Sunday, March 19, 2017

Star News 3/19/2017


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



Rock Your Socks Day - Tuesday, March 21

The month of March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Throughout the year, we at UE have been learning about empathy and kindness. We have discussed the importance of appreciating everyone's uniqueness.

To keep with the spirit of celebrating differences, we are having a Rock Your Socks Day on March 21, 2017 in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. Students and staff may wear brightly colored, patterned or different socks to demonstrate that differences make us unique.

Hall Monitor Volunteers Needed for PSSAs

Parents are needed to serve as hall monitors during PSSA testing. Please consider volunteering. It is a very easy job...bring a book and a cup of coffee and enjoy a quiet morning!

Sign Up here:

UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser

We have once again teamed up with photographer, Jordan Hayman, to offer family portraits to benefit the UE PTO. Portraits will be taken on April 30th and May 21st.  For $150 (retail value $250), families will get a 30 minute photography session, with multiple poses, and a $30 print/digital download credit.  UE PTO will receive a portion of each sitting fee. Perfect timing for First Communion, Graduation and Mother's Day portraits.

We will also offer a deluxe package for the spring! For $350, Jordan will meet your family at Longwood Gardens for a 90 minute session, with multiple poses and locations, and a $100 print/digital download credit. You will be responsible for your gardens admission, and have the flexibility to choose a date and time that works for you. Mention UE PTO for this special offer, and to have a portion of your sitting fee go to the UE PTO. 

The exact location has not yet been determined, but will be in the Kennett/Unionville area. We will let you know ASAP, but we have a few spectacular places in mind. 

More details and registration:

UE Birthday Book Club

You're invited to join the Unionville Elementary School Birthday Book Club (BBC)!

It's an opportunity for your child to celebrate his or her big day by giving a gift of reading to our school and to support our library by adding a book chosen from a carefully selected book list.

You can also donate a book to the BBC in honor of another child's birthday (instead of buying a gift, gift a book in their honor!), or for other special occasions in your child's life. It is the gift that keeps on giving for many years! Please e-mail Mrs. Langdon for any book-related questions and e-mail Sunanda for any club-specific question.

Please click here for more information and to get started!

Designer Bag Bingo April 21

Our second annual Unionville Elementary Designer Bag BINGO Night will be held April 21, 2017!  It will be at Northbrook Orchard from 6-9 p.m. We need some help to organize the night. Please visit the Signup Genius see if there is any way you would be able to volunteer to help make the night a success. meeting will take place tomorrow, Monday, March 13th at 9:30 a.m. at the SGI room. We will discuss the event and talk about the volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there!

PTO Board Positions for 2017-18 School Year

The UE PTO board still needs two members at large and a treasurer in training for the 2017/18 school year. Please e-mail Megan Cromer at if interested.

Talent Show 3/31- Details for Parents of 4th and 5th Graders

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. (Parents of participants will receive e-mail with the date of their performer's practice.)  Registration forms went home with students last week. See form for details about the talent show including special acts.

Any parents that want to help and/or shadow to take over this wonderful event for next year, please contact Kristen Young.

Discount Hershey Park Tickets

Planning a trip to Hershey this summer?
Take advantage of a deeply discounted ticket price through the UE PTO.

SAVE $23 off the regular admission price & $7 off the junior admission price!

Regular tickets (ages 9 -54) are $42.00 ($65.80 reg.)
Junior/senior tickets (ages 3 – 8) are $35.00 ($42.80 reg.)

Tickets are good for any day during the summer season from May 5th through September 24th, 2017. Deadline to order tickets is Friday, March 31st, 2017.

See flyer here for details and to order.


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 Summer Camp

Looking for something educational and fun for your child this summer? Consider registering your child for a Science Explorers' summer camp! 

We take our award-winning curriculum that makes our school programs such a hit and spin it into a week-long science fun summer camp!

Our science camps provide unique and memorable hands-on experiences for our campers each and every year.

Just a few of the fun things we do with campers ages 7-11:

  • Far Out Space Academy - Build a rocket that goes 300 ft. in the air at 75 miles per hour.
  • Take A Dive - Dissect a Dog Shark.
  • Amusement Park Adventures - Design and construct a simulated rollercoaster.
  • Potions, Powders & Polymers - Mix potions and polymers to create your very own monster.
  • Wacky World of Science – Dig for dinosaurs, cook with carbon dioxide, crack the case, and blast some "eggstronauts" into space.
  • Jr. Camps are also available for children ages 4-6.

Please check out our website for a location near you!

*Special limited discounts are still available*

Half-day or full day camp options available

Register online or call at 610-816-5047

 Don't miss the science fun! Register today because space is limited at each location.


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 the remaining PTO meeting:

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.

Unionville High School Girls Lacrosse Clinic/Fundraiser
NEW DATE DUE TO RAIN: Sunday, March 26th, 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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