Monday, February 5, 2018

Star News 02/05/17


UES Star News
February 5, 2018

2017-2018 School Year

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

-Yearbook Photos Request - Urgent

-The Great Kindness Challenge

-Box Tops for Education

-Author Visit Book Orders

-Patton Middle School Writers Day

-Talent Show Save the Date

-K-2 Reading Night

-UCF Education Foundation Golden Gala

-Yearbook Chair Needed for 2018-2019 School Year

-iGen Book discussion & Author Visit

-School Store Fundraiser

-UE Birthday Book Club

-Remind App

-Science Explorers

-Save the Date Events

-Community Bulletin Board Highlights


From the PTO Desk...

Yearbook Photos Request - Please, Please Please Upload Photos for the Yearbook!

The UE Yearbook would love to include some of your photos in this year's yearbook. Our first deadline is approaching! We currently need additional photos of the following events:

- 4th Grade Harrisburg Trip

- Individual Class/Classroom Shots (Class parties, field trips, special events, etc.)

- Elves' Workshop

- Bingo Night

Please upload your photos to the UE yearbook community library through Lifetouch Yearbooks hereOur school's access code is WWJAAJ. If you have a few photos and the upload is not working, please email pictures to Sharon Buck at Thank you!

The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) is two weeks dedicated to creating a culture of kindness on campuses nationwide. UE is proudly participating in this proactive, positive kindness initiative from February 5-16.  All students will receive a GKC checklist with kind acts. Please encourage your child to have fun and complete the checklist. You may also like to participate in the Family Edition of this challenge which was sent out via email. 

Box Tops for Education

Send in those Box Tops! Whether they are in baggies or attached to sheets - send in what you have ASAP. Don’t worry if your sheets aren’t completed - any amount helps. Our next deadline is the end of February. Extra collection sheets are found at the Box Tops mailboxes in both front and back lobbies.


Author Visit Book Orders

We will be having author Jen Bryant visit UE. She has written several children's books, including: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus and A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. You can order autographed books for our author visit at UES! Orders are due by February 9, 2018. Click here to order. Want to know more about author Jen Bryant? Visit her website here.


Patton Middle School Writers Day

Writers Day 2018 Needs YOU!
Patton Middle School is actively recruiting community members to volunteer an hour of their time for Writers Day 2018: A Writing Conference for Students. They need community members to share how they use writing in their job or for personal enrichment.

As this will be their third year of running Writers Day, they have seen many unique workshops. For example, an engineer has led students through a real-life dilemma which needed to be communicated through writing. Food bloggers have shared how they approach their work. Law enforcement officials have shown students how they write reports. The possibilities are endless! They would love everyone and anyone from journalists and advertising executives to nurses and social media marketers. If you blog, sign up! If you keep a journal, sign up! If you code, or compose music, or tell stories through photography or quilting, sign up! 

Help immerse Patton students in a community of writers.

Volunteers would be committing to leading a small group of students 20-30 in a writing activity from 8:15-9:15 on April 20, 2018. To sign up, please go to the Sign Up Genius page. If you have questions, please email Brian Kelley directly:

Thank you for your consideration!


Talent Show Save the Date

Be sure to look out for information and flyers about the UE 2018 Talent Show. The date is February 23, 2018. Volunteers will be needed. If you would like to help out, please contact Kelly Washbourne. More information and details soon!


K-2 Reading Night

RSVP now for K-2 Reading Night!  The theme this year is the Wild, Wild West!  All students kindergarten through second grade, are invited to wear their PJs, listen to our mystery readers, do a craft and have a snack, on Friday, February 2nd, at 6:00 pm.  This is not a drop off event.  All students must be accompanied by an adult.  Use the sign up below to put your child into a reading group, and sign up to help if you are able to attend.  There are a few little jobs that we need help with to make the evening a success. Thank you in advance. 

Sign Up Genius Link

Any questions, please contact Aimee Gallatig (, Kate Tomasco ( or Megan Cromer (

UCF Education Foundation Golden Gala

Purchase your tickets today for the Unionville Chadds Ford Education Foundation’s Golden Gala! The UCF Education Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that supports our school district, awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to support innovative educational programs and projects in each of our six schools since its inception. 

The UCF Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Golden Gala, a cocktail party fundraiser taking place on Saturday, February 10th at 7pm at the Gables in Chadds Ford. Tickets are limited, and include hors d’oeuvres, dancing, open bar, and a silent auction. Don’t miss this opportunity to support our schools, as well as enjoy a fabulous night out!  Please visit our website to purchase tickets.

What are a few of the grants the UCF Education Foundation has funded for Unionville Elementary School?
$1,200 Read Along Library Grant
$4,000 Chromebooks Grant
$2,200 Student Centered Seating Grant
$1,100 Collab-Oratory Science Lab Grant


Yearbook Chair Needed for 2018-2019 School Year

Do you enjoy taking photos and creating memories? Do you like to scrapbook or create photo books? Then you might be interested in being the Chair for the UE Yearbook next year. This position is a great way to get to know everyone in the UE community. Lifetouch is the publisher we use and their online tools are easy to use and understand. Additionally, they provide support and training if needed.

If you think you would like to take on this fun, rewarding endeavor, please contact Sharon Buck. Sharon was the Yearbook Chair this year and she will be able to help make the transition for the new Chair an easy one. 

iGen Book discussion & Author Visit

The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me. Learn more about Dr Twenge and iGen here. Copies of the book can be found on Amazon. SAVE THE DATE - Dr. Twenge will be visiting UCFSD April 12-13, 2018.

School Store Fundraiser
The next round of School Store teacher gift cards and prizes have arrived! Prizes were handed out on Friday, and teacher gift cards will be distributed early this week. If you would like your gift card sent home instead of giving directly to the child's homeroom teacher, please notify Megan Cromer at

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.

UE Birthday Book Club – February 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

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

The next club of the school year begins soon!! Science Club will meet on Mondays at Unionville Elementary after school from 3:45-4:45pm and is available to students in grades 1-5.

The next club topic, which begins on Feb 26th, is LOOSE IN THE CHEM LAB:

We’ll put the scientific method to the test as we put on our goggles and get elbow deep in chemistry! Discover the secret colors in candy, conduct heat sensitive experiments that change color, make the best bubble solution ever, and mix up a substance that acts like a solid AND a liquid!

Club topics later in the school year include 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, 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

-UCFEF Golden Gala - 02/10/18

-PTO Meeting - 02/16/18

-UE Talent Show - 02/23/18

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

-Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Wildlife Lecture and Winter Hike

-Patton Middle School Production of The Little Mermaid

-KAU Little League Registration

-UHS Cheer Team Fundraiser

-Habitat for Humanity Build a House Contest

-UHS Swimming and Diving Team Fundraiser

-URA Baseball and Softball Registration

-SCCSA Spring Soccer Registration

-SCCSA Little Dragons Registration

-SCCSA Talent I.D. Clinic

-UHS Used Book Sale

-UHS Hitting, Pitching, and Catching Winter Clinic

-Unionville Boys Baseball Used Sports Equipment Sale

-YMCA Swim Lessons 

-Girl Scouts Information

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


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