Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Around Our School 5/2/17


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.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 5/2-5/3: Science PSSA Testing for 4th Graders
  • 5/8: Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • 5/11: PTO Meeting at 9:30 AM
  • 5/11: 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Parent Concert at 7:00 PM
  • 5/11: Open House 7:00-8:30 PM
  • 5/12: Grandparent's Day
  • 5/16: School Closed
  • 5/19: K-3 Concerts for Parents at 9:15 AM & 1:15 PM

2.  PES Spirit Wear Store

The PES Spirit Wear store will close today, Tuesday, May 2nd.  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.



This Friday May 5th is the deadline for books &  It's not too late for Pocopson Students  to start a book this week! 

Books can be created in a short period of time because the website makes it so easy!  Happy Writing! 

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 kmarkloff@ucfsd.net with any questions or for a copy of the registration form.  Link can also be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B-b9hQfDb4nvxLzi3JF6ftYfsF5V4xt9Wg50LZqU9CQ/edit?usp=sharing

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 kmarkloff@ucfsd.net or at the link below. https://docs.google.com/a/ucfsd.net/document/d/1JoJX6UsJpCtwYvMr6iXJE48RxDFk5ZZGJkUN_I6XOUc/edit?usp=sharing

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: dayeileen@gmail.com

Tara Sammaritano: dance2288@gmail.com

7.  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 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.

8.  Art Beat Summer Summer Camps are at Pocopson. Weekly sessions run June 26- July 28. Register www.artbeatpa.org

9. Yearbooks on Sale

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

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 (ethomas@ucfsd.net) or Libby Deming (edeming@ucfsd.net) 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. Annual UCFEF Community Yard Sale 5/6/17:  YARD  

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!!  CARNIVAL   

News: Sports and Miscellaneous

1.  Gerrymandering-Why Fair Districts Matter to You: Presentation and discussion May 11th, 7:00 PM at UHS - GERRYMANDERING 

2.  SCCSA Soccer Camp 7/31-8/4:  SCCSA 

3.  UHS Boys' Lacrosse - Unite for HER, Thursday 5/4: BOYS LACROSSE 

4.  3rd Annual Unionville Crew Spring Fundraiser, 5/12: CREW 

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

6.  Northbrook Canoe Challenge and Duck Race on 5/7/17: DUCK 

7.  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 http://victoryeventseries.com/summer-league/.  For more info call 484-356-1029 or email me at Michael@PattisonSportsGroup.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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