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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
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
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!
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.
10:55 - 11:25 am
11:20 - 11:55 am
11:35 - 12:10 pm
12:00 - 12:30 pm
12:15 - 12:45 pm
12:25 - 1:10 pm
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.
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]
If you'd like to receive weekly PTA News updates, join the PTA! Memberships are good for one year. Click here to join.
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