Union Elementary Weekly Update

November 30, 2018

Upcoming Union Events

December 3-7- Third Grade OLSAT Testing; Pajama Drive

December 4- Dads Club Meeting, 7 PM in Teachers' Lounge

December 7- Pajama Spirit Day

December 13- Dads Club Winterfest, 6:00-8:00 PM

December 14- PTO General Meeting, 9:00 in Cafeteria

December 17 and 18- Body Safety Lessons at Union

December 20- Third Grade Book Worm Celebration

December 21- Winter Parties

December 24-January 4- Winter Break

January 7, 2019- School resumes; Soiree Tickets on Sale

February 8: Union Soiree

March 22-23: Spotlight Night

Body Safety Lessons- Grades Kindergarten through Fourth

The Body Safety Programs will be presented to all kindergarten to fourth grade students during the week of December 17, 2018. The parent meeting occurred earlier this month at the ESC. If you would prefer for your child/children to not participate in the Think First and Stay Safe program, please for the official Parent Opt-Out Form. It is linked below or can be requested from the office or your classroom teacher. The Parent Opt-Out forms are due by Friday, December 7, 2018.

Counselor's Corner

Second Step

Here are the Second Step grade level Home Links for this week!

Kindergarten

Grade 1: Look for a Home Links coming soon!

Grade 2: Look for a Home Links coming soon!

Grade 3: Look for a Home Links coming soon!

Grade 4

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

The OLSAT is administered to students in grades 1 and 3. This test is given orally to 1st graders in January and on the computer to 3rd grade students in December and is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns. Scores are normed based upon a child’s age in months rather than grade level in school and will be posted on each child’s Power School account after scoring has been completed. For more information please contact your child’s school counselor.

Pajama Drive

Over this past week and the next week, Kindergarten students are asking you to donate pairs of pajamas for The Villages. This pajama drive will continue through Friday, December 7th. Remember, the pajamas must be NEW. Kindergarteners are asking for any size, color, or pattern. While you are out and about these next few days, consider purchasing a pair to donate! Collection boxes are located outside of the cafeteria. Thanks for donating!


On Friday, December 7th, we will be having a pajama day to celebrate the kindergarteners’ very hard work on their pajama drive. We will not be collecting any coins for this, but feel free to bring in a new pair of pajamas to donate! It is only for fun. Please make sure to wear your shoes and warm enough PJs for recess. Thank you for participating in this fun, spirit day and showing your Union spirit!


Kindergarten and your Student Council members

PTO News

SPOTLIGHT NIGHT

Ask your kiddos about Spotlight Night and make sure to check in with them and see how they're progressing with their Reading Challenge goals. You can get a copy of the grade level challenges and print the summary sheet on the Union PTO website at https://uni.zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=483927&type=d&pREC_ID=1019178


BOX TOPS

We are always always always collecting Box Tops. And, I know that you are always always always clipping them. Be sure to check the expiration date before bagging them or attaching them to the Box Top Sheet, label them with your teacher's name and dump them in the giant Coke bottle by the front door. We'll keep you posted on prizes and incentives for classes who collect the most.


UNION SOIREE

I mean, what else can we say? You know you want to go.

This adults only fundraiser is a themed party that you won't want to miss. Socialize with other parents, hang with celebrity guests (teachers and administrators), and just enjoy a night out with the people you met through your kid...without your kid.

Be prepared for the same fun as last year, but with a few new surprises too.

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Union Soiree

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Dads Club

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. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7 PM in the Teachers' Lounge.

Our next event is the Winterfest, which will be held on December 13 at 6:00. If you are interested in helping or donating to the event, please sign up at http://signup.com/go/PsOdzeb. We would love to have some parents or even Union alumni help run the games!

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Thank you!

  • Thank you to all of the kindergarten parents who came to the One book event this week. If you were not able to join in the fun, look for the book coming home in your child's bookbag and more information about additional events to connect our kindy families later this year. A special thank you to the committee of moms who planned the event!
  • Thank you to everyone who came to our Vocabulary Parade. We hope you enjoyed (verb, to take delight or pleasure in an activity or occasion) the show!

Now Hiring

ZCS Food Service positions now available at several of our ZCS cafeterias. Click here to apply directly and call 317-733-4804 with any questions!

Come join our team and meet us via this awesome (one click) video!

School Calendar- Updated

With the school closure due to ice on Thursday, our calendar for the 2018-2019 has changed slightly. The last student day will now be Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Background Check Information

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VOLUNTEERS

We value partnerships with our families and welcome parents and guardians to serve as volunteers in our schools. Each ZCS building offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.


Examples include:

  • Field Trip Chaperones
  • Out of Town/Overnight Chaperones
  • Tutors
  • Volunteer Coaches
  • Classroom Helpers (PTO parties/room parents)
  • Library Helpers
  • After Prom Workers
  • Field Day/Jog-A-Thon Volunteers
  • Book Fair Sales/Athletic Ticket Sales

During the school day, all volunteers are expected to sign in at the front office. Prior to the volunteer opportunity, all volunteers must sign a Non-disclosure Acknowledgement Form and have successfully completed a Full Criminal History Background Check. Necessary background check paperwork is available on the ZCS website at the Volunteers/BRAVO link and should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the intended volunteer date. Volunteers must also view the state mandated confidentiality/bullying video, provided on the Volunteer/BRAVO website. The volunteer will pay the fee* for the full background check which will expire after 5 years. The link to apply for the full background check can be accessed on the Volunteers/BRAVO link on the ZCS main webpage. For more information, contact the Volunteer/BRAVO Coordinator.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR VISITORS

During the school day, all visitors must enter via the front door and sign-in at the front office. Visitors need to be prepared to present a government issued photo ID which will be scanned against the National Sex Offender Registry. All visitors will be issued a visitor badge/tag to be worn inside the building at all times.


Examples Include:

  • Lunch Guests
  • Classroom Guest Speakers
  • Classroom Special Events (Grandparent Day/Famous Hoosiers/etc.)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

We ask that all visitors schedule an appointment to meet with teachers, counselors, administrators and all other staff members so that we may best serve everyone. Visitors other than parents/guardians must be prearranged and organized through the main office.


*ZCS thanks all volunteers for generous support of our youth and schools. Thank you, too, for supporting assurance of student and staff safety by completing and paying for a volunteer background check

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.