Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Around Our School 1/2/18

Happy New Year Pocopson Elementary School Families!

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




Don't Forget!  Friday, January 5th is Spirit Day at PES!

Show your Pocopson Pride by wearing Red, White and Blue or Pocopson Spiritwear! 


2018 Variety Show - Registrations due this Friday, January 5th!


Show us your talents!!  Do you sing? Dance? Juggle? Play piano? Recite poetry? Do magic tricks? Calling all 4th and 5th graders interested in performing in Pocopson's 2018 Variety Show on Friday, February 9th. It's a great time of friends cheering on friends, culminating in a show-stopping teacher performance! If you are not interested in performing, there are opportunities for stage crew help as well - join the fun! Please read the information and registration form in its entirety before committing. There are mandatory registration and rehearsal dates included.  If you have any questions regarding the Variety Show, you may contact:

Tara Sammaritano - dance2288@gmail.com    

Amy Patroni - amypatroni@verizon.net

Parker Hendrix - parkerhendrix@yahoo.com   
Nicole Sypherd - nicole.sypherd@gmail.com
Click Here for Registration Form - Due January 5th: 

Variety Show Registration Form

Rise Against Hunger comes to PES!


Signups are NOW OPEN for our upcoming MLK service project! 
On Thursday, January 18th, from 5 - 7pm, students, families and staff members will come together to participate in a meal packaging event with the organization Rise Against Hunger, an organization driven by the vision of a world without hunger.  During this two hour event, participants will pack over 10,000 meals that will be distributed across the globe.  
In his Nobel Peace Prize address, Martin Luther King Jr. stated that we must use our resources to "develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed." Pocopson is proud to partner with Rise Against Hunger to help combat global poverty for this year's MLK project.  We hope that your family will consider participating in this meaningful and worthwhile event.
To sign up for this event please click here: 
*Please note: Participants must be at least 5 years of age.
Here is a link to the Rise Against Hunger Mission Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbZ8WDrgaN4
We hope to see you on January 18th!


PTO Meeting - Next Tuesday!

Please join us for our next PTO Meeting next Tuesday, January 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the library.  Our guest speakers will be Pocopson Elementary's School Counselors, Doug Henderson and Rebecca Louick.  Doug and Rebecca will be addressing two topics that many parents seek advice on - Anxiety and Mindfulness.  As always, we'll have some delicious goodies from our Hospitality Chairperson, Lucy Barber!  So come grab a cup of coffee with us and get some great insights from the experts!     



Special Thanks to our Beautification Committee!

​Special thanks to Melissa Wilson and Denise O'Connor who make up our Beautification Committee at PES. These ladies have done a wonderful job making Pocopson Elementary look beautiful through season-inspired flowers, plants, and decorations outside our school.  Thank you Missy and Denise!



PES Family Fun Night - January 19th


Join us on Friday, January 19th for our next Family Fun Movie Night at PES!  Pizza, sweet treats, and Family Fun Snack Packs will be available for purchase at 6:15 p.m. and we will be showing the movie Meet the Robinsons, at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  Meet the Robinsons​ is an endearing tale of a little boy who happens to be an inventor and learns that failure isn't a reason to quit but rather an opportunity to learn!  (Think Growth Mindset!!!)  With the motto "Keep Moving Forward," kids will be encouraged to use their creativity and problem solving skills!  So grab your blankets and join us at the movies!



202 Nails Gives Back


Here'​s an easy way to give back to Pocopson Elementary!  202 Nails will give 5% to the Pocopson PTO for every purchase (including gift cards!).  Just ask for the Pocopson clipboard when you are checking out and add your purchase to our list!   It's that simple!  202 Nails is located at 1810 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342 (in the shopping center with Pescatore’s restaurant).  Thanks!



Art Beat After School


Art Beat After School will have two 6-week classes beginning in January!  

Wednesday Classes (1/10-2/14) - Large canvas painting, watercolors and pen and ink drawings.  Themed Winter animals - Penguins, Polar Bears and Seals...

Thursday Classes (1/11-2/15) - Fiber Weaving and Sculptures

Classes run from 3:45-4:45pm.  Register today at www.artbeatpa.org!



Build a House...Build a Dream


Every year Habitat for Humanity of Chester County hosts a contest for fifth-graders across the Delaware Valley called Build a House...Build a Dream.  In this contest, fifth-graders are challenged to work individually or in pairs to build a 3D model of their dream home. On the day of the contest, fifth graders will present their model to the judges, many of whom are professionals in the construction, engineering, design, and real estate professions. The top 3 entries earn prizes, but there are raffles and fun for all who attend! This year's contest will be held the morning of Saturday, March 17 at Church Farm School in Exton.  
This is the fifteenth year the contest has been held and it is truly a favorite for students and parents alike. The contest is free to enter thanks to money raised through generous sponsorships with local businesses.  Throughout the contest's existence, Habitat for Humanity has raised over half a million dollars to build homes throughout the Delaware Valley!
Interested fifth graders can register online at www.hfhcc.org/buildahouse2018 by Friday, February 23, 2018. 
Good Luck!


2017-2018 Yearbooks


Yearbooks are now on sale! Order your yearbook early and save.  If there are yearbooks available in June, they will be sold first come first serve.

Order early and save!!!!  Click on the link below and that will take you directly to the yearbook ordering site.





  • January 9th: PTO Meeting (9:30 a.m. in the library)
  • ​January 15th: MLK Day - School Closed
  • ​January 18th: Rise Against Hunger - MLK Service Project (5-7pm)
  • ​January 19th: Author Visit & Family Fun Movie Night
  • ​February 9th: Variety Show (7pm)






iGen Book Discussion & Author Visit


The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality.

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

Learn more about Dr Twenge and iGen at http://www.jeantwenge.com/

SAVE THE DATE - Dr. Twenge will be visiting UCFSD April 12-13, 2018.  More information to come.





URA Girls' Lacrosse Registration is Open


UHS Hitting-Pitching-Catching Clinic


SCCSA Soccer Spring Registration


Unionville Baseball Used Sports Equipment Collection & Sale


YMCA MLK Volunteer Opportunities


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 Tip of the Week:

Feeling stuck inside this winter? So is the air inside your home. Indoor air pollution is caused by a lack of ventilation and can lead to more frequent colds, respiratory problems, and other ailments. Dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and other pollutants can be reduced through regular cleaning.  Avoid spray cleaners and air fresheners which are often toxic, opting instead for natural cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar.



*** 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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