Family Newsletter June 11

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June 11 Family Newsletter

As we approach the last day of school, it is truly hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by. Our theme this year has been about making the most out of our time together with students and staff, and we are proud of the community we have built and the connections we have strengthened.


This last week has been a whirlwind of end-of-the-year excitement, filled with unforgettable events and some big feelings. We celebrated Field Day with laughter and friendly competition, explored future possibilities on Career Day, and marked a significant milestone with our Sixth Grade Promotion. To top it all off, we had the thrilling experience of a helicopter landing at Union Mill on Monday, which left our students in awe.


While the upcoming summer break brings the promise of fun and relaxation, it can also be a challenging transition for children as they say goodbye to their teachers and friends for several weeks. We recognize these mixed emotions and are here to support our students as they navigate this change.
Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community and for making this year so special. We wish you all a wonderful and safe summer, filled with joy and new adventures.

As a reminder, Wednesday, June 12th is the last day of school and students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm

Upcoming Dates 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

                                        - Medication Pick Up 

Monday, June 17th - Eid-al-Adha 

Wednesday, June 19th - Juneteenth 

Friday, August 16 - Open House  AM 

August 19th - First Day of School 

Wednesday, June 19, is a holiday for FCPS employees. Schools and offices will be closed. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, effectively marking the end of slavery in the United States. Learn more about Juneteenth.

Helicopter Landing 

It was exciting to have Fairfax County Police Department helicopter land at Union Mill on Monday to kickoff career day. A special thank you to Mr. Quinn, a Union Mill parent for making this happen! All students were able to watch the helicopter land. Kindergartners and sixth graders had the opportunity to get a closer look and meet some of our community helpers. 

6th Grade Promotion  Field Day  Health Room Medication Pick Up Wed, June 12th

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed per policy.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by FCPS, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick-up the medication before student dismissal time on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Health Room at 703-322-8510. 

Summer Math Support 

As we’re moving into the summer, if you are looking for ways to support your student’s mathematical learning, FCPS has created a page with variety of optional resources. You can view them at the link here. ST Math will continue to be available over the summer and ST Math family resources are also linked on the FCPS page.

SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE 

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students – the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students – the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

PTA Update  

Congratulations to our new PTA officers for the 24-25 School Year! Thank you for all you do to support students, staff and families at Union Mill! 

  • President: Sam Jonsson
  • Treasurer: Alison Green
  • VP Ways and Means: Juliet Prillaman
  • VP Volunteers: Allison Warren
  • Secretaries: Chelsea Merchant/Michelle Sveum
Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter June 5

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June 5 Family Newsletter

Our halls were filled yesterday with seniors from Centreville High School during our annual Grad Walk. It is always a highlight for our staff and former students to reconnect with current UMES students, siblings, and Centreville Wildcats. Thank you to Mrs. Sullivan's class for the amazing sidewalk chalk art to welcome students back. 

We are looking forward to grade levels participating in Field Day tomorrow and Friday and Career Day on Monday. 

As a reminder, Wednesday, June 12th is the last day of school and students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Thursday, June 6th - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Field Day 

Friday, June 7th - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Field Day 

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Tuesday, June 11th - 6th Grade Promotion 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

Save the Dates for 24-25 Year 

Friday, August 16 - Open House - AM 

August 19th - First Day of School 

Centreville High School Grad Walk  Career Day / Helicopter 

We are looking forward to hosting Career Day on Monday, June 10th. As part of Career Day, we are excited to announce that we will be having a Fairfax County Police Department helicopter landing on school grounds at 9:00 am. All students will be outside to witness the helicopter landing from the safety of the blacktop. We hope the students will enjoy this unique opportunity.

Health Room Medication Pick Up Wed, June 12th

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed per policy.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by FCPS, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick-up the medication before student dismissal time on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Health Room at 703-322-8510. 

Summer Math Support 

As we’re moving into the summer, if you are looking for ways to support your student’s mathematical learning, FCPS has created a page with variety of optional resources. You can view them at the link here. ST Math will continue to be available over the summer and ST Math family resources are also linked on the FCPS page.

End of Year Laptop Collection

Students are expected to return their laptops this week during the following scheduled collection days.

Please ensure your student has their laptop and charger at school and ready to turn in. Invoices will be sent for un-returned devices.

 

1st and 2nd grade – June 5th

3rd and 4th grade – June 6th

5th and 6th grade – June 7th

 

Students taking ESY/SOAR or any FCPS sanctioned summer program may keep their device for these purposes. This should be pre-arranged and documented so we are aware of which students will keep them. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s teacher.

UMES PTA PTA Update  

Last evening our PTA held elections for the PTA board for the 24-25 school year. Congratulations to our new PTA officers for the 24-25 School Year! Thank you for all you do to support students, staff and families at Union Mill! 

  • President: Sam Jonsson
  • Treasurer: Alison Green
  • VP Ways and Means: Juliet Prillaman
  • VP Volunteers: Allison Warren
  • Secretaries: Chelsea Merchant/Michelle Sveum
Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter May 29

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May 29 Family Newsletter

Things have been buzzing at Union Mill with the end of the year quickly approaching. Check out some of the photos below from Mrs. Duncan's class receiving a visit from our in house bee keepers. We are also proud of our kindergarteners who put on an amazing performance last week during their "Celebrate America" performance. 

If you are looking for some entertainment this evening, we will be hosting our strings concert at 7:00 pm. In addition, students in grades K-6 will have the opportunity to see 4th - 6th grade students perform during the day. 

As a reminder, this Friday, May 31st is SCA Spirit Day - Beach Day! 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

 Friday, May 31st - SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Tuesday, June 4th - PTA Meeting (Virtual

Thursday, June 6th - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  Field Day 

Thursday, June 6 - 1st and 2nd Grade Field Day 

Friday, June 7 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Field Day 

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

Field Days are coming soon! Thank you to all of the volunteers who have signed up to help us run the stations! Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the field day event.  Check in at the front doors with your driver's license, then you will proceed to the blacktop to get your station information.  

  • Kindergarteners will participate on Thursday, June 6, from 9:30- 11 am.
  • 1st and 2nd graders will play from 1:00 -3:00 pm on Thursday, June 6.
  • 5th and 6th graders will play from 9:00-11:00 am on Friday, June 7
  • 3rd and 4th will participate from *1:15- 3:00 pm on Friday, June 7. ​

*Please note the start time of 1:15, as it was originally incorrect on the Sign-up genius. The theme is the Summer Olympics. All students should bring a water bottle with their name on it.  Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses are optional. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected] or Michelle Orban at [email protected]. Thank you.

PE Field Hockey 

Students in 4th through 6th grade had the opportunity to try field hockey in PE classes.  Centreville High School's Coach Van Trees along with several of her players taught our students how to hold the stick, dribble, pass, and shoot.  They also worked on quickness and agility.   We appreciate our guests for taking time out of their schedules and working with our students. If your child is interested, Centreville HS is holding a field hockey camp from July 15-19.  More information will be coming out.  

2024-2025 - UMES Strings and Band Programs

Current 4th & 5th graders are invited to join the Strings or Band program for next year! 

  •  Current 3rd graders are invited to join the Strings program!  Students heard the band perform on May 22nd and Strings on May 29th. We hope that your child is excited to start or continue an instrument! Please sign up by June 12th so we can create next year’s schedule.

  • Register here
  • Strings questions: [email protected]    
  • Band questions: [email protected]
  • More Information
May 31st SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Break out your flip flops (unless you have PE!), flower leis and your tropical themed tees/shirts.  No swimsuits please 😊

UMES PTA Final PTA Meeting 

Our final PTA meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, June 4th. It will be a virtual meeting. A portion of the meeting will be voting for PTA officers for the 24-25 School Year. 

  • President: Sam Jonsson
  • Treasurer: Alison Green
  • VP Ways and Means: Juliet Prillaman
  • VP Volunteers: Allison Warren
  • Secretaries: Chelsea Merchant/Michelle Sveum

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  • Meeting ID: 959 2089 3934
  • Passcode: 508538
Membership 

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Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter May 22

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May 22 Family Newsletter

Our students and staff have been making the most out of their time at Union Mill. Last week we hosted our final Family Fitness of the year and this week we hosted our Bear Buddy lunch. In addition, our first graders and their families engaged in the Teddy Bear picnic. 

For anyone looking for some entertainment for this evening, our band concert is at 7:00 pm in the Union Mill cafeteria. 

As a reminder, Monday, May 27th is Memorial day and a holiday for students and families. 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day (student and staff holiday)

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

 Friday, May 31st - SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Tuesday, June 4th - PTA Meeting (Virtual) 

Thursday, June 6th - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  Field Day 

Thursday, June 6 - 1st and 2nd Grade Field Day 

Friday, June 7 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Field Day 

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

Family Fitness Recap 

Thank you to all of the families who participated in Family Fitness this year! For our final meeting we had a great time playing scooter soccer and water balloons.  We hope to see you all next year for more Family Fitness fun!

Field Day!

Field Days are coming soon! These special events could not happen without our amazing parent volunteers. Kindergarteners will participate on Thursday, June 6, from 9:30- 11 am. First and second graders will play from 1-3 pm on June 6. On Friday, June 7, the fifth and sixth graders will join us from 9:00- 11:00 am. The third and fourth graders will participate from 1:15- 3:00 pm on June 7. The theme is Summer Olympics.

We need plenty of volunteers to make this happen for your children. Volunteers are asked to check-in outside of the main doors with their driver’s license. Please do not park in the bus loop and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the field day start time. After checking in, volunteers will walk through the lobby to the blacktop. If you are available to supervise a station, please click here .

We will not be using regular water balloons this year, so we do not need anyone to fill and bring those in. We are looking forward to a great event for all students! Please send your child to school with a full water bottle that has their name on it. Sunscreen and hats are recommended as well. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected] or Michelle Orban at [email protected].

5th and 6th Grade Spring Band Concert 

The Union Mill Spring Band concert will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Union Mill Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing students and families as our 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to perform. 

  • 6:45 p.m. – All performers arrive for warm-up
  • 7:00 p.m. – Performance                                       

 

2024-2025 - UMES Strings and Band Programs

Current 4th & 5th graders are invited to join the Strings or Band program for next year! 

  •  Current 3rd graders are invited to join the Strings program!  Students will hear the band perform on May 22nd and Strings on May 29th.   We hope that your child is excited to start or continue an instrument!  Please sign up by June 12th so we can create next year’s schedule.

  • Register here
  • Strings questions: [email protected]    
    Band questions: [email protected]
  • More Information
Interested in Strings for 2024-2025? 

UMES 4th Grade Strings: 2024-2025 Current 3rd graders are invited to join Strings for next year!  Students can learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass next year. Students recently heard each instrument performed and each student was able to hold and make first sounds on an instrument themselves! We hope that your child comes home excited about Strings and ready to sign up.  The deadline is June 12th.  Questions?  Please e-mail Mrs. Brown at [email protected]. More Information: Learn about Strings Register here:  Register for Strings!

May 31st SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Break out your flip flops (unless you have PE!), flower leis and your tropical themed tees/shirts.  No swimsuits please 😊

UMES PTA Final PTA Meeting 

Our final PTA meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, June 4th. It will be a virtual meeting. The link will be sent out and posted prior to the meeting. 

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter May 15

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May 15 Family Newsletter

As we approach the end of the year, we will continue to celebrate many of the accomplishments and growth students have demonstrated throughout the year. It is exciting to see the results of the hard work and dedication of students, staff and families. 

Below we highlight some celebrations along with some upcoming end of the year events. As a reminder, tomorrow is our final Family Fitness for the year.  

Upcoming Dates 

 

Thursday, May 16th - Family Fitness 

Wednesday, May 22nd - Band Concert 

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day (student and staff holiday) 

Friday, May 31st - SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Thursday, June 6th - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd  Field Day 

Thursday, June 6 - 1st and 2nd Grade Field Day 

Friday, June 7 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Field Day 

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

UMES Running Club Takes Burke Lake

Join us in celebrating the triumphs of the UMES Running Club as they conquered the challenging trails of Burke Lake Park in their recent 5k race! Through dedication and perseverance, our students, staff, and families displayed remarkable resilience, crossing the finish line strong! Huge shout out to Mrs. Hoernke, Mrs. Rucker and our family volunteers for your dedication to our runners! 

Field Day!

Field Days are coming soon! These special events could not happen without our amazing parent volunteers. Kindergarteners will participate on Thursday, June 6, from 9:30- 11 am. First and second graders will play from 1-3 pm on June 6. On Friday, June 7, the fifth and sixth graders will join us from 9:00- 11:00 am. The third and fourth graders will participate from 1:15- 3:00 pm on June 7. The theme is Summer Olympics.

We need plenty of volunteers to make this happen for your children. Volunteers are asked to check-in outside of the main doors with their driver’s license. Please do not park in the bus loop and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the field day start time. After checking in, volunteers will walk through the lobby to the blacktop. If you are available to supervise a station, please click here .

We will not be using regular water balloons this year, so we do not need anyone to fill and bring those in. We are looking forward to a great event for all students! Please send your child to school with a full water bottle that has their name on it. Sunscreen and hats are recommended as well. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected] or Michelle Orban at [email protected].

Lots of engagement with Union Mill Students during field trips last week and third grade students having the opportunity to learn about various instruments as part of our strings program. 

Family Fitness

The final Family Fitness event of the year is happening on Thursday, May 16, from 3:45-4:45 pm in the gym.  We have fun games planned, one of which being the water balloon toss to get ready for field day.  Please contact Jenny Murray at [email protected], with any questions.  Thank you

 

Career Day

We are excited to celebrate career diversity this year at Union Mill! We will be hosting an in-person event during the school day on Monday, June 10th for all students. Please fill out the following form by May 17th if you are interested in sharing your career in a classroom presentation. While we hope to be able to accommodate all volunteers, please understand that we may need to utilize a lottery. We are still working out the details of presentation times for each grade level so we hope you’ll be flexible with us as we work out the format of the day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Schmidt or Mrs. Kourajian. 

Family Input for Class Placements 2024-2025

As we begin to plan for the 2024-2025 school year, we are inviting your input. Creating class assignments requires careful consideration and the involvement of many perspectives. We know a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success. Should you have additional information about your specific child that school staff may not know, particularly regarding learning style and classroom environment; you have the option to complete the  Family Input Form no later than Monday, May 20, 2024.

If you have more than one child attending UMES, please complete one form per child. 

We ask that you do not request specific teachers and keep the information shared about your child and the type of learning environment you feel would be the most productive for him/her/them.  We assure you that with or without a form, each child’s social emotional and academic strengths and needs are considered. Families will receive class placement notification just prior to school starting in August. 

May 31st SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Break out your flip flops (unless you have PE!), flower leis and your tropical themed tees/shirts.  No swimsuits please 😊

Interested in Strings for 2024-2025? 

UMES 4th Grade Strings: 2024-2025 Current 3rd graders are invited to join Strings for next year!  Students can learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass next year. Students recently heard each instrument performed and each student was able to hold and make first sounds on an instrument themselves! We hope that your child comes home excited about Strings and ready to sign up.  The deadline is June 12th.  Questions?  Please e-mail Mrs. Brown at [email protected]. More Information: Learn about Strings Register here:  Register for Strings!

5th and 6th Grade Spring Band Concert 

The Union Mill Spring Band concert will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Union Mill Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing students and families as our 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to perform. 

  • 6:45 p.m. – All performers arrive for warm-up
  • 7:00 p.m. – Performance                                         

 

CVHS Bandemonium

Hello Centreville and Clifton families! The Centreville High School Wildcat Band would love to see YOU on Friday night, 5/17/24 at 6:30PM at Bandemonium! Join us as we celebrate an incredible year of music-making at our one-of-a-kind outdoor musical festival! There is something for everyone, including music, food and FUN! Please spread the word - Bandemonium is not to be missed!

Food trucks, face painting, balloon animals and music, music, MUSIC! It’s an amazing experience that you can share with the whole family!

Superintendent Community Conversations 

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for one of the last two community conversations of the school year. Please register for a time and place that is convenient for you. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

  • Thursday, May 16th - Poe Middle School from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 28th - Katherine Johnson Middle School from 6:30 - 7:30 pm 

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided 

UMES PTA After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter May 8

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May 8 Family Newsletter

This week has been all about showing appreciation for our amazing teachers and staff! Our students have been spreading kindness on UMTv News by giving shout outs to their teachers, highlighting the incredible work they do day in and day out. Let's continue to show our gratitude and support for our dedicated educators who make a difference in our students lives every single day! Thank you to our amazing families, students and PTA for all of the support you have provided this week.  #TeacherAppreciation #ThankYouTeachers #UMES 🍎📚

Upcoming Dates 

 

May 6th - May 10th - Staff Appreciation Week 

Wednesday, May 22nd - Band Concert 

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day (student and staff holiday) 

Friday, May 31st - SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School (2 hr. early release) 

Field Day Save the Dates! 

Field days are quickly approaching!  For your planning purposes, the dates and times will be:

  • Kindergarten -Thursday, June 6,  9:30 am- 11:00 am
  • 1st and 2nd grade - Thursday, June 6,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • 5th and 6th grade - Friday, June 7,  9 am-11:00 am
  • 3rd and 4th grade - Friday, June 7,  1 pm-3:00 pm

More information and a sign-up genius for volunteers will be sent out next week.  Thank you- PE Crew

Family Input for Class Placements 2024-2025

As we begin to plan for the 2024-2025 school year, we are inviting your input. Creating class assignments requires careful consideration and the involvement of many perspectives. We know a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success. Should you have additional information about your specific child that school staff may not know, particularly regarding learning style and classroom environment; you have the option to complete the  Family Input Form no later than Monday, May 20, 2024.

If you have more than one child attending UMES, please complete one form per child. 

We ask that you do not request specific teachers and keep the information shared about your child and the type of learning environment you feel would be the most productive for him/her/them.  We assure you that with or without a form, each child’s social emotional and academic strengths and needs are considered. Families will receive class placement notification just prior to school starting in August. 

Interested in Strings for 2024-2025? 

UMES 4th Grade Strings: 2024-2025 Current 3rd graders are invited to join Strings for next year!  Students can learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass next year. Students recently heard each instrument performed and each student was able to hold and make first sounds on an instrument themselves! We hope that your child comes home excited about Strings and ready to sign up.  The deadline is June 12th.  Questions?  Please e-mail Mrs. Brown at [email protected]. More Information: Learn about Strings Register here:  Register for Strings!

5th and 6th Grade Spring Band Concert 

The Union Mill Spring Band concert will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Union Mill Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing students and families as our 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to perform. 

  • 6:45 p.m. – All performers arrive for warm-up
  • 7:00 p.m. – Performance                                                 

 

May 31st SCA Spirit Day – Beach Day!  

 

Break out your flip flops (unless you have PE!), flower leis and your tropical themed tees/shirts.  No swimsuits please 😊

Career Day

We are excited to celebrate career diversity this year at Union Mill! We will be hosting an in-person event during the school day on Monday, June 10th for all students. Please fill out the following form by May 17th if you are interested in sharing your career in a classroom presentation. While we hope to be able to accommodate all volunteers, please understand that we may need to utilize a lottery. We are still working out the details of presentation times for each grade level so we hope you’ll be flexible with us as we work out the format of the day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Schmidt or Mrs. Kourajian. 

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

IMPORTANT SOL TESTING INFORMATION 

Our students grades 3-6 will take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests starting Tuesday, May 7, 2024. It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school. Also, it will help your child to perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast and comes to school with a positive attitude.

UMES PTA After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill Office Hours

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

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Family Newsletter May 1

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May 1 Family Newsletter

Our Bears have been performing and showcasing various talents this week. Last evening our chorus performed a student led concert titled "Union Mill Goes to the Movies! Songs were selected in a collaborative effort between our talented students and chorus directors. Thank you to Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Kieley and Mrs. Tinker for all their work with making the concert a success. In addition, students performed in the All County Chorus Performance and  Strings Solo & Ensemble on Saturday!  Thank you to the PTA for providing popcorn for students and families last evening as well! 

As a reminder, Friday, May 3rd is a Teacher Workday and student holiday. 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

                           - Unified Sports Track Meet 

Saturday, May 4th - Run Club Healthy Strides 5k at Burke Lake 

May 6th - May 10th - Staff Appreciation Week 

Wednesday, May 22nd - Band Concert 

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

Monday, May 27th - Memorial day (student and staff holiday) 

Monday, June 10th - Career Day 

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School ( 2 hr. early release) 

Career Day

We are excited to celebrate career diversity this year at Union Mill! We will be hosting an in-person event during the school day on Monday, June 10th for all students. Please fill out the following form by May 17th if you are interested in sharing your career in a classroom presentation. While we hope to be able to accommodate all volunteers, please understand that we may need to utilize a lottery. We are still working out the details of presentation times for each grade level so we hope you’ll be flexible with us as we work out the format of the day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Schmidt or Mrs. Kourajian. 

Unified Sports Track Meet

There will be a Unified Sports track meet at Centreville HS on the teacher workday of Friday, May 3. Athletes have been practicing along with their buddies for the last few weeks in the mornings. Students and families are invited to attend the track meet at Centreville HS on Friday, May 3rd from 10:00 – 11:00 am

IMPORTANT SOL TESTING INFORMATION 

Our students grades 3-6 will take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests starting Tuesday, May 7, 2024. It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school. Also, it will help your child to perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast and comes to school with a positive attitude.

First Grade Collaboration 

First Graders use POG skills to create their own addition and subtraction board games. Students did a beautiful job communicating and collaborating as they created & played their games.

Book Fair: Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Spring Book Fair this past week as we raised funds to purchase new books for the UMES Library!  Special thanks to our amazing library volunteers:  Cara and Colin Craft, Sunny Chong, Christina Janezic, Sam Nhan, Jini Hwang, Justine Scott, Jodi Houpos, Joy Curzio, Laura Sexton, Terry Favale, Wendy Pagonis, and Meghan Lambert.  We couldn’t run a book fair without the help of parent volunteers!  Thank you! Pictured below are just some of the titles we were able to add to the library for your children to check out!

UMES PTA After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter April 24

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April 24 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon,

It has been an eventful week at Union Mill with various field trips where students had opportunities to visit the National Zoo, Mt. Vernon and Hemlock Overlook. Thank you to all families who have been utilizing MySchoolBucks. This has saved our teachers and office staff time and has made collecting money for field trips much more efficient.  

We are hopeful to see families this evening at our Book Fair from 4:00 - 7:00 pm along with our PTA and Girl Scout Ice Cream Social from 5:00 - 7:00pm. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

 

April 22nd - 26th - UMES Spring Book Fair 

Wednesday, April 24th - Evening Book Fair 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

                                       - Ice Cream Social 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Friday, April 26th - SCA Spirit Day Wear Blue Autism Acceptance 

Tuesday, April 30th - Spring Chorus Concert 

                                  - PTA Meeting 

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday (student holiday) 

                           - Unified Sports Track Meet 

May 6th - May 10th - Staff Appreciation Week 

Wednesday, May 22nd - Band Concert 

Wednesday, May 29th - Strings Concert 

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students. Throughout the month, students at Union Mill have been participating in stations in PE and engaging in interactive read alouds. This Friday, our SCA is sponsoring an Autism Acceptance spirit day and students are encouraged to wear blue.

Scholastic Spring Book Fair April 22- April 26th

The Spring Book Fair is here!  Help is needed throughout the week and for pack up. If you have a few minutes to share, please consider signing up on this SignUpGenius. There will be an opportunity for families to come to the Book Fair in the evening on Wednesday, April 24th from 4:00 - 7:00pm. In order for us to make this a success we need volunteers, specifically on Wednesday between 4:00 - 7:00pm. Thank you for supporting the UMES Library!

 

  Support for the Brice Family

As we shared last week, we are heartbroken for the loss of William and Zachariah Brice. Children, neighbors and members of the community have been painting rocks in remembrance of the boys. If you or your child would like to paint a rock and bring it to Union Mill, we will ensure it is placed in the community heart. We continue to offer our condolences to the Brice family during this difficult time and our clinical team will continue to be available to support students throughout the coming days. Additional resources can be found here to support your child during this difficult time. 

Attention Fifth Grade Parents:

It’s time to recruit next year’s news tech team!  All UMTv News Tech Crew applications are due by May 2nd.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Schroder ([email protected]).

STUDENT INTENT FORM DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 26

The "Student's Intention For The Next School Year" form is used by FCPS staff to project each school's total enrollment for the next school year. This form went home on Monday. Please return the form to the school regardless of your answer by Friday, April 26. We hope to receive a form back from every student. Thank you for your time.

Unified Sports Track Meet

There will be a Unified Sports track meet at Centreville HS on the teacher workday of Friday, May 3. Athletes have been practicing along with their buddies for the last few weeks in the mornings. Students and families are invited to attend the track meet at Centreville HS on Friday, May 3rd from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

UMES PTA PTA Meeting 

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30th. More details coming soon!  

After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter April 17

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April 17 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon,

Today we honored our military families through Purple Up! Thank you to our PTA for providing purple bracelets for all students today as we honored military children and families.

As a reminder, we will be hosting Family Fitness in the gym tomorrow at 3:45 pm. We also have our Centreville Pyramid Art Show from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Centreville High School. 

Next week we will be hosting our Spring Book Fair. Students will have opportunities to shop during the day throughout the week. Families will have the opportunity to come in on Wednesday, April 24th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm to shop and attend the Girl Scout and PTA Ice Cream Social from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. We are in need of additional volunteers for the Book Fair. Volunteers can sign up on this SignUpGenius.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Thursday, April 18th - Family Fitness 

                                   - Centreville Pyramid Art Show 

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

April 22nd - 29th - UMES Spring Book Fair 

Wednesday, April 24th - Evening Book Fair 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

                                       - Ice Cream Social 5:00 - 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, April 30th - Spring Chorus Concert 

                                  - PTA Meeting 

Friday, May 3rd - Teacher Workday, (student holiday) 

Support for the Brice Family

As we shared earlier this week, we are heartbroken for the loss of William and Zachariah Brice. Children, neighbors and members of the community have been painting rocks in remembrance of the boys to the family. If you or your child would like to paint a rock and bring it to Union Mill, we will ensure it is placed in the community heart. We continue to offer our condolences to the Brice family during this difficult time and our clinical team will continue to be available to support students throughout the coming days. Additional resources can be found here to support your child during this difficult time. 

Purple Up!  

Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue.

Family Fitness 

Family Fitness will meet Thursday, April 18, from 3:45- 4:45 pm in the gym.  We have several fun activities planned to play. The final Family Fitness meeting of the year will be Thursday, May 16.  Come join us for an afternoon of fun and games!

Centreville Pyramid Art Show 

The 2024 Pyramid Art Show will be held at Centreville HS on April 18 from 4:30-6:30 pm. If you can make it, it’s an opportunity to see amazing artwork from all grade levels and touch base with former students of UMES.

Full Time Advanced Academic Services 

Thank you to all families who took the time to attend our overview of the Union Mill full time Advanced Academic Program services starting in third grade for the 24-25 school year. Here is a copy of last evening's presentation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Melissa Paris-Hutchens

Scholastic Spring Book Fair April 22- April 29th

The Spring Book Fair is coming soon!  Help is needed throughout the week and for pack up. If you have a few minutes to share, please consider signing up on this SignUpGenius. There will be an opportunity for families to come to the Book Fair in the evening on Wednesday, April 24th from 4:00 - 7:00pm. In order for us to make this a success we need volunteers, specifically on Wednesday between 4:00 - 7:00pm. Thank you for supporting the UMES Library!

STUDENT INTENT FORM DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 26

The "Student's Intention For The Next School Year" form is used by FCPS staff to project each school's total enrollment for the next school year. This form is coming home on Monday, April 22. Please return the form to the school regardless of your answer by Friday, April 26. We hope to receive a form back from every student. Thank you for your time.

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

LAST CHANCE: Order Your Yearbook Now!

The April 19th deadline to order a yearbook is rapidly approaching. Don't miss the chance to order a yearbook for your student. 

Families may place orders online at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each.

*Families who previously ordered a yearbook will have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA PTA Funds at Work: Author Stuart Gibbs

Thanks to the PTA, students in grades 4-6 were able to participate in a presentation from best selling author Stuart Gibbs.  

PTA Meeting 

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30th. More details coming soon!  

After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter April 9

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April 9 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon, 

We are rolling this week with Union Mill having the opportunity to check out yesterday's solar eclipse. Some photos from the experience can be found below. This week we are celebrating National Librarian Week. Mrs. Schroeder is our amazing librarian at Union Mill. She provides opportunities for students to read a wide variety of books, supports the SCA, book fairs, author visits, the news show and much more. We are grateful for all she does for the Union Mill community. 

Thank you to the PTA and all families who came out for the volleyball game on Friday. It was great to see so many students and families cheering on our staff! 

Union Mill will be honoring our military families next Wednesday, April 17th by wearing purple. Any active duty, retired, veteran and military-connected families are invited to join their child's classroom morning meeting followed by our Principal's Coffee. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here

As a reminder, tomorrow is Eid al Fitr and a holiday for students and staff. Union Mill looks forward to welcoming back students on Thursday, April 11th! 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Wednesday, April 10th - Student & Staff Holiday (Eid al Fitr)

Tuesday, April 16th - Full Time Advanced Academic Orientation 

Wednesday, April 17th - UMES Purple Up! 

                                       - Principal's Coffee for Active, Retired, Veteran and  

                                         Military Connected Families 

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Monday, April 22nd - 29th - UMES Spring Book Fair 

Tuesday, April 30th - Spring Chorus Concert 

Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Tuesday, April 9, is an evening observance day. There is school on this day, but important events will not be held after school. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday; all schools and offices will be closed. See the school year calendar for additional days. 

Solar Eclipse 

Students at Union Mill had the opportunity to check out yesterday's solar eclipse with approved eyewear. Classrooms engaged in different eclipse themes throughout the day. In PE, students did an exercise video with solar eclipse trivia then played a game called Solar Eclipse where they were trying to cover the sun. Additional resources including videos, articles for students, and more can be found on the FCPS website.

Autism Acceptance Month 

April is Autism Acceptance month.  In PE classes last week, students went through stations that challenged them in different ways. These stations can open a door for you to discuss with your child Autism and other challenges some people may have. Thank you very much to the volunteers who helped us supervise stations: Katie Geibel, Margreen Brown, Veronica Monfrini, Juliet Prillaman, and Joni Smith.

At the visual motor difficulties station, students had to navigate through cones to get to a table with dot-to-dots, mazes, and word searches they tried to do while wearing goggles that were scratched up and hard to see through.

At the sensory station for textures and smells students touched different objects like Velcro, squishy toy, and cut up straws without seeing them and smelled different fragrant and unpleasant things like vinegar, orange, and garlic.  They tried to guess what the objects or smells were and decided if they liked them or not. 

The mirror station challenged students' visual perceptions by doing word searches or writing their name while looking through the mirror to see the letters.   

Students played a tag game and when they were tagged, they signed their name to a poster pledging to "Be Inclusive" or they wrote what makes them different and special on a poster that said "Be YoUnique".

At the communication/listening station, students were challenged to communicate without words by playing charades or playing "telephone" and passed a message from person to person to see how it changed. Finally, the students' fine motor skills were tested by wearing gloves and trying to button a shirt, play with Legos, and put a nut and bolt together.  

Union Mill Full Time Advanced Academic Services Orientation 

As we gear up for the upcoming academic year, we're excited to announce that our Full Time Advanced Academic Services Orientation will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the library at Union Mill Elementary.

The Full Time Services Advanced Academic orientation is specifically tailored to provide families with site-specific details about our program, which will commence for third graders next year. It's a wonderful opportunity for you to gain insights into what this program entails, meet some of our dedicated staff members, familiarize yourselves with school activities, and most importantly, ask any questions you might have.

We highly encourage all families who are considering the Full Time Services Advanced Academic program for their third graders to attend this orientation. Your active participation will help ensure that you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your child's education.

If you have any questions prior to the orientation, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher,- Melissa Paris-Hutchens at [email protected].

Purple Up! April 17th and Principal's Coffee 

 

We will be hosting our next Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, April 17th. Any active duty, retired, veteran and military-connected families are encouraged to join their child's classroom morning meeting followed by our Principal's Coffee. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here

Scholastic Spring Book Fair April 22- April 29th

The Spring Book Fair is coming soon!  Mrs. Schroder had hand surgery this past month and needs help to set up and pack up the book fair.  In addition, help is needed throughout the week.  If you have a few minutes to share, please consider signing up on this SIgnUpGenius. Thank you for supporting the UMES Library!

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

LAST CHANCE: Order Your Yearbook Now!

The April 19th deadline to order a yearbook is rapidly approaching. Don't miss the chance to order a yearbook for your student. 

Families may place orders online at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each.

*Families who previously ordered a yearbook will have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30th. More details coming soon!  

UMES vs CES Volleyball Game

Thank you for the amazing time at last week's volleyball game! Thank you for all of the students, families and staff who participated. 

After School Activities 

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

Membership 

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

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter April 3

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April 3 Family Newsletter

Good afternoon, 

We were grateful to have students back at Union Mill today! Yesterday, our staff spent the morning engaged in professional development.  In the afternoon, we welcomed our newest Bears and their families during our Kindergarten Orientation. Thank you to our amazing PTA for providing lunch for our staff on Tuesday! 

As a reminder, this Friday, the Union Mill staff will play the Centreville ES staff in a volleyball game at Centreville High School. We look forward to seeing students and families there. Next Wednesday is Eid-al-Fitr and a holiday for students and staff. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

 

Friday, April 5th - Union Mill vs. Centreville E.S. Volleyball Game

Wednesday, April 10th - Student & Staff Holiday (Eid al Fitr)

Wednesday, April 17th - UMES Purple Up! 

                                       - Principal Coffee for Active, Retired, Veteran and  

                                         Military Connected Families 

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Monday, April 22nd - 29th - UMES Spring Book Fair 

Tuesday, April 30th - Spring Chorus Concert 

Eid al-Fitr (Half-O Day, Holiday)

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Tuesday, April 9, is an evening observance day. There is school on this day, but important events will not be held after school. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday; all schools and offices will be closed. See the school year calendar for additional days. 

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month. 

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. 

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. 

Purple Up! April 17th and Principal's Coffee 

 

We will be hosting our next Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, April 17th. Any active duty, retired, veteran and military-connected families are encouraged to join their child's classroom morning meeting followed by our Principal's Coffee.

Scholastic Spring Book Fair April 22- April 29th

The Spring Book Fair is coming soon!  Mrs. Schroder had hand surgery this past month and needs help to set up and pack up the book fair.  In addition, help is needed throughout the week.  If you have a few minutes to share, please consider signing up on this SIgnUpGenius. Thank you for supporting the UMES Library!

National Autism Acceptance Month

April is National Autism Acceptance Month. The PE Department is excited to host Autism Acceptance stations on Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4. Parent volunteers would be very helpful in making this a successful event.  If you have a day, a morning, an afternoon, or just an hour to supervise a station, please let us know.  Below is the schedule of when classes will be participating if you would like to come in with your child's class.  Please email Jenny Murray at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you.

 

Thursday, April 4

8:50 - 9:50    6th grade: Green, Yellow, and Red groups

9:50 -10:50    5th grade:  Blue, Green, and Red groups

10:40 - 11:50  4th grade: Harrison, McGeehan, and White

12:25 - 12:55  1st grade: Sullivan, Glover, and Fisher

12:55 - 1:25    1st grade and Kindergarten: Chae, Fisher, and Carr

1:25 -1:55      2nd grade: Duncan  

1:55 - 2:25    2nd grade: Taylor and Budd

2:25 - 3:25    3rd grade: Abrams and Snider

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

LAST CHANCE: Order Your Yearbook Now!

The April 19th deadline to order a yearbook is rapidly approaching. Don't miss the chance to order a yearbook for your student. 

Families may place orders online at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each.

*Families who previously ordered a yearbook will have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30th. More details coming soon!  

UMES vs CES Volleyball Game  

Join us for the hottest game of the year as the UMES staff takes on their rivals from Centreville Elementary at Centreville High School. Tickets available for purchase in advance by visiting our UMES Store. Doors open at 5:30pm and the big game starts at 6:00pm....see you there!

We are looking for volunteers to support this event. See the sign-up genius link below to view options and times!

  • Tickets are available here
  • And if you'd like to volunteer sign up here
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. 

Union Mill Office Hours

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

The office will be closed the week of Spring Break.

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Family Newsletter March 29

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Good afternoon, 

We hope everyone is having a great Spring Break! Prior to Spring Break, our students had a fantastic time participating in various spirit days. Looking ahead, we have some exciting events lined up. We are anticipating our Kindergarten Orientation, where our newest Bears will be welcomed to UMES.  Additionally, mark your calendars for our UMES v. CES Staff volleyball game.  April is a special month as we celebrate our military-connected families.  In honor of the Month of the Military Child, Union Mill students and staff will be participating in “Purple Up!” on Wednesday, April 17th

As a friendly reminder, classes will resume on Wednesday, April 3rd, after the Spring Break. We look forward to welcoming back our students for the remainder the school year!

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

 

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

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

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

Friday, April 5th - Union Mill vs. Centreville E.S. Volleyball Game

Wednesday, April 10th - Student & Staff Holiday (Eid al Fitr)

Wednesday, April 17th - UMES Purple Up! 

                                       - Principal Coffee for Active, Retired, Veteran and  

                                         Military Connected Families 

Friday, April 19th - Yearbook Order Deadline

Spring Break 

 

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29 is Spring Break for FCPS students and staff. We wish our students, teachers, and school-based staff a happy and restful Spring Break! Students will return on Wednesday, April 3rd

Purple Up! April 17th and Principal's Coffee 

 

We will be hosting our next Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, April 17th. Any active duty, retired, veteran and military-connected families are encouraged to join their child's classroom morning meeting followed by our Principal's Coffee.

National Autism Acceptance Month

April is National Autism Acceptance Month. The PE Department is excited to host Autism Acceptance stations on Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4. Parent volunteers would be very helpful in making this a successful event.  If you have a day, a morning, an afternoon, or just an hour to supervise a station, please let us know.  Below is the schedule of when classes will be participating if you would like to come in with your child's class.  Please email Jenny Murray at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 3

8:50 - 9:50    6th grade: Orange group

9:50 -10:50    5th grade: Orange and Yellow groups

10:40 -11:50  4th grade: Landsman and Bisson

12:25 -12:55  Kindergarten and 1st grade: Wilken, Metcalf, and Zeidman

12:55 -1:25    Kindergarten and 1st grade: Waters and Har

1:25 -1:55    2nd grade: Vickers and Holdsman   

1:55 - 2:25    2nd grade: Taylor and Wynder

2:25 - 3:25    3rd grade: Leone, Lee, and Jelstrom

Thursday, April 4

8:50 - 9:50    6th grade: Green, Yellow, and Red groups

9:50 -10:50    5th grade:  Blue, Green, and Red groups

10:40 - 11:50  4th grade: Harrison, McGeehan, and White

12:25 - 12:55  1st grade: Sullivan, Glover, and Fisher

12:55 - 1:25    1st grade and Kindergarten: Chae, Fisher, and Carr

1:25 -1:55      2nd grade: Duncan  

1:55 - 2:25    2nd grade: Taylor and Budd

2:25 - 3:25    3rd grade: Abrams and Snider

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

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. 

LAST CHANCE: Order Your Yearbook Now!

The April 19th deadline to order a yearbook is rapidly approaching. Don't miss the chance to order a yearbook for your student. 

Families may place orders online at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each.

*Families who previously ordered a yearbook will have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, April 30th. More details 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. 

Union Mill Office Hours

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

The office will be closed the week of Spring Break.

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
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Family Newsletter March 20

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Good afternoon, 

It has been an exciting week with first grade preforming The Three Piggy Opera and students participating in Cosmic Bowling in PE. For any families interested in participating in Cosmic Bowling, we will be hosting Family Fitness after school on Thursday in the gym. Come by if you have any "spare" time! 

As a reminder, tomorrow is World Down Syndrome day. Students are encouraged to Rock Their Socks! Friday is Centreville and Robinson Spirit Wear Day. 

Next week is FCPS Spring Break and a holiday for UMES Students and Staff. The UMES office will be closed next week as well. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Wednesday, April 3rd.  

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates 

Thursday, March 21st - World Down Syndrome Day 

Thursday, March 22nd - Family Fitness 

Friday, March 22nd - Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

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

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

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

Friday, April 5th - Union Mill vs. Centreville E.S. Volleyball Game

Wednesday, April 17th - UMES Purple Up!

Spring Break 

 

Monday, March 25 -Friday, March 29 is Spring Break for FCPS students and staff. We wish our students, teachers, and school-based staff a happy and restful Spring Break! Students will return on Wednesday, April 3rd

National Autism Acceptance Month

April is National Autism Acceptance Month. The PE Department is excited to host Autism Acceptance stations on Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4. Parent volunteers would be very helpful in making this a successful event.  If you have a day, a morning, an afternoon, or just an hour to supervise a station, please let us know.  Below is the schedule of when classes will be participating if you would like to come in with your child's class.  Please email Jenny Murray at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 3

8:50 - 9:50    6th grade: Orange group

9:50 -10:50    5th grade: Orange and Yellow groups

10:40 -11:50  4th grade: Landsman and Bisson

12:25 -12:55  Kindergarten and 1st grade: Wilken, Metcalf, and Zeidman

12:55 -1:25    Kindergarten and 1st grade: Waters and Har

1:25 -1:55    2nd grade: Vickers and Holdsman   

1:55 - 2:25    2nd grade: Taylor and Wynder

2:25 - 3:25    3rd grade: Leone, Lee, and Jelstrom

Thursday, April 4

8:50 - 9:50    6th grade: Green, Yellow, and Red groups

9:50 -10:50    5th grade:  Blue, Green, and Red groups

10:40 - 11:50  4th grade: Harrison, McGeehan, and White

12:25 - 12:55  1st grade: Sullivan, Glover, and Fisher

12:55 - 1:25    1st grade and Kindergarten: Chae, Fisher, and Carr

1:25 -1:55      2nd grade: Duncan  

1:55 - 2:25    2nd grade: Taylor and Budd

2:25 - 3:25    3rd grade: Abrams and Snider

World Down Syndrome Day 

On Thursday, March 21 we will raise awareness for Down Syndrome by wearing fun socks! Individuals who have Down Syndrome have an extra (3rd/ “Tri”) chromosome on the 21st pair of chromosomes.  Instead of having 46 total chromosomes, individuals with Down Syndrome have 47.  Individuals with Down Syndrome have varying degrees of developmental disabilities and certain recognizable physical features.  The idea of wearing mismatched/crazy socks was started several years ago by a man with Down Syndrome because chromosomes under the microscope are shaped like knee socks. Please also consider viewing this brief video “Just Like You- Down Syndrome” for more information.

Additional Resources can be found below: 

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

Friday, March 22nd is our next SCA Spirit Day.  Show your support for Centreville High School by wearing black and blue or show your support for Robinson Secondary School by wearing blue and gold. Go Wildcats!  Go Rams!

Best Selling Author Stuart Gibbs is coming to UMES!

Sponsored by the UMES PTA and the UMES Library - Stuart Gibbs will be presenting to 4th, 5th and 6th graders on April 15th.  Along with Mr. Gibbs' presentation, we are offering discounted copies of his newest book, "Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel" for $12.  Mr. Gibbs will be signing the books.  You can purchase a copy for your child by going to http://www.myschoolbucks.com and going to the School Store to pay with a credit card or sending in cash (exact change) or a check (payable to "UMES") for $12.  Email Mrs. Schroder, school librarian, with any questions or if you did not get a flier: [email protected]

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. 

LAST CHANCE: Order Your Yearbook Now!

The April 19th deadline to order a yearbook is rapidly approaching. Don't miss the chance to order a yearbook for your student. 

Families may place orders online at www.buytheyearbook.com and enter School ID# 719478.  Yearbooks are $15.69 each.

*Families who previously ordered a yearbook will have received a receipt from Yearbooklife. 

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. 

Union Mill Office Hours

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

The office will be closed the week of Spring Break.

13611 Springstone Drive, Clifton, VA 20124 |  Main Phone: 703.322.8500 Attendance: 703.322.8585 or [email protected]
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Family Newsletter March 13

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Good afternoon, 

With the nice weather our after school Garden Club has been active with getting our plant and flower beds prepped for the spring. Speaking of spring, as a reminder, FCPS Spring Break is Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th followed by Teacher Workdays on Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd. We look forward to welcoming in the class of 2037 on Tuesday, April 2nd at 2:45 pm for our Kindergarten Orientation. Incoming kindergarteners and their families are welcome. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

 

Tuesday, March 19th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Wednesday, March 20th - Spring Picture Day 

Thursday, March 21st - World Down Syndrome Day 

Friday, March 22nd - Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

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) 

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

Spring Break 

 

Monday, March 25 -Friday, March 29 is Spring Break for FCPS students and staff. We wish our students, teachers, and school-based staff a happy and restful Spring Break! Students will return on Wednesday, April 3rd

Union Mill Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our Union Mill Spelling Bee winner Parker Heggestad and runner up Samantha Regan! 

World Down Syndrome Day 

On Thursday, March 21 we will raise awareness for Down Syndrome by wearing fun socks! Individuals who have Down Syndrome have an extra (3rd/ “Tri”) chromosome on the 21st pair of chromosomes.  Instead of having 46 total chromosomes, individuals with Down Syndrome have 47.  Individuals with Down Syndrome have varying degrees of developmental disabilities and certain recognizable physical features.  The idea of wearing mismatched/crazy socks was started several years ago by a man with Down Syndrome because chromosomes under the microscope are shaped like knee socks. Please also consider viewing this brief video “Just Like You- Down Syndrome” for more information.

Additional Resources can be found below: 

Union Mill Chorus Spring Concert Alumni Invited! 

The Union Mill Chorus is performing their Spring Concert, “Union Mill Goes to the Movies”, on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM. Any alumni students that are now in Middle or High School are invited to join the chorus for the last song, “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

Friday, March 22nd is our next SCA Spirit Day.  Show your support for Centreville High School by wearing black and blue or show your support for Robinson Secondary School by wearing blue and gold. Go Wildcats!  Go Rams!

FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

On Monday, March 18, Union Mill parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

Best Selling Author Stuart Gibbs is coming to UMES April 15th!

Sponsored by the UMES PTA and the UMES Library - Stuart Gibbs will be presenting to 4th, 5th and 6th Graders on April 15th.  Along with Mr. Gibbs' presentation, we are offering discounted copies of his newest book, "Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel" for $12.  Mr. Gibbs will be signing the books.  You can purchase a copy for your child by going to http://www.myschoolbucks.com and going to the School Store to pay with a credit card or sending in cash (exact change) or a check (payable to "UMES") for $12.   Email Mrs. Schroder, school librarian, with any questions or if you did not get a flier: [email protected]

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. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, March 19th. More details 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. 

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter March 6

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Good afternoon, 

Today was exciting with our kindergarten book character day parade! Our kindergarten students and staff participated in this celebration of literacy and fortunately the rain held off. 

During yesterday's school planning day, UMES staff engaged in a wide variety of professional learning connected to our school improvement and innovation plan. Staff participated in professional learning to deepen their understanding of various digital tools to keep students engaged in the classroom, high leverage strategies to support multilingual learners and strategies to support students in small group instruction. This learning will support student learning along with the development of their communication and collaboration skills. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, March 10th - Daylight Saving Begins 

Tuesday, March 12th - Making Meaning of Mathematics Parent Info. Session

Tuesday, March 19th - PTA General Membership Meeting 

Friday, March 22nd - Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

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) 

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

Daylight Savings 

Daylight Saving begins (Spring Forward) Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 am. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.This artwork was created by Westfield High School student Naba F. 

Throughout the year, as we observe various cultural holidays, families are encouraged to contact Dominic Williams regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

Kindergarten Book Character Day  Making Meaning of Mathematics

All parents and guardians of students in grades 5 & 6 in the Centreville Pyramid are invited to a parent information session presented by FCPS Instructional Services on March 12th at 6:30pm at Bull Run Elementary about mathematics pathways in FCPS. This is a critical session to help parents think about their child’s future as they progress from elementary to middle school and finally into high school.  Parents will also hear about ways to help ensure success for their child as they progress in mathematics.

WHAT:      Parent Information Session about Math Pathways

WHO:       Parents of Students in Grades 5 & 6

WHEN:     March 12 at 6:30PM

WHERE:  Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121

WHY:       To promote understanding of math pathways (courses) in middle and

                 high school.

Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

Friday, March 22nd is our next SCA Spirit Day.  Show your support for Centreville High School by wearing black and blue or show your support for Robinson Secondary School by wearing blue and gold.  Go Wildcats!  Go Rams!

Best Selling Author Stuart Gibbs is coming to UMES April 15th!

Sponsored by the UMES PTA and the UMES Library - Stuart Gibbs will be presenting to 4th, 5th and 6th Graders on April 15th.  Along with Mr. Gibbs' presentation, we are offering discounted copies of his newest book, "Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel" for $12.  Mr. Gibbs will be signing the books.  You can purchase a copy for your child by going to http://www.myschoolbucks.com and going to the School Store to pay with a credit card or sending in cash (exact change) or a check (payable to "UMES") for $12.   Email Mrs. Schroder, school librarian, with any questions or if you did not get a flyer: [email protected]

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. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, March 19th. More details 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. 

Union Mill 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]
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Family Newsletter February 28

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Good afternoon, 

As we step into the month of March, we are excited for the wonderful happenings at Union Mill - our Staff vs. 6th grade volleyball game, first grade's 3 Piggy Opera, Kindergarten's Book Character Parade and Family Fitness!  With spring on the horizon, our school community is buzzing with energy and enthusiasm for learning, growth and creativity - just ask our 3rd grade Bears about their edible soil!  


As as reminder, Tuesday, March 5th is a student holiday due to many schools being used as polling centers. Our staff will be engaged in professional learning with one another to continue to support students and families at Union Mill. 

Sincerely, 

 

Dominic, Jaime and Scott 

The UMES Admin Team 

#UMESBetterTogether 

Upcoming Dates

March 3rd - March 22nd - Family Engagement Survey

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

Tuesday, March 12th - Making Meaning of Mathematics Parent Info. Session

Friday, March 22nd - Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

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 

 

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Kids Heart Challenge!  We had a wonderful turnout on Thursday night and we were able to raise over $26,000 for the American Heart Association.  The heart hero keychains are being sent home this week.  The post-event prizes like the t-shirts, playground balls, and socks have been ordered and will arrive in about 3 weeks.

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

Walking Between Buses

As a reminder, when dropping students off in the morning or picking students up in the afternoon, please utilize sidewalks. Students and families should not be walking between busses as it creates a safety hazard. Thank you for your support to ensure a safe arrival and dismissal. 

Black History Month 

During February Union Mill celebrated Black History Month in a wide variety of ways including highlighting books and leaders on the morning announcements, read alouds in classrooms and various displays around the Union Mill. 

Family Engagement Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools will administer the third Family Engagement Survey from Sunday, March 3 - Friday, March 22.  This survey will help the school division better recognize, understand, respect and address family strengths and needs in our school community.  By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/guardians will be making their voices heard on important topics impacting their students' success.

Email invitations with unique survey links will be send directly from K12 Insight to all adults who are connected to a student in SIS.  All responses are confidential and no personally identifiable information will be shared with school or district staff.

Making Meaning of Mathematics

All parents and guardians of students in grades 5 & 6 in the Centreville Pyramid are invited to a parent information session presented by FCPS Instructional Services on March 12th at 6:30pm at Bull Run Elementary about mathematics pathways in FCPS. This is a critical session to help parents think about their child’s future as they progress from elementary to middle school and finally into high school.  Parents will also hear about ways to help ensure success for their child as they progress in mathematics.

WHAT:      Parent Information Session about Math Pathways

WHO:       Parents of Students in Grades 5 & 6

WHEN:     March 12 at 6:30PM

WHERE:  Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121

WHY:       To promote understanding of math pathways (courses) in middle and

                 high school.

Centreville/Robinson Spirit Day

Friday, March 22nd is our next SCA Spirit Day.  Show your support for Centreville High School by wearing black and blue or show your support for Robinson Secondary School by wearing blue and gold.  Go Wildcats!  Go Rams!

Best Selling Author Stuart Gibbs is coming to UMES April 15th!

Sponsored by the UMES PTA and the UMES Library - Stuart Gibbs will be presenting to 4th, 5th and 6th Graders on April 15th.  Along with Mr. Gibbs' presentation, we are offering discounted copies of his newest book, "Evil Spy School the Graphic Novel" for $12.  Mr. Gibbs will be signing the books.  You can purchase a copy for your child by going to http://www.myschoolbucks.com and going to the School Store to pay with a credit card or sending in cash (exact change) or a check (payable to "UMES") for $12.   Email Mrs. Schroder, school librarian, with any questions or if you did not get a flyer: [email protected]

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. 

UMES PTA

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, March 19th. More details 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. 

Union Mill 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]
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