Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Charger eNews - February 14, 2017

Charger eNews - February 14, 2017


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

Happy Valentines Day!  Our students' smiles are just a little bit brighter today! No doubt our students are excited to share their valentines with their friends.  

Did you know that CFE occasionally hosts outside schools and districts? CFES is hosting the Avon Grove Charter School this Friday to provide them with a close look at our Wonders Reading program.  Avon Grove Charter is researching programs and may adopt Wonders for their own ELA instruction.  Some of their staff will spend time in classrooms and interview our teachers about how we facilitate the program.  Hosting other districts is always a unique opportunity to learn from others and build relationships.  We hosted West Chester Area School District in 2015 when they adopted Math in Focus and have had several other small cohorts visit to learn about our Makerspace implementation.  We are also hosting seven West Chester University students for a period of nine weeks to work in our classrooms as part of a Reading/ELA practicum.  The students will be working primarily in 1st and 3rd grades.  All of these situations help us to grow and learn from other schools, districts, and organizations and we are fortunate to have these opportunities.  

Friendly Reminders:

    •    Tomorrow, February 15th is our Spring Picture Day!  It seems early...but its time to "say cheese" once again!

    •    Attention parents of 5th grade girls!  There is an exciting STEM activity coming up in March.  Check out the flyer (attached) for details.  Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) is an annual day-long event in the spring for girls in grades 5-10 and their parents to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries. The day is filled with exciting, enlightening and experiential workshops led by successful women in STEM fields.  

    •    Friendly Reminder: Please be aware that you have access to your child's lunch purchases through the School Cafe website (https://www.schoolcafe.com/initial).  Maintaining a balance in the lunchroom can be a challenge.  Our lunch supervisors do their best to maintain neutrality with regard to student choice but also try to support students with a "parent's eye".  We encourage healthy options first before eating snacks (chips, ice cream, etc).  There is also a maximum snack purchase of two items per person per day to help support making healthy choices as well.  For those who elect to purchase lunch, overseeing your child's choices is just a few clicks away through School Cafe. For more information on our district food services department, click here: http://www.ucfsd.org/food-service/index.html.

    •    The district is closed this coming Monday for Presidents' Day.  

    •    Family Fun Night is Friday, February 24rd from 6:30 to 8:00 pm - A great way to get families together for some fun and exercise in our gym!  This year we are adding an organized dodge ball game in our cafeteria as well!  

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Hello Parents! The PTO is still in need of a Treasurer for the 2017/2018. Please consider helping us, this is a very important position for us! Reach out to Dana Cellucci or Kara Hyman for more information.

Family Fun Night is coming! We are adding a dodge ball game to the dance party but we need parents to help! Please consider helping us with donating 30 minutes of your time to run a fun event. Sign Up Here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F49AEAF2AA64-family 


5th Annual Family Fun Night Music Jam

Friday February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Theme:  Tropical Paradise

Bring your family to bask in the warmth of our glow lights and palm trees

Admission is FREE courtesy of the CFE PTO

For CFE families only. Children must be accompanied by an adult


COMMUNITY NEWS

Community Events:

  • FOCUS EVENT - Julia Lythcott-Haims is a nationally renowned author of "How to Raise an Adult". Please join us for a presentation by Julia Lythcott-Haims on February 23rd at 7pm in the UHS auditorium.  Please click here for more details and registration information.  This is a free community wide event (adults).
  • Jazz Along The Brandywine - February 25, 6-11pm. Click here for more info.
  • UHS presents MARY POPPINS - March 16, 17, 18. Click here for more info.

Community Sports News:

  • GIRLS ON THE RUN Registration starts February 6.  Click here for details
  • URA Softball Registration is going on now.  Click here for details.
  • KAU Little League Registration is going on now. Click here for details.  
  • Unionville Baseball Used Sports Equipment Collection. Feb 25th, 9-3pm. Help by donating your used equipment for ANYTHING sports related. Click here for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  FEBRUARY
15 Spring Picture Day
20 No School
24 Family Fun Night
  MARCH
24/25 ART SHOW

 

 

 

 

 




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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charger eNews - February 7, 2017

Charger eNews - February 7, 2017

 


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

Believe it or not, we are at the 100th day mark of school!  Our first graders were engaged this week in a number of 100th day activities and even organized a great "100" drone picture!  

Last Tuesday, we hosted an assembly program titled, "Dancing with the Honeybees".  The presenter was highly engaging and included ALL students in the program!  Following the assemblies in the morning, the presenter worked with smaller groups to more elaborately demonstrate the life and work of the honeybee.  Huge thanks to our parent volunteers who came in to help run the workshop stations and to our wonderful PTO for supporting the cost of the program!

HUGE congrats to all of our students who performed at Friday's Talent Show!  As I say each year, it takes tremendous courage to perform in front of peers and adults!  Without a doubt, our students have some amazing talents!  CONGRATS and KUDOS to our PTO chairs, Frances Galvin, Kristen Goodman, and Maggie Niemkiewicz on organizing a great show and all of the other parent volunteers who made the show possible!  I also want to thank all of the CFE staff who performed the opening act...we had a blast!

Parents, please be aware that you have access to your child's lunch purchases through the School Cafe website (https://www.schoolcafe.com/initial).  Maintaining a balance in the lunchroom can be a challenge.  Our lunch supervisors do their best to maintain neutrality with regard to student choice but also try to support students with a "parent's eye".  We encourage healthy options first before eating snacks (chips, ice cream, etc).  There is also a maximum snack purchase of two items per person per day to help support making healthy choices as well.  For those who elect to purchase lunch, overseeing your child's choices is just a few clicks away through School Cafe. For more information on our district food services department, click here: http://www.ucfsd.org/food-service/index.html.

Finally, the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation Gala is this Saturday, February 11th!  This is a great event that directly impacts all of the UCF schools!  Please click the link for more details: http://ucfsd-announcements.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-education-foundation-golden-gala.html.

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Thank you to all who attended the PTO meeting on February 1st. We had a fantastic turn out and discussed a lot of great things happening at Chadds Ford Elementary. 

Thank you to Frances Dolce, Maggie Niemkiewicz and Kristen Goodman for running a great Talent Show. 

CFE's next great event is our Family Fun Night on Friday February 24th! It starts at 6:30 and ends at 8pm, parents must accompany children. Its a great family event!

Finally, please come out to the Golden Gala (an event to support the Ed Foundation) on Saturday February 11th at 7 pm at the Gables! The Ed Foundation has helped our school fund some of the items in our Maker Space and our 5th grade Collaboration Cafe in the past.  The gala is the foundations major fundraising event. This is a really fun night with cocktails, dancing and a great silent auction where you can socialize with parents from all of our schools.  For more information click here. 


5th Annual Family Fun Night Music Jam

Friday February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Theme:  Tropical Paradise

Bring your family to bask in the warmth of our glow lights and palm trees

Admission is FREE courtesy of the CFE PTO

For CFE families only. Children must be accompanied by an adult


COMMUNITY NEWS

Community Events:

  • UCF Education Foundation GOLDEN GALA - February 11, 7-11pm - The Gables at Chadds Ford.  Click here for details.
  • Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival - February 12, 1-3pm. Click here for more info. 
  • Jazz Along The Brandywine - February 25, 6-11pm. Click here for more info.
  • UHS presents MARY POPPINS - March 16, 17, 18. Click here for more info.

Community Sports News:

  • URA Girls' Spring Lacrosse for 1st and 2nd graders -Registration is still open until February 15th- Come join the fun and register for the spring season at URALacrosse.com 
  • GIRLS ON THE RUN Registration starts February 6.  Click here for details
  • URA Softball Registration is going on now.  Click here for details.
  • KAU Little League Registration is going on now. Click here for details.  
  • Unionville Baseball Used Sports Equipment Collection. Feb 25th, 9-3pm. Help by donating your used equipment for ANYTHING sports related. Click here for details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  FEBRUARY
11 Education Foundation Golden Gala
20 No School - Presidents Day
24 Family Fun Night
  March
24/25 Art Show and Sale

 




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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charger eNews - January 31, 2017

Charger eNews - January 31, 2017


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

It's a busy week at CFES!

On Tuesday, January 31st, we are hosting an assembly program titled, "Dancing with the Honeybees".  The presenter is highly engaging and includes ALL students in the program.  Following the assemblies in the morning, the presenter will be working with smaller groups to more elaborately demonstrate the life and work of the honeybee.  Ask your child about the program tomorrow evening...it should "bee" a great day!

The Elementary UHS Spirit Night is tomorrow evening! Unionville H.S. is hosting an Elementary Spirit Night at the UHS vs WC Rustin HS Basketball Game on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm!  All elementary students from all four buildings are encouraged to attend with their families to enjoy the game and show their school spirit!  If you are available...please wear CFES spirit wear and come to the UHS gym by 7:00 pm!  Students are FREE but there is a $5 ticket fee for adults. 

Our February PTO meeting is on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:15 am in the CFE Makerspace.  Come check out some of the new additions to the space and hear about the great things the PTO is working on!

We are also gearing up for Friday's annual Talent Show!  I have to say that this is one of my favorite events each year.  Our students are absolutely amazing!  Aside from being tremendously talented, their courage and confidence to perform in front of their parents and peers is simply amazing!  Huge thanks to the PTO for all the time and effort going into organizing the event and also to our staff who will once again put on a little show of our own! 

Huge thanks to everyone who supported last week's Healthy Body Week!  Nurse Knight and our staff had fun creating some informative and often humorous healthy body videos for our students.  Nurse Knight organized some great recess activities and we are very appreciative of Brandywine CrossFit and Yoga by Lynne who facilitated classes for our students who were interested.  Nurse Knight also whipped up some deliciously healthy smoothies for our students during three lunch periods.  Check out the fun on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Chadds-Ford-Elementary-School-145264965551020/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/shawndutkiewicz) pages!  Please see some additional healthy body tips from Nurse Knight (attachment).

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Hello CFE Parents!

Please come to our PTO meeting Wednesday, February 1st at Chadds Ford Elementary at 9:15am. Here is the agenda.

Also, don't forget this Friday February 3rd is our talent show! We have a lot of great acts so please come to see them, the show starts at 7pm.

Lastly, PTO positions are filling up fast! We are so excited about the many positions that have already been filled. We are still in need of a PTO treasurer as well as a few committee chairs. Please reach out to Kara Hyman (karaphyman@gmail.com) or Dana Cellucci (danacellucci_@hotmail.com) for more informtation.


5th Annual Family Fun Night Music Jam

Friday February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Theme:  Tropical Paradise

Bring your family to bask in the warmth of our glow lights and palm trees

Admission is FREE courtesy of the CFE PTO

For CFE families only. Children must be accompanied by an adult


AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Science Explorers - Additional Club Day Added!

Due to the high demand and a very long wait list, we have added an additional club day at Chadds Ford Elementary for the remaining topics this school year. Science Club will now meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Science Lab after school from 3:30-4:30pm and is available to students in Grades 1-5. The Thursdays clubs are full but there is still space in the Tuesday clubs. 

The next club topic is KITCHEN CHEMISTRY:  

Please visit www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 24 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please contact Jill Shinn at jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.


COMMUNITY NEWS

URA Girls' Spring Lacrosse for 1st and 2nd graders

Registration is still open until February 15th- Come join the fun and register for the spring season at URALacrosse.com 

GIRLS ON THE RUN Registration starts February 6.  Click here for details

URA Softball Registration is going on now.  Click here for details.

KAU Little League Registration is going on now. Click here for details.  


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  FEBRUARY
3 Talent Show - 7pm
24 Family Fun Night 6:30 - 8pm
  MARCH
24-25 ART SHOW AND SALE

 




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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Charger eNews - January 24, 2017

Charger eNews - January 24, 2017


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

We kicked off Healthy Body Week today with a funny video to remind our students to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze!  Nurse Knight also treated all of our staff and students to a healthy and delicious smoothie at lunch.  Check out the fun on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Chadds-Ford-Elementary-School-145264965551020/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/shawndutkiewicz) pages and keep an eye out for the smoothie recipes this week!  

Mark your calendar!  Unionville H.S. is hosting an Elementary Spirit Night at the UHS vs WC Rustin HS Basketball Game on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm!  All elementary students from all four buildings are encouraged to attend with their families to enjoy the game and show their school spirit!  If you are available...please wear CFES spirit wear and come to the UHS gym by 7:00 pm!  Students are FREE but there is a $5 ticket fee for adults. 

5th grade parents...keep an eye out for an email on Wednesday morning for a great after school Makerspace Course coming soon!  This course will be focused on the Food Sciences (Molecular Gastronomy) and be limited to just 10 students.  Due to the level and complexity of the course, we want to be sure our first attempt is safely managed and highly engaging.  Hopefully there will be a second offering if all goes as planned!

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Hello CFE Families! Mark your calendars, Wednesday February 1st is our next PTO  meeting. Here is the agenda (see attachment). We have been looking to add a second Vice President to our board.  (We were never able to fill both positions for the 16/17 year).  Joyce Yoon has put her name in for the job.  We will be voting on this at our February 1st meeting.  Any other interested candidates should contact Kara or Dana to be put on the ballot for remainder of the 2016/2017 board term.

We have also started planning for board members and committee chairs for next year. Many of our committee chairs and regular volunteers have children moving on to middle school next year. CFE has been so lucky to have these wonderful helpers however, we are in need of new families to get involved. We need your help! Please reach out to Kara Hyman (karaphyman@gmail.com) or Dana Cellucci (danacellucci_@hotmail.com) to see how you can get started. 


CFES Spirit Night at UHS Basketball game

Come out on Tuesday, January 31st and support the Unionville High School boys varsity basketball team at their home game vs. Rustin HS. Come to the gym by 7:00 and wear your CFES t-shirts and show your CHARGER PRIDE. Come early and support the JV team, game starts at 6:00.   


Mitchell Elementary School SHOE DRIVE = SUCCESS!

The shoe drive was a wonderful success!  The CFE community donated over 75 pairs of shoes that will be delivered to Mitchell this week.  Thanks so much to the school community, PTO, Mr. Dutkiewicz, and Ms. Yackel for the support.


5th Annual Family Fun Night Music Jam

Friday February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Theme:  Tropical Paradise

Bring your family to bask in the warmth of our glow lights and palm trees

Admission is FREE courtesy of the CFE PTO

For CFE families only. Children must be accompanied by an adult


AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Science Explorers - Additional Club Day Added!

Due to the high demand and a very long wait list, we have added an additional club day at Chadds Ford Elementary for the remaining topics this school year. Science Club will now meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Science Lab after school from 3:30-4:30pm and is available to students in Grades 1-5. The Thursdays clubs are full but there is still space in the Tuesday clubs. 

The next club topic is KITCHEN CHEMISTRY:  

Please visit www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 24 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please contact Jill Shinn at jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

 


COMMUNITY NEWS

URA Girls' Spring Lacrosse for 1st and 2nd graders

Registration is still open until February 15th- Come join the fun and register for the spring season at URALacrosse.com 


Summer Camp Fair

  • When:  Tonight, January 24th 5:30 - 7:30
  • Where: Chester County Intermediate Unit
  • Who: Students from K to 12 and their parents will be able to meet with representatives and gather information for a summer to remember.  
  • More information: Click HERE

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

  JANUARY
31 CFE Night at UHS BBALL game
  FEBRUARY
1 PTO Meeting  - 9:15am
3 Talent Show - 7pm
24 Family Fun Night 6:30-8:00 pm
  MARCH
24/25 Art Sale and Show



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Charger eNews - January 17, 2017

Charger eNews - January 17, 2017


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

I hope that everyone enjoyed the extra day to spend with family and friends! Without question, MLK Day is a great reminder to spend time teaching our children the value of community and service.  We are so fortunate to serve the Chadds Ford community and we greatly appreciate your generosity in supporting our collections and donations to assist those in need.  Our recent shoe collection has been another great example and we look forward to delivering the donations to our sister school, Mitchell Elementary in the coming week.

We are gearing up for Healthy Body Week next week!   We are looking forward to some fun activities during our Healthy Body Week, January 23rd - 27th.  Students will be entertained with our typically humorous staff videos based on healthy habits of mind and body.  We have a number of other activities planned throughout the week including: special fitness visitors at recess, a healthy body picture contest, free smoothies at lunch, and a culminating fitness spirit day on Friday, January 27th!  The videos and recipes will be shared on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Chadds-Ford-Elementary-School-145264965551020/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/shawndutkiewicz) pages.

Mark your calendar!  Unionville H.S. is hosting an Elementary Spirit Night at the UHS vs WC Rustin HS Basketball Game on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm!  All elementary students from all four buildings are encouraged to attend with their families to enjoy the game and show their school spirit!  If you are available...please wear CFES spirit wear and come to the UHS gym by 7:00 pm!  Students are FREE but there is a $5 ticket fee for adults. 

In case you are interested, the CCIU is offering an opportunity for parents of Chester County students, grades K-12 to attend a free 2-hour training on the Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Program (QPR). Participants will receive the QPR Booklet and become QPR Gatekeepers. See attached flyer for more details.  

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

Just a reminder...please mark these dates on your calendar. 

Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm is the CFE Talent Show.  You will not want to miss out watching many of our 3rd-5th grade students perform their many wonderful talents.

Friday, February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm is Family Fun Night.  This is always a good time for the whole family.    

Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th is the 68th Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show.  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! There is a meeting this Thursday 1/19 at 9:30am at CFE. Please attend and help us support the Art Show. 

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st at 9:15 at the school.  The PTO is a wonderful way to get involved at CFE.  We are still looking to fill PTO board positions for the 2017/2018 school year.  We are looking for a Treasurer. Please feel free to reach out to Dana Cellucci or Kara Hyman about this position or just about being involved with the PTO.  


CHADDS FORD ART SALE AND SHOW

MARCH 24th and 25th

Lots of exciting things happening with the Art Show!!  

First if you are new to the school you may ask what is the Art Show.  (It is not a children's art show!)  The show was founded in 1949 by Betsy Wyeth and features works from over 60 talented artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond.  30% of the profits from the artists sales are donated back to CFE.  The event will takes place on Friday evening March 24th from 7-10 and Saturday, March 25th from 10-4.  This continues to be our school's largest fundraiser!!!  And the best part - the sale attracts people from outside of our school.  

Nichole Schull is our chairperson this year and has been working very hard for months to get this event off and running!  But this event requires a lot of help from all of our families here at CFE.  It really does take everyone's help.    

There will be a meeting at CFE on January 19th at 9:30am for anyone who would like to come out and help with the show.  Most of our current volunteers will be aging out of the school.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  There are many jobs that would only take a small commitment of your time.  Please be on the lookout for an email with more information on the meeting. 

Finally if you are on "Facebook" please check out the "Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show" page and "Like" and "Share" it.  The page was recently updated with a beautiful image of the Featured Artwork by artist Len Garon.  Continue to check out the page because we will be adding lots of images of the artwork that will be available by the artists that will be attending this year.


CFES Spirit Night at UHS Basketball game

Come out on Tuesday, January 31st and support the Unionville High School boys varsity basketball team at their home game vs. Rustin HS. Come to the gym by 7:00 and wear your CFES t-shirts and show your CHARGER PRIDE. Come early and support the JV team, game starts at 6:00.   


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 

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


GIRLS ON THE RUN and STRIDE  -  COACHES NEEDED

Want to make a big difference in the life of a young girl or boy? Become a coach for Girls on the Run or STRIDE.  Click the links below to find out more information.

Girls on the Run

STRIDE


  JANUARY
19 ART SHOW Planning meeting 9:30
31 CFE Night at UHS Basketball Game
  FEBRUARY
1 PTO Meeting 9:15
3 Talent Show 7:00pm
24 Family Fun Night 6:30-8pm

 




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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Charger eNews - January 11, 2017

Charger eNews - January 11, 2017


PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Greetings Chargers!

I want to thank and recognize all of our 4th-5th grade students and families who elected to participate in this year's Science Fair!  To align with the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Science Fair and process, the project expectations were quite arduous!  Our students will present their projects on Thursday (Jan. 12th) and will be judged by West Chester University professors.  The finalists will be invited to compete at the CCIU County Competition in March.  Exciting stuff!  KUDOS to all students for their tremendous efforts and dedication to their projects!  I also want to thank our AT Teacher, Marisa Gehris for overseeing the entire Science Fair process and coordinating with the CCIU for CFE. 

Mark your calendar!  Unionville H.S. is hosting an Elementary Spirit Night at the UHS vs WC Rustin HS Basketball Game on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm!  All elementary students from all four buildings are encouraged to attend with their families to enjoy the game and show their school spirit!  If you are available...please wear CFES spirit wear and come to the UHS gym by 7:00 pm!  Students are FREE but there is a $5 ticket fee for adults. 

In case you are interested, the CCIU is offering an opportunity for parents of Chester County students, grades K-12 to attend a free 2-hour training on the Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Program (QPR). Participants will receive the QPR Booklet and become QPR Gatekeepers. See attached flyer for more details.  

Friendly Reminder...school is closed next Monday, January 16th in recognition of MLK Jr. Day.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that our PTO usually organizes a service project to honor and recognize MLK's work and vision. This year, we have decided to practice Dr. King's vision of community service throughout the year by working to support our sister school, Mitchell Elementary.  The CFE community has been tremendously generous and supportive of Mitchell Elementary, and our students are learning and practicing Dr. King's ideals throughout the year.  In fact, we just started a new and gently used shoe/sneaker collection to support our friends at Mitchell! A box is located in our lobby and we are collecting through Friday, January 13th!  If you and your family are still interested in participating in a service project on MLK Day, there are a number of activities happening throughout the school district and area.  Please click the link for more details and information: http://ucfsd-community-news.blogspot.com/2017/01/martin-luther-king-day-of-service.html

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz

CFES Principal

 


PTO NEWS AND NOTES

We hope everyone is back into the swing of things and staying healthy!!!  There are lots of exciting PTO events happening in the first few months of 2017!  We want to make sure that you have the following dates on your calendars!

Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm is the CFE Talent Show.  You will not want to miss out watching many of our 3rd-5th grade students perform their many wonderful talents.

Friday, February 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm is Family Fun Night.  This is always a good time for the whole family.    

Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th is the 68th Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show.  Please see below for more information!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Our next PTO meeting is also scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st at 9:15 at the school.  The agenda for this meeting will come out soon. The PTO is a wonderful way to get involved at CFE.  We are already starting to think about the PTO board for the 2017/2018 school year.  We need your help!  We are looking for a Recording Secretary.  Most of our current board are at the end of their two year positions!  Please feel free to reach out to Dana Cellucci or Kara Hyman about this position or just about being involved with the PTO.    


CHADDS FORD ART SALE AND SHOW

MARCH 24th and 25th

Lots of exciting things happening with the Art Show!!  

First if you are new to the school you may ask what is the Art Show.  (It is not a children's art show!)  The show was founded in 1949 by Betsy Wyeth and features works from over 60 talented artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond.  30% of the profits from the artists sales are donated back to CFE.  The event will takes place on Friday evening March 24th from 7-10 and Saturday, March 25th from 10-4.  This continues to be our school's largest fundraiser!!!  And the best part - the sale attracts people from outside of our school.  

Nichole Schull is our chairperson this year and has been working very hard for months to get this event off and running!  But this event requires a lot of help from all of our families here at CFE.  It really does take everyone's help.    

There will be a meeting at CFE on January 19th (time TBD) for anyone who would like to come out and help with the show.  Most of our current volunteers will be aging out of the school.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  There are many jobs that would only take a small commitment of your time.  Please be on the lookout for an email with more information on the meeting. 

Finally if you are on "Facebook" please check out the "Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show" page and "Like" and "Share" it.  The page was recently updated with a beautiful image of the Featured Artwork by artist Len Garon.  Continue to check out the page because we will be adding lots of images of the artwork that will be available by the artists that will be attending this year.


5th Grade Human Growth and Development Parent Presentation

Parents of 5th grade students are invited to attend a preview of the 5th grade Human Growth and Development Unit on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School. We will share the materials that will be used and hold an open discussion of the topics to be covered in class.

If for some reason the January 17th meeting is postponed, the meeting will be rescheduled on Tuesday, January 24th.


COMMUNITY NEWS

URA Night at UHS Girls Basketball Game - January 5th

We are having a URA Night at the High School this Thursday Jan 5th.

The Unionville Girls basketball teams are taking on WC Rustin.

JV at 6pm and Varsity at 715.

All kids that wear their URA tshirt get free admission and a free slice of pizza.

Would you mind getting word out to kids and parents.


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 

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 on January 14th and 21st. 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. 

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

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  JANUARY
16 No School - MLK Day
  FEBRUARY
1 PTO Meeting 9:15
3 Talent Show
19 Art Show Meeting
24 Family Fun Night
  MARCH
24-25 ART SHOW AND SALE

 

 




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