving forward with increased in-person learning. Parents need to follow these safety protocols each morning and, if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them at home. In the event that someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and attends school, we are required to quarantine those students and teachers from their classroom into a remote setting. Working together, we can keep our students in the classroom and avoid any interruptions.


As a school, we will continue following the protocols that are important to keeping everyone safe, including encouraging frequent hand washing, use of sanitizers, distancing and wearing of face coverings. These protocols are all detailed in the updated parent handbook that is now on the district website.

Arrival and Dismissal

AM arrival time begins at 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:15 a.m. We will be avoiding lines outside of doors to support social distancing measures. Students arriving by bus will be dismissed from their buses at 8:15 a.m. to walk to their outside classroom door.


PM arrival time begins at 12:25 p.m. Please do not drop off your child prior to 12:25 p.m. Students will enter the building at 12:30 p.m. to begin instruction.

Grades K-3 & grade 5 will enter through outside classroom doors. They are marked with teacher names. This is the same entrance procedure we had in the fall when students in grades K-4 were in person learning.

Grade 4 will enter through door 5 off the east play pad, facing the swings on the playground.

Grade 6 will enter through the main entrance (SACC doors) by the Main Office.


Inclement Weather Days--Arrival

Should weather become inclement and the play pads highly snow covered, we will direct students to a common entrance broken up by grade levels:

K-2 enter through Door 7

3-4 enter through Door 6 (door at back of SAM suite)

5-6 enter through Door 1 (Main Entrance)

Again, these common entry ways are for inclement weather days. School personnel will be available during arrival and dismissal times to guide students safely and monitor social distancing.


AM dismissal time will begin at 10:50 a.m. to stagger the release of students and help with social distancing. Students will be dismissed from the same door they entered during arrival. Staff will be on hand to monitor students as they walk to buses and meet with family for pick up.


PM dismissal time will begin at 3:05 p.m. to stagger the release of students and help with social distancing. Students will be dismissed from the same door they entered during arrival. Staff will be on hand to monitor students as they walk to buses and meet with family for pick up.


Students being picked up for AM or PM dismissal. Please arrange a meeting location away from the school building for your child to avoid a group or congregation of parents/students during dismissal. The south play pad (facing St. Kieran’s church) is quite large and allows parents to distance themselves while waiting to meet their student. The Morgan parking lot will be filled with the 11 different school buses during arrival and dismissal times, so it is recommended that you park your vehicle and walk your child to the sidewalk in the AM and park your vehicle and meet your child on the south play pad to walk back to your vehicle in the PM. Buses will have the right of way in the parking lot at all times and parents will be asked to moved their vehicles from the bus lane if they are dropping off/picking up.

Transportation

For families that are eligible for transportation services, times and routes are available at this link. We also encourage you to review this video with your children. It details the important safety procedures that students must follow in riding the bus.

Procedures for Safely Riding School Buses During COVID-19

Food Service

Elementary students in the AM and PM programs will be provided a grab and go breakfast and lunch at the end of their school day. Please refrigerate these meals once they come home. If you do not want your child to participate in this free meal program, please go to this link to disenroll. Unless otherwise noted in this opt-out form, food service will provide this service for your student.


Even if your opted out of food service back in the fall, please click on the link and opt out again for this new return to in person learning. If your child’s name is NOT on the opt out list, UCS/Morgan will be required to provide a breakfast/lunch to-go bag for them to take home.

Child Care

Our UCS Community Education Department will be providing School Age Child Care for families that may require a half-day service. More information is available at this link.

UCS Wellness Web Page

UCS has launched a Wellness Page, complete with a Virtual Calming Room. Everyone is experiencing stress and/or trauma through the pandemic. Check this page for resources to keep our mention/social/emotional health in balance along with our physical health.
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Online Tutoring Available

UCS students have free online tutoring available to them through a partnership with the public library. Students can login by clicking the Virtual Library Card App in their Classlink. This will connect your student to a professional tutor to receive help with difficult homework problems between the hours of 4pm – 11pm. Students login with their UCS student number (found on PowerSchool) and the last four digits of their primary phone number that is listed in PowerSchool. ‘UCS’ is in front of the student number. More information can be found on the UCS home page in Success Tool Kit.

Attention Amazon Prime Members!

Amazon Smile with Morgan PTO

If you do any shopping, please consider signing up for a free AmazonSmile account and select "Morgan Volunteers Inc" as your charity. A percentage of your purchases go towards supporting Morgan Elementary.


If you need help signing up, here are instructions: https://blog.aboutamazon.com/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile#:~:text=%20How%20to%20sign%20up%20for%20AmazonSmile%20,your%20choice%204%20Select%20your%20charity%20More%20

Kroger Rewards for Morgan PTO

Kroger Plus Card

Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for Morgan Elementary every time you shop and use your Plus Card!

All supporters must have a registered Kroger Plus card account online to be able to link their card to an organization.

Link your card at www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards

Morgan's Organization Number is TV320

Organization Name: Morgan Elementary-Morgan Volunteers

Calendar Items--Upcoming Dates

January 8: Report cards sent home through email


January 18: No Classes for students--MLK Holiday


January 19: Students return to in person learning in the AM/PM hybrid model!

6:30 PM PTO Meeting through Zoom


January 27: Remote learning day for all students.


NWEA testing January 4 - Jan. 22.

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We need you!

Morgan Volunteers is looking for Volunteers!


There are several committee positions that are in need of filling to keep our PTO running smoothly and benefit the students of Morgan Elementary:


  • Box Tops Coordinator
  • Restaurant Night Organizer


If you are interested in helping with any of these committees, please contact the Morgan PTO at morganPTO@hotmail.com


Questions about the roles and responsibilities? Email Morgan PTO.

How to stay informed!

Sign up for an account or find news at our homepage: https://morganpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home.


Also follow us on Facebook. Look for “Morgan Volunteers PTO.”


Contact us at MorganPTO@hotmail.com


Also use the Remind app (https://www.remind.com/) to get notices about news and events: @MorganVolu

2020-2021 PTO Meetings

Other meetings are scheduled at 6:30 pm for:

  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18

Meet the PTO Board Members!

You can reach your Morgan Volunteers PTO by sending an email to :

MorganPTO@hotmail.com


Mr. Haig Istamboulian

President


Mr. Kelly Young

Vice President


Ms. Michelle Feyers

Secretary


Ms. Amy Young

Treasurer


Ms. Becky Renaud

Financial Advisor

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.