Monday, November 7, 2016

Around Our School 11/7/16


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.  Hats, Socks and Mittens for Stonehurst Hills Elementary:  Each year we ask ALL students at Pocopson to purchase a set of mittens, a hat, and a pair of socks to donate to our Sister School – Stonehurst Hills Elementary in Upper Darby.

Our goal is to give every student in this needy school a gift of a new hat, mittens and a pair of socks for the holidays. Our schools are very similar in size so please purchase based on your child's size and gender. Please deliver them to your homeroom teacher by Friday December 9th. The 5th grade students will be wrapping them again this year.

If your family would like to do more, Stonehurst Hills is always in need of various arts and craft supplies as well as school supplies. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

Any questions please feel free to contact a staff member in the main office or email Tracy: 

2.  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,

3.  Girls on the Run (GOTR) Pet Supply Drive:  The PES Girls on the Run group is asking for your help toward our Pet Supply drive benefitting LaMancha Rescue & All 4 Paws Rescue. These organizations provide life, love and eventually homes to many unwanted animals right here in Chester County. Their most critical need is for the following items; gently used towels & blankets, canned Dog & Cat food, Leashes, Puppy training pads, Cleaning products (bleach, vinegar, Mr. Clean), Paper towels, Dog Treats (Made in USA only and no rawhide), Cat Treats and Amazon Gift Cards. Donations can be dropped off in the bin in the school lobby until Friday, December 2. Please support our effort through donations. Contact Steph Stanislawczyk with questions.

4.  UCFSD Annual Coat Drive:  Please consider donating clean coats,hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots to the Annual UCFSD Coat Drive. All sizes & styles, infant through adult are needed – please spread the word.

Donated items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school starting on October 17th and ending on Thursday, December 15th. A collection box is also located at Landhope (926 &82). Items should be clean and in good condition. New items and monetary donations are also gladly accepted.

Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. For questions contact:

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

6.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • November 8: School Closed
  • November 10: PTO Meeting, 9:30am
  • November 14: Hats, Socks and Mittens drive begins

7.  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!

8.  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

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!!!!

News: School District

1.  The Science Behind Later School Start Times

We have arranged for Dr. Judith Owens to join us to share her expertise on the topic of teens and sleep.  Dr. Owens is a recognized expert in the field.  She currently serves as Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and is a member of the faculty of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Date: Monday, November 7th
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Place:  The NEW Patton Middle School Auditorium

Topics Covered:
**The science behind sleep and teenage sleep cycles
**What is being recommended by the AMA, AAP and CDC and why
**Examples of work done and outcomes achieved in other communities

This event will include time for questions and answers.  This is an opportunity for the community to better understand why the District is interested in looking into school start times for the middle school and high school.  Come to the event and get your questions answered.

*** RSVP:  Help us plan for the evening by sending an email to if you plan to attend.

Live Stream: If you are unable to attend, the presentation with Q&A will be streamed live and available on the District website.

We have developed an online resource center on the District website, including next steps in the evaluation process, research data, and information on how you can get involved.  For detailed information and to learn more about Dr. Owens please visit:

2.  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.  basketball clinic  

***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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