Monday, September 26, 2016

Around Our School 9/26/16


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:  A very heartfelt THANK YOU to PES families for your support of our Patriot Pride Campaign!! We would also like to thank all the parents who attended the fun run and came out to our Family Fun and Movie Night.

If you would still like to make a donation, it is not too late. You can send in your donation using the envelope provided, or you can go to the Pocopson website homepage at and click on the blue Donate button to donate using a credit card. Every dollar donated benefits our kids, school and teachers! Thank you for supporting our school!

2.  Pocopson Picture Day is Tuesday, October 4th!

SAY CHEESE! School pictures are scheduled for next week - Tuesday, October 4th. Mark your calendars! This Fall, you will receive a proof sheet with packages and prices shortly after picture day so you can choose the best photo of your child! No need to send in money on October 4th! A few volunteers are still needed to help keep the photography process running smoothly. Please consider volunteering a few hours on October 4th to help out - it's fun! Sign up at or email Kelly Fleming at with any questions.

3.  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!

4.  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 blocks, 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!!!!

5.  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:

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

7.  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

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 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".   

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.  Thursday, September 29th is URA Field Hockey Night!

Come cheer on the UHS Varsity Field Hockey team at the UHS Stadium during the next home night game vs. West Chester Rustin at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 29th. 

Show your URA pride and wear your URA Field hockey pinney or spirit wear!  All URA Field Hockey players will be invited on the field before the start of the game and will stand with the UHS team for the playing of the national anthem!

Attention 7th and 8th grade URA Field Hockey Players - we are looking for six girls to be ball girls for the game. Interested? Email for more information. First come, first served.

UCFSD students are admitted free to UHS Field Hockey home games.

***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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