Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Around Our School 12/6/16


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.  Community Service Projects for the Holidays

Giving Tree – a way to make the holidays brighter for community members in need.  Choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree, purchase the gift and return it to the tree unwrapped and we will deliver it.  ALL Toys collected will go to the Kennett Area Community Service Christmas Baskets program and will be distributed locally the Saturday before Christmas.

Hats, Socks & Mittens for our sister school, Stonehurst Hills Elementary.  Donate a hat, socks and mittens to be given to our friends at Stonehurst Hills. Each year we ask ALL students at Pocopson to purchase a set of mittens, a hat, and a pair of socks 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.

2.  Monkey Fish Toys: Holiday shop at a great local toy store with a discount while earning money for our school! Monkey Fish Flyer   

3.  Holiday Gift Shop 2016:  Please see the schedule below for your child's class.  Items for sale range from $.25 to $10.00.  The idea of the gift shop is to give your child an opportunity to shop by themselves for family members.  Some kids choose to shop a lot and some not at all.  Older kids will shop by themselves, then assist their buddy class using all those good estimating skills.  If you have volunteered in the past, you know that there is a very sweet, sincere spirit that flows through that room as they make their choices.  It takes lots of volunteers to run this shop and we have slots of anywhere from an hour to three, so please sign up to help!   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ba5a72da75-holiday3  Any questions, contact Christy Pickar - cpickar31@comcast.net

Class Gift Shop Schedule This Week:

Tuesday 12/6 am - Stephens, Trewella, Thompson, Cochran AM, Winnick AM, Barnes

                      pm - Robinson, Cochran PM

Wednesday 12/7 am - Lichter, Kahn, BREAK, Roebuck, Williamson

                       pm - Markloff, Schinski

Thursday 12/8 am - McAndrew, Murray, Johnson, McGirl

                        pm - Showalter, Winnick PM

Friday 12/9 pm - Weltz, Crossan

4.  Pocopson Elementary Winter Concerts: Pocopson's YouTube channel will be hosting a live-stream event during each concert performance. The concert recordings will also be available on our YouTube channel after each has completed.

You can find our channel by searching YouTube for "Pocopson Elementary TV" or by clicking the link below.


5.  Show us your talents!!  Do you sing? Dance? Juggle? Play piano? Recite poetry? Do magic tricks? Calling all 4th and 5th graders interested in performing in Pocopson's 2017 Variety Show on Friday, February 10th. It's a great time of friends cheering on friends, culminating in a show-stopping teacher performance! If you are not interested in performing, there are plenty of opportunities for stage crew help as well - join the fun! Please read the information and registration form in its entirety before committing. There are mandatory registration and rehearsal dates included.  Registration Form 

If you have any questions regarding the Variety Show, you may contact:

Tara Sammaritano - dance2288@gmail.com 

Amy Patroni - amypatroni@verizon.net

Parker Hendrix - parkerhendrix@yahoo.com   

Nicole Sypherd - nicole.sypherd@gmail.com

6.  Pocopson Elementary Art News:  Mrs. Hage has created a twitter account and Facebook page for parent viewing. Parents can check out the twitter account "PocopsonArt" and Facebook page "PocopsonArt Hage" to get a daily peek into the art room and to see where opportunities present for volunteering. Thank you Mrs. Hage!

7.  The next PTO meeting will be held this Thursday, December 8th at 9:30 in the Library.  Ken Batchelor, Assistant to the Superintendent, will speak at our meeting to discuss school start times and other topics of interest. Please join us!

8.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • December 5-9: Holiday Gift Shop
  • December 8: PTO meeting at 9:30am in the library
  • December 9: K-3 Holiday Concert
  • December 15: 4-5 Holiday Concert

9.  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 www.CitadelHeartofLearning.com. 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!

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 (ethomas@ucfsd.net) or Libby Deming (edeming@ucfsd.net) if you have any questions. Thank you!



The 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!)
  • NEW - We are in desperate need of gently used Legos - if you have some to spare, we would really appreciate it.

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, etc. that you are getting rid of, we would love those too! We thank you SO much!

News: School District

1.  Internet Safety Program:  Parent Night at Hillendale Elementary School in the Large Group Instruction Room on December 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County (CVC) will be here to present an internet safety program for parents.  Internet Safety Flyer   

2.  Cub Scout Pack 22 Holiday Wreath Sale this weekend:  Wreath Sale Flyer   

3.  The UCFSD Wellness Committee Presents: "How To Raise An Adult"

January 26, 2017 - Join in a Community Book Discussion of this New York Times bestseller at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Cafeteria.

Followed by....

February 23, 2017 - Join us for a presentation by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of "How To Raise An Adult", at 7pm in the Unionville High School auditorium!

These two events are open to the community and free of charge, but please register for each so that we might better prepare and forward any additional information on to you. Thank you! Link to our registration site: https://howtoraiseanadult.eventbrite.com

Link to the TED talk clip:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=julie+lythcott+haims+ted+talk&view=detail&mid=CED82C1D365B6B0B522DCED82C1D365B6B0B522D&FORM=VIRE

"Julie Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure. . . . A must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children." -Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well

"For parents who want to foster hearty self-reliance instead of hollow self-esteem, How to Raise an Adult is the right book at the right time." -Daniel H. Pink, author of the New York Times bestsellers Drive and A Whole New Mind

News: Miscellaneous

1.  Children's International Summer Villages:  If your child is interested in how different cultures from around the world can live together in peace – and maybe even attending camp with kids from other countries - come check out CISV! CISV (Children's International Summer Villages) is a worldwide peace group for kids ages 10+. We bring kids from around the globe together, where they have a blast while learning to understand and appreciate what makes them different, and how much they are the same! Kids who participate in CISV learn leadership and conflict resolution skills, and develop self-awareness and empathy. We offer fun social activities and local weekend camps. Brandywine Valley CISV is always excited to welcome new members! Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at Fugett Middle School in West Chester; next meeting is 12/1, from 7-9 p.m. We also have a family information session on Sunday, 12/11from 3-5 p.m. at the Westtown School in West Chester. For more information, email brandywine@cisvusa.org, or check out our website:  http://brandywine.cisvusa.org/  We'd love to have your family be part of CISV!

***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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