News from the Nest

October 8, 2021

The Week Ahead

Monday 10/11 (Day 3)

-Spirit's Vernfield Safety Week

-7:00pm October Home and School meeting

Tuesday 10/12 (Day 4)

Wednesday 10/13 (Day 1)

Thursday 10/14 (Day 2)

Friday 10/15 (Day 3)

-Spirit Day: Spirit's Pick: Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome Awareness

October Home and School Meeting

Please join us for our October Home and School meeting this Monday, October 11th at 7:00pm via Zoom. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join using this link:

Our meetings are a great way to keep up on current events at Vernfield, get to know other parents, and to hear updates from Dr. Graf. We hope to 'see' you there!

Please fill out the Vernfield School Directory form by Oct 15th

Vernfield Home & School Association (HSA) publishes a PRINTED school directory for each new school year which includes class lists and student contact information. The directory will ONLY be distributed to those families who complete the form at this link Vernfield Elementary School Directory 2021-2022 . If you do not have computer access, please contact the office for a paper form.

Please complete this form by Friday, October 15th, 2021. Only one form per family is required. You may provide as much or as little information as you wish.

Families should please respect the privacy of those listed in the Directory; the intent is private use by families and should not be used for any business purpose. Vernfield Elementary School and the HSA are not responsible for any misuse of this directory. For those families who opt to not be listed in the directory, HSA information will still be sent home via email newsletters and teacher distribution.

Spirit’s Grub Club Events and News

Thank you all for participating in our recent events at Downtown Scoop and The Moe’s Southwest Grill Pop Up event!

Downtown Scoop donated $200
Moe’s Southwest Grill donated $655

Through your support and participation in our Spirit’s Grub Club Events, so far this school year, we have raised a total of $855!

When can we get out of cooking again?!

Our next event is:

Laura’s Pizza - Harleysville location
Tuesday, October 19th
4:00-9:00 PM

371 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438

Simply place your order on Tuesday, October 19th, and mention you are there in support of “Vernfield Night”. That’s it! Laura’s will then donate a portion of that day’s sales to our school!

Vernfield Library Update From Dr. Graf

As some of you may know, Mrs. Lightstone, our school librarian, has not been at Vernfield since the beginning of the school year. She hopes to return to Vernfield within a few months.

Miss Megan Bolton will be filling in during Mrs. Lightstone's absence. Any correspondence regarding the library will come from Miss Bolton. You can also direct any questions regarding the library to her email address:

Fall Activities Update from Dr. Graf

Fall is such a fun time to work in a school! Last year, we had to cancel many of our traditional fall activities. This year, we will begin to reintroduce some of our fall activities while still providing necessary safeguards. All of this is being planned to make for a fun experience for our students!

On Friday, October 29th, students are welcome to bring their costumes to school in a bag. Later in the day, students will dress in their costumes for a small parade for students and staff. The parade will not be open for public viewing. After the parade, the students will return to their classrooms for a fun fall activity with their teacher and classmates. Food and drink will not be served during that time unless it is regular classroom snack time.

We want families to be part of the fun as well! Every year, Vernfield families decorate pumpkins for display at our school during the last week of October. Families are once again invited to decorate, carve, or paint a pumpkin to display on the front property of our school. Please remember that pumpkins should be decorated appropriately for elementary school students. 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 on the front of the building
  • At the foot of any trees along the driveway
  • Along the curbing
  • Along the bus loop
  • Along the Kindergarten drop-off and pick-up line

When can pumpkins be dropped-off?

  • Sunday, October 24th – 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Monday, October 25th – any time between 9:00 to 11:00am and 1:00 to 3:00pm

When should pumpkins be picked up?

  • Friday, October 29th – any time between 9:00 to 11:00am and 1:00 to 3:00pm
  • Any pumpkins left at Vernfield after 3:00pm on Friday, October 29th will be disposed of

Food Service is Hiring Managers, Cooks and Food Service Staff!

Chartwells is currently hiring for managers, cooks and food service staff for the Souderton Area School District.

  • $250 signing bonus
  • No nights or weekends
  • Full and part-time available
  • Paid sick-time and holidays
  • 401K and discount programs

To apply, please visit

Or scan the QR code. A Chartwells flyer can be downloaded below.

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

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

  • Amazon Smile: earn money for VF while shopping on Amazon! Go to for instructions.
  • 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!
  • ShopRite for My School: earn Box Tops for VF while shopping at ShopRite! Register your PricePlus club card at:
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow.

Upcoming Dates

10/19 - Parent/Teacher Conference Forms sent home

- Spirit's Grub Club: Laura's Pizza, Harleysville

10/20 - Act 80 day for teachers - No school for students

10/21 - Parent/Teacher Conference Forms due

- Service Hawks; 8:00 - 8:30am in the 3rd Grade pod

10/22 - Spirit Day - Wear VF Spirit Wear or Blue/Gold

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: Meg Dick;

VP Fundraising: Julie Gerhart;

VP Communications: Mandy Merrill;

Secretary: Kristin Emmons;

Co-Treasurer: Alisha Reynolds;

Co-Treasurer: Wendy Clemmer;