The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 8/21/17



PUE Featured on WTVD for Outstanding Solar Eclipse Instruction

PUE Panthers Prepare for Solar Eclipse

As many of you have already found out, approved eclipse glasses are hard to come by. Pleasant Union ordered approved eclipse glasses but unfortunately, did not receive the order scheduled for last Tuesday. We have continued to reach out to the vendor in hopes of getting a last minute delivery on Monday morning prior to the eclipse. If our eclipse glasses do arrive in time for our eclipse experience will be outside on the soccer field. Students will begin moving to the field at 2:15 so that we can all experience the eclipse beginning at 2:30. As mentioned in my Sunday Message last week, student safety for this event is of the utmost importance. 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 AND witnessed approval/waiver form to participate. This permission form was sent home in last week's Tuesday folder and posted on-line. For Track 3 parents, I am including a link to the form that must be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher on Monday, August 21st OR scanned and emailed to their teacher for their child to participate in the event.

We look forward to the upcoming rare experience but emphasize that each student MUST HAVE A PARENT SIGNED and witnessed WAIVER FORM for them to participate in the event. Students without the form will not be allowed to participate in the event. In addition, if any parents plan to participate in the outside event they will need to bring their own eclipse glasses and must sign and have witnessed our same permission waiver.

If our glasses do not arrive early Monday we will be looking to alternative activities for students to experience the eclipse experience. It will involve online and in-school resources to provide as much as much real time exposure to the eclipse as possible.

For those that are tracked out, choose to take their children to a "Totality" eclipse site we encourage you 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


Last Call To Order PUE Field Trip T-Shirts

Many grade levels are heading off campus for field trips very soon. Fourth Grade has it's first off campus trip September 6th. As a result, PTA School Store Coordinator, Laura Cox, needs your T-Shirt orders on or before this Friday, August 25.

Parents can go to the PTA ecommerce site to easily order their child's shirt this week. All tracks should have received their order forms except for Grades 4 and 5 - Track 3, who will all receive their order forms in this week's Tuesday folder. If you have any questions please contact Laura Cox at


Time to Join 2071-18 PTA. VanAntwerp and Schoenebeck Lead PTA Membership Contest

Time to join and support your PTA! The classroom membership contest has begun with two classes tied for first place – Track 4’s Ms. VanAntwerp and Mr. Schoenebeck. Several other classes are close behind.

Our goal is for all families to join. Only $8 for individual memberships and $15 for family memberships. Since membership just began we are only up to 25% of families joined for this year. So, we really need your get going! PTA money is used for many great reasons such as teacher supplements, family fun festivities, like Spooky Science, the Valentine’s Dance, Cultural Arts Programs, Artists/Writers in residences staff, staff development support, appreciation events and many other miscellaneous school support items. The good news is that there is still time to join! Turn those forms in and pay with a check written to PUE PTA or go online to the Pleasant Union Website under PTA. The contest ends September 30.

With your support, your family will make a tremendous impact on what we is provided for our teachers and students.


Lego Club Needs Volunteers

PTA President Heather Wilson informed me that she found a parent volunteer to coordinate our 2017-18 Lego Club but for us to get started we need parent volunteers. if you are interested please go to the PTA link for Lego Club to volunteer. 3rd-5th runs one Tuesday per month and K-2nd runs one Wednesday per month. The Clubs meet on their designated day from 8-8:45 in the Media Center. All the students need is supervision. You don't have to be a Lego expert.


Still Time to Register for After School Learning Opportunities at PUE:

Lots of After School Activities Going on at PUE. All will have booths at this week's Track 4 Open House if you need more information and want to register in person.

TGA Golf and Tennis 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

KidzArt 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 Offered Wednesday afternoons

We are adding a new science after school program this year called Stem for Kids. Go to their website 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


Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendars

Monday, August 21

  • Solar Eclipse-Peak view at 2:44 p.m.

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 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:

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