Information for New Families

We’re delighted to have your family joining our Union Chapel family!  The following information is provided to help you get to know our school better.  If at any time you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Ambassadors for New Families:  Ambassadors are a recent addition to our school, and the idea came from our conversations with new families, just like yours.  We realize that coming to a new school can be a challenge not just for children, but also for parents.  We want to make your transition as smooth as possible for your whole family.  That is why we have some parent volunteers who have agreed to serve as Ambassadors for our school.  It’s up to each new family to decide if you want us to make this connection for you.  The good thing about an Ambassador connection is that these volunteers really are experts on our school.  If you would like us to make an Ambassador connection for you, please fill out the New Family Support form in your U.C. Welcome Packet.  An Ambassador will contact you shortly after enrolling at Union Chapel.  After that, you can contact your Ambassador as often as needed with any questions you may have.  Please note:  Ambassadors are meant to help new families get acclimated to our school.  However, we want to stress that you’re always welcome to contact your child’s teacher or the office with questions or concerns.

Attendance: Consistent daily attendance is necessary for students to make the progress we expect here at Union Chapel.  Please try to schedule appointments before or after school whenever possible.  Arriving on time and being here for the entire day sends important messages to your child.  It says you value their education and that there are very few things significant enough to take them away from their day-to-day learning.  If your child must be absent, please call the office at 359-4310 prior to the start of the school day and leave a message for the Administrative Assistant for Attendance, Mrs. Susan Sadler.  If you e-mail your child’s teacher about an upcoming absence, please copy Mrs. Susan Sadler at sadlers@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Buses: The Park Hill School District contracts with an outside bus company, FirstStudent, to provide transportation for all our students.  FirstStudent is responsible for establishing bus routes, pick-up/drop-off times, and bus stop locations.  Drivers are employees of FirstStudent, as well.  Questions or concerns about bus transportation should be directed to FirstStudent at 741-4023, or you may also contact the Union Chapel office.

Communication: A parent newsletter called the Gator Gab is published each month.  We send it via e-mail to reduce copy costs and to ensure it gets home to all parents.  Parents who do not have an e-mail account may ask the classroom teacher to send home a print version.  Every classroom teacher sends weekly or daily updates via e-mail.  Some also have websites where they post additional information about their classrooms and links to educational resources on the Internet.

Curriculum: Parents may access all areas of the Park Hill curriculum on the District’s website. Under the Teaching and Learning tab, click on District Curriculum on the drop-down box.  You may then review the curriculum by content and grade level.

Health Room: Our health room nurse is Mrs. Stephanie Walls, and she can be reached at 359-4324 or wallss@parkhill.k12.mo.us.  Please refer to information in the Elementary Handbook for details about the services that are and are not provided through the Health Room, as well as the guidelines to follow for sending medications to school.

Meals: Breakfast is available daily for $1.25.  Lunch is $2.30  Á la carte food items are available and priced individually.  Parents may pay for lunches by sending a check payable to Park Hill Food Service.  Be sure to include your child’s first and last name and student number on the memo line.  Checks are to be turned in before school so funds can be credited to your child’s account prior to lunch time and in order to avoid slowing down lunch lines.  Parents may also use SchoolCafe, an online payment service which can be accessed from the PHSD website under the Menus and Nutrition Quick Link.  Monthly menus are available at this link, as well.  A copy of the breakfast and lunch menu is sent home with students each month.  Any questions about food service or managing your child’s account can be directed to our Food Service Department Manager, Ms. Chrystine Franksen, at 359-4310 or franksenc@parkhill.k12.mo.us.  

Office Hours: The Union Chapel office is open from 7:30A.M. until 4:30 P.M. each school day.

PTA: We have an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and we invite you to join!  Memberships are just $20 per family, and are a great way to show your support for our school.  The Union Chapel PTA conducts a fall fundraiser and a silent auction in the spring.  PTA provides funding for field trips, cultural arts programs, music program t-shirts and other activities throughout our school.  PTA collects Campbell’s labels and Box Tops; funds from these two projects have been used for special purchases, such as additional recess equipment, and our welcome mats at the front and bus doors.

School Hours: School hours are 8:40 A.M. until 3:30 P.M.  Students who arrive after 8:40 are counted late, resulting in a partial absence for the day.  Please make every effort to have your child at school on time each day.

Specials:  We follow a four-day rotation for “Specials” classes, which are Art, Library, Music and Physical Education.  Specials classes are 50 minutes each.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up:  Bus transportation service is available for all our students.  Since there are no sidewalks, none of our students walk to/from school.  Some families choose to transport their children.  Students may arrive as early as 8:30 A.M. and are to be picked up no later than 3:35 P.M.  Families needing to bring children before 8:30 or pick up after 3:35 should make childcare arrangements through Adventure Club (our before/after school childcare) or an outside provider.  The office is a very busy place, particularly at the start and end of the day, and no one is available in the office to provide childcare.  Students brought before 8:30 or left after 3:35 will be taken to Adventure Club, and parents will be charged for the childcare provided.

Car rider lanes are at the front of the building. To ensure safety and a smooth process, it is important to follow the directions given in the Car Rider information sheet, as well as those given by supervisors of the car rider lanes.

Transportation Changes: If your child will be changing how he or she goes home in the afternoon (i.e., switching from being a bus rider to being a car rider), it is important to notify the office no later than 2:30.  If you e-mail transportation changes to your child’s classroom teacher, please be sure to copy the e-mail to Mrs. Susan Sadler at sadlers@parkhill.k12.mo.us as well.  This double check helps make sure your child follows the change you want for that day.

Again, welcome to Union Chapel!  We hope you find this information helpful as you transition to a new school and that you’ll contact us with any follow-up questions you may have.