Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for Friday, August 19, 2022

Happy Summer!

The Count Down to School Continues!

The Beck staff and I are in the building and getting ready to start the 2022-2023 school year! Staff members are beginning to set up classrooms and get ready for their new students.

Students - As you prepare to come back to school, you'll want to:

  1. Keep Reading! Summer is a good time to keep your skills sharp! You don't want to suffer from "Summer Slide!"
  2. Practice Math Facts - especially students in grades 3-6. You'll need to know your multiplication facts (as well as addition and subtraction) by heart. If you don't - start practicing them now!
  3. New Teacher? - Your parents will get the email on Thursday, August 25 with the name of your new teacher in it!

Parents - some things for you to think about:

  1. PowerSchool - changed, you'll need to reset your password and delete and download the app on your phone. For exact directions on how to do this, click on the red button below!
  2. Lunch Account - Breakfast and Lunch will no longer be at "no charge". You may want to load money into your child's lunch account (for regular use or those "I didn't go grocery shopping yet" mornings!) Instructions for how to load money onto their account is below.
  3. Apply for Free/Reduced meals - if you are eligible for meal support, you'll need to apply for this year. That application is located below.
  4. School Supplies - the link to their grade level requested supplies is below.
  5. Device Insurance - The district offered technology insurance is $15 per device and covers the cost of most repairs. Parents will need to accept/decline this offer. Link to purchase the coverage is below.
  6. Background Check Form - If you are interested in volunteering in school, attending a field trip or working at an event this year, you'll need to submit a "UCS Background" form. A copy of it is below. We will also include a paper copy in our 'back to school' packet that comes home on the first day.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet - Thursday, August 25!

On Thursday, August 25, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., our new kindergarten students will have a chance to stop by and meet their new teacher, as well as take a peek at their classroom. So that everyone doesn't arrive at the same time, let's try and pace it out a bit. If your:

Last names start with A-M 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Last names start with N-Z 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

For those students attending Young 5's, we will be holding a separate Meet and Greet for them. Stay tuned for that date and time!

Lunch Account - Meal Magic

The Meal Magic Family Portal provides a convenient, one-stop place to check your child's meal purchases, make deposits, order food, and apply for benefits.

Click on the picture (right) to watch a quick video on how to set up your account!

Free and Reduced Lunch

The USDA sponsored pandemic-related free school meal program has ended. During the 2022-2023 school year all families will be responsible for the full price of school meals unless they have applied and been approved for free or reduced priced meals. To apply for these accommodations, visit Please note that last year’s application will expire on October 13, 2022. Additionally, families may deposit funds on their student’s lunch accounts at the same website.

Mark Your Calendar for the First Days of School!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 8:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Half Day

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 8:40 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 1, 2022 8:40 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



School resumes Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 with a full day.

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Teacher Placement Notices Will Be Sent Thursday, August 25, 2022

UCS sends out the class placement letters to those parents who have a secure email address in Unified Classroom to access PowerSchool. The letters will go out Thursday, August 25, 2022. If you do not receive an email, please call our school office at 586-797-3900 beginning Friday, August 26.

Technology Device Insurance Available for 2022-2023

Device Insurance Plan for Accidental Damage – Annual OPTIONAL COVERAGE

An annual insurance plan has been designed to help families if there is an accident that causes damage to the school issued device. When participating in the district’s insurance plan for $15 per year, any accidental damage reported will be covered as described below.

Insurance coverage will repair/replace the device for accidental damage with no cost incurred by the student for the first incident (claim). Subsequent damage repairs during the covered year will have a deductible assessed per instance. Insurance will cover a maximum of 3 damage occurrences during the covered year. The deductible fee schedule for each damage occurrence is outlined below. Please note, if insurance is not purchased, actual repair costs (not to exceed the cost of the device) will apply.

How to Purchase Device Insurance -- ONLINE:

The initial fee to purchase device insurance ($15 per device) can be paid online using your checking account, debit card or credit card through PaySchools. The link to PaySchools is unique to each individual school within the district. The link can be found on the homepage of the school your student attends, under “Parents” - “My *school name*” I have included the link for you below.

by Cash or Check: You can send cash or check to school with your child. Make sure to seal it in an envelope with your child's full name, teacher's name, and mark it "Device Insurance". Teachers will forward these envelopes to our school office. Please remember, the Sept. 8 deadline. The office cannot accept insurance payments after Sept. 8.


In order to be considered enrolled in the optional Technology Insurance Program, payments for 2022- 2023 school year must be received no later than Thursday, September 2, 2022.

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Where Did Beck Vikings Go This Summer?

Send me some of your summer pics, too!


  • UCS Back to School Night at Jimmy John's Field - August 18, 2022 6:00 p.m., game starts at 7:05 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Meet and Greet - Aug. 25 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • August 30th, 2022 - First Day of School - Half Day (8:40 - 11:45 a.m.)
  • August 31, September 1 - Full Days of School
  • No School Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5, for Labor Day Weekend
  • September 6 - School resumes
  • September 14 - No School, Teacher Professional Development Day