Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for August 31, 2021

School Starts Tomorrow!

Dear Beck Families:

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year! It's finally here! I just wanted to take a minute and remind you of a few details.

School times have changed. Start time is now 8:40 a.m. We will start letting students in beginning at 8:35. Our day ends at 3:30 now. Students should plan to be picked up (or met) on the front walkway in the yellow PICK UP ZONE. A parking lot map is shown below.

Tomorrow morning students should report to the door assigned to their teachers. The map of the school and the door assignment for each teacher is listed on there. They are color coded by grade level.

Please pay attention to the newly designed parking lot. The flow has changed! If you plan to drive your child, please park in the FRONT LOT only. The side lot to the north is for buses and staff only.

Last, please remember that due to health and safety precautions, parents will not be escorting their child into their classroom as we've done in the past. Good-byes will have to be said at the door. Prepare your child for this if you know they may have a hard time. Setting the expectation up front helps minimize disappointment!

Breakfast and lunch will begin on Wednesday, September 1. If your child would like to participate in breakfast they will enter through the outside cafeteria door (we always have it propped open and a sign is put outside to help students see where to go). We open the door for breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Students must be in class by 8:40 a.m.

The first day of school is always an exciting day! The Beck staff and I are looking forward to welcoming your child to Beck to begin the 2021-2022 school year! See you tomorrow morning!

Christine Wilson


Saying Goodbyes on Day 1 (and 2, and 3 . . .)

Due to health and safety precautions, parents will not be allowed to walk students INSIDE classrooms this year. Please prepare your child to say your good-byes outside. It might be helpful to practice this with them, and show them where you will meet them after school. The school map (below) shows where each student enters the building.

New School Times at Beck Centennial

Beck Start Time 8:40 a.m.

Dismissal Time 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast - Cafeteria doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

Classroom Locations and Entry/Exit Doors

We will be utilizing multiple layers of mitigation strategies in order to provide a safe and healthy environment here at Beck. In an effort to minimize student traffic in and out of the building, grade levels will each have their own entry/exit points. The map below shows the location of classrooms and the color-coordinated arrow shows where they will enter/exit the building.
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We Have a NEW PARKING LOT at Beck!

If you've driven by our school this summer you've seen the heavy equipment, saw the dust flying and the parking lot being transformed! It is fully complete and ready to go!

The procedure for our parking lot drop off and pick up have changed slightly (for those veteran parking lot folks - you'll see a different flow!). Cars will ENTER and EXIT the lot now through the south driveway. Only buses will use the north driveway and teachers' parking lot area. Students will load into cars in the yellow 'loading zone' that runs north from the crosswalk to the end of the parking area.

We ask everyone's patience and attention to the new signs as you navigate through the parking lot. It will be slow at first until everyone becomes familiar with the procedure, then it will speed up and become safe and efficient for students, parents and families.

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Beck Family Volunteers - Need Your Input! Take a Survey!

Our parent group, the Beck Family Volunteers, (BFV) are looking for input from our parent community. They have put together a survey and are asking all our parents to take a few moments and give them some feedback. They are a fully new crew this year and are looking to set their sights (and efforts) on where our community sees a need!

Also, if you are looking to participate in the BFV, the bottom of the survey has a spot for you to give them your contact information (otherwise the survey is annonymous). The survey site can be access here:

The link to BFV website is always on the top banner of these newsletters


All breakfasts and lunches are at no cost for 2021-2022 school year through a federal funding program!

It is important, however, that free and reduced meal applications are filled out for the 2021-2022 school year. School meals are free of charge to all UCS students for the 2021-2022 school year, however families that qualify for free or reduced meals still need to fill out the annual form in order to benefit from all this program provides (see flyer to the right). Forms can be accessed at or by using the paper copies sent home in student folders on first day of school.

You can find menus, allergen and nutrition on the link:

Optional Breakfast service begins at 8:15 a.m. each morning. Students will enter through the outside cafeteria door (along front parking lot).

Back to School Protocols and More!

As we prepare to return to in-person learning this fall, there are many questions to answer. Attached in the complete UCS guide for Back to School information. Be sure to read through the attachment for all the information you will want to know!

Click on the link below to access the full UCS guide. Included in the guide is information regarding schedules, safety protocols, transportation, School Aged Child Care (SACC), food services, and many more topics! All of the links contained in the document are live - so it's a fast and easy way to have the information at your finger tips!

Teacher Placement Notices Sent Thursday, Aug. 26

UCS sent out the class placement letters to those parents who have a secure email address in Unified Classroom to access PowerSchool. The letters went out yesterday, Thursday, August 26. If you did not recieve an email, please call our school office at 586-797-3900.


AUG 31 - School Begins. Half Day for Elementary Students

SEPT 1 & 2 - Full Days of School for Elementary Students

SEPT 3-6 - No School. Labor Day Holiday Weekend

SEPT 7 - Full Day Classes Resume following Holiday Weekend

Date TBD - Parent "Open House/Meet the Teacher" - Virtual, during week of Sept. 13-17

For the full year school calendar, click on the green bar below . . . "2021-2022 School Year Important Dates"

Device Insurance Now Available!

Student Device Responsibility & Optional Insurance - For all Assigned 1:1 UCS Students

Utica Community Schools is proud to deliver 1:1 technology to our students. Depending upon the grade level, your child has been issued either an iPad or a Dell laptop including charging cords and any applicable accessories. Your child is responsible for the device at all times.

Additionally, a separate Technology Device Use Agreement that includes an electronic sign-off must be provided to the district prior to device distribution. This agreement includes the procedures for Board Policy 6600 - Acceptable Use of the District Technology Resources, acknowledgement that the Student Device Agreement has been discussed with your child, and you have read Board Policy 5160 – Information & Communication Technology.

The Technology Device Use Agreement can be found by logging in to your Unified Classroom/PowerSchool parent account using a web-browser (see link below), selecting “Forms” from the Quick Links menu, and then selecting “Forms” again from the navigation bar. Please note that the PowerSchool app does not contain a link to district forms. Forms are only accessible through a web-browser.

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.


In order to be considered enrolled in the optional Technology Insurance Program, payments for 2021- 2022 school year must be received no later than Friday, September 10, 2021.

Parent Technology Insurance

Remember - Last day to purchase this option is Friday, September 10, 2021