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July 2020 Parent Newsletter

Welcome to Union Chapel

We would like to extend a big WELCOME to our new Union Chapel Gators that will be joining us in the fall. We are so glad you are here and we look forward to seeing you soon! Each month you will receive a Gator Gab Parent Newsletter with important information for your family. Please be sure to read each newsletter carefully and call the Union Chapel office if you have any questions.

Have You Moved?

If you will no longer be in the Union Chapel attendance area for the 2020-21 school year, please call the office at 816.359.4310 and let us know!
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2020 Summer School Information

Enroll today for 2020 Park Hill Summer School! Our summer school dates for kindergarten through eighth grade are July 1-July 31. This enrollment form is for current Park Hill students and incoming Park Hill kindergarten students only. To enroll a child that is outside of the Park Hill district, please call the Union Chapel office at 816.359.4310

Click here for the online enrollment form.

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Upcoming Dates

July 1-First day of Summer School

July 3- No Summer School in observance of Independence Day

July 31-Last day of Summer School

August 4-Kindergarten Kick Off (Kindergarten parents will be contacted with more information)

August 20-Back to School Night (Union Chapel classrooms; 5:30 -7:00 pm)

August 24-First day of school

Talking to Children About Race & Racism

Recent protests have underscored the need to better understand how race impacts all aspects of society. The following resources from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) highlight ways families can discuss race and racism.

1. 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race:

Strategies and points for parents to consider when talking to their children about race.

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2. Six Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Racism:

This article offers advice on how to help children cope with racism and how parents can address it.

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3. Talking About Race: Parents & Caregivers:

In its "Talking About Race" resource page, The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers resources tailored specifically for parents and caregivers.

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4. How to Use Children’s Books to Talk About Race and Racism:

How children's books can be used to effectively educate children about race and racism.

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Kindergarten Enrollment

Do you have a child or know someone with a child starting kindergarten in the fall? We are now taking kindergarten information for the 2020-21 school year for children who will be five years old on or before July 31 this year. Please call the UC office and let us know!

Enrollment and residency verification began April 1, 2020. Information will be located on the Park Hill website, www.parkhill.k12.mo.us under parent resources. Please note that current UC families with an incoming kindergartner will add this child to your parent portal during the verification process; you will not complete the enrollment process, only the verification process.

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Free Food for All Area Children

Beginning May 26, all children who are 18 and under may pick up meals (even the youngest siblings). We just received clearance from the state to serve any area children, even if they are not Park Hill students. See the menu and pick-up locations on our website. This limited-time service is for all families, not just families in need, so please take advantage of this convenience.

Union Chapel Vision and Mission Statement

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;


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.