October 27, 2014
"Have You Seen the Owl Today?"
Some news and information that will be helpful to know...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Halloween is coming this Friday, and it's time to be thinking about how we'll approach this special day as a school community. As much fun as it would be to celebrate with costumes and parties, we believe that such revelry would be simply too disruptive to the learning environment for an entire day. We ask that students keep the costumes and candy at home so they can be ready for the fun on Friday night. Please help us maintain a healthy learning environment the following days as well; we ask that all candy remain at home when the children return to school on Monday. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me or stop by.
On a more fun note, many children know that I have a very close friendship with Batman (it's true!), and I know for certain that he'll be spending Halloween night at my house in the meadow neighborhood! As always, all superheroes who stop by will get two treats! Have lots of fun and be safe -- we hope to see you all!
UES PREK-4 DESIGN TEAM I'm happy to announce the formation of a Union Elementary PreK-4 Design Team starting next month! As you know, the 5th grade will be moving to Main Street Middle School next year, and with that move will come a restructuring of the grades and teams at Union. This team of myself and ten teachers will be researching the most student centered approaches to structuring a PreK-4 school with five grades instead of our current six. This will be very exciting work, and our goal will be to make Year One as disruptive to as few children and teams as possible. Please be on the lookout for a Parent Survey in the next few weeks; we'd really like to get your input on this very important topic! In the meantime, please contact me or stop by if you have any questions or concerns.
PICTURE RETAKE DAY TOMORROW! Lifetouch Photography will be at UES tomorrow from 8:00 to 11:00. If your child missed Picture Day last month or would like a retake, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the day to get it done!
LOST AND FOUND Anyone who has been in the lobby of UES in recent weeks will notice that we have a growing collection of high quality jackets, sweatshirts, and other items that haven't made it safely home. In the past we have always kept these items in the auditorium for months at a time in the hopes that children and parents would claim them. Storage has become an issue, however, and we figure that if we have a deadline, people are much more likely to claim their lost items! So... on Monday, November 10, all unclaimed items will be donated to Planet Aid. Every two weeks thereafter, the lost and found will be cleared and all items will be donated. Now is the time to check with your child to see if he or she is missing something. There are some really nice things on those racks, so please check them out!
On a related note, as a baseball fan, I am sure someone is missing this beauty of a Detroit Tigers cap. I know I'd be missing it! It's a size 7 5/8, so please come in to claim it if it's yours!
|2006 Tigers World Series Cap -- any takers?|
|Mrs. Cody's 1st graders celebrating the publication of their first books|
WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL WEDNESDAYS! Mr. Williams, MJ, and I plan on continuing our "Walk and Bike to School Wednesdays" at least up to the Thanksgiving break, and we'd love to see you join us! I'll be at Shaw's, Mr. Williams can be found at the State House lawn, and MJ will meet children at the college green. We'll always leave just after 8:00 for a brisk, refreshing walk to UES! Last Wednesday, our numbers went down due to the pouring rain, but that didn't stop McKenzie (2nd grade), Dax, and Tong (both 1st grade), from joining me under my big umbrella for some fun puddle jumping on the way to school! Here we are just before class:
|McKenzie, Dax, Mr. Hennessey, and Tong -- dry and ready for school!|
Mark your calendars: Planting Hope will be visiting UES on Tuesday, November 4 to share their dance and improv performance with our students. By all accounts, this is a very exciting show, and we'll all be ready to give our Nicaraguan friends a warm UES welcome!
UES PARENTS GROUP: PLAYGROUND UPDATE Last week, the UES Parents Group held a meeting in the UES library to discuss planning and fundraising for the ongoing playground rebuilding project. Two sub-committees emerged from this meeting: one devoted to fundraising and the other to planning and design. Both groups will be meeting in early November to continue the discussion, and I think it's safe to say that we all left our first gathering very excited about the future of this project! I'll have more details about this work following our next meetings in a few weeks.
FIRE SAFETY WITH MRS. BATES Officers from the Montpelier Fire Department paid a visit to Mrs. Bates' class last week to talk fire safety with UES kinders. Needless to say, the firemen had a very enthusiastic reception with lots of excellent questions. Thanks for coming, gentlemen.
THE FALL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING SOON -- SAVE THE DATES! From the UES Parent's Group:
Save the dates! Thursday, November 13, 8am-3:30pm, and Friday, November 14, 8am-3:30pm and during Friday Family Movie Night (time and movie TBA), Union Elementary School, Little Gym, First Floor
We invite you to visit the UES Parent’s Group Fall Fundraiser to experience a celebration of reading that provides the opportunity to support a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day! Please be on the lookout for the Scholastic books preview that will be sent home soon. During the Book Fair, each child will visit with his/her class and will have the opportunity to discover and purchase from hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books, starting at only $2. Parents and family can come to the Book Fair during the day or before or after school. You can also select books from your child’s teacher WISH LIST to help build their classroom library.
Also, if you or extended family are unable to attend, or you want to purchase books outside of these hours, please visit our online fair beginning November 7:
We look forward to having you participate in our Book Fair, and remember, all purchases benefit our school! Last Spring’s USPG Book Fair was able to raise over $2000 in cash to directly assist the students and teachers of UES through field trips, art projects, classroom activities, etc. In addition, we earned over $500 in free books for students and classroom libraries. Volunteers are needed to help set up, help kids choose books, or help pack up.
Please contact Sidney Collier #223-9120 / Suzie Smith #338-0669 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all for your support!!!
HENNESSEY'S HOOTS! A Hennessey Hoot to:
* Mrs. Kane, who once again did a beautiful job creating the Kinder Cave with all of our aspiring artists! These young artists (along with their families) built the cave in just 35 minutes -- a new record!
|Kinder Cave Fun!|
|Mrs. Wrigley with fellow Honoree Mr. Taylor of Main Street Middle School|