Monday, October 30, 2017

Around Our School 10/30/17


Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,


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




Last Call for Box Tops!


Tomorrow is the last day to send in your Box Tops for our school-wide competition!

Here are the leading Box Top contributors by grade:

·         Kindergarten: Mrs. Cochran AM

·         1st Grade: Mrs. Simonds

·         2nd Grade: Mrs. Amoss

·         3rd Grade: Mrs. Thompson

·         4th Grade: Mrs. Markloff

·         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. Thank You!


Square 1 Art Orders Deadline Extended!


It's not too late to order Square 1 Art! Orders can be placed online only though 10/31/17. If 50% of the students place an order, the kids can participate in creating a child-sized gingerbread house to be displayed outside the gym during the Winter Concerts. We've almost reached our 50% goal! If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Cooper at Thank you!


Help Needed for the 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon this Friday!


Attention all 3rd Grade Parents:


We are in need of many more volunteers to help setup decorations on Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  With only a couple hours to decorate for this big event, we need lots of helping hands to make it possible! Please consider helping out!  

Sign-up here:

**Please note: Students are not permitted to stay after school on Friday or arrive prior to 5:40 p.m. 


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

Eileen Day -

Kelly Fleming -

Renee Gushurst -


Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, November 8th

If your child was absent on picture day back in October, or if you wish to have retakes done, please mark your calendar for next Wednesday, November 8th. Lifetouch will be back for retakes that morning from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  If your child will be getting pictures taken on 11/8, please email Kelly Fleming at by Monday, November 6th to have a picture order form sent home with your child or stop by the main office to pick one up.

Special Note: Class pictures will be taken on 11/8 for the following classes: Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Markloff, Mr. Stephens


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. 


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.


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   


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

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



  • 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.





Election Day Girls' Lacrosse Clinic 
November 7th from 11-1 at the UHS Stadium.
Come join the high school coaches and players for some fun and learning as they host 
their first Election Day Clinic fundraiser.  Register at

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 -





5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale


Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale


SCCSA Rec Academy Registration


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:

Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, November 5th.  As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S.  Regular incandescent light bulbs are inefficient, with 90% of their energy going to generate heat not light. Replace standard lamps with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Over the life of one CFL, you can avoid replacing up to 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy.


*** 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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