News from the Nest

February 22, 2019

The Week Ahead

All Week -- DVD Literacy - 3rd Grade (be sure to send in a favorite book with your student on Monday!) - SIGN UP TO HELP HERE (there are many slots still open!)

Monday 2/25 (Day 4)

Tuesday 2/26 (Day 1)

-- PSSA Encouragement Cards DUE (Grades 3,4,5)

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

Wednesday 2/27 (Day 2)

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

-- 5th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures due (under age 1, to Sandra at

Thursday 2/28 (Day 3)

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

Friday 3/1 (Day 4)

-- Crazy Hair Day - Student Council Spirit Day

-- Rock Your Socks Drive Begins

-- Read Across America Day

-- Reading Olympics, 8-8:30 am. Library.

-- SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at IVPL (Indian Valley Public Library) begins

Exhibit runs every day through March 28

PSSA Encouragement Cards DUE

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade families received an envelope containing blank note cards on which to write a note of encouragement for their student. Each day during the PSSAs, teachers will give students one of these notes. Please turn in these encouragement cards by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26. Thank you!

Read Across America Day at Vernfield

It will be Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Saturday, March 2nd. And what better way to celebrate the joy of reading then to celebrate Dr. Seuss! The kindergarten pod will be decorated with Dr. Seuss books and characters for students of all grades to read with a buddy on Friday, March 1st. Dr. Seuss book quotes will be read during morning announcements throughout the week for children to guess which book the quotes are from. Students are invited to style their hair in a wacky Seuss- style to coincide with Student council’s “Wacky Hair Day” on Friday too.

So remember everyone…..

“You’re never to old

Too wacky, too wild,

To pick up a book

And read with a child.”

Dr. Seuss

Rock Your Socks - Sock Collection

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day and our Rock Your Socks Walk on March 21st, Vernfield will be collecting new pairs of socks to donate to the Montgomery County Offices of Children and Youth. The collection will be held March 1st - March 22nd. Please join us in giving back to our community! Socks can be Crazy, Fun, or Daily Use.

Snow Make Up Day

Wednesday's Snow Day means that school will be in session on Wednesday April 17th.

HSA 2nd Treasurer Position Filled!

A big thanks to Michele Gabriel for stepping into the 2nd Treasurer position for the remaining of the 2018-2020 term! Michele will be taking over for Susan Stratton, whose family is getting ready to move. Thanks, also, to Susan, for a job well done!

Box Tops Contest Update!

Box Tops numbers are still going up and the rankings stayed the same this month:

1st place: 5th grade 1,601
2nd place: 4th grade 1,498
3rd place: 2nd grade 1,164
4th place: 1st grade 1,150
5th place: 3rd grade 879
6th place: kindergarten 706
Keep up the great work!

The clipped Box Tops we have collected so far this year have earned us $699.90. Thank you to everyone who participates!

I Love My School Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes

Visit the Box Tops for Education website to enter a sweepstakes giving Vernfield a chance to earn a bonus 5000 box tops. That translates to $50 extra dollars in our account! There will be 5 schools chosen to win. You can enter here. Sweepstakes ends March 3.

While you are there, check out all the ways that we can all earn extra box tops for Vernfield like using the Box Tops Bonus App or by registering through Shoprite for My School and just buying your participating products at Shoprite. Shoppers using the Bonus App have earned Vernfield $21.70 so far this year. Shoppers using the Shoprite for My School have earned $113.50.

Philadelphia Union Game

This spring, Vernfield families can have a fun night out at a Philadelphia Union soccer game!

We are offering 2 dates to choose from:

  • May 4th at 7:30 pm. On this date, there is an additional option of sleeping over in a tent on the field and training with the training staff in the morning for only an extra $15 above the ticket cost.
  • May 18th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets may be purchased at, and a small portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Home & School.

This was scheduled as an option to go and enjoy a game of soccer with some other Vernfield families. If you have any questions contact Lisa Mallon at Thank you!

Prime Time Reading - Thank You!

Prime Time was a huge success!

We had a record 80 kids attending. The theme was "Travel Through Time with Reading." Our dedicated teachers did a fractured Fairy Tale of Rapunzel, a story around Stone Soup and our usual gym activity! Our volunteers did a great job doing activities around the theme. A huge thanks to all the volunteers who made it a great night.

Special thanks to Katie Ross for organizing this special event!

This was Katie's final year to Chair the Prime Time Reading. Anyone wishing to help organize next year's event, please contact Lisa Hovind at

Calling All Dads!

We need some Dad volunteers to help out at Bag Bingo on March 29 so the Moms are free to play.

  • Sell raffle tickets or snacks.
  • Verify Bingo cards for winners.

If you are available, please consider signing up here.

In Case You Missed It...

Lip Sync is rapidly approaching! Date is Friday 3/8, 7pm. Participants: please make sure your songs are uploaded (contact Karen Planinshek @ with questions). Also if you would like to volunteer, please contact Gina Rothenberg at Attendees: Vernfield students and families are welcome to come and watch their friends! We will be collecting boxes of cereal for Keystone Opportunity Center.

Yearbook sales are OPEN! The books are $18 each and can be purchased online through March 15th. Go to Contact Sandra Esposito at with any questions.

Designer Bag Bingo -- is March 29, 7-10 pm. Doors open at 6:15. Get your tickets through Eventbrite here. If you'd like to help out, please see our volunteer sign up. Questions? Contact Lisa Mallon ( or Lisa Hovind (

Save the Date!

March 1-28 -- SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at IVPL

Friday 3/1 - Friday 3/22 - Rock Your Socks - Sock Collection

Monday 3/4 - Wednesday 3/6 -- Parent Volunteer TB Testing

Monday 3/4 - Friday 3/8 - Keystone Opportunity Center Collection (canned tuna, chicken, salmon and toothpaste, toothbrushes)

Friday 3/8 -- Lip Sync, 7pm. ICMS. (Snow Date: 3/9). Bring a box of cereal to donate!

Monday 3/11 - End of 2nd Trimester

Tuesday 3/12 - Home & School Meeting and Officer Elections, 7 pm. Library.

Wednesday 3/13 - Third Grade Musical (rehearsal: 2:30 pm, performance: 6:30 pm)

Friday 3/15 -- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Friday 3/15 -- Deadline for Yearbook purchase

Monday 3/18 - Progress reports available on HAC, 7 pm.

Thursday 3/21 -- World Down Syndrome Day Buddy Walk

Friday 3/29 -- Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser, 7-10 pm (doors open 6:15). **Must be 21 or older**. St. Maria Goretti Church

DVD Literacy

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

-- 1st Grade -- week of 3/4

-- 2nd Grade -- 3/20-3/22

-- Kindergarten -- week of 3/25

Honors Band: Rehearsals - Saturdays 3/9 - 3/30, 9:00 - 11:30 am. ICMS. Concert: Saturday 3/30, 12:00 pm. ICMS.


-- ELA - 3rd and 4th: 4/24, 4/25, 4/26. 5th: 4/24, 4/25, 4/29

-- Math - 3rd, 4th, 5th: 4/20, 5/1

-- Science - 4th only: 5/6, 5/7

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

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


Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20 has begun. You can find more information and a link to the Kindergarten Registration packet here.

Thursday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23 - Indian Crest Middle School Musical -Adventures of a Comic Book Artist, 7 pm For more information, see the Flyer

Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 - Indian Valley Middle School Musical - Nifty Fifties, 7 pm

Openings are now available for the SATV Summer Camp. The Introduction to Television Production Camp is open to students entering 5th grade in the Fall. You can find further information and a link to the online registration here

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.

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