A Note to the Families of Union Memorial

To the Families of Union Memorial,

Let me begin by saying how much I miss all of our students from the Scottie Pups and Scottie 3’s all the way up to our grownup 5th graders. I especially miss standing in the hallways and being greeted by your smiling faces as you enter the building and walk down the hall.  I am confident that if we continue to be patient, that will all come again in time. 

As always, our major concerns are for the health and well being of our students and their families.  Although none of us have ever experienced something like this, our district, under the leadership of Dr. Ross, has quickly risen to this challenge, with an extensive plan.  This plan provides not only the academic support needed, but more importantly, it emphasizes the health and safety of everyone.

You are well aware that the Union Area School District has always maintained a “family atmosphere” and during these challenging days ahead, we want to continue to assist you in any way we can.  We understand some of the family challenges you may be facing but we are here to patiently support our students and you throughout this new normal. I cannot think of a better way to maintain our  “family atmosphere” that we families can all share–by expressing love, affection and commitment to each other, by spending enjoyable and quality time with one another, by learning how to manage our stress on those challenging days; and by communicating in positive and respectful ways.  It can be a difficult thing to do but that’s “The Scottie Way”.

The teachers are working very hard to help you and your children with this new way of learning, so please call on them to assist you in any way.  There are enough things to stress over and they do not want school work to be one of them. Just take time to communicate your concerns and they will always be there for you–as well as all staff members. 

In closing, I wish you and your family the best of health.  Be safe. This is our time to come together as a family and with everyone’s strength, we will.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. (l_oneill@union.k12.pa.us)

And to my students, I miss you and would love to hear from you about how this new kind of learning is going.  Your teachers have been sending me pictures of some of you engaged in various activities. I am so proud of each and every one of you.  Hugs to all and stay in touch


Mrs. O’Neill

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