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January 2018 Parent Newsletter

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Santa's Helpers at UC

A group of our generous UC families banded together to make the holidays brighter for 29 of our Gators. They coordinated their efforts with our school social worker, Mrs. Ellie Hart, and purchased gifts for children within our own learning community.


All together, a collection of $1450 ($50 per child) was raised. Three volunteers did all the shopping and wrapping, and Mrs. Hart distributed gifts to everyone. Each child received one outfit, a pair of shoes, a book, a board type game, toys, and stockings (including Hair brush and hair accessories for girls, socks and deodorant for older boys, one small stuffed toy, candy).


This would have been impossible without the help of each person who generously donated money and time. The parents are already excited about the possibility of repeating their generosity next year!

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Morning Drop-Off

With the cold weather upon us, please remember to have your child(ren) ready to exit the vehicle when they arrive (coats on, etc.).


Please pull forward all the way to the stop sign or to the car in front of you. We have over 100 car riders each morning, so please be aware of the cars in front of and behind you.


Remember children may arrive between 8:25 and the start of the school day, which is 8:40 A.M.


If you must come into the building with your child, please park in a parking spot, not on the curb.

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PHSD Cafeteria Information

We [PHSD] recently received a great deal of feedback from parents about whether we should serve ice cream as an ala carte option in our elementary schools. In order to look into the feedback and to do further research into the subject, we plan to temporarily suspend the sale of ice cream for elementary students. We will send out a brief survey in January to get more input from parents on this subject. We will continue to sell our other ala carte options in the meantime. Each of these choices has fewer than 200 calories.
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Hour of Code

During the month of December all Union Chapel students kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the Hour of Code in the media center. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. Ask your child to show you all about it at https://hourofcode.com/us/learn.

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Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 24th at PHHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 27-June. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by January 5th. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance or click here for more information.

http://tinyurl.com/PH2018spellingbee

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January Calendar of Events

January 1-2 Winter Break

January 3 Welcome Back Students

January 11 Early Release (1:30)

January 15 No School (MLK Day)

January 23 1st Grade Field Trip (Lamparter/Hildebrand)

January 25 2nd Grade Music Program (2:30, 7:00)

January 26 1st Grade Field Trip (Langan/Howard)

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Park Hill Star

The nomination form for the Park Hill Star award is open! This award recognizes employees who reflect the district’s values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. Anyone can nominate a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee for the monthly recognition. Also, check out the compilation video of the 2016-2017 Park Hill Star award winners. Click here for a listing of all previous Union Chapel nominees and honorees.