The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 3/13/17 ISSUE # 6

The Sunday Message for the Week of March 13, 2017

Good evening to all parents and staff. This is Kevin Biles, Principal of Pleasant Union Elementary with The Sunday Message for the week of March 13, 2017.

This week we will be completing the transition to the expanded communication system that incorporates parent options on email and text. I will not be using the former group email service that has been used in the past. IF you do not get the Sunday Message by the method you "opted in" to please alert our office staff for directions on setting up your account. This can also be done using the information and links in the February 27th, Issue 4 Sunday Message.

Yearbooks continue to be for sale. Go to the PTA Yearbook Facebook page to find out more.

Happy Birthdays!!!

Happy Monday, March 13th Birthday to Data Manager, Joyce Baginski and Thursday, March 16 Birthday to 2nd Grade Teacher, Lesa Bredenberg.

Chess Club Starts This Week

Chess Club begins this week. The Club will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4-5 pm. The Club will meet in the new Media Center Learning Area. Thanks to parent Jessie Tenenbaum for facilitating this. Details about the club are listed in the written transcript of the Sunday Message.

Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of each month 4-5pm, location tba

First meeting: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Cost: Free

Primary goal: Provide an opportunity for kids to play chess with other kids

Secondary goals:

  1. Teach kids chess rules, skills, and strategies
  2. Familiarize kids and their parents with chess resources, both local (clubs, lessons, tournaments) and online (


We will use a combination of free play between participating students, informal pointers based on observation, and formal lessons in strategy and tactics based on workbooks, web resources, and parental supervisors’ knowledge.

To sign up your child, contact Jessie Tenenbaum ( with your child’s name, homeroom teacher, grade, and track.

PUE Students to Participate in St. Baldrick's Challenge

This Saturday March 18th four Pleasant Union students will have their heads shaved to raise money to support St. Baldrick’s research to fight pediatric cancer. Luke Neeson, Conner Clewis, Matthew Lail and Nathan Worsham are are participating in this very important cause for the second year in a row on Saturday downtown at Glenwood South. Anyone else who is up to “brave the shave” with them can certainly sign up as well! We are very proud of these boys' community contribution.
St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Events

TGA Golf and Tennis Starts Soon

TGA Golf and Tennis Clubs will be starting Monday, March 27. This year both clubs will run on the same day. If your son or daughter would like to participate in either of the clubs please go to the registration link in the Sunday Message.

The Week Ahead...

  • Spring Pictures (Individual & Class) for Tracks 2 and 4, Monday, March 13
  • Grades 3-5 Lego Club, Tues. March 14 8-8:45, Media Center
  • Grades K-2 Lego Club, Wed. March 15, 8-8:45, Media Center
  • Chess Club: Wednesday, March 15, 4:00-5:00
  • Chess Club, Wed. March 15, 4-5, Media Center, Learning Room
  • St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17

Need Your Help

We still need additional parent volunteers for tracks 2 and 4 individual and class spring pictures tomorrow, March 13. Please text Susan Gowland at 919-610-6134 or email her at if you can help us out. Thanks in advance for your help.

The PTA will provide a Staff Appreciation luncheon on Friday, March 24th. It will be a potato bar with all the fixings. Please go to the SignUp Genius to help with one of the needed items. PTA reps. will be out front of the school on Friday, March 24th during carpool to collect your items. PTA and PUE Staff appreciate your contributions immensely.

Please remind your child to keep their Pokeman/other trading cards (baseball, football, etc.) and personal "sports balls" at home. We have had to intervene in the classroom, cafeteria, and After School Program for inappropriate use and student conflict over their use. We have all the "sports balls" we need for students to play games on the playgrounds. Personal sports balls have caused safety problems on the bus and student challenges on the playground. As a result, students are to enjoy both items at home versus at school.

Resources To Use At Home