News from the Nest

October 20, 2023

The Week Ahead

Monday, 10/23 (Day 4)

-Decorated Pumpkin Drop-off 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

Tuesday, 10/24 (Day 1)

-Parent/Teacher Conference Forms Sent Home
-Veterans Day Information Sent Home

Wednesday, 10/25 (Day 2)

-Pink Out

Thursday, 10/26 (Day 3)

-Parent/Teacher Conference Forms Due
-Service Hawks 8:00 AM -8:30 AM Third grade pod

Friday, 10/27 (Day 4)

-Spirit Day - Ghostbusters day! Wear red, black, white, green
-Decorated Pumpkin Pickup 9:00 AM -3:00 PM

A message from Dr. Graf: Fall Fun at Vernfield!

Fall is such a fun time to work in a school! Please see below for some of our fall activities!

October 27 - Ghostbusters Day!

*Let's kick off a frightfully fun weekend with Ghostbusters Day! Students can wear a Ghostbusters t-shirt, colors (red, white, black, green), etc. Full costumes and props will not be allowed on October 27, but students are welcome to dress as Ghostbusters on October 31.

October 31- Fall Costume Parade and Socials

*Students are welcome to bring their costumes to school in a bag labeled with their name. Later in the day, students will dress in their costumes for a small parade. After the parade, the students will return to their classrooms for a social. Weather permitting, parents and guests are allowed to report to the playground to watch the parade. More information will follow.

Vernfield Elementary's Annual Pumpkin Display

Every year, families decorate, carve, or paint pumpkins for display on the front property during the last full week of October.

Please remember that pumpkins should be decorated appropriately for all elementary school students to enjoy. Undecorated or uncarved pumpkins are also welcome!

Where should pumpkins be placed?

• On the black granite sitting wall along the front of the school

• In any mulched beds

• In front of the Vernfield Elementary School sign at the front of the building

• At the foot of any trees along the driveway

• Along the curbing

• Along the bus loop

When can pumpkins be dropped off?

• Sunday, October 22 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

• Monday, October 23 - any time between 9:00 AM to 3 :00 PM

When should pumpkins be picked up?

• Friday, October 27 - any time between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

• Any pumpkins left at Vernfield after 3:00 on Friday, October 28th will be disposed of

Grand Opening of Vernfield's Smart Mart

On November 14th and 15th, the Vernfield mobile Spirit store will be visiting the school Pods with items for purchase to help students celebrate the 20th anniversary of Vernfield.

Items for purchase include:

-20th Anniversary pencils

-20th Anniversary bookmarks & wristbands

-Vernfield erasers

More information will be sent home soon with students.

Lace up Those Skates!

Please join the Vernfield Home and School Association for Spirit's Skate Party Fundraiser!

This event will be held at Inline 309 on Saturday, November 4th from 4-6pm. The cost is $15 per skater. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 200 skater maximum.

This not a drop-off event and all skaters must be accompanied by an adult. Non-skating adults will not be charged admission.

Interested in helping out? Volunteer to run the snack stand, or donate a baked good, via the link below.!/showSignUp/30E0C4BA9A623A2F58-44899768-spirits

We look forward to seeing you there!

HSA Board Changes

During the October 17th HSA meeting at the school, a number of announcements were made regarding the HSA Board, including:

-Wendy Clemmer resigned as Co-Treasurer

-Kristen Viscardi is moving from the Secretary role to Co-Treasurer

-Vanessa Plumley has been appointed as the Interim Secretary until the next election in the Spring

As a reminder, there are 4 open Board positions that will be up for a vote in the Spring. They include:


-VP, Fundraising


-Co-Treasurer (1 of 2 positions)

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the HSA and would like to learn more about one of these open positions, please reach out to Kristin Emmons at

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

Please consider helping to raise funds for Home & School using the following:

  • Box Tops Bonus App: Download the Box Tops Bonus App for your phone or tablet! Find offers, buy products, scan your receipt and earn even MORE box tops for Vernfield!
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow.

Upcoming Dates


-Fall Parade 1:45 PM -2:15 PM Playground

-Fall Social 2:15 PM -3:00 PM

-Veterans Day Program Information Due
-Service Hawks Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins

-Picture Retake Day

-VF Spirit Day - VF Spirit Wear or Blue/Gold
-Spirit's Birthday Spirit Assembly 2:15 PM -3:00 PM All-Purpose Room

-Spirit's Skate 309 Birthday Party 4:00 PM -6:00 PM Skate 309

-Election Day / Act 80 Day for Teachers - No School for Students

HSA Executive Board Members

If you have any questions about HSA activities, or are interested in becoming more involved at Vernfield, please feel free to reach out to any of our board members below:

President: Kristin Emmons;

VP Fundraising: Diane Meyer;

VP Communications: Mandy Merrill;

Secretary: Vanessa Plumley;

Co-Treasurer: Sarah Osiol;

Co-Treasurer: Kristen Viscardi;