Announcements for Week of July 28, 2014

Welcome back to track 4 and a pleasant track out to Track 3.

Volunteer renewals and new registrations are continuing in the media center during school hours from 8:45-3:45. Now is a great time to renew or register before Traditional calendar schools begin.

Get a jump on getting your child’s field trip shirts, joining PTA and registering your child in the Lego Club by going to the PTA website at Puepta.com to pay online.

The Wake County Public School System will work over the next 5 months to develop a five-year strategic plan that will guide the school system moving forward. In order for the plan to best reflect the vision of the community, they invite the community to share their ideas and priorities with the school district’s staff. The next Town Hall Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at NC State’s McKimmon Center from 7-8:30. If you would like to participate in the conversation I will post a link for registering on our school website.

Track 4, 1st-5th grade parents-Please mark your calendar for Open House on Tuesday, August, 12th from 6:30-8:00. Two sessions will be held that evening. One at 6:30 and the second at 7:20.

That’s it for this week. Have a super week.

Pleasant Union Staff for 2014-15

 

Teacher/Staff

Grade/Role

Track

Carrie Stepnoski

K

1

Allyson Bandi

K

2

Jennifer Leavitt

K

3

Kelly Stunda

K

4a

Ashley Cox

K

4b

Carolyn Rich

1

1

Jill Rohan

1

2

Laurie Dudash

1

3

Cathy Parrish

1

4a

Karen Rabon

1

4b

Pam Blemker

2

1

Barbara Hawley

2

2

Barbara Ramsey

2

3

Krista VanAntwerp

2

4

Regina McKearney

3

1

Jaymie Boose

3

3

Megan Stech

3

4a

Tina Clark

3

4b

Jen Potter

4

1

Whitney Hayes

4

3

Ben Schoenebeck 

4

4a

Stephanie Coleman

4

4b

Keri Woronka

5

1

Maranda Nussbaum

5

3

Jeff Collins

5

4a

Alice Nelson

5

4b

Kayla Perry

IRT

6

Maryann Hopper

Art

5

Peggy Young

Music

5

Ben Stern

PE

5

Sarah Luvender

Media

7

Catherine Cooper

Counselor

7

Deb Andrews

Special Education

1

Renee Barber

Special Education

4

Jennifer Garrett

Speech/Language

6

Monica Stokes

Special Education Pre-K

Traditional

Ryan, Mary

Special Education TA

3

Jan Trautman

Special Education TA

3

Marilyn LeCuyer

Special Education TA Pre-K

Traditional

Christine Sawyer

ESL

 
Peggy Blocker

Literacy/Intervention

5

Heather Brletic-Shipley

AIG

7

Annette Hymel

Instruction Technology Facilitator

4

Sarah Kearns

Psychologist

7

Tony Davis

Social Worker

 
Bednar, Kathy (Kat)

Teacher Assistant

3

Bredenberg, Lisa

Teacher Assistant

4

Crum, Rhonda

Teacher Assistant

1

Gobel, Melissa

Teacher Assistant

2

Huffstutler, Celeste

Teacher Assistant

3

Lavin, Tracey 

Teacher Assistant

4

McEwen, Kay

Teacher Assistant

1

Sigmon, Cassie

Teacher Assistant

2

Wells, Kristen

Teacher Assistant

4

Kaye Person

Lead Secretary

7

Joyce Baglinski

Data Manager

7

Rosina Davidson

Office Assistant

4

Henry Ward

Custodian

7

Lashantae Black

Child Nutrition

7

Lindell Wilkerson

Child Nutrition

7

Announcements for Week of July 14, 2014

We are in the process of putting together a final group email list. If you have not turned in all of your most current contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) please do so as soon as possible so that we can complete the list. In the mean time I will be posting announcements and other important information to the school web site.

Welcome to our complete kindergarten “Class of 2026″ in tracks 1, 2, and 3 who will start on Monday. Such an exciting time for the students and their families.

Pleasant Union is an primary election site on Tuesday, July 15. Students will be eating lunch in the classroom that day. Expect extra folks on campus.

Carpoolers-Please be sure to have your car pool number hung on your rearview mirror. In a continued effort to ensure appropriate adults are picking up your child we ask that you have your number hung in plain site. If you do not have a number or need extras please park and come in to pick one up in the office. I have asked our staff calling out car pool numbers to ask you to park and pick up a number if you do not have a number. Remember that your child’s safety is our primary concern.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Open House dates. Tracks 1, 2, and 3 in grades 1-5 will come to Open House on Tuesday, July 22 from 6:30-8. Track 4 in grades 1-5 will hold Open House on Tuesday, August 12th from 6:30-8. We hope that we have as big a turnout for the grades 1-5 Open Houses as we did for the June Kindergarten one.

Thanks to all that have already renewed their volunteer status or signed up for the first time. The best time of the year to get this done is now before traditional calendar schools are in session. You can complete this process every day from 8:45-4:00 in the media center. Registration stations will be open during Open Houses, too.

Check the new layout of the PTA website.  It now is compatible with mobile phones.  PTA is testing out and working on using Pay Pal for our School Store.  Your patience is appreciated as the glitches get worked out.

Check out the many after school opportunities offered through Pleasant Union. We will continue to host the TGA golf and tennis, KidzArt and will be adding Club Scientific.

Have a super week.

 

The Purple Panthers Are Off and Running in 2014-15

We are excited to welcome our current/new students and their families to Pleasant Union.  Below are some reminders for the new school year.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures for 2014-2015:

Arrival

Pleasant Union opens its doors for students at 8:45.   We encourage our students to arrive by 9:05 so that they are ready to begin the instructional day at 9:15 a.m.

Carpool begins at 8:45.  Please remember to drive safely through the carpool circle. Our Safety Patrol will greet you and assist getting your child out of the car.  Cell phones should be turned off until exiting the carpool circle.  Also remember to use the main parking if you choose to park and pick up your child.  Our back parking lot is for staff.

Dismissal

The instructional day concludes at 3:45.  At that time, carpool students are dismissed to the cafeteria to await hearing their number so that they can exit to the carpool area.  Please remind your child to be a good listener so that they will promptly move to the carpool loading area.

Bus students remain in the classroom until their bus color is called.  At that time students walk to the front hall, line up and move to their respective buses.

Students are dismissed to the gym or to additional after school programs (golf & tennis, Kidsart, Science Program) at 4:00.

Bus Riders

Daily bus dismissal times are posted on the PUE Twitter site, @PUEbusUpdates after leaving the school.  In addition, we are in the process of testing a texting system that would push dismissal information directly to your cell phone.  Mrs. Hunt, our Assistant Principal will be sharing more about this with bus riders this week.

Wake County School Policy requires all kindergarten and 1st grade students to have an adult present at the bus stop in order for drop-off to occur. K/1st grade children will be returned to school if an adult is not at the bus stop to receive them.

Early Student Check-Out:

In order to protect your child’s instructional time at school, any parent and/or guardian who is checking out a student prior to Pleasant Union’s regularly scheduled 3:45 p.m. dismissal time, must do so by 3:15 p.m. After 3:15 p.m., parents or guardians will be required to utilize our carpool or wait in the office until 3:45 to pick up your child.  We use the same policy on Early Release Days. Please pick up by 12:45 for appointments.  School is dismissed at 1:15.  Please consider this policy when scheduling appointments for your child after school.

Parents and guardians who are already on campus to volunteer in their child’s classroom and/or to attend a classroom event may check out their child directly from his/her classroom. If a parent has multiple children at our school, sibling names may be provided to our main office staff prior to 3:15 p.m. At the 3:45 p.m. dismissal bell, siblings will be released to their parent’s designated volunteer location.

Carpool Guidelines:

• Car poolers are to use the designated front pick up circle only.

• Carpool tags must be hung in the rearview mirror.  If you are in need of a carpool tag please arrange to pick up a tag in the office.

• Please refrain from using cell phones while going through the carpool line.

• Please cue up in a single line around the traffic “horse shoe” until 3:15.  After that, a double line may be formed.

• Pull forward to the first available cone for loading and unloading children.

• Children should only load and unload in the designated loading zone on the passenger side of your vehicle.

Grades 1-5 Open House Dates:

Tracks 1, 2, and 3 Open House will be held on Tuesday, July 22nd beginning at 6:30.  Track 4 Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 12th also starting at 6:30.  Two sessions will be offered for each class so that parents can attend each of their child’s classroom sessions.

Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about all of the exciting and meaningful learning opportunities that Pleasant Union has to offer your children during the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers will share specific curricular and logistical information about the new school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Round Bus Routes Posted

Year round bus routes were released today for the new school year that begins July 7. Parents can find their bus stops at www.wcpss.net/routes

Families should check the bus routes to find the stop on the list closest to their address. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route. Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.

Bus routes for modified and traditional calendar schools will be shared the week before the school year begins at www.wcpss.net/routes.

We have used the School Messenger system to make calls to year round families notifying them the bus routes are available online. The calls are being made between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Additional calls will be made Monday for year round single track schools.