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January 2019 Parent Newsletter

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Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 23rd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 26-May 31. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. 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.

In addition, We are excited to announce the opportunity for you to attend an Introductory Meeting on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in room 230 of Park Hill School District Office to learn about how the bee works and what the rules are for going to Nationals! This will be followed by several study sessions with dates to be announced. There is no sign-up necessary; just drop by if you are available.

Park Hill School District Parent Night

Park Hill's next Suicide Prevention Parent Night will be January 22, 2019. Additional information can be found here.

The Hour of Code

Our entire school, all students kindergarten through 5th grade, joined in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). Our students at Union Chapel are changing the future with an Hour of Code. We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Would you like to learn more about it? See

2018 Christmas on the River-Parkville, MO

Each year, our 5th grade Gator choir joins students from across the PHSD to sing at Christmas on the River in Downtown Parkville. Here are some pictures from this special event.

January 2019

1/3 Classes resume

1/3 Bridges resumes

1/7 Report Cards available

1/8 PTA Meeting (6:30; LMC)

1/10 Early Release (Classes dismiss at 1:30)

1/10 Spirit Wear: Exercise clothes w/ tennis shoes

1/11 Spirit Wear: Red Friday

1/18 Spirit Wear: Favorite Football Team

1/21 No School- MLK Day

1/25 PTA Movie Night (time TBA)

1/31 5th Grade Music Program

1/31 Spirit Wear: UC Gator Shirt

1/31 Yearbook Club Picture Day

Park Hill Stars

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.

Union Chapel Mission and Vision 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.