Union Chapel Gator Gab

April 2016

UC Students try out Little Bits and Dash & Dot!

See the pictures below where Genius Hour Club students are trying out new electronic items! The students had fun building circuits with Little Bits purchased for our building by the Park Hill School District. Little Bits are color coded electronic bits that encourage exploration, experimentation and creativity. Students snap together magnetic bits with no soldering, no wiring, and no programming needed. They created an alarm, a doorbell, a massager, a robot arm, a fan and many, many more creations. The possibilities are endless.


Genius Hour Club students were also the first to try out the Dash & Dot robots purchased with building money for all students to use. Dash & Dot robots are exciting, hands-on learning tools for students that bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to life and are targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking. Dash & Dot robots help students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using five coding applications on the iPad.

Food Drive April 11-15

Student Council is having a food drive for the KC Pet Project in April. In the spring, the shelter sees a lot more dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens, and they need our help. The drive will be April 11-15. They are in need of the following food items:

  • Canned dog food

  • Canned puppy food

  • Soft dog treats for training

  • Dry kitten food

  • Canned cat food

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. Some brands the shelter likes to use are: Friskies, Royal Canin, Wellness, and Pedigree. To see other brands they like, you can go to their 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! You can send donations with your child that week. We will have several drop off locations around the building.

Dance Unit was so exciting for Union Chapel students!

Both Mrs. Osborne and Coach Harwood collaborated for a two-week period and combined music and PE classes in grades 3-5. Students learned various dances such as circle, longway sets, Sicilian circle dances, and square dances. The music played was from various countries as well as the United States. Dancing, a form of movement, is a non-competitive and engaging activity that builds community and fosters respect for one another. Building community through traditional dance is a life-long skill. In the short clip below, fourth grade students are dancing a Sicilian circle dance, which is described as small circles within a large circle. The dance originated in England. As you can see in the video, the dance unit moved outside since it was a beautiful day. Enjoy!

Spirit Days

April 1- Wordle shirt

April 8- Royals

April 15- Tie Dye

April 22- Blue and Green

April 29- Spring colors

Early release day- April 14th @ 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of this early release day is to provide an additional opportunity for collaboration and professional development for elementary teachers.

Student showcase/science fair

Thursday, April 7th, 5pm

Union Chapel Elementary School

PTA meeting

Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30pm

Union Chapel Media Center

1st grade Musical

Thursday, April 14th, 7pm

Union Chapel Gym

PTA Family Dance Night/Silent Auction

Friday, April 15th, 6pm

Union Chapel Gym and Cafeteria

1st Grade Field Trip

Wednesday, April 20th, 8:45am

Contact Teacher for more information

This date will be for Ms. Lamparter and Ms. Hildebrand's classes

Volunteer Luncheon

Tuesday, April 26th, 11am

Union Chapel Media Center

More information will come out soon!

PTA Cultural Arts Assembly

Thursday, April 28th, 1pm

Union Chapel Gym

1st grade field trip

Friday, April 29th, 8:45am

Contact Teacher for more information

This date will be for Ms. Gastel and Ms. Langan's classes.
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