Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Around Our School 2/28/17


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

1.  5th Grade Picture

Parents, please note that this coming Wednesday, March 1st, all 5th Graders will gather together for a 5th Grade Class Picture! The picture will be taken around 10:30a.m. and we hope all 5th graders will be in school at this time to be part of the class picture! Each 5th Grader will receive a free print, courtesy of MotoPhoto.

2.  Spring Pictures

This Wednesday, March 1st, Spring pictures will be taken for anyone who wishes to have photos of their child. Order forms went home last week - If you would like pictures of your child, please fill out the order form and send it in with your student on March 1st. Pictures will be taken in the morning. Please contact Kelly Fleming at flemk6@aol.com with any questions. 

3.  Evening PTO Meeting

Our upcoming PTO meeting with be held Thursday, March 9th @ 7pm. This evening meeting allows working parents an opportunity to attend a PTO meeting and get involved in upcoming committees, participate in discussions of next years PTO plans, as well as listen to our guest speaker and superintendent, Dr. John Sanville.  

In order to provide an opportunity for both parents to attend the meeting and eliminate the need for childcare, babysitting will be provided for children 3 yrs and older.  There will be games, crafts and a light snack for all children during this time.  Children will be dropped off and picked up in the PES cafeteria.  If you are able to attend and would like to take advantage of this service please use the following signup so we may plan accordingly.  


Sign up is NOT required for attendance.

4.  Yearbooks on Sale

LAST CHANCE FOR LOWEST PRICE: order by March 3rd    

Yearbooks are sold only on line at http://shop.balfour.com/smi123842/catalog/category/view/s/yearbook-and-accessories/id/312795/

Love Lines is extended through the end of the week.  Please send form and money through back pack express.

5.  Box Tops Contest:

Thank you for bringing in your box tops!  We raised nearly $1,600 for our school this year.  The winner for each grade will get a movie and PJ day.  

Kindergarden - Cochran

First Grade - Simonds

Second Grade - Crosson

Third Grade - Showalter (overall winner with 617)

Forth Grade - Markloff

Fifth Grade - Williamson

Start saving your box tops for our next contest in October.  If every Pocopson student brings in 50 box tops, we would double our earnings!!!

6.  Happy Camper Book Fair… S'more Fun with Books!

Book Fair! Coming Soon! Save the Date!

Pocopson's Book Fair will be here March 13th - March 17th!

Monday, March 13th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Tuesday, March 14th - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 9-4

Wednesday, March 15th - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, March 16th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Friday, March 17th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-11; Clean Up 11-3

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


All For Books: Your child's class could win a S'mores/Pizza Camping 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 $1280.54 for the PES school library and Stonehurst's library plus Scholastic donated books to their own charities!  Donations can be made during the Book Fair at the "All For Books" Table.  The kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar!  The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a S'mores/Pizza Camping 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.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 3/1: Spring Picture Day
  • 3/2: Read Across America Day
  • 3/3: 5th Grade Oldies Dance
  • 3/9: PTO Meeting in the evening, 7PM
  • 3/12: 4th Grade Ice Skating Party
  • 3/15-3/17: Donut Days and Book Fair

8.  Rocky Reading Challenge:

Reminder of how to participate:

  1. Read the required books and record the titles on the bookmark.  
  2. Return the bookmark to your child's teacher on or before Monday, March 13th_.

(Please note: All of the PES bookmarks are due to the Blue Rocks by Wednesday, March 15th, so you will need to have the bookmarks to your classroom teacher by March 13th.)

9. It's almost time for Donut Days!!!!  Wednesday, March 15th through Friday, March 17th.

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.  Please make every effort to come on your assigned day, as listed below, as we plan the amount of donuts to purchase accordingly.  After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our fabulous Book Fair in the gymnasium!

Wednesday, March 15th last names beginning with A – H
Thursday, March 16th last names beginning with I – P
Friday, March 17th last names beginning with Q – Z

Please contact stellabarry@verizon.net or pkaymak@comcast.net with any questions.

10.  Read Across America Day

Parents - Thursday, March 2 is Read Across America day.  The library will be having our second annual Seuss-stravaganza!  The children will visit stations based on Dr. Seuss books and participate in STEM activities.  We are in need of some materials.  Items needed:

Empty rinsed water bottles with lids

Cardboard tubes (big and small)

Coffee or pringles cans (must have lids.)

We appreciate all that you do!  If anyone is interested in volunteering for an hour or two that day, and you have your clearances, please contact me at ethomas@ucfsd.net.

11. 4th Grade Ice Skating Party - Save the Date!

All 4th Graders are invited to a fun-filled afternoon with friends at IceLine in West Chester on Sunday, March 12th from 4-6pm! Please mark your calendars for this district-wide event and stay tuned for sign-ups in the next couple of weeks! Questions? - Contact Kelly Fleming at flemk6@aol.com or Eileen Day at dayeileen@gmail.com

12.  Calling all library and book lovers (or even if you don't love to read!).  The Pocopson Library is looking for volunteers. Come be a part of our team and see what goes on inside our amazing library! Follow the link below to sign up for shifts.  Come help one day a month or more--whatever your schedule allows.  

Please contact Eva Thomas (ethomas@ucfsd.net) or Libby Deming (edeming@ucfsd.net) if you have any questions. Thank you!


13.  Discovery Zone in the PES Library: THANK YOU PARENTS, FOR ALL THE DONATIONS SO FAR.  WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED, SO KEEP THEM COMING!!!! The Discovery Zone is made possible by a very generous grant from the PTO.  With that grant, we were able to get start-up and non consumable materials such as, K'Nex, Legos, Keva Planks, Sphero and ozobot programming robots, etc.  Along with these materials, we have consumable products; the kind that once used, need to be thrown away, and we can always use donation of these type of products.  These products include:

  • String
  • Yarn
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Cardboard
  • Toilet and paper towel cores
  • Packing tape
  • Plastic grocery store bags
  • Paper bags
  • Mint or candy tins (like Altoids)
  • Leftover PVC pipe
  • Packing materials
  • Recyclable plastic food containers (please wash!)
  • Gently used Legos 
  • Box lids
  • If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them at the office. Also, if you have any building materials such as blocks, lincoln logs, etc. that you are getting rid of, we would love those too! We thank you SO much!

News: School District

1.  Patton Middle School in conjunction with Carousel Performing Arts Center will be performing Disney's The Lion King, Jr. 

Performance dates are March 10 and 11 at 7pm and March 12 at 3pm.  Information about purchasing tickets will follow soon. LION KING 


March 16TH, 17TH & 18TH at Unionville High School 7:30pm MARY POPPINS 

News: Sports and Miscellaneous

1.  Annual Red Clay Valley Clean Up

Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 AM CLEAN UP 

2.  Kennett Symphony's Annual Family Concert: Music From The Inside Out, March 12th SYMPHONY 

3.  Benchmark CAMP CAMP 

4.  WC Studio Performing Arts:  SPRING CLASSES   SUMMER CAMPS 

***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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