News from the Nest

October 13, 2023

The Week Ahead

Monday, 10/16 (Day 3)

-Character Counts Week - Wear Purple for Citizenship

Tuesday, 10/17 (Day 4)

-Character Counts Week - Wear Green for Responsibility
-Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM -8:00 PM Library

Wednesday, 10/18 (Day 1)

-Character Counts Week - Wear Gold for Respect

Thursday, 10/19 (Day 2)

-Character Counts Week - Wear Blue for Honesty

Friday, 10/20 (Day 3)

-Character Counts Week - Wear Red for Caring
-Spirit Day - Wear a hat for $.50 donation to Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition
-20th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Entries Due

-Last day to submit information for Vernfield HSA Directory

A message from Dr. Graf: Fall Fun at Vernfield!

Fall is such a fun time to work in a school! Please see below for some of our fall activities!

October 16 through October 20- Character Counts Week!

*Please see the calendar for themed color days for each day of the week! Students can also pay .50 cents to wear a hat to school on Friday. All donations will benefit the Indian Valley Character Counts Coalition!

October 27 - Ghostbusters Day!

*Let's kick off a frightfully fun weekend with Ghostbusters Day! Students can wear a Ghostbusters t-shirt, colors (red, white, black, green), etc. Full costumes and props will not be allowed on October 27, but students are welcome to dress as Ghostbusters on October 31.

October 31- Fall Costume Parade and Socials

*Students are welcome to bring their costumes to school in a bag labeled with their name. Later in the day, students will dress in their costumes for a small parade. After the parade, the students will return to their classrooms for a social. Weather permitting, parents and guests are allowed to report to the playground to watch the parade. More information will follow.

Vernfield Elementary's Annual Pumpkin Display

Every year, families decorate, carve, or paint pumpkins for display on the front property during the last full week of October.

Please remember that pumpkins should be decorated appropriately for all elementary school students to enjoy. Undecorated or uncarved pumpkins are also welcome!

Where should pumpkins be placed?

• On the black granite sitting wall along the front of the school

• In any mulched beds

• In front of the Vernfield Elementary School sign at the front of the building

• At the foot of any trees along the driveway

• Along the curbing

• Along the bus loop

When can pumpkins be dropped off?

• Sunday, October 22 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

• Monday, October 23 - any time between 9:00 AM to 3 :00 PM

When should pumpkins be picked up?

• Friday, October 27 - any time between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

• Any pumpkins left at Vernfield after 3:00 on Friday, October 28th will be disposed of

T-shirt Decorating Contest Entries Due 10/20

The Vernfield Spirit Wear Committee is holding a Vernfield T-shirt Decorating Contest. The winning design will be available for purchase during the fall spirit wear store in November.

All entries are due in the main office by October 20th. More information can be found in the accompanying flyer.

We look forward to seeing the entries!

Vernfield HSA Directory Form

The school directory is created by the Home and School Association each year to assist with contact between parents and families for things such as planning play dates between children, birthday parties, etc.

Please fill out the form below by October 20th if you wish to have your family's contact information included in the school directory. As a friendly reminder you will only receive a School Directory if you choose to be listed in the directory.

Vernfield's 2023-2024 School Directory (

The school directory is not used by the school or school district for purposes of official school communication. Updating or changing your information in the school directory does not update or change the information that the school uses for purposes of official school communication. Vernfield Elementary School does not provide any information for use in the school directory.

Information included in the school directory is provided solely and voluntarily at the discretion of the parents/guardians, and is not to be used for the purposes of soliciting business or any other non-school-related activities.

Lace up Those Skates!

Please join the Vernfield Home and School Association for Spirit's Skate Party Fundraiser!

This event will be held at Inline 309 on Saturday, November 4th from 4-6pm. The cost is $15 per skater. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 200 skater maximum.

This not a drop-off event and all skaters must be accompanied by an adult. Non-skating adults will not be charged admission.

Interested in helping out? Volunteer to run the snack stand, or donate a baked good, via the link below.!/showSignUp/30E0C4BA9A623A2F58-44899768-spirits

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your Fundraising Dollars At Work!

The Vernfield Library will be welcoming Daniel Jude Miller on Thursday, October 19th for an Author Visit. He will be bringing a signed poster for each student.

This visit was made possible by the fundraising generosity of the Vernfield community. Thank you to everyone who participates in the Home and School Association fundraisers each year.

As a reminder, our fundraisers this year will fund HSA activities for the 2024/2025 school year. The first fundraiser this year will be Spirit's Skate Party on November 4th, followed by Boosterthon in early 2024.

Digital HSA Calendar Link

The link to the 2023-2024 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.

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

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

  • 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!
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow.

Upcoming Dates


-Decorated Pumpkin Drop-off 9:00 AM -6:00 PM

-Decorated Pumpkin Drop-off 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

-Parent/Teacher Conference Forms Sent Home
-Veterans Day Information Sent Home


-Parent/Teacher Conference Forms Due
-Service Hawks 8:00 AM -8:30 AM Third grade pod

-Spirit Day - Ghostbusters day! Wear red, black, white, green
-Decorated Pumpkin Pickup 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

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: Kristin Emmons;

VP Fundraising: Diane Meyer;

VP Communications: Mandy Merrill;

Secretary: Kristen Viscardi;

Co-Treasurer: Sarah Osiol;

Co-Treasurer: Wendy Clemmer;