Monday, May 1, 2017

UCF This Week


This Week…

in the News

+Public Budget Hearing Tonight, May 1 at 7pm
+UCF Technology - Parent Webinar Tonight - May 1st - 6:30 PM
+The Patton Spring Carnival
+UHS Indoor Percussion 7th Best in the World!
Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale Fundraiser
+Get Ready For The Teen Years - Special Presentation
Unionville Run for our Sons Thank You!
+The School Start Time Recommendation was Approved

+Save the Date Events

Public Budget Hearing Tonight, May 1 at 7pm

The public Budget Hearing will be held tonight, Monday May 1st in the district office at 7:00 PM.
May 2nd and 3rd are reserved as additional hearing dates to be used if needed

Budget Hearing documents - posted here.

We hope to see you there!

UCF Technology - Parent Webinar Tonight - May 1st at 6:30 PM

Please join us for our May parent webinar tonight, May 1st at 6:30 PM.

The May webinar will focus on Windows 10 and the new features included in the operating system. Further, we will highlight a few differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7.

Please RSVP to Jon Mall at for invitation details.

Also, please visit to join the meeting on May 1st.

The Patton Spring Carnival

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!! The Patton Carnival is on Friday, May 5th from 2:30-7pm at Patton Middle School so get ready to have some fun!

Is your teacher going to be in the dunk tank?? I hear Mr Hoffman, Mr Beaver and Mr Dutkiewicz will be getting dunked!

New games this year include hungry hippo bungee challenge and velcro soccer! Lots of food, raffle baskets, face painting and more.... Join the PTO fun with family and friends!

UHS Indoor Percussion 7th Best in the World!

Unionville High School's Indoor Percussion Ensemble returned from the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio as the 7th best in the world in the Scholastic A Division. Unionville competed against 64 groups from around the country in the preliminary round to advance to the semi-final round against 32 groups, and then to the finals against the best 15 groups in the country. This was Unionville's second trip to the World Championships and their first as a world finalist.

As a testament to their musicianship and performance ability, Unionville is also ending their season as the Mid Atlantic Percussion Society Scholastic A Champions and the WGI East Power Regional Scholastic A Champions. Their award-winning show "The Drought" was filled with excitement and artistry.

Read more at - UHS Indoor Percussion

Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale Fundraiser 

May 6th 8am-12pm Unionville Elementary

The Yard Sale benefits all UCFSD schools by supporting programs, classroom grants, and scholarships for students.
Donations needed for the sale:  Household items, antiques, sports equipment, furniture, good condition toys, outdoor items, etc. We cannot receive clothing donations, stuffed animals, scanners, printers, box TV's, copiers, mattresses
Donation drop-off is at Unionville Elementary on the following dates
May 3rd 3:30-6:00
May 5th 3:30-6:00
Neighborhood pick up is also available from May 1st-5th 3:00-6:00 pm
Neighborhood donation collection is available for larger items or larger quantities, to make arrangements please email us your address and contact info at
For additional details visit - UCFEF Community Yard Sale

Get Ready For The Teen Years - Special Presentation

Learn how to prepare for the transition from Elementary School to Middle School. This hour long presentation will cover what a typical Unionville-Chadds Ford student's behavior looks like, risk and protective factors, and tips to positively impact your child during the transition.

Presented by: Kathy Collier - Prevention Specialist, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Join us - Monday, May 8th at 7pm - HES Auditorium Details Teen Presentation

Unionville Run for our Sons Thank You!

The 8th Annual Unionville Run for our Sons was another tremendous success!  As of today almost $49,000 was raised for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.  I am so humbled and grateful that this school community supports this cause that is so near and dear to my heart. 

There was a new team that joined us at the event this past weekend,  the Quattrochi family.  They live outside of Lancaster and their son Adam, who is 5 years old, was diagnosed with Duchenne last year.  While the last year has been a trying one, they were uplifted to see all of you there working together to end Duchenne.  I wish that I could tell them that the road with Duchenne gets easier, but it does not.  But what I can tell them is that they are supported here at UCFSD.  Again, I thank you all for your kindness and generosity.

There is still one last opportunity to support the event and put us over our $50,000 goal!
Our online silent auction ends on Saturday 4/29 at 9pm.  Please visit to see some great items and support a worthy cause.

Hope to see you next year!
Warm regards,

The School Start Time Recommendation was Approved

The school start time recommendation was approved by a vote of 8 to 1. Research shows there are many benefits from later school start times, including decreases in teen depression, car crashes, behavior problems, discipline referrals, absenteeism, and tardiness. Given our students' compelling argument – the UCF Board asked administration to form a committee and conduct an exhaustive review of our school start times. The committee found that - though not without challenges - the benefits to student health and well-being were difficult to ignore.

The Board approved a change in UCF school start times beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. For next year the middle school and high school student day will begin at 8:00 and conclude at 2:43. The elementary student day will begin at 9:10 and end at 3:40. We understand that there may be questions about the transition and how it may affect you and your family.

For answers to a number of frequently asked questions please visit -

Click here to go to the School Start Time Committee website.
Click here to watch the video of the presentation.
Click here to watch/listen to Board questions and answers after the presentation.
Click here to watch/listen community comments.
Click here for Board comments and deliberations (focused on school start times).
Click here to watch the final deliberations and Board vote on this proposal.

Save The Date Events!!

  • 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

  • Adopt A Garden - An exciting opportunity for the UCFSD students and their families!! Save Money, get fresh vegetables and help others in need this summer! The Family and Consumer Science program at CFPMS built 22 raised beds and constructed 2 greenhouses all with grant monies raised by the FCS department. The beds will be planted in the coming months, but when summer comes we will need YOUR help to maintain them and and get us ready for this coming school year. Adopt our Garden Beds for a week or more and help us water, harvest and deliver to the Food Bank. It is a win-win proposition for all. Work with your families while helping those who are less fortunate!! For more information please contact Kim Hisler at
  • 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

  • Last Day of School Calendar Change - Reminder - 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 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
**UHS Girls Soccer Camp
**UHS Boys' Lacrosse - Unite for HER
**Kennett-Unionville Titans Registration 
**Community & Trails Celebration Day
Southern Chester County Soccer Camp

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

We Love Clay!!
6th grade students at Patton got really dirty last week with their newly purchased "Shimpo Pug Mill". They had lots of fun recycling clay to prepare for the upcoming Red clay house unit.

Check it out! Patton Facebook

UCF Education Foundation Shoe Re-Use Program

The Green Initiatives Committee of the U-CF Education Foundation, with the support of the district, has launched 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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