Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Around Our School 5/3/16


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.  Upcoming Dates at PES

  • May 5: Spring Open House: 7:00pm - 8:30pm; families are invited to visit your students classrooms and teachers; Chorus Concerts for students and parents during Open House
  • May 6: Grandparent's Day (*Reminder - please send the office a note if your child will be going home with a grandparent)
  • May 10: 4th grade PSSA breakfast
  • May 10: Math 24 challenge

2.  Grandparents Day is this Thursday! We are in need of parent volunteers to help this event run smoothly. Please sign up here if you are able to help on this special day:


3.  2016-2017 Committee Chair Sign Ups:  Please consider signing up to chair a PES PTO committee for the 2016-2017 school year. 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!

We are still in need of help on the following committees:  Third Grade Read a Thon, Art and Garden, Square One Art, Curriculum Council representative, FOCUS representative, Spirit Wear, Green Thumbs and Wellness Committee representative. Descriptions and sign up form can be found below and in the communication packet. If these positions don't get filled we risk losing these programs for our students and families. 

Committee Descriptions   


4.  GIRLS ON THE RUN AND STRIDE PARTNERS WITH SOLE HOPE:  Our PES Girls on the Run and STRIDE teams, along with many teams throughout Chester County, will be working with Sole Hope for our community service projects this season.  This organization helps children in Africa who are infected with jiggers - sand fleas that burrow into their bare feet and cause infections, paralysis, and sometimes the need for amputation.  We invite you to join us as we gather materials to make simple shoes to protect their feet and provide supplies for medical relief teams who are treating children.  Help us put our best foot forward in the world beyond Pocopson

Now through May, you can donate the following things to help make our shoe kits:

  • Old denim jeans
  • Large safety pins
  • Thin plastic - milk jugs, soda bottles, plastic placemats, plastic folders.  Please rinse milk and soda bottles clean!
Also needed:
  • Sharpies
  • Surgical gloves
  • Cotton balls
  • Medical tape

5.  School Supplies for 2016-2017:  We have collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free. You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link below:


If you have questions please contact Eileen Day: dayeileen@gmail.com or Tara Sammaritano: dance2288@gmail.com

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

The next club of the school year is set to begin today, May 3rd!!  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 will be IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? 

If you have ever wondered what is running through your veins and what happens to your lunch after you eat it, then join Science Explorers for five fun filled "office visits" that are guaranteed to kick your senses into high gear and stimulate your mind. We'll create edible blood, made a model of the digestive system, build a working lung model, and investigate a real sheep brain! Make no bones about it, the doctor is in!

*Allergy alert (dairy and/or gluten)

This is our last topic of the year! 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.

7.  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.  UCF FIRST Robotics Information Night - May 11:  The District's STEM initiative includes supporting STEM related club activities and the FIRST Robotics club has been growing and gaining a lot of recognition (and awards!).  FIRST Robotics will be holding an informational meeting.
Wednesday May 11th, 6:30-8:00pm
Hillendale Elementary School, LGI
Come find out about FIRST Robotics!
Hosted by the Flaming Phoenix Robotics Team from Unionville High School
Programs for K-12 will be discussed in preparation for the next year's season.

Get involved and compete in the sporting event for the mind!!!  For more information:
Cliff Warner email: ucf.first.robotics@gmail.com

2.  UHS After Prom- Community Walk-Thru: 

The Community Walk-Thru is May 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. Please come see the high school transformed for this signature event!  

The After Prom Committee is excited to reveal this year's After Prom theme at Unionville High School. Like many years before, parents and volunteers have been hard at work transforming the high school!! It is their goal to keep the students and community safe after prom. This event offers students a memorable opportunity to join friends in a secure & fun environment while providing activities, food and surprises. The event takes place "After Prom" on May 14th from 11pm to 5am.

Once again, to entice students to attend, Scott Honda of West Chester, PA, is generously donating a used car to one lucky student that registers and attends the After Prom event… and what student would pass up the chance to win a free car?

To follow the excitement, check them out on Twitter at UHSAP2016 (@UHSAP2016) and Facebook at UHS- AFTER PROM 2016.

Remember, the Community Walk-Thru is May 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. Please come see the high school transformed for this signature event! Donations will be collected and are greatly appreciated!! If you are a Unionville HS parent and want to help, it's not too late. We still need volunteers for set up, to work the night of the event and take down decorations afterwards. Please go to our sign up genius link: 


News: Miscellaneous

1.  CISV:  Looking for something fun and different for your kids to get involved with? Consider CISV! 

CISV is a fun and exciting club for kids ages 10 and up, and it is unlike anything else that's out there! The group is focused on peace education, with a mission of bringing together kids from around the world to build friendships and develop cultural understanding. CISV uses engaging activities and games to teach important skills like communication, conflict resolution, and leadership.

CISV was founded in 1951 on the belief that peace is possible through friendship - and that a real difference can be made by starting with children. 

In addition to monthly club meetings, CISV offers weekend camps and even international camps! Monthly meetings are open to all, and kids do not have to know anyone in the group to have a great time! Our next meeting is Thursday, May 5, and all kids 10+ are welcome! We meet from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA.  For more information or with questions, please email brandywine-recruitment@cisvusa.org or call Jean Bitner, Recruitment Chair, 610-701-0665.

2.  "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Event May 7th in Memory of Karlie Hall

In memory of Karlie Hall, a former UHS student and Rugby player who lost her life as a result of dating violence: "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on May 7th is to raise money for the Laurel House. Questions, please see Darlene Brigance, UHS Teacher. For more information visit:


3.  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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