For more than 100 years, Pacific Union College Elementary School has provided quality, Christian education to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Our diverse curriculum features a strong focus on core subjects, integrated with art, music, sports, culture, and Christian values.
Hymn Sing Festival
Hymn Sing Festival for all ages at 4:00 pm on September 21. Special guest organist Malcolm Anderson and our own highly-acclaimed Prep School choirs, directed by John Gilley, and the equally talented and engaging PCA (Paulin Center for the Arts) String Ensemble, directed by Linda Marks, along with violinist LeRoy Peterson. This is a Napa Valley-wide event to celebrate the revival of our Rieger organ and to get acquainted with our friends from other churches who enjoy the hymns of the church. Come, greet our guests, and enjoy fellowship in the Fireside Room afterward.
15th Annual Soapbox Derby - October 6!
This year, we are celebrating our 15th Annual Soapbox Derby! Raffle tickets were sent home with students this week. Turn in raffle packets by tomorrow to earn a cotton candy reward on Monday. Additional packets are available at the office.
Thank you to this year's sponsors! We have raised almost $6000 in sponsorships so far.
This will be a Sunday school day with required attendance, so please plan to be there! Attendance requirements can be met by racing in the derby and/or volunteering at a class booth. Sign up sheets for time slots at booths will be coming home in the next week or two. Contact your teacher for details.
Our theme for this year is States: Monuments, Animals, Industry.
If you have new and exciting ideas for carnival games, contact the office.
Derby Car Kits available for $99 at gokit.com. Order early, as they take around 10 days to arrive.
Derby Rental Car Tune-ups - If you can help us get our rental cars in better shape before the race, please let us know. Rentals will be available for $10 on race day.
$365 iPad Donor Needed - still needed! Please let us know if you can help with this.
Please let us know if you can help hang posters or any other tasks in preparation for the derby.
Further information, as well as online registration and sponsorship is available at http://pucelementary.org/napa-valley-soap-box-derby.
Race Day Schedule is as follows:
8:45 a.m. Registration opens
9:30 a.m. Registration closes
9:45 a.m. Soapbox Car Judging
10:00 a.m. Soapbox Car Style Awards
10:30 a.m. Races Begin, 7 years old and under
Races Continue, 8 years old and up
10:45 – 2:30 p.m. Food & Game Booths Open
3:00 p.m. Derby Clean Up
Because we have many long-time derby helpers whose children have recently graduated from PUCE, or will be this year, we're looking for new trainees. Positions such as registration and prize booth will need to be filled next year, so this year's derby is the best time to learn the job. Please let us know if you would like to train into these positions. Thank you!!
Treat Delivery and PUC Campus Clean-up
Thank you to everyone who provided treats for our students to deliver to the incoming PUC Freshmen! The 5th and 6th grade class was on a field trip and missed the treat delivery, but they helped contribute to the start of the college academic year by picking up trash on campus this week.
Culture Shift: As a staff at PUCE, we are committing this year to seeing how our mission statement can be realized in the kind of students we turn out. We realize that the cultural context makes a huge difference in learning outcomes of our students, so we are also working at making a culture shift. One of the pillars of our desired culture is RESPONSIBILITY. This means owning our decisions, for good or for bad rather than blaming others. Not only for ourselves as leaders, but for our students we are working to instill a sense of responsibility throughout our school environment. Thank you to parents who share the desire to have your children see themselves as causes rather than victims. In future weeks watch for the other three pillars of our desired culture.