Monday, December 17, 2018

PES Around Our School 12/17/18

 
 
 

 

Happy Holidays PES Families,

 
PES PTO would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!
 
Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which contains additional information on school and community activities.  The Communications Packet can also be found on our PES website under PTO -> Weekly Communications.​​ 

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

 

Brain Based Strategies & Growth Mindset Parent Presentation - TOMORROW!

 

You are invited to attend a parent presentation on Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset on Tuesday, December 18th at 8:00 AM in the library. 

The following information will be presented by Kathryn Markloff and Erika Johnson (4th grade teachers) who have been working with The Franklin Institute on the implications of current neuroscience research on teaching and parenting.

  • 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
  • Learn ways to encourage growth mindset at home


If childcare becomes an obstacle, we are providing "kidsitting" for families who may need it. Feel free to bring your elementary children with you at 8:00 AM and they will be supervised by an adult while you are listening to the presentation.
 

When: December 18th at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Where: Pocopson Elementary Library

For Whom: Any parent of a student in kindergarten to fifth grades

 

 

2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Nominations due by 12/31/18!

 

LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE PES TEACHER IN 2018!  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 and make a difference in the lives of their students.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Citadel awards 15 finalists and three overall winners with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. 

For more information and to submit nominations, please visit - Citadel Heart of Learning

 

 

Holiday Giving Update

 

Thank you to EVERYONE at Pocopson that participated in our Holiday Community Service projects!

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to help many families in our community and the surrounding area.

Through our Giving Tree, we donated over 280 gifts to the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) holiday program, Pocopson Home, as well as many families within our own school!  Through our Hats and Mittens drive, we collected over 540 sets for our sister school, Stonehurst Hills Elementary! WOW!

Your generosity is so greatly appreciated!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

 

 

Order January Birthday Grams Today!

 

We are now accepting orders for January Birthday Grams!  For more information on Birthday Grams, please click here: Birthday Grams

Don't forget, summer birthdays can be celebrated on their half-birthday! 

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

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  • December 20th: Chorus Event @ Uptown Theatre (6:30pm)
  • December 24th - January 1st: Winter Break - No School
  • January 15th: PTO Meeting (9:30am in the Library)
  • January 21st: No School - Stay tuned for details on our MLK Service Project!
  • January 25th: Family Fun Night @ PES

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

 

 

URA Baseball Pee Wee League - Registration Open!

 

URA Baseball - Registration Open Now

 

UHS presents Chanticleer - April 2019!

 

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net.  News and announcements can also be found on the Pocopson Elementary website at pes.ucfsd.org or find us on Facebook @ Pocopson Elementary PTO! ***

 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

PES Around Our School 12/11/18

 
 
 

 

Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families!

 
Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which contains additional information on school and community activities.  The Communications Packet can also be found on our PES website under PTO -> Weekly Communications.​​ 

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

 

Brain Based Strategies & Growth Mindset Parent Presentation

 

You are invited to attend a parent presentation on Brain Based Strategies in Education and Growth Mindset on Tuesday, December 18th at 8:00 AM in the library. 

The following information will be presented by Kathryn Markloff and Erika Johnson (4th grade teachers) who have been working with The Franklin Institute on the implications of current neuroscience research on teaching and parenting.

  • 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
  • Learn ways to encourage growth mindset at home


If childcare becomes an obstacle, we are providing "kidsitting" for families who may need it. Feel free to bring your elementary children with you at 8:00 AM and they will be supervised by an adult while you are listening to the presentation.
 

When: December 18th at 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Where: Pocopson Elementary Library

For Whom: Any parent of a student in kindergarten to fifth grades

 

 

PES Chorus, Band, and Strings Winter Concert

 

Join us this Thursday, December 13th, at 7:00pm for the 4th & 5th Grade Chorus, and 5th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert!  Pocopson's YouTube Channel will also be hosting a live-stream event of the concert performance.  (Concert recordings will be available on our YouTube Channel after each performance has completed.)

Click here to watch live on YouTube:  http://bit.ly/PESEvents2018WC45

 

 

Hats & Mittens Drive- THANK YOU!

 

We are delighted to report that we have reached our goal of a Hat & Mittens/Gloves set for each student at our sister school, Stonehurst Hills Elementary!  Mr. Beaver and our PTO Presidents will be delivering the hat & glove sets to Stonehurst Hills next week.  Your generosity will help warm the heads, hands, and hearts of our friends at Stonehurst, and for that we thank you so very much!  Special thanks to the 5th Grade classes for counting items and wrapping each pair and also to the PES Stride team for their help cutting wrapping paper!

 

 

PES Giving Tree Gifts due this Friday!

 

Many thanks to all of the families that have taken a tag (or two) from the PES Giving Tree!  A friendly reminder that all Giving Tree gifts should be returned to school (unwrapped) by this Friday, December 14th.  Giving Tree gifts go to Pocopson families, Pocopson Home residents, and Toys for Tots.  ALL Toys for Tots collected will go to the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) group to be distributed locally during their holiday event.  

Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

Pocopson Spiritwear makes GREAT Holiday Gifts!

 

Searching for gift ideas for your PES student or maybe a teacher?  Look no further!  Pocopson Spiritwear makes GREAT holiday gifts!  Order by Monday, December 17th to have your items prior to Winter break.  Items will be sent home with your child, unless noted in the order that it is a gift; gifts can be picked up in the Main Office if you prefer.  There are items at all price points from hairbows to blankets to pj pants, so take a look today at: Pocopson Spiritwear

*Please note that there is limited availability on some items.  

 

 

Family Jazz Night at Uptown Theater

 

Don't miss the Cartoon Christmas Trio: Featuring Choirs from Hillendale, Pocopson and Unionville Elementary Schools!

Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:30pm

Tickets Adults $22 Student/Child $15

Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

The Trio also will be joined by baritone Grant Youngblood!

 

 

2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Nominations due by 12/31/18!

 

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 and make a difference in the lives of their students.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Citadel awards 15 finalists and three overall winners with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. 

For more information and to submit nominations, please visit - Citadel Heart of Learning

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

​​

  • December 13th: 4th & 5th Winter Concert - Chorus, 5th Grade Band and Strings (7:00pm)
  • December 14th: Giving Tree and Stonehurst Hats & Mittens Drive Ends
  • December 20th: Chorus Event @ Uptown Theatre (6:30pm)
  • December 24th - January 1st: Winter Break - No School

 

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

Coat Drive Volunteers Needed this Friday & Saturday

 

The UCFSD Coat Drive has provided nearly 500 area families with jackets, coats and hoodies each year for the past 10 years. The success of the drive depends solely on the generosity of the UCFSD community. Volunteers still are needed to help UHS students transport, prepare and distribute coats on December 14 and 15. There are several timeslots--some of them for as few as two hours--for which volunteers are needed. High school students (volunteers must be 14 or older) receive community service hours. Please consider donating your time to help your neighbors. 

Visit this link for information:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c48a5a72ba1fb6-ucfsd 

Email ucfsdcoatdrive1@gmail.com with questions.

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

 

 

URA Baseball Pee Wee League - Registration Open!

 

URA Baseball - Registration Open Now

 

UHS presents Chanticleer - April 2019!

 

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net.  News and announcements can also be found on the Pocopson Elementary website at pes.ucfsd.org or find us on Facebook @ Pocopson Elementary PTO! ***

 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

PES Around Our School 12/6/18

 
 
 

 

Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families!

 
Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which contains additional information on school and community activities.  The Communications Packet can also be found on our PES website under PTO -> Weekly Communications.​​ 

 

NEWS: IN OUR BUILDING

 

 

Pocopson Elementary K-3 Winter Concerts - Tomorrow!

 

Join us tomorrow, December 7th, at 9:30am or 1:30pm for the Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Winter Concert!  

Can't make it to PES for your child's Winter Concert?  No problem!  Pocopson's YouTube Channel will be hosting a live-stream event during each Winter Concert performance.  The concert recordings will also be available on our YouTube Channel after each performance has completed.

* Please note, concerts are at 9:30a.m. and 1:30p.m. (and they are the same!)

Winter 2018 Concert Links:

 

K-3 AM Winter Concert 2018 (December 7th, 9:30a.m.)

 

K-3 PM Winter Concert 2018 (December 7th, 1:30p.m.)

 

4th & 5th Grade Chorus, 5th Grade Band and Strings Winter Concert 2018 (December 13th, 7:00p.m.)

 

 

Hats & Mittens Drive Extended to Friday, December 14th!

 

With your help, we are closing in on our goal of a Hat & Mittens/Gloves set for each student at our sister school, Stonehurst Hills Elementary!  As of today, we need just over 100 more hats and mittens (or gloves).  It's not too late to purchase a set - our deadline has been extended to next Friday, December 14th!   

Important notes: 

  • Please purchase based on your child’s size and gender. 
  • Please deliver all unwrapped items to your homeroom teacher by Friday, December 14th.  The 5th grade students will be wrapping them this year. 
  • Questions? Email Tracy Wahl at trawahl@gmail.com

 

 

PES Giving Tree

 

Many thanks to all of the families that have taken a tag (or two) from the PES Giving Tree!  We still have a few tags left, which can be found on the trees in the main lobby and outside the cafeteria.  All gifts should be returned to the tree unwrapped and we will deliver it.  Giving Tree gifts go to Pocopson families, Pocopson Home residents, and Toys for Tots.  ALL Toys for Tots collected will go to the Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) group to be distributed locally during their holiday event.  

Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

December PTO Meeting - Cancelled

 

Please note that the PTO meeting previously scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th, has been cancelled.  Our next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30am in the Library - Mark your calendars!

 

 

Pocopson Spiritwear makes GREAT Holiday Gifts!

 

Searching for gift ideas for your PES student or maybe a teacher?  Look no further!  Pocopson Spiritwear makes GREAT holiday gifts!  Order by Monday, December 17th to have your items prior to Winter break.  Items will be sent home with your child, unless noted in the order that it is a gift; gifts can be picked up in the Main Office if you prefer.  There are items at all price points from hairbows to blankets to pj pants, so take a look today at: Pocopson Spiritwear

*Please note that there is limited availability on some items.  

 

 

Family Jazz Night at Uptown Theater

 

Don't miss the Cartoon Christmas Trio: Featuring Choirs from Hillendale, Pocopson and Unionville Elementary Schools!

Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:30pm

Tickets Adults $22 Student/Child $15

Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

The Trio also will be joined by baritone Grant Youngblood!

 

 

2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award - Nominate a PES 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 and make a difference in the lives of their students.

Chester County students, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Citadel awards 15 finalists and three overall winners with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. 

For more information and to submit nominations, please visit - Citadel Heart of Learning

 

 

UPCOMING DATES:

​​

  • December 3rd-7th: Holiday Gift Shop @ PES
  • December 7th: K-3 Winter Concerts (9:30am & 1:30pm)
  • December 13th: 4th & 5th Winter Concert - Chorus, 5th Grade Band and Strings (7:00pm)
  • December 14th: Giving Tree and Stonehurst Hats & Mittens Drive Ends
  • December 20th: Chorus Event @ Uptown Theatre (6:30pm)
  • December 24th - January 1st: Winter Break - No School

 

 

NEWS: IN OUR DISTRICT

 

UTHON Hosts Holiday Movie Night/Parents Night Out!

 

Unionville High School's Mini-THON is hosting a Holiday Movie Night for elementary-aged children on December 15, 2018.  The night will be filled with fun, games in the school gym, crafts, movies, and pizza. The children will be supervised by high school students and club advisor and teacher, Faith Dilworth.  Parents can get some holiday shopping done or just enjoy a night out!  CLICK HERE for more information!

 

 

School Bus Safety Reminders

 

Each year, drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child's life.

 

UCFSD would like to remind our drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.

 

Did you Know -

- When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.

- When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.

- You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.

- You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

- DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.

 

For more information on Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law, including an animated graphic demonstrating when you must stop, visit www.penndot.gov/safety

 

 

NEWS: SPORTS, ACTIVITIES & MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

 

Looking for a holiday wreath or centerpiece?  The Unionville Ice Hockey Club is partnering with Lynch Creek Farms for our annual fundraiser.  Every time we shop through the online fundraising page, the ice hockey program receives 20% back!  Please use the link below and the code 2RVFVK to make a purchase!
 

 

URA Baseball Pee Wee League - Registration Open!

 

URA Baseball - Registration Open Now

 

UHS presents Chanticleer - April 2019!

 

STEM Saturdays 2019

 

STEM Convention 2019

 

 

*** If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at pespto@ucfsd.net.  News and announcements can also be found on the Pocopson Elementary website at pes.ucfsd.org or find us on Facebook @ Pocopson Elementary PTO! ***

 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Holiday Gift Shop 2018 - Correction

 
 
 

 

Good Evening PES Families,

 

It was brought to our attention that Mrs. Thompson's class was inadvertently missed from the Holiday Gift Shop schedule sent out earlier.  Mrs. Thompson's class will be attending the gift shop next week on Wednesday, December 5th from 9:45-10:10a.m.  Please see the corrected full schedule below.

Also, we need many more volunteers to help in the Gift Shop.  There are time slots from 1 hour to multiple hours.  Any time you can give is appreciated!  It is a lot of fun! 

Signup here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A48A4AC2AA0FD0-pocopson

Thank you!

PES PTO

 

Holiday Gift Shop 2018

 

The Holiday Gift Shop is next week - Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th.  Please see the schedule below for your child's class (flyers and envelopes to come home this week).  Items for sale range from $.25 to $10.00.  The idea of the gift shop is to give your child an opportunity to shop by themselves for family members.  Some kids choose to shop a lot and some not at all.  Older kids will shop by themselves, then assist their buddy class using all those good estimating skills.  If you have volunteered in the past, you know that there is a very sweet, sincere spirit that flows through that room as they make their choices. 

It takes lots of volunteers to run this shop and we still have many time slots open - sign up for one hour or three hours or more! It's a heartwarming experience to watch holiday cheer come alive in our kids! Please click here to help:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A48A4AC2AA0FD0-pocopson

Any questions, contact Rebecca Castellarin at pmcmom917@gmail.com

 

Class Gift Shop Schedule:

11/30  Friday -  10:00 - 12:00  Setup

12/3  Monday -  9:15 - 9:40    Williamson

                          9:45 - 10:10  Bakes

                        10:15 - 10:40  Winnick 

                        11:30 - 11:55   Markloff

                          2:20 - 2:45    Schinski

                          2:50 - 3:15    Roebuck

12/4  Tuesday -  9:15 - 9:40    Swisher

                         10:00 - 10:25  Bowman

                         10:30 - 10:55  Showalter

                         11:30 - 11:55   Kriza 

                           2:20 - 2:45    Harris

                           2:50 - 3:15    McAndrew

12/5  Wednesday -  9:15 - 9:40    Lichter

9:45-10:10   Thompson

                              10:15 - 10:40  Cochran AM

                              11:30 - 11:55   Johnson

                                2:20 - 2:45    McGirl

                                2:50 - 3:15    Houpt

12/6 Thursday -   9:15 - 9:40    Mattei

                          10:00 - 10:25  Stephens

                          10:30 - 10:55  Trewella

                          11:30 - 11:55   Weltz

                            1:00 - 1:25    Crosson

                            1:30 - 1:55    Cochran PM

                            2:20 - 2:45     Amoss

                            2:50 - 3:15    Simonds 

12/7  Friday -  9:00 - 12:00  Last Chance Shopping

 

 

 
 
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester PA
(610) 793-9241
pespto@ucfsd.net

***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.