Wiley Way

May 9, 2022


Welcome to Wiley ~ Home of the Wiley Coyotes

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:10 PM (full days) and 9:20 AM -12:24 PM (half days) PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TIMES

If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL or phone the office staff at officewiley@uticak12.org/586-797-6700 ; someone will respond promptly.

24 hr Attendance Line: (586) 797-6799

Office Staff:

  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant

Dates to Remember

May is National Asian American Heritage Month

Tuesday, May 10: 5th Grade Maturation Program

Wednesday, May 11: Wiley Volunteer Parent Meeting @ 7:00 PM; click link to join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87921686100?pwd=T2hiUlFGY0x3SEdEcjBIYU5CUlFOdz09

Thursday, May 12: Donuts for 3rd Quarter All A's/B's

Saturday, May 14: Wiley Spring Clean Up (see flyer below)

Monday, May 16- Thursday, May 26: NWEA Testing (Grades K-6)

Thursday, May 19: Last Rink Night of the Year

Friday, May 27: No School

Monday, May 30: No School; Memorial Day

Thursday, June 2: Field Day (See Sign-Up Genius below to volunteer)

Friday, June 3: 6th Grade Field Trip

Tuesday, June 7: Kindergarten Celebration

Wednesday, June 8: 6th Grade Kickball Game @ 2:15 PM

Thursday, June 9: 6th Grade Celebration; 12:24 Dismissal

Friday, June 10: Last Day of School; 12:24 Dismissal; Wiley Elementary Senior Clap Out (see flyer below)

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A Note of Thanks

Our sincere thanks for the incredible week of treats and tokens of appreciation. Thank you to the Wiley Volunteer Group and all of the families who donated time and food to make the week a special one! A special thanks to Mrs. Janet Altz for organizing. Everyone LOVED revisiting the 80's. Check out the group photo of some of your favorite Wiley Teachers who dressed in 80's wear to finish up the week.
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Message from Mrs. Merivirta

Hello Wiley Families,

M STEP testing is in the home stretch! We just have a few students who need to make up and/or finish testing. Thank you for you support in getting them to school each day, ready to do their personal best.

Mark your calendars for lots of end of year activities and celebrations! At this time, we are planning for an in-person end of year Kindergarten Celebration, Sixth Grade Celebration and Field Day. In addition, we hope that you can join us on May 14th for a Wiley Clean Up (see flyer below). There are numerous opportunities for students to participate in as well; see flyers below.

This Thursday, we will recognize nearly two hundred 3rd-6th graders who earned all A's or all A's and B's for the 3rd Marking Period. This number represents almost 64% of all students achieving this level of academics. Way to go Wiley Coyotes!!!

With the last making period upon us, it is important for students to stay focused on their learning. As always, please stay in communication with your child's teacher regarding their progress if you have concerns.

At this time, classroom teachers, learning center teachers, our EL teacher, as well as our literacy consultant and myself will collaborate to place your child in the most appropriate classroom. They know their students, and together we will design stable classrooms. As students are placed together in classroom groups, many factors are considered, including general academics, gender, reading abilities, social and emotional needs and disciplinary situations to create well-balanced classrooms. Once classroom groups are designed, t teacher is assigned to a group of students. If you have specific concerns regarding your child's learning environment, it is best to have a conversation with your child's teacher.

Please know that I am unable to honor specific teacher requests, as it is extremely difficult to keep the balance needed throughout the grade level. Thank you in advance for your trust and support.

Below you will find a link to a brief parent survey regarding Wiley's Title 1 Program. Please take time to provide feedback as we work on our continuous improvement to meet the needs of all students.

If you are able to, please join us on Saturday, May 14 @ 10:00 AM as we work to spruce up the school grounds at Wiley. Many hands will make light work of weeding and cleaning up. We hope that you can make it!

As always, thank you for all you do to make Wiley a truly wonderful and welcoming learning community! Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our children.


Mrs. Merivirta

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Second Graders Learn About Arbor Day

On Friday Mr. Born, father of Lukas Born, came to visit our second graders to teach them about trees for Arbor Day. Along with his presentation, Mr. Born gifted Wiley Elementary with a crabapple tree that the second graders helped plant on our school grounds.

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Wiley Title 1 Parent Survey

Our school improvement team is looking for feedback and reflection for the 2022-2023 school year on our Title One program. If you have a moment, please complete the survey by Sunday, May 15th. Thank you!

Celebrating Asian American Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Below is a story, Wishes, written and illustrated by an Asian American author and illustrator. The simple but beautiful story

The second video is a short interview with the author and illustrator; they share their work on the story and why it meant so much to them to create this work of art.


Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn and Victo Ngai | Spring 2021 Online Preview


  • f you would still like to get free and reduced meals, you must fill out an application after July 1
  • If you are not approved for free or reduced meals, you will be required to pay for all meals for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Apply online at Utica Family Portal or https://utica.familyportal.cloud
    Enter “Utica Community Schools” and follow the prompts.
  • Most applications are processed within two (2) working days
  • Quicker than paper!

Apply using a paper application

  • Paper applications & Household Income Forms for CEP sites are distributed to all student households or are available at your child’s school.
  • Complete the application and return it to your child’s school or mail to Utica Community Schools, Food & Nutrition Services, 11303 Greendale, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
  • Processing may take 7-10 working days

Community Education Walk-In Interviews

community education walk-in interviews

Join Utica Community Schools Community Education on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 for our walk-in recruitment drive. Apply and interview onsite for a variety of jobs – catering to all experience levels – within our Community Education Department including Early Childhood, Adult Education, Great Start Readiness Program and School Age Child Care.

We have several part-time and full-time opportunities available, many of which will follow the school year:

  • Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Community Education Clerical
  • Early Childhood Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Assistant Teacher
  • Early Childhood Infant-Toddler Assistant Teacher
  • Adult Education and English as a Second Language Supervisor
  • Adult Education Testing Assistant
  • Adult Education Secretary
  • Great Start Readiness Program Lead Teacher
  • Great Start Readiness Program Associate Teacher
  • School Age Child Care Director
  • School Age Child Care Assistant

We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, please visit: www.UticaK12.org/UCSjobs.

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Kindergarten Readiness

Get ready for kindergarten! This academic enrichment program is a unique combination of learning and fun that gives students extra practice in core curriculum areas. Please note that Session I and Session II are different programs. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022 or attending kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; click here for more information and to register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/
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Happenings in the VA

Please take a moment to learn about what is happening with our VA students.

Summer School Opportunities

Summer academic programs for students in grades one through twelve begin on Monday, June 20, 2022 and end on Friday, July 29, 2022. All summer academic programs will be supported by grant funds and will be free of charge for all participants. Information will be available on the UCS website at: https://www.uticak12.org/SummerPrograms

Registration begins on Monday, May 2, 2022, through Community Education using the following link:


Summer School Opportunities for Students Entering 1st Grade Fall of 2022

Students will be engaged in daily literacy experiences through interactive and meaningful activities. This program is designed for students with identified needs in literacy based upon district benchmark assessments.

•Early Literacy gives children the foundation they need in order to learn, grow, and become self-confident learners!

•All participating students will receive a learning kit. The kits are designed for parents to support and advance their children’s summer learning through educational and home-based activities.

•Transportation will be provided for in-district families.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for Students will be engaged in daily literacy experiences through interactive and meaningful activities.

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Summer School Opportunities for Students Entering Grades 2-5 Fall of 2022

The Summer Scholars Program is an instructional school-based program targeting literacy and math intervention for students entering Grades 2-5, with identified needs in literacy and math based upon district benchmark assessments.

- Students will be engaged in comprehensive and meaningful literacy and math instruction using evidenced based practices to address their individual needs.

- The goal of the Summer School Program is to strengthen literacy and math achievement for students.

- Transportation will be provided for in-district families. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for students.

- Program runs Monday through Friday 8:30 – 12:00 p.m. Daily attendance is required for all participating students.

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Summer School Opportunities for Students Entering Grades 6 and 7 Fall of 2022

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Summer SACC Program

The 2022 SACC summer camp theme is “Traveling through the Nifty 50” and will run from Monday, June 20, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022. Please note that camp will not be held on July 4, 2022. Registration opened on April 25, 2022; please click here for more information and to register: https://ucscommunityeducation.ce.eleyo.com/
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Check out these upcoming opportunities

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Author Festival May 21st

Please check out the information below regarding an Author Festival that will

bring local Michigan authors who have been part of the distance learning program to the MISD. Open to the public and is a great opportunity to get books signed by the author.
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Possession or use of cell phones or other electronic communications devices (ECDs) by elementary students is prohibited at any time while in school or in a district vehicle unless permission has been given by an administrator – this includes text messaging and camera usage.


UCS Family Literacy Connection

UCS Family Literacy Connection is a bimonthly communication compiled by the Elementary Literacy Coaches/Consultants of the UCS Literacy Department. Each edition will highlight activities to support literacy development at home. Please use the link below to access the newsletter.


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The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the fourth episode of the podcast series will be released on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The topic is CARE of Southeastern Michigan and the services they offer to the community. 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. The podcasts are available on the UCS Wellness page: UCS Wellness - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org). Below is a list of the podcasts released and the upcoming schedule.


The Utica Teaching and Learning Staff continues its mission to encourage all members of our school community to focus on self care and well being.

Each Wiley Way Newsletter will include a Monday Moment that will include a quote, a thought, and a challenge to help promote well being for self and others. Please take time to read and take the challenge!

The theme for May is Get Compassionate - Life can be both beautiful and messy. We have all felt and witnessed it before. In these moments we feel our heart, and collective hearts, sing or break. And, we believe that compassion is one of the greatest answers for all of it. Compassion evokes many images, thoughts, and emotions. Other words might pop into our minds, like empathy, sympathy, support, and care. While all of these have a link to compassion, this month, we want to take a deeper dive. Compassion isn’t sympathy or helping someone at the expense of your own health; it’s being able to try to understand someone’s experience without making their problems your own. Sometimes, just being there to say, “I’m here with you during this time” or “I believe in your strength to push through” is enough. We may not know a solution to the problem they are facing and that’s okay. In fact, sometimes it’s better to hold off on “fixing” and just be present. So let’s take a moment to think about what a more compassionate world would be like. This month, let’s GET COMPASSIONATE.

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Check Out This Resource From Our UCS Wellness Team

UCS Wellness Podcasts

The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the fourth episode of the podcast series will be released on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The topic is CARE of Southeastern Michigan and the services they offer to the community. 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. The podcasts are available on the UCS Wellness page: UCS Wellness - Utica Community Schools (uticak12.org). Below is a list of the podcasts released and the upcoming schedule.

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Stay Connected with our Wiley Volunteer Group

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Did you know that if you shop at Kroger you can support Wiley? Just follow the simple directions below and a portion of your proceeds will be applied to Wiley. Every little bit helps!
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Dress Code Reminder

UCS takes pride in our students and encourages their development of good hygiene and grooming habits. Student dress and appearance that is neat and clean contribute to a positive environment.

Students apparel should not be disruptive to the educational process. The following are the guidelines for school attire:

Indecent, tattered or unsafe dress in footwear or attire that calls undo attention to the student or has letterings or symbols that are disrespectful or derogatory are not allowed.

Beachwear, low tank tops or shirts, spaghetti strap tank tops, sleeveless tops, muscle shirts, see-through clothing, short skirts or shorts, tight clothing without proper coverage and clothing that allows exposure to shoulders or midsection are not allowed.

Clothing that promotes illegal substances or drugs illegal activities violence tobacco or alcohol is prohibited

Clothing or head coverings born as a group identifier that promote disruptive school and climate are prohibited

Assistive Technology Accessibility

The documents below were created by the UCS Tech Team to help explain using technology supports to maximize your child's educational experience. The interactive slides and QR codes

will help users explore accessibility features and tools to reduce learning challenges as well as the assistive technology supports that are available. Please check the resources out!

If you would like more information on Assistive Technology, please click on the article below.

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Please remember to be courteous and patient as you enter and exit the parking lot to ensure the safety of our students and parents. Be sure to use the designated cross space to move between the parking lot and the sidewalk. Be sure to drive slowly, as there are adults and children crossing.

Also, it is necessary for parents to get out of cars and pick up their child; students are not permitted to cross the parking lot without an adult.

Especially of importance, the expectation is that when school buses are pulling out ALL CARS MUST WAIT until all buses have departed; please do not cut into the bus line.

Thank you for following the expectations; this will ensure safety for all!


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Updated COVID-19 Protocols from the MCHD

Dear UCS Community,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Utica Community Schools has worked closely with the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) and its expert guidance in the development of health and safety protocols. This week, the MCHD has revised its guidance for how schools should approach the isolation and quarantine of students and staff for in-school exposure. The most important pieces have remained the same:

  • Keep those who are sick home
  • Staff/families must report positive COVID-19 cases and isolation/quarantine remains at five days
  • The district will notify families of positive cases in school buildings
  • Cases will continue to be reported on the district’s COVID-19 Dashboard


The Macomb County Health Department has adjusted its contact tracing and school-based case notification from individual to entire classroom. No longer will individuals be identified as close contacts. Instead, the entire class where a positive case was reported will be notified of the potential exposure.

  1. All students and staff in the impacted classroom should monitor for symptoms.
  2. Those who have or develop symptoms should isolate/quarantine and test for COVID-19.
  3. Others may quarantine individually but are not required to unless symptoms develop.

These changes follow CDC guidance and will support our commitment to ensure healthy students who do not have symptoms remain in school. They will also help with staffing issues and the significant amount of resources being spent in schools on individual contact tracing. The continued daily contact tracing has moved the focus of our staff from other critical work, including supporting students’ social/emotional needs, school safety measures, staff development and educational leadership of our schools. We need our education professionals focused on the education and well-being of our students and staff.

The countywide protocol changes will become effective on Friday, January 21. Staff and students currently quarantined due to in-school exposure or are on day 6 or later of a COVID-19 illness and have significantly improved symptoms, can return to school on Monday, January 24. The MCHD website reflects the new protocols.

Your partnership remains critical. Our communities should continue to self-screen every morning and students that do not feel well should remain at home. In addition, I encourage you to take advantage of a federal program that provides up to four free COVID-19 testing kits to families.

Thank you for your continued support.

Robert S. Monroe

Birthday Celebration Reminder

All teachers and staff at Wiley support and encourage the recognition of a child’s birthday during the school day. It is an annual milestone in every child’s life that should be celebrated! While there are many wonderful and creative ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in school, birthday celebrations at Wiley will not include food treats or items delivered to the school.

As adults, we will certainly acknowledge children who are celebrating a birthday in the same way as usual (for example: a crown, a sticker, a visit to the Principal). Some possibilities for recognizing the day in a variety of special ways that do not include food treats include:

· Class sings “Happy Birthday”

· Happy Birthday Recess gift to class from child

· Morning “Happy Birthday” PA announcement

· Parent makes a donation of book to class library/read to class

· Student reads favorite book to class

Your child’s teacher will have more information on how birthdays will be celebrated in the classroom. As educators, caregivers and loved ones we all want the best for our students. Thank you for joining us in giving students healthy opportunities to celebrate important events and achievements.


PowerSchool is the District's student information system used for attendance, grades, and delivery of report cards. Helpful instructional guides are listed below.


-navigate to https://classroom.powerschool.com

-click FORGOT PASSWORD under the password field.

-On the next screen, enter the email address associated with the Unified Classroom account and click SEND REQUEST.

-Please wait patiently for an email from- devmail.powerschool.com When the email is received, click the link inside ONCE to be taken to a page

to set your password.

-Enter a new password and re-type it to confirm, click submit.

-Powerschool password policy: minimum of 8 characters, cannot be one of your last six passwords, cannot contain sets of repeated characters

(ie: abcabcabc, 11112222)


Unified Classroom account for a New Parent
Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Parent Access - NEW PARENT

Unified Classroom account for a parent who has an original Parent Portal Account
Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Parent Access - EXISTING PARENT

Unified Classroom account for a student

Click here for detailed instructions
Use: Student Access

Unified Classroom login URL: https://classroom.powerschool.com

Mobile App Parents and students will still be able to access student grades and attendance by using the mobile PowerSchool App.

If you are experiencing issues with the PowerSchool Mobile App, please see the appropriate Frequently Asked Questions document below:

For all users:
Click here for detailed instructions and FAQ

To login to PowerSchool:

Click here or paste link into browser: ps.ucs.misd.net/public/


Click on the link below to access information on your child's Virtual Library Card as well as Virtual Library Card-Tutor.com, located in their Class Link dashboard. The Virtual Library Card gives students access to digital resources from the local library. The Virtual Library Card - Tutor.com provides onlin tutoring and homework help for studetns.


Self-screening students before school is essential to the health and safety of the school community.

Before your child leaves in the morning, ask these two questions:

  • In the last 24 hours has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline chronic illness: subjective fever (felt feverish) or measured a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills or rigors (severe chills with shivering), headache, sore throat , muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny noseor congestion and fatigue?
  • In the last 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline of any chronic illness: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell and new loss of taste?

The answer should be NO to BOTH questions. If not, your child should remain home for their protection and the health and safety of classmates and the adults in your school. Please call the school office to communicate the absence.

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Face coverings will not be required for students and staff in our schools and work environments. The wearing of face coverings will be based on the choice of each family and/or individual. The Macomb County Health Department recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face covering when indoors, especially in crowded settings. Masks must be worn on school buses.

The exception to this is if we are under a building-wide/classroom mask mandate; when cases are extremely high it may be necessary for the building/classroom to mask for 14 days. Parents and staff will be notified of the beginning and end date via email.

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Daily attendance is important for your child to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally.

If your child is going to be absent for the day, you must call the Attendance Line at (586) 797- 6799. This line is a 24-hour automated line so you may call at any time. If your child will be late, please report that on the attendance line as well. For early dismissals, parents should call the school office prior to 3:30 pm and send a note for your child's teacher. Parents must come into the vestibule to sign students in and out. Be prepared to show photo ID when picking up a student.

Many Wiley students are experiencing learning loss based on their leaving before the end of day. Not only is the child who is leaving suffering a loss, but also those students in their class; when the office staff class for student, the teacher has to stop instruction for the entire class to give the child their homework, end of day information, notes, etc. Naturally some early dismissals are unavoidable and supported for medical appointments. These should be infrequent and followed up with a doctor's note. Please, whenever possible, schedule these appointments after school hours. And if it is not medical related (such as attending a sibling's game or wanting to avoid the parking lot), please refrain from an early dismissal; 15-20 minutes several times a week adds up to hours of lost instructional time (just like tardies).

If your child does not attend regularly, the staff and I will be reaching out to find out how we can assist. If absences persist, it may constitute truancy and the matter will be addressed with the truancy officer.

Thank you for your help in this important matter! If we can be assistance, please let us know.


Once again, UCS is pleased to inform our families that ALL students enrolled at Wiley can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily!

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SHORTAGES IN THE SUPPLY CHANGE, THE MENU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Students/families will be notified as soon as possible. Thank you for your understandinag.

You can check the monthly menu at https://uticak12.nutrislice.com/.


We are in need of lunch supervisors for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested, please call or email Mrs. Baumgartner at 586-797-6700/officewiley@uticak12.org

for more information.

Become a WILEY COYOTE! Please consider joining us and becoming a member of our fantastic crew. We need support in the cafeteria and on the playground.

What we offer:

  • Great students
  • Dedicated and caring staff
  • School environment that feels like "home"
  • Paid positions at $9.65
  • Work 1-5 days a week
  • 1 -1.5 hours a day

Looking for moms, dads, guardians, and grandparents to support lunch supervision.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Safety Procedures

We need your assistance to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff throughout the schoolday. As many of you know, our school has a security camera, intercom and buzzer at the front entrance for use during the school day. To help us assist you when entering the building:

  • Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office
  • You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting
  • You will need to show your Photo ID into the security camera
  • Office staff will buzz you into the vestibule
  • All visitors must immediately sign in

Additionally, if you are entering the building please self-screen before entering, ensuring that you do not have COVID--19 or COVID symptoms. Also, please do not let any other visitors in the door as you enter (if they come up behind you).

The Wiley Staff are committed to student safety and security. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe!

2021-2022 Yearlong Calendar Dates

The UCS teacher/student calendar continues to be mutually developed through the collective bargaining process. In the interest of planning the following dates are confirmed for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:

  • Half Day: April 1
  • Spring Break: April 4-8 (no school)
  • Good Friday: April 15 (no school)
  • Memorial Weekend: May 27-30 (no school)
  • June 9: Early dismissal
  • June 10: Early dismissal; last day of school


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