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May/June 2019

Every year the month of May comes up faster than we think. The whirlwind of the last few weeks of school fills us with excitement for end-of-the-year festivities and the upcoming summer break. With the end of the year quickly approaching, I am also filled with gratitude for all we have experienced and accomplished this year. I’m grateful for our dedicated community, parents and families, volunteers, staff and teachers, and our talented students.
 
USD would not be the enriching district it is without the crucial support of volunteers. Every day, they provide teachers and students with support and aid with a multitude of activities. I’d like to highlight the Art Vista program which provides our students with Art Education through art history and hands-on projects, the beautiful results of which we see displayed at all of our school sites. Art Vistas, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that trains volunteer parents to be art docents and who then go on to teach different types of lessons to elementary and middle school students. Docents and helpers prepare, label and mount hundreds of artwork, and together puts together wonderful Art Shows displaying thousands of student masterpieces at each school every year. 
 
Art Vistas is currently looking for volunteers who can help them with the following positions: Administrative Assistant, Training Coordinator, Webmaster, Tech Support, Auditor, Videographer, and more. For more information on the program and detailed job descriptions for each position, please visit https://www.artvistasinc.com/volunteer-positions.html. Please take a look at the options and consider joining a team of amazing people providing an invaluable service to our students and schools.
 
At the end of April, our community also came together in an extraordinary way. I want to thank every single person who participated in the Cambrian Relay For Life event. It was a truly amazing two-day event filled with activities and teams walking with a common goal. Our schools have been involved from the beginning, fundraising for the event and showing their support for this great cause. Thank you to all who donated, walked, and joined together to raise over $200k for the American Cancer Society.
 
If you’re looking towards the summer, there are several opportunities for students to continue learning beyond the school year. In addition to the several camps and activities running in our area, Union School District Extended Care will be running its very first Summer Camp held at Guadalupe Elementary. It is open to all students entering TK-Grade 6. For more information, visit the extended care website at https://sites.google.com/unionsd.org/extended-day/summer-2019.
 
I am looking forward to many of the end-of-year events and performances including Open House at our elementary schools. As June approaches, I want to wish all of our Union School District families and staff members a great last few weeks of school and a relaxing, enjoyable summer.