News from the Nest

March 9, 2018

The Week Ahead

Friday 3/9 - TONIGHT

- Lip Sync, 7 pm. (Acts arrive at 6:15 pm). Location: Indian Crest Middle School Auditorium (Snow Date: Saturday 3/10)

Saturday 3/10 - Elementary Honors Band Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School

*Week of 3/12*

- 1st Grade DVD Literacy

- Rock Your Socks Drive (ends 3/23)

Monday 3/12 (Day 4)

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

- Home & School Meeting with board elections, 7 pm. Location: Library

Tuesday 3/13 (Day 1)

- 3rd Grade Musical, 2:30pm AND 6:30pm

- ELA SPARK, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Wednesday 3/14

- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Thursday 3/15 (Day 2)

- STARS Lunch, 11:45 am

- Math SPARK, 3:30-4:30 pm

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

- Youth Art Month Artists' Reception, 6-7:30 pm. Location: IVPL

Friday 3/16 (Day 3)

- VF Spirit Day! Wear blue and yellow or VF spirit wear!

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am

- Yearbook orders due (see order info below)

Saturday 3/17 - Elementary Honors Band Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School

*March 1 - March 27* is the SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at Indian Valley Public Library. Stop in to see student work from all SASD Schools and Grades!

Lip Sync

All Vernfield students and families are invited to attend the Lip Sync program TONIGHT! Friday, March 9 at 7 pm at Indian Crest Middle School! Come out to join in the fun and support your friends and teachers!

We will be collecting gift cards to Target, Giant, or any other store to help support a Vernfield family! #Win4Clark #IronDad23

Hope to see you there!

Home & School Meeting

Please join us this Monday, March 12th at 7:00PM in the Library! Elections for 2018-2020 will be held at this time. Our candidates are:

President: Lisa Bovind

VP (Communications): Kelly Cole

VP (Fundraising): Lisa Mallon

Co-Treasurer: Susan Stratton

Co- Treasurer: Meg Dick

Secretary: Colleen Kurtz

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

World Down Syndrome Day Activities

Sock Drive for Children and Youth - March 5th-23rd

Join us in collecting new socks for the Montgomery County Offices of Children and Youth. Please consider donating a new pair of socks for a child in need. Socks can be crazy, fun, or for daily use!

On March 21, 2018, Vernfield will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in our school in the following ways:

Rock Your Socks

Wear your LOUDEST, CRAZIEST and most FUN pair of MATCHED or UNMATCHED socks in celebration of WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!

Wear Blue and Yellow

Wear your Vernfield blue and yellow to match the colors of Down Syndrome Awareness. We would like to give a special thank you to The Rothholz Family for their generous donation of bracelets, wet and stick temporary tattoos and pins for our staff and students.

Buddy Walk 9-9:20 a.m.

Students will Rock their Socks for a walk with their Buddy Classes. Vernfield students and staff, with friends or family who have Down Syndrome, are permitted to invite their friend or family member to the walk. Please note the walk will begin at 9:00AM and conclude at 9:20AM.

3rd Grade Musical

Vernfield third grade students have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming third grade musical, I Have a Dream. The musical will be presented on Tuesday, March 13 at 2:30 and 6:30 in the Vernfield Auditorium. We hope to see you there!


Yearbooks are on sale now through March 16! To order, go to and search for Vernfield Elementary. They are $18 each. Online orders are preferred but checks/cash can be sent for the exact amount only (no change will be given). Books will be distributed in early June.

To submit yearbook photos online:

• Go to:
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 409613596
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".

****Please make sure that each photo has the classroom/teacher name or event included in the file name****


  • These photos will only be used by the Yearbook Staff for inclusion in the yearbook.
  • Not every photo submitted will be able to be included in the yearbook.
  • Please submit photos of school events ONLY

Please direct any questions to Sandra Esposito at

Thank you!!

Music In Our Schools Month

March is Music in our Schools Month! Music In Our Schools Month showcases the importance of music education for all children, and is an opportunity to celebrate all things musical!

First in Math Update

So far this year, we solved 2,698,845 math problems together using First in Math. We are on our way to 3 million math problems.

K- 2 Team of the Week is Mrs. Kramer’s class. Andrea in Mrs. Kramer’s class is the top player of the week in the school for K-2.

3-5 Team of the Week is Mrs. Donovan’s class. Peyton in Mrs. Donovan’s class is the top player of the week in the school for 3-5.

Vernfield has moved up to 55th in the nation.

We have moved up to 24th in the state of PA and we are third in the school district.

Look for a March challenge coming soon!

Save the Date!

*Week of 3/19*

Monday 3/19

- 1st Grade - Montgomery County 4H Literacy Program, 2:30 pm

Tuesday 3/20

- Spring Picture Day

- Progress Report Parent Signature Cards sent home

- 2nd Trimester Progress Reports available on HAC at 7 pm

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

Wednesday 3/21

- Sundae Bar at Lunch

- World Down Syndrome Awareness Rock Your Socks Buddy Walk, 9:00-9:20 am

- Reading Olympics at SAHS

Thursday 3/22

- 1st Grade Field Trip

- 5th Grade Field Trip

*Week of 3/26*

Wednesday 3/28 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (due to 1/5 snow day)

Thursday 3/29 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (due to 3/7 snow day)

Friday 3/30 - NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

Monday 4/2 - NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

*Girls on the Run*

  • Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (on school days) until 5/3, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Race: Sunday, 5/20 (more details to come)

*SPARK Programs*

  • ELA: Tuesday: 3/20: 3:30-4:30 pm.
  • Math: Thursday: 3/22: 3:30-4:30 pm.

*Elementary Honors Band*

  • Rehearsal: Saturday 3/24: 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School
  • Concert: Saturday 3/24, 2 pm.

DVD Literacy

The DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our 1st grade students the week of March 12.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped tape the 2nd graders!

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).

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!

**DVD Literacy Taping (Now! 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help record our students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at

**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

**Indian Valley Middle School Musical: Peter Panic (Mar 8, 9, 10)

Indian Valley Middle School presents Peter Panic! Tickets are $5 (students and seniors over 60 are $3) and can be purchased in advance from the IVMS office (by Friday 3/9) or at the door.

When: Thursday - Saturday, March 8 - 10: 7 pm

Where: Indian Valley Middle School

**Have you had the conversation? Parent Program (Mar 20)

"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, March 20, 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

**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

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.