Sunday, January 8, 2017

Star News 1/8/2017


Upcoming Events

2             SCHOOL RESUMES

16          NO SCHOOL;                  MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE, 9:30-11:30 AM

24         BASKETBALL SPIRIT NIGHT, 6:00 & 7:15 PM



Sign Up Now for ​Next Monday's "Blankets​ ​for​ ​Buddies"

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Please​ ​join​ ​us​ ​as​ ​we​ ​honor​ ​the​ ​life​ ​and​ ​legacy​ ​of​ ​Dr.​ ​Martin​ ​Luther​ ​King​ ​Jr.​ ​on​ ​Monday, January​ ​16th​ ​in​ ​the​ ​UE​ ​Cafeteria​ ​from​ ​9:30-11:30​ ​a.m.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​making​ ​fleece​ ​blankets for​ ​children​ ​with​ ​long​-​term​ ​illnesses​ ​at​ Nemours/​AI​ ​duPont​ ​Hospital for Children.​ ​Participating​ ​families will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​with​ ​a​ ​blanket-making​ ​kit​ ​so​ ​that​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​children​ ​can​ ​work​ ​together​ ​to make​ ​these​ ​special​ ​gifts​ ​for​ ​sick​ ​kids.​​ Light​ ​refreshments​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided. 

With questions, please ​contact​ ​Committee Chairs​ ​Micki​ ​Tilley​ ​(​​)​ ​or​ ​Jackie​ ​Knight (​).

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Become a UE New Student Ambassador

Does your child have UE spirit to spare? Would he or she enjoy being a "buddy" for a new student? Could your family help a new family get acquainted with UE?

Join the Unionville Elementary Ambassadors and help provide a warm welcome!

UE is introducing a new UE Ambassadors program to help connect new students with current students and families who can help them get acclimated in their new school.

Learn more and download registration form to become a UE Ambassador here.

An informational meeting will be held in January for all those interested.

UE Family Fun Night (Bingo) - Send in Forms

Family Fun Night forms came home this week. Please remember to fill out the form and send it back to school in an envelope marked "Family Fun Night." If you are also purchasing pizza, please include cash or check made out to "UE PTO." (Pizza will only be ordered for families who have made an advance purchase.)

Forms and money are due by Wednesday, 1/18.

Download form here.

Families in Grades K-2: Reading Night

Families with children in grades Kindergarten through 2nd, please join us on Friday night, February 10th, from 6-7:30 p.m. for the K-2 Reading Night.

The theme this year is "underwater!" Come listen to some books read by our
special guest readers, have a snack and do a craft. Don't forget to
wear your PJs. RSVP to with the names of children
attending and their grade levels. 

This is not a drop-off event. Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.  Thanks and we hope to see you then!


Stars for Service Holiday Harvest
The UE Stars for Service harvested the late Fall crop in the UE Food Garden - sponsored by Chester County Food Bank. Over 21 lbs. of beets, lettuce and turnips were delivered to the Kennett Cupboard food bank in time for the holidays! 

Next Chess Club Session

The next Chess Club session will run on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:40 p.m. from January 18-March 8. See the registration form sent home with students or visit for information and to register.

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run

Unionville Elementary School is hoping to re-establish its Girls on the Run team, which did not participate last fall due to a lack of coaches. The Girls on the Run program is for girls in grades 3-5 who are willing to set a goal and work towards achieving it. The organization's mission is simple: "to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." 

Coaches need not be runners themselves, but rather caring, compassionate individuals who are willing and able to deliver a pre-established curriculum over the course of 12 weeks. Anyone interested in coaching or even just looking for more information can contact Joy Zdebski at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine ( Registration is scheduled to begin February 6 so don't delay!

Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Unionville Elementary for Grades 1-5

The next club of the school year begins soon!! Science Club will meet on Mondays & Thursdays in Room 150 at Unionville Elementary after school from 3:30-4:30 and is available to students in grades 1-5. The Monday club will start on 2/6/17.
The Thursday club will start on 1/26/17. The next club topic is KITCHEN CHEMISTRY:  

Chef or chemist? Kitchen or laboratory? Explore the science of kitchen chemistry as you investigate ingredients that pop, fizz and foam. Discover the amazing transformation of cream to butter, taste the science of popping CO2, create gooey gum drops, and freeze your own slushies. These are just a cupful of the concoctions you will be creating!

*Dairy Allergy alert

Club topics later in the school year include 3-2-1 Blast Off and Super Duper Product Sleuthers.

Please visit and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost, or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 20 students per, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please contact Jill Shinn at or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

UHS Baseball Youth Winter Skills Series

Unionville High School Baseball is once again offering their Youth Baseball Winter Skills Series for players ages 8-14. They will offer a Two-Day Hitting Clinic and a Two-Day Pitching/Catching Clinic. All proceeds benefit the UHS Diamond Booster Club.  The Hitting clinics will be held Jan 14 and 21st from 11 am to 1 pm.

Young players can develop their baseball hitting and fine tune their swings. At the Pitching/Catching sessions, athletes can work on all aspects of catching and work on pitching mechanics to promote arm health.

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet and work with UHS Varsity Head Coach, Mike Magee, his coaching staff and players!

Detailed information and Registration Forms may be found at the link below.

UES and UHS Basketball Spirit Night

Save the Date: Unionville Elementary School Basketball Spirit Night

During Unionville High School Basketball Games vs. Octorara High School
Tuesday, January 24

JV 6:00 p.m.
Varsity 7:15 p.m.

More details to follow

We need your old sneakers and fitness shoes!

The Green Initiatives Committee of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation is collecting your used sneakers and fitness shoes! 

Please drop off your old sneakers - any size, any condition - to the box in UE's main lobby. Collected shoes from our District will be shipped to Runners Village, Ghana. There they are sold, and the proceeds go to setting up tree farms (fruit trees, trees used for buildings, etc.) in the village. The locals are trained to maintain the farms, creating a perpetual source of income. The unusable shoes (about 20%) go to Nike Grind, where they are ground up and used on playgrounds and for other purposes.

For more information go to

"How to Raise an Adult" Events:
Book Discussion & Author Presentation

Do you want to foster resiliency and self-reliance in your children?
The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents:
"How To Raise An Adult" NY Times bestseller book discussion and Julie Lythcott-Haims author presentation!

January 26, 2017 - Join in a Community Book Discussion of this New York Times bestseller at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Cafeteria.

Followed by...

February 23, 2017 - Join us for a presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How To Raise An Adult", at 7:00 p.m. in the Unionville High School auditorium!

These two events are open to the community and free of charge, but please register for each so that we might better prepare and forward any additonal information on to you. Thank you!

Link to registration page

Link to "How to Raise an Adult" flyer


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