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March 2018 Parent Newsletter

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Kindergarten 2018-19

Do you have a child or know someone with a child starting kindergarten in the fall? Please contact Susan Sadler in the Union Chapel office for online enrollment information. Mark your calendar for kindergarten roundup, Monday, April 30. There will be three informational sessions beginning at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30PM. Please call the Union Chapel office at 816.359.4310 to schedule your roundup time. Please click here to see more information.

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Spring Picture Day

Spring picture day is Tuesday, March 6. Both individual and class pictures will be taken on this day. Families have the option to prepay online or wait to view proofs to order. There will not be retakes. Please click here for ordering information.

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Park Hill Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to 5th grader Delaney Nash, who won the Park Hill spelling bee on Saturday. Delaney competed against about 80 other fifth through eighth grade students and never missed a word. Delaney will continue to spell her way to success as she represents Park Hill in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Way to represent the Union Chapel G-A-T-O-R-S, Delaney!

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2018 Science Fair Information

The Science Fair is a NON-competitive event and involves as few rules and requirements as possible. Our goal is for students to have fun learning about a science topic of their choice and to give them an opportunity to show what they’ve learned. Science fair packets were sent home with all 5th grade students as this event is part of their grade-level expectation. Packets are available in the UC office for students in kindergarten through 4th grade and may be picked up any time. Forms must be returned to the UC office by March 9. The science fair will be part of the UC academic showcase on Thursday, April 5. Click here for the science fair information.

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NWEA Update

This year, your child has been administered the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth™ test. These assessments not only identify your child’s instructional level, but also measure his/her academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in math, reading, science, and language. Park Hill is administering these tests in place of STAR, Acuity, and Terra Nova this school year. As a district, we are continuing to revise and improve our testing protocols for this new assessment. While your child’s RIT score remains the same, changes that have been made in the data analysis process may have altered your student’s achievement and/or conditional growth percentiles for the fall and winter testing windows. The spring assessment window occurring in March will provide the most up-to-date results related to your student’s achievement. Thank you for your patience as we ensure that our reports reflect accurate measurement.

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Order Your Yearbook

Order your yearbook today! Online orders only - click here for ordering information. The deadline to order is March 9. Please contact Maryam Austin at rama0710@gmail.com with questions.

Student Information Feedback Sheet

The Park Hill School District assigns students to their next year classes 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.


If you would like to offer input for your child's learning needs you can find the form here. Please print the form, complete it, and return it to your child’s current classroom teacher no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.

Guard Your Heart Day

On February 14th Union Chapel specials class teachers hosted the Army National Guard recruiters for our “Guard Your Heart Day”. The Army recruiters put our students through a boot camp style workout which involved 6 different stations that students rotated through for about 20 minutes. It was not an easy workout! The theme of the event was perseverance. The recruiters talked about what it means to persevere when things get hard and encouraged students to continue to work hard even when they were tired. They discussed the importance of physical strength as well as mental strength during hard times. Our UC students met this challenge and did an amazing job of continuing to push through even when they were getting tired. Click here for pictures!

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National School Breakfast Week

Come join us the week of March 5-9 for National School Breakfast week. We will have daily prizes for each student who eats breakfast with us. And of course we offer healthy, delicious breakfast choices each day.

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March 2018

March 1- Mathletics District Wide (Lakeview)

March 6 - Spring Picture Day
March 7 - Coffee With The Counselor (7:45am, UC Media Center)
March 8 - Early Release Day (students are dismissed at 1:30pm)
March 8 - Kindergarten Music Program (7:00pm, UC gym)
March 16 - No School, Teacher Work Day
March 19-23 - No School, Spring Break

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Park Hill Star

The nomination form for the Park Hill Star award is open! This award recognizes employees who reflect the district’s values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. Anyone can nominate a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee for the monthly recognition. Also, check out the compilation video of the 2016-2017 Park Hill Star award winners. Click here for a listing of all previous Union Chapel nominees and honorees.

Union Chapel Vision and Mission Statement


Our Vision

Building Successful Futures * Each Student * Every Day

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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.