The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 8/14/17

Happy Birthdays for This Week.

Happy Tuesday, August 15th Birthday to Before/After School Co-Director Debbie DeStefano.

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PUE Panthers Prepare for Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st the students will participate in the viewing of 2017 Solar Eclipse. Below is more information on access to a student Permission form and resources for event.


General Information

The 2017 Eclipse across America will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. In North Carolina, the partial eclipse will begin around 2:33pm and peak at approximately 2:44pm when the moon obscures 92.7% of the sun. Wake County residents will experience a partial view of the Total Eclipse. Skies will gradually begin to darken as the moon moves into the path of the Sun. Over time, the sky will become increasingly dark and then will gradually become filled with more light as the moon moves out of the path of the sun.


Student and Employee Safety

The health and well-being of Wake County Public School System students and employees is of the utmost importance during this experience. As such, it is important to recognize that it is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays, even when the sun is partially obscured. That being said, ALL Pleasant Union students that will participate in our Solar Eclipse viewing event on Monday, August 21 MUST have a parent signed approval/waiver form to participate. Staff will also need to sign the waiver form to participate. This permission form will be sent home in this week’s Tuesday Folders. In addition, for Track 3 parents, here is a link to the form that must be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher on Monday, 21st OR scanned and emailed to their teacher for their child to participate in the event.


We look forward to experiencing this rare event but must emphasize that each student MUST HAVE A PARENT SIGNED WAIVER FORM for them to participate in the event. Students without the form will not be allowed to participate in the event.


For those that are tracked out or will not be able to the event be sure to review the following safe viewing instructions. NASA's How to View the Solar Eclipse Safely provides additional information on safety guidelines.


Eclipse Safety Glasses

The following manufacturers have certified eclipse and hand-held solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standards:

American Paper Optics

Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only)

Rainbow Symphony

Thousand Oaks Optical

TSE 17


Additional Solar Eclipse Resources

Below are several educational and family friendly activities, maps, images, explanations, and safety measures that may be used to plan a lesson or event at your school:

NASA's Total Eclipse

Morehead Planetarium

American Astronomy Society

PBS Learning Media

NC Government

NC Natural and Cultural Resources

Visit NC

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Free Fundraisers

Did you know that you could help Pleasant Union Elementary earn money by simply linking your store cards and clipping labels? Be on the lookout for a PeachJar digital flier or click here https://cdn.peachjar.com/15017743632788.pdf for details how to link cards from Harris Teeter, Kroger, and AmazonSmile. The flier will also share how you can clip your box tops participate in the Box Tops for Education and Tyson A+ Project.

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Before School Program and Carpool Drop Off Procedures

Please note the following Before School Program and Carpool Drop Off Procedures. The large yellow cones at the top of our carpool circle will be reconfigured at 8:30 a.m. each morning. This is done to allow our special education transportation vans to drop off students between 8:30 and 8:45 so that carpool can start at 8:45. Only the Special Education Van staff and Pleasant Union staff are allowed to move the cones to drop off students in the the traffic circle after 8:30 and before the start of the carpool at 8:45. Thank you for supporting our process to keep all of our students safe.

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We Need Your Help

This week the PTA is providing staff with an appreciation luncheon. Please help our luncheon committee by either sending a donation check written to Pleasant Union PTA and/or by bringing a side dish/dessert to accompany a Taco Bar theme. If you have any questions please contact our PTA President, Heather Wilson at heatherandmckenna@yahoo.com


The Lego Club has been extremely popular over the past years. We would like to continue this experience for our students but need parent volunteers for this once a month experience as well as someone to coordinate the volunteers. Please contact Heather Wilson heatherandmckenna@yahoo.com for more information.

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After School Learning Opportunities at PUE:

TGA Golf and Tennis www.playtga.com/wakecounty: Offered Monday afternoons

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. Register here www.playtga.com/wakecounty.


KidzArt http://northraleigh.kidzart.com/: Offered on Tuesday afternoons

This is KidzArt! Where ages 2- adult HAVE FUN, learn to draw and experience creativity building exercises. Offered at schools and other community locations, our mobile program is complimented with 3-D projects, new and varied art mediums and our unique multi-cultural curriculum.


Stem for Kids https://stemforkids.net/: Offered Wednesday afternoons

We are adding a new science after school program this year called Stem for Kids. Go to their website https://stemforkids.net/ to find out more about their programs. If you are interested in signing up your child for some or all of their programs that will be offered go to the Stem for Kids Registration Flier https://goo.gl/FkbJbo

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Mark Your Calendars

Tuesday, August 15

  • 8:15 PTA Meeting in the Media Center


Friday, August 18

  • Early Release. Students will be dismissed at 1:15. Those registered in After School Program will move to the gym after dismissal and conclude at their regular closing time of 6:00 pm.


Thursday, August 24

  • Open House 6-8:00, 1st-5th Grades, Track 4 Great opportunity of parents to find out what your child will be learning this year and how you can help in the classroom and at the school.
    • Session 1 6-6:55
    • Session 2 7-7:55
    • Child Care Available for Kindergarten-5th grade siblings. Sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/94n6O9553exiRMmK2 by Wednesday, August 23 at 12:00 noon. Please note that we will not be able to care for toddlers ages birth to age 4.
    • After School Opportunities Vendors will be here to share info about their programs.
  • Bam Pow Chow food truck will be available from 5-7:00 pm. For your convenience, the cafeteria will be open for you to sit down and enjoy your dinner before the Open House begins. The menu can be found at the following website: http://www.bampowchow.com/our-menu.html


Thursday, August 31

  • Grades 1-5, Tracks 3 & 4 BYOD Info Meeting in Media Center
    • Session 1 for Grades 1 & 2 at 6:15-6:45
    • Session 2 for Grades 3-5 at 6:45-7:15