Monday, October 23, 2017

Around Our School 10/23/17


Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,


Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.




Final days to send in Box Tops!


There are only a few more days to send in your Box Tops for our school-wide competition!

As of today, here are the leading Box Top contributors by grade:

·         Kindergarten: Mrs. Cochran AM

·         1st Grade: Mrs. Simonds

·         2nd Grade: Mrs. Schinski

·         3rd Grade: Mrs. Barnes

·         4th Grade: Ms. Johnson

·         5th Grade: Mr. Lichter

Clipping Box Tops earns our school FREE money!  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

October’s Box Top competition includes:   

·         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! 


1st Annual TRUNK or TREAT at PES is this Saturday!


Saturday, October 28th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PES PTO will be hosting our 1st Annual Trunk or Treat!

$5.00 - wristband required for all Trunk-or-Treaters

$5.00 - to register as a decorated car (includes 2 FREE wristbands)

There is still time to sign up as a decorated trunk/candy station!

Sign-up HERE:

Even if you’re not able to decorate your trunk, please join us for trunk or treating, games and concessions!  For more information, click here.

And don’t forget … our Trunk or Treat Event will include Teal Pumpkins!  The Teal Pumpkin Project, developed by the Food Allergy Research & Education, aims to make sure all children celebrate a safe, happy Halloween.  Watch for Teal Pumpkins located throughout our Trunk or Treat; the teal pumpkin lets kids with food allergies, diabetes, or celiac disease – as well as their parents- know we’ll be handing out food-free trinkets along with the treats. 


Square 1 Art Orders due this Friday!


Square 1 Art time is here! Your child’s Square 1 Art order packet came home in their backpack last week.  The order packet includes a picture of your child’s artwork along with items that are available for purchase.  Orders can be placed online at or please send the completed order form back to school in an envelope marked “Square 1 Art” with checks payable to “Square 1 Art.”

This year we have an awesome class prize…the class with the highest participation % will win a Tie-Dye T-Shirt Party!

If 50% of the school places an order, the entire school will participate during art class in creating artwork to decorate a gigantic holiday Gingerbread House!  The gingerbread house will be displayed in the hallway outside the gym during the winter holidays for all to enjoy.

All order are due by Friday, October 27th.  Please email Jeanne Cooper with any questions at


Coins for Kids – THANK YOU!!!


The PTO would like to extend both a heartfelt thank you and a huge congratulations to Pocopson students for being such impressive bucket fillers!  Last week, students brought in almost 200 pounds of coins to benefit families and students in Texas' Harden-Jefferson School District who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The donations totaled $1,696, the most ever raised in a Coins for Kids campaign.  All of this money will be used to purchase gift cards to help these families during the hurricane recovery process.  We are very proud of Pocopson students for demonstrating such generosity and empathy!


3rd Grade Read-A-Thon – November 3rd


Attention all 3rd Grade Parents:

On Friday, November 3rd, Pocopson Elementary will be transformed into a medieval castle, where our 3rd graders will dine at the royal banquet and participate in a variety of fun-filled activities themed around the book The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo!


In order for us to offer this enchanted evening of excitement, we need LOTS and LOTS of help from you!  Please take a look at the different areas we need help with and sign-up today! There are opportunities for everyone - from donations, to decor preparations, to leading your child's group through the eight stations of King Phillip's castle.


**Please note: This event is for 3rd graders only. No siblings please.  All volunteers helping on the night of the Read-A-Thon need to have background clearances on file with the school office.

Sign-Up Here:

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Read-A-Thon chairs:

Eileen Day -

Kelly Fleming -

Renee Gushurst -


Order November Birthday Grams Now!


In support of the new Wellness Initiative, the PTO is pleased to offer Birthday Grams as an alternate option for celebrating your child's birthday in school.  When you order a Birthday Gram, your child will receive an "It's My Birthday" button, personalized birthday certificate and a coupon redeemable for any a la carte item from the PES cafeteria.

Summer birthday?  Celebrate your child on their half-birthday! 

Weekend birthdays will be delivered the Friday before.

Submit orders online by emailing

Please include your child's name, teacher, and date of celebration along with $3 (cash or check made payable to PESPTO c/o Birthday Grams).  Orders must be received and paid at least one week prior to the date of delivery. Thank you for supporting the PTO!


Kids with Heart Club collects donations for Cancer patients 


In October, the PES Kids with Heart Club, a community service club, prepared 50 bags of Good for You Groceries which were taken by the Chester County Sheriff's Office to the Chester Family Academy and given to some very needy families.


In November, the kids will be preparing 45 Pamper Packets for Chester County Hospital Chemo Patients.  As requested by Chester County Hospital, these packets will include the following items: re-usable water bottle, unflavored chapstick, eye/sleep mask, neck pillow, and roll of lifesavers.  


If you would like to voluntarily offer support to this worthwhile endeavor, perhaps even as a little tribute in honor of someone you know who has been touched by cancer, please go to the following link on and make a selection:


Please send any purchases to this shipping address:

Pocopson Elementary

c/o Kids With Heart

1105 Pocopson Road

West Chester, PA  19382  


The items on the list range in value from $4.99 to $10.95.  

All donations should be received by Monday, November 6th.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Janis Michels at

Thanks from the Kids with Heart Club for any voluntary assistance you might give us. 


Girl Scouts


Calling all 3rd Grade Girls interested in becoming a Girl Scout Brownie!  Our new Brownie troop at Pocopson is forming and we want you to be a part of it!

Please contact Clare Castro at if you are interested in joining.


Science Explorers: After-School Science Club at PES for Grades 1-5


The next club of the school year begins soon!! 

Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Pocopson after school from 3:45-4:45pm and is available to students in grades 1-5. 

The next club topic, which begins on Nov 14th, is TOYING AROUND WITH SCIENCE: 

Explore the world of physics and chemistry that exists in toys. We’ll put a spin on some classic favorites and introduce you to some new “totally tubular” toys. Boomerangs, yo-yos, kaleidoscopes and roaring cups are all part of the fun!  

Club topics later in the school year include Let's Get Electrified, Loose in the Chem Lab, Marine Biology Mania, KaBoom Chemistry and Ready, Set, Summer!! 

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 23 students per, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please email or call 610.816.5047 with any questions.


Art Beat Holiday Workshop


Art Beat still has some openings for the after school Holiday Workshop every Tuesday, beginning on November 28th. In this 6-week workshop, kids will enjoy canvas painting and gift making.  Art Beat registration can be sent to school or visit for online registering.


Recess Art Donations


Our Art teacher, Mrs. Hage, has been running Recess Art for students who do not want to go out. She is looking for any unused yarns, fabrics and sewing supplies you may be able to donate.  She has brought in looms and elementary needles and the kids are loving sewing and weaving! Thanks in advance for your help!


Library & Discovery Zone Volunteers


Are you looking for a fun way to help out at school but have limited availability? If so, try volunteering in the PES library! Library volunteers help check books in and out, return books to the shelves, and assist in the Discovery Zone!

The Discovery Zone in our PES library is more popular than ever! We especially need parent volunteers to help in this area on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15 and Fridays from 12-12:30!  Our library staff will provide you with a quick training to get you up to speed.

You can sign up on days when your child has library, or on a monthly, bi-monthly, or anytime basis! To try it out, signup here:

The Discovery Zone is also in need of duct tape, packing tape, and cardboard roll donations!  If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  We thank you SO much!


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:​​ ​​​,​ ​​​,​ 



  • ​​​October 27th: Halloween Parade 2:00 p.m.
  • October 28th: Trunk or Treat at PES 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • November 3rd: 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon
  • November 7th: NO SCHOOL
  • November 8th: Picture Retake Day
  • November 10th: Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 10th: Start of Giving Tree, Hats/Mittens & Coat Drive
  • November 14th: PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.





What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse


The FOCUS Parent Network Presents: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Substance Use and Abuse.  Is it “normal” for teenagers to binge drink? Are teens today taking the same risks teens took a generation ago? What substances are adolescents really using these days, and how will they affect their developing brains? How can parents effectively talk with their kids about this challenging topic? What initiatives are in place in UCF School District to help our children make healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs?

Please join us to discuss these questions and much more at our next FOCUS Parent Network meeting. This event will feature a panel of experts to answer your questions and open lines of communication between parents and school representatives on this critical issue in our community.

Date:  Tuesday November 14th

Time:  7-8:30pm

Location: CF Patton Middle School Auditorium


For more information, please visit the FOCUS website.


The Citadel Heart of Learning Award


The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award that recognizes Chester County teachers who show dedication both in and out of the classroom.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate visit -





Boy Scout Troop 22 Bonfire Adventure – Friday, October 27th


5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale


Haunted Pennhurst Asylum – UHS Wrestling Fundraiser


Bates Motel Family Fun – Support UTHON!


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.

Green Tip of the Week:

Recycling is great, but have you ever tried PRE-cycling? Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers.  Not only will you save lots of packaging (most of which cannot be recycled and goes right into the landfill), but you will most likely save a little money, too.


*** 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.

1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241

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