Sunday, November 19, 2017

Around Our School 11/20/17

 
 
 

Happy Thanksgiving Pocopson Elementary School families!

 

Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

Community Service Projects for the Holidays

 

The Holidays are just around the corner and so are the Holiday Community Service Projects.  Over the next month the following Community Service Projects will be in full swing.

1. Giving Tree - a way to make the holidays brighter for community members in need.  Choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree, purchase a gift and return it to the tree unwrapped and we will deliver it.  Giving Tree gifts go to Pocopson families, Pocopson Home residents, and Toys for Tots.  ALL Toys for Tots collected will go to the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) group to be distributed locally during their holiday event.  

2. Hats, Socks & Mittens for our sister school, Stonehurst Hills Elementary -  Donate a hat, socks and mittens to be given to our friends at Stonehurst Hills.  Each year we ask ALL students at Pocopson to purchase a set of mittens, a hat, and a pair of socks based on your child's size and gender.  Please deliver them to your homeroom teacher by Friday December 15th. The 5th grade students will be wrapping them again this year.

3. UCFSD Coat Drive - The UCFSD Coat Drive is collecting clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots. All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed.  Donated items can be dropped off in the lobby through December 7th. Items should be clean and in good condition. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area.
 
 

Holiday Gift Shop 2017 

 

Soon enough, turkeys will turn into twinkle lights and trees, so it is time to get ready for the Holiday Gift Shop the week of 12/4-12/8.  Please see the schedule below for your child's class (flyers and envelopes to come home soon).  Items for sale range from $.25 to $10.00.  The idea of the gift shop is to give your child an opportunity to shop by themselves for family members.  Some kids choose to shop a lot and some not at all.  Older kids will shop by themselves, then assist their buddy class using all those good estimating skills.  If you have volunteered in the past, you know that there is a very sweet, sincere spirit that flows through that room as they make their choices.  It takes lots of volunteers to run this shop and we have slots of anywhere from an hour to three, so please sign up to help!   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ba5a72da75-pocopson  Any questions, contact Christy Pickar - cpickar31@comcast.net

Class Gift Shop Schedule:

Monday - 9:15-10:15 - Thompson and Cochran AM

                10:15-11:15 - Kriyza and Beam

                11:45-12:30 - Bowman and Bakes

                  1:45-2:45 - Crosson and Cochran PM

Tuesday - 9:15-9:45 - Barnes and Winnick AM

                10:15-11:15 - Markloff and Schinski

                11:45-12:30 - Lichter and Houpt

                 2:00-3:00 - Showalter and Winnick PM

Wednesday - 9:15-10:15 - Weltz and Simonds

                    10:15-11:15 - Johnson and McGirl

                    11:45-12:30 - Swisher  and McAndrew

                      2:00-3:00 - Stephens and Trewella

Thursday - 9:15-10:15 - Mattei and Amoss

                 11:45-12:30 - Williamson and Roebuck

Friday - Last Chance

 

Square 1 Art Update

 

Thank you for your Square 1 Art orders! Your items should be available to take home during parent teacher conferences this week. 

Over 52% of the school participated in placing Square 1 Art orders! As a reward for meeting our goal, the kids will get to create gingerbread decorations during art class. Please look for the child-sized gingerbread house outside the gym during the upcoming holiday concerts. Congratulations to Mrs. Schinskis' class, who won the class award with over 73% participation! 

 

PES 5th Grade Chorus - Performing Live on 12/21!

 

The PES 5th Grade Chorus will be performing live with the Cartoon Christmas Trio at the Uptown Theater in West Chester on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.  It's Holiday Fun for the whole family!  Tickets are now available - for more information, click here: Family Jazz Night Holiday Fun

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • ​November 20-22: Conferences (Half Days, no Kindergarten on 11/22)
  • ​November 23-24: No School
  • ​December 4th - 8th: Holiday Gift Shop
  • ​December 8th: K-3 Winter Concert (9:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • ​December 12th: PTO Meeting (9:30 a.m. in the library)
  • ​December 14th: 4-5 Winter Concert (7:00 p.m.)

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

UCFSD Emergency Communications System Test

 

Dear UCFSD Families,
 

During emergencies, the importance of our communications systems becomes clear. In the event of any natural or man-made emergency during the school day, the district will communicate with you through our Information System, SwiftK12. We will use this notification system as our emergency communications to send a text, voice message, and email message to the phone numbers and email which we have on file for your family. We will also post updates to our school and district websites as often as we are able and work with our local radio and TV stations during an emergency.

 

Developing, maintaining, and exercising the emergency plan empowers our employees in an incident to act quickly and knowledgeably. With the winter weather right around the corner, the district would like to test this system to be sure we are all prepared and all contact information is updated.

 

We will be conducting an emergency test on November 30th at approximately 11a.m. You will receive a test message from the district by text, phone and email.

 

Following the emergency test, we will send out phone and email messages confirming that all our families received a communication from the district.

 

If you feel you need to make changes to your contact information, a step by step guide is attached. The SwiftK12 System is integrated into PowerSchool and allows you to set your text, phone, and email message preferences. You now have the opportunity to set up your contact preferences using the parent portal.

 

SwiftK12 - Parent Contact Instructions

 

SwiftK12 Communication System Video Instructions

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office of the school your child attends. You can also contact the UCFSD help desk at  helpdesk.ucfsd.org.

 

Thank you,

 

Kim Van der Mooren

Communications Team

kvandermooren@ucfsd.net

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Vote for your favorite teacher today!

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate visit - https://www.citadelbanking.com/giving-back/citadel-heart-of-learning

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS 

 

UCFSD Annual Coat Drive

 

UHS Baseball "Build a Bag" Fundraiser

 

Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale

 

Kennett Symphony - Pops Goes the Holiday

 

FCA Gives Back

 

URA Girls' Lacrosse Registration is Open

 

YMCA Winter Basketball

 

YMCA Swim Lessons

 

Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Nora Baughan: baughanx6@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.

Green Tip of the Week:

More than 5,000 products can be made from recycled paper including: newspaper, paper money, game boards, masking tape, bandages, hospital gowns, coffee filters, car insulation, animal bedding and egg cartons.  Office paper can be recycled into paper towels, tissue paper and toilet paper.  Corrugated cardboard can be recycled into new cardboard and cereal boxes.

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net. For Community News, please watch for the UCF This Week emails. The Community Bulletin Board is also linked on our PES Home Page.

 
 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PES Giving Tree

 
 
 

Greetings Pocopson Elementary School Families,

The PTO is looking for an artificial Christmas tree to use as one of our Giving Trees this holiday season. If you have a 6-8 foot tree you are willing to donate (with or without lights), we would love to set it up in the school and decorate it with gift tags for our community members in need. Please email pespto@ucfsd.net if you have a tree to donate.

Thank you!

PES PTO

 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Around Our School 11/13/17

 
 
 

Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,

 

Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

November PTO Meeting is Tomorrow!

 

Please join us for our next PTO meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th at 9:30 a.m. in the library.  Our PTO will discuss upcoming events and will welcome Mrs. Kathryn Markloff (4th Grade Teacher at PES) to give a short presentation on Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset. This is a great opportunity to hear about current research on the brain and how students learn best!  It's really interesting stuff!  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

Hats, Socks and Mittens for Stonehurst Hills Elementary

 

Each year we ask ALL students at Pocopson to purchase a set of mittens, a hat, and a pair of socks to donate to our Sister School – Stonehurst Hills Elementary in Upper Darby.

Our goal is to give every student in this needy school a gift of a new hat, mittens and a pair of socks for the holidays. Our schools are very similar in size so please purchase based on your child's size and gender. Please deliver them to your homeroom teacher by Friday December 15th. The 5th grade students will be wrapping them again this year.
If your family would like to do more, Stonehurst Hills is always in need of various arts and craft supplies as well as school supplies. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
Any questions please feel free to contact a staff member in the main office or email Tracy Wahl at  trawahl@gmail.com 

 

PES 5th Grade Chorus - Performing Live on 12/21!

 

The PES 5th Grade Chorus will be performing live with the Cartoon Christmas Trio at the Uptown Theater in West Chester on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.  It's Holiday Fun for the whole family!  Tickets are now available - for more information, click here: Family Jazz Night Holiday Fun

 

Amy Simonds has been nominated as Life Changer of the Year!

 

Our own, Amy Simonds, 1st Grade teacher at Pocopson Elementary, has been nominated as a 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year! National Life Group's LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards K-12 school employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.

The nominating process is open to all K-12 public, private, and charter schools in the United States, and will conclude on December 31st, 2017.  

The awards are as follows:

- Grand Prize Winner (1): $10,000 ($5,000 donation to school + $5,000 personal award)

- Grand Prize Finalists (4): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

- LifeChangers (10): $3,000 ($1,500 donation to school + $1,500 personal award)

- LifeChanger Spirit Award (1): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

You can view Mrs. Simond's LifeChanger nominee profile by going to: http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=205&NominationYear=2017

Help us support Mrs. Simond's chance at the LifeChanger Spirit Award today by leaving your supportive comments!

 

Library & Discovery Zone Volunteers

 

Are you looking for a fun way to help out at school but have limited availability? If so, try volunteering in the PES library! Library volunteers help check books in and out, return books to the shelves, and assist in the Discovery Zone!

The Discovery Zone in our PES library is more popular than ever! We especially need parent volunteers to help in this area on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15 and Fridays from 12-12:30!  Our library staff will provide you with a quick training to get you up to speed.

You can sign up on days when your child has library, or on a monthly, bi-monthly, or anytime basis! To try it out, signup here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44aaac2aa0f94-library

The Discovery Zone is also in need of duct tape, packing tape, and cardboard roll donations!  If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  We thank you SO much!

 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • November 13: Start of Giving Tree, Hats/Mittens/Socks & Coat Drive
  • November 14: PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.
  • ​November 20-22: Conferences (Half Days, no Kindergarten on 11/22)
  • ​November 23-24: No School
  • ​December 4th - 8th: Holiday Gift Sale

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

TOMORROW: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse

 

The FOCUS Parent Network Presents: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse.  Is it “normal” for teenagers to binge drink? Are teens today taking the same risks teens took a generation ago? What substances are adolescents really using these days, and how will they affect their developing brains? How can parents effectively talk with their kids about this challenging topic? What initiatives are in place in UCF School District to help our children make healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs?

Please join us to discuss these questions and much more at our next FOCUS Parent Network meeting. This event will feature a panel of experts to answer your questions and open lines of communication between parents and school representatives on this critical issue in our community.

Date:  Tuesday November 14th

Time:  7-8:30pm

Location: CF Patton Middle School Auditorium

For more information, please visit the FOCUS website.

 

Please plan to attend the 42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala!  

 
WHEN: Friday, November 17th from 6-9pm and Saturday, November 18th from 11-4pm
WHERE: Unionville High School Art Center
 
This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food.  
 
This year’s featured artist is MaryAnn Weselyk, and our 2017 Senior Student Artist is Margaret Clisham. 
 
Friday evening includes delicious appetizers provided by some of the area’s most popular restaurants and live music from local musicians.  This fun and lively event raises money for Educational Enrichment Projects which help enhance the overall educational experience for UHS students as well help fund community outreach efforts in the local area.  As a special outreach this year, the Art Gala will be donating 10% of proceeds to Hardin-Jefferson school district in Houston, TX which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thirty percent of any purchases are tax deductible.
 
 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Vote for your favorite teacher today!

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate visit - https://www.citadelbanking.com/giving-back/citadel-heart-of-learning

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS 

 

UHS Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser

 

UCFSD Annual Coat Drive

 

UHS Baseball "Build a Bag" Fundraiser

 

Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale

 

Kennett Symphony - Pops Goes the Holiday

 

5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale

 

YMCA Winter Basketball

 

YMCA Swim Lessons

 

Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Nora Baughan: baughanx6@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.

Green Tip of the Week:

FIVE simple ways to pack a waste free lunch: 1. reusable carrier (lunch sack or lunch box) 2. reusable containers 3. thermos for beverages 4. cloth napkin to wash and re-use 5. silverware to wash and re-use.  Avoid single-serve throw away packages, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, styrofoam, plastic bags, cartons, cans, drink pouches, paper napkins, disposable forks or spoons.

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net. For Community News, please watch for the UCF This Week emails. The Community Bulletin Board is also linked on our PES Home Page.

 
 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Around Our School 11/7/17

 
 
 

Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,

 

Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

Picture Retake Day is Tomorrow - Wednesday 11/8!

 

Pictures retakes are tomorrow morning from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  If your child had their picture taken back in October and you wish to have a retake, please send your original picture package in with your child tomorrow (keep the class picture!).

Please note that class pictures will be taken for the following classes: Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Markloff, Mr. Stephens

 

Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset

 

Julia​ ​Skolnik,​ ​Curriculum​ ​Specialist​ ​and​ ​Assistant​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Professional Development​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Franklin​ ​Institute,​ ​will​ ​present​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with Unionville​ ​teachers,​ ​Erika​ ​Johnson,​ ​Kathryn​ ​Markloff,​ ​&​ ​John​ ​Wagner.   

● Learn​ ​current​ ​research​ ​on​ ​how​ ​the​ ​brain​ ​learns  

● Debunk​ ​the​ ​myths​ ​surrounding​ ​student​ ​learning.   

● Gain​ ​strategies​ ​and​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​help​ ​all​ ​learners 

● Topics​ ​covered​ ​include​ ​memory,​ ​learning​ ​styles,​ ​attitude,​ ​studying, growth,​ ​grouping​ ​and​ ​perseverance.        

 

When​:​ ​Tomorrow - November​ ​8th​ ​at​ ​7PM   

Where​:​ ​Pocopson​ ​Elementary    

For​ ​Whom​:​ ​Any​ ​parent​ ​of​ ​a​ ​student​ ​in​ ​kindergarten​ ​to​ ​fifth​ ​grades   

 

Email​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​to:​​ ​​erjohnson@ucfsd.net​,​ ​​kmarkloff@ucfsd.net​,​ jwagner@ucfsd.net 

 

Next PTO Meeting: Tuesday, November 14th

 

Please join us for our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 9:30 a.m. in the library.  Our PTO will discuss upcoming events and will welcome Mrs. Kathryn Markloff (4th Grade Teacher at PES) to give a short presentation on Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset. If you're not able to make the presentation tomorrow night, this is a great opportunity to hear about current research on the brain and how students learn best!  We look forward to seeing you!

 

Box Tops Campaign Thank You!

 

$1,050 was raised from the October Box Tops Campaign!  This was one of our best single campaigns.  Thank you to all who took part.  We look forward to another exciting campaign in February.   Keep up that clipping and free money will come our way!  

 

3rd Grade Read-A-Thon Thank You!

 

A very special THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers who helped with the 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon last Friday!  The Tale of Despereaux came to life in Pocopson Elementary and brought tons of fun and excitement along with it! Thank You!

  

Kids with Heart Club collects leftover Halloween candy 

 

The Pocopson Kids With Heart club is working with Stockings For Soldiers in Delaware to collect leftover/excess mini-candy bars and wrapped Halloween candy to be used to prepare stockings of holiday cheer.  The donated treats will be sent to our brave troops in harm's way to put a smile on their faces over the holidays.  Over the past 13 years, this project has sent almost 85,000 stockings to our dedicated troops.  

 
To create an even bigger smile, you can write a letter of thanks and bring it with your candy to tell our military heroes how much you appreciate them.  Your note could mean the world to a lonely soldier far from home, and we will make sure they get it and your candy!!! 
 
Kindly bring in all candy/notes to PES this week, November 6-10.  Please place all donations in the drop boxes in the main entrance to the school.  One box is marked candy, the other is marked cards.
 
Thank you, in advance, for supporting this worthwhile endeavor!

 

Amy Simonds has been nominated as Life Changer of the Year!

 

Our own, Amy Simonds, 1st Grade teacher at Pocopson Elementary, has been nominated as a 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year! National Life Group's LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards K-12 school employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.

The nominating process is open to all K-12 public, private, and charter schools in the United States, and will conclude on December 31st, 2017.  

The awards are as follows:

- Grand Prize Winner (1): $10,000 ($5,000 donation to school + $5,000 personal award)

- Grand Prize Finalists (4): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

- LifeChangers (10): $3,000 ($1,500 donation to school + $1,500 personal award)

- LifeChanger Spirit Award (1): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

You can view Mrs. Simond's LifeChanger nominee profile by going to: http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=205&NominationYear=2017

Help us support Mrs. Simond's chance at the LifeChanger Spirit Award today by leaving your supportive comments!

 

Celebrate your child's birthday with a Birthday Gram!

 

In support of the new Wellness Initiative, the PTO is pleased to offer Birthday Grams as an alternate option for celebrating your child's birthday in school.  When you order a Birthday Gram, your child will receive an "It's My Birthday" button, personalized birthday certificate and a coupon redeemable for any a la carte item from the PES cafeteria.

Summer birthday?  Celebrate your child on their half-birthday! 

Weekend birthdays will be delivered the Friday before.

Submit orders online by emailing pesbirthdaygram@gmail.com

Please include your child's name, teacher, and date of celebration along with $3 (cash or check made payable to PESPTO c/o Birthday Grams).  Orders must be received and paid at least one week prior to the date of delivery. Thank you for supporting the PTO!

 

Science Explorers: After-School Science Club at PES for Grades 1-5

 

The next Science Club begins next week! 

Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Pocopson after school from 3:45-4:45pm and is available to students in grades 1-5. 

The next club topic, which begins on Nov 14th, is TOYING AROUND WITH SCIENCE: 

Explore the world of physics and chemistry that exists in toys. We’ll put a spin on some classic favorites and introduce you to some new “totally tubular” toys. Boomerangs, yo-yos, kaleidoscopes and roaring cups are all part of the fun!  

Club topics later in the school year include Let's Get Electrified, Loose in the Chem Lab, Marine Biology Mania, KaBoom Chemistry and Ready, Set, Summer!! 

Please visit www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 23 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please email programs@scienceexplorers.com or call 610.816.5047 with any questions.

 

Library & Discovery Zone Volunteers

 

Are you looking for a fun way to help out at school but have limited availability? If so, try volunteering in the PES library! Library volunteers help check books in and out, return books to the shelves, and assist in the Discovery Zone!

The Discovery Zone in our PES library is more popular than ever! We especially need parent volunteers to help in this area on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15 and Fridays from 12-12:30!  Our library staff will provide you with a quick training to get you up to speed.

You can sign up on days when your child has library, or on a monthly, bi-monthly, or anytime basis! To try it out, signup here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44aaac2aa0f94-library

The Discovery Zone is also in need of duct tape, packing tape, and cardboard roll donations!  If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  We thank you SO much!

 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • November 8: Picture Retake Day
  • November 10: Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 13: Start of Giving Tree, Hats/Mittens/Socks & Coat Drive
  • November 14: PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.
  • ​November 20-22: Conferences (Half Days, no Kindergarten on 11/22)
  • ​November 23-24: No School
  • ​December 4th - 8th: Holiday Gift Sale

 

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse

 

The FOCUS Parent Network Presents: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse.  Is it “normal” for teenagers to binge drink? Are teens today taking the same risks teens took a generation ago? What substances are adolescents really using these days, and how will they affect their developing brains? How can parents effectively talk with their kids about this challenging topic? What initiatives are in place in UCF School District to help our children make healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs?

Please join us to discuss these questions and much more at our next FOCUS Parent Network meeting. This event will feature a panel of experts to answer your questions and open lines of communication between parents and school representatives on this critical issue in our community.

Date:  Tuesday November 14th

Time:  7-8:30pm

Location: CF Patton Middle School Auditorium

 

For more information, please visit the FOCUS website.

 

Please plan to attend the 42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala!  

 
WHEN: Friday, November 17th from 6-9pm and Saturday, November 18th from 11-4pm
WHERE: Unionville High School Art Center
 
This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food.  
 
This year’s featured artist is MaryAnn Weselyk, and our 2017 Senior Student Artist is Margaret Clisham. 
 
Friday evening includes delicious appetizers provided by some of the area’s most popular restaurants and live music from local musicians.  This fun and lively event raises money for Educational Enrichment Projects which help enhance the overall educational experience for UHS students as well help fund community outreach efforts in the local area.  As a special outreach this year, the Art Gala will be donating 10% of proceeds to Hardin-Jefferson school district in Houston, TX which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thirty percent of any purchases are tax deductible.
 
 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Vote for your favorite teacher today!

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate visit - https://www.citadelbanking.com/giving-back/citadel-heart-of-learning

 

UCFSD is looking for Substitute Teachers

 

Did you know that you can work as a day-to-day Substitute Teacher in PA without being certified?

 

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District uses Substitute Teacher Service (STS) to provide substitute teachers for our schools.

 

The Guest Teacher Program allows individuals with a 4-year degree to become day-to-day substitute teachers after completing an online training program to substitute in the classroom.

 

To learn more or to apply go to www.thesubservice.com or call 610-566-6466

 

Rate:  $110/day - First 20 Days; $120/day, thereafter

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS 

 

UHS Presents Hamlet

 

5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale

 

UHS Girls Basketball Clinic

 

Family Jazz Night Holiday Fun

 

UHS Baseball "Build a Bag" Fundraiser

 

Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale

 

SCCSA Rec Academy Registration

 

Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Nora Baughan: baughanx6@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.

Green Tip of the Week:

Load up your dishwasher. Don’t run your dishwasher until it’s completely full.  Skip pre-rinsing the dishes (today’s dishwasher are made to clean better).  Following these two simple steps can save up to 20 gallons of water.

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net. For Community News, please watch for the UCF This Week emails. The Community Bulletin Board is also linked on our PES Home Page.

 
 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Around Our School 10/30/17

 
 
 

Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,

 

Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

Last Call for Box Tops!

 

Tomorrow is the last day to send in your Box Tops for our school-wide competition!

Here are the leading Box Top contributors by grade:

·         Kindergarten: Mrs. Cochran AM

·         1st Grade: Mrs. Simonds

·         2nd Grade: Mrs. Amoss

·         3rd Grade: Mrs. Thompson

·         4th Grade: Mrs. Markloff

·         5th Grade: Mr. Lichter

Clipping Box Tops earns our school FREE money!  Please carefully cut out the Box Tops, check expiration dates and put in a baggie with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of box tops. Thank You!

 

Square 1 Art Orders Deadline Extended!

 

It's not too late to order Square 1 Art! Orders can be placed online only though 10/31/17. If 50% of the students place an order, the kids can participate in creating a child-sized gingerbread house to be displayed outside the gym during the Winter Concerts. We've almost reached our 50% goal! If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Cooper at jeannemathis@hotmail.com. Thank you!

 

Help Needed for the 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon this Friday!

 

Attention all 3rd Grade Parents:

 

We are in need of many more volunteers to help setup decorations on Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  With only a couple hours to decorate for this big event, we need lots of helping hands to make it possible! Please consider helping out!  

Sign-up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545a4a629a02-pocopson1

**Please note: Students are not permitted to stay after school on Friday or arrive prior to 5:40 p.m. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Read-A-Thon chairs:

Eileen Day - dayeileen@gmail.com

Kelly Fleming - flemk6@aol.com

Renee Gushurst - rgushurst@gmail.com

 

Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, November 8th

If your child was absent on picture day back in October, or if you wish to have retakes done, please mark your calendar for next Wednesday, November 8th. Lifetouch will be back for retakes that morning from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  If your child will be getting pictures taken on 11/8, please email Kelly Fleming at flemk6@aol.com by Monday, November 6th to have a picture order form sent home with your child or stop by the main office to pick one up.

Special Note: Class pictures will be taken on 11/8 for the following classes: Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Markloff, Mr. Stephens

 

Order November Birthday Grams Now!

 

In support of the new Wellness Initiative, the PTO is pleased to offer Birthday Grams as an alternate option for celebrating your child's birthday in school.  When you order a Birthday Gram, your child will receive an "It's My Birthday" button, personalized birthday certificate and a coupon redeemable for any a la carte item from the PES cafeteria.

Summer birthday?  Celebrate your child on their half-birthday! 

Weekend birthdays will be delivered the Friday before.

Submit orders online by emailing pesbirthdaygram@gmail.com

Please include your child's name, teacher, and date of celebration along with $3 (cash or check made payable to PESPTO c/o Birthday Grams).  Orders must be received and paid at least one week prior to the date of delivery. Thank you for supporting the PTO!

 

Kids with Heart Club collects donations for Cancer patients 

 

In October, the PES Kids with Heart Club, a community service club, prepared 50 bags of Good for You Groceries which were taken by the Chester County Sheriff's Office to the Chester Family Academy and given to some very needy families.

 

In November, the kids will be preparing 45 Pamper Packets for Chester County Hospital Chemo Patients.  As requested by Chester County Hospital, these packets will include the following items: re-usable water bottle, unflavored chapstick, eye/sleep mask, neck pillow, and roll of lifesavers.  

 

If you would like to voluntarily offer support to this worthwhile endeavor, perhaps even as a little tribute in honor of someone you know who has been touched by cancer, please go to the following link on Amazon.com and make a selection: 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3D1PU6A8MKYW7/ref=cm_sw_em_r_d_g__wb

 

Please send any purchases to this shipping address:

Pocopson Elementary

c/o Kids With Heart

1105 Pocopson Road

West Chester, PA  19382  

 

The items on the list range in value from $4.99 to $10.95.  

All donations should be received by Monday, November 6th.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Janis Michels at michelsj@comcast.net.

Thanks from the Kids with Heart Club for any voluntary assistance you might give us. 

 

Science Explorers: After-School Science Club at PES for Grades 1-5

 

The next club of the school year begins soon!! 

Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Pocopson after school from 3:45-4:45pm and is available to students in grades 1-5. 

The next club topic, which begins on Nov 14th, is TOYING AROUND WITH SCIENCE: 

Explore the world of physics and chemistry that exists in toys. We’ll put a spin on some classic favorites and introduce you to some new “totally tubular” toys. Boomerangs, yo-yos, kaleidoscopes and roaring cups are all part of the fun!  

Club topics later in the school year include Let's Get Electrified, Loose in the Chem Lab, Marine Biology Mania, KaBoom Chemistry and Ready, Set, Summer!! 

Please visit www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-School Clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 23 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please email programs@scienceexplorers.com or call 610.816.5047 with any questions.

 

Art Beat Holiday Workshop

 

Art Beat still has some openings for the after school Holiday Workshop every Tuesday, beginning on November 28th. In this 6-week workshop, kids will enjoy canvas painting and gift making.  Art Beat registration can be sent to school or visit www.artbeatpa.org for online registering.

 

Library & Discovery Zone Volunteers

 

Are you looking for a fun way to help out at school but have limited availability? If so, try volunteering in the PES library! Library volunteers help check books in and out, return books to the shelves, and assist in the Discovery Zone!

The Discovery Zone in our PES library is more popular than ever! We especially need parent volunteers to help in this area on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15 and Fridays from 12-12:30!  Our library staff will provide you with a quick training to get you up to speed.

You can sign up on days when your child has library, or on a monthly, bi-monthly, or anytime basis! To try it out, signup here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44aaac2aa0f94-library

The Discovery Zone is also in need of duct tape, packing tape, and cardboard roll donations!  If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  We thank you SO much!

 

Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset​

 

Julia​ ​Skolnik,​ ​Curriculum​ ​Specialist​ ​and​ ​Assistant​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Professional Development​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Franklin​ ​Institute,​ ​will​ ​present​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with Unionville​ ​teachers,​ ​Erika​ ​Johnson,​ ​Kathryn​ ​Markloff,​ ​&​ ​John​ ​Wagner.   

● Learn​ ​current​ ​research​ ​on​ ​how​ ​the​ ​brain​ ​learns  

● Debunk​ ​the​ ​myths​ ​surrounding​ ​student​ ​learning.   

● Gain​ ​strategies​ ​and​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​help​ ​all​ ​learners 

● Topics​ ​covered​ ​include​ ​memory,​ ​learning​ ​styles,​ ​attitude,​ ​studying, growth,​ ​grouping​ ​and​ ​perseverance.        

 

When​:​ ​November​ ​8th​ ​at​ ​7PM   

Where​:​ ​Pocopson​ ​Elementary    

For​ ​Whom​:​ ​Any​ ​parent​ ​of​ ​a​ ​student​ ​in​ ​kindergarten​ ​to​ ​fifth​ ​grades   

 

Link​ ​for​ ​registration:​ ​​ ​https://goo.gl/forms/h1t7qPvtPFH0cCoY2      

Email​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​to:​​ ​​erjohnson@ucfsd.net​,​ ​​kmarkloff@ucfsd.net​,​ jwagner@ucfsd.net 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

  • November 3rd: 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon
  • November 7th: NO SCHOOL
  • November 8th: Picture Retake Day
  • November 10th: Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 10th: Start of Giving Tree, Hats/Mittens & Coat Drive
  • November 14th: PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.

 

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

Election Day Girls' Lacrosse Clinic 
 
November 7th from 11-1 at the UHS Stadium.
Come join the high school coaches and players for some fun and learning as they host 
their first Election Day Clinic fundraiser.  Register at  https://www.uhslacrosse.com
 
 

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse

 

The FOCUS Parent Network Presents: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse.  Is it “normal” for teenagers to binge drink? Are teens today taking the same risks teens took a generation ago? What substances are adolescents really using these days, and how will they affect their developing brains? How can parents effectively talk with their kids about this challenging topic? What initiatives are in place in UCF School District to help our children make healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs?

Please join us to discuss these questions and much more at our next FOCUS Parent Network meeting. This event will feature a panel of experts to answer your questions and open lines of communication between parents and school representatives on this critical issue in our community.

Date:  Tuesday November 14th

Time:  7-8:30pm

Location: CF Patton Middle School Auditorium

 

For more information, please visit the FOCUS website.

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award

 

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate visit - https://www.citadelbanking.com/giving-back/citadel-heart-of-learning

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS 

 

5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale

 

Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale

 

SCCSA Rec Academy Registration

 

Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Nora Baughan: baughanx6@gmail.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.

Green Tip of the Week:

Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 5th.  As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S.  Regular incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, with 90% of their energy going to generate heat not light. Replace standard lamps with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Over the life of one CFL, you can avoid replacing up to 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy.

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net. For Community News, please watch for the UCF This Week emails. The Community Bulletin Board is also linked on our PES Home Page.

 
 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

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