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Unity Charter School enjoys a day at Morristown Partnership’s Festival on the Green

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in 07960, Uncategorized

Over 10,000 people came out for a beautiful day at Morristown Partnership’s Festival on the Green.  Unity’s booth was manned by  teachers, parents, and Board members who actively told visitors about all that Unity has to offer its students.

Don’t forget  about our upcoming Open Houses!  Doors open at 7pm on both October 24th and November 19 at the school.  These are your opportunities  to get a glimpse into a day at Unity Charter School before the January lottery.

Applications are available on our website, and are due Friday, December 13 at 4:30pm for the January 8, 2014 lottery.

 
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Visitors decorate "tree cookie" necklaces

Visitors decorate “tree cookie” necklaces

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Parent Amy Ghelli, Assistant to the Director Michael Piacenza, and Administrative Assistant Christine Thorsen smile for the camera at Unity's Festival on the Green Booth

Parent Amy Ghelli, Assistant to the Director Michael Piacenza, and Administrative Assistant Christine Thorsen smile for the camera at Unity’s Festival on the Green Booth

Unity Charter School hosts Back To School Nights

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Uncategorized

Director Carolyn Mungo introduces the Lower School Staff at Back to School Night

Director Carolyn Mungo introduces the Lower School Staff at Back to School Night

Parents review the many opportunities to volunteer during the school year.

Parents review the many opportunities to volunteer during the school year.

Director Carolyn Mungo addresses the Middle School Parents at Back To School Night

Director Carolyn Mungo addresses the Middle School Parents at Back To School Night

Unity Charter School hosted two separate “Back to School Nights” this year, dedicating a night to the Lower School and a second night to the Middle School.

The Lower School met in the Multi-Purpose Room for a brief overview, presented by Jennifer Carcich, followed by break out sessions in each classroom, where individual teachers presented the plans for the year.

The Middle School began the evening with an orientation meeting about the annual Middle School trip to Camp Spears, followed by presentations by each of our core academic subject teachers.

Parents were able to sign up for volunteer opportunities, purchase Spirit Wear from the Parents Association, as well as pick up their CommUnity Directories.

A big thank you to Simply Gourmet who provided delicious mission-friendly snacks for the event.

   

Unity Charter School Rain Barrel Workshop: Conserving Water

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in 07960, Education, Sustainability, Whole Child Education

On Saturday April 21st, I attended a family workshop on how to make a rain barrel.  This was one of those tasks that I knew I could handle on my own, but I wasn’t getting around to it.  The workshop was the perfect way that, once again, Unity pushed my good intentions into real actions to help the earth. We lucked out weather-wise, and met outside on the Unity Charter School playground.  Families with kids young and old each received a blue food-grade barrel and a rain barrel kit.  Joe Dunn, from the Morris County Soil Conservation District, walked us through the process step by step.
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UCS families at rain barrel workshop

CommUnity Coffee: A Discussion on Commercial Free Schools

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Education

About once a month, the CommUnity comes together for coffee  after the school wide morning meeting.  Lately, the meetup has evolved into curated discussions about various topics related to our school.  This past week, I was able to attend  the discussion about adopting a policy to make Unity a “Commercial Free School”. Commercial Free Schools are schools that  “adopt policies that assure positive public school- private sector relationships, and guard against commercial partnerships that require school districts to advertise as a condition for receiving funds, products, materials or equipment.”  (http://www.ibiblio.org/commercialfree/policies.html)