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December Parent Newsletter

Appreciation Message from Dr. Archer

As we look toward the coming days where we're especially focused on giving thanks, please take a few minutes to watch this brief message of appreciation from Dr. Archer.

If you would like to send an email to any of our staff, letting them know you appreciate their work, you can find a complete listing here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Moving to Distance Learning

Both because of the health risk to our students and staff and because of the increasing issues we’re having with staffing, we will be moving to distance learning for the entire district, preschool through 12th grade, from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 11. Students can return to school on Monday, December 14th.

This is the CDC-recommended length of a quarantine, so hopefully it will prevent any spread of illness after the Thanksgiving holiday. We need our community’s help to get us back into school, so please do your part during this time to physically distance and wear your mask.

During this time, our schools and offices will be open, just as they would be on an AMI distance learning day or on a snow day.

Live Homework Help

As our students continue to learn online and in distance learning, there continues to be a need for tutoring support.

I’m happy to announce a partnership between Park Hill School District and the Mid-Continent Public Library. This partnership provides all Park Hill parents and students with live access to online tutoring and homework help through the Mid-Continent Public Library website. Below is information about this opportunity.

Janis Yokely, LMC coordinator, has put together resources for accessing these tutoring supports:

  • Important information for you to know: Login access to this resource requires the parent/student to enter the student’s Park Hill S number. Written directions for logging in are attached here.
  • A video explaining how to navigate the website is located here.
  • This resource is also located at Park Hill’s Parent University website located here.

Park Hill Online Support

Park Hill Online Support is a resource for parents/guardians and students as they navigate the online learning experience. Call center staff are trained in navigating online educational software such as Seesaw, Schoology, Edgenuity, and Infinite Campus. They can also help with online assessments and finding resources. Have a question or a problem and you’re not sure whom can answer it or who can help? Call Park Hill Online Support at 816-359-4404 or email us at phonline@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

A Note From Our School Nurse

UC Families,

While we are at home during Distance Learning, please know I am here for you and your families. I will continue to work during the school closure and will be available to answer any questions you have regarding Covid, or any other health issues your students may experience during this time.

The Park Hill Health Services Team will be continuing to document cases of Covid. Please contact me if someone in your home becomes positive or if your student is exposed to someone who is Covid positive. This information will help us to keep our students safe when we return to in-person learning.

As your school nurse, I can help to answer questions and offer resources or referrals. Feel free to call or email me at any time. Stay safe. Stay Healthy.

In Good Health,

Stephanie Walls BSN, RN


(816) 359-4314

Thank You

Thank you so much for participating in the Scholastic Book Fair. Even in a pandemic, it was a huge success! I wish you could have seen the children’s faces when they realized they were able to have something so fun and normal in their lives. Research shows when families demonstrate an interest in reading and children have access to a home library of books, kids read more. And kids who read more are better readers.

Birthday Treats

New in the 2020-21 school year, the Park Hill Food Service team will offer catering for classroom parties, events, and birthdays!

Click here for the fillable form and to learn more information about the many options that are available to your and your child. This form must be completed, and turned, in 2 weeks before the date you would like the treats to be given to the class.

Please note: In order to keep our Gators healthy and safe, birthday/event treats purchased outside of Park Hill School District Food Service will NOT be accepted this school year. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


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2020-21 Parent-Student Handbook

The 2020-2021 parent-student handbook is now online. It provides official notices and important information about rules, policies and procedures related to the safety and operation of our schools. Click here for more information and to read the parent-student handbook

Park Hill Stars

The Park Hill Star program was started in 2015 to recognize employees who reflect the district’s values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership, equity and student focus. 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. Anyone can nominate an employee for the monthly recognition.

Click on the link to see who at Union Chapel has been recognized through the Park Hill Star Program last year and this year so far: UC Recognitions

We present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. The nomination form for the Park Hill Star award is open! To nominate an exemplary Park Hill employee, please click here .


Our Vision

Building Successful Futures * Each Student * Every Day

Our Mission

Union Chapel is a safe, caring environment that upholds high standards and inspires students to achieve their personal best so they will become successful lifelong learners and citizens of character.

At Union Chapel Elementary School, we value:

  • A positive and structured environment;
  • Open line of clear and regular communication;
  • Collaboration;
  • Students feeling valued, respected and safe;
  • Variety in learning approaches to meet individual learning needs, styles, and interests; and
  • High standards and a clear purpose for learning.