RSU #40 / MSAD #40
From The Principal's Desk
Christina M. Wotton, Principal Union Elementary School
 
Union Elementary School

About:
Welcome to Union Elementary School. Union Elementary is a small, friendly school of about one hundred and thirty students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade six. Union Elementary School is the only school in Union, Maine and our middle school students attend Medomak Middle School and then Medomak Valley High School. We have self-contained classrooms at each grade level and in addition, Union offers art, physical education, and music once a week.  We are very proud of our school and we have high expectations for all of our students. Our goal is for each student to achieve academic success and to meet district and state standards. For this to happen, we will give the students the support they may need, however it is very important for each student to take responsibility for his/her own learning. An additional key is the guidance and support each student needs to receive from home. With the student, school and home working together as a team, we will reach our academic goals.

Principal's Message:

August 10, 2017
 

Summer Greetings,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. All of us at Union Elementary School look forward to seeing students in grades 1-6 on Monday, August 28th and students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten on Tuesday, September 5th.  I am privileged to have the opportunity to return to UES this school year as your Principal. I feel extremely fortunate to be working again with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of our supportive community.

Please help me welcome the following new staff members to Union Elementary School this year:

Music- Megan Rogers

Pre-K Educational Technician- Jennifer Daigle

One of our goals this school year is to continue the amount of interactions with families, students and staff. In order to do this we will be having several family events we would like you to attend. We will be having a Welcome Back BBQ/Open House on Thursday, August 24th between 4:00-6:00 p.m. Our Parent Teacher Committee will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs as well as water. If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please do so.  At our open house, you will have a chance to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom. There will also be a barbecue sponsored by our amazing Parent Teacher Committee and door prizes; you won’t want to miss it! Why am I giving you the dates now? I want you to please mark your calendars. We want to know you and want you to feel comfortable at our school. The more we work together, the better your child’s school experience will be.

 

Some things/dates you should know about Union Elementary School this year: 

  • School day start/end time - The student day is  8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. with drop off beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • Parent Group Meeting- September 12th at 6:00 p.m. - If you are looking to help our school in any way, I hope you can make it. This meeting will be to organize our parent group for the year and together create a plan to support our school.

  • Literacy Night (BOOKTOBERFEST) on October 27th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The focus will be to celebrate literacy and bring our school community together. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up for the fall parent teacher conferences. There will be a literacy-walk and a book fair among other fun activities. We will kick off literacy night by inviting students to come dressed in their Halloween costume and march around the flagpole!

  • Parent Conferences- Elementary conferences will be held this year on November 14th and 16th.  We will have sign ups at our Booktoberfest.

  • Winter Concert- December 19th at 1:30 p.m.

  • Math Night- January 25th- 5:00-6:30 p.m.

  • Trimester Awards Ceremonies/Learning Celebrations

  • 1st Trimester- December 1st:

    • Learning Celebrations (in classrooms) 1:00-1:30

    • Awards Assembly- 1:45-3:00

  • 2nd Trimester- March 16th

    • Learning Celebrations (in classrooms) 1:00-1:30

    • Awards Assembly- 1:45-3:00

  • 3rd Trimester- Awards Assembly and 6th Grade Promotion

    • Final last day of school, date TBD 9:00-11:00

  • Field Day  Last full day of school, date TBD 9:00-3:00

  • Breakfast/Recess/Lunch - All students will be offered breakfast at school in the morning; students will eat breakfast in their classrooms following morning recess. We will have supervised morning recess from 8:30-8:45 every morning. Students will also have recess before lunch from 11:40-12:10. Lunch will be from 12:10-12:40.

  • Family/Staff Survey Results- Thank you to all 58 families who completed the survey at the end of the school year. We value your input and really believe we can make our school better and geared towards our communities wants/needs. We will give another survey during the school year to gain your valuable input.

Family Results:

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  • Food Changes at UES - Based on family, student and staff input, this year we will be allowing families to send in food to classrooms. While we have made this shift, there is a great deal of research to show how healthy eating helps student learning.  If parents do intend to send in food, they should notify the classroom teacher a week before so they can notify the families of those who cannot eat certain foods.  If food is brought in without notification, it will be sent home.

  • Communications - In order to try and reach some of you who are extremely busy taking care of your families and working, we  have a Union Elementary School Facebook page. Here we will post information about upcoming events as well as photos of school happenings. Check out our page at: https://www.facebook.com/unionelementaryschoolinfo.  Many of our classrooms use Class Dojo to communicate. All teachers have a school email address and can be reached by leaving a message at front office. If your student comes home from school upset about something, my advice is to first take a breather. Your child is your world and it can be very upsetting when they are upset. Sometimes it’s best to wait 24 hours and then contact your child’s teacher. Parenting is not easy and handling tricky situations at school isn’t any easier! We want to build strong relationships with our families and help all our children. If you wait a little while to respond,  you are able to better help us to help your child. Please begin by contacting your child’s teacher when a problem arises. We want you to feel comfortable having open lines of communication. Our school also uses School Messenger to communicate with families about important school matters. If you would like to change your selections on School Messenger, please contact the school office.

  • Family Involvement- The Parent Teacher Committee at UES is simply wonderful. It was so fun to help in all the great events that occurred last year! If you have not attended one of the meetings but are thinking about coming to one this year I highly recommend it. All are welcome and the more help we have, the better for our students. If you would like to volunteer but cannot make a nighttime meeting, just let us know, there are lots of ways to volunteer.

  • Children’s Stage Adventures – Our leadership team along with the PTC has decided to do Children’s Stage Adventures every other year. We want to offer our students all the opportunities we can find and afford. We will be having Children’s Stage Adventures again during the 2017-2018 school year.

    • March 19th-23rd a performance will be on March 23rd in the evening.

  • Student Leadership- Students in grades 5 and 6 who are interested in a leadership role at our school will be invited to write a speech for our student council election this school year. Our student council meets every week to discuss student input and look for ways to improve our school.  I look forward to what we can accomplish together this year.

  • Leadership- My leadership style is focused on relationship building and collaboration. I am a team player who loves a challenge and also loves feedback. If you need to reach me, feel free to send an email christina_wotton@msad40.org or call the school, chances are I will be in classrooms or doing interventions, so leave me a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

It is my hope that all of our families have had a chance over the summer to enjoy some time together and hopefully enjoy some great new books. I look forward to hearing all about your summer vacation and working with our students, staff and families in the 2017-2018 school year.  See you soon!

 

Respectfully,

Christina M. Wotton, Principal

 

Employee Area 1070 Heald Highway Union, Maine 04862 | Phone: (207) 785-2277 | Fax: (207) 785-3119