Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Charger eNews - March 7, 2017

Charger eNews - March 7, 2017



Greetings Chargers!

I want to congratulate our 5th graders who performed their Oldies Dance skits on Friday evening!  They did such a great job!  

I also want to congratulate our 5th grade team who competed at the Chester County Intermediate Unit STEM Competition on Friday.  Out of twenty 4th-5th grade teams, CFE finished in 3rd place!  This was only our third year competing and we've learned so much about the process.  Congratulations to our 5th grade team, Michael Ta, Jack Hyman, Rohan Kapoor, and Ethan Lee and our AT Teacher, Mrs. Gehris on a great job!

I want to thank our PTO and the CFES Community for approving all of the grant requests that were submitted and voted on last week.  The grants will fund so many wonderful things!  The PTO funds will support the creation of a safer and more comfortable student-experience in our gaga pit, filtered water bottle-filling stations at three locations in the school, an author visit and workshop with our students, Dash and Dot robots and coding for our computer class and Makerspace, new sound equipment for our band, orchestra, and assembly programs, and new tables for our AT room that will foster student collaboration and teamwork.   Truly amazing stuff...and we are so appreciative! 

From the Makerspace Mingle, PTO grants, and through the donations of supplies and materials, the CFE community has been tremendously supportive of the implementation of our CFE Makerspace.  Believe it or not, we are currently at the mid-year mark of our second year of implementation.  With your support, we are much further along in our process than we expected and we are learning so much along the way.  Our implementation plan has included curriculum work to support our teachers in facilitating STEM instruction throughout the building, not only when visiting the Makerspace.  A great deal of funds have been spent on mobilizing our equipment and resources so they can used as tools throughout the school.  Although you may not always hear about your child "going to the Makerspace", we are heavily invested in STEM instruction and using the same resources in our classrooms.  As we continue to learn and grow, I am confident that you will hear much more about how the Makerspace implementation is influencing our pedagogy and educational philosophies and transcending all disciplines and levels of CFE.  

March Conferences Reminder: A conference sign-up email was sent last Friday and a letter was also sent home via backpack express.  Please be sure to schedule a conference with your child's teacher. To register and choose a conference time, enter this link into your internet browser: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Chadds_Ford_Elementary_School. Let us know if you have any questions!

Finally, please be sure to SAVE the DATES...our 68th Annual Art Show and Sale is coming up...Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th!  Please consider volunteering some time to support this tremendous annual CFES tradition!

As always, thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Mr. Shawn Dutkiewicz

CFES Principal


Hello Parents! Thank you to all who came to our last PTO meeting. We approved all of the teacher grant requests! 

We also received a brief update on the school start time initiative at our last PTO  meeting.  After several months of research, analysis, discussion and compromise the School Start Time Committe proposes to start and end High School and Middle School 25 minutes later.  In addition the start and end of the Elementary schools would be 15 minutes later.  A final recommendation will be made to the school board in April.  

Below is a listing of meetings you can attend to get an update as well as provide feedback and concerns. 

Open Community Meetings

  • March 7th 7:00 PM CFPMS - Auditorium
  • March 8th 7:00 PM UHS - LGI
  • March 23 7:00 PM HES - LGI
  • March 30 7:00 PM CFES  - Gym   

Lastly, please help us by volunteering for the 68th annual Art Show! There are a lot of volunteer slots available for Friday March 24th and Saturday March 25th. Click here to volunteer!

Thank you and hope to see you at the April PTO meeting!


SIGN UP TO HELP NOW! - THE 68th ANNUAL ART SHOW AND SALE will be held on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th!!  

You do not want to miss our school's biggest fundraiser of the year.  The show is a month away and it is time to sign up to help!  

This year's Featured Artist will be Len Garon and our Donating Artist will be Jacalyn Beam. 

If you are on Facebook, please check out our "Chadds Ford Art Sale and Show" page and "Like" and "Share" it.  You can go there an check out this year's featured piece and it will be updated with information as the show grows closer!

There are many ways to support the show:

  • Become an Art Show family sponsor - contact Renee Carroll at reneeamaral01@yahoo.com.  
  • Sign up to help at the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a5ac2ea7f58-68th  **Note that this year we are having a competition to see which homeroom can sign up for the most volunteer shifts!  Help your child's class win a pizza party by volunteering at the show!
    • Here are the percentage of parent volunteers/class thus far…. Sign up to help the art show and win a pizza party for your child's class!!  If you have more than one child, sign up for multiple shifts - it's a great way to help support our school and spend time with fellow parents!
      • Barr         16% 
      • Bickings    26% 
      • Brazill         9% 
      • Conover     22%
      • DeNenno     21%
      • Doyer         20% 
      • Gillespie     17% 
      • Keller         18% 
      • Lapp         4% 
      • Morettini     0% 
      • Nelson         5% 
      • Price         10% 
      • Roberts     33% 
      • Mapa         8% 
      • Sciecinski     14% 
      • Wagner     24% 
      • Whitman     16%
  • Sign up your high school aged children to help with the event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0844a5ac2ea7f58-cfes1
  • Shop for art!  Adults enjoy a beautiful evening on Friday; and on Saturday, bring your children to see the art and sign them up for an artist's workshop while you shop or volunteer.

It takes our entire CFE family to run this wonderful show and we are counting on your support!!

If you have any questions or want to get more involved now (we still need chairs for next year!!), please contact our chairperson, Nichole Scull at nichole.scull3@gmail.com.

Collect all your receipts from the week and send it to school in an envelope marked "PTO Receipt Rewards".  (Think of this as BoxTops, but with store receipts.)  You don't have to put your name on the envelope or receipts, so it stays completely anonymous. 

Art Show Kids Workshop ----  Calling all Kids 

Come to the Art Room at CFES and create your very own Masterpiece.



Our spring collection drive supports basic but unmet needs at our sister school, Mitchell Elementary in southwest Philadelphia.  As many of us have learned the hard way, flu season is here, and Mitchell has asked for our help in providing the following much-needed items for its student body and teachers:

  • Tissue Boxes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Deodorant 
  • Bookbags (always in short supply)

Mitchell serves a K-8 student body made up entirely of children from households below the poverty line, with many children struggling with permanent or transitional homelessness. The school has been incredibly appreciative of all of the support from CFES this year.

A box for donations will be in the CFE lobby through Friday, March 31st.  Thank you Charger families!

Show your CFES Support!  You Shop.  We Earn.

We are starting a new passive fundraising project, and we need your help and participation!

Whenever you shop, save your receipts and send it to school so CFES can earn points/money through the Shoparoo program.  Any receipt qualifies:  Target, Costco, grocery stores, Walmart, dollar stores, pet stores, toy stores, beauty and health stores, WaWa, even wine & spirits stores!  Every receipt counts no matter how big or small the dollar amount.This is a simple and easy way for CFES to earn money for school supplies, assemblies, and other PTO-sponsored events and activities, so start today!  You shop, we earn!

Questions?  Please contact Hoang Nguyen at hoangq001@gmail.com


Science Explorers

Due to the overwhelming response to our after-school club, we have added a second club day. Science Club will now also meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Chadds Ford Elementary after school from 3:30-4:30 and is available to students in Grades 1-5

The next club topic, which begins on March 14th, is 

3-2-1 BLAST OFF!  

Special 1/2 day event on March 22nd: WACKY WORLD OF SCIENCE half-day event! 

March 22nd from 12:30-3:30 in the Science Lab.

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.

Please contact Jill Shinn with any questions.


"The Lion King Jr." presented by Patton Middle School and Carousel Performing Arts Center. March 10 &11 at 7pm, March 12 at 3pm. Click here for flyer. To order tickets click here.


UHS presents MARY POPPINS - March 16, 17, 18. Click here for more info.


UTHON - UThon will take place on Saturday, March 25th, and elementary and middle school students and their parents are welcome from 3:30pm until 5:30pm. $5 per person is the cost for registration (all proceeds go directly to Four Diamonds). Donations are also appreciated. 


UHS Girls Lacrosse Skills Clinic - March 19 - 1:30-3:30pm. Click here for details and registration information. 


URA Baseball registration will run through mid- March.  Games will begin in April, weather permitting.

URA Baseball, which is affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball, is open to boys and girls in:

    •    Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD), 

    •    Kennett Consolidated School District, 

    •    Avon Grove School District, 

    •    Parts of West Chester Area School District.

Our youth baseball program includes ages 5-12, and features multiple divisions geared toward the age and development of your child. 

Please visit URAbaseball.com  to register


22-24 1/2 Days - Spring Conferences
24/25 ART SHOW



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