Union Center Elementary

Learn...to Achieve!

January 29th, 2021

Parents and guardians, please check below for updates on all things happening at Union Center Elementary!

Dyslexia Screening at UCE!


The Dyslexia Screening at Union Center is now complete!


We will sift through the data and complete any make-ups this upcoming week, with the hopes of information being sent the following week!

Promise Porter County!


If your child is in Kindergarten or 1st Grade, please see the below message from Promise Porter County Coordinator Mrs. Susie Hord:


Greetings, Parents!


Promise Porter County is an agency that seeks to promote post-high school education and training, a career-minded mentality among our children, and funding for their savings accounts. During the month of February, if you set up a new college savings account through www.promiseportercounty.org, we will make a $25 deposit into your account, even if you don't make a deposit yourself.


Please click HERE and HERE for more information!

February Lunch Menu


Please click HERE for the February lunch menu for UCE!

Baseball, Softball, Soccer...OH MY!


If your child is interested in participating in Wheeler Little League, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Softball, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Soccer, registration is happening NOW! Please click HERE to register your child!

Proper Winter Attire at Recess


Just a friendly reminder that students must have the proper attire in order to go outside for recess: This can include snow pants, boots, gloves, hat, etc., depending on the age of the child.


Since students will still need to rotate areas while outside, it's imperative that students be prepared with the proper attire in order to stay warm and safe while outside :)

Returning Books to the Library


The UCE Library is still missing books from 2nd Quarter!


Please check with your child (and maybe their bedroom and backpack) to see if they have any holdover library books that need to be returned!


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ramirez at kramirez@union.k12.in.us

Protocols and Guidelines (RECURRING)


Just a reminder, the safety guidelines and protocols that have been in place at UCE since August will remain as we return to school in 2021! This means that students will still:


  • Wear facemasks throughout the day
  • Be seated in their pods while at lunch
  • Participate in recess with only the students in their classroom
  • Have assigned seats when riding the bus
  • Be required to hand sanitize and/or wash their hands throughout the day


We will continue to work diligently to keep UCE a safe and happy place for our students to learn!

Free Tutoring Opportunities (Recurring)


The Youth Services Coordinator for the Porter County Public Library is offering free online tutoring from 2:00-11:00 PM!


For more information regarding this free service, please click HERE.

Special Birthday Treats (RECURRING)

Does your child have a birthday coming up? If so, our kitchen is here to help provide a little something extra!


Since we cannot bring in shared, outside food into the building, our UCE Kitchen has decided to provide a little birthday surprise to our kiddos!


If you are interested in having milk and cookies delivered to your child for their birthday, please contact Mrs. Kim Camplan, our Kitchen Manager, for prices and details at kcamplan@union.k12.in.us

Job Opportunities (RECURRING)

Want to work at Union Township Schools? If so, please take a look at the below postings or click the UTSC Corporation website HERE:





COVID-19 Student Guidance (Recurring)

  • The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released some wonderful tips to parents about how to begin having the conversation with your child regarding wearing a mask. Please click HERE for more information.

  • For a look at the difference between Quarantine and Isolation, please take a look at the attachment HERE.

Click Here to Register for the KidStop Program

Please click HERE to register for the before and after school program, KidStop.
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Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Friday, Jan. 29th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Monday, Feb. 1st, 7-9pm

587 West 300 North

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Progress Reports Available!

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 4-4:15pm

VIRTUAL


UCE Progress Reports Will Be Made Available via Harmony at 4:00 PM!

Virtual Learner Supply Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Friday, Feb. 5th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Glass vestibule at UCE will be open from 4:00-6:00 PM for Virtual Learners!

Principal Fuller's Thoughts


January can be a challenging month.


It’s long...it’s dark...we are coming off the celebrations of the holidays.


If we let it, we can very easily fall into the ‘January Blues


Sometimes finding the motivation in January to be productive can be difficult.


We all want to have control over what we do and how we do it...we want to make a difference...we want to get better at something that matters.


At our core, in order to find that motivation on a daily basis, we need one thing…


...to make progress in meaningful work.


On the days we make progress, we feel more motivated, we get more done, we feel productive. On the days we don’t, we are lethargic, we procrastinate, and we feel as if we wasted the day.


At the end of each day, I challenge you to take 60 seconds (one minute, that’s it) to focus on your accomplishments for the day.


It can be something as simple as writing down three (3) tasks that you accomplished for the day.


Buying groceries, getting the oil changed, reading the first ten pages of that book you’ve been putting off, etc.


The world is not always going to give you feedback on your progress, so you have to do it yourself, and the most effective way to do this is by tracking your daily progress.


It will make those doldrum January days all the more worthwhile!