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Parent Newsletter for April 2017

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2017-18 Kindergarten Registration and Roundup Information

We are now enrolling incoming kindergarteners for the 2017-18 school year. Children must turn 5 on or before July 31, 2017 to be enrolled in kindergarten. Kindergarten roundup will be held Monday, May 1 with 3 sessions beginning at 5:30pm. Please contact the Union Chapel office, 816.359.4310, to schedule a roundup time. Registration packets are available in the Union Chapel office - stop by and enroll today! Contact Susan Sadler in the Union Chapel office for more details.

Ukeleles are here at Union Chapel!

Mrs. Osborne is really excited about what's going on in music. Click here to read about it.
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A note from our school nurse, Mrs. Walls

MEDICATIONS: As the end of the school year approaches, please remember to pick up your child’s medication from the nurse’s office. By PHSD policy, the school cannot store any medication for the following school year. Any medication not picked up will be discarded on the last day of school. As a reminder, medication administration forms must be renewed annually, and a form must accompany all medication before it can be administered. For scheduled medication that needs to be initiated on the first day of school in August, please ask for a blank medication form when picking up this year’s medication.

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Union Chapel Science Fair

The science fair is a NON-competitive event and involves as few rules and requirements as possible. Our goal is for students to have fun learning about a science topic of their choice and to give them an opportunity to show what they’ve learned.

Union Chapel students are invited to be a part of the science fair on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Click here for more information.

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KC Pet Project Donation Drive

Student Council is having a food drive for the KC Pet Project April 10-14. In the spring, more dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens come into the shelter in need of help. KC Pet Project is in need of the following items:

  • Canned dog food
  • Canned puppy food
  • Canned cat food
  • Dry cat food

  • Printer paper

  • Paper towels

  • Peanut butter

Please make sure to bring in quality food items. This ensures the animals in the shelter get the nutrition they need before finding their forever homes. Pet stores such as PetSmart or Petco are great places to purchase these items. Some brands KC Pet Project likes to use are Friskies, Royal Canine, Wellness, and Pedigree. To see other brands or items they need, you can visit the KC Pet Project Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/10A4YH6O85O96/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Thank you in advance for helping out one of our local shelters! We will have several drop off locations around the building.

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No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue - Vote April 4th!

Spotlight on Bond Projects: High School Plans

Among the projects in the no-tax-increase bond issue on the April 4 ballot is a facility for high-school students. Meeting the needs of our high-school students and their class sizes is part of the long-range facility plan, which is based on our enrollment growth.

The first step of this plan is a leased space, which will be the first home of the LEAD Innovation Studio. Starting next school year, some Park Hill High School and Park Hill South High School students will learn at LEAD. This will free up classroom space while giving these students a flexible, personalized learning environment, focused on problem-solving skills, project-based learning and professional experiences.

If approved, the no-tax-increase bond issue will pay to build a district-owned facility designed for the needs of the LEAD students. It would also be the first phase of a full high school, so that we could build onto it if we get enough enrollment. Although our current projections show that our growth could slow, our patrons told us during the public-input stages of our long-range planning process that they preferred a new high school.

In keeping with that feedback, this is a conservative plan that allows us to wait and see whether we need an entire high school.

Other Projects

The no-tax-increase bond issue also includes these projects:

  • A new elementary school
  • A new middle school
  • A district warehouse and support services facility to support our classrooms and maintain our facilities
  • Improvements to existing facilities

If economic conditions leave enough proceeds from the bond issue, we would also

  • Build a transportation center, which could save us money on busing
  • Pay for maintenance projects in our existing facilities

It is possible to pay for these projects with no tax increase because of our Board’s careful money management and good financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to good financial management by the district, Park Hill is in a position to ask for a bond without raising taxes. This is a result of aggressively paying off existing debts and refinancing for better rates. Local commercial and residential growth has also helped by expanding the local tax base. Because of these factors, we have room in our state-set debt limit to take on additional debt with no tax increase. We will continue to carefully monitor our debt and interest rates in order to save taxpayer dollars.

Thanks to their conservative budgeting, we have enough room in our debt service levy to issue bonds to cover the cost of these new schools and projects with no tax increase.

For more information about Park Hill’s no-tax-increase bond issue, please visit the district’s website at http://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/.

Paid for by the Park Hill School District
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153

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What's upcoming at Union Chapel

4/3-7 Scholastic Book Fair

4/6 Academic Showcase & Science Fair

4/7 Spirit Wear - Royals or Blue shirt

4/10-14 KC Pet Project Donation Drive

4/10 PTA Cultural Arts Assemblies & Workshops - Russian Kaleidoscope

4/13 Early Release (1:30 pm)

4/13 2nd grade field trip to Arrowhead

4/14 Fire Dept. Lunches

4/14 Spirit Wear - Spring Colors

4/14 4th grade Growth and Development

4/17 No School

4/21 Spirit Wear - Earth Day Colors

4/21 PTA Silent Auction (6:00 pm)

4/28 Spirit Wear - Neon or Tie Dye

4/28 Volunteer Luncheon

May 2017

5/1 Kindergarten Round-Up (5:30 pm)

5/5 Spirit Wear - Royals

5/9 PTA Meeting (6:30 pm)

5/11 Early Release (1:30 pm)

5/12 Fire Dept. Lunches

5/12 Spirit Wear - Sporting KC Colors

5/15 Field Day

5/17 5th grade recognition (9:00 am)

5/17 Awards Assembly (1:00 pm)

5/18 Make Up Field Day (if needed)

5/19 Spirit Wear - Wordle Shirts

5/19 5th grade Track Meet (@ Park Hill District Stadium)

5/25 Last Day of School (dismissal 11:45 am)

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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.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

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.