Monday, October 9, 2017

Around Our School 10/9/17


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


Evening PTO Meeting – TOMMOROW!

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:


Coins for Kids – Be a Bucket Filler!

Next week, 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!


Birthday Grams

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 @ 

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!


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

It’s sure to be a Spooktacular time!


Dine and Donate for PES on October 19th!

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!  


Girl Scouts

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


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.


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 has started!  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.


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 & 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 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:


The Discovery Zone:

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:​ ​​ ​      

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


Upcoming Dates:

  • ​​​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


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: “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


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


Boy Scout Troop 22 Webelos Events


URA Basketball Registration – Closing Soon!


First Annual Unionville Sports Council Golf Outing & Raffle


Haunted Pennhurst Asylum – UHS Wrestling Fundraiser


Bates Motel Family Fun – Support UTHON!


Great Pumpkin Carve


The Tech-Wise Family Event – October 15th


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:

Every year, roughly 1 billion trees worth of paper are discarded in the U.S.  Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree!


*** 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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