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September 2020 Parent Newsletter

Join PTA and Help Support our Gators!

The Union Chapel PTA is working hard to implement creative ideas to help our school feel more like normal in this unprecedented school year. For this year, we have added funding to help provide additional personal protective equipment for our teachers and staff. We increased our budget to help those Union Chapel families in need. We are also working on how to make connections with our on-line Gators and incorporate in-classroom experiences, like our usual field trips, class parties, and cultural arts events with our in-school Gators. Every dollar received sponsors unique UC PTA programs & activities. Please click here for a PTA membership form.

9/08-First Day of School (9:10 am - 4:00 pm)

9/08-9/18-Miles of Smiles

9/18-Fall Pictures

Hello from our art teacher, Mrs. Sewell

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



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



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

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Helping Children Understand Self and Others

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent events that address centuries of social injustice have highlighted the need for social-emotional learning that enables students to be socially aware, build relationships, and be aware of and manage their own feelings and behavior. Social and emotional learning are lifelong processes that are equally as important as academics. Social and emotional skills are crucial for students to learn in order to thrive and reach their full potential.

Click here for more on how you can help your child.

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All students will have their individual pictures taken this day as these pictures will appear in the yearbook. Once again this year, there will be online ordering only. Families have the option to prepay or wait for a proof picture with the option to order online at a later date. There will be fall picture re-takes on October 28 for any student absent on September 18.

Pictures for Park Hill Online students will take place on October 28 at Union Chapel. More information will be available closer to that date.

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Miles of Smiles, a program of LevelUp Kids, provides free dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to oral health services. The dental care will be provided at Union Chapel from September 8 (first day of school) through September 18. All care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants. Miles of Smiles treats children from the ages of 3 to 18, and all of their patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays.

Miles of Smiles dental program is starting on the very first day of school! Please register ASAP to ensure your child can be seen by the dentist at Union Chapel. We highly encourage online registration, which can be found at this link: https://levelupkidsinc.org/patientinfo. Please contact UC school social worker Ellie Logan (816-359-5733) or PHSD social worker Amy Powell (816-359-6892) if you have any questions or need help registering your child. We want to help all students see a dentist!

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.

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.