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We need your support for STEM Day! Patton Middle School and one of the FIRST FTC robotics teams in the school district (2 Eyed Illuminati) are planning a STEM day event to inspire middle schoolers to pursue a career in STEM and introduce them to FIRST robotics. On Saturday, February 23, the Patton will open the doors to middle school teens from the UCF and Kennett school districts for the “Engineers Invent Amazing” event. We are looking for 20 volunteers to help us with the event, from assisting with check-in or lunch, monitoring kids during the event, to helping with hands-on activities. High school students from UHS can volunteer to get volunteer hours as chaperones and helpers. This is a wonderful opportunity to let our children experience firsthand how fun science and engineering can be. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and if you can volunteer for a couple of hours or for the full day by using this SignUp Genius link!

Don’t forget to bring in plastic grocery bags for our MLK Day of Service Event.  We will be turning the bags into plarn, (click here video of Sherri Shultz making plarn) to be woven into sleeping mats for homeless individuals in Philadelphia. Our MLK Day of Service event will occur on Monday, January 21 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This will be a relaxed, drop-in event where participants will be making plarn and weaving plastic mats. There is no need to register, and you can stay for as long or as little time as you wish. 

Today was Giving Tree Delivery Day!! Patton students delivered our donated gifts to the New Garden Township Maintenance Building and then helped organize food items into the 600 boxes in preparation for The Kennett Area Community Services' Christmas Basket charity event on the weekend of December 15th. 600 needy families are invited to attend the event, choose gifts from the hundreds of donations and take home donated canned and fresh food. We are #PattonProud of our Patton students, families and staff for their generosity! See all the photos from the event right here.

The Unionville Community Bike Drive Committee would like to thank everyone who donated bicycles, time, energy and support to this year’s collection and repair efforts.  Through your efforts the drive was able to provide 135 bicycles to those in need.  Special thanks to Garrison’s Cyclery, Trek Wilmington, Two Men and a Truck, the Cleaver and Vosburgh families as well as all of the volunteers who braved the cold and rainy weather to get the job done.

The March ‘talent show’ is approaching.  Here’s a quick update:

Ashley Bundis and Rob Penn volunteered to plan the event, which they’ve dubbed “Patton’s Got Talent!” Ashley & Rob have had great conversations with a few PTO members, teachers and school administrators.  Some communications will be sent soon to rally participation from kids, parents and teachers. They’d be happy to discuss the plan in a future PTO meeting.  Ideas and participation welcome!

Separately but related, Ashley & Rob have been inspired to start an ‘arts organization’ to serve Patton students – a complement to academic demands and sports calendars.  It’s just in the ideation phase, but they’ve had positive feedback thus far and would love to share the concept in a future PTO session.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

The Patton Yearbook is only $25.00 until January 15. After that, the price goes up! You can place your order online easily by going to sscyearbooks.com and following the instructions. You can also place your order by phone at 800-600-9107. The yearbook staff has been working hard putting together a great book - so don't delay, purchase your yearbook today! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Spisak or Mrs. Nanis.

Our Best Buddies program here at Patton is asking for some PTO assistance. Best Buddies is an opportunity for students to make new friends and create an inclusive school environment among students with and without disabilities. 
 
They are looking to have a special "Best Buddies Lunch" once a month and need some setup for the lunch. No funding or food is required, just some people to help them out with setup and cleanup since the teachers are teaching prior to the lunch period.
 
If you could put the word out for some volunteers, the contact is Kim Jordan - kjordan@ucfsd.net.

We are in need of people to help the spirit wear team at various events during the year. It is not a big commitment & the more people we have to help the less time one has to spend at each event. At each event we would need help with setting up, packing up & selling at approximately 2-3 hour increments. If you are interested please email Paula at ptopatton@gmail.com
 

Patton’s 2018 Giving Tree1
November 27 - December 13
 “Tis the Season for Giving”

Please donate new, unused, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages. Show your Patton Pride this holiday season by adding your families donation to the Giving Trees in the library. If everyone at Patton donates one gift, we can donate over 1,000 items to those less fortunate in our immediate area.

Our  gifts will be delivered to the New Garden township building on Thursday December 13th.  Patton students will also help to fill 600 food boxes in preparation for the Christmas Basket charity event on the weekend of December 15th. 600 needy families are invited to attend the event, choose gifts from the hundreds of donations and take home donated canned and fresh food.

All contributions are donated to The Kennett Area Community Services that provides temporary assistance for families in the Kennett, Unionville-Chadds Ford, and Avon Grove school districts who need food, clothing, lodging, heat or rent.

Please attend our second "Dangers of Vaping" presentation this Tuesday, November 27 at 7 PM in the Patton Auditorium. Speakers from Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, Caron Treatment Centers, and the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition will present on the dangers of vaping and resources and education for parents. Topics will include:

  • The wiring of the teen brain
  • Strategies to talk to your child about nicotine
  • How to utilize teachable moments
  • Spotting and responding to the signs of nicotine use

The CCIU offers student-centered STEM events for students in grades 3-12. From learning how to code and fly drones to creating 3D designs and brainstorming solutions to engineering problems, these unique, hands-on opportunities will challenge students to work collaboratively and creatively while developing STEM skills.

This year, your students have the opportunity to participate in the PA Media & Design Competition, Student Invention Convention and STEM Saturdays.

Exciting student events are happening at the CCIU all the time! To see a full list of this year's student events and programs, click here.

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