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May 2021 Parent Newsletter

2021 Summer School

This year Union Chapel Elementary is excited to Launch Into Learning during summer school! Students will be immersed in galactic adventures with our dedicated teachers and summer school curriculum June 7th-July 2nd. Union Chapel will also have Out of This World spirit days, a weekly prize cart, and special activities during our 20 days together. To learn more, visit the Park Hill School District website. Prepare to blast off by enrolling your child(ren) in the Parent Portal. If you are unable to access your Parent Portal, please contact the UC office at 816.359.4310. Please complete this enrollment by May 7.

Click here for more information.

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Field Day is Wednesday, May 26

Dates to Remember

May 6: Kindergarten Kick Off (5:00 -7:30 pm)

May 26: Field Day at Union Chapel

May 28: Last Day of School (students released at 12:23 pm; lunch will be served)

June 7: First day of Summer School (8:40 am - 3:40 pm)

Kindergarten Enrollment

Enrollment and residency verification began April 5, 2021. Information is located on the Park Hill website, www.parkhill.k12.mo.us under parent resources. Please note that current UC families with an incoming kindergartner will add this child to your parent portal during the verification process; you will not complete the enrollment process, only the verification process.

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Thank you!

This year our Gators raised $2,213.62 during our Read Across Missouri week! These donations are used for Union Chapel student resources and materials that provide a variety of learning approaches to meet individual learning needs, styles, and interests. Union Chapel also donated 10% of those funds to the Park Hill Clothing Center. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated! We couldn't have done it without all of you.

Lost and Found

In March, UC donated 3 bags of lost and found items to the Park Hill Clothing Center when they were not claimed by their owners. While we're happy these items will be put to good use, we'd also like your child to be able to keep her or his own jackets, sweatshirts, etc. Our lost and found area is located in the hall where students can see everything on their way out to recess or coming back in for lunch each day. As our 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, please remind your child to check lost and found for missing belongings. Items remaining at the end of the last day of school, Friday, May 28 will be donated to the Park Hill Clothing Center.
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Summer Reading Program

Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2021 Summer Library Program is just around the corner, beginning June 1 and running through August 24. The theme is “Show Me,” in recognition of the upcoming Missouri bicentennial. This year, children and teens are encouraged to read for at least 20 minutes each day for a total of 60 days to earn up to 3 books for their home library. Activities and virtual programs will also be available, providing opportunities for children and teens to explore additional interests throughout the summer.

This summer will continue to look a little different from years past, but we hope that by making some adjustments to our program, we will be able to reach even more students during what has become a crucial time in education. We invite you to learn more about this year’s SLP at www.mymcpl.org/ShowMe

Thank you for your continued support of the Summer Library Program. We look forward to another successful summer of student engagement with the Library.

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Thank you so much for your support of the Scholastic book fair. It was a huge success despite the challenges we faced due to the global pandemic. The students and parents adapted to the changes and were able to uphold all safety measures of wearing masks, social distancing, stable groups, and sanitizing while still getting books into the hands of children.

Calling All Parents

We are planning now for the 2021-22 school year! Is your family moving either to another Park Hill location or out of our area? We need to know - please call our office at 816-359-4310 or email Susan Sadler with this information today. We appreciate knowing this information as we begin our class placement process for next year.

Art Showcase Update

The following is a note from our Art teacher, Mrs. Ashley Sewell:

There will NOT be a UC Art Showcase this year. Framing artwork with Artome frames has become a tradition for many Union Chapel families. If you would still like to order a frame, please contact Mrs. Sewell.

Frames contain a matte with a 9x12 opening.


Library 3D Creations

Park Hill School District purchased two 3D printers for UC! A 3D printer prints a three-dimensional object layer by layer, usually in plastic, but fancy ones can print in metal and even chocolate. So far this school year all students in grades 3-5 have used software to design a 3D image for the printer. Also, over 100 students have purchased 3D printing from the school store with gator golds. The process of creating the image is often a challenging one, as creating in 3D doesn’t always come naturally. Using the software builds spatial skills that students often don’t experience. They also learn about scale and accurate measurements, especially when creating interconnected parts. The best part is that students have something to show for all those calculations. 3D printing gives us a tiny manufacturing plant and prototyping tool right here at UC, which students can use to bring their imaginations to life! Online students are also able to send designs in to be printed and pick up their creations curbside.

Birthday Treats

New in the 2020-21 school year, the Park Hill Food Service team is offering 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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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 .


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.