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December 2018 Parent Newslater

Cold Weather Practices

As we approach winter, we would like to share information regarding Union Chapel’s cold weather practices, which are in keeping with the PHSD Parent-Student Handbook (p.39). "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.

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Miles of Smiles

Miles of Smiles, Inc. provides free dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to oral health services. The dental care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants at Union Chapel from November 27th through December 12th. Miles of Smiles treats children from the ages of 3 to 18, and 75% of the treatment provided is fillings and extractions. All Miles of Smiles patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays.

Miles of Smiles is currently at Union Chapel! It’s not too late to sign up. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact school social worker Ellie Hart at 816-359-5733 or harte@parkhill.k12.mo.us. The Miles of Smiles application is also available online: https://www.milesofsmilesinc.org/ . Union Chapel would like to help all our students see a dentist!

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Helping Children Cope with Tragedy

It is a sad fact that all children need to know how to deal with tragic events—and their parents and caregivers need to know how to help them cope.

This month's Report to Parents, Helping Children Cope With Tragedy, offers families tips for how to help their child cope in the wake of a disaster or tragic event.

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Upcoming Events for December

12/6 2nd Grade Music Program (7:00; Gym)

12/6 Mathletics ( 4:15; English Landing)

12/13 Spirit Wear: Exercise Clothes w/ Tennis shoes

12/13 No Bridges

12/13 Early Release Day (classes dismiss at 1:30)

12/14 3rd Grade Field Trip (9:30; Kauffman Performing Arts)

12/19 1st Grade Gingerbread House Day (check with individual teacher for time)

12/20 Scooter Soccer Tournament (Students wear Team Colors)

12/21 End of First Semester

12/21 No Bridges

12/21 Winter Assembly (9:00; Gym)

12/21 Winter Parties (10:15; classrooms)

12/21 Early release at 11:45

12/24 - 1/2/19 Winter Break

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Park Hill Stars

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy. Recently, PHSD Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd visited Union Chapel to congratulate three staff members who were nominated by parents and students. Pictures of these visits are below.

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

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

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.

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Union Chapel Vision and Mission Statement

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.