Cubs' Communication

January 6, 2023

Collins Families:

I hope you all had a nice and relaxing break! I am so grateful to begin another calendar year here at Collins with your precious little ones. Our dedicated and hard-working Collins staff has hit the ground running. Our students are returning to their routines with ease and have done an excellent job getting back into the rigor of our school days.

At Collins we are continuing to build on the solid foundation that was built before holiday break. Our Collins teachers will also be focusing on working toward our school improvement goals which encompass all areas of our curriculum. Our winter NWEA testing window opens Tuesday, January 17th. Your child's teacher will be communicating the classroom testing schedule with you soon. Finally, we will be dedicating time working with your children on the various test taking strategies they can utilize to be successful on the upcoming assessments.

While academics are important, our team is dedicated to guide our students to navigate challenges both socially and emotionally. We strive to build problem solvers and critical thinkers, as well as providing them with the tools to work together toward a common goal. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you to ensure the success for all of our Collins Cubs!

Dates to Remember...


9th- Report Cards can be viewed in PowerSchool

9th- PTO Meeting 6:30

13th-Movie Night

16th- No School- MLK Day

19th- Popcorn Day

13th-Movie Night

30th- Restaurant Night - Texas Roadhouse (Mrs. Lenz will be serving!)

31st- Backwards Day


8th-Bingo Night

10th- Super Bowl Spirit Day

13th- PTO Meeting 6:30

20th-24th- No school- Mid-Winter Break


24th- 1/2 Day 11:44 Dismissal


3rd-7th- No School- Spring Break


4th - Family Game Night

29th- No School- Memorial Day


8th- 1/2 Day 11:44 Dismissal

9th- 1/2 Day- 11:44 Dismissal- Last Day Of School

Report Cards IMPORTANT

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that reports cards will be available on your parent PowerSchool account later today. Report cards will no longer be emailed to families but are being shared through a more secure method using your parent PowerSchool account. The file can only be accessed through a web browser, such as Edge, Chrome or Safari. Please note that the link is not available through the PowerSchool App.

Directions on how to access the report cards are available at this link.

Utica Community Schools will send an email when the reports cards are available. If you have issues accessing the file once it is available, please contact us at (insert direct phone number) or email (insert email).

For Information Only

The district will be sending the following email and text when report cards are completely uploaded.

District email:

Dear UCS Parents/Guardians,

First semester report cards are now available on your parent PowerSchool Account at this link:

As a reminder, report cards will no longer be emailed to parents, but are now being shared through a more secure method using your parent PowerSchool account. Attached are directions on how to access and download the file. The file can only be accessed through a web browser, such as Edge, Chrome or Safari. Please note that the link is not available through the App.

If you need further assistance to access the file or have questions about the report cards, please contact your school.

Second Marking Period Report Card Access Change (IMPORTANT)

Second semester report cards will be available only through PowerSchool accounts. Please note, the report card link is not available through the PowerSchool App. Parents will need to use a browser (Edge, Chrome, Safari, etc.). If you use only the PowerSchool App, we recommend you try to log on through a browser. If you need to reset your password, please see the directions at this link. If you need assistance, please call (insert number) or email (insert e-mail address).

For more information on how report cards will be shared, where to access the report cards, how to request a new password or set up a PowerSchool account, please see this link.

Report cards will be available through PowerSchool beginning at noon on Monday, January 9, 2023

Kindergarten Open House

All UCS elementary schools will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 1 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. to welcome new families. Come get a glimpse at the educational opportunities that await your child at Utica Community Schools. Learn about our Kindergarten and Young Fives Program, meet our building administrators and teachers, and see our schools for yourselves. All registration is done online, please click the link below for more information!
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Outdoor Recess

Please make sure your child is dressed for daily outside recess. Hats, snow boots (shoes for the classroom), and gloves. Unless the temperature is below 10 degrees, we make every attempt for students to get outside for lunch and afternoon recess.

UCS Wellness

The UCS Wellness team is happy to announce the tenth episode (Self-Regulation Strategies) 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 (

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
  • Youth and Suicide Prevention
  • The Detour Project
  • Self-Regulation Strategies

"Make a Difference " Award

Hello Collins Families-

The MISD parent advisory committee is looking for Nominations for the “Make a Difference” award. They feel it is, “important to recognize the people who have had a positive effect on the lives of our children.” The “Make a Difference” Award is given to someone who has made a significant positive impact on the educational experience of a special needs student.

You may nominate a teacher, paraprofessional, support personnel (OT, PT, social worker, psychologist, speech pathologist) or any school personnel who is involved in your child’s education.

The form has been attached and has been made FILLABLE for you and can be completed by clicking on this link: Make_a_Difference_Awards_FILLABLE_Nomination_Form_2022-23_b.pdf ( If you choose to nominate one of our special Havel Hawk Educators, the form is due by Friday, February 10, 2023. Please email your form to

We appreciate you taking the time to consider one of our very own Collins Cubs Educators.

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