August 24, 2023
Arrival and Dismissal
First Week of School
Breakfast opens at 8:00 for those getting breakfast
First bell is at 8:15-all students may enter building
Second bell is at 8:25 - school begins
August 30- FULL DAY - All School Assembly-wear a Graebner school spirit shirt or the color blue if you have it!
August 31 - FULL DAY - (8:25-3:15)
September 1-September 4 NO SCHOOL/Labor Day Weekend
Technology Device Insurance Program
FINAL DATE TO ENROLL: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2023
Please find the device plan insurance information on our UCS website. The cost of device insurance is $17.50 per student. The Payschools website has changed to Payschools Central. In order to purchase the device insurance parents will need their child(ren) student ID number (which can be found on the report card) and create a NEW Payschools Central account. The directions for creating an account can be found at: https://www.uticak12.org/domain/85
Device Insurance Plan / Device Insurance
Utica Community Schools is proud to deliver 1:1 technology to our students. Depending upon the grade level, your child has been issued either an iPad or a Dell laptop including charging cords and any applicable accessories. Your child is responsible for the device at all times.
ALL INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM PREVIOUS DOLPHIN DISPATCH
Dear Graebner Families,
I hope this letter finds you all in good health and high spirits. As we embark on another exciting school year, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your unwavering support and collaboration. As partners in your child's education, we encourage open communication.
This newsletter contains some of the basic information that we wanted to share with our families. As the first day of school gets closer, I will be sending out more info in regard to arrival/dismissal procedures, bus stop information, and first-day news. If you have any specific concerns or questions please call us!
Together, we can ensure a safe, inspiring, and successful school year for all. Please note that our school start and end times are changing. Please see the information below regarding start and end times. Please refer to the above attachments for arrival and dismissal.
We are all excited to start the school year with all of you!
Graebner Elementary School
Half days release at 11:29am.
Students getting breakfast can come as early as 8:00 IF they are getting breakfast. They will not be released from the cafeteria to class until the 8:15 bell rings, and all students are let into the building. Breakfast closes at 8:35.
Class begins at 8:25. Tardy bell rings at 8:30. Please remember that students must be signed in by an adult if arriving after 8:25. Thank you for your cooperation.
NEW Student Handbook
School Age Care (SACC) is hiring!
This year, Graebner has no morning SACC.
Afternoon SACC will again be at Havel Elementary, however, ONLY Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Important Note About PaySchools for the 2023-24 School Year
PaySchools has improved its platform this year to provide a system that is consistently more reliable and user friendly. The end result for parents will be that the information they need will be personalized for their child.
As a result, families will be asked to recreate an account (even if you previously had a PaySchools account). Once created, you will be provided with those product choices that directly relate to your child.
Just follow these easy steps:
- Create an account from your computer or tablet at: www.payschoolscentral.com
- Complete the account registration by selecting register, enter your profile details, setting up your password via the email link that will be sent to you, then logging in.
- Add your children to your account using their student ID numbers. ID numbers are found on their report card available through PowerSchool.
- If you like, enter credit card and/or banking information as forms of payments to use with your PaySchools account.
A complete guide (with screen shots) is available at this link.
Need help with your PaySchools Central account?
8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (M-F)
New District App
Utica Community Schools has a new mobile app! Search for 'Utica Schools' in your phone's app store and download the free app to stay up-to-date on district and school news. The old mobile app 'Utica Community Schools' is no longer supported and should be deleted from your devices. Download at the App store here and Google Play here.
Breakfast and Lunch News
- UCS students will receive a free breakfast and lunch throughout the 2023-24 school year.
- All UCS families are asked to complete the School Meals & Summer EBT application or the Education Benefits form Here - enter "Utica Community Schools" and follow the prompts.
- Most online applications are processed within two (2) working days compared to 10 using paper applications
- Paper copies of these forms are distributed to all student households or are available at your child’s school.
School Calendar for beginning of school year
August 29 First Day/Half Day dismissal at 11:29 am
September 1 No School
September 4 No School Labor Day
September 20 No School