Family Newsletter February 21

GovDelivery3 hours 15 minutes ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

February 21 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon, 

This week Mr. Williams has been giving shout-outs on the morning announcements to classes who have been following expectations in the cafeteria and hallways.  Also pictured below are some photos from Ms. Lee's morning meeting and Ms.Vickers' mystery reader. 

As a reminder, tomorrow evening is our Kids Heart Challenge from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Union Mill! More details below. Next week, our PTA will be holding it's monthly membership meeting virtually on Tuesday, February 27th. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge in the evening 

Tuesday, February 27th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5th - Presidential Primary (Student Holiday)

Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th - FCPS Spring Break  

Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd - Teacher Workdays (Student Holidays) 

Tuesday, April 2nd - Kindergarten Orientation (2:45 - 3:45 pm) 

Kids Heart Challenge 

It is finally here! This Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 -7:00 pm is the Kids Heart Challenge event!  The event will run as an open house so you can come at any point during those two hours. Students do not need to register to attend, but if you would like to register with the American Heart Association, please click here.  Our website will close on Monday. The heart hero characters will be sent home next week.  The post-event prizes (jump ropes, t-shirts, playground ball, socks, etc) will arrive in about 3 weeks.

Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug food trucks will be on site for your family to purchase dinner or snacks before, during, or after the activities.  They offered so many delicious items at Math Night. We are looking forward to having them join us again.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected].

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Union Mill’s Kindergarten Orientation for rising Kindergarteners is right around the corner! Join us on Tuesday, April 2 from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.  April  2nd is a student holiday for current FCPS students. We are excited to meet our upcoming Kindergarteners.

Our registrar, Stephanie Kohout, is currently accepting registration paperwork.  If you have not been in contact with her, please email  [email protected] with your child’s date of birth and your address of residence.  Stephanie will respond with the registration details and documents necessary to start the process. Please don’t wait until summer to register your kindergarteners. 

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Orders are open for 2023-2024 yearbooks. Families may place online orders at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

*Families who may have ordered a yearbook earlier in the year should have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, February 27th. More details including the virtual link coming soon!  

After School Activities 

Go to the After School section on the UMES PTA website for information on the upcoming after-school activities!

More activities coming soon!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter February 14

GovDelivery1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

February 14 Family Newsletter

Happy Valentine's Day, 

 

Students and staff can feel the love today at Union Mill with lots of fun Valentine's Day themes. We are excited to announce that yesterday Mr. Hadley Harrison was named Region 4 Outstanding Teacher of the Year! Please join us in congratulating Mr. Harrison as he is now a finalist for FCPS.

If anyone has a child who is passionate about Legos, the Centreville Public Library is hosting a building opportunity tomorrow from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. More details below.   

As a reminder, Monday, February 19th is Presidents' Day and a holiday for students and staff. Schools and offices will be closed. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Monday, February 19th - Presidents' Day (Student and Staff Holiday) 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge in the evening 

Tuesday, February 27th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5th - Presidential Primary (Student Holiday)

Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th - FCPS Spring Break  

Monday April 1st and Tuesday April 2nd - Teacher Workdays (Student Holiday) 

Tuesday, April 2nd - Kindergarten Orientation (2:45 - 3:45 pm) 

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. FCPS Social Studies provides information and suggested activities and resources to support teaching and learning Black and African American history. This Black History 180 document supports the celebration of Black History Month in February, as well as every other school day. 

Black history is American history. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of Black and African American people year-round, and Black History Month is one opportunity to honor these diverse and important stories. 

Click here to learn more about Black History Month

Congratulations to Mr. Harrison, Region 4 Outstanding Teacher of the Year!  PE This Week 

The PE department wants to thank Victory Martial Arts instructor Mr. Houser for coming in to work with our kindergarten through third grade students this week.  The key points he went over were courtesy, respect, and discipline.  The students learned how to quickly move their hands to push (push away the things that are bad like too much tv or junk food) and put away (put away their toys or shoes). They practiced kicks in space to set their goals and reach for them. One student in each session got to break a board with their strong hand movement. All students promised to “never, ever, ever” use their cool karate moves on their friends, siblings, or pets. They learned that if something is challenging or hard, they will not give up.  Instead, they will say, “yes, I can!”. Mr. Houser did an amazing job leading the large groups. He kept their attention and taught them to move safely in new ways. We appreciate Mr. Houser and Victory Martial Arts for the great classes!

Kids Heart Challenge 

Please mark your calendars to join us for the Kids Heart Challenge event on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 -7:00 pm.  The event will run as an open house so you can come at any point during those two hours.  We will have two food trucks on site for your family to purchase dinner or snacks before, during, or after the activities.

 Click here to register

As students register, they will receive their heart wristband.  If they complete Finn’s Mission they will be given their slow rise ball prize.  All other prizes will be handed out after the event.  For clarification, students can register, raise donations (or not), and do Finn’s Mission without attending the evening event.  The big event can be attended without registering online or getting donations for the American Heart Association.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected].

LEGO Construction Zone

Visit the Centreville Public Library on Thursday, February 15th from 4:30 -5:30 pm to enjoy an afternoon of building with LEGOs.  LEGOs are supplied by the library, you bring the creativity!  Grades 1-6 welcome!  To register you child go to http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov

PAWS for Reading

Come to the Centreville Public Library on Wednesday, February 21st from 4:30 -5:30 pm to read to a friendly dog!   Ages 6-11.  Sign up for a 15 minute time slot at the information desk at the start of the program or visit http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov 

Questions?  You can call the Centreville Public Library at 703-830-2223

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Union Mill’s Kindergarten Orientation for rising Kindergarteners is right around the corner! Join us on Tuesday, April 2 from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.  April  2nd is a student holiday for current FCPS students. We are excited to meet our upcoming Kindergarteners.

Our registrar, Stephanie Kohout, is currently accepting registration paperwork.  If you have not been in contact with her, please email  [email protected] with your child’s date of birth and your address of residence.  Stephanie will respond with the registration details and documents necessary to start the process. Please don’t wait until summer to register your kindergarteners. 

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Orders are open for 2023-2024 yearbooks. Families may place online orders at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

*Families who may have ordered a yearbook earlier in the year should have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA After School Activities 

Go to the After School section on the UMES PTA website for information on the upcoming after-school activities!

More activities coming soon!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter February 7

GovDelivery2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

February 7 Family Newsletter

Happy School Counselor Week! 

We are grateful for our amazing counselors, Mrs. Kourajian and Mrs. Schmidt. They are visible daily supporting students, staff and families across the school and provide opportunities for students to develop social and emotional skills. 

Thank you to all families who came out to last week's Math Night! It was exciting to see students and families engaged in various games and math tasks differentiated for each grade level. Thank you to our amazing PTA for providing dinner for staff who volunteered to stay! Check out some of the photos below. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Friday, February 9th - PTA Paint Night (Sold Out) 

Monday, February 19th - Presidents' Day (Student and Staff Holiday) 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge in the evening 

Tuesday, February 27th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5th - Presidential Primary (Student Holiday)

Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th - FCPS Spring Break  

Tuesday, April 2nd - Kindergarten Orientation (Save the Date) 

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. FCPS Social Studies provides information and suggested activities and resources to support teaching and learning Black and African American history. This Black History 180 document supports the celebration of Black History Month in February, as well as every other school day. 

Black history is American history. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of Black and African American people year-round, and Black History Month is one opportunity to honor these diverse and important stories. 

Click here to learn more about Black History Month

Kids Heart Challenge 

The Kids Heart Challenge is coming soon!   If your child registered for the Kids Heart Challenge before February 1, their name was put in a drawing for instant bonus prizes.

Register here

Please mark your calendars to join us for the big Kids Heart Challenge event on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 -7:00 pm.  The event will run as an open house so you can come at any point during those two hours.  We will have two food trucks on site for your family to get dinner before, during, or after the activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected].

String-a-Palooza

Centreville High School recently hosted a special Strings event called String-a-Palooza.  Twenty-two of our 5th and 6th grade Strings students participated in this all-day event that ended in a performance on stage in the CVHS auditorium! 

Students learned about instrument care and construction in a presentation by Day Violins, learned all new music, played fun games, played alongside CVHS orchestra students and worked with the high school and middle school orchestra directors – Dr. Taylor, Ms. Kohut, and Ms. Mossey.  Students from nearby elementary schools joined our students for a large group of 80 musicians. Congratulations to our Strings musicians!

LEGO Construction Zone

Visit the Centreville Public Library on Thursday, February 15th from 4:30 -5:30 pm to enjoy an afternoon of building with LEGOs.  LEGOs are supplied by the library, you bring the creativity!  Grades 1-6 welcome!  To register you child go to http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov

PAWS for Reading

Come to the Centreville Public Library on Wednesday, February 21st from 4:30 -5:30 pm to read to a friendly dog!   Ages 6-11.  Sign up for a 15 minute time slot at the information desk at the start of the program or visit http://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov 

Questions?  You can call the Centreville Public Library at 703-830-2223

Kindergarten Orientation Save the Date 

Do you, a neighbor or friend have a rising kindergartener for the 2024-2025 school year? We will be hosting an interactive kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, April 2nd in the afternoon. More details regarding the event and how to register your child coming in the next few weeks. 

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Orders are open for 2023-2024 yearbooks. Families may place online orders at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

*Families who may have ordered a yearbook earlier in the year should have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA After School Activities 

Go to the After School section on the UMES PTA website for information on the upcoming after-school activities!

More activities coming soon!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter January 31

GovDelivery3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

January 31 Family Newsletter

Happy Wednesday and last day of January, 

Thank you to our PTA for the fun and exciting Bingo Night last week! It was great to see so many families and students attend. 

Tomorrow we will be hosting Math Night at Union Mill from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Students and families will have opportunities to connect and engage in math games and experiences based upon their current grade level. Food trucks will be on site including Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug. We look forward to seeing families tomorrow evening. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, February 1st - Union Mill Math Night 

Friday, February 9th - PTA Paint Night (Details Below) 

Monday, February 19th - Presidents' Day (Student and Staff Holiday) 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge in the evening 

Tuesday, February 27th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, March 5th - Presidential Primary (Student Holiday) 

Math Night

Math Night will be Thursday, February 1st from 5:00-6:30 pm. This event is being held to share what math instruction looks like here at Union Mill and have families engage in these math activities together. Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug food trucks will be here with delicious food and refreshing drinks for purchase. We look forward to seeing you!

Kids Heart Challenge 

The Kids Heart Challenge is coming soon!  On February 1, we will have assemblies by our American Heart Association representative for Kindergarten through 5th grade classes.  If your child has registered for the Kids Heart Challenge before February 1, their name will be put in a drawing for instant bonus prizes.

Register here

Please mark your calendars to join us for the big Kids Heart Challenge event on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 -7:00 pm.  The event will run as an open house so you can come at any point during those two hours.  We will have two food trucks on site for your family to get dinner before, during, or after the activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected].

Looking to Rehome a Refrigerator? 

Do you have a refrigerator at your house that you are looking to rehome?  If so, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected] or Ami Schroder at [email protected].  We are preparing for a new Get 2 Green initiative at UMES.  Thank you! 

Community Flier Distribution

This semester’s non-profit Community Flier Distribution will take place on Friday, February 16th. To submit a flier for approval, it must be received in the office by Friday, February 2nd and include the following disclaimer –  “This event [or activity] is sponsored by [name of the organization] and is operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, and Union Mill Elementary School.”

Once the flier is approved, please deliver 36 sets of 30 copies each (plus a few extras for front office staff) by no later than NOON on Wednesday, February 14th. Fliers will go home with students on Friday, February 16th.

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Orders are open for 2023-2024 yearbooks. Families may place online orders at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

*Families who may have ordered a yearbook earlier in the year should have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA UMES Paint Night 

Paint Night is coming up! It will be on February 9th at 5pm in the cafeteria. Click here to register:

After School Activities 

Go to the After School section on the UMES PTA website for information on the upcoming after-school activities!

More activities coming soon!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter January 24

GovDelivery4 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

January 24 Family Newsletter

Happy Wednesday, 

Thank you to Mrs. Brown and our strings students for their amazing winter performance last evening. It was exciting to see countless hours of practice and dedication pay off. It was also exciting to see some former UMES students who are currently in the Centreville Orchestra assist with the performance. Thank you to the PTA for providing cupcakes and a reception after the concert! 

Tomorrow marks the end of the second quarter. As a reminder, tomorrow is SCA Snowman Spirit Day, a two hour early release at 1:30 pm and Friday is a teacher workday. Tomorrow evening the PTA will be hosting Bingo Night. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, January 25th - 2 hour early release for students 

                                          - Snowman SCA Spirit Day 

                                          - PTA Bingo Night 

Friday, January 26th - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

Thursday, February 1st - Union Mill Math Night 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge in the evening 

Survey of Preschool Children 

Today we sent a survey home to all families to indicate if there is a child who is currently attending preschool and will attend kindergarten next year. Please check your child's back and return if this applies to you. 

SCA Snowman Spirit Day 

The Union Mill SCA will be hosting Snowman Spirit day on Thursday, January 25th. Feel free to dress in white and add snowman accessories like a scarf!

Math Night

Math Night will be Thursday, February 1st from 5:00-6:30 pm. This event is being held to share what math instruction looks like here at Union Mill and have families engage in these math activities together. Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug food trucks will be here with delicious food and refreshing drinks for purchase. We look forward to seeing you!

Kids Heart Challenge 

The Kids Heart Challenge is coming soon!  On February 1, we will have assemblies by our American Heart Association representative for Kindergarten through 5th grade classes.  If your child has registered for the Kids Heart Challenge before February 1, their name will be put in a drawing for instant bonus prizes.

Register here

Please mark your calendars to join us for the big Kids Heart Challenge event on Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 -7:00 pm.  The event will run as an open house so you can come at any point during those two hours.  We will have two food trucks on site for your family to get dinner before, during, or after the activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected].

Principal Coffee Follow Up 

Thank you for those that attended our parent coffee on Thursday, January 11th. If you were unable to attend, we discussed Portrait of a Graduate attributes with a focus on communicator and collaborator skills.  We highlighted students work in grades K-2 and worked through activities where students have opportunities to practice these skills.. We mentioned a few resources during our presentation and wanted to make sure you had access to them.

  • Portrait of a Graduate flier
  • FCPS Portrait of a Graduate website
  • Communicator Reflection Ideas
    • What ideas did you share today?
    • What were some ways you shared your ideas?
    • When did you respectfully listen to the ideas of others?
    • In what ways did you write, draw or use digital tools to communicate with others? How did that help you learn?
    • How can you be a good communicator when you are ____ (ex: working through a conflict with your siblings; on the soccer field; in need of help)?
    • What do you want to remember to be a good communicator tomorrow?
  • Collaborator Reflection Ideas
    • How did you help someone today?
    • When did you listen to other points of view? What did you learn?
    • How did you help members of your team finish the ____  [activity, project, assignment]?
    • Were there moments when your group struggled? How did you handle that? What did you learn from that experience?
    • How can you be a good collaborator when you are ____ (ex: a member of a team; in a group with people you don’t know yet; disagreeing with someone)?
    • What do you want to remember to be a good collaborator tomorrow?

 

We look forward to connecting with you all again at upcoming principal coffees.

Community Flier Distribution

This semester’s non-profit Community Flier Distribution will take place on Friday, February 16th. To submit a flier for approval, it must be received in the office by Friday, February 2nd and include the following disclaimer –  “This event [or activity] is sponsored by [name of the organization] and is operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, and Union Mill Elementary School.”

Once the flier is approved, please deliver 36 sets of 30 copies each (plus a few extras for front office staff) by no later than NOON on Wednesday, February 14th. Fliers will go home with students on Friday, February 16th.

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Orders are open for 2023-2024 yearbooks. Families may place online orders at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

*Families who may have ordered a yearbook earlier in the year should have received a receipt from yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA

Join us for snacks and fun at the PTA for Bingo night, Thursday January 25 at 6:30 pm in the UMES cafeteria!

Tickets are FREE! Just follow the link below to sign up. PTA members get first access to sign ups, so make sure to save your spot today!

Click here to sign up!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter January 17

GovDelivery1 month ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

January 17 Family Newsletter

Happy Wednesday, 

Thank you to all our families for their flexibility and patience with today's two hour delay. Wintery weather has certainly impacted our week. 

If you and your family are looking for an opportunity to get some exercise, we have Family Fitness after school tomorrow! Looking ahead to next week, we are excited for our strings concert and PTA Bingo Night! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, January 18th - Union Mill Family Fitness  

Tuesday, January 23rd - Strings Concert (5th and 6th) 

                                        - PTA Meeting 

Thursday, January 25th - 2 hour early release for students 

                                          - Snowman SCA Spirit Day 

                                          - PTA Bingo Night 

Friday, January 26th - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

Thursday, February 1st - Union Mill Math Night 

 

Thank you to our custodial crew for clearing all sidewalks and walkways on Tuesday to ensure student safety today!

Family Fitness Tomorrow! 

 

Family Fitness will be meeting on Thursday, January 18, from 3:45-4:45 pm.  We have fun activities planned for you and your crew!  

Math Night

Math Night will be Thursday, February 1st from 5:00-6:30 pm. This event is being held to share what math instruction looks like here at Union Mill and have families engage in these math activities together. Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug food trucks will be here with delicious food and refreshing drinks for purchase. We look forward to seeing you!

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather is here! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Community Flier Distribution

This semester’s non-profit Community Flier Distribution will take place on Friday, February 16th. To submit a flier for approval, it must be received in the office by Friday, February 2nd and include the following disclaimer –  “This event [or activity] is sponsored by [name of the organization] and is operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, and Union Mill Elementary School.”

Once the flier is approved, please deliver 36 sets of 30 copies each (plus a few extras for front office staff) by no later than NOON on Wednesday, February 14th. Fliers will go home with students on Friday, February 16th.

SCA Snowman Spirit Day 

The Union Mill SCA will be hosting Snowman Spirit day on Thursday, January 25th. Feel free to dress in white and add snowman accessories like a scarf!

UMES SCA Sponsored FISHER HOUSE Drive

For thirty years, Fisher House has provided a home away from home for military families who have a patient receiving medical care.  This means if a military family has a family member who needs surgery or other medical care, they can stay at a Fisher House near the hospital for free.  In order to help the family concentrate on their loved one, the house is fully stocked for them. The SCA will be collecting items until January 19th. There are collection boxes on the stage in the lobby and SCA members will be collecting from classrooms too. Please consider donating something from the list to help our military families.  Thank you!

UMES PTA

Join us for snacks and fun at the PTA for Bingo night, Thursday January 25 at 6:30 pm in the UMES cafeteria!

Tickets are FREE! Just follow the link below to sign up. PTA members get first access to sign ups, so make sure to save your spot today!

Click here to sign up!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter January 10

GovDelivery1 month 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

January 10 Family Newsletter

Happy Wednesday and FCPS Math Week! 


Currently over 627,000 minutes have been logged on ST Math in FCPS this week with the goal of 1 million minutes! Thank you to all students and families who have participated. Additional details below.  

A special shoutout goes to all 5th and 6th grade students who participated in the Centreville Pyramid Chorus concert on Monday. You made Union Mill proud! Thank you to Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Proctor and Ms. Kieley for all you put into preparing students for this evening. 

As a reminder, we have our Principal's Coffee for Grades K-2 tomorrow and for Grades 3-6 on Friday. We hope to see you there. 

Thank you 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, January 11th - Principal's Coffee Grades K - 2

Friday, January 12th - Principal's Coffee Grades 3-6 

Monday, January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (student and staff holiday)

Thursday, January 18th - Union Mill Family Fitness  

Tuesday, January 23rd - Strings Concert (5th and 6th) 

                                        - PTA Meeting 

Thursday, January 25th - 2 hour early release for students 

                                          - PTA Bingo Night 

Friday, January 26th - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

Thursday, February 1st - Union Mill Math Night 

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The holiday marks the birthday of King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The movement protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

Volunteer with Give Together FCPS is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. 

Community members can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children ages 5-12 in service learning. Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. Children ages 13 to 18 may serve as teen event volunteers.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

FCPS Math Week

FCPS Family Math Week is this week through January 12th for students K-8. Through rich, story-based math experiences, Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish on this website and linked through your student’s Schoology page.  Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over! If you have any questions, you can contact our Math Resource Teacher, Caitlin Tingle, at [email protected].

Math Night Save the Date!

Math Night will be Thursday, February 1st from 5:00-6:30 pm. This event is being held to share what math instruction looks like here at Union Mill and have families engage in these math activities together. Two Smooth Dudes and Frothy Mug food trucks will be there with delicious food and refreshing drinks for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and other Drugs

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs. In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

January 11th and 12th Principal's Coffee 

We are looking to kickoff the new year with an opportunity for families to connect with one another at at our principal's coffee. 

  • Thursday, January 11th at 9:20 am for families in grades K-2 with a focus highlighting students' learning and Portrait of a Graduate projects.

    Immerse yourself in the captivating world of your child's learning journey and discover the impressive projects that embody the essence of our Portrait of a Graduate attributes. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the incredible work your students have been passionately crafting.

  • Friday, January 12th at 9:20 am for families in grades 3-6 to learn more about the Social Emotional Screener from our school counselors along with a FCPS representative from the EL Screener Learning Team. Our 5th and 6th grade chorus will be performing as well. 

Please RSVP if you plan on attending. 

UMES SCA Sponsored FISHER HOUSE Drive

For thirty years, Fisher House has provided a home away from home for military families who have a patient receiving medical care.  This means if a military family has a family member who needs surgery or other medical care, they can stay at a Fisher House near the hospital for free.  In order to help the family concentrate on their loved one, the house is fully stocked for them. From January 8th to January 19th, the SCA will be collecting the items listed below.  There are collection boxes on the stage in the lobby and SCA members will be collecting from classrooms too. Please consider donating something from the list to help our military families.  Thank you!

Pantry Items Needed:

UMES PTA

 

Save the date, Thursday January 25th for BINGO! This is a FREE event for UMES families. Limited capacity! Link to sign up will go out first for PTA families later this week, join the PTA TODAY for first access! Click here to join the UMES PTA

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter January 3

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

January 3 Family Newsletter

Happy New Year Union Mill Families, 

It is great to have students back in the building starting to kickoff the new year. Many of our students are reviewing routines and procedures, connecting with peers and setting themselves up for a successful 2024. We are looking forward to our first principal's coffee of 2024 next week and hope to see you there.  

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Monday, January 8th - January 12th - FCPS Math Week 

Thursday, January 11th - Principal's Coffee Grades K - 2

Friday, January 12th - Principal's Coffee Grades 3-6 

Monday, January 15th - Martin Luther King Day (student and staff holiday)

Thursday, January 18th - Union Mill Family Fitness  

Tuesday, January 23rd - Strings Concert (5th and 6th) 

                                        - PTA Meeting 

Thursday, January 25th - 2 hour early release for students 

                                          - PTA Bingo Night 

Friday, January 26th - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

 

Looking Ahead into 2024 

 

Thursday, February 22nd - Kids Heart Challenge 

Monday, February 19th - Presidents Day (student and staff holiday) 

Tuesday, March 5th - Election Day (student holiday) 

March 25th - March 29th - FCPS Spring Break (student and staff holiday) 

Friday, April 5th - Union Mill ES vs. Centreville ES Staff Volleyball Game 

 

Young Scholars Field Trip 

Here’s some pictures from the Young Scholars field trip to the National Building Museum in December! They learned about different types of buildings and became city planners.

FCPS Math Week

FCPS Family Math Week will be next week, January 8th-12th for students K-8. Through rich, story-based math experiences, Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish on this website and linked through your student’s Schoology page. Help us to reach our goal of 1 million minutes of math county-wide! Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over! If you have any questions, you can contact our Math Resource Teacher, Caitlin Tingle, at [email protected].

January 11th and 12th Principal's Coffee 

We are looking to kickoff the new year with an opportunity for families to connect with one another at at our principal's coffee. 

  • Thursday, January 11th at 9:20 am for families in grades K-2 with a focus on Portrait of a Graduate.
  • Friday, January 12th at 9:20 am for families in grades 3-6 to learn more about the Social Emotional Screener from our school counselors along with a FCPS representative from the EL Screener Learning Team. Our 5th and 6th grade chorus will be performing as well. 
UMES SCA Sponsored FISHER HOUSE Drive

For thirty years, Fisher House has provided a home away from home for military families who have a patient receiving medical care.  This means if a military family has a family member who needs surgery or other medical care, they can stay at a Fisher House near the hospital for free.  In order to help the family concentrate on their loved one, the house is fully stocked for them. From January 8th to January 19th, the SCA will be collecting the items listed below.  There are collection boxes on the stage in the lobby and SCA members will be collecting from classrooms too. Please consider donating something from the list to help our military families.  Thank you!

Pantry Items Needed:

Order Your Yearbook Now!

It’s time to order your 2023-2024 yearbook!  Place your online order at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year. *This is a re-advertisement from earlier in the year. 

Monitor Opportunity 

Union Mill is hiring student monitors for the remainder of the 23-24 school year. Please see the below details. If you are interested, or know someone who is please email Jaime Graham [email protected]. and use this link to apply. We are looking for candidates who can consistently work at least three days a week from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. We can accommodate additional time if needed. 

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to  the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties. 

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly pay: $17.19 per hour

UMES PTA Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter December 13

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

December 13 Family Newsletter

Dear Union Mill Families, 

It has been a festive week in classrooms with various events. Thank you to our PTA and families who provided snacks to our staff earlier this week at part of our Days of Cheer. 

Winter Break is almost here!  On behalf of all the staff at Union Mill Elementary, we want to extend our best wishes for a joyful and relaxing Winter Break. May your break be filled with making great memories with your families and friends.

In order for our staff to rejuvenate and spend quality time with their families, I am asking them to disconnect from email over the Winter Break. Staff will be back online Tuesday, January 2. Wishing you a safe and happy break and we look forward to welcoming your children back in the new year!

As a reminder, tomorrow we will be having our Festive Shirt or Favorite Flannel Spirit Day followed by Family Fitness at 3:45 pm. On Friday, we will send off the last day before break with Pajama Day. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, December 14th - Festive Shirt or Favorite Flannel Spirit Day 

                                             - Family Fitness at 3:45 pm  

Friday, December 15th - Pajama Day 

Monday, December 18th - Monday, January 1st - Winter Break - Office Closed

Tuesday, January 2nd - Students return after Winter Break 

Thursday, January 11th - Principal's Coffee Grades K - 2

Friday, January 12th - Principal's Coffee Grades 3-6 

Tuesday, January 23rd - PTA Meeting 

Calendar Reminder: Winter Break

 

As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024 for Winter Break. The office at Union Mill will be closed during this time. 

We look forward to welcoming you back in the new year. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024

See the complete school year calendar

Family Fitness

Our next Family Fitness is Thursday, December 14th!  We will meet in the gym from 3:45-4:45 pm to move, play, and learn together. Students and grown-ups are encouraged to join!  

Union Mill Outstanding Employee Awards

Thank you to all families who nominated Union Mill Staff for outstanding awards. The below staff were recognized as UMES outstanding employees and will be moving on to the Centreville Pyramid selection process. 

  • Hadley Harrison: Outstanding Teacher
  • Ashley White: Outstanding New Teacher
  • Jamie Clinch: Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Kimberly Glover: Outstanding Operational Employee
January 11th and 12th Principal's Coffee 

We are looking to kickoff the new year with an opportunity for families to connect with one another and learn from staff at Union Mill. Our first coffee will be on Thursday, January 11th for families in grades K-2 with a focus on Portrait of a Graduate. We will then provide an opportunity for families in 3-6 to come in for a coffee on Friday, January 12th to learn more about the Social Emotional Screener from our school counselors along with a FCPS representative from the EL Screener Learning Team. Our 5th and 6th grade chorus will be performing as well at the beginning of the coffee. 

UMES PTA

Thank you Union Mill PTA and all families who contributed snacks for our staff Days of Cheer this week! We are grateful for your support to students, families and staff! 

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

UMES Office will be closed for Winter Break

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter December 6

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

December 6 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon Union Mill Families, 

Thank you to our Advanced Band for an amazing performance last evening. This morning, sixth graders had the opportunity to check out the Washington 7News Storm Tracker with Brian van de Graaff on Good Morning Washington. 100% of students were in favor for a snow day. Information regarding how FCPS prepares for winter weather can be found below.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Thursday, December 14th - Festive Shirt or Favorite Flannel Spirit Day 

                                             - Family Fitness at 3:45 pm  

Friday, December 15th - Pajama Day 

Monday, December 18th - Monday, January 1st - Winter Break 

Tuesday, January 2nd - Students return after Winter Break 

  Winter Concert

 

We are thrilled to extend a heartfelt thanks to the students, families, and our band teacher Mrs. Seifried for making the Winter Concert a tremendous success.

To our talented students: Your dedication and passion shone brightly on stage, creating unforgettable moments for all.

To our supportive families: Thank you for your unwavering encouragement and presence, adding warmth to the event.

To our dedicated band teacher Mrs. Seifried: Your inspirational leadership and commitment to excellence were key to the success of our students.

Together, the UMES community created something magical. Thank you for making the Winter Concert a celebration of talent and community.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

⛄ Snow Days This Winter

FCPS will not have virtual learning when school is closed due to inclement weather for the 2023-24 school year.

Eleven snow days are built into our existing calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will enable us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services. 

You are encouraged to share ideas for learning about winter that students can use during winter break and snow days. Email ideas to [email protected].  

Family Fitness

Our next Family Fitness is Thursday, December 14th!  We will meet in the gym from 3:45-4:45 pm to move, play, and learn together. Students and grown-ups are encouraged to join!  

Local Full Time Program Coming to Union Mill

General information was shared with families virtually November 28th regarding full time AAP services. The session recording is available to review here:

Passcode: md27.0*8J!

As part of our implementation plan, we want to hear from families and our community about the possible impacts of this program and questions you still may have.  Please complete this survey by December 15th to share your voice with us!

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Mrs. Melissa Paris-Hutchens at [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Melissa Paris-Hutchens. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website

UMES PTA Days of Cheer 

The PTA is coordinating a "Day of Cheer" for the staff at UMES on December 12, 2023. Please review the available slots to sign up. 

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter November 28

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

November 28 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon Union Mill Families, 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are thankful to all families who provided snacks for our staff as they take part in professional learning this week with one another. Our teachers are planning interactive read alouds, supporting students in math and planning lessons to develop communication and collaboration skills which align with FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. 

We are sending our Family Newsletter a day early as a reminder we have our Virtual Advanced Academic Engagement Meeting this evening at 5:30 pm. In addition, our PTA is meeting this evening at Union Mill at 7:00 pm with guest Carolyn Haydon to speak to our community about tools that may be used to help proactively support positive behavior with children. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Tuesday, November 28th - Advanced Academic Engagement Virtual Meeting 

                                         - PTA meeting 

Tuesday, December 5th - Band Concert 

Thursday, December 14th - Family Fitness 

Monday, December 18th - Monday, January 1st - Winter Break 

Tuesday, January 2nd - Students return after winter break 

March 5th Calendar Update

 Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary.

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days. 

Winter Advanced Band Concert 

The Advanced Band is proud to present their winter concert on Tuesday, December. 5th. This performance will be held in the cafeteria at 7:00 PM and include a few winter and holiday tunes.

Advanced Academic Family Engagement Meeting

Union Mill is expanding the Advanced Academic program into Full-Time Advanced Academic services available for identified third grade students for the 24-25 school year. 

Please join us virtually tonight at 5:30 pm virtually as we share information and provide a space for questions about our upcoming expansion into Full-Time Advanced Academic Services. A survey will be shared with the community following this information session.

Families can attend virtually in Zoom by clicking here

Reminder:  Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Mrs. Melissa Paris-Hutchens at [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Melissa Paris-Hutchens. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website

Attendance Matters 

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data Indicates: 

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

UMES PTA UMES PTA meeting TONIGHT!! 

 

Join us tonight at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria for our November PTA meetingHear quick updates from Mr. Hawk and the Assistant Principals (and you'll have their ear for any questions you have!), news about upcoming PTA events like Bingo Night and get FREE access to the Parent & Educator Workshop on Behavior presented by Carolyn Haydon, Behavioral Consultant; certifications in Elem ED, Spec ED, Admin/SUP & ABA. All are welcome!

Carolyn will speak to our community about tools you can use to help proactively support positive behavior with your children by dispelling common myths and helping attendees understand the “why” behind challenging behaviors.

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter November 21

GovDelivery3 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

November 21 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon Union Mill Families, 

Last week was filled with many events including book fair, author visit, superhero day and our PTA coordinating a food drive. Thank you also to all families who came out to our Thanksgiving cookout and for ML Real Estate for sponsoring the event!

We are grateful to serve your children each day and to work with all of the amazing staff at Union Mill. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! 

As a reminder, FCPS schools and offices will be closed from November 22nd- 24th and we look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, November 27th. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving Break (No School) 

Tuesday, November 28th - Advanced Academic Family Engagement Meeting 

                                           - PTA Membership Meeting 

Tuesday, December 5th - Band Concert 

Thursday, December 14th - Family Fitness 

Monday, December 18th - Monday, January 1st - Winter Break 

Calendar Reminder 

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Lots of fun last week with our author visit from John Gallagher of the graphic novel series, Max Meow along with superhero day and the Thanksgiving family cookout! 

Thanksgiving Meal Box Donation 

As a result of the generosity of our community and PTA, we were able to donate over 30 Thanksgiving Meal Boxes to a local food bank!

Book Fair Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported the UMES Book Fair in November.  Thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase many books for the library that will soon be in the hands of our students!  These photos show just some of the new books added to the library!  Thank you to all of parent volunteers who donated their time and energy into setting up, running and packing up the book fair, we could not do it without your help!

Advanced Academic Family Engagement Meeting

Union Mill is expanding the Advanced Academic program into Full-Time Advanced Academic services available for identified third grade students for the 24-25 school year. 

Please join us Tuesday Nov. 28th at 5:30 pm virtually as we share information and provide a space for questions about our upcoming expansion into Full Time Advanced Academic Services. A survey will be shared with the community following this information session.

Families can attend virtually in Zoom by clicking here

Staff Snack Sign Up 

Our staff will be engaging in professional learning with one another at the end of the month. With your help, we would like to treat teachers with snacks and goodies at the meeting. Please sign-up using this sign up genius if you are able to help. Please drop any items off in the main office by the morning of Monday, November 27th. Thank you so much for your support!

Centreville Public Library Winter Reading Program 

The Centreville Public library is hosting a free Winter Reading Program for kids. 

Join Fairfax County Public Library's Winter Reading Adventure from Dec. 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2024. More information can be found here

Order Your Yearbook Now!

It’s time to order your 2023-2024 yearbook!  Place your online order at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

UMES PTA November 28 PTA Meeting 

We are excited to welcome Carolyn Haydon to speak to our community about tools they can use to help proactively support positive behavior with their children by dispelling common myths and helping attendees understand the “why” behind challenging behaviors.

Join us November 28 at 7:00 pm. We will have childcare and activities to keep kids occupied so that parents can attend the session.

End of 1st Quarter Reflection 

The PTA is celebrating the end of the 1st quarter by reflecting on the events and initiatives we have taken on so far this year. We are eager to hear your feedback as we look ahead to plans for the rest of the year. Please take a few moments to let us know how we are doing by filling out this form!

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter November 15

GovDelivery3 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

November 15 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon Union Mill Families, 

As many families gear up for Thanksgiving, our students continue to be engaged and show growth. This week offers a variety of opportunities for students and families to connect at Union Mill including the Book Fair, Thanksgiving Meal Box Food Drive, Family Fitness and our Thanksgiving Family Cookout. 

As a reminder, our Book Fair is open this evening from 4:00 - 7:00 pm along with an author visit from John Gallagher, author of the Max Meow. The PTA will be collecting boxed food in the Kiss and Ride area from 6:00 - 7:00 pm as well. 

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! 

 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Monday, November 13th - 17th - UMES Book Fair

Wednesday, November 15th - Book Fair Open House 

                                                 - Thanksgiving Meal Box Food Drive 

                                                 - Mr. Gallagher Author Presentation 

Thursday, November 16th - Family Fitness 

Friday, November 17th - Thanksgiving Family Cookout 

                                        - SCA Superhero Spirit Day 

November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving Break (No School) 

Tuesday, November 28th - Advanced Academic Family Engagement Meeting 

                                           - PTA Membership Meeting 

 

Calendar Reminder 

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Friday Nov. 17th  SCA Spirit Day! 

Celebrate the Superhero in You!  Wear your favorite superhero shirt, jacket or other gear this Friday for Superhero in You !

Book Fair November 13th  to November 17th

Wednesday, November 15th - Come and shop the Book Fair from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and then join us in the cafeteria for an exciting author presentation by graphic novelist, John Gallagher, author of the Max Meow series. Mr. Gallagher will be sharing at 7:15 pm and will be signing books after the event as well! 

Family Fitness 

Our next Family Fitness is Thursday, November 16th!  We will meet in the gym once a month from 3:45 - 4:45pm to move, play, and learn together. Students and grown-ups are encouraged to join!  

What's Going on in PE? 

Several of our classes participated in Veterans Day stations last week.  We learned about the special date and tried physical fitness activities that military personnel might do.  We appreciate everything Veterans have done for our country.

On November 9th and 10th, the PE department hosted SYA volunteers for baseball/softball stations.  All Union Mill students participated in throwing, catching, running, and hitting stations.  Thank you to Brandon Vickers, Ross Crigler, Matt Bruchey, John Zurcher, Dawn Johnson, Jamie Brusick, Brett Hughes, Josh Thomas, Ramon Palacios, Justin Leiser, Sam Jonsson, Tristan Jonsson, and Tony Felt for sharing your time, skill, and passion for the game with all of us.  We even had Centreville baseball players Mason Kees, Ben Wells, Jackson Rakes, Bryce Henneberg, Dylan Hassan, Michael Gambone, Ihu Calvo, and Logan Pilon join us as a huge bonus.  A special thank you to Matt McGuire for organizing the volunteers and spending two full days with us.  If you would like information on registration or sports offered by SYA, please check their website: syasports.org.  

Thanksgiving Family Cookout 

We look forward to hosting families for an opportunity to connect on Friday, November 17th during their child's lunch. Families will have the opportunity to come and eat with their child in the cafeteria or outside on Union Mill school grounds. If you plan on attending, please click here to RSVP. This will ensure we have enough food for all who attend. While we are excited to include families in this event, we ask no more than 2 people per child attend. 

The menu includes: Grilled 100% all beef hot dog, chips, Rice Krispie Treats, and water. There is no cost for the event thank you to ML Real Estate. 

Grade Level

Time

2nd Grade

10:55 - 11:25 am  

Kindergarten 

11:20 - 11:55 am 

1st Grade

11:35 - 12:10 pm

3rd Grade

12:00 - 12:30 pm

5th Grade

12:15 - 12:45 pm

4th Grade

12:25 - 1:10 pm

6th Grade

1:05 - 1:40 pm

Please do not park in the bus loop which will be coned off. We appreciate your cooperation!

Advanced Academic Family Engagement Meeting

Union Mill is expanding the Advanced Academic program into Full-Time Advanced Academic services available for identified third grade students for the 24-25 school year. 

Please join us Tuesday Nov. 28th at 5:30 pm virtually as we share information and provide a space for questions about our upcoming expansion into Full Time Advanced Academic Services. A survey will be shared with the community following this information session.

Families can attend virtually in Zoom by clicking here

Staff Snack Sign Up 

Our staff will be engaging in professional learning with one another at the end of the month. With your help, we would like to treat teachers with snacks and goodies at the meeting. Please sign-up using this sign up genius if you are able to help. Please drop any items off in the main office by the morning of Monday, November 27th. Thank you so much for your support!

LOST AND FOUND

Please check the Lost and Found the next time you are in the school. It is filling up with sweatshirts, jackets, coats and other items. We will be donating current items prior to Thanksgiving Break. Don’t miss the chance to recover your student’s lost items.    

Order Your Yearbook Now!

It’s time to order your 2023-2024 yearbook!  Place your online order at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each and the deadline to order is April 19, 2024.

Don't miss your chance to order this year’s yearbook!  There will not be extras available at the end of the year.

UMES PTA November 28 PTA Meeting 

We are excited to welcome Carolyn Haydon to speak to our community about tools they can use to help proactively support positive behavior with their children by dispelling common myths and helping attendees understand the “why” behind challenging behaviors.

Join us November 28 at 7:00 pm. We will have childcare and activities to keep kids occupied so that parents can attend the session.

End of 1st Quarter Reflection 

The PTA is celebrating the end of the 1st quarter by reflecting on the events and initiatives we have taken on so far this year. We are eager to hear your feedback as we look ahead to plans for the rest of the year. Please take a few moments to let us know how we are doing by filling out this form!

Let's come together and support our local food bank in its Thanksgiving Meal Box Food Drive! Sign up to create a Thanksgiving meal box for a family in need. Meal box drop off is Wednesday, November 15th 6:00-7:00 pm at the kiss & ride loop/door by the learning garden.

Sign ups and more details can be found here  If you have questions, please contact Kelly Hoffman at [email protected]

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Union Mill Veterans Day

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Union Mill Veterans Day 

The collective spirit of the Union Mill community was truly evident during our Veterans Day chorus concert. During the performance our students showcased the values of gratitude, respect, and unity. We are grateful to have such a supportive and engaged community that understands the importance of honoring those who served our country.

A special thank you to our remarkable school chorus for their outstanding performance. Your voices filled the auditorium with patriotism and emotion, creating a truly moving tribute to our veterans. Your hard work and dedication have left a lasting impact, and we couldn't be prouder.

We extend our appreciation to the dedicated staff members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a smooth and meaningful event. Your efforts did not go unnoticed, and your commitment to honoring our veterans is commendable.

To our supportive scouts and families, thank you for joining us on this special evening. Your presence and enthusiasm added to the warmth of the occasion, creating a sense of community that we deeply cherish.

Thank you again to our school chorus, scouts, staff, and families for making this Veterans Day celebration a memorable and heartfelt event. We look forward to continuing to commemorate and appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans together.

Write a letter of thanks for a deployed Veteran and send it for the Winter Holidays!

Please use this link for more information on how to send your letter.

 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

Family Newsletter November 8

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

November 8 Family Newsletter

Our staff has been diligent with connecting with families for conferences after the first quarter. We appreciate our staff taking the time to connect with families and for families making the time to come in. Thank you to the PTA for helping to fuel our staff during conferences with cookies from HoMade Sweets and Book Fair certificates for our staff. 

Check out some of the highlights below including an author visit from David Biedrzycki for our kindergarten and second graders, 50th day of school and first grade field trip to Cox Farms. 

As a reminder, our chorus will be performing this evening at 7:00 pm to honor our veterans.

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Wednesday, November 8th - Honoring our Veterans Chorus Performance 

Monday, November 13th - 17th - UMES Book Fair

Wednesday, November 15th - Thanksgiving Meal Box Food Drive 

Thursday, November 16th - Family Fitness 

Friday, November 17th - Thanksgiving Family Cookout 

Wednesday, November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving Break (No School) 

 

Honoring Veterans Chorus Performance 

The Union Mill Chorus will be singing songs to honor the Veterans in our community. Please come out to support our students and our Veterans on November 8th at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Our local Cub Scout Pack 1859 will be serving as color guard and presenting the flags.

 

UMES Book Fair November 13th  to November 17th

Our UMES Book Fair is coming soon.  We are in need of volunteers to help setup the book fair on Friday Nov. 10th, run the book fair during the week, work the book fair for the night event, and to pack up the book fair on Friday Nov. 17thSign up using this link. Thank you for supporting the UMES Book Fair! Any questions, please email the librarian, Ami Schroder at [email protected]    Thank you!

First Grade's Visit to Cox Farms  Outstanding Employee Awards 

Each year FCPS strives to recognize outstanding staff throughout the county. This year we are afforded another opportunity to recognize staff in any and all capacities. Both staff and community members can nominate. You do not need to nominate for all categories, but if you nominate please complete the four items in that section (name, e-mail, nominee, and a paragraph about that person). To submit a nomination for a  Union Mill Outstanding Employee please complete the nomination through this google form.  You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

Thanksgiving Family Cookout 

We look forward to hosting families for an opportunity to connect on Friday, November 17th during their child's lunch. Families will have the opportunity to come and eat with their child in the cafeteria or outside on Union Mill school grounds. If you choose to attend, please click here to RSVP by November 10th. This will ensure we have enough food for all who attend. While we are excited to include families in this event, we ask no more than 2 people per child attend. 

The menu includes: Grilled 100% all beef hot dog, chips, Rice Krispie Treats, and water. There is no cost for the event thank you to ML Real Estate. 

Grade Level

Time

2nd Grade

10:55 - 11:25 am  

Kindergarten 

11:20 - 11:55 am 

1st Grade

11:35 - 12:10 pm

3rd Grade

12:00 - 12:30 pm

5th Grade

12:15 - 12:45 pm

4th Grade

12:25 - 1:10 pm

6th Grade

1:05 - 1:40 pm

Please do not park in the bus loop which will be coned off. We appreciate your cooperation!

Family Fitness 

Our next Family Fitness is Thursday, November 16th!  We will meet in the gym once a month from 3:45-4:45pm to move, play, and learn together. Students and grown-ups are encouraged to join!  

LOST AND FOUND

Please check the Lost and Found the next time you are in the school. It is filling up with sweatshirts, jackets, coats and other items. We will be donating current items prior to Thanksgiving Break. Don’t miss the chance to recover your student’s lost items.    

Centreville HS SGA  Centreville HS SGA 

Centreville HS SGA is hosting a bonfire and movie night on Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. on the baseball field. This free event is open to all Centreville families. Come join us for food trucks and music at 5:30, followed by outdoor movie at 6:00. SGA will be selling hot chocolate and s’mores. The movie that we are showing is Elf for the winter season—bring chairs and cozy blankets! We hope to see you there!

UMES PTA

Let's come together and support our local food bank in its Thanksgiving Meal Box Food Drive! Sign up to create a Thanksgiving meal box for a family in need. Meal box drop off is Wednesday, November 15th 6:00-7:00 pm at the kiss & ride loop/door by the learning garden and just in time for author John Gallagher's 7:15pm presentation supporting our book fair!

We are hoping Millie the Bear can make an appearance to say "thank you" as well! Sign ups and more details can be found here  If you have questions, please contact Kelly Hoffman at [email protected]

Membership 

If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA!  Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join. 

Office Hours

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
WebFacebookTwitter 

40 minutes 24 seconds ago
Union Mill Elementary School News and announcements
http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml Subscribe to GovDelivery feed