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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hello Everyone,

I want to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! I hope you all enjoy this wonderful holiday season!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Union CC- Lights On After school Event




Thank you to all the students who participated in the Lights On After School Event!  It was a fun event all made by the you. We want to THANK the CC Staff for sharing the love, learning and excitement with the kids. We want to ESPECIALLY THANK ALL THE PARENTS!!! Thank you for your support!  

Monday, November 23, 2015


We want to wish everyone a bountiful Thanksgiving. 

From Union CC Staff 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015



Happy Fall,


Union CC is in full gear with Session 1. It's hard to believe we are half way through this session with Halloween and Thanksgiving slowly approaching.


No School Nov. 5th and 6th. Community Connections will have an In-service Camp day on those days. More information and locations to come next week! . We will have Thanksgiving recess starting on November 25, 2015.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Community Connections Camp Day



Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder there is NO School on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.

Community Connections will have a camp day on Monday,Oct.12, 2015 at Union School from 8:00-5:30. We will spend the morning at Mazza's Corn Maze in Colchester, VT, than returning to Union School for some fall crafts and games.

Register by Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Space is filling up quickly.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015




Come join us for UES Open House Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:15 pm-7:15 pm.
I will be in the Community Connections Classroom answering any questions or comments you may have about the program. I am looking forward to a great night!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Programs- Union Community Connections provides a variety of programs for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade.

Kinder Creation- at Kinder Creations your child will learn, develop skills and play in a safe and happy environment. Your child will grow socially and emotionally. Their ability to think, use and recognize language and their fine motor skills will be developed through play, art, dance, music, movement and interacting with others. Most importantly, your child will be learning to become an effective learner as they develop and extend their communication skills, build their self-confidence, learn to be creative, and develop skills that assist them with reading, writing and mathematics.

1st Graders-1st grade program in conjunction with project based learning is a program that will benefit and support students’ knowledge. Your child will grow and develop learning skills through art, dance, music, science, and interacting in new activities. Mostly, your child will be learning to become an effective learner, develop and extend their minds. These projects are inspired and driven by children’s interests and natural curiosities. Project-Based Leaning immerses youth in valuable team-building, problem solving, and community engagement experiences. By going on neighborhood field trips, having special guests and collaborating with community partners, these projects evolve as youth explore the connections between different aspects of the project. Each project culminates in an event that invites participation from families and friends to create an authentic community experience.

2nd Graders- The goal of 2nd grade is to enable students to become independent thinkers, while building and expanding basic skills previously acquired. 2nd grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading and language arts, exploration and discovery of the world. At CC, 2nd graders will work together to solve problems, learn to express their ideas clearly, and learn to appreciate differences. Children will model C.A.R.E.S. through group activities. Art activities are done in a variety of media such as clay sculpture, painting, sketching, and collage. Students work daily on developing physical skills. Activities range from organized games, to hiking through the woods, and playing games with younger students. Computer program for 2nd graders is designed to familiarize students with the computer and keyboard. Writing stories and poems will be part of the computer program, as well as researching skills, and web-surfing within the school permitted websites. We will have loads of fun activities, games and field trips in 2nd grade


3rd and 4th Graders- CC will be packed with exciting activities, team-building games and new programs geared for our 3rd and 4th graders. Programs will be fun and enriching, promoting self-confidence, self- esteem, and responsibility. 

Monday, August 17, 2015


Dear Parents:
Welcome to Community Connections at UES! There is an exciting year awaiting, designed to promote and enhance your child’s growth and development. This very important year promises to be one filled with discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging.
The structure of daily activities is carefully planned to encourage independence, self confidence and group cooperation through large group, small group and one-on-one participation in a variety of  hands-on, interactive experiences. The activities will incorporate instruction and skill reinforcement in reading readiness, mathematics, writing, science and social studies and the arts.
You will notice many changes in our program and structure. Starting this year, we have separate groups for K, 1 and 2. Each group will meet in a classroom and will focus on fun program activities geared to  group discoveries. We have been working hard all summer to bring you an amazing year.
I am so looking forward to  working together to make this a most successful school year! Please feel free to contact me at school, should you have any questions and/or concerns regarding your child's CC experience.

Very Sincerely,
Diadel Ortiz
Program Director  @ Union CC

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


August 26, 2015 is the First day of Union Community Connections After School Program for students in grades 1-4. Kindergartners start on August 31, 2015. Parents please make sure students are registered and all documentations are turned in along with the first payment. You will receive an email confirmation in mid-August. 

Mail or drop off  all paperwork(at Union Elementary School- Attn: Diadel Ortiz) and payments(make check payable to: Community Connections- on the Memo-write child's full-name).  Must receive all paperwork by Monday,August 24,2015. 
I  look forward to a wonderful year with all the students.

Enrollment Sign-up

In order to enroll a child in any of our programs, we require the following:

1) A completed Registration Form
2) Copy of Immunization Record
3) A completed Activity Form for the current CC session with Calendar (when available starting in Mid-September)
4) A signed Parent Contract (back page of the CC Parent Handbook)
5) A signed Behavioral Contract (back page of the CC Parent Handbook)
6) Payment in advance for the first week (we do have weekly & Bi-weekly payment plans please speak with the Program Director for more details)
All forms are available on the CC website or in the main office at Union Elementary School.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

End of the year Letter- To all of YOU


Union Community Connections

1 Park St.
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Dear Families,
As the school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a great year! Together we've learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion of our kids makes Community Connections a wonderful place to be, to learn and discover.
Special thanks to all of you who have contributed in ways small, large and unimaginable! Providing support at the school board meeting,  donating food for special events, volunteered at  school fundraisers, showing up to support your children, serving on committees,  and brainstorming the “what ifs”… supporting our work in countless ways and providing the resources to do what we dream and to know it is  beneficial to the children. Thanks for registering your child with CC, for kind notes of inspiration that mean so much, for the reminders and updates on your child’s schedule, for making sure payment is on time and for the countless conversations on the phone.  We thank you for all your feedbacks and ideas that shape  Union Community Connections. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.
To those of you who are leaving us for new places and adventures, we wish you all the best. Congratulations to our very capable 4th and 5th graders who are onto a new stage in their academic career! You've been a gift to us this year and will undoubtedly be a great asset to your new schools.
As we get closer to the end of the year, we will have 2015/2016 registration forms available for Pre- Session, starting in   mid-August.  We are also taking application for our Community Connections Summer Program.
Until then, enjoy a restful and replenishing summer with your families!
Most sincerely,

Diadel Ortiz
Union CC-Program Director

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LAST WEEK AT COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Hi Everyone,


This is our last week at Union CC. Our last day is Friday, June 12, 2015. 
NO Community Connections on Monday, June 15, 2015

We will be having some fun this week at CC starting on Tuesday.

Tuesday- Outdoor trip to Harrison Field ( if weather permits)
Wednesday- Outdoor games, gardening / Chalk Art (if weather permits)
Thursday- Ice Cream Social / Movie Day
Friday- NO Swimming! We will have pretzel and Movie Day

As always if you have any questions or schedule changes please let us know about them. Have a great day

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tag & Plant Sale Success


I just want to take a few minutes to THANK YOU  for your help in supporting, volunteering and baking at the UES Tag & Plant Sale! We could not have done this without your support! 
We made $4,500 which goes towards our school playground. Thank you.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Camp Earth Day Fun

We celebrated Earth Day on April 22, 2015 with Director of Central Vermont Solid Waste Management  Chrissy B. We cleaned up our community and school. Kids made art projects out of Recyclable materials and learned about Recycle, Composting and how to keep the Earth clean. We had tons of fun getting dirty and cleaning up!  


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Swimming @ FIT



Swimming @ FIT


We are no longer accepting permission slips for Swimming at First and Fitness. Please consider taking one of our other great activities.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Come Join Swimming!


Swimming

First and Fitness
Pool Fun
For students in grades K-5th grade
Join Union Community Connections 
every Friday starting March 6- June 12, 2015.
We will be splashing away at First and Fitness pool in Berlin.  Must bring your bathing suits and towel!

(Students must be registered with Union CC and a First and Fitness registration form must be filled out before starting the program.)

Friday, February 13, 2015





Session 4 Programs and Activity Forms for All Groups are out.


Check out the group schedule on the Page Section of the Blog.

* Kinder Creation Session 4
*1 st grade Schedule Session 4
*Session 4 Activity form (grade 2-5)
*Session 4 Description (grade 2-5)

Payment for Session 4 due by Friday, March 6, 2015.