Rocket Review

Week of November 15, 2019

A Snow Day in November?

We were quite surprised for the large amount of snow that came this week! Also surprised that it closed all the local schools as road crews worked to clear subdivisions. I do not remember ever having this much snow or a day off due to the weather this early in the school year.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a snowy and cold winter for Michigan this season. From the UCS Elementary Student Handbook:

"Fresh air and exercise are proven to enhance a child’s physical and educational growth.

Recess is an important part of the Utica Community Schools elementary program and is supervised by authorized school personnel. A doctor’s note is required to excuse a student from recess for more than two days. Your child should come to school appropriately dressed for outdoor play, even in the winter months."

Please make sure your child is prepared to be outside for recess, even in the winter months. General guidelines for outdoor recess in the winter are outlined below.

Morgan completed the first of three school safety drills this week. Students discussed different options for school safety, including evacuation, stay in place, and door security. There will be two more state required school safety drills throughout the remainder of the school year, along with another severe weather awareness drill (2 required), and 2 more fire drills (5 required).

Finally, please remember that during arrival and dismissal times, our school buses have the right of way in the bus lane at all times. Our bus drivers are responsible for the transportation of up to 80 students per bus. As they arrive to school, drivers will be asked to quickly move out of the bus zone so students can exit the bus and enter the school safely. Thank you for your understanding and patience during our busy morning and dismissal times.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Lasky

Good luck Morgan Stingers!

The Morgan Lego Robotics Team is heading to Thunderquest on Saturday at Henry Ford II high school for annual competition with multiple teams from around the area. Morgan students gave them a clap out for good luck on Friday afternoon. Thanks to our coaches: Mr. May & Mr. Jozwiak for all of the time and effort they provided to get the team ready to compete! Good luck, Stingers!
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Wellness Weekend Over Thanksgivng

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Recess Outside or Inside

20°F Recess is held outside

15-19°F Wind conditions will determine recess location

14°F or Below: Inside Recess

We use and Accuweather for updates and temperature readings.

If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the wind chill factor will be considered. A low windchill will warrant an indoor recess.

It is important that children dress appropriately for winter weather: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat. All students are expected to participate in recess. Fresh air and physical play help develop fitness and increase children’s ability to focus during learning times. Generally, if a child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to go outside for a short break and to get some fresh air.

A doctor's note is required to excuse a student from recess for more than 2 days.

News From Physical Education

Physical Education News:

  1. Gym Shoe REMINDER! The snow is here and so are the winter boots! Please help your child remember his/her gym shoes so they can participate in Physical Education. Thank You!
  2. Morgan Elementary is the lucky recipient of a nutrition education experience of a lifetime with Jump for Jill Live Tour! There will be a school-wide assembly on December 4th.
  3. Morgan Elementary will also particiapte in Jump Rope for Heart the first week of March. More details will come later.
  4. Lastly, we are looking to makeover one of the bulletin boards that are in the gym. We will be collecting decals/stickers of sports teams till the end of the school year. Example: baseball, softball, dance, cheer, football, swim, basketball, ect. Decals can be from a team your child plays from, collegiate teams, professional teams, and local teams. Thank You!!

Thank you for all your support!

Mrs. Crum

Mrs. Phelan

Annual Mitten Tree Collection

Morgan Elementary participates in a hat, scarf, mitten tree collect each year for donation to local charity for the December holidays. Our mitten tree will be ready to accept mittens from December 3 through December 19. If you see a good deal on children's winter hats, mittens, and scarves, please consider donating a set to our mitten tree for those in need.

Green Team Candy Wrapper Collection

Thank you to our 2 parents who have volunteers to re-organize the Green Team at Morgan! More information on Green Team activities and initiatives will be coming in the next few months.

The first Green Team activity is to collect empty candy wrappers for recycling. There is a box located in the lobby, by the white PTO chalk board, to put empty candy wrappers. The Green Team will collect and recycle.

Please send in your CLEAN empty wrappers in a ziploc bag or paper bag for donation.

Morgan Annual Food Drive

Morgan Elementary participates in an annual food drive for local charity. Our food drive this year will begin November 4 and run through November 22. The class with the most items collected will receive a pizza party lunch from the Morgan Main Office.

The past few years, Morgan has collected more food items than Malow Junior High and other surrounding elementary schools who participate. Let's keep the trend going and donate non-perishable food items for local Helping Hands food pantry.

Summit Ski Club

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Eisenhower NHS Tutoring

The Eisenhower National Honor Society is hosting a weekly FREE tutoring session held on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 PM in the Eisenhower Media Center, beginning October 9.

Parents may register their students by submitting a request located on our website:

This will allow us to prepare adequate tutors for each subject matter. We ask that parents complete the form by Sunday night each week in order to allow us to organize the correct number of NHS students.

Their goal is to provide a safe and productive environment for both students needing help and our NHS members offering their service. Additionally, a staff member will be on site every week checking in registered students and monitoring the sessions.

8 Keys Weekly Ticket Winners

As part of Morgan's PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support), each week students at Morgan are able to earn 8 Keys tickets for demonstrating 8 Keys quality in work, play, and lunch times. They submit their tickets to our weekly drawing and two names per grade level are selected on Wednesday or Thursday.

The following are the winner for the past two weeks:


  • Xander Long
  • Vildana


  • Sydney
  • Christopher

First Grade:

  • Jeevan
  • Ivana

Second Grade:

  • Ethan
  • Barry

Third Grade:

  • William
  • Eli

Fourth Grade:

  • Aiden
  • Angelo

Fifth Grade:

  • Abby
  • Jack K

Sixth Grade:

  • Mady S
  • Marcella

Looking for Lunch Monitors!

Looking for help on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays!

Morgan Elementary is looking for help in the lunchroom! Each year, we are allowed to hire 8 adults to help supervise students on the playground and in the lunchroom throughout our lunch hour. We would like to thank our parents who have already notified us that they will be returning to join our lunchtime this year and are looking for more support!

If you would be interested in helping in the lunchroom, please fill out a lunch monitor application with EduStaff. A link to the application can be found below. You will need to create an account, enter your information, complete some online training modules, and have a background check with finger prints. Then you can work as many lunch days as you would like and be paid for your help!

Several of our lunch monitors also complete additional training in EduStaff to serve as substitute paraprofessionals in our building. If you are interested in becoming a substitute paraprofessional, please use the EduStaff application process below.

If you have questions about becoming a lunch monitor or the online process, please contact Melissa Roth in our main office at 586-797-5800.

The Nutcracker at Macomb

Two Morgan students are part of the Macomb Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker. For ticket information, dates and time, click on the button below. Congratulations Molly and Olivia for being chosen to perform in this ballet! A fun, family, holiday show.
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Mark Your Calendar

Calendar Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Monday, November 18: PTO Meeting 6:30 PM @ Hamlin Pub on 25 Mile & VanDyke

Tuesday, November 19: Elementary report cards sent home electronically

Friday, November 22: Bagel Day

Wednesday, November 27: No School--Thanksgiving Break--Wellness Weekend

Monday, December 2: School resumes

Thursday, December 4: Morgan Blood Drive 2-9 PM

December 9 - 12: Holiday Shop

Flyers for Holiday Shop will come home the week of December 2.

Schedule for shopping to come in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, December 17: 3rd & 5th Grade Music Concerts

December 23 - January 1: Holiday Break

Thursday, Jan. 2: School Resumes

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UCS News and Updates

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Now Hiring Bus Drivers

Starting at $16.50 per hour w/paid training

Call 586-797-7100

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Morgan Volunteers PTO Webpage

Click here to visit the Morgan Volunteers PTO web page and register for updates and volunteer information. Please update your family information each school year.

The winner is......

Check the Morgan Volunteers PTO Facebook page for the latest update. They were still counting at the time this newsletter was sent to parents.
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Morgan beats Monfort! Earns $420 for PTO!

Thank you to all who participated!

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Skate Night Calendar

The first Skate Night has past and if you missed the fun, you can catch one of the future dates:

Wednesday, January 8

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, April 23

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Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

Please join us at the Hamlin Pub located at the corner of 25 Mile Road & Van Dyke (in the Vince & Joe's plaza)!

All Morgan parents are welcome to attend!

Future Dates for Meetings:

Monday, November 18

Tuesday, January 21

Monday, February 10

Tuesday, March 24

Monday, April 20

Tuesday, May 19

Box Tops are Going Digital!

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Morgan Elementary

Mission: Morgan is dedicated to developing lifelong learners through the working relationship of students, staff, and community.

Vision: We are a community of compassionate, committed professionals and learners who become academically successful through collaboration, ownership, and perseverance.