Union Elementary School invites the entire Montpelier community to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our school building!  Please join us for an evening lantern procession on Wednesday, February 18th

Our lantern procession will begin at 6:00 pm at Union Elementary School.  Led by the samba band Sambatucada, we will parade from the school to the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where we will celebrate on the VCFA Green with rainbow ice sculptures, music, hot chocolate and cider. This is the main event of our first-ever UES Winter Carnival, which will take place the week of Monday, February 16 through Friday, February 20.  

Our parade is made possible with the support of Coldwell-Banker Classic Properties and is funded in part by a “Community Arts Grant” awarded by Montpelier Alive and funded by the Downtown Improvement District Assessment.  We appreciate the support of Diamond & Robinson P.C. Attorneys at Law.  We also thank Lake Champlain Chocolates and Champlain Orchards for their donations. 

Local artist Gowri Savoor will be guiding UES students in making their lanterns during a ten day art residency from February 2-13, thanks to the “Artists in Schools” grant awarded by the Vermont Arts Council as well as the support of the UES Parents’ Group and The River of Light in Waterbury.  All K-5 students will create a hand-made lantern from sustainable materials including willow and tissue paper. Lanterns will be suspended from bamboo poles and lit with battery operated LED lights. 


Montpelier residents and community members are invited to create their own lanterns at free daylong lantern making workshops on Saturday, February 7th and Saturday, February 14th.  The workshops are sponsored by Hunger Mountain Coop, Coldwell-Banker Classic Properties, and The Montpelier Senior Activity Center.  For more information regarding the parade and to sign up for the lantern workshops, please visit <

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,
OPTION 1:  Follow the link:  If you don’t have a gmail account or want to use your non-gmail for this LISTSERV, check out our helpful hints:
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).  

When posting comments, it is expected that users maintain respectful dialogue and will adhere to the following LISTSERV etiquette:
  • Absolutely, no negative remarks of  parents, teachers, or administrators
  • No solicitations or classifieds
  • Limit messages and use “Reply to Sender” whenever possible

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