Monday, April 24, 2017

Around Our School 4/24/17


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.  Art & Garden is Saturday, April 29th! 

Save the date to join PES families at this anticipated, fun family event. Fun run at 10:30. Activities, food, vendor tables and auction open at 11:00. Festivities end at 3:00. **Please note, the PES driveway will be closed off starting at around 10:20 for the fun run, opening up again around 10:45. 

Volunteers Parents: We still need a few more volunteers between 1-3pm - Please check out the SignUp Genius below to see if you can help!

Just a few days until Art & Garden! We still have a few volunteer opportunities available on Saturday. We are specifically looking for a few parents to help in the afternoon with our NEW games prize station (you're guaranteed to be the most popular parent there!), as well as craft assistance and ticket sales. We could also use some more 5th Grade students to help in the Games area between 1-3pm. All students will receive a voucher for a free slice of pizza, drink, and a cupcake!

Please consider helping for just two hours this Saturday! It's a fun day! Sign-up at

Questions? Contact Kelly Fleming at

Silent Auction:  Please visit our silent auction on Saturday for an opportunity to bid on a wonderful variety of class projects, teacher treasures, gift baskets, fun experiences, and much more!  Check out the list of silent auction items that will be offered HERE.  Check, cash, and credit cards will be accepted for auction purchases.  We hope to see you there! 

Craft and Vendor Tables:  Showcase your home-based business or your creative side by renting a vendor table.  Vendor tables rent for $75 each, UCFSD student rate is $15 and PES students are free.  Check the website to reserve today.  Space limited and is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis

Plants: Plant pre-order forms were due Friday, April 21. If anyone did not get their order in and still wants to order plants, please email by Wednesday, April 26.

CupcakesPlease consider donating a dozen (or more) cupcakes to our cupcake table.  Please sign up at!/showSignUp/20f0545a4a62ea75-wanted1 or on the Art and Garden website (  Cupcakes can be dropped off on Friday, April 28th or early Saturday morning, April 29th.

Fun Run:  The day kicks off with the annual Fun Run around the school grounds.  Registration is open.   You can register your child(ren)  online and send payment into school.  Check the website for information and to register your child for this fun event

2.  PES Spirit Wear Store

At the request of some parents, the PES Spirit Wear store will re-open and will remain open until Wednesday, April 26.  There are some new and fun items, as well as some of the customer favorites from the first campaign.  Take a look at the new "U" t-shirt which lists all UCFSD schools inside a large "U".  All items will be delivered the second week of May.  Please refer to the sizing information listed for each item.  Samples are available for preview at PES in the main hallway/lobby.  Order and pay on-line from the comfort of your own home!!!  Show your school spirit and order now.  Thanks for supporting this additional campaign.


More time to write and illustrate! Go Online to the Pocopson Elementary School Website.  Look for the Patriot Press quill pen logo. Applications and payments are online. 

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


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:  (click on the Patriot Press logo/ Quill pen)

All books must be submitted by April 28

4.  Pocopson night at the Wilmington Blue Rocks

Join us for Pocopson night at the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Friday June 9th @ 7:05 pm.  Bring your family and friends to the ballpark for an action packed game and enjoy the fun, family atmosphere of Blue Rocks baseball and it's a Fireworks Night!    

Show your PES PRIDE and support the Pocopson chorus when they perform on the field before the game. 

Deadline for orders is Friday, May 5th!



1) Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders....there is still time to sign up for the summer STEM camp here at PES.  Camp is running for a week in June (am & pm) and July (am & pm).  Email Kathryn Markloff at with any questions or for a copy of the registration form.  Link can also be found at:

2) STEM for 2nd Graders!!  Two sections of the PES Summer STEM Camp have been opened to current PES 2nd Graders.  2nd graders are encouraged to join us at camp the week of June 19 in the PM and/or July 10th in the AM.  Again, questions or forms can be obtained from Kathryn Markloff at or at the link below.

6.  School Supplies:

Pocopson Families, 

We are excited to announce our continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!  We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year.  

1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive!  You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link below:

Any questions please contact:

Eileen Day:

Tara Sammaritano:

7 Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 4/29: Art & Garden, 11:00-3:00, Fun Run at 10:30 
  • Correction: 5/8: Teacher Appreciation Week begins

8.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:

The last club of the school year begins soon!! Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Pocopson after school from 3:30-4:30 and is available to students in grades 1-5. The last club topic of the school year, which begins on May 2nd, is 


Come join our scientific research team! Which potato chips are the crunchiest? Which cookies have the most chocolate chips? Which brand of popcorn pops best? Test these products and more as we use scientific methods to enter the world of quality control!

Please visit 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, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please contact Jill Shinn at or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

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

10. Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks are sold only online at

11.  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!

12.  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. Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale 5/6/17:  YARD SALE 

2.  The Patton Carnival is next Friday on May 5th from 2:30-7pm!  There will be games, tons of prizes and lots of food!  Don't forget the DJ, Photo booth and the Dunk Tank— silly string is back again so don't miss out!

See you at the Patton PTO Carnival— its our biggest event of the year!!  PATTON  

3.  Letter from Jimmy Conley, UHS Principal:

Hello all, 

Please consider donating to our online silent auction to benefit the Johnson family.  

Our friend and coworker, Joanna Johnson (a UHS teacher) has two sons, Henry and Eliot, who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a degenerative muscle disease that affects one in 3,500 boys. Duchenne is diagnosed in early childhood and slowly robs boys of their muscle function, until eventually they are confined to wheelchairs and have trouble performing simple tasks.   As you can imagine, as the boys get older, the Johnsons' medical costs continue to rise.  

I have reached out to numerous partners in our community to help Joanna, her husband Paul and the boys to help defray some of their costs. Thankfully, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers donated amazing game day experiences and tickets to upcoming games next season.In addition, my friend, community member, and Phillies broadcaster, Ben Davis kindly donated a number of Phillies items to us. I am sharing the following link with you for you to consider making a bid on one of these fabulous items.

All funds from this auction will go directly to the Johnson family.  The auction ends Friday, April 28th and is open to anyone, so please feel free to pass this on to others in our community directly and through your social media networks.

Thank you, Jimmy

News: Sports and Miscellaneous

1.  GET READY FOR THE TEENAGE YEARS Presentation at Hillendale Elementary on 5/8/17: PRESENTATION 

2. Northbrook Canoe Challenge and Duck Race on 5/7/17: CANOE 

3.  West Chester Summer Basketball League registration is OPEN for boys & girls 4th grade - HS.  Join the fastest growing summer league at The Westtown School this June.  Kids can register as a team or individually and be put on a team.  Grab your friends and start planning! Great summer fun.  Register at  For more info call 484-356-1029 or email me at

4.  Community & Trails Celebration Day Run on 6/3/17: RUN  

5.  When Your Kids Push Your Buttons on April 27th: PRESENTATION     

6.  Calabrese Performing Arts Summer Programs: CALABRESE 

***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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