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January 2021 Parent Newsletter

Winter Break & Second Semester Information

Students will be out of school for winter break beginning Wednesday, December 23rd and returning on Monday, January 4th. While students will be returning on this date, second semester will begin on January 19th.

Families will be notified of any second semester teacher change by January 11, 2021.

Health and Safety Updates

Recently, the CDC announced changes to its guidance for the length of quarantines for people who have no COVID-19 symptoms.

We are working with the Platte County and Kansas City health departments, who determined that we will use the 10-day option. This means that if someone has no symptoms, they may end their quarantine after 10 days, but they must wear their mask and monitor symptoms for the entire 14 days. Our local health departments decided not to use the CDC’s seven-day option, which would require a test. They said this is due to the high community prevalence and the additional strain on community testing.

We will start this new protocol in Park Hill with any direct exposures that occur on or after December 23.

Antigen Testing:
Starting on January 4, we will start offering antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If a student has symptoms, their family may work with the school nurse to request and schedule a test. Consent forms are available on our website.

As COVID-19 vaccines start to become available, we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and work with our local health departments. If we find out anything that will impact our school community, we will notify you.

Registration Now Open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be a two part online assessment this year with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., June 1 - 3. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. For more information, and to register, please use the link below or visit the Park Hill website under “Family Resources”, “Spelling Bee”.


3D Printers Have Arrived

We're excited to have added two new 3D printers to our media center. Students will be able to practice coding and come away with their own creations. Thanks to our media specialist Mrs. Kerri Hyatt, who will be teaching students about the printers as they come to the media center for specials classes!

UC is No Place For Hate

Students from the No Place For Hate Committee gathered in front of our Pledge. The entire school signed the pledge to promise to do our best to treat everyone fairly, be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me. If we see someone being hurt or bullied, we will tell a teacher. We will help others to feel safe and happy at school. Check out the video, showing off some of their work already this year. Thanks to Mrs. Stacey Sturm for taking the lead with this important work to make sure every Gator knows they're welcome in our school!

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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 two 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.

Gator Gold Prize Drawing

Our gators work hard each day to earn Gator Golds for owning their own actions, responding respectfully, and staying safe, as part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) model. All students had an opportunity to trade in their Gator Golds for an entry into a drawing for prizes during December 14-22. Here are a few of our lucky winners!
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Cold Weather Practices

Winter is here, time to share information regarding Union Chapel’s cold weather practices, which are in keeping with the PHSD Parent-Student Handbook (p.44). "On days when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the playground is cleared of snow and ice, there will be outdoor recess." Please send coats, gloves, hats, etc. daily with students to ensure they are prepared for outdoor recess any day the temperature or wind chill is above 20 degrees.

A Note From Our School Nurse

Please be sure to provide a second set of season-appropriate clothing for your student. This second set will be used in the event that your child spills, has an accident, or for any other incident that causes a need for a change of clothing. This second set should be kept in your child's backpack each day. In the event that your child's clothing has become wet, ripped, or extremely dirty and there is not a second set of clothing for them, we will call and ask that more clothing be brought to the school. Thank you!

Nurse Stephanie Walls



The Reading and Writing Project

We at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. We want to help. To that end, we have created free offerings for families. We hope these will bring more joy into home literacy learning. We will be adding to these regularly; check this page for updates and additions!



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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 .

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;
  • 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.