Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Morning - 926 Bridge Closure

Good Morning Parents,

 

If you are planning to attend Donut Days and the Book Fair this morning, please be aware that the bridge on 926 by Ace Hardware is currently closed.  Please take another route and allow extra time this morning.  Donut Days will be open at 7:45 am this morning, and the Book Fair at 8:00 am, so come on out and enjoy donuts and coffee!




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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Around Our School 2/23/16

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 

 

1.  Traffic Alert: Please note, all traffic tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday morning leaving PES will be directed to exit onto 926. The drive up to school will be one way only, which will ensure safety for the school buses. Thank you!

 

2.  Donut Days has begun! What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, Milk, Juice, Apples and Donuts will be served from 7:45AM – 8:45 AM in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required. Just come on your assigned day! Please contact stellabarry@verizon.net or pkaymak@comcast.net with any questions. After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our Fabulous Book Fair in the Gymnasium!

Tuesday, February 23rd last names beginning with A – H
Wednesday, February 24th last names beginning with I – P
Thursday, February 25th last names beginning with Q – Z

 

3.  Feelin' Groovy Book Fair 2016…Peace, Love & Books! Book Fair Is Here! This Week!

Pocopson's Book Fair is here until February 25th

Monday, February 22nd - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 8-4

Tuesday, February 23rd - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Wednesday, February 24th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, February 25th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3

Class Change Collection Jar:  Any donation welcome!  Support our school library and charity!  70% of money collected will go directly to our sister school, Stonehurst Elementary! The remaining 30% will go toward our PES library. For every dollar we collect, Scholastic Book Fair donates one dollar to charity.  Last year we collected $988.00 for our PES school library and Stonehurst's library, therefore Scholastic donated $988.00 to charity!  Donations can be made at the Book Fair.  Parents or kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar located at the book fair.  Donations can also be sent backpack express in an envelope marked "Book Fair". Please make sure to include your child's teacher's name. The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Disco Pizza Party

Calling All Volunteers! Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  There are still a few people needed for clean up on Thursday.  Thank you to everyone that is helping us this week! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafae22a13-book3

Teacher Wish Lists: Attention Parents & Students… Don't forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child's classroom!  

Thanks in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann keldrewh@aol.com

 

4.  *** THE PATRIOT PRESS WILL BE @ DONUT DAYS ***

Pick up your child's Author Kit & look at SAMPLES of the high quality Student Books!! Applications will be available. 

Cash or Checks to: PEPTO

Pocopson's PUBLISHING CENTER,  THE PATRIOT PRESS, made Publishing Student-Author Books Easier than EVER.

*** There's PLENTY of Time!  Author Kits are DUE on MARCH 11th ***

All Patriot Press books will be professionally bound and custom made for each student-author!

Visit the Patriot Press website for the Application & more Information.  Find the Patriot Press on Pocopson's homepage:  pes.ucfsd.org  (click on the Patriot Press logo/ Quill pen)

AUTHOR KITS will be Delivered to Your Classroom after your Application & $8 is received (or pick 1 up @ DONUT DAYS).  Once you have your Author Kit, writing & illustrating BEGINS! 

 

5.  Spring Picture Day - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, March 2nd. Forms will be coming home soon for you to select a portrait look. Please have your child bring this form on picture day. No advance payment is necessary. Every student will be photographed individually (no class photos) and a picture package will be sent home. Parents can then select what pictures they want to keep and send back any unwanted pictures along with payment. If you do not want any pictures, please send all pictures back. 

This is also the day for the 5th Grade Graduation Picture. You don't want your child to miss this! The entire 5th grade will have their picture taken with Mr. Beaver and the 5th grade teachers. Please make every effort to be at school for this special picture!

Volunteers are needed to help keep the photography process running smoothly. Please consider spending a few hours of Wednesday, March 2nd at PES and sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C48ADAA28A46-spring

We also are in need of a new Picture Day Committee Member for 2016-2017. If you are interested in coordinating school pictures next year or have any questions about picture day, please email Dara Main at daracmain@gmail.com.

 

6.  Pocopson Elementary School 2016 Variety Show - Important Dates

  • Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday, 2/25, 3:30-5:30
  • Mandatory full dress rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/2, 3:30-5:30
  • PES Variety Show: Friday, 3/4

Parent  volunteers are still needed for the rehearsals on February 25th and March 2"' and for the show on March 4"'. Please sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a9ad2ca2fe3-variety

Thank you in advance for your time. Contacts: Jeanne Ricciuti e-mail: jeanne.ricciuti@gmail.com  Tara Sammaritano e-mail: dance2288@gmail.com

 

7.  The PTO has arranged more mobile fingerprinting dates. Fingerprinting will be available during the Variety Show on March 4th, from 5-8 pm. To expedite the finger printing process, parents can pre-register at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm and either bring a print out confirmation to PES or show the confirmation on your phone. Laptops will also be available for anyone who needs to register. Time slots for finger printing  on February 11th and March 4th are available here: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fada923a75-march

 

8.  4th Grade Skating Party

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at IceLine in West Chester from 5:00 to7:00 pm

Event is FREE for ALL Pocopson 4th Graders and includes skate rental, snack and drink.

Please fill out and submit the registration form to sign up: SkatingPartyForm 

 

9.  Art and Garden 2016:  Are you looking for a fun way to get involved in a parent led effort at PES? Plans for the annual PES Art & Garden Celebration are underway but it's not too late to join the team. This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 30. And we currently have committee roles open and welcome anyone looking to volunteer their skills and time and have some fun with our team. We'll find the right fit for what interests you. If you're ready to join us plan on attending our next meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria and contact Steph Stanislawczyk and she'll tell you more. stephstan2000@yahoo.com

If you're new to PES, A&G is our Saturday Spring Fun Day at school that offers entertainment for the whole family; fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, craft & plant sales, and the silent auction.

 

10.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be this Thursday, March 10th, at 9:30 am in the PES library. 

 

11.  Patriot Pride Campaign:  The PTO is planning a fundraiser for September 2016 that is 100% parent run.  This will be in place of Boosterthon for 2016.  All profits will go straight to PES.   We have many ideas, but need committee members to help organize the event.  Please help us plan this campaign.   Much of the planning and organization will need to be done this spring prior to summer break.  Email danielledarmo@hotmail.com to volunteer.  Thank you!!

 

12.  Birthday Book Club/Donate a Book program -  

Help support the PES library by donating a book in honor of your child's birthday!  See the communications packet flyer for more details and email Jennifer McDonald at jenniferde@hotmail.com with any questions.  Click this link to visit Mrs. Thomas' library page for library news and suggestions for book donations.

https://sites.google.com/a/ucfsd.net/pes-library/home

 

13.  Yearbooks on sale:  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book.  Simply click on the link to order: 

http://shop.balfour.com/smi123842/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/

 

14.  The Pocopson Library is need of L.O.V.E. (Library Operations Volunteers Extraordinaire) again this year.  Duties include:  

  • Helping students find books
  • Checking books in and out
  • Re-shelving books
  • Shelf reading

No experience necessary. . .training provided!  Shifts are 9:15-11:30 or 1:15-3:15 every other week.  If you cannot commit to every other week and would still like to volunteer, please let Eva in the library know.  Use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-library1

  

News: In Our District

 

1.  The TWENTIETH annual UHS Used Book Sale is here!!  Don't miss it!  And don't forget to get your free book!  (See below for details.)

   FRIDAY, February 26th from 4:00 - 9:00 PM

   SATURDAY, February 27th from 9:00 AM - 2:30, followed by the $10 Bag Sale from 3:00-5:00

Why come?  In 20 years we've grown and grown.  Our book sale is one of the biggest on the East Coast.

   *  80,000 books

   *  45 pre-sorted categories

   *  20,000 children's books

   *  Extensive collection of rare and out-to-print books

   *  Most are under $2

It's not just books.  We'll also have audio books, music CDs, DVDs and Video Games!!

FREE BOOK!!  If you have a child in a UCFSD school they should have their Used Book Sale Bookmark.  Bring that with you and get a free book (some restrictions apply, see bookmark for details).  If they don't have their bookmark yet, send them to their school library.  

ADULT VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!!  Even if you don't have a child yet in the High School, the money raised at the Used Book Sale goes to Enrichment Projects throughout UHS.  You're child will eventually benefit from the funds raised.  Plus it is a great event.  Please consider helping!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4ca8ae2f4-2016/ 

In case of inclement weather or for additional information check our website http://www.uhsbooksale.org.  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter @UHStheBookSale.  Questions?  UHSBookSale@gmail.com.

 

2.  Minding Your Mind- Discussion About Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Bullying

CF Patton MS Auditorium 
Tuesday, February 23
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join Minding Your Mind in a discussion for students and parents on mental health education. Topics addressed will include anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, bullying, and the difference between positive and negative coping mechanisms. 

Minding Your Mind is a not-for-profit organization whose primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens, and young adults, as well as parents, teachers, and school administrators. Our goal is to break the silence and to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. We strive to move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education.

For more information please contact Elaine Anderson at elaineanderson821@gmail.com

 

3.  Unionville High School presents:​ SHREK THE MUSICAL​, March 3-5 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm​​

Saturday Matinee 2pm

UHS Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

*Character Lunch with Shrek and the Gang begins 11am Saturday! CF Patton Middle School Cafeteria. To reserve your lunch/preferred matinee seating combo ticket: uhs.ucfsd.org/music and click on the GOLD ticket.

Show Tickets on sale now for $12: www.showtix4u.com

Tickets at the door: $14 adults/$12 student and senior citizens

http://uhs.ucfsd.org/music-department.html  questions? uhstickets@gmail.com

 

News: Miscellaneous

 

1.  Delete Blood Cancer - DKMS Donor Registry Drive - 

13,000 patients are looking for bone marrow or stem cell donors to help give them a second chance at life.  6 out of 10 are currently unable to find a match.  You can be the one to help.  You can register as a potential donor on the National Donor Marrow Registry.  If you match with a patient, you will be contacted to discuss donation of stem cells or bone marrow.  Want to help?

  • Come register as a potential donor at the Kennett Area YMCA (101 Race Street, Kennett Square) on March 12 from 9-2.  Get your cheek swabbed to add you to the list!
  • Registering costs nothing.  But donations are welcome to offset the costs of registering each person ($65).  You can donate here: 

 http://giving.deletebloodcancer.org/site/TR/Miscellaneous/General?px=1072933&pg=personal&fr_id=1050

  • Want to donate another way?  Go to the Concord Township Chick-Fil-A (State Farm Rd, Glen Mills) on Monday March 7, 2016 - anytime all day long.  Tell them you are supporting Delete Blood Cancer and 15% of your sale will be donated.  

For questions, contact Christy Pickar - cpickar31@comcast.net

 

2.  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.




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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Unionville Community Fair: Special Announcement

Unionville Community Fair: 

Please attend a meeting tonight at Willowdale Chapel at 7pm to help ensure the future of our community fair! The fair is in need of a president and treasurer. If these positions aren't filled by the 29th, the 2016 fair will be cancelled. Please read the following press release for more information. Thank you.

 

________________________________________________________________________

Leadership void may doom Community Fair

Posted by Press Release on January 28th, 2016 

Noting that the future of the Unionville Community Fair is in jeopardy, the fair's executive board is seeking its next president and treasurer – positions that have to be filled for the fair to continue.

The Unionville Community Fair needs a president and treasurer to continue its record of unbroken service to area residents for 91 years.

The Unionville area is rich with dedicated community leaders, and the fair needs just two, and only for a two-year term. The structure of the fair is financially, programmatically, and logistically sound; an experienced board and many volunteers stand firm in their commitment to serve and support, said a press release from the fair's executive board.

Over the past 91 years, the Unionville Community Fair has grown from a grassroots school harvest festival to a vibrant community institution.  In mission, it stands on solid ground to honor the area's agricultural heritage, promote environmental education, and provide engaging family and community-centered programs, the release said.

To ensure that the fair continues its unbroken record of service to the community, the board has conducted vigorous recruitment and has met with many community leaders, but efforts to secure leadership commitments have been unsuccessful, according to the release.

As a result, the board is now reaching out to the broader community for support.  If these leadership positions remain unfilled as of Feb. 29, it will be necessary to cancel the 2016 Unionville Community Fair, and likely, all future fairs, the release said.

The board is urging members of the community to join it in respecting the heritage and assuring the future of the fair with a gift of leadership.

Anyone with interest or questions is asked to contact Danielle Chamberlain at 610-299-7525.  All interested fair supporters are encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting at the Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, Pa., on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.




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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Around Our School 2/16/16

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 

 

1.  It's almost time for Donut Days!!!!  Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday, February 25th
What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, Milk, Juice, Apples and Donuts will be served from 7:45AM – 8:45 AM in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required.  Just come on your assigned day!  Please contact stellabarry@verizon.net or pkaymak@comcast.net with any questions.
After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our Fabulous Book Fair in the Gymnasium!

Tuesday, February 23rd last names beginning with A – H
Wednesday, February 24th last names beginning with I – P
Thursday, February 25th last names beginning with Q – Z

 

2.  Feelin' Groovy Book Fair 2016…Peace, Love & Books!

Book Fair will be here Friday! Save the Date!

Pocopson's Book Fair will be here February 19th-25th

Friday, February 19th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Monday, February 22nd - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 8-4

Tuesday, February 23rd - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Wednesday, February 24th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, February 25th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3

Calling All Volunteers!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  Help your kids shop for books at the book fair.  We will also need lots of help for Set Up, Clean Up & Donut Days!  Please look at the Sign Up Genius link below to see if there is a time that works for you!

Thanks in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann keldrewh@aol.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafae22a13-book3

All For Books: Your child's class could win a Disco Pizza Party

Any donation welcome!  Support our school library and charity!  For every dollar we collect for our school library for the "All For Books" Program, Scholastic Book Fair donates one dollar to charity.  Last year our school collected $988.00 for PES school library and Stonehurst's library plus Scholastic donated $988.00 to charity!  Donations can me made at the Book Fair.  Parents or kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar located at the book fair.  Donations can also be sent backpack express in an envelope marked "Book Fair". Please make sure to include your child's teacher's name. The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Disco Pizza Party!

Teacher Wish Lists: Attention Parents & Students… Don't forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child's classroom!  

 

3. Pocopson Elementary School 2016 Variety Show - Important Dates

  • Music due: Thursday, 2/18
  • Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday, 2/25, 3:30-5:30
  • Mandatory full dress rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/2, 3:30-5:30
  • PES Variety Show: Friday, 3/4

Parent  volunteers are still needed for the rehearsals on February 25th and March 2"' and for the show on March 4"'.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a9ad2ca2fe3-variety

Thank you in advance for your time. Contacts: Jeanne Ricciuti e-mail: jeanne.ricciuti@gmail.com  Tara Sammaritano e-mail: dance2288@gmail.com

 

4.  February is Box Tops Collection Month for our spring contest.  The winning class from each grade will get a pajama day and a movie!   Please check the expiration dates and trim all your box tops.  Put them in an envelope labeled with your child's teacher's name and send via backpack express by February 19th.  The fall collection resulted in a final total of 10,300 regular box tops and 655 bonus/certificate box tops for a total of $1,095 for our school.    Remember our school receives 10 cents for every box top collected!  

 

5.  Pocopson's PUBLISHING CENTER,  THE PATRIOT PRESS is ONLINE & OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

Please visit the Patriot Press website for more Information & Application & book Template.  You can find the Patriot Press at:  pes.ucfsd.org  (click on the Patriot Press logo: Quill pen)

The Pocopson Patriot Press is a publishing service for the students of Pocopson Elementary School.  Each student may submit an original story to be printed and bound for the fee of $5.00 per child.  One copy will be given back to the student and one copy will remain in the school library to be enjoyed by the entire student body.  Principal Beaver reads every book and presents a Published Author Certificate to each student at an Authors-Only Book Launch Donut Party!  Patriot Press student-authors are listed in the Library card catalog system as published authors (students enjoy typing in their name to find their name listed with Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary and JK Rowling)!  This is a very special program and unique to our school.   The Patriot Press Committee looks forward to receiving your Application and Story!  

Feel free to contact us with any questions:  Victoria West, Danielle Darmo, Sherry Tierney at:  patriotpress@ucfsd.net  

 

6.  Lockdown Buckets UpdateThank you to all the families who sent in supplies and the many volunteers who helped fill buckets! The majority of buckets were filled and delivered to their respective classrooms. There are 10 lockdown buckets left to fill with supplies this week. If you have purchased supplies, please go ahead and send them in this week. We are particularly in need of antibacterial hand wipes and fleece blankets. Thank you!

 

7.  The PTO has arranged more mobile fingerprinting dates. Fingerprinting will be available during the Variety Show on March 4th, from 5-8 pm. To expedite the finger printing process, parents can pre-register at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm and either bring a print out confirmation to PES or show the confirmation on your phone. Laptops will also be available for anyone who needs to register. Time slots for finger printing  on February 11th and March 4th are available here: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fada923a75-march

 

8.  4th Grade Skating Party

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at IceLine in West Chester from 5:00 to7:00 pm

Event is FREE for ALL Pocopson 4th Graders and includes skate rental, snack and drink.

Please fill out and submit the registration form to sign up:  

 

9.  Art and Garden 2016:  Are you looking for a fun way to get involved in a parent led effort at PES? Plans for the annual PES Art & Garden Celebration are underway but it's not too late to join the team. This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 30. And we currently have committee roles open and welcome anyone looking to volunteer their skills and time and have some fun with our team. We'll find the right fit for what interests you. If you're ready to join us plan on attending our next meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria and contact Steph Stanislawczyk and she'll tell you more. stephstan2000@yahoo.com

If you're new to PES, A&G is our Saturday Spring Fun Day at school that offers entertainment for the whole family; fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, craft & plant sales, and the silent auction.

 

10.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be this Thursday, March 10th, at 9:30 am in the PES library. 

 

11.  Patriot Pride Campaign:  The PTO is planning a fundraiser for September 2016 that is 100% parent run.  This will be in place of Boosterthon for 2016.  All profits will go straight to PES.   We have many ideas, but need committee members to help organize the event.  Please help us plan this campaign.   Much of the planning and organization will need to be done this spring prior to summer break.  Email danielledarmo@hotmail.com to volunteer.  Thank you!!

 

12.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:  The next club of the school year is set to begin on March 8th!!  Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in Pocopson Elementary's Science Lab after school from 3:30 to 4:30 and is available to students in 1st to 5th grade. The next club topic is SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT:  

Become an Egyptologist as we explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt. Discover how Egyptians used science every day as we construct pyramids, learn how to tell time using the sun, mummify apples, build a model shaduf that was used for irrigation, create your own mummy, and decode Egyptian writings!

Our last club topic of the year will be Is There a Doctor in the House. 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 20 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot. 

Please contact Jill Shinn at jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

 

13.  Birthday Book Club/Donate a Book program -  

Help support the PES library by donating a book in honor of your child's birthday!  See the communications packet flyer for more details and email Jennifer McDonald at jenniferde@hotmail.com with any questions.  Click this link to visit Mrs. Thomas' library page for library news and suggestions for book donations.

https://sites.google.com/a/ucfsd.net/pes-library/home

 

14.  Yearbooks on sale:  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book.  Simply click on the link to order: 

http://shop.balfour.com/smi123842/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/

 

15.  The Pocopson Library is need of L.O.V.E. (Library Operations Volunteers Extraordinaire) again this year.  Duties include:  

  • Helping students find books
  • Checking books in and out
  • Re-shelving books
  • Shelf reading

No experience necessary. . .training provided!  Shifts are 9:15-11:30 or 1:15-3:15 every other week.  If you cannot commit to every other week and would still like to volunteer, please let Eva in the library know.  Use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-library1

  

News: In Our District

 

1.  Unionville High School presents:​ SHREK THE MUSICAL​, March 3-5 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm​​

Saturday Matinee 2pm

UHS Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

*******

Character Lunch with Shrek and the Gang begins 11am Saturday! CF Patton Middle School Cafeteria. To reserve your lunch/preferred matinee seating combo ticket: uhs.ucfsd.org/music and click on the GOLD ticket.

*******

Show Tickets on sale now for $12: www.showtix4u.com

Tickets at the door: $14 adults/$12 student and senior citizens

http://uhs.ucfsd.org/music-department.html  questions? uhstickets@gmail.com

 

 

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.

 




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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Around Our School 2/9/16

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 

1.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be this Thursday, February 11th, at 9:30 am in the PES cafeteria. Come join us for our lockdown bucket filling party. Thank you to all families who have helped with this effort already! Please check out signup genius (emailed to each family by homeroom parents) for remaining items still needed for your child's classroom. Please have your child turn in remaining items tomorrow if at all possible. All meeting attendees will receive a complimentary PES water bottle.  

2. Due to popular demand, the PTO has arranged more mobile fingerprinting dates. Fingerprinting will be available during the bucket filling party/PTO meeting this thursday from 9-11. For parents who prefer an evening time, fingerprinting will also be available during the Variety Show on March 4th, from 5-8 pm. To expedite the finger printing process, parents can pre-register at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm and either bring a print out confirmation to PES or show the confirmation on your phone. Laptops will also be available for anyone who needs to register. Time slots for finger printing  on February 11th and March 4th are available here: 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F4FADA923A75-february

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4fada923a75-march

3. Pocopson Elementary School 2016 Variety Show - 4th and 5th Grade Students:  Sign Up to perform your favorite  act!  Juggling, Music, Comedy, Singing, Dancing or a Skit!  If you do not want to perform but would like to be an emcee or part of our Stage Crew please sign up! We need you!!

Please take a look at the following important dates: 

  • Registration forms due: Thursday, 2/11
  • Music due: Thursday, 2/18
  • Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday, 2/25, 3:30-5:30
  • Mandatory full dress rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/2, 3:30-5:30
  • PES Variety Show: Friday, 3/4

We will need parent volunteers for the rehearsals on February, 25"' and March 2"' and for the show on March 4"'.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a9ad2ca2fe3-variety

4.  Pocopson's PUBLISHING CENTER,  THE PATRIOT PRESS is ONLINE & OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

Please visit the Patriot Press website for more Information & Application & book Template.  You can find the Patriot Press at:  pes.ucfsd.org  (click on the Patriot Press logo: Quill pen)

The Pocopson Patriot Press is a publishing service for the students of Pocopson Elementary School.  Each student may submit an original story to be printed and bound for the fee of $5.00 per child.  One copy will be given back to the student and one copy will remain in the school library to be enjoyed by the entire student body.  Principal Beaver reads every book and presents a Published Author Certificate to each student at an Authors-Only Book Launch Donut Party!  Patriot Press student-authors are listed in the Library card catalog system as published authors (students enjoy typing in their name to find their name listed with Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary and JK Rowling)!  This is a very special program and unique to our school.   The Patriot Press Committee looks forward to receiving your Application and Story!  

Feel free to contact us with any questions:  Victoria West, Danielle Darmo, Sherry Tierney at:  patriotpress@ucfsd.net

5.  February is Box Tops Collection Month for our spring contest.  The winning class from each grade will get a pajama day and a movie!   Please check the expiration dates and trim all your box tops.  Put them in an envelope labeled with your child's teacher's name and send via backpack express by February 19th.  The fall collection resulted in a final total of 10,300 regular box tops and 655 bonus/certificate box tops for a total of $1,095 for our school.    Remember our school receives 10 cents for every box top collected!

6.  It's almost time for Donut Days!!!!  Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday, February 25th
What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, Milk, Juice, Apples and Donuts will be served from 7:45AM – 8:45 AM in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required.  Just come on your assigned day!  Please contact stellabarry@verizon.net or pkaymak@comcast.net with any questions.

After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our Fabulous Book Fair in the Gymnasium!

Tuesday, February 23rd last names beginning with A – H
Wednesday, February 24th last names beginning with I – P
Thursday, February 25th last names beginning with Q – Z

7.  Feelin' Groovy Book Fair 2016…Peace, Love & Books!  Book Fair! Coming Soon! Save the Date!  Pocopson's Book Fair will be here February 19th-25th

Friday, February 19th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Monday, February 22nd - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 8-4

Tuesday, February 23rd - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Wednesday, February 24th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, February 25th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3

Calling All Volunteers!  Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  Help your kids shop for books at the book fair.  We will also need lots of help for Set Up, Clean Up & Donut Days!  Please look at the Sign Up Genius link below to see if there is a time that works for you!  Thanks in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann keldrewh@aol.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafae22a13-book3

All For Books: Your child's class could win a Disco Pizza Party! 

Any donation welcome!  Support our school library and charity!  For every dollar we collect for our school library for the "All For Books" Program, Scholastic Book Fair donates one book to charity.  Last year our school collected $988.00 for PES school library and Stonehurst's library plus Scholastic donated 988 books to charity!  Donations can be made during the Book Fair at the cashier table or the kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar located at the book fair.  The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Disco Pizza Party! 

Teacher Wish Lists: Attention Parents & Students… Don't forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child's classroom!  

8.  Art and Garden 2016:  Are you looking for a fun way to get involved in a parent led effort at PES? Plans for the annual PES Art & Garden Celebration are underway but it's not too late to join the team. This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 30. And we currently have committee roles open and welcome anyone looking to volunteer their skills and time and have some fun with our team. We'll find the right fit for what interests you. If you're ready to join us plan on attending our next meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria and contact Steph Stanislawczyk and she'll tell you more. stephstan2000@yahoo.com

If you're new to PES, A&G is our Saturday Spring Fun Day at school that offers entertainment for the whole family; fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, craft & plant sales, and the silent auction.

9.  Patriot Pride Campaign:  The PTO is planning a fundraiser for September 2016 that is 100% parent run.  This will be in place of Boosterthon for 2016.  All profits will go straight to PES.   We have many ideas, but need committee members to help organize the event.  Please help us plan this campaign.   Much of the planning and organization will need to be done this spring prior to summer break.  Email danielledarmo@hotmail.com to volunteer.  Thank you!!

10.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:  The next club of the school year is set to begin on March 8th!!  Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in Pocopson Elementary's Science Lab after school from 3:30 to 4:30 and is available to students in 1st to 5th grade. The next club topic is SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT:  

Become an Egyptologist as we explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt. Discover how Egyptians used science every day as we construct pyramids, learn how to tell time using the sun, mummify apples, build a model shaduf that was used for irrigation, create your own mummy, and decode Egyptian writings!

Our last club topic of the year will be Is There a Doctor in the House. 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 20 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot. 

Please contact Jill Shinn at jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

11.  Birthday Book Club/Donate a Book program -  

Help support the PES library by donating a book in honor of your child's birthday!  See the communications packet flyer for more details and email Jennifer McDonald at jenniferde@hotmail.com with any questions.  Click this link to visit Mrs. Thomas' library page for library news and suggestions for book donations.

https://sites.google.com/a/ucfsd.net/pes-library/home

12.  Yearbooks on sale:  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book.  Simply click on the link to order: 

http://shop.balfour.com/smi123842/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/

13.  The Pocopson Library is need of L.O.V.E. (Library Operations Volunteers Extraordinaire) again this year.  Duties include:  

  • Helping students find books
  • Checking books in and out
  • Re-shelving books
  • Shelf reading

No experience necessary. . .training provided!  Shifts are 9:15-11:30 or 1:15-3:15 every other week.  If you cannot commit to every other week and would still like to volunteer, please let Eva in the library know.  Use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-library1

  

News: In Our District

1.  Unionville High School presents:​ SHREK THE MUSICAL​, March 3-5 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm​​

Saturday Matinee 2pm

UHS Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

*******

Character Lunch with Shrek and the Gang

begins 11am Saturday! CF Patton Middle School Cafeteria

To reserve your lunch/preferred matinee seating

combo ticket: uhs.ucfsd.org/music and click on the GOLD ticket.

*******

Show Tickets on sale for $12, beginning Monday, February 15 

www.showtix4u.com

Tickets at the door: $14 adults/$12 student and senior citizens

http://uhs.ucfsd.org/music-department.html

questions? uhstickets@gmail.com

 

 

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.

 

 




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Monday, February 8, 2016

Lockdown Buckets and Fingerprinting Update

Hello PES families,

Organization and filling of lockdown buckets is happening this Thursday morning. The PTO and volunteers will meet in the PES cafeteria at 9:30 am for a lockdown filling party. Please come to the meeting to hear the latest PES news, check out the lockdown buckets, and go home with a PES water bottle. 

Thank you to all families who have helped with this effort already! Please check out signup genius (emailed to each family by homeroom parents) for remaining items still needed for your child's classroom. Please have your child turn in remaining items tomorrow or Wednesday

Due to popular demand, the PTO has arranged more mobile fingerprinting dates. Fingerprinting will be available during the bucket filling party/PTO meeting this thursday from 9-11. For parents who prefer an evening time, stay tuned for more options. To expedite the finger printing process, parents can pre-register at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm and either bring a print out confirmation to PES or show the confirmation on your phone. Laptops will also be available for anyone who needs to register. Time slots for finger printing are available here: 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080F4FADA923A75-february

THANK YOU!!

 




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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Around Our School 2/2/16

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 

1.  Pocopson Elementary School Selected for Google Expeditions Pioneer Program

Pocopson Elementary School has been chosen to participate in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. On Monday, February 8th Google will be sending an Expeditions Team to Pocopson Elementary to lead 20 sessions of students, in grades second through fifth, in various virtual reality field trips. Students in grades second through fifth will participate in immersive, virtual reality journeys that bring topics they have been learning about in the classroom to life in a way never before possible. The team from the Pioneer Program will help teachers understand the process and provides them with materials, which include smartphones that fit into a Google Cardboard headset and a tablet for the teacher to guide the experience. The teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, and the Palace of Versailles contributed to developing the curriculum for students. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. Click here to learn more about the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.

2.  Art and Garden 2016:  Are you looking for a fun way to get involved in a parent led effort at PES? Plans for the annual PES Art & Garden Celebration are underway but it's not too late to join the team. This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 30. And we currently have committee roles open and welcome anyone looking to volunteer their skills and time and have some fun with our team. We'll find the right fit for what interests you. If you're ready to join us plan on attending our next meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria and contact Steph Stanislawczyk and she'll tell you more. stephstan2000@yahoo.com

If you're new to PES, A&G is our Saturday Spring Fun Day at school that offers entertainment for the whole family; fun run, games, activities, demonstrations, concessions, craft & plant sales, and the silent auction.

3. February is Box Tops Collection Month for our spring contest.  The winning class from each grade will get a pajama day and a movie!   Please check the expiration dates and trim all your box tops.  Put them in an envelope labeled with your child's teacher's name and send via backpack express by February 19th.  The fall collection resulted in a final total of 10,300 regular box tops and 655 bonus/certificate box tops for a total of $1,095 for our school.    Remember our school receives 10 cents for every box top collected!

4.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, February 11th, at 9:30 am in the PES cafeteria.  Come join us for our lockdown bucket filling party!  All attendees will receive a complimentary PES water bottle.

5.  It's almost time for Donut Days!!!!  Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday, February 25th
What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, Milk, Juice, Apples and Donuts will be served from 7:45AM – 8:45 AM in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required.  Just come on your assigned day!  Please contact 
stellabarry@verizon.net or pkaymak@comcast.net with any questions.

After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our Fabulous Book Fair in the Gymnasium!

Tuesday, February 23rd last names beginning with A – H
Wednesday, February 24th last names beginning with I – P
Thursday, February 25th last names beginning with Q – Z

6.  Feelin' Groovy Book Fair 2016…Peace, Love & Books!  Book Fair! Coming Soon! Save the Date!  Pocopson's Book Fair will be here February 19th-25th

Friday, February 19th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Monday, February 22nd - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 8-4

Tuesday, February 23rd - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Wednesday, February 24th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, February 25th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3

Calling All Volunteers!  Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  Help your kids shop for books at the book fair.  We will also need lots of help for Set Up, Clean Up & Donut Days!  Please look at the Sign Up Genius link below to see if there is a time that works for you!  Thanks in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann keldrewh@aol.com

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aafae22a13-book3

All For Books: Your child's class could win a Disco Pizza Party! 

Any donation welcome!  Support our school library and charity!  For every dollar we collect for our school library for the "All For Books" Program, Scholastic Book Fair donates one book to charity.  Last year our school collected $988.00 for PES school library and Stonehurst's library plus Scholastic donated 988 books to charity!  Donations can be made during the Book Fair at the cashier table or the kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar located at the book fair.  The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Disco Pizza Party! 

Teacher Wish Lists: Attention Parents & Students… Don't forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child's classroom!  

7.  Pocopson Elementary School 2016 Variety Show - 4th and 5th Grade Students:  Sign Up to perform your favorite  act!  Juggling, Music, Comedy, Singing, Dancing or a Skit!  If you do not want to perform but would like to be an emcee or part of our Stage Crew please sign up! We need you!!

Please take a look at the following important dates: 

  • Registration forms due: Thursday, 2/11
  • Music due: Thursday, 2/18
  • Mandatory Rehearsal: Thursday, 2/25, 3:30-5:30
  • Mandatory full dress rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/2, 3:30-5:30
  • PES Variety Show: Friday, 3/4

We will need parent volunteers for the rehearsals on February, 25"' and March 2"' and for the show on March 4"'. A sign up genius will be sent out for parents to sign up!  Thank you in advance for you  time. Contacts: Jeanne Ricciuti e-mail: jeanne.ricciuti@gmail.com  Tara Sammaritano e-mail: dance2288@gmail.com

8.  Pocopson's PUBLISHING CENTER,  THE PATRIOT PRESS is ONLINE & OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 

Please visit the Patriot Press website for more Information & Application & book Template.  You can find the Patriot Press at:  pes.ucfsd.org  (click on the Patriot Press logo: Quill pen)

The Pocopson Patriot Press is a publishing service for the students of Pocopson Elementary School.  Each student may submit an original story to be printed and bound for the fee of $5.00 per child.  One copy will be given back to the student and one copy will remain in the school library to be enjoyed by the entire student body.  Principal Beaver reads every book and presents a Published Author Certificate to each student at an

Authors-Only Book Launch Donut Party!  Patriot Press student-authors are listed in the Library card catalog system as published authors (students enjoy typing in their name to find their name listed with Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary and JK Rowling)!  This is a very special program and unique to our school.   The Patriot Press Committee looks forward to receiving your Application and Story!  

Feel free to contact us with any questions:  Victoria West, Danielle Darmo, Sherry Tierney at:  patriotpress@ucfsd.net

9.  Patriot Pride Campaign:  The PTO is planning a fundraiser for September 2016 that is 100% parent run.  This will be in place of Boosterthon for 2016.  All profits will go straight to PES.   We have many ideas, but need committee members to help organize the event.  Please help us plan this campaign.   Much of the planning and organization will need to be done this spring prior to summer break.  Email danielledarmo@hotmail.com to volunteer.  Thank you!!

10.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:  The next club of the school year is set to begin on March 8th!!  Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in Pocopson Elementary's Science Lab after school from 3:30 to 4:30 and is available to students in 1st to 5th grade. The next club topic is SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT:  

Become an Egyptologist as we explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt. Discover how Egyptians used science every day as we construct pyramids, learn how to tell time using the sun, mummify apples, build a model shaduf that was used for irrigation, create your own mummy, and decode Egyptian writings!

Our last club topic of the year will be Is There a Doctor in the House. 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 20 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot. 

Please contact Jill Shinn at jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

11.  Birthday Book Club/Donate a Book program -  

Help support the PES library by donating a book in honor of your child's birthday!  See the communications packet flyer for more details and email Jennifer McDonald at jenniferde@hotmail.com with any questions.  Click this link to visit Mrs. Thomas' library page for library news and suggestions for book donations.

https://sites.google.com/a/ucfsd.net/pes-library/home

12.  Yearbooks on sale:  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book.  Simply click on the link to order: 

http://shop.balfour.com/smi123842/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/

13.  The Pocopson Library is need of L.O.V.E. (Library Operations Volunteers Extraordinaire) again this year.  Duties include:  

  • Helping students find books
  • Checking books in and out
  • Re-shelving books
  • Shelf reading

No experience necessary. . .training provided!  Shifts are 9:15-11:30 or 1:15-3:15 every other week.  If you cannot commit to every other week and would still like to volunteer, please let Eva in the library know.  Use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-library1

  

News: In Our District

1.  Annual Golden Gala: Saturday, February 6, 2016 

Join us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary!  Please join us for a fun filled night as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation.  Hosted at the Gables of Chadds Ford, the night will include Hors D'oeuvres, dancing, cocktails, silent auction and fun.  This event sold out last year.  Tickets available now.  Visit www.ucfedfoundation.org for complete details.

If you have specific questions, please contact ucfedfoundation@gmail.com

2.  Unionville High School presents:​ SHREK THE MUSICAL​, March 3-5 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm​

Saturday Matinee 2pm

UHS Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

*******

Character Lunch with Shrek and the Gang

begins 11am Saturday! CF Patton Middle School Cafeteria

To reserve your lunch/preferred matinee seating

combo ticket: uhs.ucfsd.org/music and click on the GOLD ticket.

*******

Show Tickets on sale for $12, beginning Monday, February 15 

www.showtix4u.com

Tickets at the door: $14 adults/$12 student and senior citizens

http://uhs.ucfsd.org/music-department.html

questions? uhstickets@gmail.com

3.  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.

 




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