Monday, October 3, 2016

Around Our School 10/3/16


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.  Pocopson Picture Day is tomorrow - Tuesday, October 4th!

SAY CHEESE! School pictures are tomorrow - Tuesday, October 4th! 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! 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.

2.  Book Swap: A fun way to update your home library and help out our sister school - Stonehurst Hills Elementary 

What is a Book Swap? 

Students may bring in gently used books to donate and will receive one "book buck" for every two books they contribute. Please donate books close to the students own grade level. There is no limit to the number of books that can be donated, but each student will receive a maximum of 5 book bucks

During the book swap, students will be able to purchase one "new" donated book with each book buck they have received. The week of September 28, students will bring in the books they want to donate and receive the book bucks. The week of October 5, they bring in their book bucks and exchange them for a new "book". All books remaining after the swap will be donated to our sister school Stonehurst Hills Elementary, and the Unionville High School Book Sale. 

Select New Books

  • Wednesday, October 5       8:45 – 9:30       3rd, 4th and 5th graders redeem "Bucks" 
  • Thursday, October 6           8:45- 9:30         K, 1st, and 2nd graders redeem "Bucks" 
  • Friday, October 7                8:45 – 9:30       Anyone who was unable to come down Wednesday or Thursday 

Volunteers are needed! Parents are needed to help collect books and issue Book Bucks the week of September 28 and to assist Students with book selection the week of October 5. Please refer to the schedule above to see when you might be available to help out. Contact: For questions or to Volunteer to help, please contact Renee Lowe at or 302-319-7595.

3.  Box Tops Collection:  The semi-annual Box Tops for Education contest is happening in 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


After School Jewelry Making WorkshopOctober 21- November 18. For Grades 1-5. Make all kinds of jewelry and a jewelry box. We make beads, used stamped metal, and more!

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

Registration at

5.  Creative engineering classes using LEGOS - "Things that move" Oct 19th - Nov 30th   3.30-4.30 pm 

During this 1 hour afterschool class we will use LEGO® bricks to introduce your child to the world of Science, Technology and Engineering. We will cover fascinating topics such as Space, Inventions, Animals, Transportation and many others. During this class your child will learn a new science concept and get to build a LEGO Model which demonstrates that principle. They could build a moving satellite, a walking monkey or a spinning helicopter. Our goal is to provide a fun educational program that inspires your young builder to new heights. Appropriate for age 5+. To register please visit or call 484 557 3092. No online payment is being accepted at this time. Cheques to Bricks 4 Kidz or cash only. Thank you.

6.  Science Explorers After-School Science Club at Pocopson Elementary for Grades 1-5:

The next 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 next club topic, which begins on 10/25/16, is ROCK DOCS:  

Travel back in time to discover the mysteries of the Earth! Become a paleontologist for the day and experience a dinosaur dig to uncover the stories that fossils tell. Enter the hidden world of the geode and build and erupt your own volcano. We'll pan for genuine gemstones and learn where precious minerals are mined around the globe. As we examine rocks and minerals from near and far you'll be sure to discover what a rockin' place our world can be!

Club topics later in the school year include 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.

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

8.  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!

9.  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!!!!

10.  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.  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.

2.  Thursday, October 6th is URA Field Hockey Night!

Come cheer on the UHS Varsity Field Hockey team at the UHS Stadium vs. Downingtown East at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 6th. 

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 6th, 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.

News: Miscellaneous

1.  Junior Sevens Dancers:  The Delaware 87ers (the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers) are looking for talented young dancers, ages 7-17, to audition for the Junior Sevens Dancers! The Junior Sevens Dancers are the official dance team of the Delaware 87ers and are scheduled to perform at six (6) home games during the 2016-17 season.

FINAL AUDITIONS for the 2016-17 Junior Sevens Dancers will be held on Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. at New Castle Dance & Music Academy.

Don't miss the chance to register! Follow this link for more information on the program and to submit your registration form:   

***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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