Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Around Our School 3/1/16

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.  Spring Picture Day - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, March 2nd. Forms were sent home for you to select a portrait look. Please have your child bring this form on picture day. No advance payment is necessary. Every student will be photographed individually (no class photos) and a picture package will be sent home. Parents can then select what pictures they want to keep and send back any unwanted pictures along with payment. If you do not want any pictures, please send all pictures back. 

This is also the day for the 5th Grade Graduation Picture. You don't want your child to miss this! The entire 5th grade will have their picture taken with Mr. Beaver and the 5th grade teachers. Please make every effort to be at school for this special picture!

Volunteers are needed to help keep the photography process running smoothly. Please consider spending a few hours of Wednesday, March 2nd at PES and sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C48ADAA28A46-spring

We also are in need of a new Picture Day Committee Member for 2016-2017. If you are interested in coordinating school pictures next year or have any questions about picture day, please email Dara Main at daracmain@gmail.com.


2.  Variety Show  

Friday March 4 at  7 p.m.   (doors open at 6:30)   

Mandatory   Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday March 1 3:30-6 in the gym

Volunteers still needed.  please sign up now:              



3.  Mobile Fingerprinting at the Variety Show

Fingerprinting will be available during the Variety Show on March 4th, from 5-8 pm. To expedite the finger printing process, parents can pre-register at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm and either bring a print out confirmation to PES or show the confirmation on your phone. Laptops will also be available for anyone who needs to register. Time slots for finger printing on March 4th are available here: 




Pocopson's PUBLISHING CENTER,  THE PATRIOT PRESS, made Publishing Student-Author Books Easier than EVER.

*** There's PLENTY of Time!  Applications & Fees are DUE on MARCH 11th *** 

***Author Kits (including Final Stories & Illustrations) are DUE on APRIL 4th***

All Patriot Press books will be professionally bound and custom made for each student-author!

Visit the Patriot Press website for the Application & more Information.  Find the Patriot Press on Pocopson's homepage:  pes.ucfsd.org  (click on the Patriot Press logo/ Quill pen)

AUTHOR KITS will be Delivered to Your Classroom after your Application & $8 Fee is received.  Once you have your Author Kit, writing & illustrating BEGINS! 


5.  Class Change Collection Jar Thank You

A big thank you to all those families who donated to the class change collection jar at the book fair! We raised over $1,200! That means about $300 went toward purchasing books for the PES library and about $900 went toward purchasing books and supplies for Stonehurst Elementary.


6.  4th Grade Skating Party

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at IceLine in West Chester from 5:00 to7:00 pm

Event is FREE for ALL Pocopson 4th Graders and includes skate rental, snack and drink.

Please fill out and submit the registration form to sign up: SkatingPartyForm   


7.  926 Bridge Flooding Status Facebook Page

A Facebook page was created by a PES parent that people can use to post the status of the 926 bridge flooding. If interested, check out the page and post updates as you know of them: https://www.facebook.com/926bridge/  


8.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be this Thursday, March 10th, at 9:30 am in the PES library.


9.  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!!


10.  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.



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



12.  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.  Unionville High School presents:​ SHREK THE MUSICAL​, March 3-5 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm​​

Saturday Matinee 2pm

UHS Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

*Character Lunch with Shrek and the Gang begins 11am Saturday! CF Patton Middle School Cafeteria. To reserve your lunch/preferred matinee seating combo ticket: uhs.ucfsd.org/music and click on the GOLD ticket.

Show Tickets on sale now for $12: www.showtix4u.com

Tickets at the door: $14 adults/$12 student and senior citizens

http://uhs.ucfsd.org/music-department.html  questions? uhstickets@gmail.com


News: Miscellaneous


1.  Delete Blood Cancer - DKMS Donor Registry Drive - 

13,000 patients are looking for bone marrow or stem cell donors to help give them a second chance at life.  6 out of 10 are currently unable to find a match.  You can be the one to help.  You can register as a potential donor on the National Donor Marrow Registry.  If you match with a patient, you will be contacted to discuss donation of stem cells or bone marrow.  Want to help?

  • Come register as a potential donor at the Kennett Area YMCA (101 Race Street, Kennett Square) on March 12 from 9-2.  Get your cheek swabbed to add you to the list!
  • Registering costs nothing.  But donations are welcome to offset the costs of registering each person ($65).  You can donate here: 


  • Want to donate another way?  Go to the Concord Township Chick-Fil-A (State Farm Rd, Glen Mills) on Monday March 7, 2016 - anytime all day long.  Tell them you are supporting Delete Blood Cancer and 15% of your sale will be donated.  

For questions, contact Christy Pickar - cpickar31@comcast.net


2.  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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