Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Around Our School 4/5/16


Hello 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.  Pocopson's PATRIOT PRESS Student-Authors:

ALL Author Kits must be returned by THURSDAY, April 7

Please complete and return your Author Kit as soon as possible! 

Contact the Patriot Press if you are having any issues or need help: patriotpress@ucfsd.net

"Books are filled with magic and an author's love"

The Patriot Press can't wait to publish your books & see you at the Doughnut Party!

2.  Grandparent's Day Volunteer Needed: Grandparent's Day is Friday, May 6th. We are looking for a volunteer to drive the shuttle bus to transport grandparents from their parking spots to the front door of the school. If you're able to help out that day, please email danielledarmo@ hotmail.com. Thanks!

3.  Garden Club

Pocopson Garden Club
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn in our garden. Come join us for weekly lesson plans that will engage students with real life experiences. We have 6 raised garden beds to plant, raise and harvest. Along with expanding our current butterfly garden. We meet every Wednesday after school until 5:00pm. Our first meeting will be April 13. If you have any questions please feel free to email or call. 
Renee Lowe 


4.  2016-2017 Committee Chair Sign Ups:  Please consider signing up to chair a PES PTO committee for the 2016-2017 school year.  Descriptions and sign up form can be found below and in the communication packet.  If you are currently chairing a committee and would like to continue next school year please submit form.  A big thanks to all who chaired this year and to all those who volunteer for next year.  Parent volunteers help make PES a great school!

Committee Description 

Committee Signup 

5.  Save the Date: Art & Garden is April 30! 

Fun run at 9:00. Activities, food, vendor tables and auction open at 10:00. Festivities end at 3:00. Art & Garden is currentlly accepting silent auction donations. Please visit the website for details www.pesartandgarden.org

Volunteers: Parent and 5th grade volunteers needed. Please visit the A & G website (www.pesartandgarden.org) and click on the volunteer tab to sign up.  All parent volunteers will be entered into a gift card raffle for each slot they sign up for.

Plants: Please consider pre-ordering your garden plants from us. We get beautiful quality flowers from our grower, plus your order benefits our school! Plus, new this year, take 10% off all plant prices for pre-ordering! Please find the plant order form at the link below. It's due back by Friday, April 22. Any questions, email amypatroni@verizon.net


Cupcakes:  Do you love to bake?  If so, we could use your help with the Art and Garden bake sale.  Please consider donating a dozen (or more) cupcakes to our cupcake table.  Please sign up via this link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545a4a62ea75-wanted/ or on the Art and Garden website (http://www.pesartandgarden.org/volunteers.html).  Cupcakes can be dropped off on Friday, April 29th or early Saturday morning, April 30th.

6.  PTO meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be on Friday, April 15th, at 9:30 am in the PES cafeteria.

7.  Bricks 4 Kidz- April 6th - May 11th 3.30-4.30 PM "Interesting Inventions" Most objects we use on a daily basis were invented by someone. Find out the origins of things like the hand mixer, windshield wipers and conveyor belts. During this unit, students will discuss the difference between an invention and a discovery, learn how inventions solve problems, and find out how inventors get their ideas patented. Each week, students are encouraged to think of what they could invent, or improvements they could make to an existing object to solve a problem. So many things we use each day are someone's invention. Introduce your student to the world of ideas, creativity, inventions and patents. We will construct different familiar objects each week such as a hand mixer, windshield wipers and a conveyor belt. Each model is motorized for maximum movement and fascination! Start creating! To register please visit www.bricks4kidz.com/exton or call 484 341 0004.

8.  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!!

9.  Your Library is looking for donations of the following:

  • thin cardboard (like food boxes) and also corrugated
  • PVC Pipe Pieces and Connectors (I'm sure you have them lying around!)
  • empty mint/candy times (like Altoids etc.)
  • old fashioned film canisters with lids
  • empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • leftover yarn
  • any gently used wooden blocks or pieces of wood around that size

We thank you very much!!!

News: In Our District

1.  UCFEF 7th Annual Community Yard Sale on May 7, 2016 8:00 am ‐ 12:30 pm 

More information here: Yard Sale Info 

3.  UHS Football Team Mulch Fundraiser run by the Quarter Back Club (QBC).  

See our 2016 flyer attached: Football Mulch Flyer  

News: Miscellaneous

1.  Kennett Run FUNDRUN 14 May 2016

The Kennett Consolidated School District and the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District have always been big participants of the Kennett Run.  With 10 schools amongst them, they represent an important and youthful pool of runners.  The FundRun allows us to thank the schools for their participation by giving back $5 for each student, staff or teacher registered to their specific school "team".  The school with the most participants from each District in the race will also win an additional prestigious prize.  Last year Bancroft Elementary won for KCSD while Patton Middle for UCFSD with 26 and 12 runners respectively.  I am sure that this year we can generate many more students, faculty and staff to proudly run for their school. Almost $1000 was returned to the two Districts in 2015. The FundRun participants can run the 1mile run/walk, 5K or 10K races. Presently we have runners as young as 4 doing the 1 Mile and three youngsters of 6 doing the 5K.  Remember to encourage your youngster or student to register for the race and make sure to click on their school team on the registration page.  All the information can be found at http://www.kennettrun.net/

Participants can select Pocopson Elementary School as their team when registering.

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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