The Eagle News

September 2019

A Note From Your Principal...

Dear Ebeling Families:

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a fantastic start! It is terrific to see the students, smiling and eager to learn, returning from the summer break. Along with your children, the staff and I are excited about the possibilities that this new year brings. Our enrollment has grown this year, and we welcome many new students to our Eagle Family. In addition, new teachers joining us are: Mrs. Cesaro (2nd grade), Ms. Gjokaj (3rd grade), Ms. Duffy (4th grade), Ms. Lewandowski (6th grade), Mrs. Ryan (6th grade), Literacy Coach Mrs. McInally, and new Learning Center teacher Mrs. Taylor. Please read through this issue of our “Eagle News” to find out about upcoming events and activities.

The smiles on the students’ faces truly make the many weeks of preparation prior to school rewarding. The teachers have been, and continue to work diligently to ensure the best educational experience for your children. I know that we will have a fabulous school year as we learn and grow together to help every child achieve.

Our Curriculum Night will be held Monday, September 16th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to attend this very important Parents Only evening; showing your commitment to your child’s education and teacher is the first step toward academic success. It is all of us working together as a team that will guide your children to reach their highest potential.

Our annual “Back to School Picnic” will be held on September 27th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. A team of parents are planning what is to be another great outing for our children, parents, and staff to come together and enjoy a night of festivities! Help is still needed. Please see the PTA information inside this newsletter to help support our picnic. Our first PTA meeting of the year is scheduled for October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in our Media Center, and provides another opportunity to make a difference.

Please note that all of our classrooms are designated nut safe, requiring all food or drink items eaten in the classrooms to be peanut and tree nut free. Teachers will be reviewing this information at our Open House/Curriculum Night, but if you have questions before that evening, please ask!

Thank you again for your partnership in your children’s education, and I am looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Bailey

MARK YOUR CALENDAR...............Monday, September 16, 2019 Open House/Curriculum Night @ 6:00 pm

Parking Lot News!

In an effort to improve our parking lot safety, we will be transitioning to using the front lot for parents and visitors, and the back lot for teachers and staff. After next week, you will see the back parking lot gate in place indicating staff parking only in our back lot. Look for a map and other information to come home next week clearly outlining this new procedure.

Visitors and Volunteers

To enter Ebeling during the school day, you must come through our main entrance. (Door #1). Visitors and volunteers should press the intercom button and show photo identification when prompted. Classroom volunteers will sign in and receive a visitor’s badge to be admitted into the building through the interior security doors.

Please remember that our school is a closed campus and use of the playground and equipment is not permitted when school is in session. If you arrive at school earlier than 3:00 pm, you will be asked to remain on our sidewalk area outside of the fence line.

Daily Entrance Procedures

To ensure their safety, students will enter the building no earlier than 8:15 a.m. through the front or rear of the school as follows:

  1. K through 2nd grades – Main entrance double doors near the

    Kindergarten rooms (Door 9)

  1. 3rd through 6th grades – Main entrance double doors by main office

  2. Students entering school grounds from the catwalk may line up

    at the main entrance door at the rear of the school.

    Students should not arrive or be dropped off at school before 8:15 a.m. – plan to stay with your children until staff members (on duty from 8:15 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.) are available to assist your children. School begins at 8:25, and students will be marked Tardy if they arrive at school after 8:30 a.m.


All students riding bikes to school should lock their bikes on the bicycle racks provided. For safety purposes, all students must walk their bicycles on school grounds (all sidewalks front and back).

Requesting Bus Passes

Requesting Bus Passes

Bus passes will be permitted if a bus has not reached capacity. Both students must submit a note before lunchtime from their parent to the Main Office. Transportation rules require that both of the students qualify for bus transportation. The signed note from the parent should include the student’s normal bus number as well as the bus number that they will be a visitor on. The pass can be picked up in the office by one of the students later in the day.

We are sorry but last minute notes or calls home for forgotten notes cannot be permitted. Passes are not issued on half days of school.

Cell Phone and Electronics Use Prohibited in School

The use of cell phones, pagers/beepers or other electronic communications devices (ECD) by students is prohibited at any time while in school or on a district vehicle. Secondary students may carry ECDs during the school day, but they cannot be displayed or used. Elementary students are not permitted to possess an ECD at any time.

The use of an ECD’s picture-taking or internet connection capability is not permitted. Utica Community Schools will not be responsible for the theft, loss or damage of any ECD.

Breakfast Available Daily beginning at 8:05 a.m.

Lunch Supervisors Needed!

Have you thought about being a Lunch Supervisor? Being a lunch supervisor is a paid position for one hour a day. UCS takes our students' safety seriously, so Lunch Supervisors are required to go through training modules and background checks/finger printing. If you are interested, please contact the front office at (586)797-4700 for information on training modules. Finger printing and processing takes place on August 29th or September 12th. Training modules must be complete before processing.

Ebeling Attendance Line: (586)-797-4799

If your child is going to be absent, you must call the school. Please report the absence by calling the Attendance Line at 586-797-4799. This is a 24-hour, automated line, so you may call at any time. For early dismissals, parents should call the office prior to 2:50 pm or send a note in with your child to drop off at the office. Parents must come into the building to sign out students for early dismissals. Be prepared to show photo ID. If your child will arrive to school late, call our attendance line which is available 24/7, to report a late arrival.

Parking Lot Procedures

If you drive your children to school in the morning, an overview of our procedure and some rules are outlined below. This procedure provides a better traffic flow, allowing students to get into school before the bell at 8:25 a.m. In order for this procedure to work, drivers and pedestrians need to follow a few simple (but very important) rules.

Parking lot attendant and teachers are on duty at 8:15 a.m. Before that time, there are no adults supervising. Do not leave your child in the parking lot or in front of the school alone before 8:15. Student arrival should be timed between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m.

  • Buses have the right-of-way. DO NOT enter the bus lane when a bus is in sight
  • Children exiting vehicles along the curb in the ‘bus lane’ must exit on the curb side
  • Students must exit the vehicle quickly when it stops
  • All pedestrians must walk to the crosswalk for a safe crossing
  • Traffic should move slowly through the parking lot

Please note that the after school pick-up procedure has not changed. The parking lot attendant on Haverhill will indicate to drivers when parking spots are available. The bus lane will be strictly for bus traffic only at dismissal time.

Other helpful hints:

· Drop off or pick up your child outside of the parking lot. Some great drop off and pick up locations include: at the four-way-stop (Haverhill and Tilch), or at the end of the catwalk (Tilch and the catwalk)

· Make a plan with your child for those days that you cannot manage a parking spot. Some ideas include: waiting with the teacher, going to the office, waiting by the crossing guard, or naming a pick-up spot (for example: wait by the blue picnic table by door 9, the flagpole, etc). Planning ahead makes things less stressful when traffic, weather, or the parking lot change your routine.

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Coats For Kids

Could You Use a Warm Coat?

We have a number of winter coats available for children thanks to the District-wide coat drive held earlier this year. Some coats have been distributed, but we have coats left in every size for those in need.

Please call the school office at (586) 797-4700 to request a coat!

BOX TOPS IS GOING DIGITAL! Send all "paper" Box Tops in by OCTOBER 18!

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SACC - School Age Child Care

Our Ebeling School Age Child Care program (SACC) will be in session before school on Tuesday morning, September 3, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:25 a.m. and after school from 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Normal hours for SACC for a full school day are 7:00 a.m. until 8:25 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. If you have not yet registered, please call the Community Education Department at 797-6980 to assure your child has a place reserved. Pre-registration is required for your child to attend the SACC program.

Follow the link below for SACC information