Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
September 19th, 2017
 
 
This Week…

in the News                                                  

                 

      

*UHS Flu Clinic

 

*Activities Bus

 

*Securly Web Filtering Webinar

 

*STEM Night at Unionville High School

 

*Last Chance to Sign up for the PTO Directory

 

*U-PRISE

 

*Unionville Community Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*UHS Flu Clinic

 

 
 
Flu Season is right around the corner! 
 
Come get your flu shot at Unionville HIgh School on Thursday,  October 5th.  
 
The flu shot clinic will be held in the High School cafeteria from 3 PM - 7 PM and is open to the public.

 

 

 

 


*Activities Bus

The after school activity bus is designed for middle and high school students. The activities bus will operate during the fall season, beginning August 28, 2017 through November 16, 2017. The activities bus will operate Monday through Thursday only. There will be no activities bus on Fridays, or any days that school is closed.  

The bus service will operate once each day Monday–Thursday. The bus will depart from the middle school at 5:15pm.  The bus will then travel to the high school and pick-up students at the gymnasium entrance. The bus will depart the high school at 5:30pm. The middle school library will remain open until 5:15pm, the high school library will remain open until 4:45pm and the high school cafeteria will remain open until 5:00pm.

For detailed information and to register for the Activity Bus please visit:

Activities Bus Information and Registration

 


*Securly Web Filtering Webinar

The purpose of the parent webinars will be to focus on a technology topic as well as provide an arena for parents to ask questions about the different technology used at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

 

 

Securly is a web filtering software that is installed on all student Chromebook devices. Securly allows for greater web filtering options for school and home use. Further, Securly opens up a brand new parent portal that gives control to parents on blocking or allowing additional sites at home or off the school wifi network. This webinar explains the email and parent portal in more details. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T00Rxsw96xA

 

UCFSD will plan on having a webinar once a month with different topics each month.
Please join us in this effort to expand communication and learning throughout the district and to you parents!
 
Please contact Jon Mall - jmall@ucfsd.net
 

*STEM Night at Unionville High School

UHS - Auditorium

10/4/17

6:30-8:30 pm

 

Our second annual STEM night at Unionville High School is on October 4, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 PM. Our school district is collaborating with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to provide this experience for our community.

 

Audience: The evening target families of middle school and high school students. Participants will learn about:

  • Careers in the STEM related fields
  • Real world experiences from professionals working in the filed today
  • STEM education in action in our schools

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

*Last Chance to Sign up for the PTO Directory

 

We have extended the deadline to sign up for the PTO Directory to this Wednesday, September 20th at midnight.

 

The Annual Directory is a service (and a UCF PTO tradition) we are pleased to offer that helps foster connections between families.
This year’s directory will be bigger and better than ever.  To increase it’s usefulness (and maybe save a few trees) we will be providing a PDF version of the directory in addition to the printed version. 

  • The PDF version is free and will be available in PowerSchool in the Parent Portal
  • Printed directories will still be available as in the past for a nominal fee of $8.00

To be listed in the directory provide your contact information online using this link
Directory Information Input  Form

 

To order a printed version of the directory use this link -  Printed Directory Order Form

  • print and fill out the order form
  • Pay $8.00 cash or check (made out to your local PTO)
  • Send the form and payment to the school office

Directories will be published and delivered in the first few weeks of October.

 

 


*U-PRISE


A place for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes.

  • Goal: To provide families of students with disabilities education, resources, and enhanced partnerships with the school district and the community.
  • Mission: To serve as a voice for students with disabilities and their families in order to promote positive outcomes for UCFSD students.
 
U-PRISE 2017-18 Meeting Dates                                                                                   
All meetings are from 6-7:30pm
in District Office Public Meeting Room #14
  • October 11th- Talking to Your Children About Their Differences        
  • November 9th- Gifted Supports and Services
  • December 14th- Social Media Safety     
  • January 11th- TBD         
  • February 8th- Wellness, Health, & Fitness
  • March 8th- Community Resources Fair
  • April 12th- Jaden's Voice Talks About Autism
  • May 10th- TBD

 


*Unionville Community Fair

It's almost here! The Unionville Community Fair is held from September 28th - October 8th 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.

 

 

 

 

 

UCF Community Bulletin Board

Your Source for community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including camps and extra curricular activities.

New Posts and Upcoming Events

**UHS Marching Band Annual Fall Plant Sale
**Wrestling Open Mat
**Come and join us for the First Annual Unionville Sports Council Golf Outing and Raffle!
**Unionville Community Bike Drive
**Support UHS Boys’ Lacrosse!
  Get your Philly Sports Raffle tickets!
**UES PTO Fall Festival
 
 

Wellness News & Tips

   Connect to These 7 Tips for Social Wellness

1. Join a Gym - Becoming a member of a fitness club usually puts you with other people by default. Many times you end up connecting with someone that can help you reach your fitness goals, or at least help spot you when lifting weights.

2. Volunteer - The world wouldn’t work the same without those willing to give up some of their free time to join a cause or help achieve a goal through volunteering. Being generous doesn’t drain you, it leaves you with the desire to be more generous. Volunteering helps you feel useful, which is an important human social element, and while the idea is to not expect anything in return, seeing a smile or reaching a goal can give you a natural high.

3. Choose a Hobby - Chances are there are others out there that enjoy the same things as you do. From photography to knitting, you can easily become engaged with a group that can help propel you to the next level of your craft while making friends in the process. Hobbies can help you in many areas of your life from social connectedness to even enhancing your immune system and reducing stress.

4. Connect with a Pet- Who says social wellness means interacting with humans? Owning a dog means lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increased activeness for you as the owner (and likely the canine as well). This benefit is not isolated to dogs. Cats (and other animals) can also help boost self-esteem and overall health.

740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
August 29th, 2017
 
 
This Week…

in the News                                                   Welcome Back!

 

*Welcome Back

                          

*2017/2018 PTO Directory

 

*Activities Bus

 

*Please Support UHS Indian Post

 

*UCFSD Board Meeting

 

*U-PRISE

 

*Join us for Coffee at Java with John

 

 

*Welcome Back 

 

We are incredibly excited to begin the new school year! Hopefully, the summer has provided you with many memorable opportunities to spend time with family and friends.This promises to be a year filled with great opportunities and positive changes for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!   One of those positive changes includes the transitions and routines around new school start times. The extra sleep will allow our students to function at an optimal level for personal safety and health, as well as academically. To learn more important information on the new school start time visit -  School Start Time

 

We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts groups, and athletic teams certain to encourage our students to be involved and stay connected!

 

During the 2017-18 school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education. Our vision remains… to unlock the potential in all of us

 

Have a great school year!

Kim and Dave

UCFSD Communications Team

ucfsdcommunications@ucfsd.net

 

 


*2017/2018 PTO Directory

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year. The continuing mission of the PTO is to make UCF a better place by promoting school spirit, supporting student activities, raising funds for the benefit of the school, and providing a forum for parents to discuss issues as needed. We encourage everyone to play an active role in the education and success of their child!

The Annual Directory is a service (and a UCF PTO tradition) we are pleased to offer that helps foster connections between families.
This year’s directory will be bigger and better than ever.  To increase it’s usefulness (and maybe save a few trees) we will be providing a PDF version of the directory in addition to the printed version. 

  • The PDF version is free and will be available in PowerSchool in the Parent Portal
  • Printed directories will still be available as in the past for a nominal fee of $8.00

To be listed in the directory provide your contact information online using this link
Directory Information Input  Form

 

To order a printed version of the directory use this link -  Printed Directory Order Form

  • print and fill out the order form
  • Pay $8.00 cash or check (made out to your local PTO)
  • Send the form and payment to the school office

DEADLINES

The deadline for filling out the Directory Input Form is Friday, September 8th

Directories will be published and delivered in mid September

 

QUESTIONS-District-Wide Coordinator

Becky Baccellieri

PH: 610-444-2882

baccfam@comcast.net

 

 

 


*Activities Bus

The after school activity bus is designed for middle and high school students. The activities bus will operate during the fall season, beginning August 28, 2017 through November 16, 2017. The activities bus will operate Monday through Thursday only. There will be no activities bus on Fridays, or any days that school is closed.  

The bus service will operate once each day Monday–Thursday. The bus will depart from the middle school at 5:15pm.  The bus will then travel to the high school and pick-up students at the gymnasium entrance. The bus will depart the high school at 5:30pm. The middle school library will remain open until 5:15pm, the high school library will remain open until 4:45pm and the high school cafeteria will remain open until 5:00pm.

For detailed information and to register for the Activity Bus please visit:

Activities Bus Information and Registration

 


*Please Support UHS Indian Post

The Indian Post offers a unique perspective of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and the local community. Written to inform, entertain, and engage, the Indian Post is a forum serving all members of the community. By purchasing a subscription, you will have access to this great resource for the duration of the school year.

As an independently funded paper, the Indian Post holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year, solicits advertisements from local businesses, and sells subscriptions. Your subscription and contribution will go towards the printing of each edition as well as improving our online presence. This year, we are especially excited to begin work on an updated Indian Post website, and your support will be critical to this new endeavor.

We appreciate your support this year, and we hope you will enjoy the 2017-2018 Indian Post.

 

For more information and to subscribe please visit - The Indian Post

 

 


*UCFSD Board

 

On Monday, August 28th, the Board met to discuss goal setting for the new year. To watch the discussion please visit http://www.ucfsd.org/

 

To view our new board webpage visit - https://www.boarddocs.com/pa/uncf/Board.nsf/public

 

 


*U-PRISE


A place for parents/guardians of students with special needs to share ideas and information, discuss programs, network with other parents and community resources, collaborate with administrators, ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about special education processes.

  • Goal: To provide families of students with disabilities education, resources, and enhanced partnerships with the school district and the community.
  • Mission: To serve as a voice for students with disabilities and their families in order to promote positive outcomes for UCFSD students.
 
U-PRISE 2017-18 Meeting Dates                                                                                   
All meetings are from 6-7:30pm
in District Office Public Meeting Room #14
  • September 13th- Understanding Special Education Processes
  • October 11th- Talking to Your Children About Their Differences        
  • November 9th- Gifted Supports and Services
  • December 14th- Social Media Safety     
  • January 11th- TBD         
  • February 8th- Wellness, Health, & Fitness
  • March 8th- Community Resources Fair
  • April 12th- Jaden's Voice Talks About Autism
  • May 10th- TBD

 


*Join us for Coffee at Java with John

Once a month the Superintendent hosts an informal session which includes information about the district’s programs, school board actions, curriculum, staff changes and more.

The next Java with John  will be - September 11th at 9:30am in the District office.

Please reserve a seat by calling
610-347-0970, extension 3315 or email your reservation to lmiller@ucfsd.net

We hope to see you there!

 


UCF Community Bulletin Board

Your Source for community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including camps and extra curricular activities.

New Posts and Upcoming Events

**UHS Field Hockey Clinic
**UHS Crew Learn-to-Row Clinics
**Girls on the Run & STRIDE registration
**West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts
**2nd Annual Unionville HS Mattress Fundraiser
**Catalyst SAT Bootcamp
**Unionville Crew needs coxswains!
 
 

Wellness News & Tips

The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Directors and Administration have succesfully implemented the new school start time. Our students started their first day bright eyed and well rested. Our goal at UCF is to provide our students and parents with informative information in regards to sleep hygiene, technology safety, and the importance of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle for emotional and physical wellness.

The UCF This Week newsletter now features a Wellness News & Tips section. Each week we will share different aspects of wellness such as Emotional, Physical, Social, Environmental, Occupational, and Intellectual.

 

This week features the importance of good sleep hygiene.

  • Maintain a consistent sleep-wake cycle (i.e. bedtime and wake time weekdays and weekends)

  • Establish a regular and consistent bedtime routine

  • Keep a regular schedule of daily activities, including meals

  • Avoid bright light in the bedroom at bedtimes and during the night

  • Limit activities which promote wakefulness while in bed (texting, doing homework)

  • Eliminate caffeine after 6:00 PM

  • Avoid heavy meals and rigorous exercise close to bedtime

  • Keep electronics out of the bedroom

  • Include activities in the bedtime that are relaxing and calming

For more information on the School Start Time visit - School Start Time Website

740 Unionville Rd, Unionville PA
(610)3475-0970
communications@ucfsd.net

Monday, May 15, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+School Board Meeting Tonight, May 15 at 7:30pm
+FIRST Robotics Information Session

+Congratulations Mrs Bakes - Citadel Heart of Learning Award!
+UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala
+Message From the UCF Transportation Team

+U-PRISE Community Resources Fair
+Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

+Save the Date Events



School Board Meeting Tonight, May 15 at 7:30pm

Join us at 7:30 at Pocopson Elementary School, or watch online

The meeting will be streamed live on the  district website
View tonights agenda- ​​​ Board Agenda

We hope to see you there!


FIRST Robotics Information Session

The Flaming Phoenix FTC robotics team from Unionville High School will be hosting an information session about FIRST robotics including FIRST Junior Lego League, FIRST Lego League (FLL), and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Wednesday May 24th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Hillendale Elementary School LGI. 

These programs provide excellent STEM opportunities for students from Kindergarten through Seniors in High School.  We will be discussing the programs and starting to form teams for next year.  This information session is intended for both students and parents.  Note that this program is 100% parent driven, so if you want to guarantee your child is involved, come to the meeting to find out more about how to start a team.

If you are unable to attend, contact Cliff Warner at ucf.first.robotics@gmail.com for more information.



Congratulations Mrs Bakes - Citadel Heart of Learning Award!


Congratulations to our own Megan Bakes, the 2017 Citadel Heart of Learning Award recipient for UCFSD. A very deserving honor for an amazing teacher!


 #HeartofLearning and tag @CitadelBanking!



UHS to Host the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will be held on May 21st at 4:30pm at Unionville High School.

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies is an organization that allows student critics to enjoy high school's productions in the area and vote for award recipients. Eligible shows must perform between mid-October and mid-April, with voting taking place soon after. After votes are tallied, schools nominated for Best Musical, Best Play, and Best Song are asked to prepare material to present in front of the entire region during the season's award ceremony, The Cappies Gala.


For more information visit - Philadelphia Cappies


Message From the UCF Transportation Team

The transportation department needs your help.  We need to make sure that your address in PowerSchool is correct.  Starting soon and continuing for the next few months we will be working with industry consultants to reevaluate next year's bus routes and it is important to have correct addresses.

We are doing this as an outcome of community and Board comments from the School Start Time initiative.  We will be evaluating opportunities to optimize routes and reduce run times, with a special focus on our longest runs that require students to be picked up before 6:30.

Over the next few days we will be sending out an email asking you to please verify your address.

If your address is NOT correct please respond to our registrar, Noelle Nocera  nnocera@ucfsd.net - email with your corrected information.  If you have moved recently the registrar will contact you to collect additional information needed to update your records.

If the address is correct there is no action needed at this time.

We thank you for your help and cooperation.



U-PRISE Community Resources Fair

May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community resources that offer programs for our Special Education families will be present. Learn what opportunities and activities are available for you and your child right here in our area.

For details and to RSVP please visit - U-PRISE Resources Fair



Extended School Year (ESY) Student Volunteers Needed

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District offers an extended school year program, referred to as ESY, for students with disabilities served by Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who need instruction over the summer.  This summer, ESY will run from June 26 through August 8 (six weeks), Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 12:00pm at Unionville Elementary School.  Students who participate in this program have disabilities that require them to receive instruction in academics like reading, writing, and mathematics, but students also have goals in the areas of social skills, sensory skills, and communication skills.  Additionally, the program is promoting a different theme each week with a corresponding activity day filled with authentic learning opportunities such as field trips, special visitors, and exciting activities.

This summer in order to best support our ESY students' needs, we are looking for peers of varying school ages to volunteer to participate in ESY for all six of the one-time per week activity days. Research suggests that both students with disabilities and students without disabilities greatly benefit from these inclusive opportunities.
 
If your child is interested in participating in this unique program, please complete the google survey using this link or by going to https://goo.gl/forms/oeAnynnvDeKtgqaa2

For details about the ESY program visit - Extended School Year (ESY) Program



Save the Date Events

  • Please Support the After Prom - Fundraiser at Floga Bistro - May 15-2 -Mention UHS AFTER PROM and they will generously donate 20% of sales to our event! Offer good for DINE IN, DELIVERY, or TAKEOUT - OFFER also includes PARTY TRAYS

  • UHS Marching Band Ice Cream Social - Wednesday, May 17th 2:45 - 3:30 in the UHS Band room. Band informational meeting for all 8th grade and UHS band members interested in the Marching Band: Winds, Color Guard and Drum Line

  • Last Day of School Reminder -On days when school is cancelled, a make-up day is utilized per the District Calendar. Please note, the school cancellation that occured on February 9th due to snow will be made up on May 16th. The snow days that occured on March 14th and 15th will be added to the end of the school year. The last day for students is now June 14th.



This Week's Highlights

**UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser
**Check out our list of Great Summer Camps!
**Heroes Youth Baseball Tryouts
**2017 Baccalaurate
**Community & Trails Celebration Day

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






Patton Student Runs 50th State Marathon To Save the Eyesight of Kids in Need

When he crosses the finish line in Springfield, Vermont on Tuesday, 14-year-old Nikolas Toocheck will be completing a three-year quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states – and he's running for a cause. He is raising money for the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides critical vision care to people in need around the world.

Read about Nikolas's amazing accomplishments - UCF Facbook



Take the Zero Waste Challenge

In support of World Environment Day on 5th June, ISS is challenging you to take action to produce less waste. This could be one small change (like using a ceramic mug instead of a disposable one), or you could go the whole day without producing any rubbish.

The aim is to get as many people around the world to take up the challenge, with thousands of small changes contributing to a bigger, global effort to prevent and reduce waste.

So, get involved and make a difference! Commit as an individual or on behalf of your team and see just how well you can do without your disposable coffee cups, paper hand towels and plastic water bottles.

Together, we can help ISS reach its target of 10,000 people signing to take part.

To sign up visit - https://iss-uk.me/zero-waste/


 

 




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