Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Charger eNews - May 22, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
May 22, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

I want to thank everyone who was able to participate in last week’s Spring Open House. I hope you enjoyed seeing your children’s work in their classrooms and their beautiful art work in our hallways.

I also hope you had a chance to engage in some of the Makerspace activities and the Cardboard Amazement Park in the gym. The Cardboard Challenge far surpassed what we hoped it would be! Huge thanks to everyone who contributed to the event and supported a great evening!

We have officially reached 16 school days remaining! The final few weeks will be full of special events, class trips, and end-of-year celebrations.

This Wednesday, May 23rd, is our 4th-5th Grade Spring Concert, and parents are welcome to attend at 1:45 p.m. The concert will be live streamed on our You Tube Channel. Our students are busy preparing and practicing for their final performance of the year. We hope you can attend or watch from home!

Finally, Field Day is coming up on Thursday, May 31st (rain date Friday, June 1st). As always, we are in need of parent volunteers.

Save the Date!

It seems early, but please mark Thursday, August 23rd on your calendars for Parent Orientation and Sneak-A-Peek!

Upcoming Events:

  • May 23rd: Spring Concert at 1:45 p.m.
  • May 25th: Fifth Grade Trip to Brandywine Picnic Party
  • May 28th: No School
  • May 31st: Field Day
  • June 1st: Field Day Rain Date
  • June 8th: Awards Ceremony and First in Math Celebration 
  • June 14th: Last day of school and 5th Grade Clap Out at 12:20 p.m.

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

Hello CFE Parents!

We are headed into the home stretch! There are a few things we want to remind you of as we approach the end of the school year:

  • The School Toolbox is open for placing school supply orders for the 2018-19 school year. All orders must be placed online from now until June 15th. Please contact Dana Cellucci with any questions.
     
  • Please submit CFE reimbursements requests ASAP! We are closing out our books for the school year and need your receipts as soon as possible. Contact Leigh Heister with any questions.
  • End-of-School Year Parties will be communicated through homeroom parents. Please reach out to them with questions.
  • A box will be located in the lobby starting tomorrow for collecting unwanted or outgrown Spirit Wear for redistribution. Please contact Dana Cellucci or Kara Hyman with questions.
  • Attention 5th Grade Parents - the CFE School Store will be holding its annual locker sale to help students prepare for Patton next year! The sale will be held Thursday, May 31st and Thursday, June 7th. Be on the lookout for a price sheet to come home with your student. Contact Betty Kucharczuk with questions.

Thank you!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Charger eNews - May 15, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
May 15, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather Friday for our 69th Annual May Fair! The students did a tremendous job and once again, I want to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying the day with us.

Special thanks to the wonderful parent volunteers who prepared our students for the traditional dance: Dana Cellucci, Brett Clancy, Megan Davis, Rebecca Haley, Leigh Heister, and Alexandra Albrecht. It was a great day!

Please check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures and a video.

Today is Election Day and CFE is a voting location. Since school is in session, we organize voting to take place at the end of the K-2 hallway. Kindergarten moves to another classroom for the day, and we use a vacant classroom for voting. We create a barrier and have security on duty throughout the day to ensure the safety of our students. Please contact our office at 610.388.1112 x3700 with any questions.

Spring Open House is Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. We look forward to welcoming everyone to back to CFE to spend time in classrooms, visit our “Amazement Park” in the gym, check out some activities in our Maker Space, and stop by the cafeteria for an informal reception sponsored by our tremendous PTO.

For those families participating in the Cardboard Challenge, please have children bring their creations to school by Thursday to be included in the showcase.

Save the Date! It seems early, but please mark Thursday, August 23rd on your calendars for Parent Orientation and Sneak-A-Peek!

Upcoming Events:

  • May 17th: Spring Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 23rd: Spring Concert at 1:45 p.m.
  • May 25th: Fifth Grade Trip to Brandywine Picnic Park
  • May 28th: No School
  • May 31st: Field Day
  • June 1st: Field Day Rain Date

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

Last week was a busy one at CFE!

Teacher Appreciation Week was a huge success! We are so lucky to have such wonderful teachers and staff to work with our children every day, and we hope they enjoyed their week.

Special thanks to Patty Kutz and Michelle Boyle for all of their hard work to prepare such a special week of acknowledgement. Thanks also to all of the generous parents who donated meals, snacks, drinks, desserts, and time to help things run smoothly.

We hope everyone enjoyed the 69th Annual May Fair Friday. The weather cooperated and the children all did a wonderful job!

The third grade girls were amazing performing the traditional May Fair dance, thanks in large part to the special group of ladies who worked with them for weeks leading up to the performance. Thank you to Dana Cellucci, Brett Clancy, Megan Davis, Rebecca Haley, Leigh Heister, and Alexandra Albrecht! Thanks also to Mr. Judd for allowing the girls to practice in the gym, and to Craig Ellis and Stanley Jones for helping us move the Maypole. This is a great tradition that we hope will continue for many years to come!

The 2018-19 School Supply Sale is open. You should have received ordering information in your child’s backpack. All orders must be placed online at www.schooltoolbox.com from now until June 15th. Please contact Dana Cellucci with any questions.

Our new PTO board has been voted in for the 2018-19 school year. Jessica Lang and Joyce Yoon are the new CFE PTO co-presidents, and Jeff Ellison and Meredith Petruccelli are the new co-vice presidents. Congrats and best of luck!

Remaining board members Christina Condelles, Katherine Lombardo, and Leigh Heister will continue in their current roles for the 2018-19 school year.

Funding for Collaboration Lab and Piano requests from our special projects fund was also approved at our May 9th meeting.

Dana and I have finished our roles as PTO co-presidents and would like to sincerely thank the ladies who served on the board with us this year. We really enjoyed working with all of you. 

We would also like to thank all of the parents, teachers, and staff who volunteered their time to help with PTO events, and Mr. Dutkiewicz for all the time and energy he puts into working with the PTO.

It really does take a village to run all of the great events at our school that allow us to fund valuable programs and invest in technology that enhances our children’s learning at CFE.

The PTO invites you to stop by our table in the cafeteria during Open House to meet the board, hear about some of our projects (past and future), and learn more about how you can get involved in 2018-19. Drop in and enjoy some light refreshments as a token of our appreciation for all you do to support the PTO, and enter our raffle for a chance to win spirit wear, spirit wear gift certificates for next year’s sale, and even a piece of jewelry!

We hope to see everyone Thursday evening!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Charger eNews - May 8, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
May 8, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

It’s Staff Appreciation Week at CFE! I want to thank our wonderful PTO for their generosity in planning an awesome week for our teachers and staff. From a new refrigerator and microwave in our staff room, to some unknown surprises, it is sure to be a fantastic week at CFE!

Special thanks to Patty Kutz, Michelle Boyle, Kara Hyman, Jessica Lang and all of the parents who donated items to make this week extra special. I believe we have the greatest staff in all the land and we are so fortunate to receive such support from our family community. Thank you! 

This just in! CFE has once again exceeded our First in Math Goal for the year! I challenged our students to reach 1,250,000 stickers (3.8 million problems solved) in our online First in Math program. As expected, CFE absolutely crushed the goal and even with six weeks remaining, we are ranked No. 13 in Pennsylvania and No. 34 in the country. We will have a First in Math Celebration June 8th to recognize our top scorers and everyone who contributed to this big win. Thank you for your support at home!

This Friday, May 11th, is our 69th Annual May Fair! It's hard to believe our May Fair has been an annual tradition for nearly 70 years! All of our students are actively working to prepare for their performances. Please see details here about joining us on Friday.

Cardboard Challenge: The CFE staff worked together Monday to design and build their own cardboard creations for our Spring Open House next week. All students working on cardboard creations should plan to bring them to CFE Tuesday, May 15th. We will store and organize family projects to showcase at our Cardboard Amazement Park on the evening of May 17th. Thank you in advance for your support and participation!

In Case You Missed It Last Week: As you know, Mr. Barr has announced his retirement after 40 years with Unionville-Chadds Ford. His fourth grade position has been posted and we are actively working to hire the best teacher possible to join our CFE family.

Pending school board approval, Mrs. Carson will also be retiring from UCFSD after 13 years as the CFE Librarian. Her position will soon be posted as well. Mr. Barr and Mrs. Carson have both left big shoes to fill and without a doubt, we will miss them both very much.

In other staff news, Mrs. Keller and Miss Morettini are switching positions. Mrs. Keller will become our new pre-first teacher and Miss Morettini will move into her first grade position. Miss Morettini has taught first grade and kindergarten in the past, and Mrs. Keller is a perfect fit for our pre-first students.

Finally, we currently have three sections of every grade level with the exception of first grade. As the first grade cohort moves to second grade, Mrs. Conover will move from second grade to first grade for the 2018-19 school year.

To recap, our new first grade teachers will be Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Conover, and Miss Morettini and our second grade teachers will be Mr. Lapp and Mrs. Gillespie. This smaller cohort will likely cause similar changes each year going forward, but this is common in most schools as population sizes fluctuate.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities: Are you considering working while your children are in school? Have you thought about becoming a substitute teacher?

UCFSD permits substitutes from The Substitute Teacher Service (STS) Guest Teacher Program to substitute in our district. This program allows individuals with a four-year degree to complete an online training program to prepare to teach in the classroom as day-to-day substitutes.

STS, our substitute vendor, will be on hand at our Open House to answer questions.

Save the Dates - Spring Events are Coming Up!

  • May 9th: Final PTO Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
  • May 11th: May Fair Performance at 2 p.m.
  • May 17th: Spring Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 18th: May Fair Rain Date
  • May 23rd: Spring Concert at 1:45 p.m.
  • May 25th: Fifth Grade Trip to Brandywine Picnic Park
  • May 28th: No School
  • May 31st: Field Day
  • June 1st: Field Day Rain Date

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

Welcome to a big week at CFE!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Be sure to thank your teachers and staff for all they do for our children! It looks like there are still two opportunities to help if you are available.

Our re-scheduled PTO Meeting will be held tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. This is the last meeting of the 2017/2018 school year. At the meeting, we will:

  • Discuss and vote to approve two special enrichment projects using funds not previously allocated to the 2017/18 budget. One is a new piano for the school and the other is funding for enhancements to the technology classroom.
  • Vote in the new board members for the 2018/2019 school year, including two new vice presidents: Jeff Ellison and Meredith Petruccelli.

Please come to the meeting to learn more, meet our board, and help us vote!

Friday is our May Fair from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come watch your children sing and celebrate the beginning of spring!

The PTO board wants to meet you at Open House May 17th! Please stop by our table in the cafeteria to learn about the PTO, enjoy light refreshments, and maybe even win some cool raffle prizes!

Have a great week!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Attention Fifth Grade Parents! 

Please make sure to select either "Core English" or "Extended Core English" in Powerschool for sixth grade next year. Login to PowerSchool and click on “Class Registration” to choose your child’s English class. Click here for additional directions.

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

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(610) 388-1112

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Charger eNews - May 1, 2018

 
 
Charger eNews
May 1, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

May is always the start of a very busy end of the school year. With our 69th Annual May Fair May 11th, Open House May 17th, and Spring Concert May 23rd, the month is packed with events! Most grades are looking forward to educational field trips this month, and Mr. Judd and Miss Clark are actively planning our May 31st Field Day.

Inevitably, the end of the school year also means personnel changes and updates.

As you know, Mr. Barr has announced his retirement after 40 years with Unionville-Chadds Ford. His fourth grade position has been posted and we are actively working to hire the best teacher possible to join our CFE family.

Pending school board approval, Mrs. Carson will also be retiring from UCFSD after 13 years as the CFE Librarian. Her position will soon be posted as well. Mr. Barr and Mrs. Carson have both left big shoes to fill and without a doubt, we will miss them both very much.

In other staff news, Mrs. Keller and Miss Morettini are switching positions. Mrs. Keller will become our new pre-first teacher and Miss Morettini will move into her first grade position. Miss Morettini has taught first grade and kindergarten in the past, and Mrs. Keller is a perfect fit for our pre-first students.

Finally, we currently have three sections of every grade level with the exception of first grade. As the first grade cohort moves to second grade, Mrs. Conover will move from second grade to first grade for the 2018-19 school year.

To recap, our new first grade teachers will be Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Conover, and Miss Morettini and our second grade teachers will be Mr. Lapp and Mrs. Gillespie. This smaller cohort will likely cause similar changes each year going forward, but this is common in most schools as population sizes fluctuate.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities

Are you considering working while your children are in school? Have you thought about becoming a substitute teacher?

UCFSD permits substitutes from The Substitute Teacher Service (STS) Guest Teacher Program to substitute in our district. This program allows individuals with a four-year degree to complete an online training program to prepare to teach in the classroom as day-to-day substitutes.

STS, our substitute vendor, will be on hand at our Open House to answer questions.

Save the Dates - Spring Events are Coming Up!

  • May 9th: Final PTO Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
  • May 11th: May Fair Performance at 2 p.m.
  • May 17th: Spring Open House 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 18th: May Fair Rain Date
  • May 23rd: Spring Concert at 1:45 p.m.
  • May 25th: Fifth Grade Trip to Brandywine Picnic Park
  • May 28th: No School
  • May 31st: Field Day
  • June 1st: Field Day Rain Date

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

Happy May! Although we only have a little more than a month of school left, there are still lots of important events coming up.

Next week will be our final PTO meeting of the year. Join us Wednesday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m. to vote in some new board members for 2018/2019.

Next week is also Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTO will be celebrating our fine teachers and staff throughout the week. There are still a few spots open to donate food or volunteer to help; please consider making a contribution if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to let our amazing teachers and staff know you appreciate all they do!

Thank you Chadds Ford Elementary for another successful drive to support our sister school! Together, we collected 53 uniform pants/shorts, 40 uniform shirts, and over 40 backpacks for the students of Mitchell Elementary. These much-needed items will be delivered this week. Your continued support makes a huge difference!

Reminder to Rising Sixth Graders: Patton spirit wear will be available for purchase at the Patton Carnival May 4th (so far the weather looks great!) from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and at the Patton PTO meeting May 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Patton cafeteria. Start the year in style! Questions/comments?

Hope everyone has a great week!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

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(610) 388-1112

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Charger eNews - April 24, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
April 24, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

It’s amazing how fast April is moving and we are finally starting to see some spring weather!

I want to thank everyone for all of your efforts and patience as we have navigated our annual testing period. The PSSAs quite literally take over our school for several weeks and thankfully things are nearly coming to an end!

I want to congratulate our students for their tremendous focus and effort on these highly rigorous assessments. I want to thank all of our staff for their dedication to support all of our students in achieving individual growth and success.

PSSA results are published to school districts in early to mid-summer. Parent reports are populated and distributed in early fall. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

PSSA Testing continues this week for fourth grade students only. We will administer the Science PSSA Assessment (for fourth grade only) April 24th and 25th.

Friendly Reminders:

We continue to prepare for our Spring Open House May 17th. As mentioned in previous eNews, we strongly encourage families to showcase their innovation and creativity by participating in our Cardboard Challenge.

Why a cardboard challenge? According to the “Future of Jobs Report” by the World Forum, creativity is now considered a top skill that employers will look for in 2020 and beyond. We want our students to use creativity, design-thinking, and their imaginations as often as possible!

Our goal is to create a Cardboard “Amazement Park” in our gym for families to visit during Open House. Once again, there are no specific criteria regarding what your child can build. Have fun and be creative! 

Substitute Teaching Opportunities:

Are you considering working while your children are in school? Have you thought about becoming a substitute teacher?

UCFSD permits substitutes from The Substitute Teacher Service (STS) Guest Teacher Program to substitute in our district. This program allows individuals with a four-year degree to complete an online training program to prepare to teach in the classroom as day-to-day substitutes.

STS, our substitute vendor, will be on hand at our Open House to answer questions.

Save the Dates - Spring Events are coming up!

  • May 9th: Final PTO Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
  • May 11th: May Fair Performance at 2 p.m.
  • May 17th: Spring Open House 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m.
  • May 18th: May Fair Rain Date
  • May 23rd: Spring Concert 1:45 p.m.
  • May 25th: Fifth Grade Trip to Brandywine Picnic Park
  • May 28th: No School
  • May 31st: Field Day
  • June 1st: Field Day Rain Date

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal


We hope you and your families are enjoying the nice weather!

The week of May 7th is Teacher Appreciation Week. There is a fantastic schedule of activities being planned, but make sure to take some time to thank your teachers and staff members personally. CFE teachers and staff are wonderful, and it’s nice to be thanked every once in a while! To help with the week’s activities, sign up here.

Our Mitchell Elementary Spring Drive continues through this Friday, April 27th with the collection of gently used/new:

  • Backpacks
  • Khaki/navy pants, skirts, and shorts (Size 5 – Adult)
  • Blue/white polo shirts (Size 5 – Adult)

A collection box is located in the lobby. Please keep Mitchell’s students in mind as you clean out closets and spring clean. Thanks so much for your continued support!

Attention Rising Sixth Graders - Be Patton Proud! Soon your graduating fifth graders will be owning the halls of Patton Middle School, so it will be time to get your Patton Pride on!

Patton spirit wear will be available for purchase at the Patton Carnival May 4th from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and at the Patton PTO meeting May 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Patton cafeteria. Start the year in style! Questions/comments?

Thank you and happy spring!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

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(610) 388-1112

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Charger eNews - April 17, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
April 17, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

Just last week I shared that Citadel Banking chose our very own Mr. Barr as its UCFSD Heart of Learning Finalist. The timing of this recognition could not have been more fitting. Just weeks before the Citadel surprise, Mr. Barr announced his plans to retire at the conclusion of the school year.

Last evening, Mr. Barr was recognized at the school board meeting for his 40 years of dedication and service to the district.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Barr on a great career, and wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement.

We continue to prepare for our Spring Open House May 17th. As mentioned in previous eNews, we strongly encourage families to showcase their innovation and creativity by participating in our Cardboard Challenge.

Why a cardboard challenge? According to the “Future of Jobs Report” by the World Forum, creativity is now considered a top skill that employers will look for in 2020 and beyond. We want our students to use creativity, design-thinking, and their imaginations as often as possible!

Our goal is to create a Cardboard “Amazement Park” in our gym for families to visit during Open House. Once again, there are no specific criteria regarding what your child can build. Have fun and be creative! 

PSSA Testing continues this week for third through fifth grade students.

We will administer the Math PSSA Assessment Tuesday, April 17th (today) and Wednesday, April 18th, followed by the Science PSSA Assessment (for fourth grade only) April 24th and 25th.

Friendly Reminder to Third-Fifth Grade Parents:

We are extremely fortunate to be part of an amazingly supportive community and much of this goes without saying; however, during the testing window, we ask that you help ensure your child gets plenty of rest and enjoys a healthy breakfast.

Please encourage your child to maintain a positive and healthy view of the tests. We just want them to try their best and not to worry. They are well prepared and ready to show what they know.

Also, in my previous PSSA informational letter, I included a letter from the PA Department of Education regarding the collection of electronic devices during the testing window.

Although electronic devices are not permitted in school, many of our students use them on the bus. As long as they are in school bags and turned off during the day, we do not see it as a problem. While we don’t anticipate any issues regarding students being in possession of cell phones during our testing, I just want to remind you of the policy language and to reinforce that students are not permitted to be in possession of cell phones during testing.

If your child normally brings a cell phone in his or her backpack, we will have to collect it each morning prior to the testing time as per Pennsylvania state guidelines. Students will be asked to turn off their cell phones and turn them into their teachers.

Student phones will be returned after testing to keep in their school bags. Thank you for your support during this annual testing period. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Substitute Teaching Opportunities:

Are you considering working while your children are in school? Have you thought about becoming a substitute teacher?

UCFSD permits substitutes from The Substitute Teacher Service (STS) Guest Teacher Program to substitute in our district. This program allows individuals with a four-year degree to complete an online training program to prepare to teach in the classroom as day-to-day substitutes.

STS, our substitute vendor, will be on hand at our Open House to answer questions.

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

Hello CFE Families!

We are headed into the last few months of school and the PTO would like to thank all of our CFE families for their time and efforts this year!

While we only have a few months left, we still have some key positions that need to be filled for next year. Please reach out to Jessica Lang or Joyce Yoon if you are interested in learning more about how to get involved.

The PTO will host a small parent appreciation/information event in the cafeteria during Spring Open House May 17th. Please stop in to learn about some of the great things the CFE PTO does, and some of the ways you can help our school and students thrive.

The last PTO meeting of the school year will be held May 9th at 9:30 a.m. At this meeting, we will vote in a new Board. We will also review a few additional financial items, so please do your best to attend.

Also, please submit any PTO-related expenses as soon as possible to be processed before the end of the school year. The expense reimbursement form can be found under "PTO Resources" on the PTO webpage.

CFE Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week begins May 7th, with a luncheon scheduled for May 10th. There are many ways to contribute. Please sign up to help us thank the amazing staff at CFE!

Our Mitchell Elementary Spring Drive continues through April 27th with the collection of gently used/new:

  • Backpacks
  • Khaki/navy pants, skirts, and shorts (Size 5 – Adult)
  • Blue/white polo shirts (Size 5 – Adult)

A collection box is located in the lobby. Please keep Mitchell’s students in mind as you clean out closets and spring clean. Thanks so much for your continued support!

Finally, the PTO had new, 50-sheet Bus Note Pads made up. The older, 25-sheet pads have sold out, and the new pads are now available for $2 each in the school office.

Thank you, and let's hope spring comes soon!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.

3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford PA
(610) 388-1112

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Charger eNews - April 10, 2018

 
 
 
Charger eNews
April 10, 2018
 
 

Greetings Chargers!

Big news! Mr. Barr is the UCFSD Heart of Learning Finalist!

Last week, Citadel Federal Credit Union representatives surprised our very own Mr. Barr as a Heart of Learning Finalist! The Heart of Learning Award recognizes teachers for their tremendous efforts and dedication to our students.

Parents, students, and colleagues were able to nominate teachers earlier in the school year, and those who nominated Mr. Barr must have been very compelling!

Citadel shared some excerpts from the nominations that he received:

“Truly inspirational. Throughout the year Mr. Barr worked patiently with all the students and made what is a challenging class fun. Mr. Barr’s unique approach teaches the same curriculum in an application-based way which encourages students to think and visualize beyond the immediate task. He has given the kids ways to leverage these methods as they advance through their school years.”

Mr. Barr will leave a lasting impression on his students for years to come because he doesn’t just teach the curriculum. He shares a part of himself and his own interests and history.”

Every December, Mr. Barr hand carves each of his students’ names in block letters out of wood and presents it to them as their holiday gift. He’s been doing this tradition for 31 years. That’s more than 600 hand-crafted wooden name signs. This year on the last day before winter break, he handed them out to each student at the end of the day. The children were so excited!”

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Barr on this wonderful honor!

The PSSA Assessment window is now open!

Testing Schedule at CFES:

  • April 10th – 12th (ELA Testing)
  • April 17th – 18th (Math Testing)
  • April 24th – 25th (Science Testing – Fourth Grade only)

Friendly Reminder to Third-Fifth Grade Parents:

We are extremely fortunate to be part of an amazingly supportive community and much of this goes without saying; however, during the testing window, we ask that you help ensure your child gets plenty of rest and enjoys a healthy breakfast.

Please encourage your child to maintain a positive and healthy view of the tests. We just want them to try their best and not to worry. They are well prepared and ready to show what they know.

Also, in my previous PSSA informational letter, I included a letter from the PA Department of Education regarding the collection of electronic devices during the testing window.

Although electronic devices are not permitted in school, many of our students use them on the bus. As long as they are in school bags and turned off during the day, we do not see it as a problem. While we don’t anticipate any issues regarding students being in possession of cell phones during our testing, I just want to remind you of the policy language and to reinforce that students are not permitted to be in possession of cell phones during testing.

If your child normally brings a cell phone in his or her backpack, we will have to collect it each morning prior to the testing time as per Pennsylvania state guidelines. Students will be asked to turn off their cell phones and turn them into their teachers.

Student phones will be returned after testing to keep in their school bags. Thank you for your support during this annual testing period. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Spring Open House Cardboard Challenge Details:

Our Spring Open House is Thursday, May 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. As mentioned in previous eNews, we strongly encourage families to showcase their innovation and creativity through our Cardboard Challenge!

We are hoping to create a Cardboard “Amazement Park” in our gym for families to visit during the Open House. Although the cardboard challenge was born from an amazing story of creativity and imagination, there is no specific criteria regarding what your child can build. Cardboard creations do not need to be an arcade game like the video describes, but they certainly can.

We are all very excited to see what our students dream and build! No project is too small, and if you have something larger scale in mind, please just ask to be sure we can fit it through the gymnasium doorway.

Be creative and have fun!

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFE Principal

We want to thank everyone who came to the PTO meeting last week. We had an update on Art Show and our sister school Mitchell Elementary (see below for information regarding our current drive).

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 9th at 9:30 a.m.

We will hold elections for president and vice president at that time. Our current VPs will be voted in as presidents, and we will vote in two new candidates for vice president. If you are interested in learning more about the VP role, please contact Kara or Dana.

We also have some open positions and committee roles for the 2018-2019 year. Please reach out to Kara or Dana if you would like to get involved.

Stay tuned for information regarding Teacher Appreciation Week and our PTO Parent Appreciation during Spring Open House May 17th!

Good luck to all the third-fifth graders during PSSAs!

Have a good week!

Kara Hyman and Dana Cellucci, PTO Presidents

Mitchell Elementary Spring Drive

It’s that time of year at Mitchell Elementary when growth spurts and normal wear and tear create a substantial need for new uniforms. For our Mitchell Elementary Spring Drive, we are collecting the following gently used/new items for Mitchell’s students:

  • Backpacks
  • Khaki/navy pants, skirts, and shorts (Size 5 – Adult)
  • Blue/white polo shirts (Size 5 – Adult)

A collection box will be located in the lobby. Please keep Mitchell in mind as you clean out closets and spring clean. Thanks so much for your continued support!

Collection Ends Friday, April 27th

 

Remember to check the UCF Community Bulletin Board for other community-wide activities and resources that benefit our students, including fundraisers, extra-curricular activities, and camps.

*The PTO’s weekly eNews is distributed on Tuesdays. Please submit any information to be included by Friday of the previous week to: CFESPTO@ucfsd.net.
3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford PA
(610) 388-1112

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