2016-2017 School Year
What's New in 2016-2017
Posted on 07/22/2016
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Dear Havel Families,

On behalf of the entire Havel Staff, I am happy to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year!  We look forward to working together to help our students meet the challenges they will face as they live and work in the 21st century. The Havel Elementary Staff has been extremely busy this summer, not only with routine procedures, but also preparing for the many new faces we will welcome to our family this year. As a staff, we have been working diligently to ensure a successful school year, and our school-wide theme this year will help us demonstrate that we are “One World, Many Heroes”.

Please take time to read and review the enclosed information regarding the start of school, as you will find many of your questions answered.  Back To School Information  One very effective means to communicate to our families is through email.  Please be certain that your email address is up to date, so that you can receive valuable and timely school information.  We also have a Facebook page that is updated frequently, so be sure to “like” Havel Elementary to see what is happening around the building.

  • School begins on Tuesday, September 6th for grades K-6.  All students will be dismissed at 12:04 p.m. on that day.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be full days, with school in session from 9:00 a.m.  – 3:50 p.m.  A suggested supply list can be found by clicking here:  2016-2017 Supply List 

This year, we are changing the way we communicate classroom assignments for our students. To provide this information to you in a more convenient and secure manner, we will be e-mailing the classroom assignment to you directly using the e-mail addresses on file.  The assignment will also be shared through the PowerSchool parent portal and through a customized app that will be available through Utica Community Schools (the app will be available to download beginning August 22). We will no longer be posting entire classroom lists on the doors of our school. 


The assignments will be e-mailed to all parents on Wednesday, August 31. Beginning on Thursday, September 1 the information will be available on PowerSchool and the district’s customized App. If your e-mail address has changed over the past few months, please contact the school office.   The PowerSchool ParentPortal will open to parents on Thursday, September 1st.   On that date, parents will have the opportunity to view their student’s teacher assignment for the year, as well as attendance and grades throughout the school year.


Parents and students with existing IDs and passwords can continue to use those IDs and passwords from last school year. Parents/students new to the district will need the access ID and access password for each student.  If you do not have a Powerschool ID/Password Utica Community Schools requires parents to come to the office, show picture ID, and sign for the personal information.  Our office is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to assist you.


You can access the Parent Portal by navigating to the URL below:


Look for the Parent Portal link at the bottom of the web page (if you already have an account and password), or the Parent Portal Account Set-up Quick Reference link (if you need to set up an account/password).


The school will be open for a classroom “sneak peek” from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on August 31st.  I hope to see you there, as this will allow students the chance to become acquainted with the school and classrooms so that their first day of the new school year will run smoothly.   Our Havel Volunteer League is hosting a snow cone social on this day also.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Snow Cone Social 


Our Havel School Age Child Care program (SACC) will be in session before school on Tuesday morning, September 6, from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and after school from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Normal hours for SACC for a full school day are 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. until 6:00 p.mIf you have not yet registered, open registration will take place on August 30th & 31st at Havel from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm both days.  You can also register at the Walsh building 8:00 am – 4:00 pm daily.  Pre-registration is required for your child to attend this program.  SACC Registration Packet 


I hope that the enclosed information is helpful to you.  If you require further information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at 586-797-5200.  Throughout the year, look for my bi-weekly emails and our monthly newsletter, Havel Hawk Line.  This newsletter is designed as one tool to keep you aware of what is happening here at Havel.


As a part of the Utica Community Schools, we hold high expectations regarding the success and achievement of all our students.  Our staff strives to provide the most positive educational climate possible for academic growth. Don’t hesitate to stop in or call if you have a question, concern, or would like to support any of the activities planned for this year.  By working together as a team, we can make this school year a very successful one for your child.  I am looking forward to partnering with you for a successful school year!


Your Proud Principal,


Kristina Barel