Monday, October 24, 2016

Around Our School 10/24/16


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.  Square 1 Art: The Square 1 Art order deadline is THIS Friday, October 28th. Unfortunately, late orders cannot be accepted. You and your loved ones can order online at by using your child's unique access code provided on his/her sticker page. If you prefer to use the paper order form, please send the completed form back to the school in an envelope marked "Square 1 Art" with checks payable to "Square 1 Art". If 50% of the school places an order the entire school will participate in creating a giant holiday Gingerbread House! The class with the highest participation % will win a Tie-Dye T-Shirt Party! Please email Jeanne Cooper with any questions

2.  Box Tops Collection:  The semi-annual Box Tops for Education contest is happening NOW!   Please check the expiration dates and trim all your box tops.  Put them in an envelope or zip lock bag and send them to school.  Each class has a container for the kids to deposit their box tops.  The class from each grade with the most box tops wins a pajama day and a movie.  Any class that collects 500 or more box tops will win a pajama day.  Please have all your box tops submitted by October  29th

3.  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.  REGISTRATION EXTENDED! Please return completed form and payment by Tuesday, October 25th. Or RSVP "no" to Kelly Hoffmann at  Thank you to everyone that has signed up to volunteer! Questions? Contact

4.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • October 28: Square One Art orders are due
  • October 31: Halloween Parade*
  • November 1: Picture Retake Day
  • November 4: 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon
  • November 8: School Closed
  • November 10: PTO Meeting, 9:30am

*Halloween Parade: Please note this year's parade will begin at approximately 9:30 am and will likely continue until around 10:00. Parents may wish to carpool or arrive early to park and line up around the drive. 

5.  Picture Retake Day:  Retake day is scheduled for November 1st. Please see attached flyer for more information: Picture Retake  

6.  Nominate your favorite PES teacher:  Show your school spirit today by nominating the great teachers at your school. The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award for Chester County teachers. Each year, 15 finalists and three overall winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the community through teaching. All finalists and winners are honored with an award, cash prizes and a night of celebration at the annual awards banquet. Students, parents, teachers, administrators or anyone in the community can nominate a teacher at Nominations are open through December 31.

After the nomination period ends, the Citadel Heart of Learning Award committee will tally the total number of nominations by school. The top three schools will earn cash for events or assemblies. Nominate your favorite PES teacher today and not only could your teacher win an award, but PES could win for total nominations as well!

7.  ART BEAT After School

Holiday Art BeatNovember 10- December 22, 3:30-4:30. Make gifts for the Holidays! Paint a canvas and make an ornament. 

Registration at

8.  The next PTO meeting will be held Thursday, November 10th at 9:30 in the Library.  Please join us!

9.  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!

10.  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!!!!

11.  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:

News: School District

1.  Trick or Tweak Halloween Event at Upland's Brand New STEAM (Science and Technology) Center - a 21st Century workshop with power tools, laser cutters, sewing machines, pumpkin chunkin and robotics - Saturday, October 29th from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free to the community! Use the brand new technology and state of the art equipment lab to hack your Halloween costume and create and build ghoulish contraptions and decorations. 420 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA, Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

2.  Family Portrait Fundraiser:  Just in time for the holidays, we have teamed up with photographer Jordan Hayman, to offer family portraits to our UCFSD families.  Portraits will be taken at Anson B. Nixon Park, on November 6th and 13th.  For $100 (retail value $250), families will get a 30 minute photography session, with multiple poses, and a $25 print/digital download credit.  The UE PTO will receive a portion of each sitting fee.  The fall leaves should still be in full swing, and these would make beautiful holiday gifts.

3.  Early Intervention Parent Night

WHO: Parents of students with disabilities who will be enrolling in kindergarten in UCFSD for the 2017-18 school year.  Students also welcome to attend.

WHAT: An opportunity to meet with UCF administrators, elementary principals,
psychologists, and speech therapists to gather general information, ask questions, and schedule your child's Early Intervention Transition Meeting.

WHERE: UCFSD District Office, Public Meeting Room,
740 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:30PM

*Light refreshments will be served.

***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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