Posts Tagged ‘Fundraiser’

Unity PTO to Host Online March Madness Apparel Sale

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Sustainability, Uncategorized

by Sheena Sullivan
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The PTO is rolling out new Unity Apparel this March. The MARCH MADNESS SALE will take place from March 1st to March 11th with orders being received in Early April. The new Unity apparel, featuring the school colors of blue and green, was carefully selected with our mission in mind. Most items are organic and made in the USA. All items are eco-friendly.

Items will only be available online for purchase and the PTO will no longer carry inventory on site. The PTO decided to make the switch to online orders to prevent any over ordering or potential waste. Switching to online orders also enabled them to offer a variety of high-quality organic items to the community without an investment of funds. The PTO wants everyone to show their school spirit so they kept prices lower by choosing not to make this a large fundraiser.

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The PTO partnered with Mantis Graphics to help develop the new Unity Apparel line. Since opening in 1996, Mantis Graphics has been committed to being green, using screen-printing techniques and inks that are safe for the environment and even riding their bikes to work!

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The new Unity Apparel line will include short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, kid hoodies, adult hoodies and beanies. Other items for purchase are the Unity stainless steel travel mug, Unity tote and our *new* Unity zero waste kits. This kit was developed to keep our community events zero waste. The set includes a reusable recyclable drawstring tote along with 4 sets of cutlery, 4 16oz cups, 4 small plates and 4 large plates by Preserve. The dinnerware set is made of 100% recycled #5 plastic and is 100% recyclable. To find out more about Preserve, a mission-minded company, check out https://www.preserveproducts.com/recycle. Get your kit today and be ready for ECO FunFest and all Unity events!

Show your Unity pride and support by purchasing your spirit wear during the March Madness Sale!

About the Author

Sheena Sullivan is the mother of Adam and Samer Anshasi and PTO president. She loves volunteering at Unity and helping parents connect with their children’s school. She enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Unity Fun Run Generates Fun and Funds

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Health and Nutrition, Sustainability, Uncategorized

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This year, the rain held out and our Unity Fun Run went off as planned on Thursday, October 1st. Our physical education teacher, Alyssa, became the DJ and played pumping music for the runners. The students, siblings, parents and teachers ran/walked five laps on the driveway and Evergreen Place for a total of one mile. Several spry students ran more! Some staff members positioned themselves on the course to ensure safety and to cheer on the runners while others ran the course with the children. Before and after run, the children played on the playground, ate snacks and enjoyed some relaxing time together. This great time outdoors was a great way to raise funds for sustainable projects for Unity Charter School. We raised $710 just by running in circles! Keep training and we hope to hold this energetic event again in the spring.

About the Author

Jennifer Carcich is the 2/3 Grade Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at Unity Charter School. This is her fifth year teaching at Unity Charter School. She is certified to teach both general education and special education students and has been in the teaching field since 1994. Jennifer takes pride in helping Unity Charter School and continuing to strengthen its unique and innovative approach to education and bring forth the school’s mission.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.

Unity Lower School Dance Off A Huge Success

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Health and Nutrition, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

by Alyssa Faber and Ellen Fishter

On Thursday, March 19th the Unity students in grades K-4 gathered at Alfred Vail Elementary School in Morristown, NJ to laugh, cheer, and dance the night away for a successful fundraiser. The students in the lower school showcased their moves to popular hits of the 80’s and 90’s as a fundraiser for improvements to the playground space. After initially being snowed out, the rescheduled date was a complete sell-out and nobody left disappointed. Between a packed house and DVD sales the students raised over $1,500!

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Kimberly’s 1st and 2nd grade students kicked off the show to the sound’s of C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), and dance they did! With their hats and cool shades, the student’s brought great energy to the audience and started the night right!

Amy’s 3rd and 4th grade took the stage next, dancing to the theme from Ghostbusters. With the help of their noodle props and 6th grader, Jake Kymer, playing the role of “Slimer,” the audience was left laughing and cheering for the awesome performance!

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Not to be topped, Megan’s K/1 students broke it down to MC Hammer’s classic hit, U Can’t Touch This. Their Hammertime dance had the audience cheering and laughing in the aisles!

Julia’s 3rd and 4th grade students got funky with their coordinated outfits and hand knit headbands to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s song Good Vibrations. The students showcased their hard work, and displayed impressive individual talents!

Our youngest performers in Monica’s Kindergarten class brought the Latin flair to Gloria Estefan’s Conga. Showcasing dance moves like the Cha-Cha, the Macarena, and of course the Conga, the students did an awesome job shaking and shimmying the night away!

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Closing the show with a pop of color and flair was Jen’s 2/3 class. After many weeks of hula hoop practice, the student’s showed off their talents to none other than Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (Like a Record). They were spinning and twirling like true professional hula-hoopers in a swath of true 80’s neon!

Not letting the students have all the fun, the teachers at Unity put together a surprise dance video and saved it until the end of the show and what a great surprise it was! It was arranged with the help of our choreographer Sam Robinson, the awesome videographer – 7th grade student Naomi Quirk, and incredible editor – 6th grade student Grace Rubenstein. The audience was singing, laughing and clapping along. You can watch the Unity Staff (and class pets!) dancing to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk here.

The night also included a silent auction of small furniture items and accessories uniquely painted by each class. The money raised from the auction will be added to our growing Feb/March Haiti service project.

Thank you to all the students, families, staff and teachers for their time and support. Also, thanks to everyone who came out to watch our talented kids perform! It was a fun night for all!

About the Authors

Alyssa Faber is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Unity Charter School. This is her second year at Unity, having worked at various schools and lived in the Philadelphia suburbs of South Jersey for the prior five years. She attended La Salle University where she played 2nd Row on the Women’s Rubgy team and developed a passion for sports, fitness, and health. Alyssa has been a certified lifeguard for 15 years and looks forward to swimming every summer. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Marley, when the weather is nice and spending time finding ways to “Alyssafy” (™) games in an effort to try something new every day.

Ellen Fishter came to Unity Charter School as the Technology Teacher last March. Prior to that she taught in Clark for four years and before that, Livingston for 15 years. When not working, she enjoys watching her children play collegiate lacrosse, photography, biking, sewing, and enjoying time with friends and family.

The opinions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Unity Charter School. Unity Charter School is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the author.