Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Around Our School May 31


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

  • June 1 - Teacher/Staff Luncheon
  • June 3 - Field Day
  • June 6 - *Field Day rain date
  • June 10 - Kindergarten Parade/Picnic
  • June 15 - Last Day!!

2.  Longwood Rotary Book Bag Project:  For the past ten years, the Longwood Rotary club (www.longwoodrotary.com) has provided free backpacks and school supplies to low-income children in the local community.  We believe that every child should start the school year with the supplies they need to be successful.   We provide age-appropriate supplies for each grade including: backpacks, pencils, paper, erasers, highlighters, folders, binders, glue, glue sticks, tissues, etc.   

We have just launched a partnership with the Unionville Chadds Ford School District to increase the number of children we can support.  We are collecting used backpacks that your children may have outgrown or other backpacks you have that are no longer being used.  We will be placing bright blue donation bins in the lobbies of all the district schools.  We will also provide new white trash bags next to the bins for the last day of school when students will need something to bring home their work and other items.   These bins will also be available all summer long to collect donations.  

Later this summer when you are shopping for 2016-2017 we ask you to consider buying additional suppliesthat are on sale.  Who can resist the "loss leader" specials for 5 and 10 cents!  Buy extra supplies and help less fortunate kids get off to a great start in school.  

If you have any questions about this community service project please contact Jordan Gushurst at jordan@gushurst.com.  Thank you for your support!  

3.  2016-2017 Committee Chair Sign Ups:  The PES PTO is still in need of volunteers for Art and Garden and to organize Spirit Wear for the 2016-2017 school year. If these spots are not filled then we will not be able to host or sponsor these events.  Please consider volunteering! Email Stacia for more information pstorrey99@yahoo.com. Thank you!

4.  PES Library Announcements: ​


Summer Library hours will be held on Tuesday, July 12, Thursday, July 22 and Thursday, August 11 and run from 11 - 1. 

Summer Library Hours Info   

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

News: In Our District


EXPERIENCE WHAT'S GOING ON AT PATTON FIRSTHAND! Stay connected to life at Patton. Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to meet other parents, Patton staff, and also to see what's going on at Patton Middle School!

Volunteer Opportunities for 2016-17:

  • Vice President (A fun way to meet lots of people. No experience necessary - we will help you learn the ropes!)
  • 6th Grade mixer Co-Chair (Oct. 14)
  • Basketball Night Co-Chair  (Feb/Mar)
  • Community Service- all year
  • Talent Show (Mar/April)
  • Box Tops- all year
  • Carnival (May 5th) Co-chairs needed

There is something for everyone! Some events will need 2-3 Co-Chairs each! Grab a friend and volunteer together! To learn more about these positions or getting involved in the PTO in general, contact Lynda Nadin at lynda.nadin@gmail.com

2.  UHS Public Speaking Camp - Summer 2016:  The UHS Speech and Debate team is offering a Public Speaking Camp for students in 4th-9th grades the first week in August. Please see the attached brochure for information about what the camp offers, as well as how to register. 

Public Speaking Camp Brochure ​ 

News: In Our Community

1.  ART BEAT SUMMER CAMPS 2016 at Pocopson Elementary & Chadds Ford Elementary. Themed camps running weekly from June 27- July 29. www.artbeatpa.org for camp dates & themes. 

2.  West Chester Summer Basketball League at Westtown School:  Our league hosts 4th to 9th grader teams, but our rising 4th and 5th grade division could use a few more teams (completing 3rd and going to 4th, and completing 4th and going to 5th). Parents can sign up their child as an Individual or as a Team. This is a summer highlight for many kids as they get to come out and play high energy basketball with their friends. Summer hoops is a great way for the kids to stay active and have fun. 

The link to our website is: http://www.pattisonsportsgroup.com/west-chester-basketball-league  Thank you in advance and Registration closes next Wednesday.

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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