News from the Nest

May 3, 2019

The Week Ahead

Monday 5/6 (Day 1)

-- LAST morning Spanish Club, 8-8:30 am. 2nd Grade Pod

-- PSSA Science (4th only)

-- Home & School Meeting, 7 pm. Library.

Tuesday 5/7 (Day 2)

-- PSSA Science (4th only)

-- Community Reading Day - 2nd Grade, 9-9:30 am.

-- Spring Concert, Assembly: 2-3 pm. Concert: 7 pm.

Wednesday 5/8 (Day 3)

-- Author's Tea: Mrs. Porco, 9:30-10:30 am.

-- Author's Tea: Mrs. Mensch: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Thursday 5/9 (Day 4)

-- Luau Luncheon

-- Author's Tea: Mrs. Longstreet, 9:30-10:30 am.

-- Author's Tea: Mrs. Case: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Friday 5/10 (Day 1)

-- Earth Day Celebration (rain date: Friday 5/17)

-- Sundae Bar at Lunch

Final HSA Meeting of the Year

Please join us on Monday, May 6 at 7 pm in the Library for our final HSA meeting for the year!

We will look back over what the HSA has accomplished this year and forward to what we can expect for next year. There will be treats and much appreciation for the parent volunteers who have given so much to the HSA.

Babysitting will be provided for this meeting.

Earth Day - Friday, May 10

Vernfield's Earth Day celebration is next Friday! Students will be outside approximately 2 hours in the morning or in the afternoon. Please consider having your child wear the following:

  • long pants
  • hat
  • comfortable older clothing and shoes
  • sunscreen
  • insect/tick repellent.

Students are also encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes or boots since the trail can be muddy, and a water bottle (there will be refilling stations available outside for their use).

The Earth Day Committee needs to borrow a number of items to make our Earth Day successful. All items will be returned to owners. Please see the Earth Day Supplies Sign Up to see if you can help!

VOLUNTEERS: There is a meeting on Sunday, May 5th @ 7:00 PM at VF Playground (behind school). We will go over the schedule, map of station locations and provide a detailed plan for each of the stations (lesson plans, materials needed, etc.).

If you have any questions or would like to help with Earth Day, please contact Meg Dick (

Field Day - Volunteers Needed

Mr. Gross is busy planning Vernfield's 16th annual field day for Friday, May 24 (rain date Friday, May 31). Field Day will continue to be an all-day event. First through Fifth Grade will be participating in various activities from 9:10 until 3:15 with a break from 11:15-1:10. Kindergarten students will be participating during their normal morning or afternoon time.

Please click on the link to sign up to volunteer.

Please contact Mr. Gross with any questions at

Philadelphia Union Game Fundraiser

TICKETS ARE STILL ON SALE (until game day). Choose from: May 4th at 7:30 pm OR May 18th at 7:30 pm. (On May 4, for an additional fee, sleep over and get soccer training in the morning!)

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

Questions? Contact Lisa Mallon at

Spring Book Fair - Volunteers Needed!

The Spring Book Fair is coming! From May 14-17, Mrs. Lightstone needs daytime volunteers to assist students with finding books, managing their budgets, or operating the register. The Book Fair is also open during Open House, so evening help is needed that night. Partial shifts are welcome.

The book fair is Buy One Get One Free, and Mrs. Lightstone always makes sure students get the best deals! Sign up to volunteer today!

Playground/Cafeteria Aide Position

Vernfield Elementary is currently hiring a playground/cafeteria aide. The position will last through the end of this school year. Information regarding the position is currently posted on the district website. Please contact Mrs. Smerecki in the main office if you would like to be considered for the position.

In Case You Missed It...

Lip Sync Program Online - SATV has posted the highly anticipated 2019 Vernfield Lip Sync program. You can find it here.

Coca Cola GIVE - Rewards - Coca Cola wants to help Vernfield HSA raise funds through its GIVE rewards program. Use this link to sign up then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow! Find out what your favorite Coca Cola product is worth to the HSA here.

Committee Chair Openings - A few are still looking for Chairs or Co-chairs for next year: Literacy DVD (needs a co-chair for grades K through 2), Earth Day (could still use 1 person to co-chair), Holiday Shoppe (could still use 1 more person to co-chair), Prime Time Reading (NEEDS A CHAIRPERSON, preferably 2 people to chair.) Anyone who needs more information or wants to volunteer for a position, please contact Lisa Hovind at

Save the Date!

** Through the End of the Year!**

Monday 5/13 - Friday 5/17

-- Book Fair

-- DVD Literacy Make-Ups

Tuesday 5/14 -- Open House, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Thursday 5/16 -- 2nd Grade Field Trip

Saturday 5/18 -- Philadelphia Union Soccer Game

Monday 5/20

-- Special Olympics, SAHS (Rain Date: 5/24)

-- OSSP: Mrs. Mandia: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Mrs. Donovan: 1:30-3:00 pm.

-- Kindergarten Orientation - New Families: 6-7 pm. All-Purpose Room

Tuesday 5/21 -- NO SCHOOL - Election Day/Teacher In-Service

Wednesday 5/22 -- Instrument Demo/Sign Ups

Friday 5/24

-- Field Day (Rain Date: 5/31)

-- Last Day of EDK

Monday 5/27 -- NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday 5/28

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

-- OSSP: Mrs. Gresh: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Mrs. Gehman: 1:30-3:00 pm.

Wednesday 5/29

-- 3rd Grade Field Trip

-- Volunteer Tea, 8-8:30 am.

-- Mrs. Derro's Buddy Picnic, 11:30 am -12:30 pm.

Thursday 5/30

-- Living History Museum - 4th Grade, 10:15-11:30 am AND 1:30-3:00 pm. 4th Grade Pod.

Monday 6/3

-- Mrs. Caranfa's Class Field Trip, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm.

-- 5th Grade vs. Faculty Relays, 2:30-3:00 pm.

Tuesday 6/4

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

-- Kindergarten ABC Parade: AM: 10-11:30 am, PM: 2-3 pm. All-Purpose Room.

Friday 6/7 -- Movie Reward: K, 1, 2, 3: 9:15-11 am, K, 4, 5: 1:15-3:00 pm.

Monday 6/10

-- End of Year Awards Assembly, 9:30 am.

-- EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:45 pm. (AM K: 8:45-10:45 am, PM K: 11:45-1:45 pm)

-- Last Day of Kindergarten

Tuesday 6/11


-- Last Day of School and End of 3rd Trimester

-- 3rd Trimester Progress Reports Available on HAC at 7 pm.


SASD Spring Concerts start this week! Check the schedule for details.

EMC Elementary School will be holding their annual Panther's Run on Saturday, May 4th at 9:00am at EMC Elementary School. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile fun run. Register by 4/20 to guarantee a t-shirt, and after that date, the cost of registration goes up. See the flyer below for more details and the registration form, or register online at pretzelcitysports. EMC is working hard to raise funds for a new playground after their old playground did not pass inspection. Please come out and support our community!

SAVE Spring Community Recycling Day, on May 4th at 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Location: West Broad Elementary School, 342 West Broad Street. Many "difficult to recycle" items are being collected. Please see the SAVE Recycling flyer for the complete list.

Oak Ridge Elementary School will be holding their Oak Ridge Derby Designer Bag Bingo event on Friday, May 10th at 7 pm at St. Maria Goretti. Tickets are $35. For more information, contact Sara Faliveno at

The Souderton Area School District Board of School Directors will hold Board Committee Meetings on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 PM in the Tinner Board Room at the District Administrative Office Building, 760 Lower Road, Souderton, PA.

Summer Lunch: IVEF is running a summer lunch program (Big Red Picnic Program) and is currently seeking donations. They need to raise $36,000 to meet their goal and fully fund the program. Check out their Summer Lunch Flyer for details and how to donate.

SACE Summer Program Registration is Now Open! Summer Adventure Day Camp offers full day camp with before/after care and day trips. Summer Workshops in a variety of topics and interests are offered for campers interested in 1-week programs. See the online brochure for details. Register online here.

Registration for Souderton Area High School Summer Sports Camp Program is now open! For more information, please see the Sports Camps Brochure (PDF).

To register online, visit:

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