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November Parent Newsletter

Birthday Treats- PLEASE READ

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.


Just as in this fall semester, families will choose between in-person and online learning for their children for second semester. Because surveys have showed us that we will have some students returning to in-person and some moving to Park Hill online, we know we will need enough time to develop schedules and make a new staffing plan based on the updated enrollment numbers. Beginning on October 29, families and students will choose between the two learning options, and they will have until November 13 to make their decisions.

For more information, see Dr. Kimbrel's board presentation here.

Report cards available November 6

Parents will be able to access first quarter report cards through the Parent Portal on November 6. The image below provides step-by-step directions to help you view your child's quarterly report card. If you are unable to access the Parent Portal, please contact Mrs. Sadler in the UC office at 816-359-4310.
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Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is growing quite large! Click here to view the items we have. If you would like to come and pick up an item that your child lost, call the UC office at 816-359-4310 and let us know which item on which slide is yours. We will deliver this item to your child to bring home.

Please note that any item left after 4:00 pm on Friday, November 13th will be donated to the Hillcrest Thrift Shop.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise funds for our school with our fall Scholastic Book Fair. We are so excited to be able to offer students a sense of normalcy and joy after they’ve missed so much this year.

Our Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers.
And all purchases will directly support our school!

Important information for our Fair, held November 16-20:

Safety First: The safety and well-being of your child is our top priority. We’re taking extra precautions to host a safe, socially distanced Fair at our school, focusing on preventive measures. Learn more at bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/articles/safety

  • Contactless Checkout: With Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, your child can shop the Fair cash-free. And now grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library!
  • Shop Online: Experience the Book Fair fun by visiting our Book Fair online! You can shop over 6,000 products — and all orders ship direct to your home (with free shipping on book-only orders over $25*)!
    All purchases made during the Fair will bring our school 25% in rewards.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

We look forward to seeing your child at the Fair! Thank you for continuing to support our school.

NO SCHOOL- 11/25-11/27

We're closed for Thanksgiving break. We'll see you on Monday 11/30!
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Morning Car Rider Reminder

We recently added a dotted line to our parking lot to help families know where the two drop off lanes begin. Please be sure to utilize both of these lanes in the mornings for a quicker, smoother car rider drop off process. See the image below for clarification.

Thank you for your help!

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Halloween Safety

Halloween is a great time of year for many children. Like many

other activities, Halloween will look different this year during

the COVID-19 pandemic as we all work to keep our families and

community safe. Click here to read more.

Transportation Tidbits

FirstView App Roll Out

Park Hill is excited to start using the FirstView® bus-tracking app, provided by our transportation provider, First Student. You can download the FirstView® app on your smartphone or use the app on your computer by visiting firstviewapp.com.

Click here for information on how to sign up!

Please see below for information on where to find assistance regarding:

The FirstView app - Customer Support at 888-889-8920 from 6 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday.

My student’s S-Number or Access Code – Visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at: https://ic.parkhill.k12.mo.us/campus/portal/parkhill.jsp

My student’s bus or bus stop information – Call First Student at 816-359-4560. Please select option 2.

SEL is Much More Than OK!

Social/Emotional Learning is a popular topic among educators lately. Simply put, SEL is the process of teaching and learning the skills needed to manage feelings and impulses, get along with others, be flexible and resilient, solve problems and show empathy. Research is showing us that not only are these skills really important, they can be learned. For example, we aren’t all born knowing how to manage our impulses, but we can learn how with practice. Park Hill puts so much value on SEL skills that we include SEL in our district goals! Here’s a Thanksgiving-Time Tip: We know that practicing gratitude builds SEL skills. For a month of gratitude ideas, click here.

Story Time with Kauffman Center Organ Conservator Jan Kraybill

If the children in your life love stories or being read to, we have a unique opportunity we’re excited to share!

Jan Kraybill, our talented Grammy-nominated Organ Conservator, takes a break from playing the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, to read Carmela D’Amico’s delightful children’s book, “Ella Sets the Stage.”

As part of the PNC Great Readers initiative, which features community partners reading inspiring children’s books, Kraybill brings to life the story of Ella the elephant as she discovers a new talent ahead of her school’s talent show.

We hope you and the children in your life enjoy this unique take on story time!

Park Hill Provides Online Learning Resources

We know that keeping up with online learning can be tricky. Park Hill has pulled lots of resources to support families with online learning into one easy-to-find location. You can also find it through the main district webpage under Family Resources>Parent Tools>Parent University. Resources are organized by topic: Tech & Connect, Care & Connect, Learn & Connect.

A Virtual Relaxation Room was recently added to this site for students, families, staff and community members. It’s a great place to practice self-care!

Still have questions? The online learning support line is answered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8am and 5pm. The number is 816.359.4044.

Park Hill Parent Night

We’re All in This Together.

Please join us via Zoom on November 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 for an informative session provided by Tri-County Mental Health. This virtual parent night will focus on suicide prevention and mental wellness. You’ll learn about warning signs and risk factors for suicide, plus ways to talk with your kids to keep them safe. More information and the zoom link can be found here

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

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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 Statemen

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.