Summertime

A Time for Family, Fun and Learning (May 16 - May 20)

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P-EBT

The Department of Health and Human Services has provided notice to families qualifying for P-EBT benefits. Families that have not received notice but believe they qualify can complete a reconsideration form.

Students eligible for free and reduced meals or those attending a CEP building who were absent due to COVID, may qualify for P-EBT benefits.

Please refer to the attached notice regarding eligibility for the Pandemic EBT program. Families that believe they should be reconsidered for benefits can complete the reconsideration form located at www.michigan.gov/pebt. Parents/guardians are responsible for completing sections 1, 2 and 4. Completed forms can be sent to your school’s main office or the office of Food and Nutrition Services.

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School Updates

  • 5th Graders will continue M-STEP testing on Tuesday and Wednesday. This week students will complete science and social studies M-STEP. Please be sure students have their technology and earbuds. Also, be sure they are at school to complete all test.
  • Be sure students are dropped off and picked up on time
  • The next few weeks will be busy with testing, continuous learning and fun outdoor activities. Talk to your child about appropriate behavior.
  • No school on Friday May 27 and Monday, May 30
  • Half day of School June 9 and June 10
  • Last day of school is June 10

Summer Academic Learning


Summer academic programs for students in grades one through twelve begin on Monday, June 20, 2022 and end on Friday, July 29, 2022. All summer academic programs will be supported by grant funds and will be free of charge for all participants. Information will be available on the UCS website at: https://www.uticak12.org/SummerPrograms

Registration begins on Monday, May 2, 2022, through Community Education using the following link:

https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/


Summer Enrichment Classes


The 2022 UCS summer camps and enrichment programs opened for registration on Monday, April 25, 2022. Please click this link for more information and to register:

https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/


2022 School Age Child Care Summer Camp Registration Dates

The 2022 SACC summer camp theme is “Traveling through the Nifty 50” and will run from Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022. Please note that camp will not be held on July 4, 2022. register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/


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, 2022 or attending kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year. Please post the attached (4A) flyer on your school’s website, include in your May newsletter and distribute via email to all families. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; click here for more information and to register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/

We are in the last stretch of the Race for 2021-2022!!! Celebrate Your Child's Success

As the school year winds down, it’s a great time to help your child look back, look forward, give thanks and celebrate🎈🎈. Here’s how:

  1. Talk to your child’s teacher. Ask about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. How has he improved? Where does he need more work? Ask what you can do to help your child over the summer.
  2. Talk to your child about the school year. Ask what he thinks went well. Talk about what challenged him most. Help him figure out what changes he should make for the upcoming school year.
  3. Review your child’s successes. Look over schoolwork you’ve saved during the year. Point out how much your child has learned—how many new words, for example. Or how he can add and divide. Or how his writing has improved.
  4. Help your child set learning goals for the summer. How much time will he spend reading? What math concepts would he like to master? Guide him, based on the suggestions from his teacher.
  5. Encourage your child to thank people who have made the year work—the teacher, school nurse, librarian, food service worker, etc. This will help him appreciate how many people have helped him.
  6. Celebrate the year’s accomplishments with a special activity. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or cost anything. Just make plans to enjoy one-on-one time with your child.

Plan a Fun and Educational Field Trip for Your Family!

“I’m bored!” Do you dread hearing this phrase over the summer? Then start planning now! In addition to collecting supplies, such as books, recipes and games, schedule a few family field trips. Local educational destinations are often free and fun to visit!

Consider going to:

· Museums. Call or go online to check upcoming exhibits. Which would your child like to see most? Are there any virtual events you could attend? Add them to your summer calendar.

· An arboretum. Kids love walking through gardens, admiring flowers and learning about nature. Bring a camera or sketchbook so your child can record the plants and animals.

· The zoo. This trip is almost always a hit with children. Before leaving, you and your child can read about the animals you’ll see. Talk about their natural habitats and what they like to eat.

· A fire station. Call ahead to see if a summer open house is planned. If not, call and see if you could schedule a visit.

· An airport. Simply parking near the airport is interesting. Can your child spot the control tower? What about the planes taking off and landing?

· Parks. Find a guide to local parks and keep it handy. Consider visiting hiking trails, historic battlefields and more. Add a nature guide and maybe even some binoculars, and you’re ready for an adventure!

Transition to Middle School

Q: My son is usually very well behaved. But lately, he has been acting out at home and in class. He’s heading to middle school next year and I know he’s anxious about that. Could this be why he’s causing so much trouble? I’m at a loss about what to do.


A: When children are anxious, they tend to act out with the people they feel the closest to—usually parents and teachers. Transitions can be difficult and the move to middle school can seem scary—even if it’s still months away.

Your son may have a lot of concerns: Will he still see his friends? Will he be able to handle the schoolwork?

As you suspect, these fears may be causing his misbehavior. Letting him get them out in the open will be a first step in dealing with them.

Here’s how to help:

· Talk with your son. See if you can get him to express his fears out loud. A low-key approach usually works best. To open up a conversation, you might say, “I bet you’re wondering about who will be in your classes next year.”

· Address his concerns. Once your child begins to talk about his worries, work with his teacher to address them. Perhaps the teacher can lead a few class discussions about life in middle school. Or, if your son knows someone who is already at the school, suggest that he ask the person about what it’s really like.

· Remind your child that he still needs to follow the rules at home and at school.


Q: My sixth grader is getting moodier and more scattered by the day. I’m worried that the transition to seventh grade is going to be awful. What should I do?

A: First, relax. It’s normal for preteens to become moody and scattered—especially as they move to seventh grade.

This is partly because seventh grade isn’t just another year of middle school. It’s often a dividing line between childhood and adolescence. From a changing body to changing emotions, your child is keenly aware that things are different now.

To help your child weather these changes and thrive in seventh grade next fall:

· Maintain an even keel. Your child probably speaks like an adult one minute and fusses like a toddler the next. What’s going on? Puberty. The more you can keep steady—and not get angry or upset—in the face of volatile moods, the better.

· Hold your child accountable. While it’s developmentally normal for kids to test the boundaries, it doesn’t mean they have a free pass. Actions still have consequences. So if your child is disrespectful or chooses to break a rule, enforce the consequence—every time.

· Be flexible. Many things change in seventh grade, including children’s interests. Be reasonable if your child wants to ditch old activities for new ones.

If your child’s negative moods persist or if you see worrying behavior, consult a professional.

Volunteering helps kids make a difference in their community

One valuable way kids can continue to learn during the summer months is by volunteering. Volunteer work keeps children busy in constructive activities and reinforces the message that they should think of and assist others. And the best part of volunteering is that it also benefits your community!

To find a volunteer activity that is suitable, think about your student’s interests. Does your child:

· Love to read? Your child could read to a younger child or elderly neighbor. Some libraries may need help with their children’s summer reading programs.

· Want to help those in need? Your child could start a canned food drive in your neighborhood, or collect and donate personal items, such as socks, face masks, soap, toothbrushes, deodorant and hand sanitizer to a homeless shelter.

· Love animals? Call the local humane society and ask about volunteer opportunities. Could your child spread the word on social media?

· Care about the environment? Your child could organize a clean-up of a local park or other public space.

· Love to play sports? Your child could volunteer to help out a youth team coach with practices. Maybe a day-care provider would love to have someone teach kids how to play a sport.

Your middle schooler can find even more ideas for volunteering at www.dosomething.org.

Spend quality time with your middle schooler this summer

Summertime can be wonderful family time. You may see your child more during the day. But even if you don’t, you can take advantage of the less stressful evenings.

To spend quality family time together this summer:

· Establish a weekly family night. Cook a meal together, talk, play board games. Avoid screen time.

· Ask for your child’s opinion. Many middle schoolers enjoy current events. Because kids this age tend to be idealistic and would like to “save the world,” they also have strong opinions. Take time to hear your child’s thoughts and ideas.

· Hold regular family meetings to solve problems and share ideas about fun ways to spend time together.

· Ask your child to join you when you go on errands.

· Participate in family traditions. If you always camp out in the backyard or have an outdoor movie night, keep doing it. No traditions? Brainstorm with family members and start some.