Monday, October 31, 2016

Around Our School 10/31/16


Happy Halloween 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.  Turkey Coupons:  It's Turkey Coupon Time!  Please donate your grocery store coupon for a free turkey to needy families. We will donate them to a local food bank or shelter. Submit coupons to the PES office in an envelope marked "COMMUNITY SERVICE - Turkey Coupons". We will take care of the rest! Any questions, please contact Parker Hendrix,

2.  Square 1 Art Deadline Extended: The deadline for placing Square 1 Art orders online has been extended until this Tuesday, 11/1, at midnight! Order online only at

3.  3rd Grade Read-A-Thon is this FridayThis 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. Looking forward to seeing your 3rd graders there!

4.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • October 31: Halloween Parade, 9:30
  • November 1: Picture Retake Day
  • November 4: 3rd Grade Read-A-Thon
  • November 8: School Closed
  • November 10: PTO Meeting, 9:30am

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.  Recycling Project:  Mrs. Hage will be collecting (CLEAN, EMPTY DRY) water bottles for a school wide recycling project. No caps please. She will have a big box in the art room.

10.  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!

11.  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!!!!

12.  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.  Girl's Basketball Clinic:  The High School Girl's Basketball team is hosting a skills clinic on November 12, 2016 from 9:00-12:00 at Unionville High School for girls in grades 3-8.  Girls Basketball Flyer ​​​​​​​ 

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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