Monday, January 9, 2017

Around Our School 1/9/17


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.  MLK CommUNITY Change for Change Event

There are people in our community who struggle to feed their families. And you can help!!  All you have to do is collect your spare change between now and January 14th.  To participate in the MLK CommUNITY Breakfast Change for Change Event, simply drop off your spare change in the collection bins at Pocopson.

Last year, people donated their spare change to benefit the Kennett Food Cupboard/West Grove Bridge as part of our Change for Change Event! The drive raised over $6K. 

Pennies and nickels can make a big difference in someone's life!! 

Change for Change containers will be available at our front doorway and at our cafeteria door.

Life's most urgent question is:  "what are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2.  Save the date!  Family Fun Indoor Movie Night is coming on Friday, January 20th.  Storks will be shown in the PES Gym.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie will begin at 7:00 pm.  

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

4.  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

5.  The next PTO meeting will be held Thursday, January 12th at 9:30 in the Library. Please join us!

6.  Upcoming Dates at PES:

  • 1/12: PTO Meeting
  • 1/16: MLK Day - No School
  • 1/20: Spelling Bee
  • 1/20: Family Fun Movie Night


The nomination deadline has been extended to January 15th. Nomination form (it's quick and painless!):

Nominate your favorite PES teacher today and not only could your teacher win an award, but PES could win for total nominations!

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!


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.  5th Grade Human Growth and Development Parent Presentation

Parents of 5th grade students are invited to attend a preview of the 5th grade Human Growth and Development Unit on Tuesday, January 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Unionville Elementary School. We will share the materials that will be used and hold an open discussion of the topics to be covered in class.

If for some reason the January 17th meeting is postponed, the meeting will be rescheduled on Tuesday, January 24th.

2.  UHS Boys Basketball UCFSD Elementary School Spirit Games: Save the date -- 1/31/17 in the evening. Stay tuned for more details!

3.  Habitat for Humanity to Host the 14th Annual Build a House…Build a Dream Contest for Kids:  Attention all 5 th graders! Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is holding their 14th annual Build a House…Build a Dream contest for kids on March 18 at Church Farm School in Exton. Students work individually or in pairs to build a 3D model dream home out of anything at all. Models are brought to Church Farm School the morning of March 18 for judging by local professionals. Prizes, raffles, food, and fun are promised for all who attend. Registration is free and can be found at

4. Prom Dress Donation:  Please donate that prom or formal dress that's hanging in your closet for this exciting event to be held February 10th at the Willowdale Chapel. Over 150 special needs students attend this event and each young lady will be invited to attend a Dress Event on January 21st to select a dress for the occasion. We need all sizes and styles, so go to that closet and feel good about repurposing that special gown!

Dresses can be dropped off at Salon Secrets in the Shoppes at Longwood or the Willowdale Chapel, Rt 82. Deadline January 6th. FLYER     

5.  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:

6.  URA LACROSSE REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON.  REGISTER TODAY:  Girls' 3/4 and 5/6 registration will close on January 15th, Girls' 1/2 will close on February 15 -- register now at

***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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