Rocket Review

Week of November 1, 2019

November Has Arrived!

The weather was not cooperating for Halloween yesterday, but we made the best of a cold and wet situation. Thank you to all of the parents to volunteered or visited yesterday and for your help when St. Kieran's needed additional parking during our festivities. Our students had fun throughout the morning even with the weather being so yucky.

November 1 brings the end to the first marking period of the 2019-2020 school year. Monday, November 4, is the start to the 2nd quarter of the school year. Report cards will be sent home electronically on November 19. Please make sure you have a Power School account established at home to receive your child's report card each quarter.

Teachers will be meeting with parents for fall conferences to review first quarter achievement, classroom performance, and behavior. If you have not already scheduled a conference for November 13 or 14 with your child's teacher, please contact the teacher to see what times are still available to meet.

The weather is turning colder over the next couple of weeks. Morgan students will continue to go outdoors for recess throughout the fall and winter months. Morgan reviews playground conditions, weather conditions, and temperature each day to determine if students can go outdoors for recess to need to remain inside. The exercise and fresh air are beneficial for students' physical and educational growth. A doctor's note is required for students to remain inside for more than two days during recess time. Students should be dressed for the weather as we head into the colder days and upcoming winter months.

As the colder and rainy weather is driving us to be inside more frequently, find some time to enjoy a family game together or watch a favorite movie on a cold day. Our schedules will become even busier as the winter holidays approach, so stop, relax, and spend some time with your children. The memories you make with your kids will last a lifetime!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

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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.

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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

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.

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:


  • Amanda
  • Joshua


  • Sydney
  • Gavin

First Grade:

  • Ethan
  • Sophia

Second Grade:

  • Ben
  • Mila

Third Grade:

  • Tobechukwu
  • Jennifer

Fourth Grade:

  • Sophie
  • Elijah

Fifth Grade:

  • Keara
  • Jack

Sixth Grade:

  • Jazzy
  • Jenna

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.

Mark Your Calendar

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Friday, November 1: End of the 1st Marking Period.

Monday, November 4: PBIS school assembly

Tuesday, November 5: No School--Teacher Professional Development Day

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 & VanDyke

Tuesday, November 19: Elementary report cards sent home electronically

Wednesday, November 27: No School--Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2: School resumes

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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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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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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

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.