Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Around Our School 1/12/16

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.  Evening PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be in the evening on Thursday, January 14th at 7PM in the library.  Dr. Sanville will be our guest speaker.  Mr. Beaver will attend as well.  Please come join us!    

2.  Save the date!  Family Fun Indoor Movie Night is coming on Friday, January 22nd.  Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown in the PES Gym.  Concessions will be open from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm, and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm.  All concession items will be $1.  Wear your PJs, bring a blanket for your family, and come on out for a night of fun!

3.  Patriot Pride Campaign:  The PTO is planning a fundraiser for September 2016 that is 100% parent run.  This will be in place of Boosterthon for 2016.  All profits will go straight to PES.   We have many ideas, but need committee members to help organize the event.  Please help us plan this campaign.   Much of the planning and organization will need to be done this spring prior to summer break.  Email danielledarmo@hotmail.com to volunteer.  Thank you!!

4.  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 January 26th!!  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 FREAKY PHYSICS What do you get when you take matter and mix in some energy? Freaky Physics! We'll mix up a gas that is heavier than air, change states of matter to make slippery slime, and build a circuit to create an awesome motorized "drawing-bot". Plus see how physics and building are related as our engineering teams compete to see who can build the tallest towers. Test your science skills as we freak out with physics!

Club topics later in the year include 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.

5.  Birthday Book Club/Donate a Book program -  

Help support the PES library by donating a book in honor of your child's birthday!  See the communications packet flyer for more details and email Jennifer McDonald at jenniferde@hotmail.com with any questions.  Click this link to visit Mrs. Thomas' library page for library news and suggestions for book donations.


6.  Yearbooks on sale:  The yearbook is on sale for the early bird price of $28 per book.  Simply click on the link to order: 


7.  Reserve the Showcase:  Are you a committee chair or creative parent?  We need volunteer(s) to sign up for the week of 5/16-5/27 to reserve the showcase in the front entrance.  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.  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.  Fifth Grade Human Growth and Development Curriculum Parent Presentation - Jan 19

5th grade parents  are invited to attend a preview of their child's health curriculum on Human Growth and Development.  During this presentation we will share the materials that will be used in class and hold an open discussion of the topics to be covered.

Presentation Date:  Tuesday, Jan 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School. 

Snow date: Tuesday, Jan 26

2.  Save the Date - Annual Golden Gala: Saturday, February 6, 2016 

Join us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary!  Please join us for a fun filled night as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation.  Hosted at the Gables of Chadds Ford, the night will include Hors D'oeuvres, dancing, cocktails, silent auction and fun.  This event sold out last year.  Tickets available now.  Visit www.ucfedfoundation.org for complete details.

If you have specific questions, please contact ucfedfoundation@gmail.com


News: Miscellaneous

1.  Summer Adventures Camp and Activity Fair:  January 13, 2016  (Snow date: January 14) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the CCIU

Jump start your summer planning with a night of food and fun! Explore camps, activities, and local vendors with your child and decide on a great summer! Admission is free!!  Students from K to 12 and their parents will be able to meet with representatives and gather information for a summer to remember. Vendors include summer camps, summer schools, party venues, tutors, music and theater, sports and exercise, arts and crafts vendors, out-doors camps, and more!

Visit the CCIU website for more information.

2.  URA Spring 2016 Registration is NOW OPEN!
It is time to start thinking about Spring Softball!  We are very excited about the 2016 season as we are making some improvements to our 2015 program.
Perhaps the biggest change will be to our age divisions.  We have added an age group and we will now follow the standard age groups used in most softball programs.  So we will have PeeWees, 8U, 10U, 12U and 16U programs.  This change will ensure that players have the best ability to grow and play at their skill level.
We are also excited to have a 16U team that will be led by Mark Royer.  We are finalizing plans now that will ensure that our 16U girls will have a full season of games with other programs in the area.
Another change will be in our 10U and 12U schedules.  We are completing plans that will give the girls to play a much more exciting season.  The girls will have the opportunity to play more teams with a few games with some local teams.  This means that there will be a few (up to 3) "away" games, however the travel is kept to a minimum and is within 15 miles.
We know that one of the attractions of our program is the local nature of practice and games.  By adding up to 3 away games we are giving the girls a much better program because they will get the ability to play a much wider range of teams.  The away games will be in the West Chester area.  I know girls are going to be very excited!
To encourage you to register now we are offering a $20 discount for registrations completed by January 31st.  The discount will appear on the check-out page.  Please register now by CLICKING HERE.
Look for more information on our Pre-Season clinics soon.

3.  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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