The Sunday Message
Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 8/27/18
WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER.
HAPPY BIRTHDAYS FOR THIS WEEK
This week we are celebrating birthdays for music teacher, Peggy Freer on Wednesday, August 29th, AIG teacher Heather Shipley on Thursday, August 30, 2nd grade teacher Maddie Krautwurst on Friday, August 31 and 3rd grade teacher Regina McKearney on Saturday, September 1. Happy Birthdays to all. We hope they are special occasions for them all.
PTA MEMBERSHIP CONTEST ENDS THIS WEEK.
Have you joined the PTA?
Please consider joining the PTA and volunteering for one or more of our many committees to support our school staff, teachers, and students. Purple PTA Membership Forms and yellow Volunteer Forms have already gone home for all tracks.
The contest continues through the end of August, but you are welcome to join the PTA at any time during the year. Remember you will receive a 10% discount on pizza orders for Family Fun events and on entrance tickets to Spring Fling.
WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER!
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 27-31, 2018
Traditional Calendar Schools start Monday, August 27th. Historically, there are delays in bus arrivals and drop offs. With more traffic on the road please try to arrive a little early and to pick up early to help avoid the overall congestion.
Many of our parents arrive very early to pick up their children. We hope that if you have the opportunity to arrive early in the afternoon to pick up your children that you will consider using some of the wait time to volunteer. Our media center and many of the students in classrooms would benefit immensely from your help reshelving books, helping to check books out or simply listening to a child read and calling out math facts. If you can help with any of these volunteer activities please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our students and teacher will be very appreciative.
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.
Be sure to check out the changes in the Stem for Kids Program below and some of the student activities that are taking place.
PTA is still selling Field Trip T-Shirts
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 email@example.com.
BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES
What are the "4Cs"?
- Educator's Guide to the "Four Cs"
- 4Cs Research Series
- How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom
- 5 Ways Parents Can Encourage 21st Century Learning
- What New Role Does 21st Century Learning Create For Parents? - Part 1
Family Literacy Resources:
- Resources To Support Family Literacy
- Children's and Young Adult's Literacy
- Reading Rockets:Family Literacy
- Promoting Family Literacy: Raising Ready Readers
- Goodling Institute for Research Family Literacy
- National Center For Families Learning: Cultivating Readers
- Partnering With Parents:Literacy Activities and Resources
Just in Case You Didn't Catch Last Week's Resources:
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
ROUTINES OF NOTE
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.
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.
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 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.