Union Elementary Weekly Update

September 17, 2016

This Week at Union

Event Calendar

September 18: Fall Spruce Up 1:00-3:00 PM

September 19-23: Book Fair

September 22: Second Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie; Family Literacy Night

September 23: PTO Movie Night 6:45 – 8:45- ZooTopia

September 28: Jog-a-thon

October 4: Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM

October 5: Picture Day

October 6: First Grade Field Trip to Camp Jameson; Blood Drive

October 7: Dads Club Camp Out; PTO General Meeting 9:15-10:15 AM

October 12: Third Grade Field Trip to Indianapolis Zoo

October 14: Bus Evacuation Drills; Fall Parties

October 17-21: Fall Break

Fall Spruce Up

On September 18, during our Fall Spruce Up from 1-3 p.m., volunteers will finish any planting and projects that need to be completed. We hope to have an interactive learning space where kids can explore the outdoors! Please join us outside to complete any outstanding work for our planting today and clean up other areas. Students and their families are all invited to participate- no prior sign up needed! The event will be between 1-3pm, which gives everyone plenty of time to get home before the kickoff of the Colt’s game. Thank you for supporting and beautifying our school.·

Spirit Wear will be present on Sunday with brand new items between 1-3pm. Check out our Union and Eagle merchandise in Youth, Men’s and Women’s. There will be lots of inventory and sizes available.

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PTO and Dads Club News

Fall Book Fair week starts on Monday!

Monday, September 19, 2016 to Friday, September 23, 2016

The Scholastic Book Fair is a great way for kids to choose books that inspire them to read. Part of the proceeds are donated to Union Elementary. Support our school by shopping the book fair.

Mon Sept 19 Student preview day with teachers
Tues Sept 20 10:45am - 1:45pm
Wed Sept 21 8:00am - 9:00am & 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Thurs Sept 22 10:45am - 1:45pm & 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Fri Sept 23 8:00am - 9:00am

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please sign up today!


September 23, 2016 6:45 – 8:45

Movie nights are very popular with Union students. They enjoy spending time with their friends, eating yummy snacks and watching the movie. Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer! It is going to be a fun night!

Please make sure to send in completed Movie forms in your child’s folder no later than September 19, 2016.

PTO Involvement

Are you interested in getting more involved in PTO or learning more about the organization? The following members of the PTO team are available to answer any of your questions:

Alison Schilling aliscott@hotmail.com

Angie Evers ampindy@yahoo.com

Dawn Kouns dkouns@indy.rr.com

Spirit Wear

Brand new Spirit Wear is available! Check out our Union and Eagle merchandise in Youth, Men’s and Ladies! Please go to our exclusive web store http://union.185promostore.com/

Online orders are due no later than September 21st.

PTO Monthly Meetings (Free Childcare available for evening meetings)

· October 7, 2016: 9:15am – 10:15am

· November 9, 2016: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

· December 9, 2016: 9:15am – 10:15am

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Be sure to check the PTO website for more information about upcoming events!


Calling all Dads!!! Join us the first Tuesday of every month for our monthly meeting. Check out our calendar on the Dad’s Club webpage and our Facebook page Union Elementary Dads Club.

Jog-A-Thon 2016

The 6th annual Jog-A-Thon has officially kicked-off! The Jog-A-Thon has historically been one of the primary fundraisers for the school. The Jog-A-Thon helps tie in the importance of exercise and healthy eating as our STAR Olympians prepare for the event.

What to expect? Your student should have brought home their Jog-A-Thon packet, which includes all the necessary information they’ll need to raise pledges for our school. Pledges can be on a flat fee or per lap basis with all pledges due no later than Friday, October 14th.

What we need? To help make the event successful we need volunteers for the various needs and shifts. You can sign up via the following link.


Wait there’s more. Grade School Kids running laps all day equals early bedtime for moms and dads. All for the sake of raising money and teaching kids the importance of exercise. It’s a parental win-win.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their donations. We have a great community of businesses that care and support our school. We wouldn’t have the success in investing in our schools without the support of the many sponsors. You can show your appreciation by visiting the sponsors below:
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Thank You!

  • To Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Grissom, our amazing front office staff, for all of their efforts to ensure a safe and successful Grandparents' Day!
  • To our first grade teachers and Grandparents Day volunteers. Your welcoming presence allowed for a positive and memorable experience for all of our guests.
  • To DOW Agro and all of the volunteers for the DOW Planting Day. Thank you for assisting students in making their school a more nature friendly place.
  • To Mrs.Kay and Mrs. Brimmer for all of their hard work and planning to make our partnership with DOW to improve our outdoor classroom possible. Their vision and passion will benefit every student at Union for years to come.
  • To Teresa Benavides, for coordinating our Fall Spruce Up event. We are looking forward to a great day spent beautifying our school.
  • To Wendy Mudis and her volunteers for setting up the Book Fair on Thursday. It is going to be a great week!

Lunchroom Visitors

Are you planning to visit your child for lunch? Welcome! Our students always are so excited to have a special guest dine with them! Please note the following reminders:

  • All lunch visitors must have a limited background check on file.
  • The student and his/her guest(s) should sit at the visitor tables near southeast entrance to the cafeteria. These tables are marked with signs.
  • This is a special time for the student and his/her guest(s) to enjoy one another's company. To ensure that this can occur, as well as to allow for enough space for guests and prevent hurt feelings, students are not permitted to invite other students to the guest tables.
Thank you for your cooperation!

Boone County Resources

Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, you may have questions about the available local resources. Check out the Boone County Resource Guide! It includes contact information for organizations and programs to assist residents of Boone County, addressing diverse topics such as animal services, advocacy groups, and meeting your family's basic needs.


Background Checks

The district requires background checks for all adult visitors and volunteers within our school system. There are two types of background checks - Limited and Full.

The "full" background check is required if you chaperone a school field trip and/or if you volunteer in the classroom without the supervision of the teacher.

It does take 7-10 business days to process and there is a cost of $15.95, which is payable online. Once cleared, it lasts for five years.

The "limited" background check is required if you come to visit for lunch, help a teacher with grading papers/making copies, volunteer in the Media Center, or volunteer for a PTO event, serve as a guest speaker/reader, etc. It is free of charge and also lasts for five years.

More details regarding the district policy and links to the forms for the background checks can be found by clicking here.

We thank you for your assistance and cooperation in keeping our students safe.

Safe Visitor

As the 16-17 school year begins, please be aware that we will be using a new visitor management system known as SafeVisitor. SafeVisitor is a 30-45 second check-in process that cross references against all national sex offender registries and prints a visitor badge. Please be prepared to scan a government issued ID(Driver License) when arriving to campus as a visitor or volunteer. The printed badge should be visible at all times while in the building. Thank you!

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Union Elementary School

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.