News from the Nest

May 25, 2018

The Week Ahead

**Week of 5/28**

Monday 5/28

- NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

- Race for Education donation deadline

Tuesday 5/29 (Day 1)

- IVMS Jazz Band, 9-10 am

Wednesday 5/30 (Day 2)

- Volunteer Breakfast, 8-8:30 am

- Buddy Picnic - Mrs. Derro's class

- ABC Parade (morning Kindergarten), 10:30-11:30 am

- ABC Parade (afternoon Kindergarten), 2-3 pm

Thursday 5/31 (Day 3)

- 5th Grade Picnic (Rain Date: 6/1)

- 4th Grade Living History Museum, 10:15-11:30 am and 1:30-3 pm

Friday 6/1 (Day 4)

- Race for Education Award Assembly, 2-3 pm

- deadline for completing Home & School online survey

Race for Education

We are over halfway to our goal of $20,000 with a total of $13,884.00!

LAST CALL FOR DONATIONS! The website will be open and we will continue to accept mailers until this Monday, May 28th!

Donating is easy!

1. Go to

2. Type in your child's name.

3. Make your donation.

4. Share this website with family and friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

**On Race Day, the students of Vernfield ran a total of 9,734 laps! Way to go, Vernfield!

Thank you for your support in making this fundraiser successful! If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Lister at

Race for Education - Pizza Party Contest

The classrooms with the highest number of donations will receive a pizza party!

The classes in the lead are:

Kindergarten: Mrs. Fogle's AM class-46 donations

First grade: Mrs. Porco's class- 55 donations

Second grade: Mrs.Moore's class-35 donations

Third grade: Mrs. Edgar's class-33 donations

Fourth grade: Mrs. Ditlow's class- 26 donations

Fifth grade: Mrs. Mandia's class- 30 donations

For a complete list of standings, see our Fundraising Newsletter.

5th Grade Picnic - Volunteers Needed!

Attention 5th Grade Parents! Your help is needed to create a fun and memorable picnic day for your students on Thursday, May 31 (Rain Date, Friday June 1) at Upper Salford Park.

Volunteers are needed (we need a lot more!) to help run games and activities on the day of the picnic. Please check out the Picnic Sign Up and volunteer if you are able! Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Klock at

Home & School Survey

Please help us plan for next school year by filling out the annual Home & School survey.

All responses are anonymous, and we would love to hear what you think about events, activities, fundraising, communications, etc. Please complete the survey by Friday, June 1.

Please note: This survey is DIFFERENT FROM the Technology Survey and the Elementary School Improvement survey that have been sent recently.

Thank you!

Character Counts Book of the Month

This year, Home and School has been supporting a Character Counts Book of the Month Program. Each month, a special book is chosen that highlights a particular character trait. A copy of the book is purchased for each classroom so it can be enjoyed by all of the students in the school!

The book of the month for May is Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner. Please see the description below:

From the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones, a heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity.

Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination. There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you're supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement She comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is.

Watch Judy draw and talk with The New York Times Books in this Facebook video.

"Punning on the plural of cerebellum, Schachner introduces a girl who is at her happiest when she’s alone with her thoughts. With her “feet on the ground and her head in the clouds,” Sarabella is beloved by her passionately creative family, but her teacher, Mr. Fantozzi, hopes she’ll find a way to focus, as well as share her thoughts. Inspired by a classroom assignment, Sarabella crafts a thinking cap made of paper, magazine clippings, stickers, and stamps, allowing her classmates to see the swirl of ideas in her head. Readers have much more access to Sarabella’s thoughts thanks to Schachner’s sprawling mixed-media collages, themselves a tangle of imagery and loosely formed associations: in one jam-packed thought balloon, lithographic images of sea turtles, sheep, and a cabbage jockey for space with hand-drawn ants, words in English and French, and a cartoon string bean. Mr. Fantozzi is a memorable force in Sarabella’s life: he never shames her imaginative wanderings and instead celebrates her inquisitiveness. Readers, particularly introspective types, are sure to see the magic in Sarabella’s perspective."—Publishers Weekly

Summer Reading Program - IVPL

Information was sent home this week about the Indian Valley Public Library Summer Learning Club program. This year, the library is including different areas of learning beyond reading! Keep your children busy and engaged this summer by signing up, beginning on Thursday, June 1.

The brochure for the Summer Learning Club program for completed grades K-5 can be found online here.

Links for IVPL Summer programs for preschoolers and teens can be found on the IVPL Summer Learning website.

Save the Date!

**Week of 6/4**

Monday 6/4

- Yearbook Distribution

- Field Trip, Mrs. Caranfa's Class, 10 am-1 pm

- 5th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Relays, 2:30-3:10 pm (Rain Date: 6/5)

Thursday 6/7

- Regular school day (due to 3/21 snow day)

- Field Day Rain Date

Friday 6/8

- Regular school day (due to 3/22 snow day)

- End of Year Reward Assembly - K, 1, 2, 3, 9:15-11 am

- End of Year Reward Assembly - K, 4, 5, 1:15-3 pm

**Week of 6/11**

Monday 6/11

- End of Year Assembly, 9:30-10:30 am

- AM Kindergarten: 8:45-10:45 am

- PM Kindergarten: 11:45 am-1:45 pm

- Grades 1-5: Early Dismissal at 1:45 pm

- Last day of school for Kindergarten

Tuesday 6/12

- No Kindergarten Classes

- Grades 1-5: Early Dismissal at 10:45 am

- End of 3rd Trimester (Progress Reports available on HAC at 7 pm on 6/13)




DVD Literacy (Co-chair for scheduling)

Yearbook (Co-chair)

Want some back up? Bring a friend. Co-chair teams welcome!!

Interested? Come to the May 14th HSA Meeting or contact HSA at

District News

**SASD Summer Camps**

Summer Camps are now open for registration. Please see online brochures and follow the links to register below:

- Day Camp and Workshops (Brochure | Register)

- SATV Television Production Summer Camp (Brochure | Register)

- Sports Camps (Brochure | Register)