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Weekly update 11/3:

Thank you to everyone that came out to our first Cane Creek Walk, proudly created by our brand new PTO Health & Wellness Committee. We loved seeing so many families having a great time outdoors and enjoying the beautiful fall weather. This committee has more fun family events during the year that you don’t want to miss, so stay tuned!

Our lucky winner of a $25 Dick’s Sporting Good gift card is……AMANDA SPINKS. Congratulations! – Keep reading for important reminders and volunteer opportunities.


A message from our Principal Kristi Williford:

“It is time for Western Union Elementary’s annual Food Drive. This is a great way to teach our children about helping others in need.   

We will have SPIRIT WEEK along with the food collection.    

If you would like to participate in the SPIRIT DAY, you must bring one food item for that day.  For example, to wear a hat on Monday, bring a non-perishable food item on Monday. 

Monday, Nov 4 – Hat & Sock Day – Wear your favorite or craziest hat and socks.

Tuesday, Nov 5 – Western Day – find your cowboy boots and western wear

Wednesday, Nov 6 – Wacky/Tacky Wednesday – wear your wackiest and tackiest

Thursday, Nov 7 – Super Hero Day – wear your favorite Super Hero shirt

Friday, Nov 8 –Grade Level Color Day –

          Kindergarten – Red      1st Grade – Orange            2nd Grade – Yellow

          3rd Grade – Green        4th Grade – Blue                 5th Grade – Purple

Please remember to follow the WUES Dress Code when choosing your clothes.

Canned and box food only – NO GLASS please.

We will donate all items to Operation Reach Out in Monroe”

Useful Junk  – We want your useful junk! Students will be using these items to create models to demonstrate their learning within their PBL units throughout the remainder of the year. So when you are about to throw something away – ask yourself – “Is this something that will be useful for students to create with?” If so, send it to school. Items could include but are not exclusive are shoeboxes, toilet paper rolls, PVC pipe, pipe cleaners, buttons, plastic containers, hangers, etc.”


Volunteer Opportunities – would you like to give the school a hand? Here’s how:

Fall Soups for Teachers & Staff- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa5a629a1f49-fall7

Fall Retakes and Make Up Pictures  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FA5A629A1F49-fall8

Vision Screenings  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FA5A629A1F49-vision3


Reminders – Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clock as today the time has changed due to Daylight Savings.

Friday 11/8 – College Spirit Wear

Monday 11/11 –  Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL.

Tuesday 11/12 – El Vallarta Spirit Night 4-9pm

Weekly update 10/27:

Can you believe we are heading into November?!  Thank you so much to everyone that

turned in Box Tops during this month. In case you just opened your kitchen drawer and

realized that you still have some Box Tops, don’t worry, you are not too late. Send them

in tomorrow with your child.

Cane Creek Walk – It is finally here! Our first walk at Cane Creek Park! This Saturday

November 2nd 10:00am-Noon. Admission is FREE and you get to enjoy the day with

your Western Union friends. Take a hike, stay for a picnic, explore the park, hit the

playground; it’s your choice, there’s something for everyone!

Meet up at Parking Area #2. Check in at the shelter to be entered for a prize drawing

and to fuel up with water and a healthy snack. There is no set schedule of events, but

with over 1000 acres of park to explore, nobody will get bored.

* Park address: 5213 Harkey Rd. Waxhaw, NC. Click here for more info about the park.

* Leashed dogs are welcome.

We can’t wait to see you all there!



Sunday 11/3 – End of Daylight Savings. Don’t forget to set your clocks back.

Monday 11/4 – Friday 11/8 – Food Drive & Spirit Week.

Thursday 11/7 – Report cards go home.

Friday 11/8 – College Spirit Wear.

There are several opportunities to volunteer at the school, please be on the lookout for

a SignUp Genius coming soon.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

We love hearing from you. Email us at [email protected], follow us on Facebook

“Western Union PTO” or you can meet us for PTO hours every Wednesday from

12pm-2pm at the conference room.

Weekly update 10/13:

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Fall Festival on Friday! We loved seeing so many families having fun and enjoying all the games and activities. Thank you to all the volunteers and families who donated items for the games. You made this such a great success. We could not have done it without your help!

Box Tops – This is the last week of our Fall Box Tops collection. Please help us by sending as many clippings as possible. Every clipping is worth 10 cents that goes to Western Union to invest in technology, education enrichment, teacher appreciation, etc. Remember that you are also able to do it through the app; it is very simple! The last day to send your clippings is this coming Friday, October 25th. If you have any questions you can contact Mindy Blum at [email protected]
Soar to Success – We have announced through the WUES PTO Facebook page our Grand Prize Winner and Top Donor for the Soar to Success Fall Fundraiser 2019:
  • Top Donor – Ezekiel Martin, 5th Grade, Ms. Ramirez class. He has been awarded with a 3-month family membership for the Monroe Aquatic Center.
  • Grand Prize – Colt Nichol, 2nd Grade, Ms. McGuigan class. He is the lucky winner of 2 Gold Season Passes to Carowinds.
Prizes for every student that donated $10 and above have been ordered and will be distributed shortly. Once again, thank you to all families that have made this fundraiser a huge success!
Amazon Smile – do you know that every time that you make a purchase through Amazon they donate a percentage to non-profit organizations? Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to WUES. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices & same service. Here’s how to shop AmazonSmile:
1. Visit smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
3. Choose Western Union Elementary School PTO to receive donations.
4. Start shopping!
5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your
shopping at AmazonSmile
Spirit Rock – If you would like to paint our Spirit Rock for your child’s birthday or other event, you can make a reservation here
Birthday Grams – The PTO is excited to offer another way to celebrate your child’s birthday, half-birthday or any other special occasion with birthday-grams! Your child will receive a stuffed animal and a special message left by you.  The birthday-gram will be delivered to your child’s classroom the morning of their special day. You can make a reservation here
Reminders –
Friday 10/25 – WUES Spirit Wear Day
Saturday 11/2, 10am-noon – Cane Creek Walk
Sunday 11/3 – Day Light Saving End
Monday 11/11 – Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 11/12, 4:00-9:00pm – El Vallarta @ Waxhaw Spirit Night
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Weekly update 10/13:

We hope you are having a nice and peaceful weekend! Please keep reading for some important news.

First, a message from our amazing Principal, Kristi Williford:

“Thank you to everyone who came to the ribbon cutting of our outdoor garden area. I am excited to have this area for our teachers to be able to empower our students to connect their learning, collaborate together with the outdoors and create opportunities for inquiry based learning. We hope to continue to add to this outdoor learning area throughout the coming year(s) with additional learning opportunities.

We are still in need of funds to finish the outdoor classroom space with a shade structure. If you know of a business that would like to support school programs, please let me know or share with them about this opportunity! We need approximately $3,000 more to be able to purchase this structure and get it installed.

This Friday is our fall festival sponsored by the PTO. I look forward to seeing all of our wonderful families during this fun filled evening!”


We want to congratulate the Western Union Teacher of the Year 2019-2020, Mr. Hughes! He is an amazing 5th grade teacher and we cannot be more proud to have him at our school. He brings a lot of knowledge, energy and a passion for learning to the classroom each and every day. He is well loved by students and staff and we are thrilled he is a part of our Western Union family!

Fall Festival – We are so excited! This family-friendly Festival is coming this Friday. Please join us for a night of games, prizes and lots of fun activities. This is a free event for all families. We will be having concessions (pizza, cotton candy, hot chocolate, etc.) for a minimal price -cash or debit/credit- Who’s in for a fun night and no cooking on a Friday? Meet us at:


Friday October 18th


We are still in need of couple of volunteers to be face painters. You don’t need to be a professional, just a desire to have fun! Stencils and makeup will be provided. Click here to sign up as a volunteer or click here if you would like to donate items for the games.

** Gym doors will open at 6:00pm. Due to After School Program, we cannot admit families before this time. If you arrive prior to 6pm, we ask that you wait in your cars **

Box Tops – We are still collecting Box Tops. You can either use the app or send in clippings. The last day to send your clippings for the fall collection is Friday, October 25th. 

Spirit Wear – We received our spirit wear order and they were delivered last Friday. Thank you for purchasing WUES Spirit Wear.

Cane Creek Walk – Our first Western Union Cane Creek Walk, “Take a Hike!” Is just around the corner! Please save the date: Saturday, November 2, 10am-noon. This is an event that you don’t want to miss during fall. It is a great way to connect with other families and have fun outdoors. More details coming home soon!

UCPS Holiday Card Contest – UCPS is looking for students to create festive artwork to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Eligibility: Any student who is currently enrolled and attending a UCPS school is eligible to participate. All entries must be received at Central Services no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Click here for more details. Last year Western Union had a 1st grader in the top 10! How awesome is that!


Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns or ideas. We love hearing from you!


Weekly update 10/6:

Good Evening Western Union Families!

We hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyed this beautiful fall weekend.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone that contributed to our Soar to Success straight donation fundraiser; we were able to SURPASS our goal of $6,000 and raised — drum rolls, please — $8,463.42 We are absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity of our amazing families and can’t wait to spend this money on our school. Prizes will be distributed shortly and the grand prize drawing will be filmed and posted on social media soon. Stay tuned! Once again, THANK YOU!

A message from our Principal Kristi Williford:

“The first Monday of every October is World Day of Bullying Prevention™!

On this day students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month every October. Wear Blue on Monday!

Thursday, October 10 at 4:00pm we will have our ribbon cutting for our outdoor garden area. Please come join us along with community members, Dr. Houlihan, and Union County Education Foundation members as we celebrate this wonderful learning opportunity that we have due to the grant received from the Education Foundation.

This outdoor learning garden will be a work in progress for many years as we want to continue to add to this area and around the school as we engage our students in experiential learning. We are still in need of additional funds to complete the shade structure for the “classroom area” so students can have shade while they are sitting during instruction. Please share this link on your social media accounts, with any business partners that you might have and with family and friends. Our goal it to raise about $3000 more dollars to be able to finish this part of the project. https://give.livingtree.com/c/outdoor-learning-classroom_1

Many teachers will be hosting parent and teacher conferences during the month of October. Through these conferences it is a great opportunity for you to talk with the teacher to find out what your child has been learning, and areas they need to improve upon. I hope you take advantage of meeting with your child’s teacher!

This Thursday students will be bringing home a packet of information from Schoolstore.com. This is the same program that we used last year that allows you to sponsor your child’s classroom with a donation. More importantly SchoolStore.com is an online shopping mall where over 400 nationally-known online merchants have agreed to give a percentage of sales to K-12 schools. Companies like Walmart.com, Target, DisneyStore.com, and Best Buy participate. SchoolStore is a great way to support your school when you shop at your favorite online merchants. With the Holidays around the corner or anytime of the year, when you are shopping online, consider these merchants and put in our school code so we can earn a percentage back! Be on the lookout for this information coming Thursday!”

Fall Festival – Family Fun Fall Festival is on Friday October 18 at 6:00pm at the Gym. We can’t wait to see you at this great free family event with games, prizes and concessions. Be on the lookout for a SignUp Genius as we are in need of many awesome volunteers during the event- please consider giving us a hand; we promise you a very fun and special night. Also we need extra people to plan games and make some fall decorations. Please contact [email protected]

Box Tops – Let’s earn money for the school! Clip your box tops and turn them in by the morning of October 28. Earn double money for the school by downloading the app and scanning all your shopping receipts! Go to boxtops4education.com to see how you can get triple bonus points from several brands and enter two sweepstakes click here for more info.