November 8, 2021
Welcome to Wiley ~ Home of the Wiley Coyotes
Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:10 PM (full days) and 9:20 AM -12:24 PM (half days) PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TIMES
If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL or phone the office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org/586-797-6700 ; someone will respond promptly.
- Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
- Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant
Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 12:24 PM
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, November 10: Evening Conferences
Thursday, November 11: Early Dismissal (12:24 PM); Afternoon and Evening Conferences, Veteran's Day ~ Wear red, white and blue, Chuck E. Chees Fundraiser 11 AM-9 PM (see flyer)
Wednesday, November 17: Picture Retake Day
Thursday, November 18: Report Cards will be sent home electronically, Rink Night
Monday, November 15- Monday, November 22: Scholastic Book Fair (during Media Center Time)
Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26: No School ~ Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 30: K-3 Literacy Night (6:30-7:30 PM)
MESSAGE FROM MRS. MERIVIRTA
We are excited that you will be joining us for conferences virtually via TEAMS on Wednesday, November 10 and Thursday, November 11. Teachers are excited to share with you the progress your child has made as well as discuss strategies for areas of improvement. Your attendance is of great importance; it shows your child that you value the work that they have been doing. It provides a conversation starter to discuss goal setting for the second marking period.
Additionally, this is a perfect opportunity to discuss a growth mindset, a belief that one's talents and abilities are not fixed, but rather can grow and develop over time with practice, and perseverance. It is the belief that although we are not good at something yet, it does not mean that you can not learn to be good at it or get better at it with time and practice. Below is a short video to share with your child about the power of yet.
As always, thank you for all that you do to support your child and our school community. Together we can ensure success for all students!
OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY AND TALENT
THE POWER OF YET
Remembering Our Heroes
Click on the link below to listen to a story about Veteran's Day with your child.
UTICA CARES: SUPPORT AND WELLNESS
Each Wiley Way Newsletter will include a Monday Moment that will include a quote, a thought, and a challenge to help promote well being for self and others. Please take time to read and take the challenge!
This month's focus is on getting creative and inspired. The challenge for the week is to STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR (COMFORT) ZONE. Will you take the challenge?
Wiley Green Team
Students and staff at Wiley are committed to making a difference by recycling and reducing waste. The Green Team consists of a group of dedicated 5th and 6th graders who are helping Wiley to become more eco-friendly; on a weekly basis the Green Team collects recycled paper and cardboard from classrooms and the cafeteria and gets it to the recycle waste bin for pickup. In addition, the team collects recyclable plastic bags which are donated to the Sterling Heights Senior Center. Helping Hands for the Homeless makes them into mats to help those less fortunate in neighboring areas. Plastic containers and bottles are also collected and taken to the Sterling Heights Recycling Center. Mrs. Heather Andrus leads the team. Way to go Wiley Coyotes!
Supporting Our Staff
NEWS FROM PAST ISSUES WORTH REVISITING
VIRTUAL ACADEMY CONFERENCES
REPORT CARDS DISTRIBUTED ELECTONICALLY
Parents musht have a secure PowerSchool account to receive the report card. Parents who do not have access to a PowerSchool account will need to register for one. The report card will then be automatically emailed to the email address that was used to register the PowerSchool account.
If you already have a PowerSchool account you do not need to do anything further at this time.
See the article below for directions/help setting up your account.
PowerSchool is the District's student information system used for attendance, grades, and delivery of report cards. Helpful instructional guides are listed below.
FORGOT YOUR POWERSCHOOL PASSWORD? TO RESET:
-navigate to https://classroom.powerschool.com
-click FORGOT PASSWORD under the password field.
-On the next screen, enter the email address associated with the Unified Classroom account and click SEND REQUEST.
-Please wait patiently for an email from- devmail.powerschool.com When the email is received, click the link inside ONCE to be taken to a page
to set your password.
-Enter a new password and re-type it to confirm, click submit.
-Powerschool password policy: minimum of 8 characters, cannot be one of your last six passwords, cannot contain sets of repeated characters
(ie: abcabcabc, 11112222)
PARENT - SET UP NEW ACCOUNT:
Unified Classroom account for a New Parent
Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Parent Access - NEW PARENT
Unified Classroom account for a parent who has an original Parent Portal Account
Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Parent Access - EXISTING PARENT
STUDENT - SET UP NEW ACCOUNT:
Unified Classroom account for a student
Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Student Access
Unified Classroom login URL: https://classroom.powerschool.com
Mobile App Parents and students will still be able to access student grades and attendance by using the mobile PowerSchool App.
If you are experiencing issues with the PowerSchool Mobile App, please see the appropriate Frequently Asked Questions document below:
For all users:
Click here for detailed instructions and FAQ
To login to PowerSchool:
Click here or paste link into browser: ps.ucs.misd.net/public/
STUDENT VIRTUAL LIBRARY CARD AND TUTORING
CONTACT TRACING IN COMBINATION WITH ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
With health and safety in mind, we are working to keep students in school when possible.
Currently, if your child is a contact of positive/probable case of COVID case at school and they were 3-6 ft from the contact, they may come to school as long as they are able to pass the self-screener daily (are symptom free) for 14 days.
If your child is a contact of a positive/probable case and were within 0-3 feet of the contact (at school) they will be quarantined for 10 days, returning on the 11th day, unless they meet one of the criteria below:
· If your student has no symptoms and is fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose of the vaccination regiment) and you can provide proof of the vaccination card to the school.
· If your student has no symptoms and has proof of prior positive PCR results within the last 90 days.
· If your student has no symptoms and tests negative daily for 7 days (using a rapid antigen test at a health facility or a home test kit). In order to take advantage of the daily test option, please complete and submit the following Parent Agreement for Daily Testing During Quarantine. Click on the form here.
You will be required to show proof of a negative test taken on the 5th day. In order to attend school on the 6th day, you must submit a photo/copy of the 5th day test to the school office prior to the start of the school day. Results may be submitted to the office or via email email@example.com. A list of free testing sites can be found by clicking this link.
In addition, you may choose to test after day 5; if negative (any you supply results) student may return on day 8.
Acsension Health Partership
Utica Community Schools and Ascension Health have created a partnership specifically for UCS families that provides free testing services at an Urgent Care Center, 44472 Hayes Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038 (south of Hall Road).
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. No appointment is necessary. Families will need to complete the form found at this link. The results will be shared with the families and sent directly to the school district. Students who are under 18 years of age will need to have a parent or guardian with them during the visit
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
UPDATE ON HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Our school continues to work to maintain an in-person learning for all students through the entire year. The health and safety protocols used by our school are available on the UCS website.
At this time, there has been no change in the protocols used in our school, including our strong recommendation that families consider the use of face coverings. As Mr. Monroe’s recent letter indicated, we may need to make adjustments in our mitigation strategies for specific programs, classrooms or the entire school. If those adjustments are necessary, you will hear that directly from me.
All of us have a level of control over the health and safety of our school community. It is important that our families self-screen students every morning as outlined on the health and safety protocols.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Before your child leaves in the morning, ask these two questions:
- In the last 24 hours has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline chronic illness: subjective fever (felt feverish) or measured a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills or rigors (severe chills with shivering), headache, sore throat , muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny noseor congestion and fatigue?
- In the last 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline of any chronic illness: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell and new loss of taste?
The answer should be NO to BOTH questions. If not, your child should remain home for their protection and the health and safety of classmates and the adults in your school. Please call the school office to communicate the absence.
If your child is going to be absent for the day, you must call the Attendance Line at (586) 797- 6799. This line is a 24-hour automated line so you may call at any time. If your child will be late, please report that on the attendance line as well. For early dismissals, parents should call the school office prior to 3:30 pm and send a note for your child's teacher. Parents must come into the vestibule to sign students in and out. Be prepared to show photo ID when picking up a student.
Many Wiley students are experiencing learning loss based on their leaving before the end of day. Not only is the child who is leaving suffering a loss, but also those students in their class; when the office staff class for student, the teacher has to stop instruction for the entire class to give the child their homework, end of day information, notes, etc. Naturally some early dismissals are unavoidable and supported for medical appointments. These should be infrequent and followed up with a doctor's note. Please, whenever possible, schedule these appointments after school hours. And if it is not medical related (such as attending a sibling's game or wanting to avoid the parking lot), please refrain from an early dismissal; 15-20 minutes several times a week adds up to hours of lost instructional time (just like tardies).
If your child does not attend regularly, the staff and I will be reaching out to find out how we can assist. If absences persist, it may constitute truancy and the matter will be addressed with the truancy officer.
Thank you for your help in this important matter! If we can be assistance, please let us know.
Join the school spirit ~ Order Spirit Wear!
MEALS AT SCHOOL
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SHORTAGES IN THE SUPPLY CHANGE, THE MENU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Students/families will be notified as soon as possible. Thank you for your understandinag.
You can check the monthly menu at https://uticak12.nutrislice.com/.
Become a WILEY COYOTE! Please consider joining us and becoming a member of our fantastic crew. We need support in the cafeteria and on the playground.
What we offer:
- Great students
- Dedicated and caring staff
- School environment that feels like "home"
- Paid positions at $9.65
- Work 1-5 days a week
- 1 -1.5 hours a day
Looking for moms, dads, guardians, and grandparents to support lunch supervision.
We look forward to welcoming you!
PARKING LOT SAFETY
Also, it is necessary for parents to get out of cars and pick up their child; students are not permitted to cross the parking lot without an adult.
Especially of importance, the expectation is that when school buses are pulling out ALL CARS MUST WAIT until all buses have departed; please do not cut into the bus line.
Thank you for following the expectations; this will ensure safety for all!
Meeting with Teachers/Staff
Forgotten items will delivered to class or a message will be emailed to teachers so that students may pick up the item at an appropriated time.
- Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office
- You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting
- You will need to show your Photo ID into the security camera
- Office staff will buzz you into the vestibule
- All visitors must immediately sign in
Additionally, if you are entering the building please self-screen before entering, ensuring that you do not have COVID--19 or COVID symptoms. Also, please do not let any other visitors in the door as you enter (if they come up behind you).
The Wiley Staff are committed to student safety and security. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!
2021-2022 Yearlong Calendar Dates
- Evening Conferences November 10
- Conference Day: November 11, early dismissal for elementary, afternoon and evening conferences
- Thanksgiving Break: November 24-26 (no school)
- Half Day(s): December 20 and 21
- Winter Break: December 22-December 31 (no school)
- MLK Jr. Holiday: January 17 (no school)
- MId-Winter Break: February 21-25 (no school)
- Half Day: April 1
- Spring Break: April 4-8 (no school)
- Good Friday: April 15 (no school)
- Memorial Weekend: May 27-30 (no school)
- June 9: Early dismissal
- June 10: Early dismissal; last day of school