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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UCF This Week

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
October 3, 2017
 
 
 This Week…
  in the News  
 
*STEM Night at Unionville High SchoolPES Color Run 2017
 
*UHS Flu Clinic
 
*PTO Directory is now in PowerSchool
 
*FOCUS Presents - Minding Your Mind
 
*The Unionville Community Fair
 
                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                      
 

*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 field today
*STEM education in action in our schools

Schedule:
6:30-7:30 Panel discussion
7:30-8:30 Breakout sessions

For details visit - http://www.ucfsd.org/stem/

 

 

 


UHS Flu Clinic - This Thursday, October 5th!!

Flu Season is right around the corner!

School season is prime time for classes, homework, sports… and the flu. With the flu virus most active from October to May, getting vaccinated is the #1 way to prevent the flu and the fever, sore throat, body aches, and even serious health complications it can cause. We are partnering with the Chester County Health Department to offer a flu shot clinic to community members.
 
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.

 
For more information, visit www.chesco.org/flu. Same day, onsite registration only.
If you have health insurance, bring your cards. All insurance
types, including medical assistance, are welcome.
 

 

 


*PTO Directory is now in PowerSchool

The 2017-2018 PTO Directory is now available in PowerSchool. To access the directory, log into your parent portal. Please click "Daily Bulletin" on the left hand side navigation to download the PTO Directory in PDF format. If you have any difficulties logging into you account please contact your childs main office.

The printed directory will be distributed around October 13th.

 


*FOCUS Presents - Minding Your Mind/ 13 Reasons Why

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14 to 23.

Please join FOCUS (Family Outreach Committee of Unionville Chadds Ford School District) for an evening of AWARENESS centered on TEEN MENTAL HEALTH and SUICIDE PREVENTION. The Netflix original series, “13 Reasons Why”, will also be addressed.

(Please note, this particular evening is geared for an adult audience. )

Date: October 12th, 2017
Time: 7:30-9:00PM
Location: CF Patton Auditorium (please enter through “EVENTS” door)

RSVP: This adult event is free of charge, but please RSVP at https://focusteensuicide.eventbrite.com so we can better prepare and notify you with any updates or materials related to the event.

For more information, please visit the FOCUS website or email focus@ucfsd.net.
 
 

*The Unionville Community Fair

It's almost here! The Unionville Community Fair is held from October 6- 8 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 is fun for all ages.
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

**Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset
**UTHON - Get Your Pants Scared Off for a Great Cause!!
**Come and join us for the First Annual Unionville Sports Council Golf Outing and Raffle!

**UE PTO Family Portrait Fundraiser
**Unionville Community Bike Drive
**URA Basketball Registration - CLOSING SOON

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

 


Wellness News & Tips

Tips for a Healthy Fall

Seeya, Summer!  Welcome back, short days, crisp air and colorful leaves. Think of the new season as a fresh start to your healthy habits. Here are tips to enjoy your healthiest autumn yet.

1. Get your flu shot! - The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. And no,no,no, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

2. Sign out of Facebook, ditch the fall lineup and head outside. - Spending time outdoors increases your vitamin D levels, makes you happier and improves your concentration.

3. Scare off those Halloween candy cravings - Maybe don't swear off every piece - that's no fun. Just don't morph into a sugar zombie. Wait until Halloween day to buy candy, and buy only enough for the kids.

4. Rejuvenate yourself - Fall is the time to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Get a massage after your run. Learn to meditate. Take an art class. Treat yourself not just with exercise but other activities that promote wellness. Fun activities help you feel good physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

5.Take Care Of Your Skin - Changes in humidity and temperatures can drastically affect your skin’s balance. Keep your skin hydrated, especially on areas of the body that tend to get drier, like elbows and feet. Get a facial for your skin type, and drink plenty of water.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

UHS Flu Clinic - This Thursday, October 5th!!

Flu Season is right around the corner!

School season is prime time for classes, homework, sports… and the flu. With the flu virus most active from October to May, getting vaccinated is the #1 way to prevent the flu and the fever, sore throat, body aches, and even serious health complications it can cause. We are partnering with the Chester County Health Department to offer a flu shot clinic to community members.

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.

For more information, visit www.chesco.org/flu. Same day, onsite registration only. If you have health insurance, bring your cards. All insurance types, including medical assistance, are welcome.                                    

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