News from the Nest

January 25, 2019

The Week Ahead

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

Monday 1/28 (Day 3)

Tuesday 1/29 (Day 4)

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

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

Thursday 1/31 (Day 1)

-- Sundae Bar at Lunch

-- Town Hall, 9:30-10:30 am

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

Friday 2/1 (Day 2)

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

Saturday 2/2

-- Elementary Honors Orchestra Rehearsal 9-11:30 am. SAHS.

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

Candy Bar Bingo - TONIGHT!

Bring your family and a Candy Bar (one per bingo card) and join us for a fun night of BINGO in Vernfield's All-Purpose Room, TONIGHT, January 25, 6:30-8:00 PM. Light refreshments/snacks will be served. Hope to see you there! Questions to Caitlin Siegfried ( or Autumn Wright (

Lip Sync - Forms Due TODAY!

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) ALL FORMS are DUE TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25. Forms can be downloaded below. Any questions, please contact the Lip Sync committee: Sara Landis (, Karen Planinshek (, or Gina Rothenberger ( Thanks!

Time to Order Your 2019 Yearbook

Yearbook sales are OPEN now through March 15th! The books are $18 each and can be purchased online.

Below are instructions on how to order.

1. Go to

2. In the top right corner click BUY STUDENTS YEARBOOK


4. Click 2019 YEARBOOK

5. Fill out your child’s information (INCLUDING HOMEROOM TEACHER) and follow the instructions to payment information

If you have any questions please contact Sandra Esposito at

Designer Bag Bingo Volunteer Sign Up

Time to get planning the details of our Designer Bag Bingo Event. March 29th will be here before we know it. There are slots for help before the event and slots for help during the event. You can sign up here.


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Kidstuff Books Rewards

The Kidstuff fundraiser has finally wrapped up. The HSA earned over $2,000 from sales of the books (final numbers at the February 11 HSA meeting).

Mrs. Moore's class was the only one with all of books accounted for by the deadline. They enjoyed a Philly Pretzel party last week with soft pretzel, bottled water and swirl lollipops.

T-shirts for students who earned them have been ordered. Expect them to arrive by mid-February.

Did You Know . . . ?

Did you know . . . Mrs. Lightstone runs a basic knitting and crocheting club during lunch recess for any interested 4th and 5th grade students? It is an informal club so the kids can come any days they want to learn the basic skills to knit or crochet. It runs through March and is great for these Winter months with indoor recess.

Students should bring short size 13 or 15 knitting needles or size K or L crochet hooks and the appropriate weight yarn. For students who want to try it out before purchasing their own materials or who are not able to purchase materials, Mrs. Lightstone has needles and yarn available.

Want to support this worthwhile activity? Donate extra knitting needles, crochet hooks or yarn if you have them. Know how to knit or crochet? Stop by the Library any day from 11:40 to 12:20 pm and share your knowledge and love of needlecraft with the kids. The students love to show off their projects and are eager and enthusiastic to learn. Note: 4th grade does not meet on Day 1 as Mrs. Lightstone has a class during that time.

In Case You Missed It...

4th Grade Literacy DVD Recordings -- Monday 2/4 - Friday 2/8. Parent volunteer sign up is here. LOTS OF SLOTS REMAIN OPEN. If you need more information, contact Nora Shurtz at

Prime Time Reading, Grades K-2 -- Friday 2/8, 6-8 pm. Sign up online ( by 2/6. If you are unable to register online, contact Katie Ross at 215-260-4476. Any questions? Email Katie at Thank you!

Home & School Board Positions -- Volunteers Needed! Descriptions can be found in the HSA bylaws (here). Deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 7. HSA elections will be held at the March 12th meeting. If you have any questions or interest, please contact Lisa Hovind, Thank you!

  • 2nd Treasurer - open immediately, through 2019-2020 school year
  • 2nd Vice President (Communications) - June 2019-2021 (24 months)
  • 1st Treasurer - June 2019-2021 (24 months)

Save the Date!

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.


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.