Welcome Duncan Explorers!

2022-2023 School Year

Duncan Elementary

The Community at Richard J. Duncan Elementary School is devoted to academic excellence. Sound instructional strategies will provide our students with a foundation of skills that will prepare them for lifelong achievement in a global society.


Duncan Families,

It's hard to believe in less than 4 weeks school begins! On behalf of the entire Duncan Staff, I am happy to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We look forward to working together to help our students meet the challenges they will face as they live and work in a global society.

The Duncan Elementary Staff has been extremely busy this summer, not only with routine procedures, but also preparing for the many new faces we will welcome to our family this year.

This newsletter contains some of the basic "getting ready for the school year" info that we wanted to share with our families. As the first day of school gets closer I will be sending out more info in regards to when you will be notified of your child's teacher assignment, arrival/dismissal procedures, bus stop information, first day news, and more! In the meantime, please make sure you take a peek at the "Stay Connected" newsletter (located below) for ways keep up to date on UCS/Duncan happenings!

I look forward to meeting all of our Duncan students and families this upcoming fall. Over the next few weeks I welcome you to stop by and say hello. I will be participating in many district back to school meetings so be sure to contact the office prior to stopping by.

If you have any questions about the information below, please don't hesitate to call our office at 586-797-4600.

Enjoy theses last few weeks of summer!

Mrs. Pfeifer

Meet Mrs. Pfeifer- Duncan Principal

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Check Duncan's Facebook Page for more Explorer Spotlights throughout the month!

Duncan Office Information

  • Administrative Assisstant: Mrs. Kelly Salter
  • Clerk: Mrs. Joanne Giannone
  • Hours: 8:20am-4:30pm
  • Open Daily: Monday-Friday
  • Office Number:586-797-4600
  • Absence Line: 586-797-4699
  • Email:officeduncan@uticak12.org
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Classroom/Teacher Assignments

This year, we will communicate grade level classroom assignments for your child in a convenient and secure manner. We will be emailing the classroom assignments to you directly using the e-mail addresses on file in PowerSchool later this month.

PowerSchool Password Reset - PowerSchool is the student system used by Utica Community Schools, all Macomb County schools and districts across the nation. Recently, an update has been made to PowerSchool which will require parents/guardians to reset their password when logging in for the first time since August 2, 2022. For information, please see: https://bit.ly/3BX2mJQ

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First Day Of School

The first day of school will be a half day on Tuesday, August 30th. School will begin at 9:20am and dismissal will begin at 12:24pm.

Suggested Supply List

Please note these are suggested school supplies and are NOT required. If you are not able to purchase them, please do not worry. We will make sure our Duncan Explorers have supplies they need to begin the school year.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

The USDA sponsored pandemic related free meal program ended on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Beginning this school year, families will pay full price for breakfast and lunch unless they are approved for free or reduced price meals. To apply for these accommodations, click on the link below and fill out the Free and Reduced- Price Meal Application.

This information is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs. These supplemental programs help us offer supports and services to our students including, but not limited to:

  • Pandemic- EBT
  • Instructional Supports (staff, supplies, materials, etc..)
  • Professional Learning For Staff
  • Parent & Community Engagement Supplies & Activities
  • Technology

We are asking that you please complete and submit the application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application is confidential. Without your assistance in completing the application, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal Funds.

If you need further assistance you can contact food services at 586-797-1180 or email them at foodservice@uticak12.org

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Managing Your Student's Breakfast/Lunch Accounts

  • Go to https://utica.familyportal.cloud to set up your account
  • If you had an old Sendmoneytoschool.com account it will help you migrate over to the new site.
  • Please review this video for instructions how to set up your account. Https://utica.familyportal.cloud/tutorials
  • You will need your child’s 9-digit ID number to set it up (you can get this from the office)
  • You can access student meal accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to view account balances, deposit histories, or your child’s meal or snack selections free of charge
  • You can also make deposits to your child’s cafeteria account using Visa, MasterCard or Discover-a bank service fee of $1.50 will be charged to your credit card
  • Breakfasts & Lunches may still be purchased with cash or check; however amounts of $20 or more are recommended
  • Checks should be made to Utica Community Schools Food Service Department
  • Checks returned for Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) will be assessed a $25 fee

Meal Prices: Breakfast: All Levels $1.75 Lunch: Elementary $2.75

2022-2023 Lunch Supervisors Needed

We are in need of lunch supervisors for the 2022-2023 school year. Please call Mrs. Giannone at 586-797-4600 for more information!
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2022-2023 Calendar Dates

The Utica Community Schools teacher/student calendar for 2022-2023 continues to be mutually developed through the collective bargaining process. In the interest of planning, the following dates are confirmed and may be shared with students, staff, parents and community.

  • Thursday, August 25, 2022: Sneak Peek 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022: First Day of School- Elementary Half Day (Secondary Full Day)
  • Friday, September 2, 2022: No School
  • Monday, September 5, 2022: No School
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022: No School Professional Development
  • Thursday, November 24, 2022: No School Thanksgiving
  • Friday, December 23, 2022 No School Winter Break through January 2, 2023
  • Monday, April 3, 2023 No School Spring Break through April 7, 2023

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules, conference windows and the last day of school continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

School Age Child Care

Utica Community Schools is pleased to provide an opportunity for School Age Child Care, beginning August 30, 2022 Monday - Friday, 6:45am - 9:20am and school dismissal – 6:00pm at select locations. Please be sure to read the following pricing and scheduling updates before pre-registering for the 2022-2023 school year.

Families must pre-register online.
Registrations will not be done on site or over the phone.

  • Completing the online form is not a guarantee or confirmation of registration.
  • Once families complete the online form, a SACC representative will contact you to confirm your registration and process payment. Please have your credit card information available.
  • Once payment is complete, you will receive a separate email with required paperwork. Completed paperwork must be emailed to “schoolname”sacc@uticak12.org (ex: Becksacc@uticak12.org)
  • Registrations will be processed on a first come first served basis, availability is limited.
  • If the program is full at your location, you will receive an email indicating you have been placed on the waitlist. Families on the waitlist will be contacted as space become available.
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Medical/Health Plans

Utica Community Schools is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for each of our students. A health plan is required to be completed at the beginning of every school year. For your child's safety we ask that all health forms are turned in prior to the first day of school. If you attended Duncan last year and had a health care plan, Mrs. Salter sent home new forms for your child in the spring. We also included links to all of the forms below.

Health plans should be completed for any condition that may involve special dietary considerations, activity levels, medications, or treatment of urgent problems. Completion of health plans allows our staff to take the best possible care of your child.

A physician signature is required on all health plans. Any medications that are to be distributed by school staff or used by student at school must have an Authorization for Medication completed and signed by a physician, including any over-the-counter medications.

Health Care Plans and Authorization for Medication forms are available at https://www.uticak12.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=578321&pageId=5042259. Two transportation forms are required for every student that rides the bus with a COLOR picture attached to each form. Depending on your child’s diagnosis, the following forms are required by the school:

· Food Allergies/Insect Allergies/Latex Allergies: FARE Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, Michigan Department of Education Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations, 2 Authorization for Medications (one for an anti-histamine and one for Epinephrine), 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

· MDE Dietary Accommodations: Required for Food Services for students with Food Allergies.

· Asthma: Asthma Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication for a rescue inhaler, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

· Seizure: Seizure Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication for rescue medications and/or other medications, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

· Diabetes: Diabetes Health Care Plan, 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider) and you must submit your Diabetes Medical Management Plan from your Endocrinologist

· Heart Condition: Heart Condition Health Care Plan and 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider).

· Any other diagnosis: General Health Care Plan, Authorization for Medication (if needed), 2 Transportation Forms (if your child is a bus rider)

Please return all the necessary, completed and signed forms (dated after June 11th)to: officeduncan@uticak12.org

Your cooperation will help ensure a safe and healthy school year. Any questions can be directed to: Rebecca Rosbolt, BSN, RN District Nurse, Utica Community Schools rebecca.rosbolt@uticak12.org

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UCS Job Opportunities

Utica Community Schools currently has openings in positions across our district, including transportation, auxiliary services and maintenance, child care and food service.

We offer:

  • Competitive wage and benefit packages
  • Full and part time openings
  • Positions that will follow the school calendar
  • Work that makes a difference in our community

If you have any questions, please contact us at ucs@uticak12.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to the UCS team.