Thursday, November 30, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
November 29, 2017
 
 
This Week…
 in the News  
 
*CONGRATULATIONS UHS FOOTBALL DISTRICT 1 CHAMPS!
 
*Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset
 
*SCREENAGERS - Growing up in the Digital Age
 
*The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents:
  iGen Book discussion  & Author Visit
 
*Join us for Coffee at Java with John
 
*U-PRISE

 

 

 

*CONGRATULATIONS UHS FOOTBALL DISTRICT 1 CHAMPS!

 

UHS Semi-Final Game this Friday
December 1st at 7pm
Unionville Indians vs Archbishop Wood Vikingsat Northeast HS
 
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Coach Clark and his staff. A group of hardworking and kind men who are role models for our team! 
 
Watch this exciting video of our Teams return from their District 1 Win!
 

 


*Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset
 

On November 8th UCFSD in combination with the Franklin Institute presented Brain Based Strategies for Education and Growth Mindset for parents and kids.

Schools have the formidable challenge of teaching and supporting children’s learning in comprehensive, multidisciplinary ways that are distinct from what informal institutions provide. However, the science of brain development, learning, emotion, and memory is an important area of overlap between these complementary domains.

Together, museums and school districts have a unique opportunity to partner with one another to provide professional development experiences that translate relevant research to practice that draws upon the resources and culture of schools in meaningful ways

To learn more about Brain Based Strategies for Education and Growth Mindset visit - https://www.fi.edu/

To watch the UCF presentation visit - Video - Brain Based Strategies for Education and Growth Mindset

 


*SCREENAGERS - Growing up in the Digital Age

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Avon Grove School District has invited UCFSD families to a private viewing of SCREENAGERS December 19, 2017 - 6:30pm at the Jennersville YMCA, West Grove, PA   


Register here
**Not recommended for children under 10 **

Watch the trailer here -  https://www.screenagersmovie.com/trailer/

 


*The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents: iGen Book discussion & Author Visit

The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. 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.
 
But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality.

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 at
http://www.jeantwenge.com/

Find the book on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/
Hardcover - $15.51
Kindle - $12.99


SAVE THE DATE - Dr. Twenge will be visiting UCFSD April 12-13, 2018.
More information to come.

 

 


*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 - December 4th at 1pm 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!

 


*U-PRISE - Unionville- Parent Resources and Information for Special Education

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. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
(Advisory Committee Meeting 4:30-5:30pm)
UCFSD District Office Public Meeting Room
740 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

*National Honor Society Students will be available for childcare starting at 5:30pm.

Guest Speaker Series:
Social Media Safety
John Walsh & Brian Marshall
Charles F. Patton Middle School Technology Teachers

Join us as we talk about social media safety,online bullying, and strategies to support your child with special needs in this very public social arena.

Please RSVP to the 12/14/17 meeting via Google Survey

Check us out on the Web at http://www.ucfsd.org/u-prise                                                                          
Twitter @U_PRISE or email uprise@ucfsd.net

 

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 MiniThon Babysitting Fundraiser for Cancer
**Students Unite For HER Grants
**Unionville Sports Council Fundraiser
**UCFSD Coat Drive
**The Unionville Ice Hockey Club Fundraiser
**UHS Baseball Build a Bag Fundraiser
**UE PTO Family Portrait Fundraiser
 
 
Wellness News & Tips

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

It's the most wonderful time of the year—but also one of the most stressful! Make the season more enjoyable by stopping stress in its tracks with these tips.

**Seek a fresh perspective - Make a change. Take one task that drives you crazy during the holidays and tackle it in a new way. A fresh approach just might make a difference. For example, if you dread having to send out holiday cards, enlist a family member and split the list.

**Smell some lemons - Barreling through throngs of mall shoppers on the hunt for a last-minute gift? Step up to the department store perfume counter, peruse the testers and dab on a lemony fragrance. Lemon scents instantly boost your mood.

**Remember to have fun - As you take part in trimming the tree or preparing the cookies with your kids, take a deep breath and
savor the moment. Give yourself permission to forget about all those tasks still left on your to-do list.

**Choose travel-proof gifts - With security restrictions at airports being what they are, make it easy on yourself and give gift certificates. Or mail your gifts ahead of time.  Either way, you'll save room in your suitcase.

**Schedule a break - During the busy holiday season seek out one afternoon of serenity. Bundle up and walk to the mailbox to drop off cards, or take a starlit nighttime stroll through your neighborhood to view the holiday lights.

 

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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
November 8, 2017
 
 
 This Week…
  in the News  
 
*Activities Bus Discontinued Nov. 16
 
*What Parents Need to Know About
 Teen Substance Use and Abuse
 
*Citadel Heart of Learning Award
 
*UCFSD Coat Drive
 
*42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala! 
 
*UCFSD is looking for Substitute
 Teachers
 
*Unionville Players Present Hamlet
 
                                                                                                                       Patton Field Hockey Girls learn positive skills from Erin Matson
                                                                                                                                                       
 
 

*Activities Bus Discontinued November 16

The activities bus service will end on November 16, 2017, at the end of the fall season. The rationale for this recommendation is that this service is not self-funding. Administration and the School Board identified “self-funding” as critical to being able to provide this service when considering its launch at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Background

  • The activities bus service began in the 2014-2015 school year as a pilot service. The plan was to have a fee-for-service system that would be self-funding. The service has continued to be provided.
  • Generally, two buses and possibly a van have provided the service so that bus runs would not be unacceptably long.
  • Bus departure time from the middle school and high school was designed such that it would be convenient for as many students as possible based on club and athletic schedules.
  • Administration planned to monitor the service in regard to ridership, fees, and overall costs.
  • The service is running at a deficit, despite best efforts to promote the service and streamline the costs.

 


*What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse

FOCUS Parent Network Presents: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse

Is it “normal” for teenagers to binge drink? Are teens today taking the same risks teens took a generation ago? What substances are adolescents really using these days, and how will they affect their developing brains? How can parents effectively talk with their kids about this challenging topic? What initiatives are in place in UCF School District to help our children make healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs? 
 
Please join us to discuss these questions and much more at our next FOCUS Parent Network meeting. This event will feature a panel of experts to answer your questions and open lines of communication between parents and school representatives on this critical issue in our community. 
 
Date:  Tuesday November 14th
Time:  7-8:30pm
Location: CF Patton Middle School Auditorium
 
For more information, please visit the FOCUS website

 


*Nominate your favorite teacher !

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.

 

 

 


*UCFSD Coat Drive

This year schools throughout the Unionville Chadds Ford School District will once again be collecting new or gently used coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots for families in need in our area.  All sizes & styles, infant through adult, are needed. Monetary donations will also be gladly accepted.

For more information regarding donation items and drop-off points, click here. Collected items will be distributed in December.

Questions: contact: ucfsdcoatdrive1@gmail.com

 

 

 


*42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala! 

Please plan to attend the 42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala!  
 
Friday, November 17th from 6-9pm and Saturday, November 18th from 11-4pm
at the Unionville High School Art Center. 
 
This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food.  
 
This year’s featured artist is MaryAnn Weselyk, and our 2017 Senior Student Artist is Margaret Clisham. 
 
Friday evening includes delicious appetizers provided by some of the area’s most popular restaurants and live music from local musicians.  This fun and lively event raises money for Educational Enrichment Projects which help enhance the overall educational experience for UHS students as well help fund community outreach efforts in the local area.  As a special outreach this year, the Art Gala will be donating 10% of proceeds to Hardin-Jefferson school district in Houston, TX which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thirty percent of any purchases are tax deductible.

 


*UCFSD is looking for Substitute Teachers

Did you know that you can work as a day-to-day Substitute Teacher in PA without being certified?
 
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District uses Substitute Teacher Service (STS) to provide substitute teachers for our schools.
 
The Guest Teacher Program allows individuals with a 4-year degree to become day-to-day substitute teachers after completing an online training program to substitute in the classroom.
 
To learn more or to apply go to www.thesubservice.com  or call 610-566-6466
 
Rate:  $110/day - First 20 Days; $120/day, thereafter
 
 

*Unionville Players Present Hamlet

Unionville Players Present Hamlet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Lipowitz
 
William Shakespeare's Hamlet  follows the young prince Hamlet home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral. Hamlet is shocked to find his mother already remarried to his Uncle Claudius, the dead king's brother. And Hamlet is even more surprised when his father's ghost appears and declares that he was murdered.
 
Many believe that Hamlet is the best of Shakespeare's work, and the perfect play.
Come and watch the tale unfold at the UHS Auditorium, November 9, 10, & 11 at 7 PM.
Curtain is 7pm each evening 
 
Please contact the high school main office for tickets
General admission - $7.00
Students - $5.00
 

 

 

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 Baseball Build a Bag Fundraiser

**Family Jazz Night! Holiday Fun!
**UHS After-the-Bell Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser
**The Unionville Ice Hockey Club Fundraiser
**5th Annual Used Sports Equipment Sale!
**UE PTO Family Portrait Fundraiser


 For details of these events and for more postings go to the Community Bulletin Board

 


Wellness News & Tips

Simple ways to Improve Health and Well-being

Good news in health research!  It doesn’t take much to make big improvements in physical and mental health.  Most people believe that if they don’t have the time to dedicate to exercise and eating well, all is lost.  Not so!  The following are a few suggestions to help increase energy, balance, and clarity (without having to step foot in a gym or lift a green bean)…

*Get a Good Night Sleep
Sleep researchers are suggesting that, to get the health benefits from sleep, one must clock approximately seven to 10-hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. One of the most influential factors to getting a good sleep is turning off the screen at least 45-minutes prior to bedtime.  Screen time stimulates the brain while the glow from electronics delay the release of melatonin (a sleep inducing hormone).  Another suggestion, that may have a positive influence, is taking a hot shower or bath before bedtime.  It’s a fact that the rapid decrease in body temperature can induce sleep more effectively.

*Enjoy a Belly Laugh
Laughter is not only enjoyable, but according to the research, it really is the best medicine.  A good belly laugh can increase the oxygen in the blood, decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and stress response.  Laughter can strengthen the immune system and release endorphins that serve as a pain killer. It can shift perspectives from negative to positive and increase mental resiliency.  In a nutshell, laughter is an important part of any mental and physical fitness program.

*Grab a Friend
One of the most important factors to increased health and quality of life is the human need for social connection.  Research has shown that isolation decreases immune system function that can lead to chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease.  Moreover, social isolation can induce or maintain a level of depression that will affect the entire body. Working towards establishing connections with others can be challenging, but doing so will enhance overall health and well-being.  Having an intimate connection to just one person is enough to reap the benefits.  In addition, feeling a part of a community or enjoying the social connectedness of saying hello to another person on the street can offer the same benefits to physical and mental health as would a run around the block.

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
October 16, 2017
 
 
 This Week…
  in the News  
 
*Nominate your favorite teacher!
 
*UCFSD Coat Drive
 
*School Start Times - Origin Story Video
 
*UHS Marching Band Presents the 2017 March on the
 Brandywine October 21st
 
*Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth
 Mindset - K-5
 
*Early Intervention Parent Night - for the 2018-19 school year
 
                                                                                             
                                                                                                        
 
 
 
                                                    
 

*Nominate your favorite teacher !

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.

 

 


*UCFSD Coat Drive

This year schools throughout the Unionville Chadds Ford School District will once again be collecting new or gently used coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots for families in need in our area.  All sizes & styles, infant through adult, are needed. Monetary donations will also be gladly accepted.

For more information regarding donation items and drop-off points, click here. Collected items will be distributed in December.

Questions: contact: ucfsdcoatdrive1@gmail.com

 

 

 


*School Start Times - Origin Story Video

We are now well into our school year and our new school start times - perhaps a good moment for reflection about the goals, process and achievements.  We've released a video message telling the origin story of this community effort. 
 
Click here to visit a webpage with the 3 minute video and article - part of our "Success for All" online publication. 
 
This edition of Success for All focuses on Wellness and features stories about teachers, students, administrators and community members who are implementing new and innovative programs designed to empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society.
 
The School Start Time Committee continues to meet, addressing needs and concerns and working towards a year end evaluation of the initiative.  For the latest committee updates go to thSchool Start Time Committee website
 
Questions or comments? communications@ucfsd.net

 


*UHS Marching Band Presents the 2017 March on the Brandywine October 21st

A crisp fall evening is the perfect time to get out with the family to enjoy music, pageantry and fun! Unionville High School invites you to the "March on the Brandywine" marching band competition on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm.
 
This event features the area’s best high school musicians and color guard squads in friendly competition – it’s like one exciting halftime show after another! Judges from the Cavalcade of Bands, Inc. will rate the precision, creativity, musicality and complexity of the performances. The eleven participating high schools are: Columbia, Sun Valley, Haverford, Massaponax, Downingtown West, Methacton, Upper Darby, Penn Wood, Marple Newtown and Kennett. When the competing bands are finished, the Unionville High School Marching Band will treat the audience to a performance of its 2017 show, “Dawn to Dusk” and is thrilled to perform for the community audience.
 
Click here for more information.
 
 

*Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset - K-5

Unionville Chadds Ford School District, in combination with The Franklin Institute, invite parents K-5 to a night on Brain Based Strategies for Education and Growth Mindset for parents and kids.

Julia Skolnik, Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Director of Professional Development at the Franklin Institute, will present in collaboration with Unionville teachers, Erika Johnson, Kathryn Markloff, & John Wagner.

  • Learn current research on how the brain learns 
  • Debunk the myths surrounding student learning. 
  • Gain strategies and leave with resources to help all learners 
  • Topics covered include memory, learning styles, attitude, studying, growth, grouping and perseverance. 

When: November 8th at 7PM
Where: Pocopson Elementary
For Whom: Any parent of a student in kindergarten to fifth grades

Please RSVP by November 1st, if possible, so we can ensure seating for all. Last minute attendance is allowable as well.
Link for registration: https://goo.gl/forms/h1t7qPvtPFH0cCoY2

 


*Early Intervention Parent Night - for the 2018-19 school year   

WHO: Parents of students with disabilities who will be enrolling in kindergarten in  UCFSD for the 2018-19 school year. Students welcome to attend.

WHAT: An opportunity to meet with UCF administrators, elementary principals, psychologists, and speech therapists to gather general information, ask questions, and schedule your child’s Early Intervention Transition Meeting.
 
WHERE: UCFSD District Office, Public Meeting Room #14 
740 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square PA 19348
 
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00PM
 
 
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

**5th Annual Used Sports Equipment Sale!
**UTHON - Get Your Pants Scared Off for a Great Cause!!
**The Great Pumpkin Carve
**UE PTO Family Portrait Fundraiser

 For details of these events and for more postings go to the Community Bulletin Board

 


Wellness News & Tips

Bullying: Help your child handle a bully.

Bullying was once considered a childhood rite of passage. Today, however, bullying is recognized as a serious problem. To help your child handle bullying, learn to recognize it — and understand how to respond.

Types of bullying:
Bullying is a form of aggression, in which one or more children repeatedly and intentionally intimidate, harass or harm a victim who is perceived as unable to defend him- or herself. Bullying can take many forms. For example:

  • Physical. This type of bullying includes hitting, tripping and kicking, as well as destruction of a child's property.
  • Verbal. Verbal bullying includes teasing, name-calling, taunting and making inappropriate sexual comments.
  • Psychological or social. This type of bullying involves spreading rumors about a child, embarrassing him or her in public, or excluding him or her from a group.
  • Electronic. Cyberbullying involves using an electronic medium, such as email, websites, a social media platform, text messages, or videos posted on websites or sent through phones, to threaten or harm others.

The consequences of bullying: Being bullied as a child has been linked to:

  • Mental health problems. Children who are bullied are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, low self-esteem, and thoughts of self-harm and suicide.
  • Impaired academic performance. Children who are bullied might be afraid to go to school and are more likely to get poor grades. Targets of bullying are also more likely to receive school detention or suspension, miss, skip or drop out of school.
  • Substance abuse. Children who are bullied are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Violence. A very small number of children who are bullied might retaliate with violent measures.

If you suspect that your child is being bullied, take the situation seriously: Seek help from your child's principal, teacher or the school guidance counselor.

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