UNION GAP SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2020

Superintendent’s Message

You should have received a copy of the 2018-2019 (2019) Annual School Performance Report in January which also included our regular school newsletter. The law requires that each district and school provide an annual performance report to each parent and community member. The report is also on the district’s web site. Please let me know if you would like to talk about the district’s academic progress. It is something our entire district is proud of.


School board members spend countless hours, with no pay, working to improve educational opportunities for their constituent’s children. The month of January was recognized as Washington School Board Recognition Month. We thank them for their service to our district. The current Union Gap school board directors are listed below:


Nicole Rivera (Chair)
Dianna Grunlose (Vice-Chair & Legislative Representative)
Maria Rosas
Kiel Martin (WIAA Representative)
Don Mittlieder

Left Turn and Parking Lots

Parents/Community Members – please do not turn left into the drive through pick up line in front of the school. Signage and cones are posted restricting left turns.


Parking lots are not to be used for picking up/dropping off students unless your car is parked in a stall.


We have had numerous incidents where students and staff have almost been hit by cars making an illegal left turn into the drive through or pulling into parking lots and picking up/dropping off students without pulling into a parking stall.


Please obey all school signage and cones. Your cooperation will provide a safer parking area for yourself, your students and district staff.


Lisa G. Gredvig
Superintendent

Kindergarten Registration

Union Gap School will begin registering students for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year starting March 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will be ongoing for the remainder of this school year.


According to state law, a child must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, to be eligible for kindergarten. A birth certificate, proof of address and a completed certificate of immunization are required.


You need to bring the following documents with you when you enroll your child:


  • Birth Certificate, verifying child's age
  • Immunization Record – please be sure your child is current with their immunizations.
  • 2 pieces of Proof of Residence (mortgage/rental agreement and current light bill, cable bill or land line telephone bill)



Requirements for registration can also be found on our district website.

If you have any questions about registration, call Union Gap School's main office at 248-3966.

Outside Recess

Please dress your students appropriately for outside recess. Our general rule of thumb, for outside recess as it relates to temperature, is outlined below:

  • The National Weather Service’s online monitoring system and the Child Care Watch Chart are used to outline when it is safe for children to spend time outside.
  • Wind chill, precipitation, and heat index conditions are all considered by the principal or designee(s) when making decisions about holding indoor recess activities.

Dates to Remember


  • Feb. 12 Pictures: Class/Group/Personality
  • Feb. 13 Valentine Family Night, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 14 Student Early Release at 12:50 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 NO SCHOOL-President’s Day
  • Feb. 18 Snow Day, if needed or No School
  • Feb. 24-28 BOOK FAIR
  • Feb. 27 Reading Family Night, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28 Student of the Month Assembly
  • Mar. 6 NO SCHOOL-District Professional Day
  • Mar. 27 Student of the Month Assembly
  • Mar. 30-Apr.3 Parent Conferences, Student Early Release at 12:50 p.m.
  • Apr. 6-10 SPRING BREAK: NO SCHOOL
  • May 25 NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day

Rosetta Stone

Union Gap School continues to use the Rosetta Stone technology based language learning program.


Students and parents use the program to learn English.


Contact Juanita Justo for more information at 248-3966 ext. 400.

Union Gap School Board Honorees

These students were honored for their academic excellence for the month of December 2019:

  • Nathan Arreguin
  • Ayrionna Atkinson
  • Kamila Ayala
  • Benjamin Bojorquez (absent)
  • Jace Bromley
  • Karina Calderon (absent)
  • Erik Camacho (absent)
  • Mia Godinez
  • Sebastian Gonzalez
  • Arielle Holden
  • Xzavier Jimenez
  • Abigail Lopez (absent)
  • Jaiden Lopez
  • Hannah Markus (absent)
  • Samantha Moon
  • Ariah Pinyerd
  • Katalina Prieto (absent)
  • Ricardo Rivera
  • Itzae Salgado
  • Yareli Sanchez
  • Elizabeth Sanchez Madrigal
  • Evelyn Sanchez Madrigal
  • David Sanchez-Sedano
  • Avlis Silva (absent)
  • RaeDawn Thomas-Larson (absent)
  • Adrian Villa (absent)
  • Shawn Wilson (absent)
  • Kyle Wolfe
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Don Mittlieder, Melissa Butler, Kiel Martin, Dianna Grunlose, Ricardo Rivera, Nicole Rivera, Maggie Bledsoe, Nathan Arreguin, Elizabeth & Evelyn Sanchez Madrigal, Amanda Richardson and Lisa Gredvig
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Kiel Martin, Lisa Gredvig, Dianna Grunlose, David Sanchez-Sedano, Amanda Richardson, Nicole Rivera, Kyle Wolfe, Jace Bromley, Jaiden Lopez, Mia Godinez, Xzavier Jimenez, Samantha Moon, Itzae Salgado, Sebastian Gonzalez, Ayrionna Atkinson, Kamila Ayala, Ariah Pinyerd, Maggie Bledsoe, Don Mittlieder, Arielle Holden, Alan Geho, Melissa Butler

School Attendance

I hope you and your family are settled in after the holidays. This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.


These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.


There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.



  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
  2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.


Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

Ten Facts About School Attendance


  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  2. An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
  3. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in ten kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  4. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  5. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
  6. The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.
  7. Low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.
  8. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
  9. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.
  10. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

Lisa G. Gredvig

District Superintendent

No Valentine Deliveries

Reminder – Union Gap School District has a NO DELIVERY POLICY in regards to Valentine’s Day.

The no delivery items will include:


  • Balloons
  • Candy
  • Stuffed animals
  • Flowers
  • Cards

This decision has been made due to the drastic increase of deliveries and lack of space. These deliveries not only disrupt the function of the office, but disrupt the academic day of our students and can cause potential safety hazards on our school buses. If you have any questions, please call the office and ask to speak with Mr. Vincent or Mr. Schilperoort. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our schools a safe learning environment for your student.

Valentine Family Night

Thursday February 13th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Bring your family and make a valentine card for your favorite someone. You can also make one for the residents at Parkside Nursing Home. Juanita will take these special made cards to the nursing home on Friday.

Union Gap School Board Honorees

These students were honored for their academic excellence for the month of January 2020:

  • Kamila Ayala
  • Miguel Barrera-Marin
  • Bailey Beireis (absent)
  • Ixtlaly Carbajal
  • Jocelyn Flores-Martinez
  • Yeraldin Paredes

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Back row; Colin Bernhardt, Nicole Thornton, Don Mittlieder, Lisa Gredvig, Kirsten Kangas, Krystin Turner, Connie McNett, Dianna Grunlose, Nicole Rivera, Maria Rosas and Holly Fife


Front row: Jocelyn Flores-Martinez, Miguel Barrera-Marin, Ixtlaly Carbajal, Yeraldin Paredes and Kamila Ayala

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, February 24th– Friday, February 28th


Join us in our library at the Union Gap School, for our annual Book Fair!


Book Fair Hours…

(Monday) 7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


(Friday) 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Book Fair Family Night

Thursday (February 27) 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reading Family Night!

February 27th will be our Reading Family Night.


Join us in the multipurpose room from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Family Night Book Fair will be in the library that same night.


Join us with your family for a night of reading!

Nondiscrimination Statement

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Union Gap School District does not tolerate discrimination in connection with any programs, activities, or employment based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the school district Civil Rights Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Vincent, 3201 S. 4thStreet, pvincent@uniongap.org (509) 248-3966. You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint. For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination 3210 policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online at www.uniongapschool.org.