Beck Weekly Update

Parent Info for Thursday, September 1, 2022

Happy First Week of School!

We made it! The first week of school is 'in the books' . . . !

It was so great to hear the sounds of student voices, laughter, and running feet again! An elementary school isn't an elementary school until the students come back! What a great week we had!

Parents please make sure to return these items to school:

  1. Emergency Card - fill out emergency contacts for your child on the yellow card that was sent home. In the event we cannot get ahold of you, please tell us who you authorize to pick up your child. Return yellow cards to your child's teacher.
  2. Device Insurance - this is something that can be done online, or in person. You can send check (made payable to UCS) or cash to school with your child and a note stating your child's name. Please mark the envelope "Device Insurance". DUE SEPT. 8!

Also, mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:00. We will hold our annual "Open House" in person this year!

Enjoy your long holiday weekend! Remember, no school tomorrow (Sept. 2) or Monday (Sept. 5) for the Labor Day holiday.

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

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Eagle Scout Project Refurbishes Beck Courtyard!

Former Beck student, and aspiring Eagle Scout, Nolan Roessler left his mark on Beck Elementary school this summer. For his Eagle Scout project Nolan took on redoing our outside courtyard area. He power washed the old brick paver center, reassembled the planter boxes with new brick, and planted the boxes with new perennial plants. It looks fantastic! The staff was excited to see the potential 'outdoor classroom' or reading area and begin using it with their students! The first Beck staff meeting of the year took place on the newly renovated area!

A big shout out of thanks to Nolan Roessler!

UCS Elementary Handbook

Parents will want to check out and be familiar with the UCS Elementary Handbook. It outlines the district curriculum areas, technology use and guidelines, expectations for student conduct, disciplinary procedures and attendance policies. It is also a great resource for parents and may answer many questions that you may have! Click on the red button above to open the handbook from the UCS website!

One of the most popular questions involves cell phones for students. Elementary students are asked not to bring cell phones to school. They are not needed, and use of other technology is provided to students as needed for school work while at school. Due to circumstances at home, however, with family schedules, it may be necessary for a student to need to bring their phone to school. IF a parent would like their child to carry their cell phone to school please follow these two guidelines:

  1. A note from parent requesting student bring their phone (so we know you approved), and
  2. Student parks phone in teacher's cupboard, or our office 'cell phone parking lot'
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Parking Lot Flow! Please Follow the Route!

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Technology Device Insurance Available for 2022-2023

Device Insurance Plan for Accidental Damage – Annual OPTIONAL COVERAGE


An annual insurance plan has been designed to help families if there is an accident that causes damage to the school issued device. When participating in the district’s insurance plan for $15 per year, any accidental damage reported will be covered as described below.

How to Purchase Device Insurance -- ONLINE:

The initial fee to purchase device insurance ($15 per device) can be paid online using your checking account, debit card or credit card through PaySchools. The link to PaySchools is unique to each individual school within the district. The link can be found on the homepage of the school your student attends, under “Parents” - “My *school name*” I have included the link for you below.

by Cash or Check: You can send cash or check to school with your child. Make sure to seal it in an envelope with your child's full name, teacher's name, and mark it "Device Insurance". Teachers will forward these envelopes to our school office. Please remember, the Sept. 8 deadline. The office cannot accept insurance payments after Sept. 8.


In order to be considered enrolled in the optional Technology Insurance Program, payments for 2022- 2023 school year must be received no later than Thursday, September 2, 2022.

Lunch Account - Meal Magic

The Meal Magic Family Portal provides a convenient, one-stop place to check your child's meal purchases, make deposits, order food, and apply for benefits. You will need your child's ID number to set up the account. If you don't see it on PowerSchool, please call or email the Beck office and we can provide that to you!

Click on the picture (right) to watch a quick video on how to set up your account!

Schoolwide Snack Policy - Fruits and Vegetables Only

Beck is an allergy-safe school, meaning we do everything within our power to keep our children safe, limit the potential exposures to allergens, and have many guidelines and precautions in place to protect children. Part of this protection is watching for possible cross-contamination issues, where a child with an allergy could be exposed to an allergen that has accidently been smeared on a table or spread onto other common items, such as computers, pencils, or other shared supplies. Because of this all of our classrooms have food restrictions in place. Only fresh fruits and vegetables (no dips) are allowed for classroom snacks.

The lunchroom has more staff available and more space to accommodate the varied requirements of our students with allergies. We are able to place students with allergies at designated tables decreasing their risk of cross-contamination. For this reason, we do not have restrictions placed on lunches, instead we change who can safely eat at a table with our students with allergies.

This situation would be much easier for school staff if our only concerns were peanuts and tree nuts. There are 8 allergens, however, that are the cause of 90% of all food allergies. These allergens include: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. In the Utica Community School district, sesame seeds allergies are also on the rise in addition to the above allergens. Managing all of these allergens proves to be very challenging. This is why we need the help of all our parents and students.

Where Did Beck Vikings Go This Summer?

Keep sending me some of your summer pics!


Please remember:

  • No School Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5, for Labor Day Weekend
  • September 6 - School resumes
  • September 14 - No School, Teacher Professional Development Day
  • September 15 - Beck Open House 7:00 p.m. Live! At Beck!