We greatly appreciate your continued partnership to keep our students and staff safe as we have moved to face-to-face learning. Your support of self-screening procedures for your Havel Hawks each morning is key to our continued success in providing a safe and positive learning environment.
It is important that families who may be traveling over mid-winter break follow closely the additional guidelines to mitigate any spread of COVID-19 in our community. These guidelines were issued in the recent Presidential Executive Order and Center for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Guidance (links are listed below for your reference).
Families planning to travel internationally should know and comply with the Presidential Order requiring the CDC recommendations for international air travel. For Utica Community Schools students this means the that they must follow the below procedures following their return and before returning to school.
** Student must quarantine at home immediately upon return from international air travel. This should be for a minimum of seven (7) or ten (10) calendar days (see below)
** Student should get tested for COVID-19 upon return from international air travel. This is best conducted during the window of three to five days after return
-- If test result is positive for COVID-19, follow all applicable quarantine requirements
-- If test result is negative for COVID-19, continue to self-monitor, and may return to school after the full seven days, provided no symptoms emerge
- If the student does not get tested within the window indicted above, she/he is to self-monitor for ten days, and may return to school after the full ten days, provided no symptoms emerge
- Even upon completing quarantine, students who have engaged in international air travel should continue to distance from medically fragile persons for fourteen days from return.
Parents should make us aware in advance of any international air travel so that any quarantining absence is appropriately recorded. Please be advised that Utica Community Schools is not obligated to provide expanded remote learning for students quarantined following voluntary international travel.
Below are links with additional information:
CDC Guidelines: After You Travel Internationally | CDC
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the safety of our Havel community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I am happy to work through anything with you. Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Murray's Music Memo
Hello! Greetings from the Music Room! Our Havel Elementary musicians have been busy making music at home. They found items around the house they could use as instruments during music class. Cups, buckets, laundry baskets, plastic containers, pencils, spoons, and many other items were used to make percussive sounds along with the music. The students had fun playing along with music they recognized, and a few new songs too. In addition to having fun and adding a little movement to online learning, the students worked on musical skills such as keeping a steady beat, call and response (echoing), musical phrasing, identifying changes in the music, and playing/reading rhythmic patterns. The students did a great job, and it was nice to see their smiles as they played along.
K-2 Curriculum Update
1st Grade- The first graders did a fantastic job transitioning back to in-person learning! We look forward to all the exciting, academic activities we will be completing during the month of February. In math, students will be wrapping up our unit on place value. Throughout our literacy block, we will be learning about Black History Month and include non-fiction text and informational writing. One person we will be discussing is Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all-white school. February is also National Kindness Month and we look forward to challenging our students to do random acts of kindness throughout the month.
Kindergarten- February brings many exciting events to the kindergarten rooms at Havel! Valentine's Day is fast approaching as well as the 100th day of school. These special days incorporate fun learning with graphing, tally marks, addition, subtraction, place value, counting with money, and problem solving with silly math stories. Writing two or more complete sentences with phonetic spelling, reading short stories and poems, mastering new sight words, making blends and diagraphs, and identifying story elements have been easier to understand due to the overlapping curriculum with 100's Day and Valentine's Day. Celebrating Black History Month has brought great interest and curiosity to learn more about our history. The children have been learning and writing about several remarkable and memorable black Americans. We can hardly wait to see what March brings!
2nd Grade Virtual Academy Curriculum Update
Second grade virtual students have been learning about expository text and how to use text features to build understanding. The students are currently working on informational writing pieces. Through the month of February students will celebrate the contributions and accomplishments African Americans have made on our society. Each week we will learn about several important people. To conclude our unit on Black History Month students will research and participate in a virtual museum project using Flipgrid.
This Week Reminder
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Help Desk Support For Parents and Students
Starting Tuesday, January 19, 2021 the UCS Helpdesk will offer two ways for parents and students to contact them directly for technical support:
- Telephone: 586-797-1055 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While the first resource for addressing issues is the school, please refer parents and students to these methods if they have a technical support issue that you are not able to address. Staff members are asked to not use these contact methods, but to continue contacting the UCS Helpdesk as they have in the past.
Save The Date- Picture Day
Students will receive their school picture while social distancing from Kaiser photographers
Masks will be worn by all staff at all times and all safety protocols will be adhered to
Wednesday, February 24th will be picture day for our Virtual Academy Students
Virtual Academy families will be required to make an appointment and reserve their timeslot for their student. More information will be sent directly to our VA families soon!
If at all possible, pictures should be preordered online at:
Kindergarten Registration Night- Save The Date
· Virtual Open House for New Kindergarten Families
Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Opportunity to learn more about our kindergarten program
- Expectations and Curriculum
- Learn more about our school and staff
- Parents and students will be invited into school at a later date for personal meet and greet, following CDC and other health-related guidelines.
· Registration is now open through pupil accounting. All parents will enroll using this system and will be asked to upload the required documents:
- Child's birth certificate
- Michigan driver's license, Michigan ID or appropriate employment picture ID
- Lease agreement, closing papers or property tax bill
- Immunization records detailing the day, month and year your child was vaccinated against measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and other serious illnesses
· Parents can register at this link: www.uticak12.org/kindergarten
-- Step One – Families apply for on-line registration using the above link. This process verifies that family lives in the Utica Community Schools and can complete the registration. If they do not, the district will provide Schools of Choice information to them. Please encourage families to apply regardless of residency.
-- Step Two – Following the receipt of confirmation from pupil accounting, families will create on-line student account.
-- Once the enrollment is complete, schools will be notified and asked to contact the family to welcome them.
For families living outside of the UCS district:
o In addition to completing the on-line application for enrollment, they will also need to complete a Schools of Choice application.
o At the point they complete the on-line application, they will receive information on the process for also enrolling through Schools of Choice.
o Once that application has been approved and they have completed the registration process, their enrollment will be shared with schools.
Breakfast and Lunch
Elementary students in the AM and PM programs will be provided a grab and go breakfast and lunch at the end of their school day. Please refrigerate these meals once they come home. If you do not want your child to participate in this free meal program, please go to this link to disenroll. Unless otherwise noted in this opt-out form, food service will provide this service for your student.
School Office Hours
The school office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Appointments may be scheduled between the hours of 8:30-11:00 AM and 12:30-3:15 PM. While much business may be completed over the phone during business hours, please reach out if you need a lunch-time appointment and we will work to flex our schedule for you. When calling ahead for your appointment, we will review our COVID-19 screening and safety precautions with you over the phone in preparation for your visit. Our office is happy to assist you when you call, and can be reached at 586-797-5200.
Please provide all information regarding student travel/vacation to school office personnel. Parents may email or phone the office to report daily absences or upcoming travel. Daily absence reporting can be made 24/7 on our available absence line.
attendance line: (586) 797-5299
phone: (586) 797-5200