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Reporting Absences
If your child is sick or is going to be absent from school for any reason, please call the school on the day of the absence (or before) to let us know. This tells us that your child is safe at home or that you know where he/she is.  You may call the school at 476-7110 or send an email to b_gardner@union.k12.ia.us.  

Daily Dismissal Procedures
All students are asked to exit the building using the main doors near the office.  School is dismissed at 3:10 p.m. for students that are walking, riding a bike, or being picked up by a parent/guardian or their designee.  If you are entering the building to pick up a child, please use the main doors near the office and wait in the office area until 3:10 p.m.  At 3:10, students will meet parents/guardians near the office.  Thank you for assisting in D-G's efforts to keep our students safe while learning responsibility and gaining independence.  

Contacting Your Child's Teacher
Email is one of the most effective ways to keep in touch with your child's teacher.  While a teacher may be able to accept some phone calls during the school day, we do not have telephones in each classroom and the teachers cannot leave their class unsupervised in order to take a call. We strongly encourage communication via email and in-person meetings when warranted.  For a directory of staff email addresses, just click on the Staff Directory link in the "Communication Tools" pull-down menu at the top of the screen.  Also, parents are asked to make sure the office has one or more current email addresses on file so that teachers are able to contact you via email.  




Our Mission
To insure our students develop their abilities, realize their opportunities and 
become prepared for a changing world


Our Vision
Education to meet tomorrow's challenges
NEW WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENT
D-G is transitioning to a new web site. While not all of the links are active quite yet, we are now updating all content on the new web site, and as of 11/27/13 we are no longer updating content on this web site. Please update your shortcuts and visit our new website at: http://tinyurl.com/Dysart-Geneseo.
2:25 Early Dismissal on Wednesday
Our Thanksgiving holiday will begin with a 45-minute early dismissal on Wednesday afternoon. Elementary students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. and middle/high school students are dismissed at 2:15.  Have a happy Thanksgiving!  

November Lunch Menu & November Parent Note
Our November breakfast & lunch menus as well as the November Parent Note were recently sent home with the youngest child in each family. Please check your child's bag if you haven't seen these items yet. If you misplaced your copy of either of these items, click the links below:

Inclement Weather Announcements
Please discuss an alternative plan with your child for unexpected late starts and early dismissals. Announcements about the closing of school because of weather or other emergencies will be made on the radio and television stations listed below:
AM Radio: KXEL 1540, KWLO 1330, & WMT 600
FM Radio: KOKZ 105.9, KFMW 108, WMT 96.5
T.V.: KGAN 2, KWWL 7, Local Cable
Online: kwwl.com, kgan.com, kcrg.com
Alternatively, you may wish to sign up to receive an automatic text message when a school announcement is made via the Iowa School Alerts program.  Find more information at https://sites.google.com/site/unionknights/Home/iowaschoolalerts

Dress for the Weather
Please start sending boots, snow pants and gloves to school with your child daily. The recent snow is a good reminder!

Follow D-G on Twitter
Following D-G Elementary School on Twitter is a great way to keep updated on upcoming events and late-breaking announcements.  We Tweet reminders for early dismissals, delays, and cancellations, plus announcements of upcoming events at school.  Click here to visit our Twitter feed and get started!
Reminder
When there is a two-hour delay due to weather conditions, classes begin at 10:20 a.m. No breakfast is served when there is a delay.

When does my child have PE, Music, and Art?
ClassDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
KTPEMusicPEArtMusic
KPMusicPEArtMusicPE
3PPEMusicPEMusicArt
1APEArtMusicPEMusic
1CMusicArtPEMusicPE
4CPEMusicArtPEMusic
4KMusicPEMusicArtPE
2ndArtMusicPEMusicPE
5SMusicPEMusicPEArt
5HMusicPEMusicPEArt
*** Please remember to wear appropriate shoes on the days you have PE.  Many parents are sending their child in tennis shoes every day for simplicity.  

Special Class Rotation for the Next Two Weeks:
*Special note: The class rotation will change whenever a school day is cancelled due to weather or other special circumstances.  For example, since school was canceled earlier this month due to the volleyball tournament, our schedule has been pushed back by one day.  

November 18, 2013MondayDay 5
November 19, 2013TuesdayDay 1
November 20, 2013WednesdayDay 2
November 21, 2013ThursdayDay 3
November 22, 2013FridayDay 4
November 25, 2013MondayDay 5
November 26, 2013TuesdayDay 1
November 27, 2013WednesdayDay 2 - 2:25 Dismissal
November 28, 2013ThursdayNo School
November 29, 2013FridayNo School

Planning Ahead - Important Upcoming Dates
What days do we have early dismissals?  When is Winter Break?  All of this year's early dismissals, holidays, professional development days, and other special events (concerts, track & field day, etc.) are listed on our online interactive calendar.  Click here to view the calendar and get a jump start on your planning for next year!  

Equity Statement

The Union Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or family status in its education programs, services, employment practices, or extracurricular activities.  Students, parents of students, applicants for employment and employees of the Union Community School District shall have the right to file a formal complaint alleging non-compliance with equity regulations.  Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to:  Mark Albertsen, Equity Coordinator, Union Middle School, 505 West Street, Dysart, Iowa 52224, Telephone 319.476.5100