In September, 1939, the current Union Elementary School opened. We decided to mesh our birthday celebration with our Winter Carnival.

An estimated 1,000 students, staff, parents and local folks paraded from Union Elementary School through town and up to the NECI commons, led by the pulsing Brazilian samba drums of Sambatucada. The occasion was the celebration of Union's 75th birthday, with events occurring all week at Union. Students and parents enjoyed a pizza dinner at the school, served by UES staff, and then took up lanterns the students had made in Kristina Kane's art class, under the direction of artist-in-residence, Gowri Savoor.

Other 75th birthday activities this week include a terrific "museum" of clothing and artifacts from the 1930s-1940s by Hannah and Jeffrey of Montpelier's own Buchspieler. A "History of Union Elementary School" video is being shown to students and will be posted online, as well as interviews by students of people with a historical perspective on UES. 

Friday, students will seal their time-capsules for future students to uncover, and anyone who is interested will be dressed in vintage 1939ish clothes. 

Below are photos from the parade, and some slides from the UES history slideshow.

Come ski!  Cross Country Ski Step-Up Day is February 23rd, 9am-3pm

stepup10 600x450 4th - 8th graders from all Montpelier & WCSU schools are invited to join ski team members and coaches from the U-32 cross country ski team for an exciting day of skate skiing!  Learn what it would be like to be a member of a middle or high school cross-country ski team.  Meet the athletes, coaches and other young skiers, get one-on-one instruction in skate skiing, and team with the older kids for fun relays and games on skis.  Experience is not needed – if you downhill ski, ice skate or are generally active & like sports, you’ll have a blast! 


The fee is $5, and all equipment is provided.  Preregistration is required.
Sponsored by Community Connections and the U-32 Nordic Ski team. Hosted by the U-32 XC ski team coaches. For more information, call 223-3456 or visit www.communityconnections.us .  

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Dear Members of the Union Elementary School Family:
At a UES Parent Group meeting, the parents present discussed the need to improve communications with one another and the school.  In response, we created the “UES Families" LISTSERV to organize and connect parents, caregivers, teachers and administrators in ways that constructively support UES.  This LISTSERV is a two-way communication vehicle that enables discussions related to school, activities, and education.  
  • Do you  want to start an after school club and connect with others in the UES community with a similar goal?  This LISTSERV can help find partners to work with.
  • Would you like to become more informed with the school budget process before voting? This LISTSERV can be be used for such inquiries and to announce relevant meetings.
  • Did you wish that you heard about the World Chorus before you booked your after school activities?
  • Would you have liked to know about the UES through the Box Tops campaign before you sent out the recycling?
Regardless of how often you are able to actually be at the school, "UES Families" will enable you to easily interact with others. If you are worried about an excess of emails, fear not.  The LISTSERV is hosted on google groups, which allows you to control how often you receive messages (e.g., individual emails or as a digest).
"UES Families" is managed by parent volunteers and not the UES administration.  The LISTSERV will be moderated to ensure that discussions are appropriate and follow the etiquette described below (The key point is to be respectful.)   If you have any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We look forward to meeting you on “UES Families"!

Alison Lamagna, Marni Leikin, Edisa Muller, Laury Saligman, Jenny Sheehan,
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OPTION 2:  If you don’t like online systems, just  write us at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us your child’s teacher or your role at the school (e.g., 2nd grade teacher).  

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