Union Chapel Gator Gab

March 2016

Kindergarten Roundup!

Register Now for Kindergarten Roundup!

Union Chapel Elementary School will be holding Kindergarten Roundup for students entering Kindergarten in August 2016. Missouri State statute requires children to be five years old by July 31 in order to enroll in kindergarten for the upcoming school year.

Please plan to attend and bring your “Future Gator” along, too!

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016

Location: Union Chapel Elementary

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Three sessions available - 5:30 - 6:00, 6:00 - 6:30 and 6:30 - 7:00 P.M.

Choose the time that works best for your family.

Please call the Union Chapel office at 816-359-4310 to schedule your time.

Click here for more details.

PLEASE NOTE upcoming dates of no school for students: Friday, March 18th (teacher work day) and Monday, March 21st-Friday, March 25th (spring break)

Parent requests

The Park Hill School District assigns students to their next year class through collaborative efforts of the current classroom teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal. When applicable, special education teachers and/or intervention specialists also provide input.

Many factors are considered in the process of creating balanced classroom groups, including learning styles, gender balance, academic achievement level, behavior, study work habits, and peer relations.

Parent requests for specific classroom teachers are not part of our process. However, some parents like to offer input as to their children’s learning needs. If you would like, print this form, complete it, and return it to your child’s current classroom teacher.

Union Chapel partners with Fellowship of Kansas City Church!

Union Chapel is excited and grateful for the generosity of Fellowship KC Church. The members of this congregation have offered to provide items to Union Chapel’s Backsnack Program to supplement our Harvesters Back Snack Program. We appreciate Fellowship of KC’s compassion and interest in learning about the needs of our students and their families. We look forward to our partnership growing as it nourishes our school community by meeting the needs of our students so they can be successful learners.

What is it?

In order to provide a safe, respectful, welcoming and caring environment, a team of UC staff collaborated to define and distinguish between conflict and bully behavior. Counselor class instruction has been dedicated to the introduction and explanation of new vocabulary: teasing, conflict, mean moments, and bullying. Currently, students are being made aware of the variety of processes for reporting incidents of conflict and/or bullying. As stated last month, the ‘investigation’ process will be defined as well. As our team finalizes reporting documents, it is important to note that sharing of information between student to teacher or home to school is paramount in the resolution of conflicts and the targeted intervention for bullying behaviors. Click here to check out a short article about reasons why children are hesitant to report mistreatment and bully behavior. Look for more information and updates coming your way in the next Gator Gab!

ESL Family Night

Mrs. Hutchinson welcomed Union Chapel ESL students and their families to ESL Night on Tuesday, February 22. As the attendees were arriving, Mrs. Hutchinson began by welcoming them all and sharing what ESL nights in the past looked like. She then asked everyone to be thinking of a special memory in their history. Play-Doh was distributed and each person made a Play-Doh sculpture of the personal memory. She then shared a memory of her history and made her own Play-Doh sculpture of her memory. While the families enjoyed pizza, fruit and cake, each student’s Photo Story about different U.S. Presidents was shared. Everyone played the game “I Love America Bingo” and awards of American themed pencils or pens were presented. The families, students, and Mrs. Hutchinson enjoyed the evening and learned a lot, too.

Congratulations goes to...

Brian Humphrey from Ms. Galoyan's & Mrs. Miller's 5th grade class, came in sixth place in the Park Hill School District Spelling Bee. Out of the 5th through 8th grade students in the top 10, Brian was the only elementary school student. Congratulations, Brian!

Nominate your Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

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Spirit Days

March 4th- PJ Day

March 11th- College basketball wear

Early Release Day -- Thursday, March 10th @ 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of this early release day is to provide an additional opportunity for collaboration and professional development for elementary teachers.
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Kindergarten musical

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm

UC Gym

Read-a-Thon assembly

Friday, March 4th, 9am

UC Gym

PTA meeting

Tuesday, March 8th, 6:30pm

UC Gym

Picture day

Tuesday, March 15th, 8:45am


Class pictures and individual spring pictures.

End of 3rd quarter

Thursday, March 17th, 8:45am


Rhythmic Expression Day

Thursday, March 17th, 8:45am

UC Gym

Times will vary per grade level. Check with the classroom teacher to see what time your child's class will attend.

4th grade field trip

Thursday, March 17th, 8:45am

Contact classroom teacher for details

Art Showcase

Thursday, March 31st, 5pm


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