The Crissman Connection

April 30, 2021

A note from Mrs. Papastamatis...

Hi Crissman Families,

I hope you had another great week!

We are looking forward to Staff Appreciation next week! We would love to hear from our students! Please look below to see how they can participate in the fun! The Theme for Staff Appreciation is Tropical Luau. I am encouraging students wear bright colors/floral next week to school!

Our 5th graders completed the first 2 assessments for our M-STEP. Great job to our 5th grade students! Two more assessments to go!

Enjoy the sunshine Crissman!

~Mrs. Papastamatis

Peek at the Week

Tropical Luau Week

Monday - Full-Day in-person

Tuesday- Full-Day in-person

Wednesday- Remote Day

Thursday- Full-Day in-person

Friday- Full-Day in-person


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Staff Appreciation Activites

Hi Parents, we are so excited to announce that next week is Staff Appreciation Week. To celebrate our Crissman All Star Team we would like to hear from our students! Students are encouraged to use their device to create a Flipgrid for our Teachers/Staff Members.

*Students will be logging in with their Microsoft accounts ( and UCS issued password).

A message from Mrs. Conley:

Please know that these will be sent to your teachers.

Some may also be put on social media such as FACEBOOK.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD ON FACEBOOK, PLEASE TYPE IN "DO NOT PUT ON FACEBOOK" in the description of the video before submitting.

Students can also find the link to create the Flipgrid in their Schoology MEDIA CENTER course.

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The Utica Community Schools Virtual Academy is now accepting applications for families seeking a virtual learning option featuring the district’s nationally recognized academic programs. “Our Virtual Academy offers the choice to combine the district’s educational excellence with a virtual environment,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said. “We are proud to now offer the academy as part of the Utica Community Schools portfolio of options that meet our students’ unique needs and interests.”

The virtual academy gives families virtual access to K-12 programs offered through the Utica Community Schools, including core elementary and specials and secondary elective and required courses. Students can participate in extra-curricular activities, including marching band and athletics, through their home schools.

Applications and more information (including an updated question and answer sheet) are available by clicking on the button below.

The application period ends May 2.

Summer 2021 Velocity Jr.

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MISD Fourth and Fifth Grade Daughters/Mothers Maturation Program

The Macomb Intermediate School District will be presenting another maturation program for fourth grade and fifth grade girls and their mothers/guardians, at which time they will answer growth and development questions. This virtual event will take place on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
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UCS Breakfast and Lunch Information

Attention all UCS families, meal distribution for the upcoming week will be as follows:

Seven-day and three-day meal distribution will be available on Wednesday, April 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Eisenhower, Stevenson and Henry Ford II high schools.

Gleaners Food Bank will have a family meal pickup at Stevenson High School on Wednesday, April 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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The Macomb County Health Department has recently issued a notable modification to the quarantine window for persons identified as close contact to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. This revised window is applied effective immediately for both staff and students:

  • Close contacts are required to quarantine at home for fourteen (14) days after the last contact with a positive person (previously 10 days).
  • Day zero (0) is the day of last contact and the quarantine period concludes at midnight on day fourteen (14).
  • Following the full fourteen days, individuals may resume in-person work or school provided no symptoms have emerged.

Bridge to Kindergarten

The Bridge to Kindergarten -Young Fives program opening in Utica Community Schools for 2021-22

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.

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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.

Help Desk for Families

The UCS Helpdesk will offer two ways for parents and students to contact them directly for technical support:

While the first resource for addressing issues is the school, parents and students can have technical support from our UCS tech team.

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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.