The Sunday Message

Announcements, Resources, Celebrations 12/17/18

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF OUR PLEASANT UNION FAMILIES. WE HOPE THAT YOUR TIME TOGETHER WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS IS A JOYOUS. WE'LL SEE TRACKS 1, 2, & 3 ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

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WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER.

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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PTA AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS

A special thank you goes out to our PTA Leadership, Committee Chairs, Classroom Moms/Dads, Parent Volunteers and Parents for the continued support for the students and staff at our school. PTA President Heather Wilson and her leadership team consisting of VPs Valerie DeBruin and Rachael Paden have done an incredible job facilitating committees, fund raising, and overall school support. The goal to ensure all of our children are successful and confident learners is a daunting task but with continued support for our staff by parents, in person and monetarily our students and staff have the resources to give our children opportunities to succeed academically and socio-emotionally.

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Happy Birthdays

Happy Sunday December 16 Birthday to Counselor Lindsey Schreier and Tuesday, December 18 Birthday to Kindergarten teacher Crys Daniel. Over the holidays we wish happy birthdays to First Grade teacher Carolyn Rich on Wednesday, December 26th, Fourth Grade Teacher Erika Larson on Sunday, December 30th, and Monday, December 31st to Receptionist/Nurse/All Round Great Person Becky Britt.

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Good Attendance = Student Success in School

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!


Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! Below are some articles that support good attendance and success in school. If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.



Sincerely,


Kevin Biles, Principal

Pleasant Union Instructional Staff

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF December 17, 2018

Cookie Store Staff Cookie Exchange: A Giant Thank You goes out to all the parents that contributed to the PTA Cookie Store Staff Cookie Exchange. The assortment was incredible (See pictures of some of the goodies below). Mr. Biles would love to find the recipe for what tasted like chocolate chip cookie dough cookies. :)


EARLY RELEASE FRIDAY, DEC. 21:

  • Students will be dismissed at 1:15


PUE Chorus Earns Spot in Pieces of Gold:

Congratulations to the Pleasant Union Chorus that recently earned a spot in the annual event held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Save Wednesday, March 6th for the event.


PTA Meeting:

The December PTA Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 at 8:15 in the Media Center has been cancelled.


Revised Makeup Day for December 11 Adverse Weather Day:

The December 11th Makeup Day will be done on the former January 18th Early Release. Although it does not match up with track 4 missing on the 11th it aligns with the Traditional Calendar and bus runs. Long story short, January 18th will be a full day for tracks 1, 2, and 3. Track 4 will not make up the day on the 18th as they will be on track out until Monday, January 28. Go to Make Up Days for all information regarding school make up days throughout the year. I have a hunch more snow is coming at some point.


Holiday Concerts: Kindergarten and 1st Grade holiday concerts for Tracks 2 and 4 are this week on Wednesday, December 19. 1st grade is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 9:30 and later that day Kindergarten will perform at 1:15. We hope that you can join us to celebrate the excitement of our students performing global and holiday favorites.


January Staff Appreciation Lunch: The next staff appreciation luncheon will be hosted by 2nd Grade parents on January 18th (Tracks 1&3) and February 15th (Tracks 2&4). Please make your child's donation to their teachers lunch by accessing the following link: http://pueschool.corecommerce.com/staff-appreciation-monetary-donation/. Please copy and paste the link into a new window if you are having problems getting it to work.

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Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 19:

  • 9:30 1st Grade Tracks 2 & 4 Holiday Concert
  • 1:15 K Tracks 2 & 4 Holiday Concert


Thursday, Dec. 20:

  • 7:00 Chorus Performs at Crabtree Valley Mall


Friday, Dec 21:

  • Early Release. Students dismissed at 1:15, Winter Holidays Begin. Tracks 1-3 return on Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019:

  • Track 1, 2, and 3 students return to class.