UCA Elementary Newsletter

Week of January 30th, 2023

UCA Elementary--Go Eagles!

Principal--Lauren O'Brien lauren_obrien@uwharriecharter.org

Assistant Principal--Kelly Phillips kelly_phillips@uwharriecharter.org

Receptionist--Yanett Gomez yanett_gomez@uwharriecharter.org

Data Manager/Treasurer--Charity Shore charity_shore@uwharriecharter.org

Digital Learning Coach--Marley Knapp marley_knapp@uwharriecharter.org

UCA Playground Fundraiser

Playground Fund

We are currently raising funds for our new playground that will be built for the upcoming school year. We will be moving from our school to the current high school! There is more information about how to donate attached to the bottom of the newsletter.

Pokemon Cards

We are having issues with Pokémon cards at school; they are getting lost, traded, and/or stolen. Please make sure your child knows they cannot bring them to school because of these issues. Per our policy concerning personal items, any item brought to school that is not needed for educational purposes can be confiscated by a staff member if it is disrupting the educational environment. The confiscated items will be held until a parent can pick them up. Thank you for your help with this matter.

PTO Sponsored Valentine's Dance

We would love to see everyone come out on Saturday, February 4th from 5-8 pm for our Valentine's dance and dinner! The funds will be going towards our playground funds. The dress code for this event is not formal. You can wear your Sunday best or go with business casual. We will be happy to have you all out regardless of the formality of attire. Please let us know if you have any questions. Please use the link below to purchase your tickets.

Valentine Dance (cognitoforms.com)

Do Not Pass Buses

It is state law that passing a bus is prohibited when the sign is out and the bus is stopped. Please do not pass our buses in the parking lot in the mornings or afternoons.


When dropping students off in the mornings, please do not enter the parking lot prior to 7:30 am and please do not drop off your student if there is no one on duty outside.

Now that we are in the middle of the year, please encourage your students to be ready to hop out of the car when you reach the front of the school drop-off line. Staff are outside to assist with car doors but if your child is capable of getting out on their own, this will help the flow of traffic.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found items are accumulating quickly. Please encourage your student to check through it if you're missing anything.



The deadline to order yearbooks is February 24, 2023, however, personalization with names on the yearbook is due January 28, 2023. Please order your yearbooks online because there is no guarantee that we will have extra at the end of the year. Here is the link to order!


Early Pick-Up

If you need to check out your child early on a school day, they must be picked up before 2:10 pm Monday through Thursday and before noon on Fridays. If you arrive after that time, dismissal has begun and it impedes our dismissal process. You will be asked to go through the staging lot.

Lottery Info.

The lottery for the upcoming school year will open on February 1st. Current students do not need to reapply, however, if you have an upcoming kindergartener or another sibling you would like to enroll, please complete the enrollment application for that student only and be sure to indicate that they're a sibling. For information about the lottery, please go to our school website or reach out to our registrar, Michelle Hammer. Her email address is michelle_hammer@uwharriecharter.org.
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Absence Notes and Letters

Absence letters are sent home every 2 weeks. The purpose of these letters is to inform and to follow state guidelines. Anytime your student is absent, please send in a handwritten note or doctors note within 3 days of the absence. You can send an email but if you do, please include the data manager and receptionist on that email. The data manager's email is charity_shore@uwharriecharter.org. The receptionist's email is yanett_gomez@uwharriecharter.org.

Pick Up--Please Read

Our afternoon pick-up line is usually completed by 3:00-3:05 each day and on Fridays by 1:05. During the week, we ask that students be picked up no later than 3:15 pm. If you are not here by 3:15 to pick up your student, they will be in after school care, and you will need to pull up and park to walk down and get them. Please buzz the front door.

Beginning Monday November 7th any student who has not been picked up by 3:15 will be sent to afterschool care and the parents will be billed.

Sick Policy

In an effort to keep our staff and students healthy, we ask that parents/guardians keep students at home if they are running a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, have diarrhea or vomiting. Students need to be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school. If a student is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea we ask that students do not return until 36 hours after symptoms have ended. Please also keep students at home if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. A sick note will be required within 3 days upon returning to school for any absence(s).

Please understand that this is a mandate of the Uwharrie Charter Academy Schools Central Office and the Randolph County Health Department.

If you have any questions or concerns, our school nurse can be reached at

christy_hutcherson@uwharriecharter.org or 336-610-0820 ext. 125.

Thank you,

Christy Hutcherson, RN

Parent/Student Handbook

Please see the parent/student handbook attached at the bottom of the newsletter. You can also find it on our website and at the link below.


No Left Turns

Please do not turn left into the parking lot. This is not allowed because it causes traffic to back up onto Lewallen Rd. and cars that turn left into the parking lot are getting in line ahead of other people who have gone through the staging lot and followed the correct procedures.

Drop Off

The earliest drop-off time is 7:30. If you arrive prior to 7:30 am, please drive to the staging area and wait in line until 7:30 am before driving over to the school drop-off line. School begins at 8:15 am. If you arrive after 8:15 am, your student is tardy and you will need to park (please do not park where you will be blocking buses) and walk your student into the building.

The diagram below shows the traffic flow. There will be multiple people on duty to help you know where to go if you are new to the school. You cannot turn left into the parking lot from Lewallen Rd. If you have any questions, ask your teacher or call the front desk.

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The Dream Center

Below is a flyer about The Dream Center. At the bottom of the newsletter, you can find the application to download in either Spanish or English.
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Volunteer Info.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to the receptionist. You will need a background check on file. Our receptionist at the elementary school is Ms. Yanett Gomez. Her email address is above.

UCA Nights at Chick-Fil-A

The following dates are for the mall Chick-fil-a location from 4-7 pm. Come on out on these nights and our school gets back a percentage of the sales. The classroom with the most students to participate gets a free gift card for an ice cream or brownie for every student.

March 14th

May 9th

PTO Meeting Dates for 22/23 School Year

February 28th @ 5:30 pm

March 21st @ 9:00 am

April 18th @ 5:30 pm

May 23rd @ 9:00 am

Important Dates

February 4th--PTO Dance 5-8 pm

February 20th--Holiday, no school

February 21-24th book fair

February 28th--PTO meeting @ 5:30

March 17th--remote day

March 21st--PTO meeting at 9 am

April 7th--holiday, no school

April 10th-14th--Spring Break

April 21st--Spring carnival

May 1st-5th--Teacher Appreciation Week

May 26th--students last day of school

May 29th--holiday, no school