Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for Friday, August 18, 2023

Young 5 and Kindergarten Sneak Peek!

For families with children about to start kindergarten or Young 5's - we will notify you about a chance to come in and see a 'sneak peek' in your child's classroom and meet their teacher. It was traditionally held on Monday before school started, but with a new schedule this year, our teachers are moving it to another day.

Parents of K and Y5 children - watch your email on Monday (8/21) with more details!

Important Note About PaySchools for the 2023-24 School year

PaySchools has improved its platform this year to provide a system that is consistently more reliable and user friendly. The end result for parents will be that the information they need will be personalized for their child.

As a result, families will be asked to recreate an account (even if you previously had a PaySchools account). Once created, you will be provided with those product choices that directly relate to your child.

Just follow these easy steps:

  • Create an account from your computer or tablet at:
  • Complete the account registration by selecting register, enter your profile details, setting up your password via the email link that will be sent to you, then logging in.
  • Add your children to your account using their student ID numbers. ID numbers are found on their report card available through PowerSchool.
  • If you like, enter credit card and/or banking information as forms of payments to use with your PaySchools account.

A complete guide (with screen shots) is available at this link.

Need help with your PaySchools Central account?
8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (M-F)

You Will Need PaySchools for UCS Device Insurance (See Below)

Utica Community Schools - Get the New APP today!

Utica Community Schools has a new mobile app!

Search for 'Utica Schools' in your phone's app store and download the free app to stay up-to-date on district and school news. The old mobile app 'Utica Community Schools' is no longer supported and should be deleted from your devices. Download at the App store here and Google Play here. Look for the logo like the picture above

Is Your Family's PowerSchool Account Up to Date?

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Big News for our Ms. Springer!

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Ms. Springer Gets Married!

This summer our art teacher, Ms. Springer, got married. This fall we will welcome her back - with her new name: "Mrs. Ramirez". Congratulations to the happy couple!

Get Ready! School is Just Around the Corner!

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See Links Below for Important Information You May Want To Know!

Device Insurance Plan for Accidental Damage – Annual OPTIONAL COVERAGE

Utica Community Schools is proud to deliver 1:1 technology to our students. Depending upon the grade level, your child has been issued either an iPad or a Dell laptop including charging cords and any applicable accessories. Your child is responsible for the device at all times.

In the event of damage to an iPad or laptop, district policies and practices require a charge be assessed to cover the repair or replacement cost of the device. The fees are based on use of a UCS-provided device and any damage to it, whether accidental or intentional, after it has been issued to the student.

An annual insurance plan has been designed to help families if there is an accident that causes damage to the school issued device. When participating in the district’s insurance plan for $17.50 per year, any accidental damage reported will be covered as described.

Insurance coverage will repair/replace the device for accidental damage with no cost incurred by the student for the first incident (claim). Subsequent damage repairs during the covered year will have a deductible assessed per instance. Insurance will cover a maximum of 3 damage occurrences during the covered year. The deductible fee schedule for each damage occurrence is outlined on the website.

Please note, if insurance is not purchased, actual repair costs (not to exceed the cost of the device) will apply.

In order to purchase the device insurance parents will need their child(ren) student ID number (which can be found on the report card) and create a NEW Payschools Central account. The directions for creating an account can be found at:


New School Hours At Beck - 2023 - 2024

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Dates to note on your calendar:

  • Aug. 21 - Students eligible for UCS Bus Transportation - Parents will receive email regarding bus stops/Times

  • Aug. 24 - Class Placements/Teacher Assignments emailed to Parents with PowerSchool Portal (after 3:00 p.m.)

First Day of School - Tuesday, August 29 - 1/2 Day - Students Dismissed at 11:29 a.m.

Full Day of School (8:25 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.):

  • Wednesday Aug. 30 & Thursday Aug 31

Labor Day - No School - Friday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4

Last Day to Register for Device Insurance - Fri., Sept. 8