Sunday, November 5, 2017

Star News 11/05/17

UES Star News
November 5, 2017

2017-2018 School Year

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

-Veterans' Day Celebration

-School Store Fundraiser

-Election Day Girls' Lacrosse Clinic

-UHS Girls' Basketball Booster Club

-UE Fall Book Fair Thank You

-UE Spiritwear Chair Position

-Art in Action

-Square 1 Art

-Elves Workshop/Penguin Patch

-UCFSD Coat Drive

-The Citadel Heart of Learning Award

-UE Birthday Book Club

-Brain Based Strategies Presentation

-Yearbook Photos Request

-Remind App

-Science Explorers

-Save the Date Events

-Community Bulletin Board Highlights


From the PTO Desk...

Veterans Day' Celebration - Volunteers Needed!

UE will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, November 10th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. As is tradition, we will have a ceremony in the Auditorium honoring not only family members, but all who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. A reception and luncheon will also be a part of the program. In addition, veteran family members or friends of students in Kindergarten, Pre-first, First and Second grades are invited to visit the classroom. Please see the flyer that came home in backpacks last week for more details and form. If you would like to help with this event please see the Sign Up Genius link below or if you have any questions, please direct them to Dawn Oldenski at or Karen Miller at

Veterans Day Sign Up Genius

School Store Fundraiser

If you have not signed up to participate in our School Store fundraiser, please do as soon as possible.  The program runs all year long, and holiday shopping is the easiest way for us to raise money for the PTO at no expense to you!!! So far we have brought in over $1000 cash for the PTO, and over $11,000 in gift cards for the teachers to use for classroom supplies and resources. 

Gift cards are delivered to the school monthly. A change this year, is that gift cards will be given directly to the child's assigned homeroom teacher, unless otherwise requested. If you would like your gift cards sent home so that you can choose the teacher to receive it (special areas/special education teacher/classroom aides/Dr. Lafferty/support staff) or use it for a holiday gift, please email Megan Cromer ( ASAP, and she will send them home with your child when the gift card arrives. 

Election Day Girls' Lacrosse Clinic
Girls' lacrosse clinic for girls in grades 1 to 9 to be held on November 7th from 11am-1pm at the UHS Stadium.Come join the high school coaches and players for some fun and learning as they host their first Election Day Clinic fundraiser.  For more information and to register, visit here.

UHS Girls’ Basketball Booster Club

The UHS Girls' Basketball Booster Club will be holding their annual basketball clinic on Saturday, November 11th from 9am-12pm at the UHS gymnasium for 3rd - 8th graders. This is a great opportunity for the young ball players of our community to interact with the girls’ basketball team, as the UHS girls are also the coaches. Free t-shirts will be given to all who pre-register and a reduced rate is available for families with more than one child.  ($5 discount) This event is open to all, not just UCFSD students. Spread the word! See flyer below!

UHS Girls' Basketball Booster Club Flyer

UE Fall Book Fair Thank You

A big Thank You, from the book fair Co-Chairs to all who volunteered, purchased books, and visited the book fair. The 2017 fall "Wild West" Fair was a huge success!! Over $700.00 worth of books were gifted to our teachers, students, and the library. The Book Fair also raised a little over $2,200.00 donated to the PTO for use in many programs they support. We would not be successful without all the help from the many volunteers. Thanks again for all the support; this was a super fun fair!

Linda Brown
Delfina Castro
Becky D'Antonio

UE Spiritwear Chair Position

UE Spirit Wear Chair Position is open for next year!!
Let us know if your interested! This fundraising position is simple.  Pick out clothing and accessories through the vendor, set sale dates, communicate with PTO president,  and follow up on any communication with the vendor.  Super easy and fun.

We will be having a spring spirit wear sale so we have plenty of time to meet and train the new chair.  It's a great way to be involved with our PTO even if you can't make the meetings or go into school on a regular basis.  

Please contact Amy Iwasyk -, if you are interested in taking over this spot. 

Art in Action

Unionville Elementary Art in Action is a parent-run program in coordination with UE’s art teacher, Mrs. McQuillin, that integrates art appreciation and school beautification projects each year. This year we are excited to be exploring the theme of Color and Shape, focusing on such artists as Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky, and Picasso. We are creating a wonderful installation piece that will hang outside the main office in the front hallway. This is a wonderful program offering an opportunity for parents to spend time with classes in the art room helping students create artwork. The Art in Action program will take place this year from Wednesday, November 1st until Monday, November 9th. No art experience is required. Also, this year we are only asking parent volunteers to help the students in making the artwork. There is no longer a parent-run art history piece of this program. Volunteers may sign up for more than one class. Volunteers will need appropriate clearances. Once the artwork is completed, volunteers will be needed to help cut out handprints from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. We will also need some help installing the artwork in the hallway. Sign ups for this additional help will be created at a later date. Thank you. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Buck at

Art in Action Sign Up Genius

Square 1 Art 

Hello Parents! 

Don’t forget to order cool gifts for that special family member or hard-to-buy-for person. With over 40 unique and useful keepsakes ready to purchase during the Square 1 Art fundraiser, your child's artwork is the perfect gift for any occasion or celebration. Nothing says “you’re loved” like “I made this art keepsake just for you!” 

It’s the final days of the fundraiser, so don’t delay. The school benefits with every order!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: 11/10/2017

Elves Workshop/ Penguin Patch Shop coming soon!
Believe it or not, the holiday season is fast approaching! UE will be hosting its annual Elves Craft Workshop on Thursday, December 7th from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. At this event, the children have fun making crafts to bring home, give as gifts, or simply show off during the holidays! Mark your calendars! More information coming soon! If you have any questions about the Elves Craft Workshop, please contact Sharon Buck at
The Penguin Patch Holiday shop will be open for shopping for all students and parents during and after the Elves Workshop on Thursday, December 7th, and also before and after school on Friday, December 8th, as well as on Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 12pm. This shop is a fun way for children to purchase small gifts for family and friends for the holidays. We are currently looking for a chair for this event. It is a fun and easy job. Penguin Patch is a no-risk program; we only pay for what we sell. No payments are due until after the sale is finished. There is no counting inventory. Materials have already shipped to UE and all information about the shop is included. If you are interested in being the Penguin Patch chair and helping out, please contact Kristen Young at

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.

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 – November 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!

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.

Yearbook Photos Request

The UE Yearbook would love to include some of your photos in this year's yearbook. (Field Trips, Breakfast with a Buddy, Halloween, Halloween Parties) 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 is an 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 at Unionville Elementary after school from 3:45-4:45pm. The next club topic, which begins on Nov. 13th for the Monday club and Nov. 9th for the Thursday club, is TOYING AROUND WITH SCIENCE. Explore the world of physics and chemistry that exists in toys. We’ll put a spin on some classic favorites and introduce you to some new “totally tubular” toys. Boomerangs, yo-yos, kaleidoscopes and roaring cups are all part of the fun! Club topics later in the school year include Let's Get Electrified, Loose in the Chem Lab, Marine Biology Mania, KaBoom Chemistry and Ready, Set, Summer!! 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 23 students per club so please register early to guarantee your child a spot. Please email or call our office at 610.816.5047 with any questions.

Science Explorers Flyer 

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

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

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

-UE Veterans Day Celebration - 11/10/17

-Picture Re-Take Day - 11/14/17

-PTO Meeting - 11/17/17

-UE Elves Workshop - 12/07/17

-Penguin Patch Holiday Shop - 12/07/17 - 12/09/17

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

-London Grove Friends Kindergarten

  Silent Auction and Dinner (Click this link for ticket information)

-SCCSA (Southern Chester County Soccer Association) Rec Academy Program

-YMCA Swim Lessons and Winter Basketball

-Unionville Ice Hockey Club Fundraisers

-Girl Scouts Information

-West Chester Lightning Girls' Basketball

-Brandywine Red Clay Fall Programs

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


1775 West Doe Run Road, Kennett Square, PA
(610) 347-1700

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