The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 9/3/18

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WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER.

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WAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY

The Wake County Schools are closed on Monday, September 3rd to recognize Labor Day.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAYS FOR THIS WEEK

This week we are celebrating birthdays for Lead Secretary/Bookkeeper, Kaye Person on Sunday, September 2 and School Instructional Resource Teacher/Testing Coordinator Kayla Perry on Thursday, September 6. Happy Birthday!!!!

AND THE WINNERS FOR THE PTA MEMBERSHIP CONTEST ARE...

The PTA Classroom Membership Contest Winners are...


  • Ms. Bandi's Track 2, 1st grade class and Ms. Coleman's Track 4, 4th grade class came in with a tie for 1st place!!!
  • Ms. Larson's Track 2, 4th grade class finished in 2nd place.
  • Mr. Schoenebeck's Track 4, 5th grade class finished in 3rd place.


THANK YOU to all the parents, families, and staff that have already joined for this school year!

Even though the PTA Class Membership Contest is over your family can still join. Just a reminder that you will receive 10% off pizza orders for Family Fun events and off entrance tickets to Spring Fling.


HERE'S HOW TO JOIN:


WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!

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NEW LOBBYGUARD SIGN IN/OUT

BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. A new visitor sign in system called Lobbyguard was just installed. The system uses both a touch screen and license scanner to help expedite your sign in process. We are working out the kinks but encourage you to use the touchscreen system when your are visiting the school. There are many advantages to the system once we all learn and get use to it. More features will be shared in the coming weeks.

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BETTER TOGETHER CAMPAIGN

The Pleasant Union PTA is excited to announce our first Better Together Campaign. The PTA is asking for families to consider donating $35 for each child or $50 for each family to help us meet our fundraising goal of $25,000. Look for a flyer in your child's Tuesday folder. The Giving Campaign will run from September 10th to October 26th. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible and will stay right here at Pleasant Union to support PUE students. More information is to come.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3-7, 2018

The PUE Art Club starting soon. Fourth and Fifth grade students can sign up for the club. Click on the following Google form link so your child can become a member. Membership will be limited to the first 35 students. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Hopper at mhopper@wcpss.net


Lego Club is Returning: Lego Club is returning. The 3-5th graders will meet on the third Tuesday of each month and the K-2 on the third Wednesday of each month. Both groups will meet in the Media Center from 8-8:45. Your child must register to participate in the program. Registration fliers will be coming out soon. Be sure to check your Tuesday Folders.


Want to find out more about the curriculum that your son or daughter is learning this year? Go to the PUE website under the Academics and Programs tab and go your child's grade level. You will find a link to your child's teacher's email AND a link called resource links with curriculum for each content area.

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PTA FIELD TRIP T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE!!

Laura Cox, our PTA School Store Manager would like to get another order submitted in the next few weeks so we have student field trip T-shirts for early September as we're quickly selling out of some colors and sizes of our new field trip shirts! Want to get a look at the T-shirts. Go to Panther T-Shirts.


Make sure to get your PUE field trip t-shirt soon! You can purchase the original paw design while quantities last or try out the new panther logo in both cotton and dry fit. Visit the school store on Mondays ( cash, credit or check ) or Wednesdays ( cash and check only ) or the PUE school store website.


If you have any questions please contact Laura at laura.b.cox@gmail.com.

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EARLY RELEASE DATES FOR 2018-19

Below are the Early Release dates for 2018-19. Student dismissal is at 1:15 for each of these days.


  • Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Friday,December 20, 2018
  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 8, 2019

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GREAT AFTER SCHOOL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT PUE

Pleasant Union Before/After School Program: The before school program begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m. The after school program will run from 4:00 to 6:00. If you would like to find out more about the program go to Before/After School Program or to their BLOG.


Not too late to sign up for the Stem for Kids: Offered Wednesday Afternoons from 4-5:30 pm. Several program and price changes have been made. The first class is this Wednesday, August 29th. The Stem for Kids teacher has shared that everyone is having a blast in our Making Virtual Reality Real program! They have been splitting up time designing and building virtual reality glasses as well as programming VR movies to show their passions. One student have been working on project such as a tennis match between cats because she loves both cats and tennis! Another student is very excited get his VR glasses completely ready to be able to make a VR game. Please note that the program will be 90 minutes this year from 4-5:30. Check the changes in programs/prices and register at Stem for Kids.


TGA Golf and Tennis www.playtga.com/wakecounty: Offered Monday afternoons (4-5 pm)

TGA introduces the life-long sports of golf and tennis at a young age through programs that provide a fun and enriching experience for children while being a convenient and affordable option for parents. Our dedicated coaching staff help students develop their skills and a passion for golf or tennis while using the sports as a vehicle for delivering curriculums that are loaded with educational concepts including STEM and life skills such as respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship. Go to INFO FLIER to find out more about when the program will be offered and Register HERE.


KidzArt : Offered on Tuesday afternoons (4-5 pm)

Pleasant Union will be offering KidzArt again this year on Tuesdays from 4-5. Go to the REGISTRATION LINK to sign up for the Tuesday afternoon program. A representative from KidzArt will also be at Open House to share information about the program and registration.


Bow Time: Offered on Thursday afternoons from 4-5 pm.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity for your child (or children), go the Bow Time website and to fill out the on-line registration form for each interested child. Bow Time also encourages your child to participate in the program even if you are tracked out.


Raleigh Parks and Rec Track-Out programs:

o Brier Creek Community Center-All 4 Tracks

o Lake Lynn Community Center-All 4 Tracks

o Marsh Creek Community Center-All 4 Tracks

o Barwell Road Community Center-Track 4 Only


Track-Out programs offer a wide variety of activities on-site including arts and crafts, STEM projects, food experiences, active games, clinics and weekly field trips!

Parents are more than welcome to contact me with any questions if they would like. Please let us know how we can best serve your community!


Contact Carley Dixon, Recreation Program Manager – Brier Creek School Based Programs

919.420.2342 (office)

919.996-1703 (fax)

Carley.Dixon@raleighnc.gov

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ROUTINES OF NOTE

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES:

Please send any transportation changes to your child's homeroom teacher by written note or by alerting the office by 12:00 Noon to insure that the proper change of transportation is communicated to your child.


LATE ARRIVAL:

Please walk your child into the school if you arrive at 9:10 or after. Our Safety Patrol is on duty until 9:10. Also, please be aware that the school doors open at 8:45 for students NOT enrolled in the Before School Program. Students are considered on time if they are in their classrooms ready to start the day at 9:15. If a child arrives at 9:14 and is not in their classroom by the the 9:15 bell they are considered tardy.


CARPOOL GUIDELINES:

It is important for safety and the efficacy of our carpool that we remember that a single line should be maintained in the morning until the arrival bell rings at 8:45 and then at 3:15 in the afternoon. Cell phones should be put aside once the carpool line starts moving. It is essential that your focus is on student safety at that time. I have directed staff to ask you put your phone down if it is being used once carpool has started. We can't afford any student injuries, especially when preventable.


CARPOOL NUMBERS: THANKS TO ALL THAT HAVE OBTAINED AND DISPLAY THEIR CARPOOL NUMBER. If you do not have a carpool number or numbers please stop by the office to pick one or more up. Staff will remind you of this as you come through our afternoon carpool line. It is important that you then hang your carpool number on your mirror until your child gets in the car.


BUS TAGS:

Bus tags with your child's name address and phone number will be attached to your child's backpack at the start of the year. A staff member and the bus driver will look for this prior to getting on the bus in the afternoon. If your child's falls off a replacement will be made.


KINDERGARTEN/1ST GRADE BUS RIDERS:

Please be aware that WCPSS safety guidelines state that if a parent or adult is not at the bus stop to receive your child the child will be returned to the school and you will be called to pick up. During the first weeks of school it is wise to be at the stop early to prevent your needing to drive to the school for pickup.

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, September 3

  • Labor Day Holiday- Wake County Schools are closed.


Friday, September 7

  • Track 1 tracks out


Monday, September 10

  • Track 2 tracks in
  • Rosh Hashanah


Wednesday, September 13

  • Fall Pictures, Tracks 3 & 4


Monday, September 17

  • Teacher Appreciation Week, Mon. Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 21
  • 8:15 PTA Meeting in Media Center


Wednesday, September 19

  • Yom Kippur


Saturday, September 22

  • 9-12:00 PTA Landscape Day


Sunday, September 23


Friday, September 28

  • Early Release at 1:15
  • Track 4 Tracks Out


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