Monday, September 19, 2016

Around Our School 9/19/16


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.  Patriot Pride:  The Patriot Pride Spirit Week is going on NOW!! The week of fun events culminates in a Family Fun and Movie Night this 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. The rain date for the Fun Run/Color Run and the Family Fun Night will be Friday, September 30.

This year's fun run and spirit week are being run entirely in-house with 100% of the donations going directly to our school and our children. THE PTO NEEDS YOUR HELP to make our fundraising campaign a resounding success!! 

**We are most in need of volunteer help with Family Fun Night.** Signup here to volunteer for PATRIOT PRIDE FAMILY FUN NIGHT 

Sign up here to help with FUN RUN/COLOR RUN: ​

Thank you! We hope to see you at the Fun Run and at Family Fun Night! And please don't forget to send in your donations, every dollar donated benefits our kids, school and teachers!

2.  Spirit Wear:  LAST CHANCE!  Store will close tonight!  Check out this year's line at

Items can only be ordered online and will be delivered to the students approximately two weeks after the store closes. 

3.  PES Foreign Language Enrichment Program 2016-2017:  Registration for foreign language will close next week September 23rd. Contact Anne Sweeney at with any questions.

4.  Pocopson Picture Day is Tuesday, October 4th! SAY CHEESE! School pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th. Mark your calendars! Volunteers are needed to help keep the photography process running smoothly. Please consider volunteering a few hours on October 4th to help out. Sign up at or email Kelly Fleming at if you are interested in helping or if you have any questions!

5.  Calling all library and book lovers (or even if you don't love to read!).  The Pocopson Library is looking for volunteers. Come be a part of our team and see what goes on inside our amazing library! Follow the link below to sign up for shifts.  Come help one day a month or more--whatever your schedule allows.  

Please contact Eva Thomas ( or Libby Deming ( if you have any questions. Thank you!

6.  The PES library is up and running, and so is our maker space; the Discovery Zone.  The DZ is made possible by a very generous grant from the PTO.  With that grant, we were able to get start-up and non consumable materials such as, K'Nex, Legos, Keva Planks, Sphero and ozobot programming robots, etc.  Along with these materials, we have consumable products; the kind that once used, need to be thrown away, and we can always use donation of these type of products.  These products include:

  • String
  • Yarn
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Cardboard
  • toilet and paper towel cores
  • packing tape
  • Plastic grocery store bags
  • Paper bags
  • Mint or candy tins (like Altoids)
  • Leftover PVC pipe
  • Packing materials
  • Recyclable plastic food containers (please wash!)

If you can provide any of these items, please send them in with your child or drop them at the office. Also, if you have any building materials such as block, lincoln logs, legos, etc. that you are getting rid of, we would love those too! We thank you SO much.  We are very excited to start designing and creating this year!!!!

7.  Are you a committee chair or creative parent?  We need volunteers to sign up to reserve the showcase in the front entrance to decorate throughout the year.  The reservation is for a two-week block.  Advertise an event, decorate for a holiday or season.  The sky's the limit!  Please be sure to take down your decorations at the end of the two week slot so the next person is ready to go.  Thanks.  Sign up here:

8.  The next PTO meeting will  be held on Thursday, October 13th at 9:30 in the Library.  Please save the date.

9.  3rd Grade Read-A-Thon:  This year our 3rd graders will be transported to the wizarding world of Harry Potter for a spellbinding celebration including crafts, games, entertainment and more!  The magic begins 11/4/16 at 5:30pm.  Questions and volunteer opportunities, contact

10.  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 at Pocopson 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".   

Science Explorers' is looking for Part time help at our after school science clubs at your school. Become a science club leader/instructor! Click here: Science Explorers Job Opportunity ​​​​​​​ 

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: School District

1.  Cow Pie Bingo Tickets:  Enter Today to Win $1000!!

PES was honored to be asked to work with the Unionville Community Fair and co-sponsor the ever popular Cow Pie Bingo ticket raffle.

Your ticket purchase helps support our school and several Chester County Organizations.

The Cow Pie Bingo winner will receive $1000!! That's a lot of moo-lah!  

Check out the Communications link to order your tickets today!! 

2.  THE UNIONVILLE COMMUNITY FAIR Lip Sync competition 2016

Friday, September 30th

Location: The Main Stage

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

DIVISIONS: Elementary School,  Middle School, High School.  Adult

AWARDS: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Ribbons........Judges Decide Best of Show

CONTESTANT RULES & REGULATIONS: - No Entrance Fee, Deadline for entrees is Friday at 4:00 p.m.

  • Contestants must dress as their favorite singer or group, and lip sync to a song of their choice.
  • Contestants must bring their own music (CD's & iPods only).
  • Perform one song, that does not exceed 4 minutes.
  • Registration forms are found in all UCFSD School Offices, District Offices, downloaded from the fair website:, and on The UCF Facebook page. Click here for brochure.

3.  Hillendale Husky Hustle 5K & Fun Run:  Join us for some HAPPY HILLENDALE fun at the annual HILLENDALE HUSKY HUSTLE 5K & FUN RUN. RACE DAY FUN FOR ALL - OCTOBER 29 ...

  • 5K RUN ... runners are encouraged to RACE IN THEIR COSTUMES and prizes will be given out for the craziest costumes
  • 3/4 MILE FUN RUN ... great event for our younger students
  • CREATIVE BAKED GOOD CONTEST ... bring your treats to the race the morning of for all to enjoy and prizes will be given to the most creative bakers
  • POST RACE FUN ... inflatables, refreshments, music and dancing
  • Pre-register by October 22 to be guaranteed a "HAPPY HILLENDALE" LONG SLEEVED SPIRIT RACE SHIRT.  
  • Race day registration starts at 8am but race shirts are limited to those who pre-registered.  5K Race start at 9am with Fun Run immediately after.  Roads are closed for safety reasons so please make sure you are on campus by 845am at the latest.
  • To pre-register click here: 2016 Hillendale Husky Hustle Registration

***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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