Union Weekly Staff Update

Volume 37- May 22, 2016

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

We've hit the home stretch! Here are a few notes to expand upon events listed in the calendar below:


Field Day- Please see the letter and schedule from Jenny LeBlanc (emailed and given hard copy) about specifics for the day. Please remind students and parents about wearing gym shoes, applying sunscreen, and bringing a labled water bottle. The current forecast is 83 degrees and party cloudy, so we will have warm day!


Talent Show- The 4th grade performers did an excellent job Friday night. They are very excited to perform for their peers this week. All are invited to attend the school performance in the gym beginning at 9:30 on Thursday morning (we will start calling performers down around 9:10, classes around 9:20). Plan for the show to last approximately 1 hour. We will be seated the same way that we were for the Irish Dancers.


Last Day Dismissal- As is tradition, we will have our younger students line the walk way to wish our fourth graders well as they head out to the buses. Similar to last year, there will be chalk lines on the sidewalk. As long as the weather cooperates, we will all be outside. Our drivers will likely do a victory lap in the lot as we wave farewell to our kiddos.


SFS Finalizations- As the week begins please note that you will have access to see your (in progress) finalization worksheet in SFS. This is simply the rubric portion of your overall evaluation. It does not yet include data from your SLOs, SWL, or in some cases IGM data. So, if you see a 2.9 and it catches you off guard, please don’t have a heart attack and remember that your score will only go up as the other data is added in when it is available. Even if you are in a position where you have submitted all of your SLO data, Erin and I plan to make this accessible all at one time so we don’t skip over anyone. I hope that makes sense. Please check with us if you have questions.


Safety Drills- We will have both a lockdown drill and fire drill this week to ensure that we comply with all state requirements. Please see Erin's 5/18 email or Erin/Jen live with any questions.


Attire this week- With Field Day and other active events occurring throughout the week, you are welcome to dress in appropriate casual dress as we close out the year.

Union Elementary Staff Update Calendar- Week of May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

8:00, Initial CC in Conference Room- Ioannacci, Michener, Duhn, Van Curen, Andrus, Roy, Wagner

10:00, Lockdown Drill (see email from Erin on 5/18)

12:00, Initial CC in Conference Room- Ioannacci, Duhn, Swenson, Lockhart, Wagner

2:15, 4th Grade Yearbook Signing at Dads Club Shelter


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

8:00, Placement Meeting (1st to 2nd) in Conference Room

8:00, USS Meeting in Katie's Room

Field Day

10:15, Reeval in Conference Room- Ioannacci, Duhn, Ruthsatz, Van Curen, Wagner


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

8:00, Placement Meeting (2nd to 3rd) in Conference Room

4th Grade Trip to State House

3:30, Fourth Grade Movie Night in Cafeteria

3:40, School Safety Meeting


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last Day of School!

9:30, Talent Show in Gym


Friday, May 27, 2016

Teacher Record Day

9:00, Placement Meeting (3rd to 4th) in Conference Room


Thursday, June 2nd

Teacher Deadline to Post Grades 8:00 AM


Friday, June 3rd

K-3 report cards mailed directly to parents

Grade 4 grades posted in MISI/PEP


Looking Ahead....

August 1-3: New Teacher Academy
August 4 and 5: Teacher Meetings and PD
August 8: Teacher work day, 5:30-7:00 Back to School Social
August 9: First Day of School
August 26: 5:00 pm Eagle Fest

May Birthdays

The happiest of birthdays to the following STARS who will be celebrating another year during the month of May


Angie Michener, May 3

Kathy Beanblosson, May 10

Brittany McFarland, May 12

Julia Giltner, May 22

Megan Magoni, May 27

Payroll Reminders for start of 2016-2017 Year

Certified 2016 Payroll Schedule

As a reminder, the 26th and final payroll for the 2015-2016 teacher contract is scheduled for August 12, 2016. The First pay for the 2016-2017 teacher contract year will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.



Classified/Salary 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Salary employees will receive a regular paycheck (1/26th your annual salary). Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.



Classified/Hourly 2016 Payroll Schedule

You will receive a paycheck on August 12, 2016. The next paycheck will be September 2, 2016. Please note that these dates are THREE weeks apart. This is due to the periodic occurrence, which on average occurs every six years, when the payroll schedule requires an adjustment so that the calendar year has exactly 26 payrolls. Hourly employees will be paid for the hours worked 7/17/16 – 7/30/16 on the Aug. 12th, 2016 payroll. Hours worked 7/31/16-8/20/16 will be paid on the Sept. 2nd, 2016 payroll. Regular two week intervals resume with the Sept. 16th payroll.



If you have any questions about which payroll schedule applies to you, please speak with your direct supervisor.

Summer Learning Opportunities

There are some wonderful free opportunities this summer. As you start to plan summer, please give these dates and opportunties some thought for new learning!

1. On June 14th 8:30 AM-12:00 Noon Lebanon High School will be the host site for a free half day IDOE Summer PD focusing on a variety of relevant topics including: Elementary ELA, Elementary Math/Science

Resources, techniques and best practices will be provided by a variety of DOE specialists. An additional leadership workshop will be included for administrators.

This offering is available to any Indiana educator. Feel free to share with colleagues from other school districts. Please see attached flyer for additional information and the registration link below:


http://www.doe.in.gov/ccr/instructional-best-practices-and-leadership



2. We are excited to announce and invite you to our first annual institute:


CLC: Collaborate.Lead.Coach.

A Kaleidoscope of Powerful Possibilities and Partnerships


This institute is open to teacher leaders, administrators, and instructional coaches. Our goal is to nurture collaborative partnerships with one another to enhance teaching and learning for the students we serve while collaborating with other educators from across Indiana. Speakers will share their expertise from coaching classroom teachers to empowering teachers as leaders, and the power of administrator/teacher and coach partnerships. This institute will support first year coaches as well as veterans, teacher leaders, and administrators. All participants will acquire new skills and knowledge to help support and build effective teams within their buildings​. We would like for you to join us for this FREE institute located at Noblesville West Middle School!Please register at: http://goo.gl/forms/NzTyG7iHEf


Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

Announcing Lilly Endowment’s 2017 Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program. Click here for more information on how you can apply for a Lilly Creativity Grant. Application postmark deadline is Sept. 1, 2016.