Union Center Elementary

Learn...to Achieve!

September 24, 2020

Parents and guardians, please check below for updates on all things happening at Union Center Elementary!

Free Tutoring Opportunities (NEW INFORMATION)

The Youth Services Coordinator for the Porter County Public Library is offering free online tutoring from 2:00-11:00 PM!

For more information regarding this free service, please click HERE.

Promise Porter County for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students (New Information)

Please see the below message from the Promise Porter County Coordinator, Susie Hord!

Greetings, Parents!

I am the coordinator of Promise Porter County, an agency that promotes a college-going expectation among children and that helps fund college savings accounts for them. We are sponsoring a coloring contest for kindergarten and first grade students in Porter County. The contest will run till October 31st.

One child in every class in the entire county will receive a $25.00 deposit into their college savings account from us. If you haven't yet set up a college savings account, we will help you do it, with no need to make an immediate deposit.

Here's what to do:

1. Print off the attached page and let your child color a picture of what he or she would like to do for a job when they grow up.

2. Return it to me: Either scan, email, or mail to the address below.

3. We will let you know if your child will receive the deposit by early November.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.


Susie Hord

Promise Porter County Coordinator
1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso IN 46383

(P) 219 462 4185 ext 226 (F) 219 477 4720
(E) promiseportercounty529@gmail.com
(W) www.promiseportercounty.org

Trunk or Treat Presented by WHS Girls Basketball (NEW INFORMATION)

Please click HERE for more information on how this year's Trunk or Treat event will operate!

Informational Video From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Roll Up Your Sleeve for Your Annual Flu Vaccine

Picture Day Retake Day and Virtual Learners (UPDATED)

UCE Picture Day was a HUGE success!

Our Picture Retake Day and Virtual Learner Picture Day will be Tuesday, November 3rd.

Virtual Learners, more information in terms of a schedule and how to purchase pictures online will be given in the coming weeks :)

If you have any questions about pictures, please call Mrs. Owens at 219-759-2544

NWEA Testing Has Begun (UPDATED)

This week at Union Center we began the NWEA Testing for the first time ever...and it went really well!

Like most things right now, there were some kinks that we worked through, but our in-person and virtual learners were both able to access and take the ELA and Math tests :)

The data from these tests will be used by myself and the classroom teachers to help create classroom and individual student goals as to where we need to focus our teaching.

Starting Tuesday, September 29th, our 2nd, 1st, and Kindergarten students will begin NWEA Testing!

If you have any questions regarding our new NWEA assessment, please contact Mr. Fuller :)

80's Day at UCE! (UPCOMING)

'Where we're going, we don't need roads'

Hawaiian Day was such a success, that on Friday, October 2nd, Union Center will have another theme day...80's Day!!

Students are encouraged to dress in their best 80's attire and bring $1 to purchase a pair of 80's Sunglasses: All of the proceeds will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation!

So start planning now, folks!!

Library and Specials Re-Opening (UPDATED)

Our Library has been open for almost two weeks, and we have had ZERO cause for concern, due in larger part to the sanitization procedures that Mrs. Ramirez has in place. Additionally, both Art and Music have moved back into their rooms without a hiccup in our daily procedures!

Social Emotional Learning will be moving to it's own classroom this week, and our goal is to have Computer Class back in their room soon!

If you have any questions about the re-opening of the library or any Specials Classes, please feel free to contact Mr. Fuller :)

UCE Parent Teacher Conferences (UPCOMING)

Teachers are diligently preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday, October 12th!

Be on the lookout in your email for a message from your child's teacher regarding how to sign-up for a VIRTUAL time-slot on October 12th!

Building Construction (UPDATED INFORMATION)

There will be a special School Board Meeting this Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 PM to announce the winning construction bidders!

Ground breaking for the start of construction will be on Monday, October 5th! Construction will formally begin that week!

The daily procedures and routines of our students and staff will remain largely the same. Most importantly, our students and staff will be 100% safe, as there will be no construction happening inside our building.

If you have any questions about building construction, please contact Mr. Fuller :)

UCE Staff of the Week!

This week's UCE Staff of the Week is Mrs. Jamie Parks!

Let's get to know Mrs. Parks a little more :)

Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself

My husband and I have lived in Union Township for over 25 years. Our daughters, Lanay and Jordynn, both graduated from Wheeler. Lanay is a Purdue North Central graduate, like her parents, with a biology degree and Jordynn graduated from Valparaiso University with an accounting degree. We recently became grandparents for the first time!

How long have you been a teacher?

This is my 18th year teaching! I taught Kindergarten my first two years, 5th grade for ten years and this is my sixth year in 3rd grade.

What Do You Like to do When You Are Outside of the Classroom?

When I am outside of the classroom, I enjoy being with my family. I love playing with my granddaughter and twin three year old nieces. I love to take walks with my husband, sit at the beach, read and watch our favorite shows and movies. Right now, I'll probably have Hocus Pocus on most of the time!

Do You Have a Favorite Quote, Book, Movie....?

"Breathe in, breathe out, move on." by Jimmy Buffet. I like this quote, especially now with things in this world being pretty hectic and crazy. We can't change everything that is happening in the world, so just stop, take a deep breath, and move on to things that you can control in your life to make you and the people you love happy!

Anything Else We Should Know About

I would like people to know and understand how blessed they are to be involved in this school corporation. Not only do I know as a teacher, but also as a mom of two daughters that attended Wheeler from Kindergarten through their Senior years.

We have the best teachers and staff around. My oldest daughter went to Simatovich and my youngest went to Union Center. I can truly say that both elementary schools, the middle school and the high school have top notch educators that care very much about their students. This staff works so hard, every day and on their own time, to be sure that they are giving the best that they can to their students. I am so proud to be a part of this as a teacher and that my own daughters received the best education around!

Special Birthday Treats (RECURRING)

Does your child have a birthday coming up? If so, our kitchen is here to help provide a little something extra!

Since we cannot bring in shared, outside food into the building, our UCE Kitchen has decided to provide a little birthday surprise to our kiddos!

If you are interested in having milk and cookies delivered to your child for their birthday, please contact Mrs. Kim Camplan, our Kitchen Manager, for prices and details at kcamplan@union.k12.in.us

Job Opportunities (RECURRING)

Want to work at Union Township Schools? If so, please take a look at the below postings or click the UTSC Corporation website HERE:

  • Special Education Classroom Aide at UCE (9:00-3:30)- Interested applicants should email Chrissy Giraud at cgiraud@pces.k12.in.us

COVID-19 Student Guidance (Recurring)

  • The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released some wonderful tips to parents about how to begin having the conversation with your child regarding wearing a mask. Please click HERE for more information.

  • For a look at the difference between Quarantine and Isolation, please take a look at the attachment HERE.

A Day in the Life at Union Center!!

Click Here to Register for the KidStop Program

Please click HERE to register for the before and after school program, KidStop.
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Virtual Learners Supply Pick-Up

Friday, Sep. 25th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Virtual Learners can pick-up any supplies in our glass vestibule! Please contact your child's teacher to see if there will be supplies for that week!


Monday, Sep. 28th, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Virtual Learners can pick-up any supplies in our glass vestibule! Please contact your child's teacher to see if there will be supplies for that week!

Second Body Safety Letter Goes Home

Monday, Sep. 28th, 9am-3pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

The second and final Body Safety Letter goes home!

2nd, 1st, and KG NWEA Testing

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 9am to Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Students in Grades 3-5 will be administered the NWEA Test for both Reading and Math.

PTO Meeting at UT Fire Station (Across Street From Union Center)

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 4:30-5pm

279 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

The first PTO Meeting of the year will take place at the UT Fire Station across the street from Union Center!

Special School Board Meeting (UCE Building Project)

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 7-8pm

599 West 300 North

Valparaiso, IN

A special School Board Meeting regarding UCE Building Project!

80's Day

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 9am-3pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite 80's attire!

Students can purchase a pair of 80's Sunglasses for $1: All the proceeds go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation!


Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4-6pm

272 North 600 West

Valparaiso, IN

Virtual Learners can pick-up any supplies in our glass vestibule! Please contact your child's teacher to see if there will be supplies for that week!

Principal Fuller's Thoughts

As I sit back and look at the first 32 days of school, I can't help but think of how fortunate and blessed we have been to be back in school with our kids, doing so with our students well-being at the forefront of everything we do!

These first 32 days have been unlike any educators have seen previous, and it seems like every day there is a new curveball that is thrown in to the mix.

Even with all the new challenges that EVERYONE is facing, every day each one of us is presented with a choice:

Do we attack the day or do we want the day to attack us?

If you wanted to, you could simplify this choice into an equation: E + P = O

The 'E' stands for the EVENTS in our life, the 'P' stands for our PERCEPTION of those events, and the 'O' is the OUTCOME.

We can't stop the EVENTS in our life from happening, both good and bad. Things will happen TO US that we have no control over, but it is our PERCEPTION of those events that will determine our OUTCOME. If we perceive the smallest event has negative, the outcome of that event will most likely be...well, negative.

If we choose to attack the day with positive energy, regardless of the events that get thrown our way, we can turn events that are outside of our control into positive energy.

We all experience potholes and roadblocks along our journey, but it is how we respond to those events that determines our happiness.

I have loved this little parable ever since I first heard it:

A man goes to the local village to visit a wise man. He says to the wise man, "I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is the positive, loving, kind, and gentle dog, and the other is this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog, and they fight all the time. I don't know which is going to win."

The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, "I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most."

Every day we have a choice to feed either dog, and whichever dog we feed will be the dog that resides within. Let's attack each day and remember to always feed the positive dog :)