Monday, October 21, 2013

CFPMS eNews October 21, 2013

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C.F. Patton Middle School eNews
October  21, 2013
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CALENDAR
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OCTOBER
21 - 25 CFPMS Book Fair
26 Community Bike Drive Collection
29 6th Grade Math Curriculum Overview @CFPMS

NOVEMBER
1 End of 1st Marking period
5 NO SCHOOL
7 CFPMS PTO Meeting-Principal Forum
8 - 9 UHS PTO ART GALA
13 8th Grade H Team to Gettysburg
14 8th Grade J Team to Gettysburg
15 CFPMS Mixer and Dance-School Sponsored

16 Girls Basketball Clinic
23 Unionville High Boy’s Basketball Skills and Drills Clinic
25 - 27 CFPMS Student Led Conferences-1/2 for students
28 - 29 SCHOOL CLOSED- Thanksgiving Holiday

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BREAKING NEWS
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Please come visit the Middle School Book Fair October 21-25, from 7am – 2:30pm in the Library.Click on the following link to access the CFPMS Book Fair Homepage where you can buy books online from the current book fair. So click the following link and discover an easy way to buy books and much more.http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/cfpms

We are still in need of volunteers to work the Book Fair.Please click on the following link to see the times that are still available. Thanks for your help.If you have questions, please contact Jen Horne at jen.horne@comast.net

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All For Books

Hey there 7th and 8th graders! The PTO book fair is starting something new this year. We are trying to raise money towards books for our school and a school in need. Here is what you need to do: Simply bring in loose change and put it in your prime time jar! We will track the money and see which prime time brings in the most change and they will earn a Prime Time Breakfast! Whatever we raise as a school, we keep in books PLUS scholastic matches and gives to a needy school. So look in your seat cushions and under those car seats!Donate the change left over from your snack purchase! Every coin adds to our school total! Questions: Karen Ammon karenbsur@aol.com

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Attention all 6th grade families! You are part of a new and important Patton PTO fund raiser! Monday the 14th, every 6th grader went home with a Kid Stuff Coupon Book. This book is full of great coupons for your family and will pay for itself easily. Either send back the book, no obligation, or keep it and send in a check for 25$. You can sell more books to your family or friends and the PTO earns 50% of the proceeds. The Prime Time that sells the most books will earn a Prime Time Breakfast care of the PTO! Thanks for your participation in the Patton PTO. Questions? Karen Ammon karenbsur@aol.com

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Help Address Prescription Drug Abuse

On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local agencies across the nation, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Encourage your staff and members of the community to bring their medications to a local collection site. For a list of sites log onto www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds-more than 1,400 tons-of pills.
Thank you from the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services.

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PATTON NEWS
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Did you know that there is a Middle School Parent Handbook?
It is full of everything you need to know about the Middle School! To
access it go to the top of the home web page, go to Downloads find
2013-2014 Parent Handbook, or go to quick links. Happy Reading!

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Do you have the gift of hospitality or a heart for service? The Bike Drive
Committee is looking for some new blood to help coordinate food for their
volunteers on October 26th. If you are interested in joining this
fantastic organization, contact Karen Ammon at karenbsur@aol.com

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HOMEWORK FOR ABSENTEES
Please be aware of the following CFPMS procedure
Parents or guardians may call the office at 610-347-2000 before

9:00 AM to request homework if a student has been absent for two
or more consecutive days. We ask that you speak directly
with a member of the office staff when making this type of request. Please
do not leave requests for class and/or homework assignments on staff
members' voice mail systems or staff members' e-mail. Parents are asked to
collect all materials in the office to insure that all assignments reach
the student. School personnel will retrieve needed books and materials
from lockers. The materials will be available on the counter located in
the main office from 2:30 to 3:00 on the day the request is received.
For additional CFPMS procedures and school policies, please view the
Parent Handbook located under the "Quick Links" drop-down menu at the top
of the Patton Middle School website:http://cfpms.ucfsd.org/quicklinks.html

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MATH CURRICULUM
Please join us to learn more about your child’s math program.
We will be holding 3 informational sessions. Each evening will cover
similar information. The session is on October 29th will focus
specifically on 6th graders.
Charles F. Patton Middle School in the Auditorium 7:00-8:30 PM

The evening will consist of a brief overview of the program and then
demonstration lessons facilitated by district teachers.
Please email Barbara Bean: bbean@ucfsd.net to
register. Questions can be directed to John Nolen, Director of Curriculum
and Instruction at jnolen@ucfsd.net

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OTHER NEWS
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KENNETT COMMUNITY WRESTLING CLUB
Who - any boy from 5-14 years of age (K-8th grade) that live in the
Kennett or Unionville School Districts
Where - Practices held at Kennett High School Wrestling Room (SOUTH ENTRANCE)
When - Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm - 7pm for 3rd grade
and under; 7pm - 8:30pm for 4th through 8th grade
The season starts November 7th and runs through March 11th.
Cost - $100 for the season. Price includes practices, 7 Saturday meets,
invitation to dual tournaments, USA wrestling card, invitation to ICWL
wrestling events, and information on individual tournaments.
Sign up at: www.kennettwrestling.com
More Information: Contact John Boyer - jboyer@kcsd.org or johnboyerjr@comcast.net or 484-716-3675


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Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)
Later in the month of October, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency (PCCD) will again be administering the PAYS survey. Developed
in collaboration with Pennsylvania Departments of Education, Health and
Public Welfare and Liquor Control board, the survey is a scientifically
validated tool designed to gather Pennsylvania youths’ knowledge,
attitudes and behaviors around alcohol, tobacco, and other drug usage,
violence and other problem issues. Additionally, the survey tracks risk
factors that can lead to likelihood of delinquent behavior and substance
abuse, along with the protective factors that can help buffer young people
from risk. Chester County resources fund the PAYS.


Administered biannually since 1989 the survey captures information from
students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The information has proved to be an
invaluable tool for communities, schools and state agencies in providing
prevention resources. Through PAYS school administrators can determine
specific issues facing our youth and families and direct programming to
promote healthy and positive youth development.

The survey is anonymous, voluntary and confidential. No student level data
is reported.The survey takes approximately a class period to accomplish.
Data is reported in aggregate by grade in an expansive summary report.

Parents / Guardians desiring their child(ren) not participate in the
survey are to contact the middle and/or high school respectively. The link
below provides access to view the survey the students will be taking.
Thank you in advance for your support of of this important matter.
http:www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/justice_research/5259/pennsylvania_youth_survey_for_2013/1340339


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UNIONVILLE COMMUNITY BIKE DRIVE- FALL 2013
Unionville Community Bike Drive-Fall 2013
Cleaning & Refurbishing Date: October 26th

The Unionville Community Bike Drive needs your Gently Used bikes!!
Volunteers collect and refurbish approximately 150 bikes each year, to be
given first to our own students in need and then to families in the
community during the holiday season.

We are in need of workers on Saturday October 26th from 9:00 am-2:00
pm at the middle school to refurbish and clean the bikes. This is a great
family project that helps the community and an excellent opportunity to
earn community service hours as well. Older students can learn bike
maintenance from experienced mechanics, while younger children are perfect
for cleaning the bikes after being repaired. Yummy treats/lunch, music
and great fellowship are provided, while helping others in need. Any
questions please contact: Anne Jung 610-388-2796 or email yungjungs@verizon.net

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DETECTION CANINES FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
Dear Parent and Guardians - Please note that our Board of School Directors
continues to be committed to providing students and staff with schools
that are free of drugs,alcohol and weapons. This past Monday 16 September
2013, the UCFSD school board approved the use of Interquest Detection
Canines for the 2013-2014 school year. This is the fourth year of using
this contract service in our efforts to deter illegal activity on our
middle school and high school campus. During the school year random visits
will occur in our two secondary schools and student parking lot. Thank you
for your continued efforts in parenting as we work together to provide a
safe setting for teaching and learning.

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U PRIDE
Order your “U” pride game day (or any day!) tie and support the UHS boys’
lacrosse program! Great for UCFSD staff, administration, parents, students
or any Indians fan! Custom designed by Vineyard Vines apparel of Martha’s
Vineyard. Click here for pictures and order information:
http://uhs.ucfsd.org/documents/uhs-ties.pdf. Email: uhslaxinfo@gmail.com with any questions.

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SAVE THE DATE!!!
Friday November 8th from 6-9pm and Saturday November 9th, from 10am-3pm
The Unionville High School Art Gala 2013 is celebrating its 38th year!

Every year, more than 1000 visitors come to this event! The Event features
the work of local working artists from varied mediums including and not
limited to painting, photography, glass, jewelry, metal, clay and wood
works, alongside art from UHS Art Students.
30% of all Artist sales go to support educational programs and projects at
Unionville High School.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES!https://www.facebook.com/UnionvilleHighSchoolArtGalaFundraiser201213?ref=hl

The 38th UHS ART GALA is proud to announce this year’s Feature Artist is
Jeff Schaller. http://www.jeffschaller.com

The 2013 art gala will be held on Friday November 8th from 6-9pm and
Saturday November 9th, from 10am-3pm in the modern Arts and Performing Art
Center at Unionville High School at 750 Unionville Road in Kennett Square,
PA.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC
For girls 3rd grade through 8th grade Sponsored by
UNIONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Develop your basketball skills by training with the
2013-14 Unionville Women’s Basketball Coaches & Players

Saturday, November 16, 2013
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Unionville High School Gym

Learn from the best!
New Head Coach, Deb Robledo
* High School State Champion as a player *
* Division I basketball player at Purdue University *
* 4 State Championship appearances as High School Coach *
* NCAA Finalist for Texas A&M-Kingsville University *

$25.00 to attend Clinic
($5.00 discount for each additional family member)
Includes FREE ticket to
UHS Girls Basketball Game

Please mail registration form and check payable to:
Unionville Sports Council Lady Hoopsters
Ken Scheuer 9 Peale Drive West Chester PA 19382
Questions: unionvilleladyhoopsters@gmail.com
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rrli7DH4AK_PBR-ZLgWncmgQjH4aiLT05x6pVHq3dvg/edit?usp=sharing

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2013 Unionville High Boy’s Basketball Skills and Drills Clinic

For Players and Coaches

There will be a drills and skills clinic at Unionville High School on November 23, 2013 in the main gym for any boys in grades 2-8 and coaches. The clinic will be broken down into hour long, age appropriate clinics. The designated time slots are below. The clinic will focus on improving the basic fundamentals of basketball such as dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive positioning, and rebounding. Most importantly, the clinic will promote fun for all ability levels. The clinic will also feature members of the 9th grade, JV, and Varsity level basketball team at Unionville High School as well as the Unionville High School Basketball Coaching Staff. Click here for more information and registration form.



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GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK
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Use your mower to cut leaves into small pieces, allowing them to fall into and under the grass instead of resting on top of it. This process results in increased surface area, which in turn makes it easier for insects and microbes to consume the leaves and get the nutrients back into the soil. Lawns where leaves are mulched directly into the grass are healthier than the lawns with no leaves added and a healthier lawn has fewer weeds. Plus, this keeps them out of the landfill and eliminates the need for raking and leaf bags, saving you time and money. Win-Win!
 Our next Trashless Tuesday is on October 29. Please join the district food service in going TRASHLESS for the day. If you pack lunch (or snacks) for your kids, please consider packing TRASHLESS as well. Buying larger packages and using your own reusable single-serving containers rather than single-serve packages reduces trash and saves you money. Think also about packing only what will get eaten. You'd be amazed at how much food the kids toss in the trash can! And don't forget to talk to your kids about why going TRASHLESS is so important.
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send an email to Dawn.Heim@comcast.net.
All articles should be received by Sunday evenings for inclusion in the weekly eNews. Dawn Heim - CFPMS eNews Administrator