What's Happening at the "D"

V5 #6 2018/2019

A note from the Principal...

Hello DeKeyser families,


Most often, having a break from school is welcomed by all! It's also common for kids to leave everything about school behind. Over holiday break, I'm asking you to please consider the quote by Joseph Addison,


"Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body."


Along with sleeping in, staying up late, and spending time with family and friends, please set time aside for your child to read at least 30 minutes a day. After reading, it may provide a time for good conversation about the book and making connections with the reading. :)


I wish you a safe holiday season full of opportunities to make many fond memories with the kids!


With gratitude,

Mary Beth Merlo

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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

Early Childhood Open House

Velocity Mid-Winter Break Camp

School Age Child Care Mid Winter Day Camp

!!!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:


January: Kellie Clark

February: Tara Schmid

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...

12/18 - School Store

12/18 - 5th Grade Concert at Stevenson 7pm

12/24 - Holiday Break

1/2- School Resumes

1/8- PTCG Meeting 7pm

1/1- Beaus with Bows - 5:30-7:30pm

1/14- 6th Grade Smart Moves Celebration 2:00pm

1/21- NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

1/24- 1/2 Day

1/24 - Skating Party

1/25 - 1/2 Day

2/1- Semester 1 Grades emailed home to parents (tentative)

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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