Union Weekly Staff Update

Volume 20- January 10, 2015

Our Mission

Union Elementary strives to create a nurturing and kid focused learning environment where teachers, students, and parents work together in supportive and collaborative partnerships so all students can meet their potential.

A Message from Jen

The snowy background scene finally felt appropriate! Hope you were able to stay warm this weekend. We spent quite a bit of it huddled indoors, though Addy was able to convince us to head out to go "sledding" on our icy driveway. There looks to be a slight chance of snow overnight, and most certainly bitter cold temps, so please be safe as you head in tomorrow morning and throughout this week.



A few brief updates for the upcoming week...


The fine ZCS Maintenance Crew was in full force at Union last week, preparing us for an upcoming fire inspection (likely late this week or next). Erin and I have spoken with many of you if there were specific concerns that we needed to address in your classroom. We will talk more about this at our staff meeting on Tuesday morning. Also on the agenda for Tuesday morning, we will meet with our new special education department leadership, Paula Williams and Christina Moore.


Tuesday during the school day, our top spellers will shine at our annual third and fourth grade spelling bee. Thank you, Megan, for once again coordinating this effort.


Mid-week, our Union University book study will meet after school to discuss PBL in the Elementary Grades. All are welcome, even if you did not read the text and just want to hear more. I am looking forward to our discussion and time together. Also on Wednesday, our PTO will have an evening meeting where they are welcoming a guest speaker, mental health counselor Deb Cruser. Ms. Cruser will be doing a 45 minute workshop on mindfulness. There is a lot of buzz around this topic right now, so I have linked a few articles on the topic in case you are interested in learning more.


On Thursday, our office will be shorthanded, as both Erin and I will be out of the building. Trish, Sharon, and Erin will be presenting at the state STEM conference at Purdue University about our experiences with PBL focused on “making our school more nature friendly.” We are so proud of you! Breanne Tisch and I will be over at the ESC working through the fourth grade standards based report cards. Maggie will be on site, but please do not hesitate to call or text me if needed.


We will close out the week to the tune of a three day weekend. Have a great week, all!

This Week's Events

Continuing this week-AIMSWEB Testing. See email from Kathy Roy


Continuing this week- NWEA Testing. See schedule from Maggie **Please be sure you have created your test sessions

Continuing this week- Fit Kidz with Jenny LeBlanc during PE**This includes kindergarten on Tuesdays


Monday, January 11th

8:00 in conference room, PD Planning- First grade team, Raycroft, Kay


Tuesday, January 12th

8:00, Staff Meeting in Green Computer Lab

1:45, Spelling Bee in Gym

3:30, ACR in Conference Room- Andrus, Valentine, Raycroft, Van Curen?

7:00, Dads Club Meeting in Teachers' Lounge


Wednesday, January 13th

10:50-1:05, Star Student Lunches in Conference Room- Raycroft

3:40, Union University Book Study in Green Computer Lab: PBL in the Elementary Classroom

7:00, PTO General Meeting in Cafeteria


Thursday, January 14th

Jen out- 4th grade SBRC

Erin, Trish, and Sharon Present at Purdue

2:30, 504 meeting in Conference Room- Ioannacci, J.Smith, Michener, Hooks


Friday, January 15th

8:00, ACR in Conference Room- Andrus, Swenson, Lockhart, Boggs, Raycroft

8:20, ACR in Conference Room 2- Van Curen, Ioannacci, Masters

9:30, ABM Meeting


Looking ahead...

January 18th- No School

January Birthdays

Join me in wishing our colleagues a wonderful day...belated or forthcoming! :)

Donzay Patterson, 1/1

Mary Rancourt, 1/2

Debbie Hainer, 1/4

Jacqueline Fish, 1/7

Haley Stewart, 1/8

Heather Kinnaman and Erin Kay, 1/13

Betsy Bensen, Tara Paunwar and Jen Raycroft, 1/24

Krista Perman, 1/31

Office 360 Email

On Tuesday (not Monday, as previously noted) our school email will be moving over to a cloud based service, Office 360 email. Please see the email from Pat Taylor on Friday for all of the details. We will have several members of the tech department at school on Tuesday morning to assist as needed. My email was changed over in December as part of the pilot and I found the process to be pretty painless.

2 Hour Delay Schedule

Just in case....


Students arrive at 10:50. There are no morning announcements and we do not have recess. Specials begin at 11:00. Kindergarten will release at 2:30 as normal.

Just a reminder that preschool does not delay since it is fee based and parents drive them to school. Besides BAC traffic, there will be preschool traffic between 9:05-9:25 at the preschool entrances.

Lunch times are as follows:

  • 11:30-12:00 First Grade and Kindergarten (Williams/Cravens/Fremion) in café
  • 12:05-12:35 2nd Grade and Kindergarten (Dunn/Sorgen) in café & Preschool in project room
  • 12:45-1:15 Third and Fourth Grade
    • Clark and Beiermann will need to eat in the project room. An additional adult will supervise this group in the project room. We will also set up additional tables in the café as needed. There will not be any assigned seats this day.

Goodwill Clothing Drive

Cleaning your closet and planning to make a visit to Goodwill sometime this month?

Please read this!

Be sure to tell the attendant to count your clothing donation for the Zionsville Educational Services Center. For every 13-gallon bag of clothing donated, the ESC will receive a $5 Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to families in need, so that they can shop for free. Vouchers earned will go to ZCS guidance departments.

Reminder: This is for clothing donations only. You can donate other items, but only the clothing will count toward our total.

Please feel free to pass this along to family and friends! You can take clothing to ANY Goodwill and tell them it is for the Zionsville Educational Services Center.

Ready, set…. clean your closet!

Food for Thought

Mindfulness Links- PTO Speaker Topic