The Messmore Messenger

March 2023

A Note From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Some parents have inquired about requesting a teacher for the next school year, therefore, I wanted to clarify the procedure for this process. While we believe your input is important, it is our policy not to allow parent requests for a specific teacher. Our goal at Messmore is to provide students with an educational environment to enhance their success probability.

Children are not placed in classrooms at random. Current teachers spend a great deal of time assuring that classrooms are “well-balanced”, providing the best possible learning environment for your children. Some of the factors we consider are:

• Academic achievement and ability

• Male/female ratio

• Equal distribution of students per classroom

• Special needs

• Social skills and peer relations

• Behavior

• Learning styles

If individual educational needs or extenuating circumstances must be considered for the next school year, please provide me with a letter explaining these educational needs and/or circumstances. A letter simply requesting a particular teacher will not be sufficient. Again, there must be extenuating circumstances for a request to be considered. A letter does not guarantee a teacher placement request. The letter should be addressed to Dr. Fiema and received no later than Monday, May 13, 2023. Please do not send requests to classroom teachers. All placement considerations that need special attention will be through the principal, working with teachers. We will give your input serious consideration during the placement process. However, due to the multiage placement and the factors listed above, the final decision rests with the building team of teachers and me. Please be assured that your child will be placed in a classroom with a caring, dedicated teacher.

Thank you,

Renee Fiema, Ed.D


Important Information From Mr. Monroe, Superintendent

Please see the attached letter below that outlines May 2, 2023, Election Information.
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UCS Bus Drivers Needed

Our UCS bus drivers make a difference every day in the lives of our students. UCS drivers are the first-person students see every morning and the last at the end of the day. We are looking for individuals who want to help drive the future for our students.

If you are interested in becoming a bus driver, walk-in interviews are being held on March 8, 15, and 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our UCS Auxiliary Services Department, 6600 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are looking for a full or part-time job that follows the school calendar. For more information, please visit

Sterling Heights Animal Ordinance

As much as we love our beloved pets we can no longer allow them to visit our school during arrival and pick-up times. It has been brought to my attention that Utica Community Schools follows the Sterling Heights Animal Ordinance which does not allow animals on school grounds unless it is for an educational purpose and/or it is an animal that has specific training papers.

As stated in the ordinance: Animals found trespassing on school grounds, whether under restraint or otherwise, shall constitute a nuisance per se, punishable as provided in the chapter.

National Federation of Music

Earlier in February, Liam Malcyznski (2nd) and Sarah Greib (2nd) competed in the National Federation of Music Festival. They both earned a Superior Rating for their two piano pieces. Great job, Liam and Sarah!

March is Reading Month "Reading Around the Mitten"

During the month of March, we will be highlighting Michigan music, geography, food, and people. Look for communication from your child(s) teacher. There will be a calendar of events and reading challenges.

**Please note that "Dress Like a Tourist Day" has been rescheduled to Monday, March 6th!

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Art With Mrs. Merriman

Interested in seeing more amazing student art? Please 'like' and share my Facebook page or Instagram below for frequent updates on what's happening in the Art Room. Thank you! 🙂

I'm on Instagram as letsdrawpaintcreate!
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Important Dates

Mar 5 -- Daddy Daughter Dance

Mar 7 -- Spring Picture Day

Mar 24 -- Half Day of School/Blood Drive 1-7pm

Apr 3-7 -- No School/Spring Break

May 29 -- No School/Memorial Day

Jun 8 -- Half Day of School

Jun 9 -- Half Day/Last Day of School

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration opened January 4, 2023 for in-district families. When you fill out the online form, your child will automatically be assigned to their home school. Please follow the instructions in the auto-generated emails. Your home school may contact you for more information. This is normal. Please do everything that is asked promptly, because Messmore will need that information anyway once the In-District Transfer Request Form is approved.

The In-District Transfer Request Form is attached below. That is the form you need to submit to let UCS know that you would like your child to attend Messmore. Please fill out the form and email it to the email address on the form. DO NOT send the form to Messmore. That will delay the process.

Preschool Information

For information regarding UCS Preschool, please click on the link below.

UCS Wellness Podcast

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 (

UCS Wellness / Resources - Utica Community Schools

Utica Community Schools works to support the physical, mental and social-emotional development of all students. Our wellness pages contain a variety of resources for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members.

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

Mobile Pantry

Please click on the links below for Mobile Pantry information for both Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest.


Forgotten Harvest:

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Lunch/Recess Supervisors Needed!

Are you interested in seeing whether or not your child is eating their lunch? Are you curious as to who your child's friends are? Do you like to help? Then this may be the job for you!

We are in need of lunchroom and lunch recess supervisors. This can be a paid position, if you're interested. Or it can be just on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in getting paid for your time as a lunchroom and lunch recess supervisor, then please see the attached information below regarding EduStaff and follow those directions. If you are interested in just volunteering, all I would need is a Criminal History Check Form filled out and submitted, if you have not already done so.

If you are interested in beginning the process, please reach out to Sarah in the main office ( We really need help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Parking Lot Plan

Please take a look at the flyer below regarding the flow of the parking lot. Together we can make this work!
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UCS Vision

Utica Community School, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement.

Parent-Student Handbook

Please see the attachment below for a copy of the Parent-Student Handbook.

Messmore General Information

For general information about Messmore, please click on the link below.