Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around Our School 10/3/17


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


Pocopson Picture Day is Tomorrow!

Lifetouch will be taking school pictures tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4th!  Don’t forget to send in your picture order form and payment with your child tomorrow! Pictures can also be ordered online at www.mylifetouch.com. Please contact Kelly Fleming at flemk6@aol.com with any questions.  

**Attention 5th Graders! The 5th Grade class picture will be taken at 12:25pm!**


Friday is Spirit Day!

It’s time to break out that new spirit wear! Kids are encouraged to show their Pocopson Pride this Friday, October 6th with their red Pocopson T-shirts or any red, white, or blue! Spirit days will continue throughout the year on the first Friday of every month!


A HUGE Patriot Pride THANK YOU!

The PTO would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the parents that volunteered and came out to cheer on the kids at Friday's fun runs!  It was a great day that was made even better because of your participation.  Thank you very much to all of the families that have generously donated to our fundraising campaign. If you have not yet donated, we are accepting contributions through the month of October.  As a reminder, you can donate online at our school's website (www.pes.ucfsd.org) or by submitting payment through the Patriot Pride envelope.  100% of proceeds go directly back to Pocopson to provide fun and enriching enhancements and experiences for your children.  The PTO is very thankful for your support!

Check out all the fun from Friday’s Patriot Pride fun runs here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhcJs6IIb8


October 10th – Evening PTO Meeting:

Please join us in the library on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m. for our first evening PTO meeting of the year with guest speaker, Dave Listman from the UCFSD Communications Office. The agenda will also include a vote on teacher grants for this school year.

For your convenience, FREE babysitting will be offered at the school. If you are interested in childcare, please sign-up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4ba5ab2fa13-october


Coins for Kids – Be a Bucket Filler!

The week of October 16th – 20th will be our annual Coins for Kids drive and this year we’re excited to announce that the money raised from this event will go towards gift cards for students and families in the Harden Jefferson School District in Sour Lake, Texas, who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Each grade will act as “bucket fillers” by collecting coins – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters are all welcome! Each morning on PETV, Mr. Beaver will weigh the buckets to keep us up-to-date on our quest to bring goodness to our friends in Sour Lake!


Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 28th!

Save the Date! Saturday, October 28th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. PES PTO will be hosting our 1st Annual Trunk or Treat! The parking lot will be transformed into candy stations where families can decorate their cars and pass out candy from their trunks! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunks!

For more information, click here and sign-up to decorate your trunk at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4ba5ab2fa13-trunk

It’s sure to be a Spooktacular time!


Dine and Donate for PES!

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!  


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.



"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, kdagusto@aol.com. 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


Calling all Kindergarten and 1st Grade Girls interested in becoming a Girl Scout Daisy! 

Please join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, October 12 @ 6:00pm, PES cafeteria.  Parents and Girls are invited to learn more about Scouting and what it means to be a Daisy Girl Scout!  

Questions, please feel free to contact Jen Mincer at JLW4686@gmail.com.


Box Top Collection:

October is Box Top Month!

Clipping Box Tops earns our school free money!  We are having a school-wide 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.  


Giant Rewards:

The Giant A+ Rewards program begins next week!  Please go to Giant's website http://giantfood.com/aplus/register-card/ 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.


Art Beat After School:

Art Beat will be offering the following 6-week after school workshops this Fall:

-       Wednesdays: Halloween themed LARGE canvas & small sculpture - beginning Wednesday, October 11

-       Thursdays: Jewelry& Weaving - all kinds of jewelry making and a weaving beginning Thursday, October 19

-       Tuesdays: Holiday Workshop Canvas painting & gift making - beginning Tuesday, November 28

Art Beat Registration can be sent to school or www.artbeatpa.org 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 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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b44aaac2aa0f94-library


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


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:​ ​​ ​https://goo.gl/forms/h1t7qPvtPFH0cCoY2      

Email​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​to:​​ ​​erjohnson@ucfsd.net​,​ ​​kmarkloff@ucfsd.net​,​ jwagner@ucfsd.net 


Upcoming Dates:

  • ​​​October 4th: Picture Day

  • ​​October 9th: NO SCHOOL

  • ​October 10th: PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. (details above)

  • October 16th – 20th: Coins for Kids

  • October 18th: Picture Retake Day

  • 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 http://explorehopechurch.org/events 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 JFGates@gmail.com


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 https://focusteensuicide.eventbrite.com​​ ​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​ ​​focus@ucfsd.net​. 



News: Sports, Activities & Miscellaneous Links


Flu Clinic – Thursday, October 5th

Cub Scouts Open House - Friday, October 13th

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

URA Basketball Registration – Closing Soon!

KAY Saturday Night Lights

Unionville Community Bike Drive

Great Pumpkin Carve


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: baughanx6@gmail.com 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 Your Costume. Did you know that many costumes sold in stores contain toxic chemicals like PVC and phthalates? Yuck! Instead, get creative by going handmade and upcycled. Host a pre-Halloween costume swap, repurpose existing clothes, fashion costumes from recycled materials from your local second-hand store.


*** 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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