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October 2020 Parent Newsletter

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Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home

As we all adjust to the current situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we create safe, supportive, and engaging spaces for learning at home. Click here to read more about how you can help.

Community Breakfast Invitation

2020 Community Breakfast “Virtual” Edition

Come Together Towards Tomorrow and visit our website to tune in on October 28th at 8:00 a.m.

Enjoy your coffee in your “happy place” while watching a Park Hill Foundation Special Edition. It will be the highlight of your day! This edition will feature several broadcast journalism students in-front and behind the cameras. Meet news anchors Thomas Wineinger, Park Hill High School, and Bode Eisenmenger, from Park Hill South High School as they report the latest.

AND don’t miss . . . an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent.

Just think:

NO super early morning alarm
NO dress code
NO traffic
NO sitter
NO tickets or registration

Have coffee with us!

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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.

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.

Follow Us

Keep up with all that is happening in the Union Chapel library this year by following our Instagram account! You can find us on the app under ucmediacenter.

For schoolwide updates, our UC Instagram is uc_gators.

Fall Picture Retake Day- October 28

Fall picture re-take day is October 28th. New students who began at UC after fall picture day or any student absent on picture day (September 18th) will have their picture taken as this picture will appear in the yearbook. Online students will also have their picture taken on this day. A schedule will be sent to online families closer to this date. If you would like for your child to have their picture re-taken, you must send back the purchased packet of pictures or the proof sheet. All picture re-takes will be taken the morning of Wednesday, October 28th.
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Managing Virtual Learning Stress

As schools across the country are conducting schoolwork remotely, many children are forced to deal with what some call “Zoom fatigue.” Whatever the virtual platform they use, maintaining focus, eliminating distractions, and coping with self-consciousness presents new challenges and takes its toll on students .Fortunately, there are ways you can help your child proactively be more engaged and manage this fatigue

Click here for some options when it comes to helping your child.

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Park Hill Parent Night

Your support and encouragement play vital roles in your child's mental health. Talk to your kids

about suicide. Engage in mental wellness communication. Use this information help you start the conversation.

Please Review this checklist each day, and if your child exhibits any of these symptoms, keep them home.

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Miles of Smiles Update

Miles of Smiles (MOS), a free, comprehensive dental service for students who qualify, saw 27 Union Chapel students in September! Last year we had 40. With more than 100 of our students learning from home, and MOS starting on the first day of school, we are delighted the program was able to serve so many of our students. MOS reports the value of services provided at Union Chapel as $5,405.90. “This amount is based on the current Missouri Medicaid fee schedule. Usual and customary fees (charged by most dentists) are at least three times that of Medicaid fees,” according to the MOS program.

LevelUp Kids is the foundation that provides comprehensive dental services through MOS and free vision care to children who do not otherwise have access. Learn more about LevelUp Kids, which serves students in over 45 schools in our area!

Hello From our Art Teacher, Mrs. Sewell- REPEAT

Hello, Union Chapel Gator families! Oh, how I have missed you. I am so excited to get back to making beautiful artwork together. Along with the rest of the world, there will be changes in art this school year that I wanted to make you aware of. Please check out the dot points below, and as always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to me via phone or email.

  • Art Showcase Frames

Our art showcase got canceled last spring, but there is good news! You have the artwork that came home in portfolios at the end of the year, and we are being given the opportunity to purchase frames to display that artwork. In keeping with the past few years of tradition, if you would like to purchase a frame, please email me with the following information: your child(ren)'s names, your name, and phone number. I will put in orders periodically as I have enough and have received your payment. You may send payment by check or cash. The price to purchase a frame is $25.00. Please make checks payable to Union Chapel. In the past, those funds have gone to purchasing new stools for the art room, stools for the counselor's office, new recess equipment, and iPads. This year, funds will be used to replace supplies as we go through them in the art classroom.

  • Artsonia

We will continue to use Artsonia, our online student gallery. You will get more information about this in the upcoming days. Student artwork is displayed digitally with the possibility of being purchased on things from magnets, greeting cards, jewelry, canvas, t-shirts and many other options. Union Chapel receives 30% of the proceeds from Artsonia.

  • Portfolios

Students WILL NOT have portfolios this year that are kept in the art classroom and sent home at the end of the year. Instead, students will bring home artwork as it is completed. There may be times when the artwork is held back with the possibility of going to the Park Hill School District Art Festival in the spring, being showcased in a frame in the Union Chapel hallways, or for other district art displays. All remaining work will be sent home at the end of the school year.

Mrs. Ashley Sewell



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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.