Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Charger eNews - December 6, 2016

Charger eNews - December 6, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greeting Chargers!

The Chester County Crime Victims Center (CVC) visited CFE today to teach our 3rd-5th grade students about internet safety.  Tomorrow evening, UCFSD is hosting a parent training at Hillendale Elementary starting at 6:30 pm.  The CVC will present information that is specific to K-5 students and their internet usage. We hope you can attend this important informational session.  

Next week, our chorus, strings and band students will be getting everyone in the holiday spirit! Our K-3 Concert will be held on Tues. 12/13/16 at 1:45 pm and our 4-5 Winter Concert will be held on Wed. 12/14/16 at 1:45 pm.  Parents are welcome to attend!  If you cannot be present, our Winter Concerts will be LIVE STREAMED and archived on our CFE-TV YouTube Channel. Click on the link below before the start of the concerts next week and enjoy!

CFE-TV YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdrxMdy48mf1birFTaLtM2Q

You may be wondering...why so many substitute teachers in the building lately? This year, we have made a very intentional investment in staff professional development.  We have encouraged staff to take advantage of training opportunities to broaden their knowledge and experience, and learn how to apply new instructional strategies.  Specialized literacy programs and strategies, brain-based learning philosophies, and mindfulness in the classroom are just three examples of professional development trainings that staff have recently attended. Even as I draft this message, I am with a cohort of CFE staff at a Guided Math conference in northern New Jersey.  These opportunities will lead to "turn around" trainings at CFES so new strategies and ideas will be shared with the greater staff.  While it is not ideal to have our teachers out of the classroom, our continuous improvement goals and action plans rely on new learning and application of progressive strategies.  I hope that you see the value and understand the priority and I am confident that our time and efforts will further enrich our programs and student experience. 

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Happy Holidays!

Please come to our PTO meeting tomorrow at 9:15 am, it's our last one until Wednesday Feb 1st 2017!! 

Have a great holiday season!  

AGENDA: 

  • Ken Bachelor, Asst. Superintendent—Discussion of School Start Times
  • Review an approve last meetings minutes
  • Review the budget and performance from Read-A-Thon, Book Fair, Donut Days
  • Principals Report
  • Misc. Items
    • Nominate New VP
    • 5th grade leave behind project
    • Model UN
  • Next Meeting 2/1/17 at 9:15

COMMUNITY NEWS

FOCUS Presents TWO EVENTS - 

"How to Raise and Adult" Community Book Conversation and Author Visit

Julie Lythcott-Haims is a well-known author and speaker and she is in great demand across the country.  The idea to bring her to our district came out of discussions at our district's Wellness Committee meetings.  This is an exciting opportunity for our community and we would like to maximize our audience.  We will be advertising the speaker event to neighboring districts as well; so sign up early.

Click HERE for the FLYER.

We are asking parents to register for each event (there is no fee) so we can keep track of our numbers.  Here is the link to our registration site: https://howtoraiseanadult.eventbrite.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cara Malone or Rose Hearn


UCFSD COAT DRIVE

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.  

Here's a link to a clip of one of Julie's TED talks:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=julie+lythcott+haims+ted+talk&view=detail&mid=CED82C1D365B6B0B522DCED82C1D365B6B0B522D&FORM=VIRE


UHS Baseball Youth Winter Skills Series

Unionville High School Baseball is once again offering their Youth Baseball Winter Skills Series for players ages 8-14. They will offer a Two-Day Hitting Clinic and a Two-Day Pitching/Catching Clinic. All proceeds benefit the UHS Diamond Booster Club.

Young players can develop their baseball hitting and fine tune their swings. At the Pitching/Catching sessions, athletes can work on all aspects of catching and work on pitching mechanics to promote arm health. 

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet and work with UHS Varsity Head Coach, Mike Magee, his coaching staff and players!

Detailed information and Registration Forms may be found at the link below. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8aM7IICcYWDal83WmtSeW1mMlk/view?usp=sharing


Wreath Sale

Cub Scout Pack 22 is holding it's annual wreath sale. Click flyer for more information. 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  DECEMBER
7 PTO Meeting 9:15
13 Winter Concert K-3 1:45
14 Winter Concert 4-5 1:45
23 Winter Break Begins
  JANUARY
2 Back to School

 

 



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Charger eNews - November 30, 2016

 

 

Charger eNews - November 30, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers,

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and long weekend!  

The weeks leading up to the winter break always seem to fly by and before we know it...it will be 2017!  Although its a short month, we have a lot  going on at CFES in December.  Next Monday, please consider dining out at PJ Whelihan's (1347 Wilmington Pike) to support the CFE PTO!  From 5 to 9 pm, PJ's is donating 15% to our school and all you need to do is bring the attached flyer along.  The kids have to eat...why not choose PJ's?

As we do each year, we are also encouraging folks to give the gift of warmth this December.  Please consider sending in unwrapped hats, mittens, and gloves to benefit the Kennett Community Services Center.  Our collection will run through December 16th and students can add their contributions to our "giving" snowman in our lobby.  Big thanks to Ms. Yackel for organizing this collection!  The flyer is attached for more details.

Please consider nominating one our great teachers for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award! Please click here to show your love of our staff: https://www.citadelbanking.com/…/ci…/heart-of-learning-form/

SAVE the Date!  As a result of our parent, student, and school personnel Climate Survey last year, we are bringing in the Chester County Crime Victims Center to teach our students about Internet safety and social media.  In addition to our students receiving training, we are hosting a district-wide Internet Safety Parent Night on December 7th at Hillendale Elementary starting at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be provided by the Chester County Crime Victims Center.  For more information: http://ucfsd-community-news.blogspot.com/2016/10/internet-safety-presentation-for-parents.html 

As always, thank you for your support!

Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Please join us for 2 great ways to support Chadds Ford Elementary PTO

  • Come out to Mykonos's this Thursday December 1st from 4-8 and do some holiday shopping while supporting our school.  Mykonos's has graciously offered to donate a part of their proceeds from the night to our school.  Refreshments will be served!  Grab a friend and head over. Click here for the flyer!
  • Also Monday December 5th from 5-9 is our dine and donate night at Pj Whelihans!  See the attached flyer.  Treat yourself to a night off from cooking and help support CFE PTO

Our next PTO meeting will be December 7th at 9:15.  


COMMUNITY NEWS

UCFSD COAT DRIVE

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  DECEMBER
7 PTO Meeting 9:15
13 Winter Concert K-3 1:45
14  Winter Concert 4-5 1:45

 

 




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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Charger eNews - November 22, 2016

Charger eNews - November 22, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to share a perspective on our nation's climate following the recent election.

Anyone who turns on the news will notice that our nation is in the midst of a great divide.  The much-anticipated election is over, but the controversy and questions keep coming.  Citizens with diverse ideologies are exercising their First Amendment rights in reaction to the election. Without question, this is a unique time in our history.

Here at CFE, we are also experiencing a range of feelings about the election.  As much as we welcome the thoughts and feelings of our students, we have worked to maintain a neutral stance on political perspectives.  Our curriculum and standards encompass a wide range of subjects relating to our government and election process, but we do not typically debate the contrasting views of political parties in the elementary setting.  

Not surprisingly, many of our students' feelings and opinions originate from what they hear at home. In addition, students are bombarded with messages from the media. Sometimes they need help to understand the messages that surround them. If you are seeking advice on how to help your child interpret and process these messages, there are articles online that provide recommendations on how to discuss the results of the election with your children. 

Regardless of your personal beliefs or political affiliations, I believe that having conversations with your children about the results can be a healthy practice.  Without a doubt, we are a diverse community with a range of political perspectives. This is one of the things that makes our community so special.  I encourage you to continue an open discourse at home while reinforcing the values of tolerance and acceptance of others' opinions.  Afterall, that is one of the hallmarks of our culture and our democracy.  As we model tolerance, acceptance and kindness towards our fellow citizens, we plant the seeds for our children to become the next generation of leaders in our great country. 

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, acceptance and kindness toward others is something we recognize and celebrate.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your tremendous support of our school and the community at large.  We had another very successful Book Fair and Donut Day event and it was amazing to see so many of our families here.  Special thanks to Denise Blango, Kim Regan and all of our volunteers who supported the Book Fair all week long.  Special thanks to Rebecca Haley and Jackie Hockman and all of the parents who supported Friday's Donut Day event.  We are truly fortunate and thankful to have such a supportive and generous community.  

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving...one surrounded by friends, family, a bit of football, and hopefully a delicious meal! 

All the best!

Shawn Dutkiewicz

 


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Bookfair and Donut Days were a success!!  We could not have run these events without all of the help from the many parent volunteers who donated their time last week.  A big thank you to Denise Blango and Kim Regan for all your time in running an incredibly successful book fair!!   We raised many funds for our school!   We would also like to give a big thank you to Rebecca Haley and Jackie Hochman for another successul Donut Day!  The Gym was filled with excitement!  

Our next PTO meeting will be December 7th at 9:15.  

Finally we would like to thank all of our parents for all that they do for our PTO and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!     


COMMUNITY NEWS

Collecting Gently Used Sports Equipment to benefit Unionville High School Baseball Team

Are you thinking about cleaning out the garage or storage area of the sports equipment no longer being used? The Unionville High School Baseball Team Diamond Club Boosters will collect gently used sports equipment as part of a fundraiser, on Monday-Wednesday, November 21-23during student conferences at the elementary and middle schools. There will be a box labeled for the sports equipment located near the main school lobby.

Please help by donating your used equipment for any sport (Golf, hockey, baseball, football, lacrosse, tennis etc)

If preferred please arrange a pick up at your home, by contacting or texting: George Pellegrino at 484-354-0508 or email at pellegrino.george@gmail.com


UHS Boys Basketball Clinic - December 3 at UHS - Click here for details


UCFSD COAT DRIVE

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  NOVEMBER
24-25 No School
  DECEMBER
7 PTO Meeting 9:15am
13  Winter Concert K-3 1:45
14 Winter Concert 4-5 1:45

 

 



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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Charger eNews - November 15, 2016

Charger eNews - November 15, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

Our BOOK FAIR is open!!!  Huge thanks to Denise Blango and Kim Regan for their tremendous efforts with this year's book fair.  The Book Fair will be open all week through and including Friday's Donut Day!  Please also consider joining our "Coin Challenge" to purchase books for our classroom libraries.  The class that brings in the most change will win a pizza and ice cream party!

Yesterday was a really cool day at CFE!  Led by CFE parents Paul Koch and Diane Micklin, our 5th graders had an opportunity to observe and engage in an awesome learning experience today.  Paul and Diane are endeavoring to work with our 5th grade students to build a bench that is made from a recently fallen tree on our property.  This past summer, a dead tree was taken down, and Paul conceived an idea to keep it "alive" in our school.  With the help of Greg Flegal (http://gregoryflegal.com/mill1.html) and the support of our PTO, Paul brought in a portable sawmill today to literally slice the tree into boards and small sections.  Greg Flegal, a Chadds Ford alumni has very generously offered to support this project free of charge.  Diane and Paul have great plans to not only "leave behind" a beautiful bench made from a tree on our property, but also send a piece of the tree home with our 5th grade students to keep forever.  Huge thanks to Paul, Diane, and Greg for their amazing vision and efforts with this special project! Keep apprised of our progress on our Facebook page. 

Friendly reminder...next Monday and Tuesday are our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Monday through Wednesday of next week are 1/2 days for students with a 12:10 dismissal.  Thank you for making the time to come in and meet with our teachers to review your child's progress.  Without question, home and school communication is so important for student success.

Please consider nominating one our great teachers for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award! Please click here to show your love of our staff: https://www.citadelbanking.com/…/ci…/heart-of-learning-form/

SAVE the Date!  As a result of our parent, student, and school personnel Climate Survey last year, we are bringing in the Chester County Crime Victims Center to teach our students about Internet safety and social media.  In addition to our students receiving training, we are hosting a district-wide Internet Safety Parent Night on December 7th at Hillendale Elementary starting at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be provided by the Chester County Crime Victims Center.  For more information: http://ucfsd-community-news.blogspot.com/2016/10/internet-safety-presentation-for-parents.html 

As always, thank you for your support!

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFES Principal


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?   November is flying by!  Come out this week before all the craziness of the holiday begins to two wonderful events run by the PTO.  Bookaneer Fair Night is this Tuesday from 6:00- 7:30 and Donut Day will be this Friday from 7:55 to 8:55 in the school gym.  Thanks to our chairs for organizing these events  - they have been working hard to make these events a success for our school.

Finally please mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting which will be Wednesday, December 7th at 9:15.

Have a great week!

Donut Day is on Friday November 18th and starts at 7:55am. 

Please RSVP at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084AA5AB2AA75-rsvp

Please sign up to help at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084AA5AB2AA75-volunteer

 


BOOK FAIR is Happening NOW!!!!

Please send in all your spare change for the coin challenge!  The winning class gets a pizza party!

TONIGHT, Tuesday November 15th is the Book Fair Pirate Adventure from 6:00 - 7:30.  Come buy a book or two and get a ticket for a chance to win a raffle basket, play pirate bingo, stop in the photo booth and try our pirate scavenger hunt.  

Book Fair will be open Friday morning for Donut Day!

We still need volunteers to help the kids shop.  Please click the link below and consider signing up for a half hour slot.  

To sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BA5AE2DAA8-2016/ 


PJ Whelihan's night for CFES

Monday Dec 5th is a PJ Whelihan's earn 15% cash back night for Chadds Ford Elementary. Bring a copy of the flyer and dine in between 5pm and 9pm.  PJ's will give CFES 15% cash back to CFES on your food purchase.  Mark you calendars...Click HERE for flyer and details.


COMMUNITY NEWS

Collecting Gently Used Sports Equipment to benefit Unionville High School Baseball Team

Are you thinking about cleaning out the garage or storage area of the sports equipment no longer being used? The Unionville High School Baseball Team Diamond Club Boosters will collect gently used sports equipment as part of a fundraiser, on Monday-Wednesday, November 21-23during student conferences at the elementary and middle schools. There will be a box labeled for the sports equipment located near the main school lobby.

Please help by donating your used equipment for any sport (Golf, hockey, baseball, football, lacrosse, tennis etc)

If preferred please arrange a pick up at your home, by contacting or texting: George Pellegrino at 484-354-0508 or email at pellegrino.george@gmail.com


UHSBoys Basketball Clinic - December 3 at UHS - Click here for details


UCFSD COAT DRIVE

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  NOVEMBER
14-18 Book Fair
18 Donut Day
21-23 Half Days
24-25  No School - Thanksgiving

 

 
 
 



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Friday, November 11, 2016

Charger eNews - November 8, 2016


Charger eNews - November 8, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

HUGE THANKS to our PTO Board and all of the parents who came to last week's PTO meeting to support our grant proposals!  We are very excited about moving forward with our grants and greatly appreciate the tremendous support!   Our PTO is incredibly supportive of our school programming and helps to fund many of our special activities.  In case you are not aware, this year so far the PTO has funded a magician, a world champion jump roper, and soon, a highly engaging and very interactive program about the life of bees.  Last year, the PTO funded the visits from an author/illustrator, a magician/entertainer, the Chinese Acrobats, and several other program providers to enrich and balance our students' experience.  We cannot thank you enough for your support!

We had a blast at Friday's 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon!  Check out the pictures on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Chadds-Ford-Elementary-School-145264965551020/?ref=bookmarks). HUGE THANKS and KUDOS to Hoang Nguyen and Christine Condelles for their tremendous efforts planning and facilitating the event!  Special thanks also goes out to: Kara Hyman for all her guidance and moral support and for donating the wonderful raffle prize of the Kindle and Amazon gift card; Mr. Judd for setting up an awesome obstacle course; Mrs. Whitman, Mrs. DeNenno and Ms. Bova along with Ms. Yackel and Mrs. Carson for their enthusiastic support and starring Oompa Loompa roles; the custodial staff for assisting with the setup and breakdown; Hendrix Orthodontics for the amazing team shirts and bags; Carolyn Barr for her help with scheduling the rooms and Jeanine McClosky for helping with paperwork and logistics throughout the 4 weeks of reading; Vivian Fresco for being our photographer; Pocopson parents for sharing many of their decorations; our third grade parents for volunteering their time and help on Friday evening; and the students themselves for reading thousands and thousands of minutes and for their amazing participation in all of the weekly activities, especially the book gift! Great job everyone!

The Great Cookie Election was yesterday! Huge thanks to our parent volunteers (Anna Marcotte, Pam Tucker, Rhea Thomas, Kara Hyman, Frances Dolce, Kristen Goodman, Leigh Heister, Vivian Lee, Jeannette Kurkewicz, Martina Jones, and Christine, Boruk) who helped out!  Students received a voter's registration card, signed in at our poll location (aka our Music room), and voted in one of the actual voting stations that will be used for the real election on Tuesday.  We used a Google form survey to collect and calculate the votes.  On Wednesday, we will reveal the results on CFE-TV and all students will receive the winning cookie at lunch time.  Fun stuff!

Please consider nominating one our great teachers for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award! Please click here to show your love of our staff: https://www.citadelbanking.com/…/ci…/heart-of-learning-form/

Other FYI's...

    •    Fall Conference online scheduling was launched on October 19th.  An email was sent to all families and a paper letter was sent home as well.  Our numbers indicate that we still have families that have not scheduled a conference as of yet.  If you have not registered for your child's conference, please use the following link to access the schedules: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Chadds_Ford_Elementary_School

    •    SAVE the Date!  As a result of our parent, student, and school personnel Climate Survey last year, we are bringing in the Chester County Crime Victims Center to teach our students about Internet safety and social media.  In addition to our students receiving training, we are hosting a district-wide Internet Safety Parent Night on December 7th at Hillendale Elementary starting at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be provided by the Chester County Crime Victims Center.  For more information: http://ucfsd-community-news.blogspot.com/2016/10/internet-safety-presentation-for-parents.html 

As always, thank you for your support!

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFES Principal


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

A big thank you to our Read a Thon chairs - Hoang Nquyen and Christina Condelles!!! The kids had a fabulous time enjoying the Willy Wonka themed event.  All of your hard work paid off!  Thank you also to the many parents who volunteered at the event. ...we could not have done it without you.  Thanks also to the Mr. D, the third grade teachers, Mrs. Carson, and Ms. Yackel for coming out to perform at the event and for their support of the event.  

We did approve enrichment grants at our November meeting. We approved enrichments for book replacements for the library, a chrome book cart, iPads, and a few trial licenses for web based Flocabulary. Thank you to all who attended and voiced their thoughts and opinions. 

Upcoming events include:

  • Book Fair! It starts on Monday November 14th and ends Friday November 18th. Please stay tuned for more information! A flyer is coming home this week.
  • Donut Day is on Friday November 18th and starts at 7:55am.
  • NEXT PTO MEETING with be December 7th at 9:15am at CFE. We will have representatives from the district to talk about later start times and we will be nominating and voting in new board members. This should be a great meeting, please mark your calendars. 

BOOK FAIR

Volunteers Needed

The Book Fair starts Monday, November 14 and runs through Friday, November 18th. Please consider volunteering your time to make this PTO sponsored event a success.  

To sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BA5AE2DAA8-2016/ 

Raffle Basket Donations - We are also collecting items for Raffle Baskets that will be rewarded during the Pirate Adventure on Tuesday evening... 6:00-7:30 pm.Click the following link to donate an item for the baskets!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BA5AE2DAA8-raffle/ 


DONUT DAY

Please join us for Donut Day, November 18th! See the flyer for more details about the event and links to sign up and volunteer!


SOCK-TOBER

Don't forget to join in our sock drive by sending in new socks for kids.  This year our socks will go to our sister school, S. Weir Mitchell, in West Philadelphia.  Please send in socks by Friday, November 4th.  For any questions, please contact Lisa Yackel, School Counselor, in the CFE Guidance Office.  Thank you CFE families!


COMMUNITY NEWS

UHS Girls Basketball Clinic

When:  November 12th from 9-12 

Where: UHS 

Who: Girls grades 3-8

Click here for details


UHS Boys Basketball Clinic - December 3 at UHS - Click here for details


UCFSD COAT DRIVE

Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.  


SPECIAL NEEDS ICE HOCKEY    

Sundays from 4:40 - 5:40pm. FREE.  Click HERE for more info.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 NOVEMBER
14-18Book Fair
18Donut Day
21-23Half Days
24-25

Happy Thanksgiving

 

 

 




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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Charger eNews - June 14, 2016

Charger eNews - November 8, 2016


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

HUGE THANKS to our PTO Board and all of the parents who came to last week's PTO meeting to support our grant proposals!  We are very excited about moving forward with our grants and greatly appreciate the tremendous support!   Our PTO is incredibly supportive of our school programming and helps to fund many of our special activities.  In case you are not aware, this year so far the PTO has funded a magician, a world champion jump roper, and soon, a highly engaging and very interactive program about the life of bees.  Last year, the PTO funded the visits from an author/illustrator, a magician/entertainer, the Chinese Acrobats, and several other program providers to enrich and balance our students' experience.  We cannot thank you enough for your support!


We had a blast at Friday's 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon!  Check out the pictures on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Chadds-Ford-Elementary-School-145264965551020/?ref=bookmarks). HUGE THANKS and KUDOS to Hoang Nguyen and Christine Condelles for their tremendous efforts planning and facilitating the event!  Special thanks also goes out to: Kara Hyman for all her guidance and moral support and for donating the wonderful raffle prize of the Kindle and Amazon gift card; Mr. Judd for setting up an awesome obstacle course; Mrs. Whitman, Mrs. DeNenno and Ms. Bova along with Ms. Yackel and Mrs. Carson for their enthusiastic support and starring Oompa Loompa roles; the custodial staff for assisting with the setup and breakdown; Hendrix Orthodontics for the amazing team shirts and bags; Carolyn Barr for her help with scheduling the rooms and Jeanine McClosky for helping with paperwork and logistics throughout the 4 weeks of reading; Vivian Fresco for being our photographer; Pocopson parents for sharing many of their decorations; our third grade parents for volunteering their time and help on Friday evening; and the students themselves for reading thousands and thousands of minutes and for their amazing participation in all of the weekly activities, especially the book gift! Great job everyone!


The Great Cookie Election was yesterday! Huge thanks to our parent volunteers (Anna Marcotte, Pam Tucker, Rhea Thomas, Kara Hyman, Frances Dolce, Kristen Goodman, Leigh Heister, Vivian Lee, Jeannette Kurkewicz, Martina Jones, and Christine, Boruk) who helped out!  Students received a voter's registration card, signed in at our poll location (aka our Music room), and voted in one of the actual voting stations that will be used for the real election on Tuesday.  We used a Google form survey to collect and calculate the votes.  On Wednesday, we will reveal the results on CFE-TV and all students will receive the winning cookie at lunch time.  Fun stuff!
Please consider nominating one our great teachers for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award! Please click here to show your love of our staff: https://www.citadelbanking.com/…/ci…/heart-of-learning-form/


Other FYI's...
    •    Fall Conference online scheduling was launched on October 19th.  An email was sent to all families and a paper letter was sent home as well.  Our numbers indicate that we still have families that have not scheduled a conference as of yet.  If you have not registered for your child's conference, please use the following link to access the schedules: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Chadds_Ford_Elementary_School

    •    SAVE the Date!  As a result of our parent, student, and school personnel Climate Survey last year, we are bringing in the Chester County Crime Victims Center to teach our students about Internet safety and social media.  In addition to our students receiving training, we are hosting a district-wide Internet Safety Parent Night on December 7th at Hillendale Elementary starting at 6:30 pm.  The presentation will be provided by the Chester County Crime Victims Center.  For more information: http://ucfsd-community-news.blogspot.com/2016/10/internet-safety-presentation-for-parents.html


As always, thank you for your support!
Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFES Principal


PTO NEWS AND NOTES
A big thank you to our Read a Thon chairs - Hoang Nquyen and Christina Condelles!!! The kids had a fabulous time enjoying the Willy Wonka themed event.  All of your hard work paid off!  Thank you also to the many parents who volunteered at the event. ...we could not have done it without you.  Thanks also to the Mr. D, the third grade teachers, Mrs. Carson, and Ms. Yackel for coming out to perform at the event and for their support of the event.
We did approve enrichment grants at our November meeting. We approved enrichments for book replacements for the library, a chrome book cart, iPads, and a few trial licenses for web based Flocabulary. Thank you to all who attended and voiced their thoughts and opinions.
Upcoming events include:
  • Book Fair! It starts on Monday November 14th and ends Friday November 18th. Please stay tuned for more information! A flyer is coming home this week.
  • Donut Day is on Friday November 18th and starts at 7:55am.
  • NEXT PTO MEETING with be December 7th at 9:15am at CFE. We will have representatives from the district to talk about later start times and we will be nominating and voting in new board members. This should be a great meeting, please mark your calendars. 


BOOK FAIR
Volunteers Needed
The Book Fair starts Monday, November 14 and runs through Friday, November 18th. Please consider volunteering your time to make this PTO sponsored event a success.
To sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BA5AE2DAA8-2016/
Raffle Basket Donations - We are also collecting items for Raffle Baskets that will be rewarded during the Pirate Adventure on Tuesday evening... 6:00-7:30 pm.Click the following link to donate an item for the baskets!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084BA5AE2DAA8-raffle/


DONUT DAY
Please join us for Donut Day, November 18th! See the flyer for more details about the event and links to sign up and volunteer!


SOCK-TOBER
Don’t forget to join in our sock drive by sending in new socks for kids.  This year our socks will go to our sister school, S. Weir Mitchell, in West Philadelphia.  Please send in socks by Friday, November 4th.  For any questions, please contact Lisa Yackel, School Counselor, in the CFE Guidance Office.  Thank you CFE families!


COMMUNITY NEWS
UHS Girls Basketball Clinic
When:  November 12th from 9-12
Where: UHS
Who: Girls grades 3-8
Click here for details

UHS Boys Basketball Clinic - December 3 at UHS - Click here for details

UCFSD COAT DRIVE
Switching clothes over for the fall/winter season? Please consider donating clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive.All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school, or the Landhope at 926 and Route 82 starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. Contact: ucfsdcoatdrive@gmail.com for information on how to donate gift cards or cash to the drive.

SPECIAL NEEDS ICE HOCKEY    
Sundays from 4:40 - 5:40pm. FREE.  Click HERE for more info.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 NOVEMBER
14-18Book Fair
18Donut Day
21-23Half Days
24-25Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, June 6, 2016

Charger eNews - June 6, 2016

CHARGER NEWS - JUNE 6, 2016

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL 

Greetings Chargers!

HUGE thanks to all our parent volunteers who assisted Field Day last week!  We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather and it turned out to be a great day! KUDOS to Mr. Judd and Mr. Rudisill and all of our staff who helped run stations to support this great annual event.  Thank you to our PTO for providing all of our students with a frozen treat to finish off the day!

As we roll into our final two weeks of school, please be aware that we are collecting new and used school supplies to donate to those in need.  If you'd like your child to donate their used supplies, please let them know and we will have boxes on hand to process materials for donation.  Many thanks for your generosity! 

The end of a school year is usually exciting and fun, but also bittersweet for some of our students.  This may or may not be true for our 5th grade students who will be going to Patton next year.  Most of our 5th grade friends have been here for 6 years and it is always tough to see them leave CFE.  For that reason, we have a few things lined up to make their final weeks extra special. We will have a staff versus 5th grade kickball game on Tues. June 14th.  Last year, the staff narrowly pulled out a victory!  5th grade will have a breakfast and yearbook signing the final week of school and on the final day, June 15th at dismissal, we will have an all school CLAP OUT for them.  More details will be sent soon regarding the clap out!

As always, thank you for your support and enjoy the final weeks of our school year!

Best regards,

Shawn Dutkiewicz, CFES Principal



MESSAGES FROM THE PTO

ORDER YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2016/2017

The CFES PTO has contracted with the School Tool Box Company to provide your child's school supplies for next school year if you are interested. This is a great service to utilize as it saves time and is very convenient. No waiting in line or shopping around for what school supplies are needed. The teachers in each grade have determined their school supply lists for next year. The supply list is then forwarded to the School Tool Box Company. If you place an order now, your child's school supplies will be prepackaged and shipped directly to your home.  Click HERE for the order form.


5th GRADE END OF YEAR BREAKFAST

Parents of 5th graders - the 5th grade end of year breakfast will be held Wednesday, June 15th from 10:00-10:55.


LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE……

All library books checked out by students are now due in the library.  Notices for lost books will be sent home soon.  

In the meantime, the district librarians encourage you to try some of the following summer reading opportunities. Avoid summer reading loss by continuing to read everyday!

Summer Reading Suggestions:

    •    Check out the Summer Reading List of suggested picture books, chapter books and notable authors on the CFES webpage.

    •    Students in grades 4 and 5 will be eligible to participate in Reading Olympics in the fall.  Check out the reading list for the 2017 event for some great reading recommendations.  Middle school list available also.  http://readingolympics.cciu.org/index.php/get-involved/book-lists/

    •    The Rachel Cole Library will be kicking off their summer reading program on June 20.   http://www.kohllibrary.org

    •    The local libraries in the Chester County Library System are also offering summer reading incentives and some wonderful programming for kids.

    •    Barnes and Noble is sponsoring a Summer Reading Triathlon.  Participants will receive a free book from the Reading Journal list upon completion. http://readingolympics.cciu.org/index.php/get-involved/book-lists/


SUMMER READING LIST FOR GRADUATING 5th GRADERS

http://uesprincipal.blogspot.com/2016/05/summer-reading-list-for-graduating-5th.html


MAKERSPACE MINGLE is coming September 17! 

This is an event you can't miss!  Get your tickets now for this special fundraiser presented by the Chadds Ford PTO.  Only 100 tickets are available for this "Field To Fork" dinner at SIW Vegetable Farm on Route 100 South.  Chef Dan Butler of Toscana and Brandywine Prime will be cooking live at this fun, casual affair.  Funds raised at the event goes to the development of the new Makerspace.  We are getting together early in the year to welcome all new and returning families to the school.  See the attached flyer for details.  Tickets are $75 per person ($30 is tax deductible).   Click here to buy your seats now.

See attached FLYER for more details!!!!


VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES UPDATE

Would you like to be a homeroom parent next year? If so, you must have the new required clearances in place by the beginning of the year to be considered!!!!

There are some upcoming changes to Volunteer Clearances requirements. There is now an online resource on all school websites (listed under either the "Quick Links" or "Parent Resources" tabs) called "Clearances (Volunteers)".  On that web page are simplified instructions on who needs clearances and how to get them.

Here is a direct link to the page:

http://www.ucfsd.org/volunteers/index.html

Some FAQs about Volunteer Clearances:

Q: When do the new rules go into effect?

A: July 1st, 2016

Q: Do I need fingerprinting?

A: Only if you have lived in PA less than 10 consecutive years

Q: How long are clearance good for?

A: Five years.



COMMUNITY NEWS

Are you looking to donate old school supplies?

For the past ten years, the Longwood Rotary club (www.longwoodrotary.com) has provided free backpacks and school supplies to low-income children in the local community.  They believe that every child should start the school year with the supplies they need to be successful.   They provide age-appropriate supplies for each grade including: backpacks, pencils, paper, erasers, highlighters, folders, binders, glue, glue sticks, tissues, etc.   

They have just launched a partnership with the Unionville Chadds Ford School District to increase the number of children they can support.  They are collecting used backpacks that your children may have outgrown or other backpacks you have that are no longer being used.  They will be placing bright blue donation bins as shown here in the lobbies of all the district schools.  They will also provide new white trash bags next to the bins for the last day of school when students will need something to bring home their work and other items.   These bins will also be available all summer long to collect donations.  

Later this summer when you are shopping for 2016-2017 they are asking you to consider buying additional supplies that are on sale.  Who can resist the "loss leader" specials for 5 and 10 cents!  Buy extra supplies and help less fortunate kids get off to a great start in school.  

If you have any questions about this community service project please contact Jordan Gushurst at jordan@gushurst.com.  

Thank you for your support!  



UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - HALF DAY

 

 

 




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