Wiley Way

Week of March 22, 2021


School Hours: 9:10 AM - 4:00 PM (Remote/Face to Face); 8:20 AM - 3:10 PM (Virtual)

Attendance Line: (586) 797-6799 (May access 24/7)

If you need anything, PLEASE EMAIL the office staff at officewiley@uticak12.org ; someone will respond promptly.

Reach the Office @ (586) 797-6700 or officewiley@uticak12.org

Office Staff:

  • Mrs. Candice Merivirta, Principal
  • Mrs. Rita Savage, Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Cathy Baumgartner, Office Clerk


MAR 1 - March is Reading Month (MIRM) begins! Begin One School One Book project. See calendar below for daily activities.

March 24 - WEDNESDAY: Online learning only. No in-person instruction

WEEK of MARCH 29 - In-person learning full days Monday through Wednesday

April 1 - Early Dismissal @ 11:50 AM; no school in PM

April 2 - April 9 No School; Spring Break

April 12-19 Remote Learning for all students

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Hello Wiley Families~

I hope this finds you well. It has been a very busy and exciting week welcoming students back to school (nearly) full time. Staff has been instrumental in helping students to keep distanced and reminding everyone to keep masks on correctly. It is so important that you continue to screen your child every day before coming to school. If they are not feeling well, please err on the side of caution and call the office. If you become aware that you are a contact of a positive or learn that you are positive for COVID, please notify the school immediately so that we can help with safety protocols. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all members of our school community.

Hopefully you are enjoying sharing our school read The World According to Humphrey. In addition to the story, Mrs. Gabriel has created a webpage with lots of additional information for you and your child to explore.

Click on this link to view the interactive site: Wiley Elementary (google.com)

Please note the important dates on the calendar above. The week of March 22nd, students will continue with Remote Wednesday. Due to the shortened week of March 29th, students will be in school for full days Monday through Wednesday, with an early dismissal on Thursday, April 1 (11:50 AM); there will be no school on Friday, April 2.

In an effort to ensure the well being of all, we will have an entire week of remote learning April 12th through April 16th.

When we return, it will be time for our 3rd-6th graders will begin M-STEP testing. More information will follow.

As always, thank you for all you do to help support your child and the Wiley school community. We truly appreciate your support; we could not do it without you!


Mrs. Merivirta


Dear Parents,

In an effort to limit the number of people coming in and out of the office, as well as lunchroom concerns, we are requesting that for the remainder of the year you DO NOT DROP off lunches off throughout the day. Please be sure your child packs their lunch. If they forget it, please contact the office and we will provide them with a school lunch for the day. Remember, every child is entitled to a school lunch everyday, free of charge.

Thank you for your help!

March is Reading Month (MIRM)

Hopefully you and your child are enjoying participating in the daily activities for MIRM. Fostering a love of reading will last beyond the month and help your child with their academics as well.

Your child is encouraged to participate in the BOOKS FOR BUNDTS reading log to receive a free bundtlet cake. :)
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Understanding the Reading Process : Decoding Tips

As you spend time reading with your child, you may find the following article useful. It will provide information and tips on how to help your child with their decoding skills. There are tips on breaking words apart, focusing on letter sounds, and then blending the sounds back together.
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Now that we are back to in-person learning 4 days a week, students will be provided breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. In order to insure that we have enough meals to meet the needs of all students, they will be asked to order meals daily; there is not longer an opt-out list. Please read below for more details.
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If You Missed the Kindergarten Open House...

If you missed the Open House, no need to worry! Below you will find a link to a PowerPoint of the evening's presentation. If you attended the event, you can rewatch the recording of the evening (for the next 30 days) by going to the district webpage (uticak12.org) and clicking on the banner for the Kindergarten Open House Event. You will then click on the blue tab to enter the event. You will be able to view the opening session presented by our Interim Superintendent Mr. Robert Monroe. You will then be able to scroll down and select the taped session of Wiley's Virtual Kindergarten Open House.

As always, if you have questions about the registration process or our Kindergarten program, please do not hesitate to call the office.

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Please remember to be courteous and patient as you enter and exit the parking lot to ensure the safety of our students and parents. Be sure to use the designated cross space to move between the parking lot and the sidewalk.

Also, it is necessary for parents to get out of cars and pick up their child; students are not permitted to cross the parking lot without an adult.

Especially of importance, the expectation is that when school buses are pulling out ALL CARS MUST WAIT until all buses have departed; please do not cut into the bus line.

Thank you for following the expectations; this will ensure safety for all!

Help is Just a Click Away!

Did you know that you have access to countless books and support with just a click or two of your computer? Every student has access to a Virtual Library Card as well as online tutoring. Both of these resources are located on your child's Dashboard.

The Virtual Library Card gives students access to digital resources from the local library. The Virtual Library Card - Tutor.com provides online tutoring and homework help for students.

In addition, Grand Valley University is offering free Virtual Tutoring for all students in grades K-12. You can log onto this website for further information:



Don't forget that students will be walking around the school to line up at their outside classroom doors for class, and dismissal will be from classroom doors as well. Although temperatures are warming, it is still quite chilly in the morning and during morning recess. Please be sure that they are dressed appropriately.

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Safety Protocols

We have recently updated the self-screening process for families which reflects the recent changes in health protocols. Each day before you send your child to school, we are asking you to complete the screening process for your child. This is for the protection of your child, their friends at school and our dedicated UCS team. Please screen your child daily before leaving or sending them to school. If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. The revised protocols can be found at this link. (See below)

Please note, if your child is sent home due to exhibiting symptoms, they will be released from the ISM room (in the SAM Suite) as this is where our Health Room is located.

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Please note that all visitors to the building will enter through the secure entrance marked MAIN ENTRANCE. Parents will continue to be required to be buzzed in and show identification when entering the building. The sheet for signing in and out of the building will be in the vestibule area.

Kindergarten enters through the front double doors. All other grade levels enter and exit through their grade level doors around the back of the school. 1st and 2nd through Door 5, 3rd and 4th (and Mrs. Klida's 5th) through Door 6, 5th and 6th through Doors 7 and 8. If you have a Kindergarten student, please pick them up first and then walk to the back to get your other child(ren).

Students should not arrive prior to 9:00 AM as there is no adult supervision prior to this.

All students enter the building at 9:05 AM for the morning to begin the day. There will be adult supervision at each of the doors until 9:15 AM to let students in. IF you arrive later than that, please have your child come to the main office to enter (as we do not want students behind the building without supervision).

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Daily attendance is important for your child to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally.

While attending school online, attendance is required. For Virtual Academy students, attendance will be taken at 8:20 AM and 12:10 PM. For students following the district plan (remote or face to face), attendance will be taken daily at 9:10 AM and at 1:30 PM.

Students that do not log on will be marked absent for the day; if they sign in within the first 20 minutes after attendance has been taken (9:30 AM for remote learners and 8:40 AM for VA students/1:40 PM for remote learners and 12:50 for VA learners) students will be marked tardy.

It is important for consistency and for fostering student responsibility that students remain online throughout the day. In addition, the morning meeting and end of day meeting (3:00 PM Virtual Academy and 3:50 PM remote learners) are very important as teachers will be focusing on meeting social and emotional needs of students.

If your child is going to be absent for the day, please call the 24 hour Attendance Line at (586) 797- 6799. In addition, you may choose to send an email to your child's teacher.

If your child does not attend regularly, the staff and I will be reaching out to find out how we can assist. If absences persist, it may constitute truancy and the matter will be addressed with the truancy officer.

Thank you for your help in this important matter! If we can be assistance, please let us know.

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The Utica Teaching and Learning Staff is happy to announce a POSITIVE weekly message to encourage all members of our school community to spread a little kindness and optimism!

Each week you will receive a MONDAY MOMENTS which includes a quote, a thought, and a challenge.

Please support the initiative and find ways to intentionally brighten someone else's life during these challenging times.

This month's theme is CARING; please read the note below and find your cause!

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District Employment Opportunities

In anticipation of the need for various positions upon return to in-person instruction, Utica Community Schools Human Resource Department is actively recruiting for various personnel positions. Please click on the letter below to learn about the various positions and how to apply if interested.

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Please read below to learn about Meal distribution for the upcoming weeks. Please note that the week of April 5th there will only be one distribution day.
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