The PUE Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, & Celebrations 2/20/17 ISSUE # 3

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The Sunday Message for the Week of February 20, 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 February 20, 2017.

Happy Sunday, February 19th Birthday to Literacy Coach/Reading Club teacher, Peggy Blocker.

We are targeting next Sunday for the transition to the expanded communication options with our families. You will not notice a significant change but DO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A TEXT FROM WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS that will ask you to "OPT IN" to the process. You are likely to be given receipt of texts and/or email options. I will be continuing the use of the multimedia newsletter. Complete the following Google Form to assure that we have your most communication contact numbers.

I hope that you are enjoying the new digital newsletter via Smore. Continue to let me know if you are not getting the voicemail or email (

Thanks to Artist in Residence Shannon Newby for a great week with the 5th graders. She will be installing their "Coral Reef" in the school Makerspace over the next week. Be sure to check it out.

We also want to thank author/illustrator Henry Cole for his exciting discussions with our students and autograph sessions. The students thoroughly enjoyed him.

Principal Biles' weekly “Sunday Message” can be found in two locations on the PUE Website. The most recent message will be in the What’s New section. Past Messages are catalogued under Principal’s Message.

We need paper towel rolls for our Makerspace. Please send your rolls to our technology facilitator Mrs. Annette Hymel.

The Week Ahead

The March PTA Meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 21, in the new Learning Area/Teachers Lounge. We hope you will join us to discuss important PTA updates and get a first glimpse at the 21st Century student learning area.

Child Nutrition Services are planning to provide reminder phone calls on Wednesday afternoons beginning Wednesday, February 22 to families who are nearing a low balance on their child’s school meals account. Child Nutrition Services has developed a system so only those families who need the reminder will get a phone call. This system will supplement the current online set up where parents can view their child’s purchases and account balance at any time, and receive low balance notifications based on a self-determined threshold. They can also use to manage payment of their child’s school meals. offers a no-cost, secure sign-up, and is easy to use.

Book Fair Coming Soon

Scholastic's Signature Book Fair is coming to our school March 1st-8th! With it comes many more titles than previous fairs, so it's a much BIGGER fair! We will need lots of helping hands. Please sign up using this volunteer link to help kids fill in wish lists, offer book suggestions, find a book at the fair and meet other volunteers. As a thank you for your help, we are offering 5% off your purchase AFTER you have volunteered at least 2 slots. Thank you in advance!!

This year parents, grandparents, other family and friends can order Book Fair books online from February 23 - March 15. The link will go live February 23.

Also, we are having a coin collection contest among the classes to raise money for kids at our school who are unable to purchase books of their own as well as funds to go towards the teachers. Here’s the schedule for the contest and the fair.

Collection days as follows:

  • February 21 pennies
  • February 22 nickels
  • February 23 dimes
  • February 24 quarters
  • February 27 $1 bills

Book Fair schedule:

March 1 8:45am - 6:30pm Evening Hours

March 2 7:45am - 1:30pm Dr. Seuss Breakfast

March 3 - 8 8:45am - 1:30pm Regular Hours

Any Questions? Please contact Heather Wilson ( or Michele Adams (

Chess Club Starting In March

We are adding a Chess Club to our long list of After School opportunities. The Club will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4-5 pm. We are in the process of finding the best campus location. Thanks to parent Jessie Tenenbaum for facilitating this. Details about the club are listed below:

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.

Panther Happenings From the Past Week:

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  • PTA Meeting, Tuesday, February 21 in new Student Learning Area adjoining Media Center
  • Remember to sign up to volunteer at the upcoming Book Fair-Discounts for volunteers available.
  • Order from Book Fair Online from Thursday, February 23 through Wednesday, March 15