What's Happening at the "D"

V5 #3 2018/2019

A note from the Principal...

Hello DeKeyser families,


Have you noticed your students telling you how they have made "connections"?

Have they asked you, "What makes you say that"?

When talking casually, do they make a point to tell you if they agree or disagree and then share their thinking?


Those are thinking moves that we use often at our school. As part of creating a Culture of Thinking and Language & Literacy, we bring student thinking to the forefront and teach our students to value thinking and be mindful of thinking.

When we mention "connections", we are asking students to connect learning and understanding to something that they already know or understand.

When we ask "What makes you say that?" students have the opportunity to share their thinking and back it with evidence, while listeners have the opportunity to consider the speaker's viewpoints and perspectives. This provides deeper discussions and understanding. Using the phrase "What makes you say that?" is preferred over asking "Why?" because "What makes you say that?" conveys a curiosity, interest, and value of someone's thinking rather than questioning or challenging someone's thinking.

Using sentence stems like "I agree" or "I disagree" and then sharing one's thinking helps to develop specific structures in oral language and helps with discussion skills.


Using the same language at home will demonstrate the teamwork we hope to have with our families. As a staff, we believe in the culture of learning we have established and believe in developing the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or your child's teacher! We love to share what we are doing!


With gratitude,

Mary Beth Merlo

Digital Information and Communication Technology - Smart Phones and Smart Watches

Utica Community Schools has a school board policy to address Digital Information and Communication Technology. Unless being used for teacher initiated educational purposes, Smart Phones and Smart Watches can be kept in student backpacks turned off. If you would like more information about School Board Policy 5160, please click here: http://www.uticak12.org/cms/One.aspx?From=kr&portalId=578321&pageId=1221983&objectId.161830=5632868&contextId.161830=2383370&lastCat=6619061

Safety Patrol Swearing In

Last week, Officer Kashat stopped by our 3 to Be Assembly to swear in our AAA Safety Patrol. Thank you Officer Kashat!

Annual Fun Run - October 12, 2018

Our annual Fun Run fundraiser is Friday, October 12th this year. This event is the main fundraiser for our PTCG. Every year, students look forward to this day and mention it as one of the most fun days of the year! Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information.
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Parking Lot Safety

Safety is number one!

I have heard some concerns from parents lately about parents not following the flow of traffic. If you would like to park on the left side of the parking lot, please follow proper traffic flow and drive through the parking lot. A diagram of traffic flow is attached.

As a reminder:

~The flow of traffic is one way.

~Driving to the parking lot behind the building is NOT allowed, no student drop off in the back of the building.

~Please be courteous to other drivers, kids are most likely within earshot and modeling patience will benefit their learning.


Thank you! :)

2018 Bond Proposal

The Utica Community Schools Board of Education voted unanimously (7-0) in mid-August to place a bond proposal on the November ballot to address safety and security, technology and infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s strategic, long-range facility improvement program. Voter approval of the bond proposal has been structured to keep the tax rate at or below the current level. An insert in our newsletter explains the Board's action and outlines the purpose of the bond proposal. This proposal will impact every UCS student and school. We will share more about the bond proposal when school opens. For more information, you can also contact me at (586)797-4400 or visit www.uticak12.org/2018bond.
UCS 2018 Bond Proposal

Please Click HERE for Information about the 2018 Bond Proposal

Stevenson High School Band - Elementary Tour

Students and Staff Enjoyed a performance from the Stevenson Band! They performed songs from Superbowl Half Time Shows. Check out the flyer below for the upcoming Bandarama!

Halloween at DeKeyser

Please see the attached flyer below about Halloween at DeKeyser!

School Breakfast and Lunch menus

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 https://uticak12.nutrislice.com, or on the UCS Mobile App.

Please see flyer below for more info.


School breakfast begins Tuesday, September 4th and school lunches begin Wednesday, September 5th.



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

2018-2019 Meal Prices

Elementary, Lunch $ 2.75

Junior High, Lunch $ 2.90

High School, Lunch $ 2.95

All Grades, Breakfast $ 1.75

!!!Congratulations to our VIP Parking Spot Winners!!!

At our Spring Fling this year, we raffled off a parking spot in the front of the lot, closest to the building. The winning family may park in the spot during the month designated at any time.


Here is a list of winners by month:

October: Lisa Dicker

November: Kayla Cardillo

December: Jen Gonzalez

January: Kellie Clark

February: Tara Schmid

March: Kayla Cardillo

April: Jen Gonzalez

May: Amanda Peebles

June: Kellie Clark


This parking spot will be monitored, please do not park in the spot unless you are the month's winner. Thank you!

2018/2019 School Calendar

Next year's calendar of district school days and vacation days has been released. Please click below to see a copy of the calendar.

Upcoming Events...

10/5 - 5th and 6th Camp

10/9 - PTCG Meeting 7pm

10/11- Grades 4-6 Progress Reports sent home with students

10/12 - Fun Run

10.23 - School Store

10/25 - 3rd Grade Music Concert

10/26 - Spooktacular

10/31 - 1/2 Day- dismissal 12:04

DeKeyser Attendance Line - (586)797-4499

If your child will be absent from school, please call our attendance line and leave a message.

About Us

Our DeKeyser Community creates a safe and engaging culture of learning where thinking is visible, valued, and actively promoted.