Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Around Our School 9/6/16


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.  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. Mr. Beaver will discuss the results of the climate survey. We hope to see you there!

2.  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.


3.  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 nicole.sypherd@gmail.com.

4.  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 https://tuttlemarketing.com/store/products/pocopson-elementary-2016-857.   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.  

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. 

If you still need to submit your contact information for inclusion in the directory, you can access the form via this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-IbJoWGDVDxun3Uf2MgxZcEkekpFjbvr1jUsG3GdFHvJ_Tg/viewform?c=0&w=1

6.  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 norabaughan@verizon.net.

7.  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 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.

News: Miscellaneous

1.  Barnard's Orchard: Thanks to an outstanding community response, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) has secured the funds to preserve Barnard's Orchard in perpetuity! TLC would THANK all of those who donated or pledged gifts and spread the word.

IF YOU DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO DONATE...  please note that for every farm like Barnard's Orchard there are at least three more currently under threat of development. Now is your chance to help change the conversation from "Such a shame - I remember what that used to look like before it was developed" to "I remember when the community came together to save that land!" Keep the movement going to support local farms for future generations through TLC's Funds for Farms! 


***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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