Monday, March 27, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+Run For Our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day
+Pocopson Elementary Art & Garden Event
+Please Join us for our Next Parent Webinar - April 3rd at 6:30 PM
+Verizon Email Notice
+School Start Time Public Meetings - NOW it's Your Turn

+Save the Date Events




Run For Our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons

5K Run or 1-mile walk

Saturday April 22, 2017

Race time: 9:00AM

Charles F. Patton Middle School


Register or donate at:  www.parentprojectmd.org/unionville

To Benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


In Honor of Elliott and Henry Johnson

Message from Joanna Johnson -

For those who don't know me, I am Joanna Johnson, a Spanish teacher at Unionville High School.  My two sons, Elliott (13) and Henry (10), were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2007. Duchenne is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease that affects all the muscles of the body, including the heart and lungs.  Most boys with Duchenne lose the ability to walk by their teens.  This is followed by severe lung and heart complications.  Survival beyond age thirty is rare.  There is no cure.  Despite this catastrophic diagnosis, there is something that Duchenne can never take away from us and that is hope.  With the help of this amazing community hope is alive and well and we know a future without Duchenne is possible. We are proud to say that over the last seven years of Unionville Run for our Sons, we have raised over $360,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to support Duchenne research.  This is no small accomplishment and we are so very grateful.  

To read more of Joanna's message visit - Run For Our Sons Message



Pocopson Elementary Art & Garden Event!

Saturday April 29th

Entertainment for the whole family!
Fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, silent auction, craft & plant sales, and more!

For detailed information visit: http://www.pesartandgarden.org/




Please Join us for our Next Parent Webinar - April 3rd at 6:30 PM

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.

UCFSD will plan on having a webinar once a month with different topics each month.

April's topic will cover Google Drive and the many uses it has for storing and organizing content in the cloud.   
Please join us in this effort to expand communication and learning throughout the district and to you parents!

Please RSVP to Jon Mall - jmall@ucfsd.net.
You may also visit http://www.ucfsd.org/technology/parent-technolgy-webinars.html for details on how to join the webinar.



Verizon Email Notice

Verizon announced earlier this year that they will no longer be providing verizon.net email addresses to customers and will no longer be supporting email under the Verizon platform. 

Verizon customers will receive (or have already received) a notification in their email that they need to either keep their current email address and transfer it over to the AOL email platform, or find an alternative email provider. 

It is important for the district to maintain accurate contact information for our families. If you have made any changes to your email address, please let the main office at your child's school know so we can update our records.

We have provided a few resources below, with contact information for Verizon and AOL support if you should have any questions on how to proceed. 


We hope you have found this information helpful! 

UCF Technology



School Start Time Public Meetings - NOW it's Your Turn

There is one more community meeting about School Start Times and we encourage you to participate.  

The Committee will reconvene April 5th to review your input.  The Administration will present the Committee findings, including ALL public input with the Board on April 17th.

What has been said so far

The pros and cons of starting schools later have been much debated by our stakeholders this month and we have received great, thoughtful feedback. It's clear that most see the benefits of the the move.

  • The scientific evidence is compelling
  • Later school start times will result in health and wellness benefits for our HS/MS students
  • The proposed new start times minimize disruption to stakeholders
  • The costs are acceptable

However, it's also clear that there are concerns and many in our community would need to make difficult adjustments if start times are changed.  

  • The shift in time is especially difficult for working parents (parents and teachers)
  • The recommendation requires elementary schools to start even later
  • The later end times will "squeeze" after school activities and some students will miss more class time
  • Many question whether 25 minutes is enough of a shift to make it worth it

If we haven't heard from you - NOW It's Your Turn

  • There is one public presentation left. Come to the presentation and get your questions answered.
  • Visit the School Start Time Committee website, there you will find all of the meeting minutes and resources used to make this recommendation.
  • All survey input will be made public and shared with the Board.  Fill out the Community Input Survey and let the Committee know your thoughts (the survey will remain open until the end of March).

Last Open Community Meeting
March 30 7:00 PM CFES  - Gym

Questions? Contact us at communications@ucfsd.net

We look forward to seeing you at one of the presentations.




Save The Date Events!!


  • UCFSD is Hiring - Summer Custodial/Maintenance Help
    For details and to apply visit -
    Summer help information

  • Next Java with John - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE - April 10 at 10:30am - District office -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. Because space is limited to 20, please reserve a seat by calling 610-347-0970, extension 3315 or email your reservation to lmiller@ucfsd.net

  • U-PRISE Community Resource Fair - May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community vendors 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. Stay tuned for more information and a list of vendors.




This Week's Highlights


**UHS Indoor Percussion Chick-fil-A Fundraiser - Tuesday March 28th
**UHS Baseball Car Wash and BBQ Fundraiser
**Chester County One Billion Steps Event
**Kennett Area Community Service Food Drive

**Chadds Ford Emergency Response - Important Presentations
**UES Spring Family Portraits Fundraiser

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






Congratulations to the 7th grade team of Chirag Choudhary, Ibraheem Qureshi, Arnab Sircar, Brandon Tsai, and Robert Wang for placing third in Saturday's quiz bowl tournament held at Great Valley High School.

Check out more at Patton Facebook




Spring is here!  It is a great time to declutter, reduce, recycle, and get some spring cleaning done in your home or office.  Here are some tips for decluttering and recycling this Spring!


Reduce: Go room-by-room, drawer-by-drawer, closet-by-closet and group the items that you haven't used in a while. If you cannot remember that last time you used it, or you forgot that you had it, it is a good sign that it is time to pass it on. Reducing waste and clutter in your home could also include unsubscribing from junk mail lists

Reuse: Avoid the "throw it away" mentality and think about how the item can get re-used. Can old furniture be re-finished or re-upholstered? Are there creative uses for the item that you haven't thought of? Old fabrics could be used as rags and last year's birthday cards could be used for art projects.

Recycle: As you are spring cleaning, look around your home and office to see how you can better set it up for easy recycling.  For instance, is there a place in the bathroom or upstairs to put recyclables, like toilet paper rolls, paper, and plastic shampoo bottles?  Is your workplace's lunchroom set up for easy recycling for plastics, aluminum, glass, and paper?

Donate or Sell: There are probably plenty of items that you don't need or want anymore, but someone else would appreciate.  If you think the item has value, try selling it on a garage sale, swap and sell site, or online site like eBay.  Donating your items to places like Goodwill, or a local clothing drive, will help to give the items new life.

 

 




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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show

+Calendar Change - Snow Make-Up Days
+Be a Part of UThon 2017 - March 25!
+
Run For Our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day
+Pocopson Elementary Art & Garden Event
+Please Join us for our Next Parent Webinar - April 3rd at 6:30 PM
+School Start Time Public Meetings - NOW it's Your Turn

+Save the Date Events




Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:00PM-10:00PM - Opening night complimentary reception & Sale (Adults only). Enjoy live music and fabulous complimentary hors d'oeuvers from prominent local restaurants and food service businesses. Meet and talk with the artists, many of whom will be available to sign or personalize their work. 


Saturday,  March 25, 2016 10:00AM - 4:00PM - Art exhibit & Sale (Children welcome)
Saturday features live music and a raffle drawing at 3 pm. Come early for the best selection and don't miss a chance to win one of our wonderful raffle prizes.

All proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary School.

For additional information visit http://cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow/




Calendar Change - Snow Make-Up Days

On days when school is cancelled, a make-up day will be 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 21st and 22nd will be added to the end of the school year. The last day for students is now June 14th.

For questions please contact - communications@ucfsd.net



​​Be a Part of UThon 2017 - March 25!

UThon is modeled after Penn State's famous THON. It is a six-hour dance and dodgeball event to raise money for Four Diamonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching cures for pediatric cancer and alleviating the financial burdens that families of children with cancer face. Last year, our event raised over $14,000, and we are hoping to enjoy similar success this year!

Elementary and middle-schoolers and their parents are invited to take part in this special event. We would love for the younger students to come and cheer for our dodgeball teams, play games, and make cards for children with cancer.

UThon will take place on Saturday, March 25th, and elementary and middle school students and their parents are welcome from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at UHS. $5 per person is the cost for registration (all proceeds go directly to Four Diamonds). Donations are also appreciated.



Run For Our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day

8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons

5K Run or 1-mile walk

Saturday April 22, 2017

Race time: 9:00AM

Charles F. Patton Middle School


Register or donate at:  www.parentprojectmd.org/unionville

To Benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


In Honor of Elliott and Henry Johnson

Message from Joanna Johnson -

For those who don't know me, I am Joanna Johnson, a Spanish teacher at Unionville High School.  My two sons, Elliott (13) and Henry (10), were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2007. Duchenne is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease that affects all the muscles of the body, including the heart and lungs.  Most boys with Duchenne lose the ability to walk by their teens.  This is followed by severe lung and heart complications.  Survival beyond age thirty is rare.  There is no cure.  Despite this catastrophic diagnosis, there is something that Duchenne can never take away from us and that is hope.  With the help of this amazing community hope is alive and well and we know a future without Duchenne is possible. We are proud to say that over the last seven years of Unionville Run for our Sons, we have raised over $360,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to support Duchenne research.  This is no small accomplishment and we are so very grateful.  

To read more of Joanna's message visit - Run For Our Sons Message



Pocopson Elementary Art & Garden Event!

Saturday April 29th

Entertainment for the whole family!
Fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, silent auction, craft & plant sales, and more!

For detailed information visit: http://www.pesartandgarden.org/



Please Join us for our Next Parent Webinar - April 3rd at 6:30 PM

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.

UCFSD will plan on having a webinar once a month with different topics each month.

April's topic will cover Google Drive and the many uses it has for storing and organizing content in the cloud.   
Please join us in this effort to expand communication and learning throughout the district and to you parents!

Please RSVP to Jon Mall - jmall@ucfsd.net. You may also visit http://www.ucfsd.org/technology/parent-technolgy-webinars.html for details on how to join the webinar.



School Start Time Public Meetings - NOW it's Your Turn

There are three more public meetings about School Start Times and we encourage you to participate.  

The Committee will reconvene April 5th to review your input.  The Administration will present the Committee findings, including ALL public input with the Board on April 17th.

What has been said so far

The pros and cons of starting schools later have been much debated by our stakeholders this month and we have received great, thoughtful feedback. It's clear that most see the benefits of the the move.

  • The scientific evidence is compelling
  • Later school start times will result in health and wellness benefits for our HS/MS students
  • The proposed new start times minimize disruption to stakeholders
  • The costs are acceptable

However, it's also clear that there are concerns and many in our community would need to make difficult adjustments if start times are changed.  

  • The shift in time is especially difficult for working parents (parents and teachers)
  • The recommendation requires elementary schools to start even later
  • The later end times will "squeeze" after school activities and some students will miss more class time
  • Many question whether 25 minutes is enough of a shift to make it worth it

If we haven't heard from you - NOW It's Your Turn

  • There are  three public presentations left. Come to one of the presentations and get your questions answered.
  • Visit the School Start Time Committee website, there you will find all of the meeting minutes and resources used to make this recommendation.
  • All survey input will be made public and shared with the Board.  Fill out the Community Input Survey and let the Committee know your thoughts (the survey will remain open until the end of March).

Remaining public presentations
PTO Meetings
UHS   PTO March 23rd 9:15 AM

Open Community Meetings
March 23 7:00 PM HES - LGI
March 30 7:00 PM CFES  - Gym

Questions? Contact us at communications@ucfsd.net

We look forward to seeing you at one of the presentations.




Save The Date Events!!


  • UCFSD is Hiring - Summer Custodial/Maintenance Help
    For details and to apply visit -
    Summer help information

  • Next Java with John - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE - April 10 at 10:30am - District office -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. Because space is limited to 20, please reserve a seat by calling 610-347-0970, extension 3315 or email your reservation to lmiller@ucfsd.net

  • Unionville-Chadds Ford Scholarship Fund - Please consider contributing to the Unionville-Chadds Ford Community Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is a grant of a stated amount of money collected annually from the school community by open solicitation. Its purpose is to award the worthy student who wishes to continue his/her education following graduation from Unionville High School. The grant is for the first year of post-secondary work only and will be applied toward college costs (i.e., tuition, room and board).
    For additional information visit: scholarship .

  • U-PRISE Community Resource Fair - May 24 - 6pm to 7:30pm at the District Office. Representatives from local community vendors 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. Stay tuned for more information and a list of vendors.




This Week's Highlights


**UHS Girls Lacrosse Skills Clinic

**Chester County One Billion Steps Event
**UHS Boys Lacrosse Sovana Bistro Fundraiser
**Chadds Ford Emergency Response - Important Presentations

**Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Annual Clean Up

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






This past weekend, 17 of our Patton band members performed in the Southern Chester County Middle School Honors Band, held this year in Oxford, PA. Special shout outs go to Jenna Ahart, Julie Griswold, and Ashley Mariani who were awarded solos during the concert. Congrats to the following band members for representing Patton with pride -- Maggie Buchanan, Jenna Ahart, Julie Griswold, Jonathan Hong, Stephen Thomas, Jarrett Conway, Drew Mannion, Sophie Walter, Ashley Mariani, Sadie Acland, Hope Paulson, Abby Jennings, Anju Zhang, Ashley DiNatale, Ibraheem Qureshi, Paige Haplea and Jack Beauchamp. #PattonProud

CFPMS Facebook




Did You Know? Green Facts…

- Turning down your thermostat by one degree can cut 8% off your fuel bill.

- An energy efficient washing machine will use a third less electricity for each wash, which could save you
  more than the cost of the appliance.

- If every household replaced one roll of regular toilet paper with one recycled post-consumer waste roll,
  424,000 trees would be saved.

- Every three months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the nation's commercial air fleet.

- The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television for three hours.

- Recycling a glass bottle causes 20% less air pollution & 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle
  is made from raw materials.

- It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday Edition of the New York Times.

- The amount of wood & paper Americans throw away each year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.


 

 




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