Monday, August 29, 2016

Around Our School 8/29/16


Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families,

Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year!  Check out these weekly emails from the PTO, called "Around Our School", for the latest news at Pocopson and in our district. Please also take a moment to review the Communications Packet. It contains flyers for events in our school, in our district and in the community. Here is what is happening this week and in the near future:

News: In Our Building

1.  Fall Open House/Back to School Night is on Wednesday, August 31st at the following times:

5:00 to 6:00 pm for Kindergarten Parents

6:00 to 7:00 pm for Grades 3-5

7:30 to 8:30 pm for Grades 1-2

2.  Is your child outgrowing their red Pocopson t-shirt?  PTO representatives will be in the front lobby, outside the main office, from 6:45-7:30 during Back to School Night with t-shirts available for purchase. Shirts are $5 each and cash or check will be accepted. Please make checks payable to PES PTO.

3.  Our first PTO meeting this year will  be held on Thursday, September 8th at 9:30 in the Library.  If you've ever wanted to get involved, now is the time!  Want to come and see how you can volunteer?  Don't have time to volunteer yet, but want to find out what's going on in your child's school?  Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to give to the PTO, we're happy to have you!  Coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided.  Children are welcome!  We often invite guest speakers of interest from our school and from the district. Clif Beaver will be our guest speaker at the first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year.  We hope to see you there!

4.  Patriot Pride:  SAVE THE DATE!  The Patriot Pride Spirit Week and Fun Run will be held from September 19th - 23rd, with the week's events culminating in a Family Fun Night and Movie Night on Friday, September 23rd.  Bring your family at 5:30 pm for a picnic dinner at PES (food and treats will be available for purchase) then stay for an indoor movie night at 7:00 pm. This year's fun run and spirit week will be run entirely in-house with 100% of the donations going directly to our school and our children.  More information will be coming home on Friday, September 16th after our opening Pep Rally.

5.  2016-2017 Directory Notice: This year, the UCF district PTO will offer a PDF online version of the directory. The online directory is FREE and will be available in PowerSchool in the Parent Portal. You may choose to purchase a printed directory for $8.00. Please make sure you've received the district wide email from UCF PTO, which contains the instructions for submitting your contact information and accessing the directory.

You can also access the form via this link:

6.  Your Child's Class Needs a Homeroom Parent!  If you are interested in being a Homeroom Parent, please complete the form that is included in the red folder you will receive from your child's teacher. A copy is also available in the Weekly Communication Packet of this email. Forms are due back to Nicole Sypherd by Thursday, September 8th. A lottery will determine selection of the homeroom parents for each classroom. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Nicole Sypherd at

7. Spirit Wear:  Still have some back to school shopping to do?  Outfit your child/ren in the new Pocopson Elementary School Spirit Wear without having to leave the comforts of your own home!  The 2016-2017 Spiritwear company we are working with offers online shopping through our customized PES site.  Check out this year's line at   The on-line store will be open from August 30-September 11, 2106.   The items can only be ordered on line and will be delivered to the students approximately two weeks after the store closes.  Plain samples are available for viewing during Back to School night.  They will also be available in the main lobby during the two weeks that the store is open.  

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

The first club of the school year begins soon!! Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab atPocopson after school from 3:30-4:30 and is available to students in grades 1-5. The first club topic, which begins on 9/27/16, is WACKY WORLD OF SCIENCE:  

We picked our favorite hands-on science activities for this special introductory 3-session club!  This is a great program to try if you've never participated in Science Explorers before, or if you want to experience some fan favorites! Experiment with catalysts and create a fizzy, foaming fountain, learn about circuits to create your own electric game, explore the amazing power of air pressure, and make "Bernoulli ball poppers".   

Club topics later in the school year include Rock Docs, Crime Scene Capers, Kitchen Chemistry, 3-2-1 Blast Off, and Super Duper Product Sleuthers. Please visit 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, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.Please contact Jill Shinn at or 609.315.6492 with any questions.

News: Miscellaneous

1.  Barnard's Orchard:  The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) is working with the Barnard family to place an agricultural conservation easement on the family property, established in 1862 and long serving the community via its orchard and farm store. Conserving the property will ensure that the lands remain in active agriculture in perpetuity and eliminate the possibility of future development.

Barnard's Orchards has supported the PES Donut Days for many years by donating apples for our event. Not only does Barnard Orchard support Donut Days, but they also provide free educational field trips to preschools in our community and our kindergarten classes at PES.  Learning about apples from Mr. Barnard is a memory our child will always have, due to Barnard Orchard's commitment to our children and their willingness to support our school. 

Please visit the website below for more information, including information on how to support Barnard's Orchards by making a donation.

***If you want to add information to our Around Our School communications, please email us at  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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