News from the Nest

February 14, 2020

The Week Ahead

Monday 2/17

-- NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

-- Spring Spirit Wear Sale Begins (ends 2/28)

Tuesday 2/18 (Day 3)

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

Wednesday 2/19 (Day 4)

Thursday 2/20 (Day 1)

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

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

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

Friday 2/21 (Day 2)

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

-- Cyber Bullying Presentation for 5th Grade, 9-10:30 am. Oak Ridge Elementary.

HSA Board Nominations Announced

Nominees for the HSA Officer Elections were announced at Tuesday's meeting. The candidates are:

  • First Vice President (Fundraising) - Meg Dick
  • Secretary - Kristen Emmons
  • Second Treasurer (Accounting) - Colleen Kurtz


Elections will be held at the March HSA meeting which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm.

Anyone interested in running for President should contact Lisa Hovind at

Spring Spirit Wear Sale - Ends 2/28

Get your Vernfield Spirit Wear for the spring season! Sale runs through 2/28.

Check out the selection and place your order online:

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Powlus at

Collecting Raffle Basket Donations

A big part of the funds we raise at the Designer Bag Bingo event comes from our raffle. All of the items that we raffle are donated by Vernfield families, area businesses or generous companies.

  • Have something to donate? It doesn't have to be a full raffle basket. We will be putting donated items together to create themed baskets.
  • Can you donate some scratch off lottery tickets for our ticket board raffle?
  • Know someone who would be willing to donate on behalf of a business?

If you are unable to donate, perhaps you can help us visit area businesses to solicit donations.

Have questions? Want to help? Contact Lisa Hovind at

Be sure to reserve your spot for our Bag Bingo event on April 17! Last year's event was a sell out. Need a Registration Form? Click below.

Seeking Volunteers for Teacher Wellness Classes

Vernfield teachers are trying to kick the winter blues and stay healthy! Dr. Graf is looking for volunteers, familiar with aerobics, pilates, yoga, mindfulness, etc. to work with the Vernfield teachers either before or after school during the remainder of the winter months. It would not be a big time commitment. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in spending some time with a very fun group of teachers, please contact Dr. Graf at (215)721-0606 or

Lip Sync Reminder - Upload Songs by March 6!

Don't forget to upload 90 seconds of your approved song to the DJ's website using the following link. Instructions for upload and editing are on the website.

For those needing song edits or uploading assistance, Dan Phillips (our DJ), is happy to help and charges a small fee for his time.

Prime Time Reading - Thank You!

Thank you to Diane Meyer and her Prime Time Committee for making this year's "Under the Sea" Reading adventure a success! A huge thanks to all volunteers, including the teachers who put together some awesome skit performances!



Save the Date

**Week of 2/24**

Tuesday 2/25

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

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

Wednesday 2/26

-- STARS Lunch, 11:45-12:15 pm

Thursday 2/27

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

Friday 2/28

-- Spring Spirit Wear Sale Ends

-- Forward Motion BMX Assembly, 2-3 pm

-- Student Council Spirit Day - 80's Day

**Week of 3/2**

-- Keystone Opportunity Center Food Drive

-- Parent Volunteer TB Testing Clinic (March 2-4)

Monday 3/2

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

Tuesday 3/3

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

Wednesday 3/4

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

Thursday 3/5

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

Friday 3/6

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

In Case You Missed It...


There will be a TB testing clinic for parent volunteers held at Vernfield on March 2,3,4. Please call 215.721.0606 prompt 3 to schedule an appointment. Please be advised that parents need to have the TB test to be a chaperone for all field trips.


PSSA testing dates for students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 as follows:

  • PSSA ELA (Grades 3, 4, 5) - April 21, 22, 23
  • PSSA Math (Grades 3, 4, 5) - April 29, 30
  • PSSA Science (Grade 4) - May 4, 5

** Please note that Educational/family trips will not be excused when PSSA testing is scheduled for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. **


All orders must be received by April 9, 2020. A book of 6 tickets costs only $39 (regularly priced $60), and Home & School receives $14 profit per book sold. Tickets may be purchased online or via paper order form (instructions were attached to the order form sent home to students).

Online sales: Be sure to enter "Vernfield HSA" as the Organization and your child as the seller.

Any questions, please contact Nicholas Helber at or Lisa Hovind at


Vernfield Elementary School is looking for parents who are available to serve as substitute recess and cafeteria aides. Substitute aides are called to serve during a situation where a daily recess or cafeteria aide calls out. Substitute aides are paid for serving in this position. Please contact Mrs. Smerecki at, if you are interested in being added to Vernfield's substitute recess and cafeteria aide list.

District News


Registration for Souderton's summer sports camps is now open. Check out the online brochure, which lists the schedule and link to online registration.


The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Souderton Area School District on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Souderton Area High School! Doors open at 6:00PM; Tip-off is at 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale now and sales benefit the Indian Valley Education Foundation! To purchase your tickets:

1. Please visit
2. Click on Scheduling and Tickets
3. Click on the date of our event, March 27, 2020
We are looking forward to seeing you at this very exciting event!!!


Can be found online here:

2020 WINTER/SPRING SACE 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 2020 Brochure and register online! Or, watch for a brochure in the mail. Be sure to register early, as many classes fill quickly. Hope we’ll see you in 2020!

Easy Fundraising Reminders

  • Collect and send in Box Tops from products
  • Download the Box Tops app and scan receipts for additional Box Tops! (This will be eventually replacing all physical Box Tops)
  • Register your ShopRite PricePlus card to earn even more Box Tops for VF:
  • Set up your Giant Bonus Card to benefit Vernfield:, ID: 23581
  • Buy Amazon products using Amazon Smile to benefit Vernfield:
  • Sign up for Coca Cola Give then scan products and earn money for VF
  • Giant Reusable Shopping Bags - bags, located by the check out at the Harleysville Giant, can be purchased for $2.50. Each contains a tag with a code number that will earn Vernfield HSA $1 for each code entered. Go to the website within 7 days of your purchase, enter the code located under the scratch off portion of the tag and choose Vernfield HSA as your non-profit (we are located on the third page of the list).
  • Employee Volunteer Incentive Programs - If your employer provides a volunteer incentive program (Merck, Janssen, Verizon, for example), please get in touch with Julie Gerhart-Rothholz at You may also get additional volunteer time off from work, so be sure to check your employer's volunteer policies!

  • Vernfield's Shutterfly Storefront - Use our link to shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, etc. and for every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our HSA.

    It’s easy to support us:

    1. Visit our Shutterfly Storefront at:

    2. Click through to start shopping!