Wiley Way

September 19, 2022


Welcome to Wiley ~ Home of the Wiley Coyotes

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (through 8/26/22)

School Hours: 9:20 AM -4:10 PM; early dismissal @ 12:24 PM

If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL or phone the office staff at officewiley@uticak12.org/

586-797-6700 ; someone will respond promptly.

24 hr. Attendance Line: (586) 797-6799

Office Staff:

  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Elaine Polhill, Clerk

Dates to Remember

September 12-23: NWEA Testing for Grades 4-6

September 15-October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month continues

September 19-30: NWEA Testing for Grades K-3

September 22: First day of Fall; SPIRIT DAY ~ Wear your comfiest sweatshirt.

September 28: Title 1 Annual Parent Meeting @ 6:30 PM

September 30: Bagel Forms Due (see below)

October 3: Rink Night (6:00-8:00 PM)

October 5: Wiley Volunteer Parent Meeting (will be virtual) @ 7:00 PM

October 6: School Pictures

October 12: Dinner Night Out Fundraiser (Chipotle ~ see flyer below)

Message from Mrs. Merivirta

Hello Wiley Families,

We are excited to be entering our first full week of school. Routines are in place, students are adjusting... seems like old times!

Students are continuing with their NWEA testing. Please be sure that your child is getting a good night's rest and eating a healthy breakfast so that they are ready for the day.

Please take time to read the information regarding the importance of daily attendance for both you and your child below. Being here, every day, on time, is critical to their education. We need your help with this matter.

As always, thank you for the opportunity to partner with you and your child, and for all that you do to ensure their success. We appreciate your support.


Mrs. Merivirta


Research confirms: Showing up for class matters. Students can’t benefit from investments in high quality instruction and more engaging, rigorous curriculum unless they are in their classroom. As early as the first month of school, chronic absence (missing 10 percent or more of school days) can be an early warning sign of academic trouble, whether a student is in kindergarten or high school. Children who miss too much school in kindergarten and first grade often struggle to read proficiently by the end of third grade. By sixth grade it becomes a key predictor that a student will drop out of high school.

Please make attendance a priority for your child; establish bedtime routines to ensure that your child is rested and ready for the new day. Try to schedule vacations when we have breaks. Also, if possible schedule dentist and doctor appointments after school. If not possible, please try to schedule first thing or near end of day so that there are minimal interruptions.

Students arriving tardy and leaving early create gaps in learning as well as having negative social and emotional consequences; they often miss out on social interactions that occur as students start and end the day.

If your child is chronically tardy, leaving early or absent, we will be reaching out to inform you. If the situation persists, you will receive truancy letters and further action may result.

Working together, we can ensure that your child can be successful in school and succeed academically as well as socially and emotionally!


September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

The Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and other amendments, define our government and guarantee our rights.

Students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth participated in cross-curricular activities to learn about the Constitution and its importance in our lives.

Check out the pictures and video clip below!

hiSTORY: We the Kids




Monday Moments Are Back!

We are excited to share MONDAY MOMENTS with staff, students, and community members.

MONDAY MOMENTS are an opportunity for teachers to share the message with students to prompt discussion, journal writing, think-pair-share or personal reflection time.

MONDAY MOMENTS assists stakeholders to build the tools in their toolbox of resiliency strategies.

Let’s continue to make a change one week at a time.

MONDAY MOMENTS include a quote, a thought, and a challenge.

The theme for September is GET HAPPY!

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From Previous Issues of the Wiley Way...

School Times

School starts at 9:20 AM daily. Students can be dropped off no sooner than 9:10 am. Parents with students arriving earlier should plan to use the services of SACC or be arriving for breakfast. Students arriving after 9:20 am will be marked “tardy.” On half days, students are dismissed at 12:24 PM. Regular school days are dismissed at 4:10 PM.

If you need to change your regular arrangements for your child (i.e. being picked up vs. going home on the bus), please be sure to notify your child's teacher and the office. If need be, you can call the office and we will get a message to your child. Please be sure you contact the office before 3:30 PM.


Remember ... it is very important that you report your child’s absences to the school. The attendance line answering machine is on 24 hours a day for your convenience.

The Attendance Line number is: (586) 797-6799

Please indicate when you call: Your child’s name, teacher’s name, & the reason for the absence.

Late Arrival

If your child comes in after the 9:20 AM bell, YOU MUST ACCOMPANY THEM to the office to sign them in. Please note, they will be marked absent without a parent signature.

Early Dismissal

If it becomes necessary for you to have your child leave the building during the school day, please conform to the following:

• Notify the office by phone or note beforehand of the reason for and time of dismissal.

• At the designated time, the parent/guardian or other person designated on the child’s emergency contact designee must come into the office to sign the child out of school.

• All adults must be prepared to show photo ID.

Birthday Celebrations

The teachers and staff at Wiley strongly support and encourage the recognition of a child’s birthday during the school day. It is an annual milestone in every child’s life that should be celebrated not just at home, but in school as well, where children spend one-third of their day with teachers, classmates, and peers. While there are many wonderful and creative ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in school, birthday celebrations at Wiley will not include food treats. Instead, the focus at Wiley will be recognizing the day in a variety of special ways that do not include food treats. Some possibilities include:

· Class sings “Happy Birthday”

· Happy Birthday Recess/Gift

· Morning “Happy Birthday” PA announcement

· Parent makes a donation of book to class library/read to class

· Student reads favorite book to class

· Parent/special someone reads story to class

Your child’s teacher will have more information on how birthdays will be celebrated in the classroom. As educators, caregivers and loved ones we all want the best for our students. Thank you for joining us in giving students healthy opportunities to celebrate important events and achievements.

Too Sick to Come to School? Please Follow These Health Department Guidelines

When is your child too sick to attend school? The following guidelines, along with the advice of your family doctor, will help you decide when your child should stay home:

• Cold and/or cough – a child with deep mucus that causes a cough and heavy nose drainage cannot function at school.

• Fever – fever is a warning that something is wrong. A child should remain at home for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of medication.

• Rash – a rash, spots or blotches on the skin can be the first sign of many illnesses. Rashes require a physician’s release stating they are not contagious.

• Stomachache/Upset – a child who is vomiting or has diarrhea should be kept at home and may return 24 hours after the symptoms are gone.

• Head Lice – a child with head lice must remain at home until treatment is complete and school officials confirm he or she is free of lice. Check your child’s head before school begins in the fall and routinely during the school year or if he or she complains of an itchy scalp. Look around your child’s ears and back of the neck for nits, which are tiny, 8 white, oval-shaped lice eggs that are attached to the hair near the scalp. Nits may look like dandruff or scalp flakes, but nits do not move and are difficult to dislodge. Notify the school office immediately if your child has head lice. Begin treatment immediately by contacting your doctor or purchasing over the counter medication from the drug store. To prevent spreading head lice, wash all infested garments, hair accessories, bedding and other surfaces with hot water and disinfectant. You must sign your child in at the office when he or she is returning to school after treatment for head lice.

Policy on Personal Items

Any cell phones must be turned off and out of view during school hours or while on the bus OR IT WILL BE CONFISCATED and an adult must come up to school to pick it up.

Students should NOT bring toys, game boys, Nintendo DS or any hand-held electronic games, CD players, MP3 or IPods, PDA’s, memorabilia, special cards or other collectible or expensive items to school.

Wiley Elementary School is not responsible for personal items that are lost or damaged.

Such items will be collected and kept in the office. A parent must come and retrieve any items they wish to have returned.


Students will have the opportunity to go outside with their classmates during designated times throughout the day. Recess helps to promote social and emotional learning and development for all children. Allowing time for our students to engage in peer interactions allows them to role play essential social skills. Recess also benefits our students by increasing their level of physical activity improving their memory, attention, and concentration. Each class will have a recess immediately following their lunch. We go outside whenever possible and stay inside if it is raining or the temperatures are below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Students will have an optional second recess each day with their classroom teacher. Please have children dress for the weather.


We welcome volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2022-2023 school year (field trips, classroom helpers, copy moms, book fair events, holiday shop, field day, and more!) each adult must fill out a volunteer background check. I have attached the form below and it will be included in your child's 1st day of school paperwork. The form takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process, if you would like to check one thing off your "to do" list a little early, please feel free to email it to officewiley@uticak12.org.



A warm and friendly school environment

Paid $9.65 per hour

Work 1-5 days a week

1-1.5 hours a day


Moms, Dads, Guardians and/or Grandparents to support lunch supervision!

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PowerSchool is the student system used by Utica Community School, all Macomb County Schools and districts across the nation. Recently, an update has been made to PowerSchool which will require parents/guardians to reset their password when logging in for the first time since August 2, 2022. For information, please see https://bit.ly/3BX2mJQ


There are several items that all parents will need to indicate they have reviewed on their PowerSchool accounts in the Forms section:

1) Student Address, Student Contacts and Health Information

2) Parent Student Handbook

3) Technology Device Use Agreement

4) Technology Device Insurance Opportunity (due September 8, 2022)


Wiley Families:

We are asking for your assistance to ensure that our security procedures during the school day are effective. 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 you would like to enter the school:

1. Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office

2. You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting

3. You will be asked to show your photo ID into the security camera above the outside door

4. Office staff will assist you.

In addition, we are asking you to not let any visitors in the door as you enter (and they come up behind you) or as you exit the building.

The teachers and staff are committed to student safety and security and we would like to thank you for your assistance in helping keep the students of Wiley safe.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Breakfast Cost- $1.75

Lunch Cost- $2.75

Breakfast will be served daily (in the gym) from 9:00 -9:15 AM

Since 2020 we were able to offer free meals to all students, however, this pandemic assistance is no longer available. In order to pay for your child's meals, you will need to set up an account and to set up an account you will need your child's ID number. This number is located on their report card or please email the office and they can get you that information.


  • Go to https://utica.familyportal.cloud
  • If you had an old Sendmoneytoschool.com account it will help you migrate over to the new site.
  • Please review this video for instructions how to set up your account. Https://utica.familyportal.cloud/tutorials
  • You will need your child’s 9-digit ID number to set it up (you can get this from the office)
  • You can access student meal accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to view account balances, deposit histories, or your child’s meal or snack selections free of charge
  • You can also make deposits to your child’s cafeteria account using Visa, MasterCard or Discover-a bank service fee of $1.50 will be charged to your credit card
  • Breakfasts & Lunches may still be purchased with cash or check; however amounts of $20 or more are recommended
  • Checks should be made to Utica Community Schools Food Service Department
  • Checks returned for Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) will be assessed a $25 fee

Stay Connected with our Wiley Volunteer Group

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Free Meals Have Ended

  • If you would still like to get free and reduced meals, you must fill out an application after July 1
  • If you are not approved for free or reduced meals, you will be required to pay for all meals for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Apply online at Utica Family Portal or https://utica.familyportal.cloud
    Enter “Utica Community Schools” and follow the prompts.
  • Most applications are processed within two (2) working days compared to 10 using paper!
  • Quicker than paper!



Utica Community Schools is pleased to provide an opportunity for School Age Child Care, beginning August 30, 2022 Monday - Friday, 6:45am-9:20 AM and 4:10 – 6:00 PM at Wiley Elementary. Please be sure to read the following pricing and scheduling updates before pre-registering for the 2022-2023 school year.

Families must pre-register online.

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

  • Registrations will be processed on a first come first served basis, availability is limited.
  • If the program is full at your location, you will receive an email indicating you have been placed on the waitlist. Families on the waitlist will be contacted as space become available.

For more information and to register, please visit https://ucscommunityeducation.org/school_age_child_care


Utica Community Schools are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for each of our students. A health plan is required to be completed 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 31st, 2021.

Health plans should be completed for any condition that may involve special dietary considerations, activity levels, medications, or treatment of urgent problems. Completion of health plans allows our staff to take the best possible care of your child.

A physician signature is required on all health plans. Any medications that are to be distributed by school staff or used by student at school must have an Authorization for Medication completed and signed by a physician, including any over-the-counter medications.

Health Care Plans and Authorization for Medication forms are available at https://www.uticak12.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=578321&pageId=5042259. Two transportation forms are required for every 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 Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, Michigan Department of Education Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations, 2 Authorization for Medications (one for an anti-histamine and one for Epinephrine), 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 a 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 Transportation 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 11th) prior to August 31st, 2021 to: officewiley@uticak12.org.

Your cooperation will help ensure a safe and healthy school year. Any questions can be directed to: Megan Holmes Utica Community School’s District Nurse megan.holmes@uticak12.org


We take food allergies and student safety very seriously. If your student has any food allergies please have your physician fill out the MDE Dietary Needs Form and return it to the food service office. MDE dietary Needs form.pdf

1- You must fill out a physician signed MDE Special Needs Accommodation form and send it to the Food Service office. Without this we cannot make any accommodations. Please make sure to be specific with regards to the allergy (Example: all dairy or just fluid milk intolerance, etc.)
2-Because allergies change you MUST fill out a new form EVERY YEAR.
3- You must indicate to your child's school which days and which menu item you would like at least 48 hours in advance. We will not automatically have these available if we do not hear from parents in advance.
4-A vegetarian and nut free options are available every day so please see regular menu.
5-Juice or water are not acceptable substitutes per USDA guidelines. At this time we have Kikkoman Soy milk as a substitute. You're welcome to send in your own milk with your child if they don't like it.
6-We will do the best we can to accommodate other requests but there may be some limitations. For questions please call our food service off at 586-797-1180

Elementary menus are available online under the Allergy Menu tab. For Secondary Allergy menu items please submit the same form and then contact Food Service at 586-797-1180 to meals


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