Monday, January 8, 2018

Around Our School 1/8/18

Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families,


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





PTO Meeting - Tomorrow!

Please join us for our next PTO Meeting tomorrow, 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!  



2018 Variety Show - Registration due date extended to Wednesday, Jan 10th!


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! 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 -    

Amy Patroni -

Parker Hendrix -   
Nicole Sypherd -
Unfortunately, we have reached the maximum number for stage crew and can no longer accept registrations for this role.
Click Here for Registration Form - Now Due January 10th

Variety Show Registration Form

A Message about Rise Against Hunger - January 18th


We are excited about our upcoming MLK service project on January 18th in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger!  Thank you to the families that signed up to participate and filled volunteer slots very quickly.  We hope to provide this service opportunity to the Pocopson community again so if you missed a chance this time, please keep a lookout for similar volunteer opportunities in the future.  Thank You!  


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!



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 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)






Purchase Your Tickets Today for the Unionville Chadds Ford Education Foundation’s Golden Gala!


The UCF Education Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that supports our school district, awarding approximately $300,000 in grants to support innovative educational programs and projects in each of our six schools since its inception.


The UCF Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Golden Gala, a cocktail party fundraiser taking place on Saturday, February 10th at 7pm at the Gables in Chadds Ford. Tickets are limited, and include hors d’oeuvres, dancing, wine and beer open bar, and a silent auction. Don’t miss this opportunity to support our schools, as well as enjoy a fabulous night out!  Please visit our website to purchase tickets.


What are a few of the grants the UCF Education Foundation has funded for Pocopson Elementary School?

$490 Water Filler Station Grant, to supplement PTO funding

$1,000 Rocking Chairs for Reading Grant

$1,500 iPads for the Library Grant

$2,000 Attention to Fitness Grant

U-PRISE Presents: The Parents' Role in the IEP Meeting
WHAT:  Guest Speaker Series: The Parent's Role in the IEP Meeting
with Andrew E. Faust, Esq. - Sweet, Stevens, Katz, & Williams LLP
WHEN:  Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
WHERE:  UCFSD District Office Public Meeting Room, 740 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348
*National Honor Society Students will be available for childcare starting at 5:30pm.
For more info, CLICK HERE
2018 Unionville High School Used Book Sale
On Saturday January 20th, the 2018 Unionville High School Used Book Sale will kick off with our annual neighborhood book collection.  
We are in need of student drivers for the collection and we also need both students and adults to help set-up, unload cars, and sort and price the books.
Click here for the student driver sign-up:   
This is a community event, so even if you do not have a student in the High School, you are very welcome to come and help as it takes many hands and hours to prepare for the sale.  We will have volunteer shifts up until the day of the sale – we have hours during the day, or in the evening if daytime hours are inconvenient.  We’ve set aside hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and certain Saturdays for volunteer help. No prior experience is necessary!  This is a great way to meet new people, connect with friends, or a way to spend time while waiting for a practice vs driving home and back in the cold! Every little bit of help is vital to the success of the sale!
The 2018 Used Book Sale will take place on Friday, February 23rd, and Saturday, February 24th.  We will need many, many volunteers on those days as well for the set up and actual sale.
So, please volunteer for a shift or two or three by clicking on the following SignUp Genius link:
If you have any questions please email us at, or go to our website at





URA Girls' Lacrosse Registration - Due Jan 15th


Chess Club Registration


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: 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:

A used aluminum can be recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.  Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy; 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.



*** 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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