The Crissman Connection

September 7, 2018

Our first week was a success!

It's been a very busy week for our students as they learned school routines and started to get back into “school mode”. It was so nice to hear all the fabulous stories from summer vacation! Lunch went well this week. Your child may come home and tell you that we are encouraging them to be silent during dismissal time. They can socialize and chat all throughout lunch, however, when it's time to line up we would like them all listening and quietly leaving the lunchroom. We will be working on this throughout the month of September.

The return to school brings lots of information and paperwork, too. Thank you for returning Emergency Cards, Free/Reduced Lunch applications, Health forms, and the many other pieces of information that are required yearly.

After a busy week, take some time this weekend to slow down a little and relax with your kids.

Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Papastamatis

A preview of next week...

Monday- Our first Monday of the school year...let's make it fabulous!

Wednesday- Open House for grades K-2 AND 6th @ 6:30pm

Thursday- Open House for grades 3rd-5th @ 6:30pm

Friday- Paws-itive Behavior Assembly

Crissman's Open House

K-2 and 6th Grade Open House is Wednesday, Sept. 12th @ 6:30pm

Grades 3, 4, and 5 Open House is Thursday, Sept. 13th @ 6:30pm

* Please Note that 6th grade moved from Thursday evening to Wednesday evening.


Attached is the information coming home for the Book Fair. Shop times are also attached.The 19th is a LAST CALL TO SHOP IN THE AM. It will be open also for WEDNESDAY'S OPEN HOUSE



Thanks!! There will also have wish list bins up in the library where you have the opportunity to donate a book to your child's classroom!

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Breakfast is Served!

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is a critical ingredient to the success of our students. To help our students succeed, the school breakfast program is available in all of our schools. Healthy choices include cereal, whole-grain breakfast bars, yogurt, fruit and milk in the elementary buildings. Those choices, along with fresh-made hot breakfast sandwiches and other favorites are featured in the secondary buildings. Fresh-made fruit smoothies are also available in the high schools. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria prior to the start of the school day. For menu information and serving times at your student’s school, please check the schools website or on the Utica Community Schools Mobile App.

Lunch Information

What Time Does My Child Eat Lunch?

Crissman will have two lunch shifts. The First Shift includes grades: K,1,6 and AIM classes. The Second Shift includes grades: 2, 3, 4,5. The schedule is below:

First Shift: 12:00-12:20

Grades: K, 1, 6, and AIM Classes

Recess for Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5

**Kindergarten and AIM classes will arrive in the lunchroom around 11:45 AM with teacher support until 12:00 PM to allow for additional time to eat and clean up.

Second Shift: 12:20-12:40

Grades: 2,3,4,5

Recess for Grades: K, 1, 6 & AIM

Lunchroom expectations per UCS Elementary Handbook:

• Eat quietly and use good table manners. This year we will be talking about using Restaurant Voices when in the lunchroom.

• Remain seated until dismissed by an adult supervisor

• Place all trash and recyclable items in proper containers

• Leave the table in a clean condition for other students

• Show respect for others

Glass containers and knives are not allowed. Students are not permitted to take food or beverages outside the lunchroom without approval.

School Meal Prices for 2018-2019

School meal prices for students will remain unchanged for the 2018-2019 school year.

Elementary, Lunch $ 2.75

Junior High, Lunch $ 2.90

High School, Lunch $ 2.95

All Grades, Breakfast $ 1.75

New Faces at Crissman!

Crissman Picture Day

Practice those smiles for September 19th! We make every effort to fit in as many classes before lunch recess as possible that day, especially the younger students. Our retake day will be November 7th.

Birthday Treats

As we continue to focus on keeping our students healthy and happy, we will continue with our goal of promoting healthier choices.

We are encouraging birthday treats to be nonedible items. As adults, we will certainly acknowledge children who are celebrating a birthday in the same way (i.e. a song, a crown, a sticker, a visit to the Principal). In addition, teachers can provide suggestions for items other than food/treats to pass out to classmates. Some popular suggestions have been: a book for the class, a board game for indoor recess, a ball or jump ropes for the playground, individual pencils, stickers, or erasers to name a few.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to this practice!


Label everything.... lunchbox, lunch money, gym shoes, jackets, hats, etc. If your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance line (586) 797-4399.

Exciting News about lunch...

The Food and Nutrition Services Department is excited to announce that all menus are now digitally accessible on all devices to allow for personalized viewing options. Users can select to view nutritional and allergen information, as well as customize print and language settings. Menus can also be viewed at, or on the UCS Mobile App.

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Upcoming Reminders

Wednesday, 9/12/2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM – Spirit Day

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Open House- Kdg. – 2nd and 6th grade

Thursday, 9/13/2018

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Open House- 3rd- 5th

Tuesday, 9/18/2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Girl Scouts Family Information Meeting—Gym

Wednesday, 9/19/2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Picture Day

Thursday, 9/20/2018

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM – 5K Run Club kick-off

Friday, 9/28/2018

1:00 PM – 6th Grade Instrument fitting

Crissman PTA

Our PTA works together for our students! Here's the link to their Facebook page:

About our school

The mission of Crissman Elementary School, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide a safe, positive and productive learning environment that fosters academic excellence and recognizes individual uniqueness. We will strive to prepare students for their future in an ever changing world.