University Elementary

October 16th Mid-Month News

Principal's Message

Dear University Elementary Families,

A special thank you to those that came forward to work on writing our school vision in simpler terms. We came up with the following:

At University Elementary we are a joyful and diverse learning community working to promote collaboration, positive relationships, and rigorous project-based education in and beyond the classroom. We strive to empower all students to become active, curious, creative, and effective thinkers.

We will now share the edited version with Site Council, PTA Members, ELAC and staff. Anyone wishing to provide input is welcome to join us at any of these meetings. Parents are stakeholders. We truly value the input of all stakeholders. The previous vision statement will become our school philosophy assuming we are all in agreement.

Due to illness, last week's School Site Council meeting was postponed to Monday, October 21st at 3:30p. I would like to thank Katie Drewieske for stepping up as our second official Site Council parent member along with Christina Blount who joined us last year for this two year commitment.

Mr. Kurada's class won the Golden Sneaker again this week. The Golden Sneaker is awarded to the class with the most walkers each Wednesday. The first Wednesday of each month we will have prizes for students. Remember to have your student stop by Mrs. Straub out front or a teacher on duty on the playground to get their sticker signifying that they walked to school on Wednesdays.

Last but not least, please check out our new outdoor display cases. The case by the office will hold school news, including PTA announcements. The remaining cases will hold current classroom work and documentation of PBL projects. Thank you PTA for your contribution!

Best regards,

Charlotte Straub - Principal


It has come to my attention that our parking lot continues to be problematic. The past seven years we have brainstormed and worked with all our stakeholders to improve our parking lot situation. The current arrows are the best we have come up with even if it means that people have to go around again to get out of the parking lot. With regards to dropping off and picking up, if parents of students grades 3rd-5th could drop off and pick up on the Lady Bug Park side of the parking lot, along red curb, that would ease traffic at the entrance. I have also suggested a staggered drop off, where the older students are dropped off at 8:05am and the younger students at 8:12am. This allows all students to join in on the morning walk and get to class on time. Our kindergarten parents need to walk their students in. The kindergarten teachers open their doors at 8:05am.

I would also like to ask that parents and guardians do not park in our handicapped zones without a parking placard. We have two families that pick up students with physical disabilities who need to park in the designated spots in order to get students to the car. Thank you for your cooperation. I am happy to discuss this further at any of our scheduled meetings or 2nd Cup of Coffee.

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I am happy to report that one of our kindergarten moms stepped up to join the PTA Board. Let's all welcome Christina Hildebrand. She is our new Vice President! Shannon Weese , the head chairperson for the Halloween Carnival and her team, along with our ELAC Committee have planned an exciting Halloween celebration I am hopeful all will be able to attend this fantastic event!

School Clubs

We are in need of a parent to be lead volunteer of our Earth Savers Club. Until we can solidify a volunteer willing to take on this role I am afraid this club will be on hold. This person will need to be fingerprinted through our school district. If you can spare one day a week or two days a month, a day of your choosing you could be the Earth Savers' Club hero!

We had a huge turn out for the Upstander's Club. There were more than seventy students. The group was so huge that we had to divide them into two groups, a 2nd/3rd grade club and a 4th/5th grade group. Yay for all the interested students!

Student Council meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during lunch

2nd/3rd Grade Upstander's Club meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays during lunch

4th/5th Grade Upstander's Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays during lunch

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 17th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30pm

Monday, October 21st: ELAC Meeting at 8:30am & School Site Council Meeting at 3:30pm

Tuesday, October 22nd: Weekly Assembly

Wednesday, October 23rd: DLAC Meeting at TMS 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday, October 23rd: Family PBIS Night @ 6:30

Saturday, October 26th: Carnival 12:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, October 29th: Weekly Assembly

Thursday, October 31st Halloween Parade 8:30am

Thursday, October 31st: RCHS Marching Band visits University Elementary at 10:25-10:45am

Friday, Nov. 1st: District-wide Math Day/NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, Nov. 4: Reflection Projects Due

Tuesday, Nov. 5th: Weekly Assembly

Thursday, Nov. 7th: Make-up Picture Day

Friday, Nov. 8th: 2nd Cup of Coffee

Friday, Nov. 8th: End of Trimester 1

Monday, Nov.11th: Veteran's Day - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR THIS HOLIDAY

Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Reflections Showcase/Awards

Tuesday, Nov. 19th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Rebounderz Night 5:30-8:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 21st PTA Meeting @ 6:30

Friday, Nov. 22nd: Report Cards go home.


Monday, Dec. 2nd: Open Enrollment Begins, tell your friends and neighbors!

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd: Weekly Assembly

Friday, Dec. 6th: 2nd Cup of Coffee

Tuesday, Dec. 10th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Panera Dine and Donate All Day

Thursday, Dec. 12th: MAKER WORLD 2019 5:30PM

Tuesday, Dec. 17th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am

Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Family Fun Movie Night

Friday, Dec. 20 thru Friday Jan. 3rd:: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK