News from the Nest

September 10, 2021

The Week Ahead

Monday 9/13 (Day 4)

- K/1st Grade HSA Virtual Meet-and-Greet - 6:30 - 7:00pm

- Virtual HSA Meeting - 7:00 - 8:00pm

Tuesday 9/14 (Day 1)

-Picture Day forms sent home

Wednesday 9/15 (Day 2)

Thursday 9/16

- Yom Kippur - No School for Students and Teachers

Friday 9/17 (Day 3)

-Vernfield Spirit Day: Wear Vernfield apparel or blue/gold

September HSA Meeting

Our first virtual Home and School meeting will be held on Monday, September 13th at 7:00pm. Please use the following Zoom link to join the meeting:

ALL parents are welcome and encouraged to attend to find out about upcoming events, as well as hear from our principal, Dr. Graf.

We hope you will join us and are looking forward to 'seeing' you!

Join us for a Vernfield HSA Meet-and-Greet!

The past two school years have been difficult for in-person parent volunteering, and we know that many of our Kindergarten and First Grade families haven't had the opportunity to learn about our typical school activities and ways to be active in the Vernfield community.

On Monday, September 13th from 6:30 - 7:00pm, the HSA will be hosting a Kindergarten & 1st Grade virtual "orientation" for families who have questions about how to become involved in school activities and ways to support their child's classroom. All K/1st Grade families should have received an invitation this week, in their child's backpack, to participate. Simply scan the QR code on the invitation and the Zoom link will open on your device!

If you did not receive an invitation, please reach out to Meg Dick ( for the URL for the meeting. The HSA will do its best to answer questions, and provide details about potential volunteer opportunities. Sign-ups and guidance for volunteer clearances will be forthcoming, pending guidance from the school.

All attendees are encouraged to stay on the Zoom link for our first HSA meeting of the year, which begins at 7:00pm. We look forward to "meeting" you!

Who's got Spirit?! Vernfield Fall Spirit Wear Sale is LIVE!

Has your child grown out of their favorite Vernfield tee? Are you new to the school? Or missed out on the famous Dr. Graf Vernfield beanie the last time we offered it? The wait is over - The Online Store is open.

Place your orders between now and September 27th. Then it takes about 3-4 weeks after the close date before the items come in. New this year are the tie-dye hoodie, ladies hoodie, new colors for our traditional t-shirts, and activewear. We also heard the rave reviews over the teachers' "Pivot" shirts from last year and added that option too.

Order link:

Sale Date: Now until September 27th

Contact: Betsy Powlus ( Meyer (

Spirit's Grub Club is Back!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spirit’s Grub Club events last year. You helped us successfully raise over $3600 for our Home and School Association!

We are excited to announce that these events are back for the 2021-2022 school year, with some of our old favorites, along with some new!

How to participate: Each month, we will have at least one special “Vernfield Day” at a local restaurant. Dine with this restaurant on that specific day, and the restaurant will donate a percentage of their sales back to the Vernfield Home and School Association.

All you need to do is mention you are ordering in participation of “Vernfield Day”!

Our first event: Back to School Celebration at Downtown Scoop!

Grab some new and old friends, and celebrate the new school year at Downtown Scoop, with some delicious small batch ice cream!

Thursday, September 23rd


Downtown Scoop

11 W Chestnut Street

Souderton, PA 18964

What’s next, you ask?!

Below is the listing (and downloadable PDF) of our full year of events! Print this out and hang it on your refrigerator as a reminder of each month’s event.

If you have questions, please contact Diane Meyer at

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Welcome Mrs. Farrand!

Mrs. Gilbride, RN, is leaving SASD due to her family relocating. Mrs. Gilbride has been an important member of Vernfield Elementary. She will be missed, but we wish her only the best!

Vernfield Elementary School would like to introduce our new school nurse, Mrs. Michele Farrand, RN. Mrs. Farrand has served as a substitute nurse in SASD and is very familiar with our school. She has spent the past two weeks shadowing Mrs. Gilbride. We are very excited to have her as part of the school team!

Mrs. Farrand can be reached at or 215.721.0606, prompt 3.

Food Service Help Needed

The Souderton Area School District is currently looking to hire Food Service workers and supervisors. For more information about applying, please click this link or scan the QR code.

Thank you for your interest!

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

Please consider helping to raise funds for Home & School using the following:

  • Amazon Smile: earn money for VF while shopping on Amazon! Go to for instructions.
  • Box Tops Bonus App: Download the Box Tops Bonus App for your phone or tablet! Find offers, buy products, scan your receipt and earn even MORE box tops for Vernfield!
  • ShopRite for My School: earn Box Tops for VF while shopping at ShopRite! Register your PricePlus club card at:
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow.

Upcoming Dates

Sept 22nd - Vernfield Picture Day

Sept 23rd - Spirit's Grub Club: Downtown Scoop (Souderton)

Sept 24th - Vernfield Spirit Day: Principal's Pick Phillies Day

In Case You Missed It

Online Vernfield Calendar

The link to the 2021-2022 Vernfield "Subscribed" Calendar is below. This is an easy way to keep up to date with events and days off at Vernfield without hand-entering them!

Please keep in mind that this is a subscribed calendar maintained by Home & School. Every effort will be made to keep it up-to-date, but the Vernfield printed and online calendar (Vernfield website) are the official school calendars. The subscribed calendar includes the dates of events most relevant to all families; grade-specific events and activities are not included.

If you click on the link, many applications will just open it correctly. If it doesn't open automatically, look up how to add a 'subscribed calendar' (iCal format) for your calendar app.

If you have any questions, please contact Mandy Merrill at

HSA Executive Board Members

If you have any questions about HSA activities, or are interested in becoming more involved at Vernfield, please feel free to reach out to any of our board members below:

President: Meg Dick;

VP Fundraising: Julie Gerhart;

VP Communications: Mandy Merrill;

Secretary: Kristin Emmons;

Co-Treasurer: Alisha Reynolds;

Co-Treasurer: Wendy Clemmer;