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									                        Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
                1340 E. Square Lake Rd., Troy, Michigan 48085 248-823-3100, Fax 248-823-3113
                           Dr. Ronald J. O’Hara, Principal
                                                   April 1, 2009

            Mark your Calendars!
                                                                                   Spring weather is
April 1 – Fun Day Pictures Kaiser Studio
                  rd                                                              approaching but as we all
April 3 – End of 3 Card Marking-No School
April 6-10 – Spring Recess
                                                                                  know, Michigan weather can
April 13 - School Resumes
                                                                                  change drastically from day
April 14 – 5 Grade Parent Night at Smith Middle School                            to day! Please watch the
             7:00 p.m.                                                            daily weather reports so
April 15-17 – Hearing Screening Grades K, 2, 4              that your child dresses appropriately. Students
April 17 – Father/Daughter Dance 6:30 p.m.                  may start to wear summer apparel, such as shorts
            Troy Union Cafeteria                            to school beginning May 4th. Students may
April 20 - Report Cards sent home with students             wear mid-thigh shorts ONLY (they must be
           5 Graders leave for Camp Michindoh
April 23 –4th graders to Lansing for the day                below the student’s fingertips when their
April 24 – Popcorn Sale                                     arms are at their sides). Students may NOT
            5 graders return from camp 12:00 p.m.           wear cut-offs, bike, gym or athletic shorts.
April 27 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. Voting
            Flower Fundraiser Orders Due                         No halter-tops, bare midriffs or tank
April 28 – Kindergarten Round-Up 6:30p.m. Cafeteria         tops may be worn by either boys or girls.
April 29 – 5 Grade Parent/Student Night at Larson Middle    Shirts should extend to the waistline. Thin-
            7:00 p.m.                                       strapped tank tops may not be worn. T-shirts
April 30 – Earth Dome Assembly
May 1 - 5 Graders visit Smith and Larson Middle Schools     with inappropriate sayings or language or
May 4 - Locks of Love Assembly 9:30 a.m.                    references to alcohol or tobacco are also
            Student Raffle Week Begins                      unacceptable.
May 6 - Fire Safety Progam Grades 1,3,5
May 7 - 5th Grade Band Concert at Larson                         Sandals are strongly discouraged since
            Flower Delivery                                 they do not offer sufficient protection for
                                                            the feet while children are playing at recess.
                                                                 Students who wear inappropriate
   Preschool for Active Learning
       (P.A.L.) Young Fives                                 clothing will be asked to change or call their
                                                            parents to bring them appropriate clothing.
Young Fives is designed for those students who are
Kindergarten age eligible (5 by Dec.1), and would benefit
from another year of preschool experience before entering
Kindergarten. Knowing that all children mature and
develop at different rates, Young Fives will provide        We have sent out packets of information to all new
appropriate experiences to assist young students with       kindergarten parents. The packet contains registration
their social, emotional and cognitive development.          material, immunization information, and an agenda
     • Classes begin September 8                            for our Kindergarten Round-Up program on
     • Class meets Monday thru Friday, 8:45 – 11:45         Tuesday, April 28th . We are asking parents to
     • Follows the Troy School District calendar (closed
        on half days)
                                                            please bring ALL registration materials to the office
     • Classes are scheduled for Costello and Schroeder     PRIOR to Round-Up to avoid standing in the long
     • Tuition: $2300;payable in installments of            lines that tend to form during that evening.
         $262.50each ($200 non-refundable registration      Remember that your child is eligible for kindergarten
         fee                                                this fall if he or she is five years old on or before
                                                            December 1, 2009
                          Troy Union Goes Green!
Troy Union students are taking action to help protect their environment. Under the
supervision of Miss Burney, Troy Union has earned the title of a Michigan “Green School.”
According to the Michigan Green School Initiative, schools that participate in ten energy
savings and environmental activities can earn the designation of a Michigan
“Green School.”

Students and staff are participating in the following activities to help us earn the title of
“Green School”:
   1. In September, Troy Union began a school-wide recycling program with SOCCRA.
       We proudly recycle paper, plastic, glass and metal containers.
   2. Classrooms across the school regularly reuse newspapers and magazines for other
   3. Thanks to the help of Round Table, Troy Union has recently adopted an endangered
       Grevy’s Zebra from the Detroit Zoo. Make sure to stop by and say “hi” the next
       time you are at the zoo!
   4. Mrs. Williams makes sure to update her ecological materials in the media center so
       you can learn more about our environment. Come take a look!
   5. Troy Union helps save energy by turning off the heat when we are not in school,
       using motion-censored lights in all rooms and having special faucets to make sure we
       don’t waste water.
   6. School and donated printer cartridges are recycled. We earn points from these
       and we have purchased three digital cameras to use in our classrooms.
   7. We recycle batteries so they don’t end up in our landfills.
   8. Old cell phones are collected and then recycled at Troy Union. Don’t forget to
       send them in to recycle when you get a new cell phone.
   9. In April, classes spend time celebrating Earth Day and learning about new ways to
       help save our planet. Picking up trash around the school and brainstorming new ways
       to go green are just some of the activities in which students participate.
   10. Troy Union students and parents are encouraged to visit our school website at to help save the rainforest. One click helps save 7.4
       square feet of land. It’s easy and it’s free!

Troy Union students will be voting on a name for our adopted zebra. Stay tuned for
our next newsletter to find out what name we have chosen!
             Help our Children
            Bloom & Grow with
             Troy Union PTO!
                  And the nominees are…..

    President  ???Could it be you????
    V.P. (2)   Mike Jones
               Jaime Sinutko
                Laura Wilson
    Treasurer Teresa Kahlaf
    Secretary: Argenta Lucas

     Thank you for your nominations for the 2009-2010 PTO
Executive Committee. We are still in need of a President next year.
Please consider this wonderful opportunity to help the children of
Troy Union “Bloom & Grow”. This position is truly a rewarding
experience. While serving on the Executive Board you get the
chance to build a lasting relationship with the staff, parents and
children of our school community. If you are interested in filling
this position or know of someone who would be great at it, please
contact Tara Sebagh at 248-879-0343.

                       Voting will take place on
              April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the PTO meeting.

       Please come and cast your vote for your new PTO Board!
     Congratulations to Jack Mcconnell, 4th grade student in Mrs. Tull’s classroom, on his recent
award as "Troy’s Incredible Kid"! He was nominated for this award and then chosen as one of this
year’s Incredible Kids. Children are chosen based on Community, Academic, and Athletic
Achievements. This award is given by the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug
and Alcohol Abuse. Congratulations, Jack!

Wow!! The school year is almost over and everyone has done an excellent job collecting box tops.
We have earned lots of $$$ for Troy Union Elementary. Please send in all box tops by May 20, 2009.
Do NOT save them, turn them in because many of the recent box tops expire on June 1, 2009.

REMEMBER, the class with the most box tops collected by May 20, 2009 will win a class pizza party!!
To see where your class ranks right now, see the box top display in the main hallway. We have several
classes that are in the running for the pizza party, but everyone still has a chance!!
So send in your box tops now!

Thanks for all your support!!!
Martha Nelson (Box Top Chairperson)

                                    4th & 5th Grades

       The PACE-sponsored Michigan Math League Contest will soon be here! All 4th and
5 graders are welcome to participate! The Michigan Math League is a challenging timed
test (30 minutes) that requires good math computation as well as mathematical problem-
solving skills to complete.
       This year the contest will be given during the week we return from Spring break;
April 13-17.
                                  Troy Union’s Annual
                                Locks of Love Hair Drive
                                     Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
Have you been wondering how you can make a difference? Consider donating your hair to Troy Union’s annual
hair drive for Locks of Love – an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair because of
cancer, alopecia, or other illnesses. In the past, our Troy Union community has generously donated many
ponytails to contribute to the making of children’s wigs. If you want to donate your hair, please join us on May
4th. Donations must be a minimum of 10 inches. Neither age, gender, nor color treated matters – Locks of Love
will honor your hair. Permission slips are available in the school office.

Attention Parents!
Many students have been arriving late to school in the morning recently. School start time is 8:50 a.m.; the
first bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Parents MUST accompany their students to the office and sign them in if they
are late. Children have been coming into school without a parent to sign them in. Please DO NOT drop your
child off in front of the building and let them come in alone. If your child has an appointment or you know
that your child will be late, please contact the office or leave a message on our absence line.

We can make your spring planting a little easier! The fourth graders are selling flowers
again and profits will be applied towards their fifth grade camp tuition. All orders must
include one check made payable to Troy Union PTO and turned in by Monday, April 27.
Flowers will be delivered on Thursday, May 7. Mrs. Leverenz and Mrs. Welc will be
coordinating this sale. Look for order forms and more information to come. Thanks for
helping our fourth graders out.
Dear Students and Parents,

Spring Break is a GREAT time for relaxation and reading a good book. Please use this time to visit the
Troy Public Library and check-out what they have to offer besides good literature. Research continues
to demonstrate the strong connection between free reading and success rates in college and beyond. In
today's world, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to help our children succeed.

Your tax dollars are wisely spent in your local library. In addition, "Golden Eagle Awards" will be given
to students who read over 100 minutes during vacation. Please fill-out the information requested (see
below) and ask your child to deposit it in my mailbox after vacation on April 13, 2009. I will distribute the
awards as I receive the parent verification form.

Happy reading!

Dr. Zerbo


My child, _________________________, has read at least 100 minutes during April 3, 2009 - April 13,
2009. His/her favorite book this year is
_______________________________________________________________, by
(author) _______________________.

Parent's Signature: _______________________________________
Date: ____________________

Check in for Literacy at the
Troy Union Reading Hotel!
To celebrate March is Reading Month, Troy Union students took a trip to Troy Union
Reading Hotel. Once there the students plopped down on a cozy reading chair or
sofa and (you guessed it) read! Take a look at these great shots of our students
enjoying a great book.
Troy Union Elementary
1340 E Square Lake Rd.

                                   Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,

I’m writing to inform you about a fundraising offer recently presented to us by The HoneyBaked Ham
Company. With the Easter holiday around the corner, we’re all working on our plans to feed the legions
of hungry family that will soon be gathering at our homes. This year, with HoneyBaked’s help, you can
feed your guests an incredible meal and support your school at the same time.

HoneyBaked has agreed to donate $5 from the sale of every one of their famous flame-glazed, spiral-
sliced Half Hams purchased by a supporter of Troy Union Elementary right back to the school. Simply
present a copy of this letter when you make your purchase at a local HoneyBaked location from April 6 –
April 11, and they’ll take it from there. For a complete list of HoneyBaked locations in the area, visit their
site at

Extra copies of this letter will be available in the office, or email Tara at This is
a great opportunity to raise money for the school in a time of great need by simply making a purchase
you were already planning.

Please be sure to present a copy of this letter with your purchase to ensure we receive the
donation. No other discounts or coupons on the ham are applicable when you take advantage of this


Tara Sebagh
Troy Union Elementary
                                         Thank you
                    The office would like to thank everyone at troy
                     Union for all of the generous donations of band-
                     Aids, paper towels, wipes and Kleenex for the clinic.
                     It is greatly appreciated!!!


          Pack 1707 would like to congratulate the following Webelos II Scouts Who Have Earned the Arrow of Light, Cub
                                                    Scouting’s Highest Honor:

Andrew Looka, Brian Tomaszewski, Kyle Tompkins, Sidharth Madhaven, Andrew D’Amore-Braver, Max Fanroy, Christopher Gard,
         Nolan Felicidario, Dave Stewart, Gurnirunjun Shergill, Alex MacColl-Atrip, Nick Fleck, and Brendan Cronan

           The picture was taken at our Blue and Gold Banquet with our special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt.

                                                       Way to Go Scouts!

                                              New Bench in the Courtyard!

The 5th grade Webelos Cub Scouts of Pack 1707 recently built a bench for the Troy Union courtyard (near the music room,
cafeteria, and gym). Retired Troy Union Head Teacher, Mrs. Shirley Schmidt, generously donated the funds used to
purchase the building materials that were used. The pressure treated wood is the new formulation (ACQ) that meets all
safety standards. Pack 1707 adopted the courtyard last year and hopes to continue making improvements to the space for the
enjoyment of all Troy Union students. Thanks for your love of Troy Union and it’s students Mrs. Schmidt!!!

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