Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Around Our School 2/21/18

Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families,

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




Amazing talent at the 2018 Variety Show!


We'd like to send special thanks to the 2018 Variety Show Committee: Parker Hendrix, Amy Patroni, Tara Sammaritano, and Nicole Sypherd for another amazing PES Variety Show!  This year's show displayed the many different and captivating talents of our wonderful students as well as the fantastic finale featuring our Pocopson teachers and staff! If you missed the show, ​CLICK HERE to view the awesome finale performance!  
​We're looking forward to seeing what's in store for next year!



Spring Picture Day - March 1st

Smile!  Spring Picture Day is next week on Thursday, March 1st.  All children will be photographed and proofs will be sent home after picture day if you are interested in selecting a package.  No forms or payment are required on picture day.  

*5th Grade Parents: Please note, the 5th Grade Class Picture will be taken on March 1st! 

We are in need of a few volunteers to help keep the photography process running smoothly.  Parents are required to have clearances on file with the Main Office. 

To sign-up, please visit:




A Recap from February's PTO Meeting

Last Tuesday, the PTO welcomed reading specialists, Dr. Huber and Mrs. Terranova and our librarian, Mrs. Thomas.  These awesome educators gave valuable strategies on how to help our children navigate the reading process and become strong, confident readers. 
A few key points from the presentation:
  • Decoding/Word Attack Skills include: Use picture clues, connect to words you know, sound the word out, and reread the sentence
  • Fluent readers read more quickly and smoothly, allowing them to focus on comprehension.  To aid in fluency, readers may listen to books for modeled fluency, read books aloud, and read below level books to develop muscle memory.
  • In order to comprehend a text, readers should make predictions and inferences, summarize, ask and answer questions.
  • When selecting a book, have the child read a page - if there are more than 3 words your child cannot read, it is not independent reading for him/her.
  • Additional parent resources:

​​Many thanks to Dr. Huber, Mrs. Terranova, & Mrs. Thomas for sharing this helpful information with us!


YOUR Pocopson Library!


The Library at Pocopson Elementary is truly a gem! We thought we'd share with you a few things you may not know about the PES Library...


-       The PES Library is open to families every weekday before school from 8:45 - 9:10 a.m. and also after school!  Parents are welcome to come in with their children to check out books during these times!  Ms. Thomas would love to connect your child with the right book and make recommendations to excite your young reader!  If you are interested in stopping by after school, please email Ms. Thomas at in advance.


-       Suggested Reading Lists are available on the PES Library website for 2nd through 5th Grade.  Visit PES Library and click on Reading Lists in the top right corner. 


-       Conference days are a GREAT time to visit the Library!  Swing by with the kids before or after your Spring conference to peruse the shelves and help your child find that first chapter book, graphic novel, or picture book that will spark their interest in reading!


-       Mrs. Thomas is on Twitter!  Follow her @pocopsonlib for regular updates and recommended books!

Art & Garden Meeting for Homeroom Parents - This Friday!
An Art & Garden Planning Meeting will be held this Friday, 2/23, at 9:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria for Homeroom Parents.  This meeting will provide information on how you can collaborate with your teacher to create either individual art projects, class projects, or class baskets for the silent auction.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.  Homeroom parents, we look forward to seeing you there!
February Box Tops Collection Is NOW!


Don't forget - we are still collecting Box Tops this month!  Please carefully cut out the Box Tops, check expiration dates and put in a baggie with student name, teacher name and number of Box Tops.  Alternately, you can use the Clip Sheet found here: Box Tops Clip Sheet
We are having a school-wide competition during the month of February:   
·      A $10 Amazon gift card is raffled each week for all Box Tops collectors.
·      Top Box Top collectors will receive a Pocopson spirit wear bracelet. 
·      The top class in the school will earn a $25 gift certificate to the Scholastic book fair. 

4th Grade Ice Skating Party - Save the Date & Sign Up Your Child!


All 4th Graders are invited to a fun-filled afternoon with friends at Ice Line in West Chester on Sunday, March 11th from 4-6pm!

Please mark your calendars for this district-wide event and sign your child up by March 4th via the Google Doc that has been sent to you by your 4th Grade Homeroom Parents. 

Click HERE for more info!  Questions? - Contact Mary Lacy at or Whitney Hoffman at


PAWS for Books Book Fair!  Come, Stay, Read a Great Tale!



Book Fair! Coming Soon! Save the Date! 


Pocopson’s Book Fair will be here March 12th - March 16th!


Monday, March 12th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Tuesday, March 13th - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 9-4

Wednesday, March 14th - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, March 15th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Friday, March 16th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3


Calling All Volunteers!  Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  


Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  Help your kids shop for books at the book fair.  We will also need lots of help for Set Up, Clean Up & Donut Days!  Please look at the Sign Up Genius link below to see if there is a time that works for you!

Thanks in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann



All For Books: Your child’s class could win a Pup-peroni Pizza Party

Any donation welcome!  Support the PES Library, Stonehurst’s Library and charity!  For every dollar we collect for our school library for the “All For Books” Program, Scholastic Book Fair donates one book to charity.  Last year our school collected $795.50 for the PES school library and Stonehurst’s library plus Scholastic donated books to their own charities!  Donations can be made during the Book Fair at the “All For Books” Table.  The kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar!  The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Pup-peroni Pizza Party!



Teacher Wish Lists: Attention Parents & Students… Don’t forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child’s classroom!  





It's almost time for Donut Days!!!!  
Wednesday, March 14th through Friday, March 16th
What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, milk, juice, apples and donuts will be served from 8:00 am – 8:45 AM in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required.  Please make every effort to come on your assigned day, as listed below, as we plan the amount of donuts to purchase accordingly. 
After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our fabulous Book Fair in the gymnasium!
Wednesday, March 14th last names beginning with A – H
Thursday, March 15th last names beginning with I – P
Friday, March 16th last names beginning with Q – Z
Please contact with any questions.
Pocopson's Publishing Center, The Patriot Press, is Online & Open for Business!
Please visit the Patriot Press website for more information & an application.  You can find the Patriot Press at: (click on the Patriot Press logo: Quill pen, left side of webpage)
​The Pocopson Patriot Press is a publishing service for the students of Pocopson Elementary School.  Each student may submit an original story to be printed and bound for the fee of $20 per child.  One copy will be given to the student and one copy will remain in the school library to be enjoyed by the entire student body.  Principal Beaver reads every book and presents a Published Author letter to each student at an Authors-Only Book Launch Donut Party!  Patriot Press student-authors are listed in the Library card catalog system as published authors (students enjoy typing in their name to find their name listed with Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary and JK Rowling)!  This is a very special program and unique to our school run by the PTO's Patriot Press Committee.
The Patriot Press Committee looks forward to receiving your application and story!
​Feel free to contact us with any questions at:



2017-2018 Yearbooks - Early Bird Discount ends soon!


Yearbooks are now on sale! Order your yearbook before March 2nd to get the Early Bird Discount!  If there are yearbooks available in June, they will be sold first come first serve.

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



Discovery Zone @ PES


A Message from Ms. Thomas...


Parents - Thank you so much for all of your contributions to our Makerspace!  The kids use it ALL the time and love coming in and creating. 


Thanks to the PTO and a donor, we have added 11 Dash and Dot robots to our arsenal.  I wish you could see the students at recess time - coding the robots to launch balls, change colors, etc. 


We are always in need of donations of consumable items.  Here is a list of things we always need, if you can contribute:


Cardboard - boxes, rolls, etc.

Plastic bags (grocery, dept store)

Packing tape - we go through this like crazy!

Masking Tape - ditto

Decorative Duck Tape

Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)


We are in great need of Lego Bricks - we just want the bricks - not the specialty items like ships or rockets or extras.  Just bricks!

We just introduced Makey Makey kits (great fun with circuitry!) and are in need of play dough to use as a conductor.






  • February 23rd: Art & Garden Homeroom Parents Planning Meeting (9:15am)
  • March 1st: Spring Picture Day (including 5th Grade Class Picture)
  • ​March 11th: 4th Grade Ice Skating Party at Ice Line (4-6pm)
  • March 12th - 16th: PES Book Fair
  • ​March 13th: PTO Meeting with Guest Speakers Mr. Henderson & Mrs. Louick (7pm)
  • March 14th - 16th: Donut Days






UHS Used Books Sale


The UHS Used Book Sale is this weekend: Friday, 2/23 & Saturday, 2/24

For times and more information, please visit

Volunteers are still needed!  If you're interested in serving, sign-up at



FOCUS Parent Network discussion - Developing Winners in Life Through Sports
Tuesday, March 6th from 7-9 p.m.  in the Patton auditorium
Everyone wants to win. That’s the first goal in sports. But in youth and high school sports there is a second, more important goal: teaching life lessons through sports. 
This informative talk will focus on the TOOLS parents need to talk to their children about sports. Experts from the nationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance will provide positive parenting tips on "coaching" our children. This talk will be followed by a Q and A session. 

For more information on PCA speakers check out: ​ 
To register for this FREE event :​ ​​, our FOCUS website: ​



"iGen" Community Book Discussion


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

Find the book on Amazon -
Hardcover - $15.51
Kindle - $12.99 


March 7, 2018 - Join in a Community Book Discussion at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Cafeteria.

Followed by....


April 12, 2018 - Join us for a presentation by Dr. Jean M. Twenge, author of "iGen",

at 7pm in the Unionville High School auditorium!

More information to come.




URA Baseball Registration


URA Softball Registration


UHS Softball Clinic


The Great Kindness Challenge


Patton Middle School presents The Little Mermaid Jr.


Jazz Along the Brandywine


Habitat for Humanity Build a House Contest


WC Studio Acting & Musical Theatre


UPenn Splash Weekend Extravaganza


76th Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point


Summer Camp Info:


Amerikids Summer Camp


Benchmark Summer Camp


WC Studio Summer Camps


YMCA Sleepaway Camps


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 Kelly Fleming: 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:

Letting the faucet run until the water gets cold can waste up to 8 gallons of water per day!  Instead keep a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge, ready to go.


*** 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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