Monday, November 13, 2017

Around Our School 11/13/17


Hello Pocopson Elementary School families,


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




November PTO Meeting is Tomorrow!


Please join us for our next PTO meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14th at 9:30 a.m. in the library.  Our PTO will discuss upcoming events and will welcome Mrs. Kathryn Markloff (4th Grade Teacher at PES) to give a short presentation on Brain​ ​Based​ ​Strategies​ ​in Education​ ​and​ ​Growth​ ​Mindset. This is a great opportunity to hear about current research on the brain and how students learn best!  It's really interesting stuff!  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!


Hats, Socks and Mittens for Stonehurst Hills Elementary


Each year we ask ALL students at Pocopson to purchase a set of mittens, a hat, and a pair of socks to donate to our Sister School – Stonehurst Hills Elementary in Upper Darby.

Our goal is to give every student in this needy school a gift of a new hat, mittens and a pair of socks for the holidays. Our schools are very similar in size so please purchase based on your child's size and gender. Please deliver them to your homeroom teacher by Friday December 15th. The 5th grade students will be wrapping them again this year.
If your family would like to do more, Stonehurst Hills is always in need of various arts and craft supplies as well as school supplies. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
Any questions please feel free to contact a staff member in the main office or email Tracy Wahl at 


PES 5th Grade Chorus - Performing Live on 12/21!


The PES 5th Grade Chorus will be performing live with the Cartoon Christmas Trio at the Uptown Theater in West Chester on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.  It's Holiday Fun for the whole family!  Tickets are now available - for more information, click here: Family Jazz Night Holiday Fun


Amy Simonds has been nominated as Life Changer of the Year!


Our own, Amy Simonds, 1st Grade teacher at Pocopson Elementary, has been nominated as a 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year! National Life Group's LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards K-12 school employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students.

The nominating process is open to all K-12 public, private, and charter schools in the United States, and will conclude on December 31st, 2017.  

The awards are as follows:

- Grand Prize Winner (1): $10,000 ($5,000 donation to school + $5,000 personal award)

- Grand Prize Finalists (4): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

- LifeChangers (10): $3,000 ($1,500 donation to school + $1,500 personal award)

- LifeChanger Spirit Award (1): $5,000 ($2,500 donation to school + $2,500 personal award)

You can view Mrs. Simond's LifeChanger nominee profile by going to:

Help us support Mrs. Simond's chance at the LifeChanger Spirit Award today by leaving your supportive comments!


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!



  • November 13: Start of Giving Tree, Hats/Mittens/Socks & Coat Drive
  • November 14: PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m.
  • ​November 20-22: Conferences (Half Days, no Kindergarten on 11/22)
  • ​November 23-24: No School
  • ​December 4th - 8th: Holiday Gift Sale




TOMORROW: 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.


Please plan to attend the 42nd Annual Unionville Art Gala!  

WHEN: Friday, November 17th from 6-9pm and Saturday, November 18th from 11-4pm
WHERE: Unionville High School Art Center
This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS Alumni, and current UHS Students along with live music and great food.  
This year’s featured artist is MaryAnn Weselyk, and our 2017 Senior Student Artist is Margaret Clisham. 
Friday evening includes delicious appetizers provided by some of the area’s most popular restaurants and live music from local musicians.  This fun and lively event raises money for Educational Enrichment Projects which help enhance the overall educational experience for UHS students as well help fund community outreach efforts in the local area.  As a special outreach this year, the Art Gala will be donating 10% of proceeds to Hardin-Jefferson school district in Houston, TX which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Thirty percent of any purchases are tax deductible.

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Vote for your favorite teacher today!


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 -





UHS Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser


UCFSD Annual Coat Drive


UHS Baseball "Build a Bag" Fundraiser


Unionville Ice Hockey Club - Holiday Wreath Sale


Kennett Symphony - Pops Goes the Holiday


5th Annual Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale


YMCA Winter Basketball


YMCA Swim Lessons


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:

FIVE simple ways to pack a waste free lunch: 1. reusable carrier (lunch sack or lunch box) 2. reusable containers 3. thermos for beverages 4. cloth napkin to wash and re-use 5. silverware to wash and re-use.  Avoid single-serve throw away packages, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, styrofoam, plastic bags, cartons, cans, drink pouches, paper napkins, disposable forks or spoons.


*** 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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