News from the Nest

March 29, 2018

The Week Ahead

*Week of 4/2*

- Kindergarten DVD Literacy - Please remember to send in a book with your child on Tuesday!

Monday 4/2

- NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

Tuesday 4/3 (Day 3)

- Race for Education - PRE-kick-off letter sent home

Wednesday 4/4 (Day 4)

- Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age presentation, 7:00 pm. Location: Indian Valley Middle School. See District News section below for details.

Thursday 4/5 (Day 1)

- Autism Ribbon Aerial Photo, 2:30 pm

  • K and 5th - wear blue
  • 1st and 4th - wear yellow
  • 2nd and 3rd - wear red

- Girls on the Run, 3:30-5:00 pm, Location: Gym

- Challenge Night of Sharing, 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday 4/6 (Day 2)

- Autism Awareness Day - Dress in Blue

- Earth Day Volunteer forms Due

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am

- Sundae Bar at lunch

- Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly, 2:30-3:00 pm

- Spring Spirit Wear Sale ends (online store)

5th Grade Picnic Preference/Volunteer Form - LAST CALL

Attention 5th Grade parents! LAST CALL for the 5th Grade Picnic volunteer and student preference form. You can find it online here. Please fill out the information at the bottom and return it to school ASAP OR email it to Christine Rankin ( or Kathy Klock ( Thank you!

Autism Awareness Week

On Thursday, April 5th, the students and staff of Vernfield will be making a "human autism ribbon"!

Each grade level should wear the color specified:

Blue - 5th and Kindergarten

Yellow - 4th and 1st

Red - 2nd and 3rd

We will line up by color on the playground and then proceed to the field where we will fill in the outline of a ribbon. Mr. Ditlow will be coming with his drone to get the picture from the air.

Friday, April 6th will be our "Light it up Blue" day!

Everyone will wear blue, students and staff will receive autism ribbons to wear, an explanation of the meaning behind the ribbon, and a picture to color and be displayed. Teachers will have access to books written at different comprehension levels to share with their students to explain Autism and ways to be a friend with everyone.

Spring Spirit Wear Sale

This is the LAST WEEK for the Spring Spirit Wear sale! Check out our online store and place your order by April 6th!

This spring, several new items are being offered including a variety of short-sleeve shirts, a personalized baseball jersey, 3/4 sleeve baseball shirt, hoodie, and a baseball cap.

Please allow 2-3 weeks after the sale closes for delivery. If you would like a paper version of the flyer or if you have any questions, please contact Betsy Powlus

Earth Day

Vernfield Home and School will be holding its annual Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 20, 2018. The students will rotate through various activities including aquatic ecology, nature trail, school garden, crafts, etc., throughout the day. In order for this day to be a success, we need A LOT of volunteers.

If you are able to help with any of the stations either in the morning, afternoon, or both, please fill out the flyer (online here) and return it to your child's teacher by Friday, April 6th. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Stratton Thank you for your help!

Save the Date!

*Week of 4/9*

- PSSA Testing (ELA), Grades 3, 4, 5

Monday 4/9

- Home and School Meeting, 7 pm. Location: Library

Wednesday 4/11

-1st Grade Field Trip (rescheduled from 3/22)

Friday 4/13

- Student Council, 8-8:30 am

*Week of 4/16*

- PSSA Testing (Mathematics), Grades 3, 4, 5

Thursday 4/19

- Have you had the conversation? Parent Program, 6:30 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School. See District News section below for details.

Friday 4/20

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am

- Earth Day activities during school

*Girls on the Run*

  • Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (on school days) until 5/14 (No practice on 3/29, 4/2, or 5/17), 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Race: Sunday, 5/20 (more details to come)

*PSSA Testing (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)*

  • 4/10 - 4/12: English Language Arts
  • 4/17 - 4/18: Mathematics
  • 4/23 - 4/24: Science (4th Grade only)

DVD Literacy

The DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our Kindergarten students the week of April 3rd.

The committee needs volunteers to help record the students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at

If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child (it only needs to be done once), a copy will be sent home in your child's communicator or you can find it online here (see also permission letter).


Congratulations to Mrs. Mensch and her husband on the birth of Miller Joseph Mensch! Miller was born on March 14 and was 7lb 3oz. Mrs. Steffy will be the long-term substitute for Mrs. Mensch's class while she is away.

Help Wanted!

Help is needed for the following programs and events. Please consider getting involved so that these programs can be run this year and continue in the future! Thank you!

**Race for Education (Spring 2018)

Help is needed for various jobs to run the Race for Education. Please contact Jenn and Kevin Lister at if you are able to help with either planning or on the day of the Race. Thanks!

**Yearbook (Spring 2018 and future)

The Yearbook Committee is looking for help with the Spring 2018 Yearbook as well as someone to begin learning how to put together the yearbook when the current staff 'graduates'. The students love receiving a yearbook, and it is a great way to preserve memories from year to year. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Esposito at

**Pod Parents (Summer 2018)

Our Pod Parent committee needs a new chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Pod parents are volunteers that help teachers with many 'start up' tasks during the first week of school, which include copying, cutting, labeling, sorting, etc. The main role of the chair of this committee is create a Sign-up genius to send to interested parents. Please contact either Sheila Hercek at or Meg Dick at if you are interested!

**DVD Literacy Co-Chair (Fall 2018)

The DVD Literacy Committee is also looking for a new co-chair for next year to help with more of the paperwork and organization part of this committee. If you are interested and able to help, please contact Amy Thompson or Meg Dick


Reminder: all volunteers must fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement and return it to the office. There are also copies available in the Vernfield office.

Information about additional clearances needed can be found here.

District News

**Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age (Apr 4)

You're invited to attend a showing of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, a movie about helping kids navigate the digital world in which they live. Click on this flyer for more information. We hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 pm

Where: Indian Valley Middle School Auditorium

Admission: FREE

**SASD Musical: Bye Bye Birdie (Apr 5-8)

Broadway's 1961 Tony Award winning Best Musical BYE BYE BIRDIE takes the Souderton High School stage this April. Join us for a night of nostalgia, rock 'n' roll and some of Souderton's finest young performers!


  • Thursday, April 5th at 7:00p.m.
  • Friday, April 6th at 7:00p.m.
  • Saturday, April 7th at 7:00p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8th at 2:00p.m.

Tickets: $10 - purchase online or on 3/9, 3/16 or 3/23 between 3:00 and 5:00p.m. at the Souderton Auditorium Box Office

**Have you had the conversation? Parent Program (Apr 19)

"Have You Had The Conversation? How to talk with your kids about substances." is an event geared toward elementary school parents. For more information and to register, please click the Event Flyer or visit our web page at

When: Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Indian Crest Middle School

Who: Parents ONLY, babysitting will be provided.

Be a Part of the Conversation is a non-profit that creates effective, culture-changing programs that are designed to significantly increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and other drug use. Learn more at

**SAVE Spring Community Recycling Day (Apr 21)

The Souderton Area High School SAVE (Students Against Violating the Earth) club is holding a Spring Community Recycling Day. Please see the online flyer for items that will/will not be accepted.

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Time: 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Location: West Broad Elementary School, 342 West Broad Street

**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)

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.