The Messmore Messenger
November 1, 2023
A Note From the Principal
Update from Mr. Monroe, Superintendent:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Utica Community Schools is committed, in partnership with the community, to empower students to positively transform their future and the world. We strive to prepare students for success beyond UCS, focusing on their education and safety today, and ensuring our schools are meeting student needs both now and in the future.
This commitment requires us to constantly review the use of our physical resources, to make certain our buildings are functioning safely and effectively and meeting the needs of the students and families in our community.
As we shared during last year’s Safety and Success Bond election, we are taking a long term approach to our facility needs. This study is based on:
- Age of the Facility
- Enrollment Patterns and Trends
This study includes a comprehensive look at the future of the shared site for Heritage Junior High School and the Gene L. Klida for International Studies. This was a need identified during both our strategic planning process and community surveys about future facility improvements. Heritage Junior High School and GLK-UAIS have been sharing a facility for the past 16 years. During that time, enrollment and building needs at Heritage and GLK-UAIS have experienced significant changes.
The district’s long-standing citizens’ committee – the Enrollment Distribution Advisory Committee – began to look at this issue in the spring. Their input will be considered along with enrollment projections, building needs assessments from our auxiliary services department, the efficient use of district resources, and making sure our students have access to programs and experiences that will empower their future.
Additional information is available through a Fact Sheet on this website: https://www.uticak12.org/buildingforthefuture. You can also share your thoughts and questions here: http://www.uticak12.org/feedback. A final determination on the future of this site is expected in November.
Safe, secure, and educationally vibrant schools remain a priority. We also recognize that change can be difficult. By working in partnership, we can position our district to continue supporting student success for today’s students and our future generations.
Embracing Gratitude In November
As November arrives, it serves as a wonderful reminder to reflect on the things that fill our hearts with gratitude. It's a time when we pause to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons and the warmth of togetherness. At our school, this sense of gratitude is not just a fleeting moment but an integral part of our daily lives.
I am incredibly thankful for the tapestry of our school community, where each student is unique and valued. Our students bring energy, curiosity, and endless possibilities into their classrooms, making every day a chance for us to nurture their growth and potential.
I am grateful for our dedicated teachers and staff members who tirelessly support our students. Their commitment to providing a nurturing environment is truly remarkable and their dedication ensures that our school is a place where every child can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.
I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you, our parents and guardians. Your active involvement, support, and encouragement make a significant difference in the lives of our students. Your partnership with us enriches our school community, and I am appreciative of who you are and the invaluable contributions you make.
As we navigate this month of gratitude, let's continue to cherish the moments of joy, growth, and connection that our school brings into our lives. Together, we can inspire, nurture, and empower our students, fostering a love for learning and a spirit of gratitude that will stay with them throughout their lives.
With sincere appreciation,
Renee Fiema, Ed.D.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Afternoon & Evening
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Grades 1, 3, & 5
- The Macomb County Health Department gives yearly vision screening for Grades 1, 3, and 5.
- If you DO NOT want your child screened, please call the office at 586-797-5600.
- Screening will be on 11/27, 11/29, & 11/30
- Students who wear glasses/contacts should wear them to the screening.
Questions? Who to Contact
Messmore Creators Pajama Drive
Art Class Update
Kindergarten artists worked hard to create mosaic art featuring their first name using cut paper. Well done!
Students in Mrs. Grady's class are painting their bird artworks using brilliant watercolors. Well done 1st/2nd graders!
Students in Mrs. Braley's class showing their cheerful fall art featuring warm and cool colors. These are stunning! Well done 3rd/4th graders!
Interested in seeing more amazing student art? Please 'like' and share my Facebook page or Instagram below for frequent updates on what's happening in the Art Room. Thank you! 🙂
I'm on Instagram as letsdrawpaintcreate!
Macomb READS! Reading Carnival
IKE Little Dancers Clinic
Boys and Girls Winter Basketball League
Parking Lot Reminders
Safety and Community
- Upon entering from Arcola, drop off lane is to the right, parking lane is to the left. Please stay in the lane and don't cross over. Students should be getting out of the car AFTER the turn.
- Upon entering from Dill Drive, stop at the thick white line and ensure that it is safe to proceed prior to moving through an intersection.
- Pedestrians must use the appropriate crosswalks.
- Use your turn signal to exit the lot.
- Drive carefully through the neighborhood.
- If your child is in afterschool Safety or Service Squad, it would be helpful to pick-up a few minutes later.
Messmore Montessori Association
Elisabetta Stupera, President
Paulette Qussar, Vice President of Committees
Amanada Hijazi, New Vice President of Fund Raising
Stacee Jones, New Treasurer
Paul Jones, New "Techetary" aka Secretary
MMA Meeting Dates
Location: Messmore Media Center at 6:00 PM
1- Preschool Vision and Hearing
2- Preschool Vision and Hearing
7- No School for Students, Election Day
9- Half Day of School, Afternoon and Evening Conferences
13 - 17 Scholastic Book Fair
14- Grades 1 /2 field trip to Macomb Center Play, Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
15- Grades 3 /4, 5 /6 field trip to Stevenson Play, Picture Retake Day, MMA Meeting at 6:00 PM
21- Proactive Peace Assembly 9:00 AM
22 - 24 Thanksgiving Break
27- Grades 1, 3, 5 Vision Screening
29- Grades 1, 3, 5 Vision Screening
30- Grades 1, 3, 5 Vision Screening
6- Cluster Choir Concert at Utica High School 6:00 arrival
13- MMA Meeting at 6:00 PM
19- Messmore Choir Concert (time TBD)
21- Half day of School, End of Card Marking
22 - Holiday Break Begins
3- School Resumes
15- School Closed MLK Day
17- MMA Meeting at 6:00 PM
18- Optimistic Peace Assembly at 2 PM
19 - 23 No School Mid-Winter Break
3- Daddy Daughter Dance
18- Effort Peace Assembly at 9 AM
22- 1 /2 day of school
25 - 29 No School Spring Break
15- Work It Out Peace Assembly 2 PM
27- No School Memorial Day
6- Half day of School
7- Half day of School/ Last Day
Lunch/Recess Supervisors Needed!
Are you interested in seeing whether or not your child is eating their lunch? Are you curious as to who your child's friends are? Do you like to help? Then this may be the job for you!
We are in need of lunchroom and lunch recess supervisors. This can be a paid position, if you're interested. Or it can be just on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in getting paid for your time as a lunchroom and lunch recess supervisor, then please see the attached information below regarding EduStaff and follow those directions. If you are interested in just volunteering, all I would need is a Criminal History Check Form filled out and submitted, if you have not already done so.
If you are interested in beginning the process, please reach out to Sarah in the main office (Sarah.Szadek@uticak12.org). We really need help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.