The Crissman Connection

January 14, 2022

Hi Crissman Families,


I hope you had a wonderful week. Our teachers and students have been busy teaching and learning. Our NWEA assessments will start this week. Please check with your child's teacher for the date of your child's test dates. It is a good idea to remind your child to try his/her personal best and take their time on all their tests. Our staff uses the data to create a strong School Improvement Plan for our all students and the teacher's use the data for a multitude of reasons in the classroom.


Just a reminder that we have NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th.


Also, you may have seen an email from Mr. Monroe, our superintendent, about updated quarantine protocols. Please click on the link below to learn about the new guidance from the Macomb County Health Department.


Quarantine Information - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org)


Yours Truly,


~Mrs. Papastamatis

#bettertogether

UCS Wellness Podcast

The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the second episode of our podcast series. The team worked with community members to create a podcast regarding different areas of physical, mental, and social health for UCS staff, students and families.


These podcasts are available on the UCS Wellness page. UCS Wellness - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org)


Oftentimes when loss occurs, whether it be through death or beyond death entirely, grief is experienced by those impacted by the loss. Yet, the grieving process is unique to each individual, including children experiencing grief.


This episode of the UCS Wellness Podcast explores the different levels of grief and how we can cope as well as what to look for to help identify grief in children. We called on SandCastles Grief Support Program, a free, local community-based program to help us with the topic of grief. This episode features Malow Junior High School counselor, April Raupp, speaking with SandCastles program supervisor, Michele Kreft, LMSW.

TEAMS CHAT RESTRICTION

Over the winter break, settings were changed district-wide in Microsoft Teams that affect student use of chat. Students are no longer able to initiate chat sessions. All chat sessions involving students must be initiated by or to a staff member.

Registration now open 2022-23 kindergarten students

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UCS Wellness Team

The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the first episode of our podcast series. The team worked with community members to create a podcast regarding different physical, mental and social health areas for UCS staff, students and families.


These podcasts are available on the UCS Wellness page: UCS Wellness - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org)


In the inaugural episode of the UCS Wellness Podcast, Henry Ford II High School counselor Catherine Livingston speaks with Nancy Buyle, School Safety/Student Assistance Consultant from the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), touching on anxiety, depression and suicide. This episode will help parents know what to look for in their children and where to go if they have concerns regarding their children's mental health.

Winter Recess Guidelines

Winter Recess

20°F Recess is held outside


15-19°F Wind conditions will determine


14°F or Below: Inside Recess


If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the

wind chill factor will be considered.


It is important that children dress appropriately: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat. All students are expected to participate in recess. Fresh air and physical play help develop fitness and increase children’s ability to focus during learning times. Generally, if a child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to go outside for a short break and to get some fresh air.

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ADDITIONAL PTA INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL PTA INFORMATION

fb.com/crissmanpta info@crissmanpta.org

Volunteer and get involved with your children's experience at Crissman! If you would like to receive email updates from the PTA please fill out a PTA Contact Form.


Upcoming PTA events & activities:

  • Family Skate Night – Thursday, January 13 @ 6 – 8pm​
  • Our next PTA meeting: Thursday, January 20 on Zoom @ 8pm

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About our school

The mission of Crissman Elementary School, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide a safe, positive and productive learning environment that fosters academic excellence and recognizes individual uniqueness. We will strive to prepare students for their future in an ever changing world.