Monday, March 6, 2017

Around Our School 3/6/17


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.  Evening PTO Meeting

Our upcoming PTO meeting with be held this 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. As mentioned in the recent School Start Time Recommendation email, a presentation will be made during this meeting.

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.

2.  Treasurer:  We are currently looking for a Treasurer for next year's PTO board.  The treasurer is responsible for all PTO funds and oversees the yearly budget.  The treasurer sits on the Executive Board and gives financial reports at board meetings and general PTO meetings.  Experience with QuickBooks is a plus but not necessary.  Will be happy to train anyone who is interested.

3.  4th Grade Ice Skating Party:  The 4th Grade Ice Skating Party is this Sunday, March 12th, from 4-6pm at Ice Line in West Chester.  This is a district-wide event including fourth graders from all four elementary schools and the event is free for Pocopson students.  The registration deadline for this event is Tuesday, March 7th.  All registration is online through the link emailed to families by their 4th grade homeroom parents.  As a reminder, all 4th graders attending must be accompanied by a chaperone.  Please remember appropriate attire, including socks, hats, and gloves.  For questions, please contact Kelly Fleming ( or Eileen Day (

4.  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 or with any questions.

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

Book Fair will be here NEXT WEEK! 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!  We are still in need of many more volunteers!!  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

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!  

6.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 3/9: PTO Meeting in the evening, 7PM
  • 3/12: 4th Grade Ice Skating Party
  • 3/15-3/17: Donut Days and Book Fair
  • 3/12-3/24: Parent Conferences

7.  Art Beat Summer Summer Camps are at Pocopson. Weekly sessions run June 26- July 28. Register

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. Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks are sold only online at

10.  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 ( or Libby Deming ( if you have any questions. Thank you!

11.  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.  UHS Girls Lacross Skills Clinic: LACROSS  

2. Annual Red Clay Valley Clean Up

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

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

4.  Benchmark CAMP CAMP  

5.  WC Studio Performing Arts:  SPRING  SUMMER 

6.  URA Softball Registration Now Open:  There is still time to register for URA Softball this spring.  Our season runs from April to June with over 100 girls in the program.  We focus on girls of all skill levels and experience.  Not sure if it is right for you?  Come to one of our free pre-season clinics and try it out.  Bring a friend for double the fun.  For clinic times and location - or to register - visit  

***If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at  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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