Monday, September 25, 2017

Around Our School 9/25/17


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


Patriot Pride:

Patriot Pride Spirit Week is happening NOW!

Show your Patriot Pride all week on the following themed days:

  • Monday, 9/25 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Tuesday, 9/26 - PJ Day
  • Wednesday, 9/27 - Wacky Wednesday
  • Thursday, 9/28 - Color Wars (K - blue; 1st - orange; 2nd - red; 3rd - green; 4th - yellow; 5th - pink)
  • Friday, 9/29 - Fun Runs

Fun Runs will be at the following times:

9:30am - 10:30am: AM kindergarten and 1st grade fun run

11am-12:00pm: 4th & 5th grade color run

1:30-2:30pm: PM kindergarten and 2nd & 3rd grades fun run


We are still looking for volunteers for our fun runs on Friday as well as canopy tents – if you have one we can borrow, please sign-up at:


And don’t forget…

The Patriot Pride campaign is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers! Please consider a donation to our school – donation envelopes can be sent in now or you can donate online by visiting  

** 100% of the donations go directly to our school and our children! **



Community Service Book Swap – DATE CHANGE:

Please note that the Book Swap that was scheduled for this week has been postponed until a later date in the school year. Details to come!


Pocopson Picture Day is Wednesday, October 4th!

SAY CHEESE! School pictures are next Wednesday, October 4th!  Thanks to everyone who has signed up to help with pictures! We still need many volunteers to help our nurses on stage with health screenings (no medical experience needed), which the kids will do immediately following pictures.  To sign-up, visit or email Kelly Fleming at with any questions.


BOO! Trunk or Treat is coming to Pocopson Elementary!

Save the Date! Saturday, October 28th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PES will be hosting our 1st Annual Trunk or Treat! It will be a Halloween celebration for the whole family! More details to come!


October PTO Meeting:

Mark your calendars - Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. we will have our next PTO meeting with guest speaker, Dave Listman from the UCFSD Communications Office. FREE babysitting will be offered at the school. If you are interested in childcare, please sign-up here:


Crayola ColorCycle:

Crayola ColorCycle, an innovative program to repurpose markers, is now available at Pocopson Elementary School!

Over the course of the year, we will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more.

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house including non-Crayola brands, dry-erase and highlighters!  A drop-off box is located in the lobby of the school for your child to deposit the markers.


Don't miss Pocopson Night at PJ Whelihan's on Thursday Oct. 19th!  

What a better way to celebrate a no school day than dinner at P.J Whelihans!  Join us between the hours of 5:00 - 9:00 pm and 15% of all sales will be donated to Pocopson!  



"Courage, Confidence and Character" is our Motto!

Outdoor skills, STEM, Leadership, Adventure and FUN is our Journey!

Parents and daughters are invited to learn about Girl Scouts at Pocopson Elementary School. Kindergarten through to 5th Grade from all Elementary schools are invited.

WHEN: Monday, October 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP to Karen D'Agusto, Please e-mail your daughter"s name, grade and school and your name.

(This is important so we have enough materials/volunteers for all the Girls and Parents)

Other Girl Scout Open House Events are:

·         October 4th at Church of the Advent, St. Nicholas Room. 6-7 PM---All Ages and Schools - Please RSVP with information listed above.

·         For K-1(ONLY) October 6th, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. 6-7 PM 

Please note: Pocopson is 6:30 to 7:30 PM while Mary D. Lang and Church of the Advent is 6-7PM


Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset​:

Julia​ ​Skolnik,​ ​Curriculum​ ​Specialist​ ​and​ ​Assistant​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Professional Development​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Franklin​ ​Institute,​ ​will​ ​present​ ​in​ ​collaboration​ ​with Unionville​ ​teachers,​ ​Erika​ ​Johnson,​ ​Kathryn​ ​Markloff,​ ​&​ ​John​ ​Wagner.   

● Learn​ ​current​ ​research​ ​on​ ​how​ ​the​ ​brain​ ​learns  

● Debunk​ ​the​ ​myths​ ​surrounding​ ​student​ ​learning.   

● Gain​ ​strategies​ ​and​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​help​ ​all​ ​learners 

● Topics​ ​covered​ ​include​ ​memory,​ ​learning​ ​styles,​ ​attitude,​ ​studying, growth,​ ​grouping​ ​and​ ​perseverance.        

When​:​ ​November​ ​8th​ ​at​ ​7PM   

Where​:​ ​Pocopson​ ​Elementary    

For​ ​Whom​:​ ​Any​ ​parent​ ​of​ ​a​ ​student​ ​in​ ​kindergarten​ ​to​ ​fifth​ ​grades   

Please​ ​RSVP​ ​by​ ​November​ ​1st,​ ​if​ ​possible,​ ​​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​ensure​ ​seating​ ​for​ ​all.​ ​​Last minute​ ​attendance​ ​is​ ​allowable​ ​as​ ​well. 

Link​ ​for​ ​registration:​ ​​ ​      

Email​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​to:​​ ​​​,​ ​​​,​ 


Box Top Collection:

Clipping Box Tops earns our school free money!  We are having a class competition during the month of October.   The top class in each grade will earn a PJ & movie day.  The top 100 box top collectors will earn a cool piece of Spirit Wear!  Everyone who submits Box Tops will be entered into an Amazon gift card raffle ($10 gift card raffled off each week)!  Please carefully cut out the Box Tops, check expiration dates and put in a baggie with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of box tops. 

Alternately, you can use the Clip Sheet in the Communications Packet.  Turn Box Tops in now until October 27th.


Giant Rewards:

The Giant A+ Rewards program begins next week!  Please go to Giant's website to register your bonus card and earn money for Pocopson Elementary. Every year Giant gives back over $1000 to PES because parents register their bonus card and designate Pocopson (#25843) as the recipient.  It does not affect gas reward points.  We typically have under 100 registered cards.  Imagine how much we could earn if every parent who shops at Giant registers his/her card.  It's free money for our school! See the Communications Packet for more information.


Library Volunteers:

Calling all book lovers!  Come help in the library! It is a unique opportunity to glimpse the magic of reading as your kids see it.  Sign up on a regular basis or for a one-time opportunity at:


The Discovery Zone:

Update: The Discovery Zone needs packing tape and masking tape!

Any rolls you can send in with your child would be greatly appreciated!

We are getting more and more items to aid your children on their quest for creativity! To keep the creativity going - we are always in need of donations of “consumables”, that is items that once used, cannot be used again. The following is a partial list - but if you want to send something not listed, PLEASE DO!



Embroidery Floss


toilet and paper towel cores

packing tape

Plastic grocery store bags

Paper bags

Mint or candy tins (like Altoids)

Leftover PVC pipe

Packing materials

NEW: Old electronics (Used on our “Take Apart Cart” - please remove batteries!)

Making items from Duct tape is an ABSOLUTE favorite project, so we run out very quickly.  Any donations of Duct Tape are GREATLY appreciated. Also - any “craft scraps” - paper, ribbon, washi tape, stamps, etc.

If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them at the office.  We thank you SO much.

Follow us on our new library web page (go to the PES home page and click on Library on the red bar) or on Twitter @pocopsonlib


 ​Upcoming Dates:

  • ​September 22nd - 29th: Patriot Pride Week (details above)
  • ​​October 4th: Picture Day (Retake Day is Oct 18th)
  • ​​October 9th: NO SCHOOL
  • ​October 10th: PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. (details above)
  • October 19th: NO SCHOOL
  • October 27th: Halloween Parade 2:00 p.m.
  • October 28th: Trunk or Treat at PES 4:00-6:00 p.m.


News: In Our District


Flu Clinic:

Flu​ ​Season​ ​is​ ​right​ ​around​ ​the​ ​corner!​ ​​ ​Come​ ​get​ ​your​ ​flu​ ​shot​ ​at Unionville​ ​High​ ​School​ ​on​ ​Thursday,​ ​​​October​ ​5th.​ ​​ ​The​ ​flu​ ​shot​ ​clinic will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​the​ ​High​ ​School​ ​cafeteria​ ​from​ ​3​ ​PM​ ​-​ ​7​ ​PM​ ​and​ ​is​ ​open to​ ​the​ ​public.


Getting to the Heart of Your Child:

By: William Stern

Childrearing expert and author, Dr. Tedd Tripp, is offering a parenting seminar at Hillendale Elementary School, on Saturday, October 14th at 7:00 PM.

Hosted by Hope Presbyterian Church in Garnet Valley, Getting to the Heart of Your Child is a one-evening seminar featuring Dr. Tripp, an educator and former pastor, who has taught childrearing in every state of the union and some 40 different countries. His seminar videos, books and teaching materials are widely used throughout the world. Dr. Tripp is known for his book, The Shepherding a Child’s Heart, which is a paradigm shift for many parents. Most approaches to parenting are focused on managing and controlling behavior. Dr. Tripp’s approach is focused on nurture – on helping the child to understand the motivational things that push and pull within. His concern is with providing children the tools to identify both negative and positive motivations, things, for example, like pride rather than humility, anger rather than peace-making, or covetousness rather than generosity.

This seminar is entertainingly presented, richly illustrated and filled with insights and ideas about how to engage children and deepen their understanding of themselves and others. The event is free and open to the entire community. Childcare will be provided.

Learn more at or call (484) 589-0464.


FOCUS Parent Network Discussion on: 

“Teen Sleep Needs and How Parents Can Help” 

Now that we have a later school start time, are your teens bright-eyed and bushytailed each morning? Chances are, the answer is NO!  Later school start times are only a piece of the puzzle in helping kids get enough sleep. Parents will come together to discuss, advise, and support each other in the challenging struggle to help our children get the sleep they need. 

Our guest moderator will be Dr. Craig Carroll, D.O., a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist.  

Please join our group for a lively and honest discussion about our kids, and a chance to connect with other parents in UCFSD.  

Date:  Monday October 2nd 

Time: 7-8pm

Location: CF Patton Middle School Library 

For recommended reading materials, as well as more about this event and the FOCUS Parent Network, please visit the FOCUS website or email


FOCUS Parent Network Discussion on:

“Minding Your Mind / 13 Reasons Why”

Suicide​ ​is​ ​now​ ​the​ ​second​ ​leading​ ​cause​ ​of​ ​death​ ​of​ ​individuals​ ​between​ ​the​ ​ages​ ​of​ ​14 to​ ​23.

Please​ ​join​ ​FOCUS​ ​(Family​ ​Outreach​ ​Committee​ ​of​ ​Unionville​ ​Chadds​ ​Ford​ ​School District)​ ​for​ ​an​ ​evening​ ​of​ ​AWARENESS​ ​centered​ ​on​ ​TEEN​ ​MENTAL​ ​HEALTH​ ​and SUICIDE​ ​PREVENTION.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Netflix​ ​original​ ​series,​ ​“13​ ​Reasons​ ​Why”,​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be addressed.

(Please​ ​note,​ ​this​ ​particular​ ​evening​ ​is​ ​geared​ ​for​ ​an​ ​adult​ ​audience.​)  

Date:​ ​October​ ​12​th​,​ ​2017

Time:​ ​7:30-9:00PM

Location:​ ​CF​ ​Patton​ ​Auditorium​ ​(please​ ​enter​ ​through​ ​“EVENTS”​ ​door)  

RSVP:​ ​This​ ​adult​ ​event​ ​is​ ​free​ ​of​ ​charge,​ ​but​ ​please​ ​RSVP​ ​at​​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​better​ ​prepare​ ​and​ ​notify​ ​you​ ​with any​ ​updates​ ​or​ ​materials​ ​related​ ​to​ ​the​ ​event.  

For​ ​more​ ​information,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the​ ​​FOCUS​ ​website​​ ​or​ ​email​ ​​​. 


News: Sports, Activities & Miscellaneous Links

Chess Club – Begins this Thursday, September 28th

Flu Clinic – Thursday, October 5th

Cub Scouts Open House – Friday, October 13th

PES Dine & Donate @ P.J. Whelihan’s -  Thursday, October 19th

KAY Saturday Night Lights

West Chester Lightning Girl’s Basketball

Unionville Community Bike Drive

Wrestling Open Mat


Green Tip of the Week:

Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Nora Baughan: for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.


Festive Fall: Forgo craft store supplies for beautiful, biodegradable decorations you can find in nature. Pinecones, gourds, pumpkins, leaves, cornstalks, hay and acorns are just some of the materials that can add seasonal ambience to your home.  Once the season is over, recycle your organic material by composting it.


*** 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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(610) 793-9241

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