Coach Registration deadline is January 12, 2015.

Imagine the reward in helping not just one girl but twelve or even twenty, gain a stronger sense of identity, greater self-acceptance, a healthier body, and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team in just a few of hours a week.

How can YOU be part of that?
We're glad you asked - you can become a COACH!

Girls on the Run is a learning program with a full curriculum. Lessons about emotional, social, mental, and physical well being are taught through activities and exercises that prepare the girls to successfully complete a 5k run/walk event.

Coaches are provided with training and comprehensive, well-researched curriculum that are being used by Girls on the Run in communities around the nation and throughout Vermont. Coaches do not have to be runners – the only requirement is they are enthusiastic and committed to the healthy development of our Green Mountain girls.

We are currently seeking coaches at the Union Elementary School. We are hoping this year we can form two groups. Each group needs a minimum of two coaches, so bring a friend or make a new one!

For more information, go to or contact the Montpelier Recreation Department 802-225-8699 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We will run a PowerSchool test announcement this Friday, November 21 at 4:00 P.M.  This is the District telephone "robo-call" system to notify staff and families of school closings or other important news. We will be testing the full system, families and staff, in advance of this winter season. If you do not receive a call, please call the UES office (225-8204)in order to remedy any problems. Thanks.

School Directory Form Now Online
The ever-popular Union School directory will be published in November. Paper forms are going home this week and are due back at school byWednesday 11/5/14. This year, we are asking families with internet access to fill out the form online at in order to save us time and decrease errors.
The directory provides the Union School community with families' contact information. It is intended for use only by UES families and staff, and only families that fill out the form are included. Participation is optional and families can include as much or as little contact information as they'd like.
-Parents Group

IMG 0736Two classes of kindergarten students paired up to explore fall colors, leaves, and "stuff" on an ECO trip to Harrison Field. The students, from Emily Wrigley's and Jill Closter's classes, carried iPads to photograph leaves and other things, like click beetles and trees to be used for future writing projects. They also carried paint color swatches to fine-tune their observation skills. Mr. Jarrad provided tech integration assistance. Mrs. Wrigley's reflection on the lesson:

My goal using technology during an ECO lesson was to enable students to capture their observations instantly. The lesson focused on using our five senses to identify similarities and differences among fallen leaves in the forest at Harrision Park, our ECO science site. I wanted the iPads to be a medium for students to record their thinking. My goal is to return to the photos for a follow up reflection lesson in the classroom. I'll also be using the photos for extending learning about leaves, as well as a review of the ECO lesson before introducing the next one in two weeks - and I'll have the learning at my fingertips, thanks to the iPads!!...We close every ECO lesson with a Thanksgiving Circle, all together taking turns to share a wonderful moment in our outdoor learning. A few students mentioned being able to use the iPads, "I loved being able to take a photo of the cool things I found." "It was so fun using the iPad outside and with my buddy!"



Union Elementary School Parents' Group

The UES Parents’ Group Mission is to support the goals and ambitions of the school community. We provide financial and volunteer assistance for enrichment activities and resources, advocate for strong schools, and bring UES and the community together.

Last year, USPG raised over $13,000 to fund field trips, equipment, performances, the snack program, and other enrichment activities. USPG has always offered many opportunities for parents to get involved in their kids’ school and for community building. This year we hope to include not just the traditional events such as the Book Fair, Bingo/Ice Cream Social, Movie Night and Staff Appreciation Breakfast, but also to develop new avenues for parents to participate. Read on for some ways to help out and get involved right away, and throughout the year.

Union Elementary School is turning 75!

UES is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and USPG wants to contribute to the excitement! Anyone who loves history and celebrations should please contact Jenny Sheehan to get involved.


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Read more: Intro to the UES Parents' Group

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