What's Happening at the "D"

V5 #9 2018/2019

Flash Light Reading in Media Center for March is Reading Month

A note from the Principal...

Hello DeKeyser families,

Every March is a very active time at our School! We celebrate READING!! Attached below is a copy of our Reading Celebration Calendar. Most days have a "Reading based" activity to draw attention to the fun, important skill of Reading.

If you are reading this, I'm sure you understand the importance of Reading! And everyone has experienced that the more you read, the better you get at it.

There are many things about Reading, that unless you work in a school or teach Reading, you may not realize or spend time thinking about. I thought I'd share some highlights.


1) Reading improves a child's vocabulary, writing skills, grammar, sentence structure, and communication skills.

2) Early Reading skills directly relates to a child's future academic success.

3) Reading early helps build independence and self-confidence.

4) The internet has made Reading more and more a part of people's daily lives. As children click around child-friendly websites or click the backward buttons of online story pages, they increase fine motor skills and their hand-eye coordination.

5) The more young children are read to, the greater their interest in mastering Reading.

6) Reading to and with your children is one of the most rewarding bonding times for a family, and it's FREE!


This month, if you can spare an extra 20 minutes daily, consider reading (more) with your child!


With gratitude,

Mary Beth Merlo

Click Below for the Reading Celebration Calendar

2018/2019 Parent Survey

Your feedback is important to us. We use this information for our school improvement. Please click below to take the short Parent Survey.

Thank you.

Twin Day - March is Reading Month

Davis Junior High Curriculum Night - Thursday, March 14th at 6pm

Curriculum Night for incoming 6th graders will be Thursday, March 14th at 6pm at Davis Junior High.

April 11th from 3:45pm-6:00pm Morley Candy Fundraiser Pick-Up in the Media Center

Digital Information and Communication Technology - Smart Phones and Smart Watches

Utica Community Schools has a school board policy to address Digital Information and Communication Technology. Unless being used for teacher initiated educational purposes, Smart Phones and Smart Watches can be kept in student backpacks turned off. If you would like more information about School Board Policy 5160, please click here: http://www.uticak12.org/cms/One.aspx?From=kr&portalId=578321&pageId=1221983&objectId.161830=5632868&contextId.161830=2383370&lastCat=6619061

Parking Lot Safety

Safety is number one!

I have heard some concerns from parents lately about parents not following the flow of traffic. If you would like to park on the left side of the parking lot, please follow proper traffic flow and drive through the parking lot. A diagram of traffic flow is attached.

As a reminder:

~The flow of traffic is one way.

~Driving to the parking lot behind the building is NOT allowed, no student drop off in the back of the building.

~Please be courteous to other drivers, kids are most likely within earshot and modeling patience will benefit their learning.


Thank you! :)

School Breakfast and Lunch menus

The Food and Nutrition Services Department is excited to announce that all menus are now digitally accessible on all devices to allow for personalized viewing options. Users can select to view nutritional and allergen information, as well as customize print and language settings. Menus can also be viewed at https://uticak12.nutrislice.com, or on the UCS Mobile App.

Please see flyer below for more info.


School breakfast begins Tuesday, September 4th and school lunches begin Wednesday, September 5th.



School meal prices for students will remain unchanged for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Meal Prices

Elementary, Lunch $ 2.75

Junior High, Lunch $ 2.90

High School, Lunch $ 2.95

All Grades, Breakfast $ 1.75

!!!Congratulations to our VIP Parking Spot Winners!!!

At our Spring Fling this year, we raffled off a parking spot in the front of the lot, closest to the building. The winning family may park in the spot during the month designated at any time.


Here is a list of winners by month:

March: Kayla Cardillo

April: Jen Gonzalez

May: Amanda Peebles

June: Kellie Clark


This parking spot will be monitored, please do not park in the spot unless you are the month's winner. Thank you!

2018/2019 School Calendar

Next year's calendar of district school days and vacation days has been released. Please click below to see a copy of the calendar.

Upcoming Events...

3/7 - Spring Pictues

3/12 - PTCG 7pm

3/13 - Kindergarten Open House

3/14 - 2nd Grade Concert 6:30pm

3/20- Bingo Night 5:30pm

3/26 - School Store

4/1 - 4/5 - Spring Break

DeKeyser Attendance Line - (586)797-4499

If your child will be absent from school, please call our attendance line and leave a message.

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