Online Bill Payments-Starting in March

Parents have requested that we offer online bill payments for lunches, snacks and afterschool care. Starting with the March billing statement, you will be able to use a bank transfer (e-check), debit or credit card through a link on your emailed statement to pay your bill. There will be a $3 transaction fee to cover the cost for the service. You still have many other ways to pay for lunches, snacks and afterschool care. Currently people can set up automatic check payments through their online banking (e-check with no fee), bring or mail checks to the office or pay in cash. We hope that having the online bill pay will help you make payments and donations. Speaking of donations, there are several ways to do that too! You can add extra money to your payments, make a pledge annually that will be added to your ECE bill or donate online through the ECE or USC websites. This year we are raising money to finish work on the playground. We want to purchase a new swing and some climbing rocks.

School Surveys

Thanks for completing the school surveys. The board reviewed comments. 91% of 3-5 grade students and 93% of adult respondents agree or strongly agree that USC fosters a positive school climate. Thank you to parents, teachers, staff and students!

Write or Call Your Legislator! Let Them Know Your Opinion

Assembly bill 1505 would grant local district school boards undefined discretion in granting or denying charters and charter renewals, and revoke charter schools ability appeal those decisions. It could reduce the period of charter renewal from 5 years to a single year. It would also remove County Offices of Education or the State Board of Education as Authorizers.

Assembly bill 1508 would permit chartering authorities to consider, in determining whether to approve a new charter school petition, the financial, academic, and facilities impacts the new charter school would have on neighborhood public schools.

CA Assemblyman Jim Wood, 1036 5thStreet, Eureka, CA 95501, 707 445-7014

CA Senator Mike McGuire, 1036 5thStreet Suite D, Eureka, CA 95501, 707 445-6508

Annual Family Potluck & Student Sing, Sunday March 17th, 12-3

Union Street Charter families fill the Community Center at this wonderful school community event! The students present a music performance and everyone enjoys a festive potluck. There is a sign up on the porch or you can email the office to help (see job list below). We ask families who are new to the school to come and enjoy the event for the first time without needing to do anything other than bring your family, place settings, and potluck dishes.

Arcata Community Center Schedule

11:00    Set up, need 4-8 people to set up tables and chairs!

12:00   Food set up, socializing & child activities (craft room)

12:30    Student Sing, All School Circle & Simple Gifts song

1:00ish Eating

1:45      Socializing & child activities (craft room & playground)

2:15      Clean up


A – D (16):  Vegetables, Vegetable dishes & Bread

E – K (16):  Potatoes, Rice & Pasta

L – N (16):  Salads, all types: green, fruit, grain, pasta, etc.

O – R (14): Desserts & Drinks

S – Z (18): Main Dish: roasts, chicken dishes, ham, casserole, other main dish, etc.

VEGETARIANS: Vegetarian Main Dishes. The vegetarian main dish table is at the end of the serving line.

WE NEED PARENT HELPERS FOR SPRING SING, please sign up on school bulletin board by first grade or email the office!

Volunteer Sign-ups, Need more help!

Set up at 11:00: Mo Taylor, Greg Gaiera, NEED 4 MORE!

Craft Set-up 11:30-12:00: Sharyn Swartz, Mo Taylor, Melia Porter

Craft helpers 12:00-12:30: NEED 3-4

Craft helpers 1:45-2:15: NEED 3-4

Playground helpers 1:45-2:15: Greg Gaiera, NEED 1-2 MORE!

Make extra salad: Jenny Winsted-Wilson, Leia Pollard, Heather Cecchin

Make extra main dish: Jessica C., Alyssa, NEED MORE!

Bring coffee: Greg Gaiera

Bring tea & hot water: Naomi Winger

Bring cream & sugar: Niki Gribi

Bring extra cups and hot cups: Rea Erikson

Put away Tables/Chairs & Clean up: Jillian S., Jenny W., Naomi W., Niki Gribi, NEED MORE HELP!

Calendar Highlights for Family Vacation Planning:

Mar. 17: Family Potluck & Student Sing 12-3

April 17-19: Half Day Parent Conferences

April 22 – 26: Spring Break

May 10: Open House / Half Day

May 27: Memorial Day, no school

May 31 & June 1: School Play HSU, grades 3-5

June 13: Last Day of School

June 14: All School End of Year Picnic & 5th grade graduation 3-6pm

Questions or Suggestions? Please contact Rea Erickson at or Pam at