The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 8/28/17

Pleasant Union is Going Global

"For students to participate effectively in our changing world they must understand it."

Pleasant Union Elementary is going global. When our students graduate from high school and college it is very likely that they will be working in a career tied to the world marketplace. The workplace will be made up of many people with diverse international backgrounds. In order to be prepared for this workplace it is important for our students to learn global competencies such as those listed below.

Global Competencies

  • 4Cs (communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking).
  • Empathy and perspective-taking.
  • Flexibility.
  • Effective and appropriate communication.
  • Curiosity and openness toward other cultures.
  • Respect for differences.
  • Global-mindedness and connection to the rest of the world.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Intercultural awareness.
  • Global issues and current events.

So that our students have the opportunities to learn more about the many cultures in our world each grade level will be assigned a "Regions of Focus" Although our students will be assigned specific regions throughout the world our primary regions of focus are listed below. Be thinking of what connections and resources you know of that can assist your child's classroom and our school.

  • K: Oceania
  • 1st: Asia
  • 2nd: South/Latin America
  • 3rd: Africa
  • 4th: Europe
  • 5th: North America

What Common Traits are you likely to see in a Global School?

  • Experiential Learning. Learning extends beyond the classroom, connecting to local and global communities in authentic ways.
  • Participatory Culture. Everyone in the school (not just the students) is an active learner, researcher, designer, and mentor. Learning is active, interest-driven, and responsive to the preferences and identities of the learners.
  • Collaborative Leadership. Administrators are inclusive and transparent, activating faculty, staff, students, and families as partners, decision-makers, and advisors.

Some of the activities that you are typical in a Global School:

  • Global Read Aloud (5th Grade will be participating in this)
  • Skype Conferences with students, teachers and leaders from around the world (Our 3rd Grade will be talking with a classroom in Kenya this Tuesday.)
  • Exposure to student news from around the world (BBCNewsround, CNN10)
  • Books with a Global Lens
  • Typical academic content with a global twist (Math, ELA, Social Studies, Science)
  • Staff development focused on globalizing curriculum
  • Social media full of global activities students have done--Check the @PleasantUnionYR Twitter feed for many activities already completed.

Be on the lookout for regular Global Updates. More information will continue throughout the year.


Happy Birthdays

Lots of Happy Birthdays this week. Join with me in wishing Happy Birthdays to:

  • Peggy Freer, Music Teacher on Tuesday, August 29
  • Heather Shipley, AIG Teacher on Wednesday, August 30
  • Maddy Griep, 2nd Grade Teacher on Thursday, August 31
  • Regina McKearney, 3rd Grade Teacher on Friday, September 1
  • Kaye Person, Lead Secretary on Saturday, September 2


Here Comes the Bus

Here Comes the Bus is a new app for parents launched for year-round schools the week of Aug. 21. It will be available for traditional schools in mid-September.

The app translates GPS data into an easy to use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. It allows parents to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop.

Remember that we will still provide updates for expected bus delays or if we are alerted that there will be a subs via the Remind app.

Last, with traditional calendar students returning to school on Monday be prepared for possible bus delays. This is also a good time to review the bus safety rules (English) and Spanish that bus drivers are expecting students to do.


PTA Creating Business Directory

The Pleasant Union PTA is creating a Business Directory of PUE work places and family owned-operated businesses. Green registration forms were sent home in Tuesday folders. The link is now live on or you can follow the link in the emailed version of this message. The deadline to submit this information is September 15. Please take this opportunity to let PUE families support you!


Remember to Register to be a Volunteer

Thanks to so many parents that have already registered to be a volunteer. Wake County Schools require all volunteers to renew their volunteer registrations each year or if they are new to volunteering register for the first time. Registration approval enables you to go on field trips with your children and to work with small groups and individual students. Be sure to renew or register ASAP as many field trips are coming up in September and the fall of the year. The office has a station available each day until 3:30 pm.


Teacher's Workroom and Front Desk Safety:

For safety and for confidentiality reasons, only ADULTS who work here or ADULT VOLUNTEERS/PTA MEMBERS should be in the teachers' workroom. No children should ever be in the workroom (if needed, ask them to wait by the door.) There are machines (the lamination machine heats up to 450 degrees and can easily catch objects around someone's neck or clothing) and other instruments (a new and sharp paper cutter) that are not safe for children. In addition, there is confidential information in teachers' boxes and that is printed from the fax machine that should remain confidential. We want all children to be safe and we appreciate your support.


Great After School Learning Opportunities at PUE:

Lots of After School Activities Going on at PUE.

TGA Golf and Tennis Offered Monday afternoons

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. Register here

KidzArt Offered on Tuesday afternoons

This is KidzArt! Where ages 2- adult HAVE FUN, learn to draw and experience creativity building exercises. Offered at schools and other community locations, our mobile program is complimented with 3-D projects, new and varied art mediums and our unique multi-cultural curriculum.

Stem for Kids Offered Wednesday afternoons

We are adding a new science after school program this year called Stem for Kids. Go to their website to find out more about their programs. If you are interested in signing up your child for some or all of their programs that will be offered go to the Stem for Kids Registration Flier


Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, August 31

  • Grades 1-5, Tracks 3 & 4 BYOD Info Meeting in Media Center
    • Session 1 for Grades 1 & 2 at 6:15-6:45
    • Session 2 for Grades 3-5 at 6:45-7:15

Monday, September 5

  • Labor Day Holiday--No School

Thursday, September 7

  • 6:00 pm 5th Grade Human Growth & Development Info Session
  • 6:30 pm 5th Grade Washington, DC Trip Orientation