Rocket Review

Week of October 18, 2019

Mid-October is Here!

The fall weather has arrived and we are enjoying the cooler temperatures during recess times. Morning times are cooler, then warming up a bit by lunch and the afternoon. Students wear their coats or hoodies to school then take them off during recess and leave them abandoned on the playground. Our Lost and Found bin is quickly filling up with lost items, including coats, hoodies, sweaters, lunch boxes, and water bottles. If you are missing something at home, please come check the Lost and Found bin located by our SACC room door in the lobby. After November conferences, abandoned items will be donated to local charities.

Check the Morgan Volunteers PTO webpage (link in PTO section below) for more information about upcoming events and Morgan family activities. There is a restaurant night on Tuesday, October 22 at MOD Pizza, which is a friendly competition between Morgan and Monfort. The school with the most visitors will receive an extra incentive from the restaurant corporation. You need to show your flyer, either in paper or on your phone, for Morgan Volunteers to receive credit for the visit.

There are many other ways to keep up with our PTO happenings, including the Morgan Volunteers PTO Facebook page, Remind 101, and registration with the Volunteers webpage. Don't miss activities and information about fun events for our students.

It looks to be a beautiful fall weekend this weekend! The colors are just starting to change and it is warm enough to get outside and enjoy this wonderful season before the winter arrives. Have a wonderful weekend with your kids!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

Power School Help During Conference Night

Wednesday, November 13, 5-7 PM in the Morgan Media Center

Mrs. Felton, from the UCS technology department, will be at Morgan Elementary on Wednesday, November 13, from 5-7 PM in the Media Center to help trouble shoot any issues with Parent Portal and Power School accounts. This is a drop in session for parent support and no appointment is needed.

MOD Pizza Night Competition

Join other Morgan families for MOD Pizza night on Tuesday, October 22, from 4-8 PM. You can order for take out or eat in the restaurant. Please remember to show the flyer below when you place your order or pick up your take out order for Morgan to receive credit for your visit. You can show this flyer on your phone when you visit.

Monfort Elementary will have their MOD Pizza night on Wednesday, October 23. The school with the most visitors show a flyer will win the battle! The winner receives an additional monetary reward donated to the PTO!

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There is still time!

You can still upload your Box Tops today! This is a competition between Morgan and Monfort, not between individual classes. The new digital scanning is not attached to individual classrooms, as we have done in the past, so we entered into a friendly competition with Monfort for most Box Tops scanned/collected. The school with the lesser amount collected has to wear the other elementary school's spirit wear for a day.
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Fall Coat Drive

Morgan's 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop is hosting a fall coat drive to give back to the community. They are accepting new and gently used, clean coats for their drive. If you have some winter coats at home that are in good shape, but no longer fit, this a great way to donate to those in needs.

There are two bins at Morgan to collect donated coats.

Congratulations to Morgan's Summer Readers!

Each year, Mr. DeLorenzo, our media center teacher, provides a Summer Reading Challenge that is sent out with the Rocket Review at the end of the school year, posted on the Morgan web page, and announced to students during morning announcements.

Mr. D would like to congratulate our summer participates, who received a special lunch with Mr. D. on Friday.

Avery and Grayson W.

Madison S.

Madeline W.

Isaac F.

Molly V.

Emma R.

Great job reading this summer! Look for the summer reading challenge to return next summer!

Eisenhower NHS Tutoring

The Eisenhower National Honor Society is hosting a weekly FREE tutoring session held on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 PM in the Eisenhower Media Center, beginning October 9.

Parents may register their students by submitting a request located on our website:

This will allow us to prepare adequate tutors for each subject matter. We ask that parents complete the form by Sunday night each week in order to allow us to organize the correct number of NHS students.

Their goal is to provide a safe and productive environment for both students needing help and our NHS members offering their service. Additionally, a staff member will be on site every week checking in registered students and monitoring the sessions.

Plushies and Toys at School

We recognize that our students are excited about the toys and items they have at home and frequently enjoy bringing those items to school to use and share during recess time or permitted share time in class. There is a growing increase in playground disputes and hurt feelings over these items from home and they are causing distractions in classrooms.

Please leave stuffed toys, mini skateboards, special collection toys, Pokemon cards, and the like at home unless otherwise permitted by classroom teachers or school spirit days. At Morgan, our first priority is for our students to be able to focus on their instruction and learning, with some fun mixed in. The amount of hurt feelings, arguments, time away from class looking for lost items has continued to increase as our year progresses. Please note that per our UCS Elementary Handbook, UCS and Morgan Elementary are not responsible for lost items brought to school.

Morgan Annual Food Drive

Morgan Elementary participates in an annual food drive for local charity. Our food drive this year will begin November 4 and run through November 22. The class with the most items collected will receive a pizza party lunch from the Morgan Main Office.

The past few years, Morgan has collected more food items than Malow Junior High and other surrounding elementary schools who participate. Let's keep the trend going and donate non-perishable food items for local Helping Hands food pantry.

Annual Mitten Tree Collection

Morgan Elementary participates in a hat, scarf, mitten tree collect each year for donation to local charity for the December holidays. Our mitten tree will be ready to accept mittens from December 3 through December 19. If you see a good deal on children's winter hats, mittens, and scarves, please consider donating a set to our mitten tree for those in need.

8 Keys Weekly Ticket Winners

As part of Morgan's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support), each week students at Morgan are able to earn 8 Keys tickets for demonstrating 8 Keys quality in work, play, and lunch times. They submit their tickets to our weekly drawing and two names per grade level are selected on Wednesday or Thursday.

The following are the winner for the past two weeks:


  • A-Kia
  • Quinn


  • Kenneth
  • Paige

First Grade:

  • Grayson
  • Chloe

Second Grade:

  • Elena
  • Julian

Third Grade:

  • Paris
  • Alexis V

Fourth Grade:

  • Olivia
  • Christina S

Fifth Grade:

  • Julianna M
  • Gavin

Sixth Grade:

  • Stevie
  • Maeve

Looking for Lunch Monitors!

Looking for help on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays!

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.

Halloween Guidelines and Parade Information


We welcome moms, dads, grandparents and family members to join Morgan Elementary School for a morning of Halloween fun on October 31st. However, we do ask that you help us ensure a successful and safe day by following a few guidelines….

· Please do not arrive prior to 10:30 a.m. on the 31st unless you are helping with a classroom party. Our students will be involved in classroom instruction up to that time.

· Please check-in at our welcome station upon arrival if you are volunteering in the classroom. In addition, if you are wearing a costume yourself, let your child’s teacher know who you are. No adults in masks please.

· The optimum location for spectator viewing will be outside on the play pads. Our parade will start by picking up individual classrooms then we will finish with a final walk around the building, dropping off classes as we go. If the weather does not cooperate, parent viewing will be moved to the gymnasium.

· After the parade, we will NOT be calling classroom for early dismissal. Instead, please arrange a meeting place outside of the building to meet your child during dismissal. We will ask that parents exit the gymnasium and lobby area at the conclusion of the parade so students may exit the building safely during dismissal.

· The following is an approximate schedule for Wednesday, October 31st:

10:45 a.m. PARADE BEGINS—11:29 a.m. DISMISSAL


Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children. Not only do they love to participate, but they also take great pleasure in planning for the occasion. Again this year, our school is emphasizing “positive participation” during the Halloween celebration(s) at Morgan. As always, we are urging children to model their costumes on positive role models. Book characters, historical figures, period costumes, and folk heroes are all great ideas to consider when thinking of that perfect costume. We hope that children will design costumes that reflect the joy, wonder and imagination that childhood represents.

All of us at Morgan Elementary work diligently to teach children how to solve problems in a non-violent way. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE CHILDREN DRESSED AS PERPETRATORS OR VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE. This includes props and accessories related to blood, gore, and weapons. On the morning of October 31st, changing rooms and time to dress will be limited, so minimally-complicated costumes are encouraged.

Mark Your Calendar!

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Tuesday, October 22: MOD Pizza Night--Let's Beat Monfort!: Show your flyer in paper or electronically from your phone for Morgan to earn credit for your visit.

Friday, October 25: Halloween Bingo Night 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Bagel Day for October

Thursday, October 31: 1/2 Day of school. Students dismissed at 11:29 AM. Halloween!! Parade will begin at 10:45 AM.

Friday, November 1: End of the 1st Marking Period.

Tuesday, November 5: No School

Wednesday, November 13: Evening conferences--sign up to come home in October

Thursday, November 14: 1/2 Day of school. Students dismissed at 11:29 AM. Afternoon & evening conferences--sign up to come home in October.

Wednesday, November 27: No School--Thanksgiving Break Begins

Monday, December 2: School resumes

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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

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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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Morgan Green Team--Volunteers??

In years past, Morgan Elementary has been designated as an official "Green School" due to our efforts to recycle, and spread awareness about the environment. This has previously been led by our Green Team. Our Green Team leaders moved on to had career conflicts and the team was disbanded due to lack of volunteers to support the efforts.

Morgan has one parent committed to help reinstate the Green Team and we are looking 2-3 more parents to help support this committee. The Green Team meets after school once a month and includes students from all grades at Morgan, not to exceed 30 students. They design activities such as recycled art, learning how to compost, how/what/why to recycle, and much more.

If you are interested in volunteering to help reinstate the Morgan Green Team, please contact Mrs. Lasky at so we can get our leaders connected.

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Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 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)!

All Morgan parents are welcome to attend!

Future Dates for Meetings:

Monday, November 18

Tuesday, January 21

Monday, February 10

Tuesday, March 24

Monday, April 20

Tuesday, May 19

Box Tops are Going Digital!

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Skate Night Calendar

The first Skate Night has past and if you missed the fun, you can catch one of the future dates:

Tuesday, November 12

Wednesday, January 8

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, April 23

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.