Union Weekly Staff Update

Volume 18- December 13, 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

Hope everyone enjoyed this unseasonably warm weekend! Nothing like 60 degree days to put you in the holiday spirit :)


Last week was full of things to celebrate, so I thought I would just mention a few...

- Our first graders earned $820 for the Zion Nature Center through their events last week. Thank you to everyone who supported their efforts and congrats to the first grade team on a job well done. Your kids are going to be pros at counting money!

-We made it out of the building and all clear in 2 minutes, 36 seconds during our fire drill Thursday. WOW! To give you a point of reference, we were just under 4 minutes earlier this fall. Our fire and police partners were quite impressed! Thank you for doing your part to help our students take these drills seriously and respond so quickly.

-Our school welcomed over 180 students for the Dads Club Winterfest. This annual event is always a hit and this year, was fully manned prior to its start. Thank you to the many teachers who came to volunteer or support our Dads Club. A special thank you to Teresa for assisting in getting our volunteer spots filled. She used her charm to even get an unsuspecting dad to play Santa!

-We had an overwhelming response to the Lucy Calkins Reading Units of Study pilot. I am please to share that we will be able to honor ALL requests by teachers to pilot these materials through district and building funding. In all, we will have 12 classrooms piloting the materials. Kathy and I are so excited to work along side you in utilizing these materials.Thank you for your willingness to learn and grow! Pilot teachers, look for additional information this week about the January PD.


We're in the home stretch...hang in there these last five days!
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This Week's Events

Monday, 12/14

8:00 in Conference Room, Initial Eval-Meyer, Duhn, Roy, Tisch, Ioannacci, Lockhart

8:00 in Conference Room 2, Re-eval-Andrus, Ruthsatz, Raycroft

3:30 in Jen's Office, PD Planning Meeting-Raycroft, Kay, Roy, Brimmer


Tuesday, 12/15

8:00 in Conference Room, RTI PLC

8:00 in Sharon's Room, HA PLC


Wednesday, 12/16

Hot Box Orders due

8:15 in Breanne R's Classroom, Behavior Meeting with Christina- 3rd and 4th grade teams, Meyer, Ioannacci, Kay

8:00 in Conference Room, PreSchool ACR- Perman, Raycroft, Stewart, Vitello, Swenson, Lockhart

9:30 in Jen's Office, Monthly Tech Meeting- Havlik, Kay, Raycroft

10:50-12:30, Star Student Lunches in Conference Room- Raycroft

2:00 in Conference Room, ACR Reconvene- Andrus, Van Curen, Lockhart, Steward, Raycroft

3:30 in STEM Room, Cookie Walk- Make sure to head to Trish's Room after school to make yourself a container of treats, courtesy of PTO. School Safety team, head there first!

3:45 in Conference Room, School Safety- Safety Team


Thursday, 12/17

Third Grade Book Worm Party

8:00 in Conference Room, Student Planning Meeting- J. Smith, Ioannacci, Kay, Raycroft, Jansen, Brimmer, Burgin, Patterson, Roy, Michener

10:00, Office Meeting

4:00 at Lynne's House- Holiday Party. See invite from Teresa for details. Sign up for snacks is on the white board in the office!


Friday, 12/18

Hot Box Pizza Lunch

End of 2nd Quarter- Grades due January 7th by 8 AM

Classroom Parties- Please make sure to check with Marchele to ensure that volunteers have background checks on file. Also, please communicate with your Room Moms to ensure that snacks are safe and games/crafts are winter themed.

8:00 in Conference Room, New Teacher Meeting- Look for email from Jen on Monday

9:30 in Jen's Office, ABM Meeting- Allen, Kay, Raycroft


December 19-January 3- WINTER BREAK!!


Looking Ahead....

Beginning January 4th-AIMSWEB Testing. See email from Kathy Roy

Beginning January 5th- NWEA Testing. Look for forthcoming schedule from Maggie

January 7th- Grades due by 8 AM