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February 2021 Parent Newsletter

Changes to the Spring Semester Calendar

The Board approved changes to our current academic calendar. These changes include . . .

  • No school for students or teachers on Presidents Day, February 15.
  • No school for students on Friday, March 26. This will be a work day for teachers.
  • Depending on inclement weather days, the last day of school will be Friday, May 28. It will be a half-day for students and a full day for teachers.

Student Antigen Testing

Student Antigen Testing:

On January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse.

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:

1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms for 48 hours.

3.) Call the school nurse at (816)359-4314 and she can refer you to the Antigen Testing Center for a telephone consultation.

4.) Click and print this consent form: Consent forms are available on our website. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)

Please contact our school nurse if your child has an exposure or symptoms of COVID, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.

Stephanie Walls BSN, RN

School Nurse

Union Chapel Elementary

7100 NW Hampton Road

Kansas City, Mo 64152

(816) 359-4314

Family Feedback Needed

School Counselor Beth Dusin would like your help identifying the skills our Gators need the most. Your feedback will help Mrs. Dusin plan her lessons to meet the needs of Union Chapel students. Please complete this survey to let us know what you think. Thank you for taking a few minutes to make our counseling program stronger!

Afternoon Pick Up

If you need to check your student(s) out of school between 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm, please note that it is best to park in the lower parking lot and walk up to the front doors. The car rider line has already begun at this point in the day and our parking lot becomes extremely busy. To avoid getting blocked into a parking spot, please park in the lower lot (near the recycling bins) and walk up. Ring the doorbell; we will call your student(s) out of class and send them to you!

Help Children Learn at Home

There are many ways you can help children learn at home. Whether your child is attending in-person classes, online classes at home, or a combination of both, adjusting to a new learning routine can be challenging and stressful for everyone involved. The following strategies are meant to help you get the support you need to facilitate at-home learning while staying connected and engaged with your school community.

Here are a few things you can do to help your child learn at home.

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If you would like to know what is happening in the library at Union Chapel this year, please follow the Instagram account ucmediacenter.

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Extra Clothes

Please be sure to provide a second set of seasonally 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



Union Chapel Recycling Bins

The recycling bins on Union Chapel property are often filled to overflowing. While we appreciate our community's interest in taking care of our planet, it is important to keep these things in mind when using our recycling bins:

-When our bins are completely filled with community items, our school cannot utilize them. This means we have to throw items that would usually be recycled in the trash.

-If bins are full, please do not continue to add recyclables. If the doors cannot shut, loose items blow into our yard and into our neighbors' yards. This causes our custodians to take time away from student needs to clean up messes that could have been prevented. We want our school to be a good neighbor, and no one likes to find someone else's trash -- or recyclables -- on their lawn.

-Each neighborhood has its own curbside recycling service. We ask that you utilize this option whenever possible.

-Please pass along this information to your neighbors and community friends. The more families are aware of this important information, the better we can serve our students and our planet!

-Here is a helpful list of items that can and cannot be recycled.

Thank you for helping Union Chapel make planet-conscious steps in waste management!

Birthday Treats

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. This form must be completed and turned in two weeks before the date you would like the treats to be given to the class.

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.


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Cold Weather Practices

Winter is here and we would like to share information regarding Union Chapel’s cold weather practices, which are in keeping with the PHSD Parent-Student Handbook (p.44). "On days when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the playground is cleared of snow and ice, there will be outdoor recess." Please send coats, gloves, hats, etc. daily with students to ensure they are prepared for outdoor recess any day the temperature or wind chill is above 20 degrees.

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 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.