Wiley Way

November 8, 2021

SCHOOL INFORMATION

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 officewiley@uticak12.org/586-797-6700 ; someone will respond promptly.



Office Staff:


  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant

REMINDER

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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)

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MESSAGE FROM MRS. MERIVIRTA

Hello Wiley Families,


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!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Merivirta

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY AND TALENT

Once again, students in grades 1-12 are invited to submit a video for the 2022 MLK Holiday Celebration of Macomb County, which will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022. Students will create a video presentation of one of Dr. King's quotes. Please click on the link below to learn more about the contest. Deadline for submission is Friday, December 17, 2021.
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THE POWER OF YET

Watch this brief video about the Power of Yet, presented by the Muppets. This is a great way to help your child understand the importance of persevering and that we actually can learn a lot from our mistakes. Enjoy!
Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet

Remembering Our Heroes

Thursday, November 11 is Veteran's Day. Please take time to remember all those who have served our country. Take the opportunity to say thank you for their service. Wear red, white and blue!

Click on the link below to listen to a story about Veteran's Day with your child.

Veterans Heroes In Our Neighborhood - Read Aloud Books for Veterans Day - Bedtime Stories for Kids

UTICA CARES: SUPPORT AND WELLNESS

The Utica Teaching and Learning Staff continues its mission to encourage all members of our school community to focus on self care and well being.


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?

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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!

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Supporting Our Staff

The Wiley Student Council, under the supervision of Mrs. Transki and Mrs. Provencher, have been busy making a positive difference. Most recently, the Student Council sponsored a Penny War on Thursday, October 28th during lunch. In support of the upcoming Michigan/Michigan State Game, students were asked to drop pennies in the jug of the team they were cheering on and to drop silver coins into the other, canceling out the pennies in the competitor's jug. When all the change was counted, the group had collected just over $600 in change! The Student Council is using the money to provide additional funds for each of our special subject teachers. Way to go Wiley Coyotes!
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NEWS FROM PAST ISSUES WORTH REVISITING

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Just a reminder, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on the evening of November 10th, as well as the afternoon and evening of November 11th. If you have not already done so, please sign up via the Conference Manager. Messages were sent last week with directions for scheduling your appointments. If you are having difficulty, please call the office at 586-797-6700 for assistance. Your child's teacher is anxious to meet with you to discuss your child's progress.

VIRTUAL ACADEMY CONFERENCES

Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences for VA elementary families are on November 10th from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and November 11th from 12:30 - 3:30 and 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Conferences are using the same software as Open House. If you do not have an account yet please use the following link Utica Community Schools Conference Manager (schoolsoft.com). Make sure to register your child(ren) to the elementary virtual academy to schedule conferences with his/her teachers

REPORT CARDS DISTRIBUTED ELECTONICALLY

Report cards will be distributed electronically via POWERSCHOOL on November 18th.


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 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/

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STUDENT VIRTUAL LIBRARY CARD AND TUTORING

Click on the link below to access information on your child's Virtual Library Card as well as Virtual Library Card-Tutor.com, located in their Class Link dashboard. The Virtual Library Card gives students access to digital resources from the local library. The Virtual Library Card - Tutor.com provides onlin tutoring and homework help for studetns.
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CONTACT TRACING IN COMBINATION WITH ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, information will be shared with the school commmunity. The communication will begin with direct contact to those who may have interacted with the individual and making staff aware. After those communications are complete, a school wide notice will be emailed to families. The district works closely with the MCHD which follows protocols for contacting individuals through contact tracing. It is important that we maintain the privacy rights for individuals in our community who may have tested positive for COVID-19. Our distict, nor our school, can provide information that would identify the person to the general public. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.


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 officewiley@uticak12.org. 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

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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.

MASK WEARING

Face coverings will not be required for students and staff in our schools and work environments. The wearing of face coverings will be based on the choice of each family and/or individual. The Macomb County Health Department recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face covering when indoors, especially in crowded settings. Masks must be worn on school buses.

SELF-SCREENING

Self-screening students before school is essential to the health and safety of the school community.


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.

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DAILY ATTENDANCE

Daily attendance is important for your child to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally.


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.

SPIRIT WEAR

Join the school spirit ~ Order Spirit Wear!

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MEALS AT SCHOOL

Once again, UCS is pleased to inform our families that ALL students enrolled at Wiley can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily!


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/.

LUNCH SUPERVISORS

We are in need of lunch supervisors for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested, please call or email Mrs. Baumgartner at 586-797-6700/wiley.office@uticak12.org for more information.


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

Please remember to be courteous and patient as you enter and exit the parking lot to ensure the safety of our students and parents. Be sure to use the designated cross space to move between the parking lot and the sidewalk.


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

At this time, parents will not be allowed in classrooms during school hours to drop off forgotten items or to meet with a teacher unless you have a scheduled appointment. The teachers will provide a list to the office 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.

Safety Procedures

We need your assistance to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff throughout the schoolday. As many of you know, our school has a security camera, intercom and buzzer at the front entrance for use during the school day. To help us assist you when entering the building:



  • 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

The UCS teacher/student calendar continues to be mutually developed through the collective bargaining process. In the interest of planning the following dates are confirmed for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:


  • 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

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, AT WILEY...

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