Rocket Review

Week of September 13, 2019

Week Two

We end this week on Friday the 13th and a full harvest moon. Our Morgan students participated in our first school-wide assembly of the new year to review our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiatives that revolve around our 8 Keys of Excellence. They viewed our PBIS video created last year with our student council that outline our behavior expectations for 6 areas of the school: hallway, bathroom, lunchroom, bus, assembly, playground. Our sixth and fifth grade students buddy up with kindergarten and first graders to attend our assemblies while our second, third, and fourth graders walk down on their own with staff supervision in the hallways.

Students also started their fall NWEA testing this week. Each classroom has a different testing schedule, so check with your child's teacher as to date/times for NWEA testing. Our fall testing will complete in mid-October. Your teacher will be able to share fall NWEA testing results during fall conferences. NWEA measure our students' understanding of reading and mathematics in all grades, along with science in grades 3-6.

Next Tuesday is our annual UCS Open House and Morgan Curriculum Night. We will start our evening in the gymnasium at 7 PM, with two classroom presentation sessions to follow. Each classroom presentation will last 20 minutes. Our Book Fair will also be open during Open House/Curriculum Night for parents to make purchases.

Have a great weekend with your kids! There is so much to do this time of year while the weather stays nice. Enjoy the apple orchards, the parks, trails and time spent together.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

Open House

Tuesday, September, 17 @ 7 PM

Reserve the evening of Tuesday, September 17, 2019, for our annual UCS Open House and Morgan Curriculum Night. We will begin promptly at 7 PM in the gymnasium, then move to two classroom presentation sessions that will last twenty minutes each.

Open House/Curriculum Night is intended for parents/adults as you receive updates and information from our UCS representatives, learn more about Morgan Elementary, and visit classrooms to learn about grade level curriculum and classroom information.

Medications at School

Please see the following information from the Elementary Handbook regarding students and any medication (prescription or over the counter)


Students should not take medication at school unless it is absolutely necessary. Parents/guardians must file an Authorization for Medication form with the school office in order for students to receive over-the-counter or prescription medication in school. The form can be obtained in the principal’s office and must be signed by the parent/guardian and the child’s doctor. All medicines must be in their original containers and will be kept in

the office.

Utica Community Schools will acquire or purchase and maintain at least two functioning epinephrine autoinjectors for and at each school building it operates.

Inform the School of Any Serious Health Concerns

For any health conditions that may require medications at home or at school, require dietary accommodations or limit activity, please have your physician complete a UCS Health Care Plan annually before the start of the school year. These forms are available on the UCS website at

Fall Book Fair

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is here! The Morgan Fall Book Fair will run the week of Open House, with opportunity to shop during the evening of Open House.

Click below for more information on our Morgan Book Fair.

The book fair cannot run without your help! Please consider volunteering at one of the available time spots. There is a link for volunteering under the Shopping Schedule.

Shopping Schedule

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Happy Birthday!

Birthdays at school are an exciting part of the day. Each morning, students with a birthday have their names announced over the PA. Students with summer birthdays have their 1/2 birthday celebrated during morning announcements.

Celebrating birthdays at school can be fun for some students and dangerous, even deadly for others due to severe food allergies. Mrs. Lasky has issued a creative challenge to the Morgan community. Parents wishing to purchase food items usually spend around $20-$30 for these treats. Instead of worrying about severe reactions to a treat sent in to the school, spend that money on a board game, a playground ball, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, bubbles or even special pencils to share with the class. Some parents even wrap the surprise classroom gift for the student to open with the class to celebrate their birthday. Check with your child's teacher for classroom needs and ideas for special classroom birthday gifts! Those gifts will last longer than the treat and students remember that your child brought in the game or ball instead of the treat.

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Looking for Lunch Monitors!

Morgan Elementary is looking for help in the lunchroom! Each year, we are allowed to hire 8 adults to help supervise students on the playground and in the lunchroom throughout our lunch hour. We would like to thank our parents who have already notified us that they will be returning to join our lunchtime this year and are looking for more support!

If you would be interested in helping in the lunchroom, please fill out a lunch monitor application with EduStaff. A link to the application can be found below. You will need to create an account, enter your information, complete some online training modules, and have a background check with finger prints. Then you can work as many lunch days as you would like and be paid for your help!

Several of our lunch monitors also complete additional training in EduStaff to serve as substitute paraprofessionals in our building. If you are interested in becoming a substitute paraprofessional, please use the EduStaff application process below.

If you have questions about becoming a lunch monitor or the online process, please contact Melissa Roth in our main office at 586-797-5800.

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Monday, September 16: First PTO Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year! 6:30 PM @ Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile and Van Dyke

Tuesday, September 17: UCS Open House and Morgan Curriculum Night starting at 7 PM in the gymnasium. Adults/parents only please.

Friday, September 20: Fall Festival, sponsored by our Morgan Volunteers PTO

Wednesday, September 25: School Picture Day

Friday, September 27: First Bagel Day--Order information below

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UCS News and Updates

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Now Hiring Bus Drivers

Starting at $16.50 per hour w/paid training

Call 586-797-7100

School Handbooks are Online

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Morgan Volunteers PTO Webpage

Click here to visit the Morgan Volunteers PTO web page and register for updates and volunteer information. Please update your family information each school year.

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Monday, September 16, 6:30 PM

Please join us at the Hamlin Pub located at the corner of 25 Mile Road & Van Dyke (in the Vince & Joe's plaza) for our first PTO Meeting of the school year!

All Morgan parents are welcome to attend!

Box Tops are Going Digital!

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Morgan Elementary

Mission: Morgan is dedicated to developing lifelong learners through the working relationship of students, staff, and community.

Vision: We are a community of compassionate, committed professionals and learners who become academically successful through collaboration, ownership, and perseverance.