Monday, January 30, 2017

Around Our School 1/30/17


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.  Box Tops Collection:  The semi-annual Box Tops for Education contest is happening in February!   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 February 24th

We collected $975 in box tops in October.  Thank you for your support!

2.  MLK Day Collection Update:

Thank You to those who contributed to the coin collection jars in the lobby and in the cafeteria leading up to MLK weekend.

Our school raised $179.83 to fight hunger and support the Kennett Food Cupboard.

THANK YOU to Pocopson Elementary School!! 

3.  PennDOT Route 926 Bridge Information: PennDot has provided an update regarding the 926 Bridge project in the attached flyer: BRIDGE INFO. Additionally, a new traffic signal at Rt 52 and Pocopson Road with a Flashing Yellow Arrow is further explained here: Flashing Yellow Signal Info. For up to date construction information, as well as to sign up for email updates, visit:

4.  Girls On The Run - Pocopson GOTR is looking for coaches for the spring season (3/13-6/3).  We usually run a large team of 30 girls but are currently in need of coaches so that we will be able to open registration in a few weeks.  No experience necessary, training, full curriculum and supplies provided.  You do not need to be a runner, just have a great attitude and lead a bunch of young ladies through an amazing program to help foster growth of strong spirits, bodies, and friendships.   We cannot run this program without you!  For questions, see the link below and contact the Y through the volunteer tab, contact Alexa Hart -  Additional questions, contact Christy Pickar -

5. YearbooksYearbooks available for purchase online at a discounted price for a limited amount of time. Click on the link to order:

6.  Variety Show Volunteers Needed:  If your child is performing in the Variety Show we encourage parents to volunteer. You won't miss your child performing. We need volunteers for the following dates:

Mandatory rehearsals:

Tuesday, January 31st

Thursday, February 9th

Variety Show:

Friday, February 10th

Specifics on times are available in the SignUp Genius.!/showSignUp/5080f4eabac22a46-pocopson

7.  Upcoming PTO Meetings:

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

Evening PTO meeting:  Our evening PTO meeting this year will be on March 9th at 7PM.    

8.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 1/31 Elementary Schools Family Fun Basketball Night at UHS
  • 2/1: Box Tops collection contest begins
  • 2/9: PTO Meeting at 9:30 AM
  • 2/10: PES Variety Show

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.  Discovery Zone in the PES Library: THANK YOU PARENTS, FOR ALL THE DONATIONS SO FAR.  WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED, SO KEEP THEM COMING!!!! 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:

NEEDED for the DIscovery Zone:  Box Lids!  Any size and shape, but they must have sides.

  • 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!)
  • 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.  UHS Boys Basketball UCFSD Elementary School Spirit Games: 1/31/17. The team is hosting a Unite For Her "Pink Out" Fundraising event during the game as well. Basketball Spirit Games   

2.  Golden Gala:  It's time again for the Unionville-Chadd's Ford Education Foundation's annual Golden Gala.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 7pm at the Gables in Chadds Ford.  Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, dancing, open bar and a stellar silent auction.  Gala proceeds help support the foundation's initiatives throughout the district, including annual grants and scholarships for schools and students in UCFSD.  Tickets are limited so please purchase soon at

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

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!

This event is open to the community and free of charge, but please register so that we might better prepare and forward any additional information on to you. Thank you! Link to our registration site:

News: Sports and Miscellaneous

1.  URA Girls' Spring Lacrosse for 1st and 2nd graders - Registration is still open until February 15th- Come join the fun and register for the spring season at

2.  Summer Camp Fair - Camp 

3.  URA Baseball:  Registration is now open and will run through mid- March. Games will begin in April, weather permitting.

URA Baseball, which is affiliated with Cal Ripken Baseball, is open to boys and girls in: Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD), Kennett Consolidated School District, Avon Grove School District, and parts of West Chester Area School District. Our youth baseball program includes ages 5-12, and features multiple divisions geared toward the age and development of your child. Please visit to register now.

4. UCFSD Green Initiative Shoe Re-Use Program:  Shoe Initiative 

5. SCCSA registration:  SCCSA 

6. KAU Little League:  KAU 

7. URA Softball:  URA 

***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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