Monday, January 16, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+Region B Board Member Vacancy

+UHS Welcomes our Visitors from Costa Rica
+How to Raise an Adult  Book Discussion and Author Visit

+January is School Director Recognition Month
+UHS Students Excel in International Debate Competition
+
UHS Used Book Sale
+Save the Date Events



Region B Board Member Vacancy


The UCFSD is seeking qualified candidates to apply to fill the Region B Board Member Vacancy.
Process for the filling the vacancy -

  • January 20, 2017 - Applications due to District Office by noon
  • January 23, 2017 - Public interview of candidates at 6:30 pm, before Board Meeting
  • February 13, 2017 - Board votes to appoint a candidate to fill the Region B vacancy

For detailed information and to obtain an application please visit - 
Region B Board Vacancy - Application



UHS Welcomes our Visitors from Costa Rica

UHS world language students have ongoing opportunities to participate in exchange programs with students throughout the world, whose language and culture they are studying. This week the UHS community opened its doors, homes and classrooms to welcome students from our sister school in Costa Rica.

http://institutosangerardo.ac.cr/


How to Raise an Adult  Book Discussion and Author Visit

How do schools and parents work together to develop young adults who are armed with self confidence, grit, and emotional intelligence - skills needed as they step out into a changing and challenging world?  This question, and how to address it, is a theme from the Wellness Committee.


The Ed Foundation, FOCUS, and the District are working together to create awareness and conversation around the topic. FOCUS has lined up Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How to Raise An Adult", for a student assembly and community talk.

January 26, 2017 - Join in a Community Book Discussion of this New York Times bestseller at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Cafeteria.

Followed by....

February 23, 2017 - Join us for a presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How To Raise An Adult", at 7pm in the Unionville High School auditorium!

These two events are open to the community and free of charge, but please register for each so that we might better prepare and forward any additonal information on to you. Thank you! Reserve your seat here

For your convenience, all school offices now have a supply of the "How to Raise an Adult" in stock.

paperback 13.55 (includes pa tax)

hardcover 22.89 (includes pa tax)

***cash or check made payable to UCFSD will be accepted



January is School Director Recognition Month


Every year in January, we salute a special group of individuals who help run the schools in our community – the nine elected members of the school board.  It's not an easy job.  For those of you who read the monthly Board Meeting Recap or subscribe to and watch the Board meeting videos online - you know that its a tough job with many challenges. 

School Board members are volunteers - they are our neighbors, friends, community leaders and engaged citizens doing a necessary job for the benefit of our children. They make sure your concerns are heard and the unique challenges, values, culture and circumstances of the community are reflected in how your children are educated.

These elected officials spend countless hours reviewing budgets, approving curriculum and textbook choices, reviewing hiring decisions, adopting policy, and evaluating the academic and operational results of the district.

As we continue to celebrate the success stories throughout UCF,  let's take time to acknowledge and thank our elected school board who play a significant role in creating the environment where those successes can happen.

During January and beyond, we ask everyone in the community to take time in some way to thank a school director for the time and effort they put into helping our schools. These individuals see the great value in standing up for public education. Let's take a moment to stand up for them and give them the encouragement they need to help improve our schools, community and the lives of the children they serve.



UHS Students Excel in International Debate Competition

Students from Unionville High School have advanced to the "Top 32" round of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF).

Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only debate competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. 

By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City on May 6, 2017. 

Click here to read the full story



UHS Used Book Sale

NEIGHBORHOOD BOOK COLLECTION for the 2017 Unionville High School PTO Used Book Sale

Unionville High School students & parents will be collecting books in local neighborhoods on
Saturday, January 21, 2017

For book collection details please visit - UHS book sale and collection information

You are cordially invited to the annual Used Book Sale

UHS Gymnasium
750 Unionville Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, February 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(Snow date: Friday 3/3/17)

Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM / $10.00 bag sale
(Snow date: Saturday, 3/4/17)

***Bags Provided! Please do not bring your own bag.***

Please visit our website for up-to-date book sale information:
UHSBookSale.org
Visit us on Facebook!



Save The Date Events!!

  • 5th Grade Human Growth and Development Parent Presentation - Parents of 5th grade students are invited to attend a preview of the 5th grade Human Growth and Development Unit on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School. If for some reason the January 17th meeting is postponed, the meeting will be rescheduled on Tuesday, January 24th.   We will share the materials that will be used and hold an open discussion of the topics to be covered in class.
  • U-PRISE -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.  Next meeting - January 25, 6:00PM at the district office. Speaker series will cover the topic - Executive Functioning. Please RSVP online -  Google Survey

  • The Education Foundation Annual Golden Gala - Saturday, February 11, 2017- Join us as we celebrate! Join us for this fun filled event! It is a great night to reflect on the accomplishments of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation.  Hosted at the Gables of Chadds Ford, the night will include Hors D'oeuvres, dancing, cocktails, silent auction and fun.  This event sold out last year - so stay tuned for tickets.

  • 68th Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show - Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th

  • 2017 Run for our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day registration is open! Race day - Saturday, April 22 at 9AM.To benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. In honor of Elliot and Henry Johnson. Run for our Sons​​​​​​​



This Week's Highlights


**UHS Boys Lacrosse Flapjack Fundraiser
**UHS Baseball Youth Winter Skills
**Community Camp Fair - Summer 2017
**Kennett Library News & Events


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







The Day of Sharing off to a great start this morning! UHS Students at work! 

#CatchTheSpirit of Service!



MLK Day - UHS Facebook




UCF Education Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

The Green Initiatives Committee of the U-CF Education Foundation, with the support of the district, is launching a district-wide program to promote sustainability by collecting your used sneakers and fitness shoes. This program touches many facets of sustainability.  It keeps shoes out of the landfill and promotes re-use, as well as develops an environmentally and economically sustainable industry for developing villages.

1. Collected shoes from our district will be shipped to Runners Village, Ghana. There they are sold, and the proceeds go to setting up tree farms (fruit trees, trees used for buildings, etc.) in the village. The locals are trained to maintain them, creating a perpetual source of income.

2. The entire program is funded by the proceeds from the sale of the shoes.

3. The unusable ones (about 20%) go to Nike Grind, where they are ground up and used on playgrounds and other purposes.

4. The MORE Foundation, who executes this program, expects to take in about 300K pairs of shoes this year, helping 10 villages.

5. There is a box in either the gym or main lobby of every school in the district. Please drop off your old sneakers - any size, any condition.

 

 




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Monday, January 9, 2017

UCF This Week

 
 


This Week…

in the News


+Board Meeting Tonight & Special Art Book Signing Event

+Update on the 926 Bridge Project

+How to Raise an Adult  Book Discussion and Author Visit

+Martin Luther King Jr.Community Service Projects

+The Proposed 2017-2018 Calendar Ready for Community Input

+UCF Education Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

+Save the Date Events



Board Meeting Tonight & Special Art Book signing Event

Join us at 7:30 PM in the District Office Public Conference Room, or watch online.
The meeting will be streamed live on the 
district website

View tonights agenda -  Board documents


Please join us for a special event before the board meeting. Our Unionville-Chadds Ford children's illustrations in the publication "The Everyday Rules of Spectacular Parents" will be showcased! All the hard work and dedication from our art teachers and students will be celebrated at 6:45pm tonight at the District Office. Our young illustrators will be recognized for their beautiful work.


We hope to see you there!



Update on the 926 Bridge Project

The PennDOT 926 Bridge project is set to begin on February 1


The UCF Transportation Department is ready for this closure. All current bus schedules were built with the closure in mind, so you should see no impact to your student's bus schedule. After the bridge closes we will closely monitor traffic patterns around our neighborhoods.

For more details you can go to the PennDOT 926 Bridge website.

http://tmacc.org/projects/route-926/

For questions or concerns please contact Kim and Dave - communications@ucfsd.net



How to Raise an Adult  Book Discussion and Author Visit


How do schools and parents work together to develop young adults who are armed with self confidence, grit, and emotional intelligence - skills needed as they step out into a changing and challenging world?  This question, and how to address it, is a theme from the Wellness Committee.


The Ed Foundation, FOCUS, and the District are working together to create awareness and conversation around the topic. FOCUS has lined up Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How to Raise An Adult", for a student assembly and community talk.

January 26, 2017 - Join in a Community Book Discussion of this New York Times bestseller at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Cafeteria.

Followed by....

February 23, 2017 - Join us for a presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How To Raise An Adult", at 7pm in the Unionville High School auditorium!

These two events are open to the community and free of charge, but please register for each so that we might better prepare and forward any additonal information on to you. Thank you! Reserve your seat here

For your convenience, all school offices now have a supply of the "How to Raise an Adult" in stock.

paperback 13.55 (includes pa tax)

hardcover 22.89 (includes pa tax)

***cash or check made payable to UCFSD will be accepted



Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Projects

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.


The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District will celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 16th.


To Learn about community projects in our district visit - MLK Community Service



The Proposed 2017-2018 Calendar Ready for Community Input

The UCFSD calendar committee meets each year to discuss and make recommendations for the upcoming year calendar. The administration reviews those recommendations and the Board votes to approve.  The proposed 2017-2018 calendar is now ready for public review.  The Board is scheduled to vote on it at their January 23rd meeting.

The Board is looking for further community input.  The calendar is available in Board Docs (click here to review). 

Please review the calendar and send your comments to communications@ucfsd.net



UCF Education Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

The Green Initiatives Committee of the U-CF Education Foundation, with the support of the district, is launching a district-wide program to promote sustainability by collecting your used sneakers and fitness shoes. This program touches many facets of sustainability.  It keeps shoes out of the landfill and promotes re-use, as well as develops an environmentally and economically sustainable industry for developing villages.

1. Collected shoes from our district will be shipped to Runners Village, Ghana. There they are sold, and the proceeds go to setting up tree farms (fruit trees, trees used for buildings, etc.) in the village. The locals are trained to maintain them, creating a perpetual source of income.

2. The entire program is funded by the proceeds from the sale of the shoes.

3. The unusable ones (about 20%) go to Nike Grind, where they are ground up and used on playgrounds and other purposes.

4. The MORE Foundation, who executes this program, expects to take in about 300K pairs of shoes this year, helping 10 villages.

5. There is a box in either the gym or main lobby of every school in the district. Please drop off your old sneakers - any size, any condition.



Save The Date Events!!

  • 5th Grade Human Growth and Development Parent Presentation - Parents of 5th grade students are invited to attend a preview of the 5th grade Human Growth and Development Unit on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School. If for some reason the January 17th meeting is postponed, the meeting will be rescheduled on Tuesday, January 24th.   We will share the materials that will be used and hold an open discussion of the topics to be covered in class.
  • UHS Used Book Sale - Mark your calendar! UHS Used Book Sale Neighborhood Collection Day will be on 1/21.
  • U-PRISE -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.  Next meeting - January 25, 6:00PM at the district office.
    Please RSVP online - 
    Google Survey

  • The Education Foundation Annual Golden Gala - Saturday, February 11, 2017- Join us as we celebrate! Join us for this fun filled event! It is a great night to reflect on the accomplishments of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation.  Hosted at the Gables of Chadds Ford, the night will include Hors D'oeuvres, dancing, cocktails, silent auction and fun.  This event sold out last year - so stay tuned for tickets.

  • 2017 Run for our Sons 5K and Family Fun Day registration is open! Race day - Saturday, April 22 at 9AM.To benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. In honor of Elliot and Henry Johnson. Run for our Sons




This Week's Highlights


**UHS Boys Lacrosse Flapjack Fundraiser
**UHS Baseball Youth Winter Skills
**Community Camp Fair - Summer 2017
**Kennett Library News & Events


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






Congratulations to all our PES students who qualified for this year's Geo Bee. The competition was intense and the audience support was fantastic.


Check out pictures here - PES Facebook





Winter time has arrived and heating cost are going to sky rocket! Help lower your heating cost, energy use and air purification by winterizing your home the green way.

Install a programmable thermostat to keep heating cost under control
It will keep an even temperature so it is not being constantly turned up when someone is cold or turned down when the house becomes too warm. Invest in several warm throws to keep on couches, chairs and as pillows. This provides everyone will a little extra warmth while the house remains at the right temperature to keep cost low. This is going to be the most efficient of green living tips when it comes to controlling the heating cost.

Insulate your water heater
By turning down the water heater by 3 degrees and investing in an insulation blanket made just for this purpose, you will still be able to enjoy the same hot shower every morning before work. It uses less energy to keep the water at a wonderful temp when properly insulated. It is a low cost investment that will bring back high returns in the end.

Invest in green plants to keep in the living room, the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom
Green plants help to recycle and freshen the air you breath all winter long. Once your home is sealed, you need the plants to help remove toxins and stale air. You will feel better emotionally and physically with the addition of living plants in your home.



 

 




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