Union Weekly Staff Update

Volume 14- November 15, 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

Thank you to everyone who assisted in making our Veterans Day celebration successful. It was a wonderful day and your help with facilitating discussions and serving breakfast, among other things, was much appreciated. Kudos to Erin, Stacey and our Student Council for a wonderful event!

We have another great week ahead. Erin and I will be out of the building for the majority of the day on Tuesday and Wednesday to receive certification as School Safety Specialists. We are available via calls or texts for issues, but for more immediate assistance, please contact Maggie.

Only 7 days until Thanksgiving Break...where is this school year going?!?

This Week's Events

Monday, 11/16-

8:15, PreSchool ACR in Conference Room- Maggie, Tisha, Allison M (I think)

3rd and 4th grade lunch times, Student Tech Teams in Conference Room with Carly

Tuesday, 11/17-

8:00, Lit PLC in Kathy's room

8:00, ACR in conference room- Katie M, Maggie, Emily, Breanne T, Jen

Jen and Erin at School Safety

1:30-2:30, Second Grade Speaker in Gym

7-8, Union University Parent Info Night in Cafeteria. Topic: Technology Resources

Wednesday, 11/18-

8:00, Third Grade Breakfast in Cafeteria

Jen and Erin at School Safety Certification

CANCELLED- School Safety Meeting. Team members, look for update on new date.

Thursday, 11/19-

Red Team Soup Lunch

CANCELLED---Will reschedule for after Thanksgiving! 8:00- Optional Literacy PD in Kathy's Room. Look for email on topic specifics

11:00, Office Meeting

Friday, 11/20-

8:00, ACR in Conference Room, New Teacher Meeting

9:30, ABM Meeting

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Coverage Reminder

Open Enrollment is open until November 25th. Below is a link to the Benefit Open Enrollment form for 2016.

All benefit eligible employees and retirees must complete a benefit enrollment form to elect or decline health insurance coverage through the ZCS group plan no later than November 25. Failure to respond may impact your ability to elect/maintain coverage. This open enrollment period is only for medical, dental and vision benefits and has no impact on other benefits in which you are currently enrolled.


Log in Information:

Employee Number = Social Security # (no dashes)
PIN = Last four of Social Security # + two digit year of birth

Example: Social Security is 124-45-9999 Birthday is 3/3/1980

PIN = 999980

Please contact me directly with questions.

Skype, anyone?

This year, our boy scout troops have been focusing their work and study around building familiarity with other cultures. They have been communicating with groups in the countries listed below. Jeremy Morin, one of the pack leaders, has reached out to see if anyone would be interested in skyping with their international scout contacts. If you see a curricular tie in, please let me know and I can help to coordinate.


South Africa


Northern Ireland - which meets on Fridays 1:15-2:30PM our time




PE Guests- looking ahead

We have been fortunate to have already welcomed several PE guests and we will be welcoming a few more in the weeks ahead. Please remember that classroom teachers are asked to stay with their class in the gym, even if there is a guest teacher/fitness instructor.

Here are some of the upcoming guests:

Sensei Paul from Adamson's Karate in Zionsville: Monday 11/23; Wednesday, 12/2; Thursday, 12/3; Tuesday, 12/8 and Friday, 12/11.

During his sessions, he will do a brief introduction to marital arts and also touch on focus and self-control.

Jenny LeBlanc will be joining us for 2 4-week sessions of FitKidz, in the months of January and April.

Witsken Tennis is tentatively scheduled to join us for a 4-week session of tennis lessons in February.

Free PD

Kelly Masters recently attended a workshop on Close Reading, which included a free webinar to share. Below is the log-in information if you are interested in learnign more.

Writing After a Close Reading

30-day FREE subscription

Username: WAR Password: tasks

Here's how to access your subscription:

1. Log into our training website, webPD

(Username: WAR Password: tasks).

2. Select the Purchase History category on the left for access to your video and handout. Download and print the handout before watching the video.

3. Share this login information with colleagues in your building. For 30 days, you have total access!