We would like to thank everyone who attended our first PTO meeting of the school year. The turnout was wonderful, and we hope for even greater attendance for our next meeting on Friday, October 20th.
We would also like to thank everyone who was a part of UE's First Fall Festival. It was a great success! We are very grateful for the Fall Festival Chairs and Committee. Their hard work and dedication made for a very special day. We greatly appreciate all the teacher and parent volunteers who helped out and everyone who came to support the UE community. We already can't wait until next year!
Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset Presentation
UCFSD, along with the Franklin Institute, invite all K-5 parents to attend a presentation on November 8, 2017 at 7pm at Pocopson Elementary School. Topics include memory, learning styles, attitude, studying, growth, grouping, and perseverance. See this flyer for more information and registration.
MLK Coin Challenge
Unionville Elementary will be holding a coin collection competition from October 2 - October 31, 2017. Students will compete to be the Grade Level that collects the most money in coins. The coin competition will benefit our school wide Martin Luther King Day project and will be used to purchase materials needed to make fleece blankets (“Blankets for Buddies”) on MLK day. The blankets along with other needed items will be donated to children with long term illnesses at AI Dupont Hospital. A prize will be awarded for the grade level that has the “tallest” amount of coins on October 13th. The grand prize of a pizza party will be awarded to the grade level that can collect the most money at the end of the competition!
Donations Still Being Accepted for PTO Direct Donation Program
In order to continue providing materials and services that the PTO provides to our students, we are asking for direct contributions to be made to the school from each family. We are asking for all families, who are able, to be generous, and to contribute a suggested amount of $50 per child attending UE. More, of course, is welcome, and no amount is too little. The direct donation program is in response to parental input about not wanting to sell a variety of items throughout the school year. 100% of your donation will go to our school. Please fill out the Direct Donation Request Form in your back-to-school mailing or at the link below, and return it to school with your tax-deductible donation. We thank you in advance for helping us in our fundraising efforts. Direct Donation Request Form
Yearbook Photos Request
Did you take some beautiful shots at the 1st UE Fall Festival? Do you have some fantastic photos of the first day of school? Do you have some great shots from Field Day 2017? The UE Yearbook would love to include some of your photos in this year's yearbook. Please upload your photos to the UE yearbook community library through Lifetouch Yearbooks here. Our school's access code is WWJAAJ.
Stars for Service
We are looking for two people to run UE's community service club. Boys and girls of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are invited to donate their time for the good of our community. During the monthly meetings (November to May), the students participate in different service projects. In the past, Stars for Service has conducted a food drive, created holiday decorations, maintained a food garden at UE, and donated bag lunches. We depend on volunteers to organize the meetings and projects. Please sign up and help UE students learn that all of us can make a difference in our community.
Homeroom Parents Needed
Homeroom parents are still needed for a few classes at UE. If you have a child in any of the classes below, please consider volunteering and helping out. It will be greatly appreciated.
Mrs. Robinson (2) Mrs. Weigand (2)
The job of homeroom parent varies from classroom to classroom, but the main job is to be the liaison between the parents and the teacher. The homeroom parent is not to “do everything," but to recruit other parents in the class to support the teacher with activities a teacher cannot do on his or her own, such as field trips and class parties. It is a great way to meet the children in your child’s class, as well as other parents, and to be involved in your child’s education. If you are interested in being a homeroom parent for your child’s class (we need at least one, preferably two for each classroom), please notify Heather Biddle as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Volunteers Needed
The UE Library needs volunteers on Mondays or Wednesdays. This is a 1 to 2 hour commitment, twice a month. Volunteers are needed to help keep our library organized by re-shelving books, straightening shelves, and helping with special library projects. Email Julie Block at email@example.com for more information.
Would you like to receive text reminders from the PTO? Subscribe to the Remind app NOW! Download the free app. Text @uepto to 81010 to begin receiving school related reminders.
Cow Pie Bingo
The UEPTO is excited to announce a new partnership between us and the Unionville Community Fair. As partners in this program, we are asking that every UE family sell at least 5 tickets to support the Fair, our school, and the organizations that the Unionville Community Fair supports. The winner receives $1,000! See the link below for more information and the ticket order form. Please return your ticket order no later than Monday, September 25th. Upon receiving your tickets, your stubs must be filled out and returned to the UEPTO no later than Friday, September 29th. Additional Bingo tickets can be purchased after the September 25th deadline at the Bingo Booth at the fair. Please contact Kristen Young at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Cow Pie Bingo tickets will be sent home the week of September 4th. Cow Pie Bingo Flyer and Ticket Form
Science Explorers After-School Science Clubs for students in grades 1-5 will be held at Unionville Elementary Monday or Thursday afternoons from 3:45pm to 4:45pm beginning September 25th. See flyer below for more details. Science Explorers Flyer
Chess Club at UE
Are you interested in playing chess? Join the Chess Club at UE! The club meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. from September 27-December 6, 2017. All grades and skill levels are welcome. The tuition fee is $135 ($5 discount for online registration). You can register and read FAQs online at www.shiningknightschess.com. If you have any additional questions, email email@example.com or call 484-228-8457. To pay by check, see registration form below. Chess Club Form
Yoga Before School
Lynne Filion, a teaching artist and a registered yoga instructor with hours of yoga training and experience, will be holding children's yoga sessions at UE on Tuesday mornings from September 26th to November 21st at 8:00am - 8:45am. The fee is $135 for an 8 week session, yoga mat, and any other necessary materials. For more information, registration, and payment, visit Lynne's website here.
Unionville Community Fair
It's almost here! The Unionville Community Fair is held from September 28-October 8 at the Willowdale Steeplechase property. From livestock shows to local food, live music and a rodeo, cow pie bingo and contests, the annual Unionville Community Fair has it all! This local event, which has been running for more than 90 years, offers many fun family activities--below are just a few. Visit the Unionville Fair website here for more information.
Craft Entries: Have your kids been getting their artwork and crafts ready? Entries are due October 4th. See the website here for details on when and where to drop off your crafts or harvest items, as well as guidelines and judging information.
Denim and Diamonds Dinner: Denim & Diamonds will again be held in the Red Exhibit Barn on Thursday evening, October 5th. Put on your denim, add some sparkle, and enjoy a fun evening out. The food is catered by some favorites from past years and some new ones too. All information can be found here.
Lip Sync Contest: Calling all future performers, the Lip Sync Contest will take place on the main stage of the Fair on Friday 10/6 from 6pm to 8pm--a fun event for all! See details here!
Scarecrow Building Contest: Come build a scarecrow from scratch! This event will be held Saturday, October 7th, from 10am until 12pm. See here for more information about contest categories and guidelines.
Save the Date Events
-Direct Donation Request Form Due (Phase II) - 09/30/17
-Unionville Community Fair - 10/6/17-10/8/17
-UE Picture Day - 10/11/17
-PTO Meeting - 10/20/17
-Book Fair - 10/25/17, 10/26/17, 10/27/17
-Breakfast with a Buddy - 10/26/17, 10/27/17
This Week's Highlights
-Unionville Community Bike Drive
-West Chester Lightning Girls' Basketball
-West Chester Studio for Performing Arts Fall Classes
-Girls on the Run at Chadds Ford and Pocopson
-STRIDE at Pocopson
-Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Volunteer Work Day and Fall Programs
-Unionville Community Fair Queen & Princess Registration