Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Around Our School 11/10/15

Pocopson Elementary School Families,


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



News: In Our Building 



1.  Turkey Coupons:  Do you have a grocery store coupon for a free turkey that you don't plan to use?  Please donate it to help feed needy families.  Submit coupons to the PES office in an envelope marked "COMMUNITY SERVICE".  Any questions, please contact Parker Hendrix at parkerhendrix@yahoo.com.



2.  Yearbooks on sale!  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book. 


Simply click on the link to order: 






Please consider volunteering 35 minutes of your time to your childs Art class for an interactive art enrichment project.


Volunteers needed to guide projects. Lots of fun. 

Please contact kateeboyle123@gmail.com with questions and for project description.  



4.  UCFSD coat drive:  UCFSD Community Service gives away gently used warm coats, fleece jackets, hats, mittens/gloves and snow pants to local families in need. Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any of the UCF district schools now until Thursday 12/17.  Items should be clean and in good condition. All styles and sizes are needed. New items are also gladly accepted!



5.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:


The next club of the school year is set to begin on Dec 8th!!  Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in Pocopson Elementary's Science Lab after school from 3:30 to 4:30 and is available to students in 1st to 5th grade. 

The next club topic is BURPS, BELCHES AND BAD BREATH:  Did you know that mucus is part of your daily diet? On what part of your body are you producing a cement-like substance? Are there little creatures living on you? What happens to our cells when we sweat? Find out the wacky science going on inside all of us! We will make our own mucus, create body spray to keep us smelling good, make an explosion of gas bubbles, mix up noisy putty, and use chemistry to show how to neutralize stomach acids. We like to call it a "cool kind of gross"!

Club topics later in the year include Freaky Physics, Secrets of Ancient Egypt and Is There a Doctor in the House. Please visit  www.scienceexplorers.com and click on After-school clubs for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 20 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot. Please contact Jill Shinn at  jshinn@scienceexplorers.com or 609.315.6492 with any questions.



6.  Nominate your favorite PES teacher:  Show your school spirit today by nominating the great teachers at your school. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award for Chester County teachers. Each year, 15 finalists and three overall winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the community through teaching. All finalists and winners are honored with an award, cash prizes and a night of celebration at the annual awards banquet. Students, parents, teachers, administrators or anyone in the community can nominate a teacher at CitadelHeartofLearning.com. Nominations are open through December 31.

After the nomination period ends, the Citadel Heart of Learning Award committee will tally the total number of nominations by school. The top three schools will earn cash for events or assemblies: 1st Place - $1500, 2nd Place - $750, 3rd Place - $500. 



7.  Are you a committee chair or creative parent?  We need volunteers to sign up to reserve the showcase in the front entrance to decorate throughout the year.  The reservation is for a two-week block.  Advertise an event, decorate for a holiday or season.  The sky's the limit!  Please be sure to take down your decorations at the end of the two week slot so the next person is ready to go.  Thanks.  Sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-showcase 



8.  Giant A+ Rewards program will be beginning soon.  Please go to Giant's website   http://giantfood.com/aplus/register-card/ to register your bonus card to earn money for Pocopson.  Every year Giant gives back over $1000 to Pocopson because parents register their bonus card and designate Pocopson (#25843) as the recipient.  It does not affect gas reward points.  We typically have under 100 registered cards.  Imagine how much we could earn if every parent who shops at Giant registers his/her card. It's free money for our school!!



9.  The Pocopson Library is need of L.O.V.E. (Library Operations Volunteers Extraordinaire) again this year.  Duties include:  

  • Helping students find books
  • Checking books in and out
  • Re-shelving books
  • Shelf reading

No experience necessary. . .training provided!  

Shifts are 9:15-11:30 or 1:15-3:15 every other week.  If you cannot commit to every other week and would still like to volunteer, please let Eva in the library know.  Use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e48aeaf0-library1



News: In Our District



1.  Community Conversation: Keeping Our Schools Safe

We will be holding a Community Conversation on school safety on November 11 at 6:00 pm in the UHS cafeteria.  In 2013, responding to the lessons learned from Sandy Hook, our community came together for our last Community Conversation on safety.  A 27 point plan was adopted and implemented.  Recent events (weapons found on campus) and the District's response to them, have generated a lot of conversation throughout the community.  Its time to come together again, to review where we are and what else needs to be addressed as we remain ever vigilant about the safety of our children. 

RSVP to Kim Van der Mooren kvandermooren@ucfsd.net

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.



News: Miscellaneous



1.  Mathnasium is a math-only learning center where we teach students math in a way that makes sense to them.  Mathnasium is a program which can be utilized to supplement the school math curriculum.  Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student's needs. Our program can aid a student who may be falling behind, a student ahead of the class material, or any student who wishes to further their math ability.  At the center, our instructional method goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math. www.mathnasium.com/glenmills



2.  Brandywine Yoga is pleased to announce it's second 4-week series this fall of Just for Girls Tween Yoga! 


Just for Girls

4 Week Series

November 1st - 22nd, 2015

Sunday Evenings: 6:00 - 7:15 pm

The tween years are a time of tremendous change. Our program offers not only the physical movement that young girls need, but creates a supportive environment for self-discovery. Yoga empowers pre-teens with self-confidence and self esteem, aids in focus and concentration and helps manage stress and anxiety. A consistent yoga practice will enhance physical performance needed in sports, dance and other activities.


Four week series - $60 or $17 drop in.

The Brandywine Yoga Studio is located above Lenape Pizza on Route 52.



3.  Piano and Vocal lessons in the comfort of your home!

Allison Landon is a 2009 graduate from UHS.  She is a recent bachelor of music graduate from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has had professional training as both a pianist and vocalist in classical and jazz styles for over 15 years. As an active vocalist, Allison has performed at local festivals, sports events, and participated in professional ensembles. Lessons consist of weekly repertoire, scales and an emphasis on understanding music theory through written work and performance. Allison takes a positive, fun and encouraging approach to teaching piano to all of her students! Visit allisonlandon.com or email allisonlandonmusic@gmail.com to book lessons!



4.  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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