Rocket Review

Week of February 8, 2019

Another Snow Day!

We had another snow day this week to enjoy with your children at home. This made for another quiet day in the office for me to catch up on work and get some things done ahead of time!


We have BINGO Night TONIGHT at Morgan from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Tickets were available for advance purchase prior to tonight. There are a few tickets still available at a $7 per ticket cost at the door. Some of our Morgan teachers will be on hand tonight to call BINGO numbers. Hope to see you there!


Our 4th graders will have their NAEP testing session on Monday, February 11, which is a make up date from our previously scheduled testing date.


NWEA testing was completed this week, with just a handful of students needing to complete make up testing from the snow days and absences. Please check with your child's teacher to receive a report on your child's NWEA progress from fall to winter.


Next week will bring the excitement of Valentine's Day. Check with your child's teacher as to if/when Valentine activities may be occurring and if parent volunteers are required. Not all classrooms are participating in large activities, but may be recognizing the holiday in another way.


Have a great week!


Mrs. Lasky

Report Cards

You should have received your child's report card electronically on Wednesday. If you did not receive an email with a link to your child's report card, please contact Melissa in the Main Office at 797-5800 to review PowerSchool settings.


Only parents with an established PowerSchool account will receive a report card. It is very important to set up your PowerSchool Parent Portal to receive report cards each quarter throughout the school year. Once you set up the account, it will stay active throughout your child's years in UCS.


PowerSchool is also valuable to monitor student attendance (all grades) and student grades on assignments and tests (grades 3-6).

Summit Ski Club Monday Evenings at Pine Knob

Morgan students are welcome to attend and receive reduced lift ticket prices and ski rentals. You can contact Cheryl Boes (different person from Morgan's Mrs. Boes) for more information. Her email is: cheryl.boes@uticak12.org

NAEP Testing Rescheduled

Monday, February 11, 2019

The NAEP Testing scheduled for Morgan's 4th Graders has been rescheduled for Monday, February 11, 2019. Please note this date on your calendar to avoid having your child arrive late to school or needing to pick up your child early during this testing session. All NAEP testing will be completed this day.

Annual Morgan Parent Survey

As part of our yearly School Improvement process, Morgan Elementary is seeking input from our parent community. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions about Morgan Elementary. This information is anonymous and will be analyzed by our School Improvement Team for input into our yearly School Improvement goals.


Your time and input is greatly appreciated!

Valentine Grams

Our Morgan ATG group is selling Valentine Grams for the upcoming holiday. Each Valentine Gram is $1 and includes a message for the recipient and a box of Sour Patch Valentine hearts.


If you would like to purchase Valentine Grams, please send in payment and the message, or messages your would like written on the Valentine Gram in a sealed envelope labeled with:

Child's Name

Valentine Gram

Teacher's Name


The Valentine Grams will be delivered on Thursday, February 14th, next week: Valentine's Day!

Be a Heart Hero!

Dear Morgan Elementary:

The Physical Education Department will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart the week of February 11th. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Please do not send cash/check. We are only accepting ONLINE DONATIONS. Website:


heart.org/kidsheartchallenge


Thank you!

Jami Crum and Cindy Phelan

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8 Keys Ticket Winners!

This week's 8 Keys Ticket Winners are:


Kindergarten:


  • Max
  • Giada


AIM:


  • Evelyn
  • Dylan



Grade 1:


  • Grace
  • Alexis


Grade 2:


  • Roman
  • Abigair


Grade 3:


  • Paige
  • Jake


Grade 4:


  • Andre
  • Siena


Grade 5:


  • Jenna
  • Rayvn


Grade 6:



  • Lorenzo
  • Alex


Our drawing winners could choose to receive either a pencil with one of the 8 Keys on it, a rubber bracelet with an inspiring message, or a book mark. They were so excited to pick a prize and celebrate the 8 Keys of Excellence!

Recess--Inside or Outside?

20°F Recess is held outside


15-19°F Wind conditions will determine


14°F or Below: Inside Recess


“Weather Bug” for updates.


If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the

wind chill factor will be considered.


It is important that children dress appropriately: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat. All students are expected to participate in recess. Fresh air and physical play help develop fitness and increase children’s ability to focus during learning times. Generally, if a child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to go outside for a short break and to get some fresh air.

Notes from Nurse Becky--UCS District Nurse

When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

Protecting your child’s health and preventing the spread of illness to other students is one of our parental responsibilities. Please keep your child at home if you notice any of the following illnesses:


Contagious Diseases

Inform the school immediately if your child develops any of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Hepatitis, Mumps, Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever,

Impetigo, Scabies, Lice, Flu, Pink Eye, Rheumatic Fever, Ringworm, Hard Measles, or German Measles


Elevated Temperature (Fever)

Your child should be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Example: If your child has a fever above 100 at 3 PM on Tuesday, they should not return to school until Thursday.


Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

Your child should be symptom free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Example: If you child vomits at school at 10 AM on a Monday, they should not return to school until Wednesday, if the vomiting stopped.


Cold or Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Infection

Such as persistent cough, green nasal discharge, sore throat and

congestion.


Suspicious Skin Rashes or Suspicious Infections

We appreciate your support in this matter. If you should have any questions regarding your child and an illness, please do not hesitate to call the school.

Save the Date!--Kindergarten Round Up 2019

UCS Kindergarten Round Up 2019

Reserve the date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 7 PM in the Morgan gymnasium!

(PLEASE--Parents Only)


UCS will be holding Kindergarten Round Up at ALL elementary schools on this evening. Parents should attend Round Up at their designated home elementary school. Registration must be turned in to the home attendance elementary school.


There will be a general presentation for all parents in the gymnasium starting at 7 PM, which will highlight Morgan elementary. This will be followed by two rotating sessions, one to complete, turn in registration paperwork and another to see a more in depth presentation of daily Kindergarten life at Morgan (presented by Morgan Elementary Kindergarten teachers).


To successfully register your student for Kindergarten you will need the following:


  • completed UCS registration packet (which can be downloaded from www.uticak12.org)
  • Driver's license or state of MI ID card
  • Child's original birth certificate (copies not accepted). We will make a copy and return the original to you during this evening.
  • Proof of residency in the Morgan attendance area: current Tax statement (winter 2019), closing papers from home sale or lease agreement. Again, copies of the originals will be made during the evening and the original documents returned to parents.


Prior to starting Kindergarten in the Fall of 2019, UCS requires these additional documents:


  • current immunization records
  • vision/hearing test results




Please share the date with friends and neighbors who have future Morgan Rockets at home, but do not have students presently enrolled at Morgan.

Morgan Lunch Monitors

Morgan continues to look for additional support during the lunch hour. While our building is allocated a certain amount of paid EduStaff lunch monitors, we can take additional support in the form of volunteers. Students really enjoying seeing their parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle at school during the lunch time helping in the lunchroom or walking around the playground with the kids.


If you are interested in becoming a paid lunch monitor, please click on link below to start an application with EduStaff. EduStaff certified lunch monitors are paid an hourly rate each day they work. EduStaff employees can also complete additional, free, online training sessions and become substitute paraprofessionals for additional paid hours of work.


Morgan also takes volunteers with a current background check on file. If you filled out a Volunteer Sheet within the past few years, you should be able to volunteer for field trips, classroom help and lunch supervision. If you are unsure about your volunteer status, please contact the Main Office and Sharon or Melissa can check for you: 586-797-5800.


If you are interested in volunteering during the lunch hour, which runs from 11:30 AM until 12:15 PM each day, please contact Melissa in the main office and let her know what days you are available to volunteer. Grandparents/aunts/uncles/neighbors are all welcome once we have a background check on file.


If you have any questions, please call Morgan at 586-797-5800 or email Mrs. Lasky at sue.lasky@uticak12.org.

EduStaff Application

Click here to complete an application to become a lunch monitor.

Morgan School Spirit Days

The Morgan Student Council has announced our School Spirit Days!


Thursday, Feb. 14: Wear Red/White/Pink

Monday, March 4: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, March 29: Wear Dr. Seuss Gear

Monday, April 8: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, April 26: Wear Favorite Sport Team Shirt/Jersey

Monday, May 6: Class T-Shirt Day

Friday, May 31: Crazy Hair Day

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:


Friday, Feb. 8: Morgan Volunteers Winter Bingo night 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the gymnasium

Monday, Feb. 11: NAEP Testing for Morgan 4th graders (make up from January 29)

Thursday, Feb. 14: Valentine's Day! Check with child's teacher for any events/activities

Valentine Grams delivered

No School--February 16 through February 24

School Resumes on Monday, February 25

Wednesday, March 13: UCS Kindergarten Round Up starting at 7 PM. Parents should attend Round Up at their designated home elementary school.

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UCS News and Updates

UCS Bond Update

We would like to thank our community once again for its support of the 2018 bond issue. Over the next five years, bond issue projects will impact Morgan Elementary, our feeder schools and every school in the district.

To provide updates to the community, the district has created an informational page that reports the status of the projects. The site is located at http://www.uticak12.org/2018bond/updates.


If at any time you have a question regarding the projects and our school, feel free to contact me either through e-mail sue.lasky@uticak12.org or school office 797-5800.

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Daddy Daughter Dance!--Flyers were sent home on Friday!

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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.

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.