Dolphin Dispatch

October News 2022

Happy Fall Graebner Families,

Our first month of school has gone quickly as we welcomed students back to school for the 2022-23 school year! So many changes to get used to with new teachers and staff, the lunch program returning to the pre-pandemic system and everyone adjusting to coming back to school. Our first classroom assessments are underway and these assessments will guide our work for the months to come.

The month of October we will focus on getting the Positive Behavior Intervention Support system reviewed and practiced with students so they are reminded what school behavior looks like here at Graebner. We have 5th and 6th graders helping our littlest friends with lunch and getting to the correct bus. Little fingers find it difficult to open almost everything, so we appreciate our helpers. We are planning our first assembly to remind students of appropriate behaviors and how we work together as a school community to care for each other and ourselves.

As we experience cooler weather, please assure that your child(ren) is dressed appropriately for the weather. We go outside all days unless it's raining, we are under any type of weather advisory or it is below 10 degrees wind chill factor (feels like temp). Once we get snow, students should wear water proof boots to go off blacktop.

I should also remind everyone about the front teacher lot. We again have parents parking in the lot that many students cross as walkers creating a non safe environment for students. The lot is not for student pick up or drop off. Please follow the procedures in the main lot or park off campus and use the crossing guards. We must keep everyone safe!

We already have a pile of belongings in the lost and found. Remind your child to check it!

Thank you for your continued support of your child's education here at Graebner. Thank you for being part of our team!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Wood, Principal

Dates to Remember

October 4: 1:00 practice lock down

October 5: Count Day! Come to School

October 12: Picture Day/PTO Mod Pizza Night

October 13: Deadline to fill out free and reduced lunch paperwork or online

October 18: PTO meeting 6pm in media center

October 19: No School Teacher Professional Development

October 21: Trunk or Treat (time TBD)

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Calendar 2022-23

Elementary How-To Guide for School Meals

Please share our How-To Video for School Meals link with your school community:

Thank you!

For dropping off students between the curb and the cones and using the crosswalks for those who park and walk their student. It is for everyone's safety.
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UCS Wellness Podcast

The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the seventh episode of their 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 (

The seventh podcast in the series is titled “Our Youth and Vaping.” Below is a list of the podcasts available on the Wellness page:

  • Mental Health with guest, Nancy Buyle
  • Grief and the Grieving Process for Children
  • Family Communication
  • CARE of Southeastern Michigan
  • Discussing Dating Violence with Turning Point
  • Tackling Tough Topics with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Our Youth and Vaping

GPTO updated activities

GPTO Upcoming Activities:

Wednesday Oct 12 - Restaurant Night at Mod Pizza

Tuesday October 18 - GPTO Member meeting, 6pm in the Media Center or via Google Meet

Friday Oct 21 - Graebner Trunk or Treat (More info to come)