Sunday, October 8, 2017

Star News 10/08/17

UES Star News
October 8, 2017

2017-2018 School Year

Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgThis Week in Star NewsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

-PTO October Letter

-URA Volleyball

-URA Basketball

-Square 1 Art 

-UE Spiritwear

-Book Fair Reminder

-UCFSD Coat Drive

-Bully Self Defense Class

-Family Portrait Fundraiser

-Breakfast with a Buddy

-The Citadel Heart of Learning Award

-UE Birthday Book Club

-Direct Donation Tax Letters Coming Home

-Brain Based Strategies Presentation

-MLK Coin Challenge

-Fall Festival Yearbook Photos Request

-Remind App

-Science Explorers

-Save the Date Events

-Community Bulletin Board Highlights


From the PTO Desk...

PTO October Letter

Happy Fall! What a way to start the season! Our Fall Festival was a huge success. The PTO would like to THANK all the parents and teachers who took time out of their busy Saturday to help run this event. We had a beautiful day full of games, donuts, and community fun; not to mention we raised over 3,000 dollars. We will be able to do some amazing things for our students and teachers with money raised from this event.
We also would like to THANK all who donated to the direction donation program. We just about matched last year's dollars. Remember all donations from our direction donation program, 100% of the money, will go directly to the PTO, giving so much back to our children and teachers.  
The PTO is in full swing and our first meeting was a great success; we had an amazing attendance. Thank you to everyone for coming.  Keep up with Star News this month.  You will see some other indirect giving options that can bring in significant funds for our school. Please take the time to sign up for these. Every little bit helps, and they are really easy ways for us to make some money without costing you a dime. If you have not had the opportunity to sign up to help with any PTO events, there is a list of committee chairs on the PTO website. Please don't hesitate to contact any of them.
The Unionville Community Fair will be starting 10/6/2017. Please take time out of your weekend to support the Fair. We are extremely lucky to have a local fair supporting our farmers and fire departments, as well as, the Kennett Cupboard. See below for different links. The Denim and Diamond Gala kicks off on Thursday, 10/5. Do you have amazing crafts, paintings, and Lego creations? If so, enter them into the fair on Wednesday, 10/4. This is such a fun activity for the children. 
During the month of October, we have many days off,  and many events scheduled, so put them in your calendar now.  We are beginning this month to prepare for the MLK Day of Service. UE will be working with Cuddles for Chemo and making blankets for children undergoing treatment at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Throughout the month of October, we will have a coin drive to raise money to buy the fleece. Start looking under those cushions and let's help our children see how good it feels to help others.
Other activities :
Picture Day  - 10/11/2017
Community Fair  - 10/6 - 10/8/2017
School Closed - 10/9/2017 & 10/19/2017
PTO Meeting - 10/20/2017
Breakfast with a Buddy 10/25 & 10/26/2017
Book Fair - 10/26 - 10/27/2017
Halloween Parade - 10/31/2017
Thank you in advance for all of your support this year.  We are very excited that the new school year has gone so smoothly and that we have had so much parent participation.  It is a true testament to what a great school and community we have here at UE. Now, go get those costumes ready!  Halloween is just around the corner!

URA Volleyball Returns for 3rd Season!  
Registration is now open for girls & boys in grades 3 - 9 to participate in volleyball clinics. 
First practices will begin this Thursday, October 5th! 
Groups will be broken up into Elementary and Middle School ages.
Clinics will either introduce volleyball to your child or hone their volleyball skills.
Informal scrimmages may be held during clinics.

Volleyball will be held Monday and Thursday, each week for 1 hour sessions. (Grades 3 - 5 from 7 - 8pm; Grades 6 - 9 from 8 - 9 pm) at the Patton Middle School gym. The cost for this program is $65.

Contact Coach Nathan Edmunds for more information.  
Cell phone:  302-740-6858

Please use this link to register online for the 2017 Season.

URA Basketball Registration Closing Soon    
URA Basketball is open to all Boys and Girls Grades K-12.  URA Basketball is a recreational program - everyone makes a team, no one gets cut.  The season begins in Mid-November, games will start in early December and will end just prior to Spring Break.   
Time commitment is dependent on overall program registrations.  Last season, games were played on Saturday or Sunday depending on division with practices held during the week.  Teams typically practice 1 night per week.  The boys 10-12 grade division plays games only.   
Last season, URA Basketball eclipsed 1200 participants.  This season, due to space limitations, registrations in each division will be limited.  Please register early to reserve your space.
When registering, please verify the division you are registering for and the school grade effective Fall 2017 for your child is accurate!  Players are placed into divisions by their school grade.  
As always, girls are welcomed to register for "Boys" divisions.  We have had a number of girls do so in the past. Additionally, if you feel your child would benefit from "playing up" to a higher grade level, feel free to register as such. 
K-1 = $75 per player 
All other grades - $130 per player (registered players after 2 per family are free)  
Please do not make coach or team placement requests at this time!
Please use this link to register online for the 2017/2018 Season.


Square 1 Art 
Coming soon...Be on the lookout for your child's personalized artwork brought to you by Square 1 Art!  It's a great way for you to order your child's artwork reproduced on USEFUL and personalized keepsakes!  We have partnered with Square 1 Art so that EVERY student feels like an accomplished artist while also raising funds for Unionville Elementary! Orders will begin in a few weeks!
UE Spiritwear Fundraiser is here!!
We have a new system for ordering your UE Spiritwear!  All web-based, delivery right to your home or simply pick up at Kelly Sports in West Chester!  Click on the link below - get a jump on holiday shopping now!
UE Spiritwear WebStore (Use code UVE17)

UE Fall Book Fair Reminder
Come join us for the UE fall "Wild West” Book Fair. October 25th-27th.
We will need volunteers to make the book fair a success, sign up genius coming soon..
UCFSD Coat Drive
Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the
Annual UCFSD Coat Drive. All sizes and styles, infant through adult are needed.
Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school starting on October 23rd and ending on December 7th. Items should be clean and in good condition. 
New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted.
See flyer here.

Bully Self Defense Class

Legacy Martial Arts (over by the Sherwin Williams, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts on Cypress Street in Kennett Square) - is offering a free seminar to anyone who is interested in learning how to combat bullying situations. Even though it is at a karate school, it is not about how to fight. It's about how to deal with bullies and avoid a physical situation. 

The seminars are on Tuesday, 10/24 and Thursday, 10/26. The 5:30-6:15 session is for ages 4-10 and the session from 6:15-7pm is for ages 10 & above. For more information, see flyers here and here. You can also visit this website.

Family Portrait Fundraiser

The UE PTO has once again teamed up with photographer, Jordan Hayman, to offer family portraits.  Portraits will be taken at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BVA) on October 21st and October 22nd, and a portion of the sitting fee will be given back to the PTO.  These will make beautiful holiday gifts.  Sessions filled up quickly last year, so sign up soon! See Family Portrait SignUp Genius here.

Breakfast with a Buddy 

UE's Annual Breakfast with a Buddy will be held on October 25th & 26th during the Book Fair. Please attend and volunteer if you can. Make a date for your child now with a family member or friend for Breakfast with a Buddy.

When: During the Book Fair, October 25th and 26th at 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
What: Bring a parent, grandparent, other family member, or friend for bagels, donuts, fruit, and beverages…and maybe a little Book Fair shopping!
Where: UE Cafeteria
Last names A-M encouraged to attend Wednesday, October 25th
Last names N-Z encouraged to attend Thursday, October 26th
Volunteers are needed to make this event a success—please visit this SignUp Genius to volunteer. For more information, contact Kate Tomasco.


The Citadel Heart of Learning Award

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom. 

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
To nominate visit the website here

UE Birthday Book Club – September and October Birthdays

You're invited to join the Unionville Elementary School Birthday Book Club! It's an opportunity for your child to celebrate his or her big day -- or a friend's birthday -- 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. 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!

Direct Donation Tax Letters Coming Home

If you’ve made a tax-deductible donation to Unionville Elementary through the Direct Donation program so far this year, your confirmation letter for tax purposes will be coming home in an envelope with your child the week of October 16th. If you don’t receive your letter or have any questions, please contact Kate Tomasco.


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! 

Fall Festival Yearbook Photos Request

Did you take some beautiful shots at the 1st UE Fall Festival? 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. 

Remind App

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.

Science Explorers 

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 


 Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgSave the Date EventsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

-UE Picture Day - 10/11/17

-UCFSD Coat Drive - 10/23/17 - 12/7/17

-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

-UES Halloween Parade - 10/31/17

-UE Art in Action - 11/1/17 - 11/17/17

-UE Veterans Day Celebration - 11/10/17

Gold-star-clipart-2.jpgThis Week's HighlightsGold-star-clipart-2.jpg

-The Great Pumpkin Carve

- UTHON Bates Motel Fundraiser

-Unionville Community Bike Drive

-West Chester Lightning Girls' Basketball

-West Chester Studio for Performing Arts Fall Classes

-Brandywine Red Clay Fall Programs

For more listings and details, check out The Community Bulletin Board


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