Sunday, March 5, 2017

Star News 2/12/2017


Upcoming Events

1-8          ART IN ACTION
10          3RD GRADE BOOK CELEBRATION, 3:30-5:30 PM
12          4TH GRADE SKATING PARTY, 3:00 PM
16          PTO MEETING, 7:00 PM
31         TALENT SHOW



4th Grade Ice Skating Party - Sign up by Tuesday

Registration is due Tuesday, March 7th -- yes, this coming Tuesday! Don't miss out. It's a great event for your 4th grade student!  

Carpooling is a great way to go but please note on your registration form who will be chaperoning your child. The maximum ratio is five children per adult chaperone.  
Can't wait to see you all there!

Registration form here

Save the Date: Designer Bag Bingo

Save the date for Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, April 21. Details to follow!

Evening PTO Meeting, March 16

The next PTO meeting will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to so we know whether we have attendance for this meeting.

Order Yearbooks by March 10

Yearbook order forms were sent home with students last week and can be downloaded here. Please send in completed forms with cash or check payable to UEPTO in an envelope marked "Yearbook" by March 10.

PTO Board Positions for 2017-18 School Year

Anyone interested in a UE PTO board position for the 2017/18 school year must e-mail Megan Cromer at before March 8th. Board positions for consideration are:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer (in training)
  • Director of Website
  • Director of Enrichment
  • Director of Homeroom Parents
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Committees
  • Director of Assemblies
  • Members at Large (2)

Please Donate Age-appropriate Magazines

Please donate age-appropriate magazines (i.e., Highlights, Youth Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Jr., Home and Garden, Home Improvement, etc.). We can use as many as you are willing to donate. Deadline: March 17. Please place magazines in bins labeled "Leave Behind Magazines" in the lobby and at the pickup entrance of the school. Thank you in advance for your help!

3rd Grade Book Celebration This Friday, March 10

The 3rd Grade Book Celebration will take place at UE on Friday, March 10 - beginning promptly after school at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

This year, during the month of February, students will read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl in class with their teachers. The Book Celebration on March 10 (for 3rd graders only) will include crafts, games, food and other fun activities all related to the book, plus a special guest who will read the conclusion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

3rd grade students who are signed up for the event and have a permission slip on file will not need a note to stay after school that day. There is a $10 participation fee which is used to purchase crafts, games, decorations, snacks and the giveaway for all participants. Permission slips and participation fees were due by February 17, so please send them in ASAP if you have not. If you have lost the permission slip sent home, please find one here

We still need parent volunteers to be group leaders, help at craft/game stations, decorate beforehand and clean up afterward. Please click on link below to sign up to volunteer at this fun, 3rd grade only event.

Questions - contact Jen Hall at

Talent Show Coming Up - Coordinators in Training Needed

This year's Talent Show for 4th and 5th graders will take place Friday, March 31st. Practices will take place Tuesday 3/28, Wednesday 3/29 and Thursday 3/30. Look for more details in early March.

Tara and Kristen will be retiring from managing the Talent Show after this year and are looking for someone to train this March! After many years of fun, fun, fun, we need some fun parents to take the helm! Perk of the job: front row seats for your family to watch the Talent Show :) With questions on the talent show position, e-mail


Girls on the Run Still Needs One Coach

UE still needs one coach for Girls on the Run! Girls are now able to register for the spring session -- see flyer here. Contact Alexa Hart for more information: 610-869-8004 or

Attention Parents Interested in STEM: Maker Space

Mrs. Langdon needs help planning for UES' Maker Space - a space where students can create, explore & discover using a variety of materials. If you would like to serve on the Maker Space Committee, please email her at Whether you can only communicate through email or have time to meet during/after school, she could use your ideas. We will be working on a mission and goals, determining materials needed, designing the room and developing fundraising ideas.

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 3/20/17
The Thursday club will start on 3/9/17The next club topic is 3-2-1 BLAST OFF!: 

Blast off to an out of this world adventure! Reach for the stars as you investigate space and the final frontier. Launch a superfast film canister rocket, construct a telescope, and take on an astronaut challenge. See what exciting and explosive adventures await as you soar towards fun! 

The last topic for the school year will be 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 call the Science Explorers office at 610-816-5047 with any questions.

School Start Times Update

After several months of evaluating multiple options and researching the medical evidence behind a later start time for our secondary schools, the School Start Times Committee has narrowed down its recommendation to the Board.

The committee would now like to share its findings and thoughts with the community. John Nolen will be hosting several presentations in March for our families to attend. He will also be presenting to our PTO at their general meetings. Due to scheduling, he is only able to attend and present to the Patton, PES, and UHS PTO. Please feel free to attend one of the below PTO meetings:

Charles F. Patton Middle School: March 2 at 9:15 a.m.
Pocopson Elementary School: March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Unionville High School: March 23 at 9:15 a.m.

For more information about the recommendation and open community meetings, visit the School Start Times Committee web site.

All Are Invited to UThon!

Be a part of UThon 2017 On March 25!
UThon is modeled after Penn State's famous THON. It is a six-hour dance and dodgeball event to raise money for Four Diamonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching cures for pediatric cancer and alleviating the financial burdens that families of children with cancer face. Last year, our event raised over $14,000, and we are hoping to enjoy similar success this year!

Elementary and middle-schoolers and their parents are invited to take part in this special event. We would love for the younger students to come and cheer for our dodgeball teams, play games, and make cards for children with cancer.
UThon will take place on Saturday, March 25th, and elementary and middle school students and their parents are welcome from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at UHS. $5 per person is the cost for registration (all proceeds go directly to Four Diamonds). Donations are also appreciated.

The Lion King, Jr. at Patton Middle School

Patton Middle School, in conjunction with Carousel Performing Arts Center, will be performing Disney's The Lion King, Jr. Performance dates are March 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m. and March 12 at 3:00 p.m.  Information about purchasing tickets will follow soon.

See flyer for more details and click here to purchase tickets.

Unionville High School Girls Lacrosse Clinic/Fundraiser
Date/Time: Sunday, March 19th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: UHS Turf Stadium
Cost: $35 for 1st child, $25 for 2nd child and $20 for 3rd child

How to Register: Mail registration form and check payable to Unionville Sports Councilto Liz Malone at 1419 Pocopson Rd., West Chester PA 19382

**BONUS T-SHIRT for all players pre-registered by March 8th**

Questions: Contact Liz Malone at


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