News from the Nest

January 18, 2019

The Week Ahead

Wednesday 1/23 - Wednesday 1/30 -- Warm Clothing Collection for Mitzvah Circle

All Week -- Literacy DVD recording - 5th grade

Monday 1/21 -- NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday 1/22 (Day 3)

-- Student Council, 8-8:30 am. 3rd Grade Pod.

-- SPARK - ELA 3:30-4:30 pm 4th/5th Grade Pod

Wednesday 1/23 (Day 4)

-- Pathway Program for 5th Graders, 9-11:30 am.

-- STARS Lunch 11:45 am -12:30 pm Conference Room

Thursday 1/24 (Day 1)

-- SPARK - Math 3:30-4:30 pm 4th/5th Grade Pod

Friday 1/25 (Day 2)

-- Lip Sync permission slips and song choice due

-- Extreme Energy Assembly 2-3 pm All Purpose Room

-- Family Fun Night - Candy Bar Bingo, 6:30-8:00 pm. Snow Date: 2/1.

Saturday 1/26 - Elementary Honors Orchestra Rehearsals 9-11:30 am. SAHS.

Thanks and Best Wishes to Susan Stratton

With great sadness, the HSA received the resignation of Susan Stratton from her position as 2nd Treasurer. The Strattons have been offered an exciting opportunity to relocate out of the area at the end of the school year and Susan's energies will be focused on preparing her family for the big move.

Our sincere thanks to Susan for all that she has done for Vernfield and the HSA. We will miss having her as part of the Board but wish her and the family all the best in their move.

Susan's 2nd Treasurer position is open effectively immediately and, under the Bylaws, can be filled by Board approval as soon as possible. This position would continue through this school year through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

A description of the duties for the position is in the HSA bylaws which you can find here. If anyone is interested in filling this position, please contact Lisa Hovind at or any of the current Board members.

DEADLINE TODAY - RSVP Candy Bar Bingo - Family Fun Night

TODAY (January 18) is the deadline for the RSVP for Family Fun Night.

Candy Bar B-I-N-G-O Night is Friday, January 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A copy of the flyer can be found below. You can email the information to Caitlin Siegfried at

or Autumn Wright at


Without more volunteers, we can't complete the 5th grade Literacy DVD recordings next week. Parent volunteer sign up is here.

It is a simple process and detailed instructions are provided.

Please consider taking a slot - just a couple of hours (9:40 - 11:55 or 12:50 - 3) - to insure that you and your child will have this precious keepsake to treasure when they leave Vernfield at the end of the year.

If you need more information, contact Nora Shurtz at

Lip Sync!

Vernfield's Annual Lip Sync Show will be held on Friday, March 8 at 7PM at Indian Crest Middle School. (Snow Date: Saturday, March 9) Information and permission slips came home on Tuesday with your child. Please note that ALL FORMS are DUE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. Forms can be downloaded below. We can't wait for another fun year of performances!

Prime Time Reading

Prime Time Reading is an evening of activities centered around the fun and adventure of reading for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

This year, the event is scheduled for February 8 from 6 - 8 pm. The theme is “Travel through time with reading.”

RSVPs should be done online here ( and are due 2/6. If you are unable to register online, contact Katie Ross at 215-260-4476. Any questions? Email Katie at Thank you!


In addition to Susan Stratton's open Treasurer position, two HSA Board positions will soon be available - 2nd Vice President (Communications) and 1st Treasurer. These positions will serve for 24 months beginning the June Executive Committee meeting and continue through the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 school years.

Descriptions of the duties for each position can be found in the HSA bylaws which you can find here.

Names of the nominees will be presented at the February HSA meeting. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 7. HSA elections will be held at the March 12th meeting.

If you would like to be nominated for one of the open positions or have any questions about the duties or requirements of serving on the Board, please contact Lisa Hovind at or any of the current Board members.

Box Tops Context Update

December Box Tops Numbers are in!
Fifth grade has leaped into FIRST place from fifth place last month with a grand total count of 1,466.
That move has shifted fourth grade into the second place slot with 1,315
Second grade is in third place with 1,031 followed VERY closely by first grade with 1,017.
Third grade has fallen to the fifth place spot with 748 and kindergarten is bringing up the tail with 573.
Keep up the great work!

In Case You Missed It...

Tuesday 1/22 - Friday 1/25 - Literacy DVD recordings for 5th grade. Parent volunteer sign up is here.

Monday 2/4 - Friday 2/8 - Literacy DVD recordings for 4th grade. Parent volunteer sign up is here.

Save the Date!

Wednesday 1/30 -- NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service

Wednesday 2/6 - Prime Time Reading RSVP due

Friday 2/8 - Prime Time Reading, Grades K-2, 6-8 pm. Snow Date 2/22.

Saturday 2/9 - Elementary Honors Chorus Rehearsal (9-11:30 am) and Concert (12 pm). ICMS.

Thursday 2/14 -- Valentine Day Social. 2-3 pm

Friday 2/15 and Monday 2/18 -- NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

DVD Literacy

-- 4th Grade -- week of 2/4

-- 3rd Grade -- week of 2/25

SPARK ELA -- Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm. 4th/5th Grade Pod.

SPARK Math -- Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm. 4th/5th Grade Pod.

Elementary Honors Orchestra Rehearsals -- Saturdays through 2/2,

Elementary Honors Orchestra Concert -- Saturday 2/2, 12pm. SAHS. Snow Date 2/4, 7pm.


District News -- Follow the link to see the Winter/Spring Newsletter from SASD.

SACE Winter/Spring Evening Classes -- The Winter-Spring semester begins later this month with more than 100 interesting classes for all ages. Beat the winter doldrums and learn something new. Bring a friend to join in the fun! Look through the Winter/Spring 2019 Brochure and register online! Or, watch for a brochure in the mail. Be sure to register early, as many classes fill quickly.

Saturday, February 16 - FBLA Valentines Babysitting. 5:30 - 9 pm For children grades K-5. Deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 11. For more information and the registration form, see the FBLA Babysitting Flyer.

Tuesdays evenings through February 19th - FREE Strengthening Families Program for parents and their children ages 10 to 14, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Indian Crest Middle School. For more information, see the Family Program Flyer.