Monday, March 12, 2018

Around Our School 3/12/18

Hello Pocopson Elementary School Families,

Please take a moment to review the Communications Packet, which is also found on our PES website.​​ 




Come to Freddy's! Tuesday Night!

Don't miss Pocopson Night at Freddy's Steakburgers tomorrow, March 13th!  Grab dinner and then head over to PES for our evening PTO meeting at 7p.m.!  Pocopson will receive 15% back from sales (drive-thru too!) between 4-8 p.m. but you must mention the Pocopson Elementary School flyer: Freddy's PES Fundraiser

Freddy's Steakburgers is located at 1302 Wilmington Pike, West Chester.  See you there!


Tuesday Night's PTO Meeting: School Safety, Anxiety & Mindfulness @ PES!

Tomorrow evening's PTO meeting is one you won't want to miss! 

PES PTO warmly welcomes Mr. Beaver and Pocopson Elementary's School Counselors, Doug Henderson and Rebecca Louick.  Doug and Rebecca will be addressing Anxiety and Mindfulness and Mr. Beaver will lead a discussion on school safety at Pocopson Elementary.  Childcare will be provided. 

If you require childcare, please RSVP here to ensure we have proper coverage - 

We'll see you at 7 p.m. in the PES Library!


Donut Days - This Wednesday through Friday! 

Wednesday, March 14th through Friday, March 16th
What a great way to start the day! Children may invite a parent or favorite person to school for a morning treat. Coffee, milk, juice, apples and donuts* will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. No pre-registration required.  Please make every effort to come on your assigned day, as listed below, as we plan the amount of donuts to purchase accordingly.  
After you enjoy a special treat, come browse our fabulous Book Fair in the gymnasium!
*Please note: Donuts may contain allergens.  Apples will be provided as an alternative. Thank you.
Wednesday, March 14th last names beginning with A – H
Thursday, March 15th last names beginning with I – P
Friday, March 16th last names beginning with Q – Z
Please contact with any questions.
PAWS for Books Book Fair!  Come, Stay, Read a Great Tale!



Pocopson's Book Fair! This Week: March 12th - March 16th!


Monday, March 12th - Set Up 9-12; Teacher/Staff Preview 12-4

Tuesday, March 13th - Class Wish List Day (Grades K-3 only)- Open 9-4

Wednesday, March 14th - Donut Day A-H, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Thursday, March 15th - Donut Day I-P, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-4

Friday, March 16th - Donut Day Q-Z, Class Purchase Day - Open 8-12; Clean Up 12-3



**UPDATE: Book Fair Volunteers Needed!**  


We just learned that we have 4 registers this year.  Additional help is needed Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00-9:00am (During Donut Days).  Also, we are light on volunteers March 14th 1:15-3:15pm (Cochran PM, Winnick PM, McAndrew and Swisher’s classes will be shopping at this time).  

Any hour you could give of your time would be great!  Thanks to everyone that has already signed up!  

See you this week!  Questions?  Please contact Kelly Hoffmann



All For Books: Your child’s class could win a Pup-peroni Pizza Party


Any donation welcome!  Support the PES Library, Stonehurst’s Library and charity!  For every dollar we collect for our school library for the “All For Books” Program, Scholastic Book Fair donates one book to charity.  Last year our school collected $795.50 for the PES school library and Stonehurst’s library plus Scholastic donated books to their own charities!  Donations can be made during the Book Fair at the “All For Books” Table.  The kids can drop their loose change directly into their class jar!  The class that has collected the most money by the end of the week will win a Pup-peroni Pizza Party!


Teacher Wish Lists: 


Attention Parents & Students… Don’t forget to look for the Teacher Wish List Table while shopping at the book fair.  This is a great opportunity to purchase a book for your child’s classroom!  




Pocopson Stars in the UHS Musical The King and I


The PTO would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our Pocopson stars: Ashley Carlisle, Julia Cash, Katie Cotrotsios, Eleanor Day, Juliet Evangelista, Sydney Grieco, Ryan Hart, Anya Kane, Megan McDonald, Lucy McHale, Samantha Sassi, Kylie Turnage, and Adia van Doren.  This week, they will be performing in Unionville High School's rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway classic, The King and I.  We're proud of these kids and the hard work they put in to prepare for the show.  Break a leg kids!
We hope that you will come out and cheer on our Pocopson thespians.  Shows are this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15th-17th, at 7pm.  Tickets are $12.00 online and $14.00 at the door.  Get the best seat selection and SAVE by purchasing online at





ART IN ACTION - Parent Volunteers​ Needed



Art in Action is a unique PTO-supported art enrichment program facilitated by parent volunteers in the classroom during art special. This year's project is "​Color and Shape: Abstract Art in the 20th Century."

Cycle 1: Parent volunteers facilitate an art history lesson/slide show from the smart board (already created, parents just open discussion).

Cycle 2: Parent volunteers are needed to guide the students through the project. 

PLEASE VOLUNTEER and enjoy the fun with the Art Enrichment program!


Project descriptions will be sent out to parent volunteers closer to the dates of volunteering. 


Presentation binders may be picked up from Sam Hage in the Art Room or can be sent electronically upon request to


The 5th grade project is a continuation of a wall mural mosaic (outside of cafeteria).  Grades K-4 will be a simple color and shape take home project. 


Please contact with any questions or concerns.




PES Lockdown Bucket Donations - Tarps Needed



Thanks to everyone who signed up to donate items for our lockdown buckets!  We are still in need of a few more tarps - if you are interested in donating, please sign up below:


Donation boxes are located in the school foyer and at the entrance to the cafeteria.  


Thank you for your generosity and support!





Order April Birthday Grams Now!

In support of the new Wellness Initiative, the PTO is pleased to offer Birthday Grams as an alternate option for celebrating your child's birthday in school.  When you order a Birthday Gram, your child will receive an "It's My Birthday" button, personalized birthday certificate and a coupon redeemable for any a la carte item from the PES cafeteria.

Summer birthday?  Celebrate your child on their half-birthday! 

Weekend birthdays will be delivered the Friday before.

Submit orders online by emailing

Please include your child's name, teacher, and date of celebration along with $3 (cash or check made payable to PESPTO c/o Birthday Grams).  Orders must be received and paid at least one week prior to the date of delivery. Thank you for supporting the PTO!

Science Explorers After-School Science Club



The next club of the school year begins soon!! Science Club will meet on Tuesdays in the Science Lab at Pocopson after school from 3:45-4:45pm and is available to students in grades 1-5


The next club topic, which begins on April 3rd, is MARINE BIOLOGY MANIA:


Get ready to dive deep as we explore life under the sea! Come face to face with a real fish and practice the ancient art of gyotaku (fish printing), conduct a whale blubber lab and test ocean water density and salinity. It’s more fun than a day at the beach!  


Club topics later in the school year include KaBoom Chemistry and Ready, Set, Summer!! 


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 23 students per, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.


Please email or call our office at 610.816.5047 with any questions.








  • March 12th - 16th: PES Book Fair
  • ​March 13th: ​Freddy's PES Fundraiser (4-8pm) and Evening PTO Meeting (7pm)
  • March 14th - 16th: Donut Days
  • March 21st - 23rd: Spring Conferences (Half Days, no Kindergarten 3/23)
  • March 26th - 30th: Spring Break - No School
  • ​April 14th - 15th: "Round Up" Shopping Weekend @ Brandywine ACE (More info coming soon...)





"iGen" Community Book Discussion - Rescheduled for March 20th


The "iGen" Community Book Discussion has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00pm in the Unionville High School Library...

The UCFSD Wellness Committee is working to create awareness and conversation around the topic of the "iGen" generation. iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. 

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

Learn more about Dr Twenge and iGen at


April 12, 2018 - Join us for a presentation by Dr. Jean M. Twenge, author of "iGen",

at 7pm in the Unionville High School auditorium!


Check out the Wellness Committee website for chapter summaries of iGen and more information on upcoming events:

Discounted Hershey Park Tickets to Benefit After Prom


The PTO After Prom Committee is again offering deeply discounted Hershey Park tickets for $40 instead of the gate price of $67.80. That's 41% off the gate price! For every 10 tickets we sell, Hershey will give us one free ticket to use as a prize at After Prom. Prizes are used for casino winners, escape room winners and raffles during the event. Food vouchers are also available for $12 per meal. The order form must be received in the UHS office by March 23rd.  Click Here for the order form.


Musical Instrument Donations


Through the end of the school year, Unionville High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society is raising funds and collecting used (working or non-working) musical instrument donations for a nonprofit organization called Hungry for Music. This organization supports underprivileged music students who cannot afford the cost of buying or renting an instrument. 

If you have a student who has outgrown an instrument, please consider a donation! The instruments do not have to be in working order and all donations are tax deductible!



For more information Click Here



Contact Mira Zutshi ( or Mr. Zumpetta, UHS Orchestra Director (





UHS King and I Musical


WC Studio Acting & Musical Theatre


Kennett Symphony Family Concert


UHS Youth Cheerleading Clinic


UHS Lacrosse Skills Clinic


UHS Softball Clinic




UPenn Splash Weekend Extravaganza


76th Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point


Summer Camp Info:


Amerikids Summer Camp


Benchmark Summer Camp


MAXOUT Basketball Camp


NXT Combo Camp


WC Studio Summer Camps


WCU Young Company Theatre Camp


YMCA Sleepaway Camps


Each week, the PES PTO shares an idea for how our students, faculty, and families can be eco-wise. Does your student have a green tip they’d like to share? Email Kelly Fleming: for a chance to be featured in an upcoming PES PTO Around our School communication!  Be sure to include your child’s name and teacher.


Green Tip of the Week:

A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days.


*** 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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