Rocket Review

Week of November 8, 2019

The First Snow of the Season!

The first week of November was busy with teacher professional development, finalization of our first quarter report cards, and the first snow of the season!

Students were reminded during morning announcements that wood chips, leaves, sticks, rocks, and snow should remain on the ground or where they found it when on the playground. Throwing leaves and snow in the air is part of childhood fun; however, when in large groups, such as school playground time, the leaves and snow always seem to find another students' eyes, face, or body, even if there was no intention to have the thrown item hit another student.

Morgan is celebrating a Wellness Weekend over the Thanksgiving Break. The flyer for our Wellness Weekend is located further below in this newsletter. There will be no projects, assignments, test preparation, during the long weekend break. Morgan would like staff, students, and families to unplug and enjoy the weekend with family and friends.

The annual Morgan Penny Wars start next week and run throughout the week. Bring in the loose change from home and the family vehicle to participate in the friendly competition between U of M and MSU. There is more information in the flyer below.

If you are struggling with Power School Parent Portal, don't forget to come to Morgan on Wednesday, November 13, between the hours of 5-7 PM. One of our UCS technology experts will be in the Media Center Computer Lab to help parents with their Power School account. Power School is used for grade in the upper elementary grades, attendance for all grades.

As the season starts to fill up with activities, family gatherings, special visits, short trips, continued sports games, and the shopping season, please put aside some time for students to continue to read at home. This is a perfect time to slow down and enjoy a good book together read aloud. Take a look at the reading chart below to see the benefits of reading at home each night.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

Power School Help During Conference Night

Wednesday, November 13, 5-7 PM in the Morgan Media Center

Mrs. Felton, from the UCS technology department, will be at Morgan Elementary on Wednesday, November 13, from 5-7 PM in the Media Center to help trouble shoot any issues with Parent Portal and Power School accounts. This is a drop in session for parent support and no appointment is needed.

Wellness Weekend Over Thanksgivng

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Fall/Winter Illness

Per the UCS Elementary Student Handbook

Preventing Illness

The best way to prevent illness is to encourage healthy habits such as:

• Hand Washing – dirty hands are a primary cause of infection. Children should always wash their hands before eating and after using the bathroom or wiping their nose. Make sure your child thoroughly washes all surfaces of his or her hands vigorously with soap and water, rinses them well and dries them with a paper towel.

• Good Nutrition – eating nutritious food, especially at breakfast, helps children concentrate.

• Rest and Sleep – most children need at least eight hours of sleep each night.

• Exercise – physical fitness is important to good health. Children can get their exercise through outdoor play, organized sports or family activities.

• Good Hygiene – children are more comfortable and have a better attitude about themselves and their schoolwork when they are clean and neatly groomed. Check your child’s appearance before he or she walks out the door.

Recuperating at Home

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 release stating they are not contagious.

• Stomach Ache/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, 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.

Green Team Candy Wrapper Collection

Thank you to our 2 parents who have volunteers to re-organize the Green Team at Morgan! More information on Green Team activities and initiatives will be coming in the next few months.

The first Green Team activity is to collect empty candy wrappers for recycling. There is a box located in the lobby, by the white PTO chalk board, to put empty candy wrappers. The Green Team will collect and recycle.

Please send in your CLEAN empty wrappers in a ziploc bag or paper bag for donation.

Fall Coat Drive

The troop is looking for 40 more coats to reach their goal! Check those closets!

Morgan's 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop is hosting a fall coat drive to give back to the community. They are accepting new and gently used, clean coats for their drive. If you have some winter coats at home that are in good shape, but no longer fit, this a great way to donate to those in needs.

There are two bins at Morgan to collect donated coats. The troop will collect until November 12.

Morgan Annual Food Drive

Morgan Elementary participates in an annual food drive for local charity. Our food drive this year will begin November 4 and run through November 22. The class with the most items collected will receive a pizza party lunch from the Morgan Main Office.

The past few years, Morgan has collected more food items than Malow Junior High and other surrounding elementary schools who participate. Let's keep the trend going and donate non-perishable food items for local Helping Hands food pantry.

Eisenhower NHS Tutoring

The Eisenhower National Honor Society is hosting a weekly FREE tutoring session held on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 PM in the Eisenhower Media Center, beginning October 9.

Parents may register their students by submitting a request located on our website:

This will allow us to prepare adequate tutors for each subject matter. We ask that parents complete the form by Sunday night each week in order to allow us to organize the correct number of NHS students.

Their goal is to provide a safe and productive environment for both students needing help and our NHS members offering their service. Additionally, a staff member will be on site every week checking in registered students and monitoring the sessions.

Annual Mitten Tree Collection

Morgan Elementary participates in a hat, scarf, mitten tree collect each year for donation to local charity for the December holidays. Our mitten tree will be ready to accept mittens from December 3 through December 19. If you see a good deal on children's winter hats, mittens, and scarves, please consider donating a set to our mitten tree for those in need.

Why Read at Home

The best way to improve reading is to practice each day.

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8 Keys Weekly Ticket Winners

As part of Morgan's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support), each week students at Morgan are able to earn 8 Keys tickets for demonstrating 8 Keys quality in work, play, and lunch times. They submit their tickets to our weekly drawing and two names per grade level are selected on Wednesday or Thursday.

The following are the winner for the past two weeks:


  • Chase


  • Anastasia
  • Kaylee

First Grade:

  • Joseph
  • Kate

Second Grade:

  • Francesca
  • Brooke D

Third Grade:

  • Tobechukwu
  • Carlos

Fourth Grade:

  • Gabriella P
  • Cinthia C

Fifth Grade:

  • Emily B
  • Vanessa P

Sixth Grade:

  • Bailey W
  • Brandon S

Looking for Lunch Monitors!

Looking for help on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays!

Morgan Elementary is looking for help in the lunchroom! Each year, we are allowed to hire 8 adults to help supervise students on the playground and in the lunchroom throughout our lunch hour. We would like to thank our parents who have already notified us that they will be returning to join our lunchtime this year and are looking for more support!

If you would be interested in helping in the lunchroom, please fill out a lunch monitor application with EduStaff. A link to the application can be found below. You will need to create an account, enter your information, complete some online training modules, and have a background check with finger prints. Then you can work as many lunch days as you would like and be paid for your help!

Several of our lunch monitors also complete additional training in EduStaff to serve as substitute paraprofessionals in our building. If you are interested in becoming a substitute paraprofessional, please use the EduStaff application process below.

If you have questions about becoming a lunch monitor or the online process, please contact Melissa Roth in our main office at 586-797-5800.

The Nutcracker at Macomb

Two Morgan students are part of the Macomb Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker. For ticket information, dates and time, click on the button below. Congratulations Molly and Olivia for being chosen to perform in this ballet! A fun, family, holiday show.
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Mark Your Calendar

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

November 11-15: Penny Wars!! U of M vs. MSU

Tuesday, November 12: Skate Night 6-8 PM @ The New Rink

Wednesday, November 13: Evening conferences--sign up to come home in October

Thursday, November 14: 1/2 Day of school. Students dismissed at 11:29 AM. Afternoon & evening conferences--sign up to come home in October.

Monday, November 18: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM @ Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile & VanDyke

Tuesday, November 19: Elementary report cards sent home electronically

Friday, November 22: Bagel Day

Wednesday, November 27: No School--Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2: School resumes

December 9 - 12: Holiday Shop

Flyers for Holiday Shop will come home the week of December 2.

Schedule for shopping to come in the next few weeks.

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UCS News and Updates

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Now Hiring Bus Drivers

Starting at $16.50 per hour w/paid training

Call 586-797-7100

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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.

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Skate Night Calendar

The first Skate Night has past and if you missed the fun, you can catch one of the future dates:

Tuesday, November 12

Wednesday, January 8

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, April 23

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Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Please join us at the Hamlin Pub located at the corner of 25 Mile Road & Van Dyke (in the Vince & Joe's plaza)!

All Morgan parents are welcome to attend!

Future Dates for Meetings:

Monday, November 18

Tuesday, January 21

Monday, February 10

Tuesday, March 24

Monday, April 20

Tuesday, May 19

Box Tops are Going Digital!

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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.