Wiley Way

Week of May 10, 2021


School Hours: 9:10 AM - 4:00 PM (Remote/Face to Face); 8:20 AM - 3:10 PM (Virtual)

Attendance Line: (586) 797-6799 (May access 24/7)

If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL the office staff at officewiley@uticak12.org ; someone will respond promptly.

Reach the Office @ (586) 797-6700 or officewiley@uticak12.org

Office Staff:

  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Rita Savage, Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Office Clerk


May: M-STEP Testing continues throughout the month

May 12: Remote Wednesday

May 19: Remote Wednesday

May 26: In Person Learning

May 28: No School - Memorial Weekend

May 31: No School - Memorial Day

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Hello Wiley Families~

Spring is finally here! Days are longer, the temperatures are warming (for the most part!) and each day brings us closer to normalcy ~ all are welcome!

Our third through sixth graders are well underway with their M-STEP Assessments and giving it there all. M-STEP Assessments provide an opportunity for our students to demonstrate what they have learned and are able to do in Math and ELA. Additionally, our 5th graders take an assessment in Science and Social Studies.

Last week our 6th graders participated in a virtual Career Expo. The event provided our students with an opportunity to speak with business members of the community, learn about their careers, share their own aspirations, as well as ask questions. County Executive Mark Hackel was the keynote speaker and shared a message of hard work, dedication and following your passion. After, the students were provided with luncheon provided by the Wiley Coyote Volunteer Group. We are so proud of our Wiley Coyotes!

Many students have joined one or more of the exciting after school enrichment opportunities that are being offered. Students have the chance to enhance gardening skills (as well as beautify school grounds), learn new skills such as knitting and Diamond Dots Painting, explore their creative side with our after school Arts program and get academic support with our Study Buddies. It is exciting to see so many students participating.

As always, thank you for all you do to help support your child and the Wiley school community. We truly appreciate your support; we could not do it without you!


Mrs. Merivirta

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Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. (https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/)

Below you will find 3 stories to share with your child/family. The first, Lon Po Po, is a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood. The second, Ruby's Wish, is based on a true story of a little girl growing up in China. The third, The Funny Little Woman, is a Japanese fairy tale. Enjoy your time together!

Lon PoPo | English Fairy Tale and Bedtime Stories for Children
Ruby's Wish
The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel


Dear Parents,

In an effort to limit the number of people coming in and out of the office, as well as lunchroom concerns, we are requesting that for the remainder of the year you DO NOT DROP off lunches off throughout the day. Please be sure your child packs their lunch. If they forget it, please contact the office and we will provide them with a school lunch for the day. Remember, every child is entitled to a school lunch everyday, free of charge.

Thank you for your help!


Now that we are back to in-person learning 4 days a week, students will be provided breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. In order to insure that we have enough meals to meet the needs of all students, they will be asked to order meals daily; there is not longer an opt-out list. Please read below for more details.
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If You Missed the Kindergarten Open House...

If you missed the Open House, no need to worry! Below you will find a link to a PowerPoint of the evening's presentation. If you attended the event, you can rewatch the recording of the evening (for the next 30 days) by going to the district webpage (uticak12.org) and clicking on the banner for the Kindergarten Open House Event. You will then click on the blue tab to enter the event. You will be able to view the opening session presented by our Interim Superintendent Mr. Robert Monroe. You will then be able to scroll down and select the taped session of Wiley's Virtual Kindergarten Open House.

As always, if you have questions about the registration process or our Kindergarten program, please do not hesitate to call the office.

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Kindergarten Readiness

Get ready for Kindergarten! This academic enrichment program is a unique combination of learning and fun that gives students extra practice in core curriculum areas. Please note that Session I and Session II are different programs. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2021 or attending Kindergarten during the 2021-2022 School Year. Please see flyer below for more information. Registration is open now! https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/

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The Bridge to Kindergarten ~ Young Fives Program opening in Utica Community Schools for 2021-2022

Utica Community Schools is pleased to announce a new program for parents of kindergarten age students who may need additional time before beginning a traditional program.

The UCS Bridge to Kindergarten – Young Fives program provides young children a year of further development and maturity before entering a formal kindergarten program.

The program will be offered for the first time in the 2021-22 school year.

“The Bridge to Kindergarten -Young Fives program will give many of our youngest students the gift of time as they begin their transition to kindergarten,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said.

The full-day program has been designed and will be taught by highly qualified UCS teachers. The curriculum will integrate early childhood and beginning kindergarten standards that develop strong literacy, math and social and emotional skills in students.

Students will have group and individual work with hands-on activities that are designed around their unique needs. Students will also receive weekly art, media center, music and physical education programs.

The Bridge to Kindergarten – Young Fives will be housed at select elementary schools throughout Michigan’s second largest school district.

For more information, please visit http://www.uticak12.org/UCSbridgetokindergarten

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Summer Opportunities

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Employment Opportunities for the Fall of 2020

This fall there will be employment opportunities within the district including bus drivers, custodial, food services, child care, custodial, trades, mechanics, paraprofessionals and more!

If you are interested, please visit the district website at https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/.

Your future with UCS awaits you!

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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!

Help is Just a Click Away!

Did you know that you have access to countless books and support with just a click or two of your computer? Every student has access to a Virtual Library Card as well as online tutoring. Both of these resources are located on your child's Dashboard.

The Virtual Library Card gives students access to digital resources from the local library. The Virtual Library Card - Tutor.com provides online tutoring and homework help for students.

In addition, Grand Valley University is offering free Virtual Tutoring for all students in grades K-12. You can log onto this website for further information:



Don't forget that students will be walking around the school to line up at their outside classroom doors for class, and dismissal will be from classroom doors as well. Although temperatures are warming, it is still quite chilly in the morning and during morning recess. Please be sure that they are dressed appropriately.

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Safety Protocols

We have recently updated the self-screening process for families which reflects the recent changes in health protocols. Each day before you send your child to school, we are asking you to complete the screening process for your child. This is for the protection of your child, their friends at school and our dedicated UCS team. Please screen your child daily before leaving or sending them to school. If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. The revised protocols can be found at this link. (See below)

Please note, if your child is sent home due to exhibiting symptoms, they will be released from the ISM room (in the SAM Suite) as this is where our Health Room is located.

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Please note that all visitors to the building will enter through the secure entrance marked MAIN ENTRANCE. Parents will continue to be required to be buzzed in and show identification when entering the building. The sheet for signing in and out of the building will be in the vestibule area.

Kindergarten enters through the front double doors. All other grade levels enter and exit through their grade level doors around the back of the school. 1st and 2nd through Door 5, 3rd and 4th (and Mrs. Klida's 5th) through Door 6, 5th and 6th through Doors 7 and 8. If you have a Kindergarten student, please pick them up first and then walk to the back to get your other child(ren).

Students should not arrive prior to 9:00 AM as there is no adult supervision prior to this.

All students enter the building at 9:05 AM for the morning to begin the day. There will be adult supervision at each of the doors until 9:15 AM to let students in. IF you arrive later than that, please have your child come to the main office to enter (as we do not want students behind the building without supervision).

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

While attending school online, attendance is required. For Virtual Academy students, attendance will be taken at 8:20 AM and 12:10 PM. For students following the district plan (remote or face to face), attendance will be taken daily at 9:10 AM and at 1:30 PM.

Students that do not log on will be marked absent for the day; if they sign in within the first 20 minutes after attendance has been taken (9:30 AM for remote learners and 8:40 AM for VA students/1:40 PM for remote learners and 12:50 for VA learners) students will be marked tardy.

It is important for consistency and for fostering student responsibility that students remain online throughout the day. In addition, the morning meeting and end of day meeting (3:00 PM Virtual Academy and 3:50 PM remote learners) are very important as teachers will be focusing on meeting social and emotional needs of students.

If your child is going to be absent for the day, please call the 24 hour Attendance Line at (586) 797- 6799. In addition, you may choose to send an email to your child's teacher.

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.

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The Utica Teaching and Learning Staff is happy to announce a POSITIVE weekly message to encourage all members of our school community to spread a little kindness and optimism!

Each week you will receive a MONDAY MOMENTS which includes a quote, a thought, and a challenge.

This month's theme is GETTING UNIQUE ~ read the message below and discover the importance of getting to know yourself and finding happiness in your everyday life!

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