News from the Nest

March 6, 2020

The Week Ahead

All Month:

-- Youth Art Month Exhibit. Indian Valley Public Library.

Monday 3/9 (Day 1)

-- Reading Olympics Competition, 6 pm.

Tuesday 3/10 (Day 2)

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

-- Home and School Meeting with HSA Board Elections, 7 pm. Library.

Wednesday 3/11 (Day 3)

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

Thursday 3/12 (Day 4)

-- Town Hall Meeting, 9:30 am.

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

-- Youth Artist Reception, 6-7:30 pm. Indian Valley Public Library

Friday 3/13

-- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Leader Needed for the Home and School

With elections just days away, the Home and School needs a candidate for President.

If you are organized, a good communicator and able to multi-task, you may be the person to fill the position. Next year's Board will be filled with experienced and dedicated officers who are looking for a leader. If you can fill that role, please contacted Lisa Hovind at to be added to the ballot.

Home & School Meeting

Please join us for the Home and School Meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm in the Library. Elections for the positions of President, First Vice President (Fundraising), Secretary and Second Treasurer (Accounting) will be held.

Come out and meet the candidates, cast your vote and share your ideas with the incoming Board.

Babysitting will be provided.

Time to Order Your Yearbook

Order today through April 3, 2020. The price is $19.

Online orders are preferred. To place your order, visit and search for Vernfield Elementary, Telford, PA.

If you are unable to place your order online, we will accept cash or checks in the exact amount only (no change will be given). Please include your child’s name and homeroom with your order. Checks must be made out to Vernfield Home and School Association.

Yearbooks will be distributed in early June.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the yearbook coordinators -

Alex Ricketts: or Kim Wheeler:

Attention Fifth Grade Parents

The 2019/2020 yearbook committee is excited to offer an opportunity for you to write a message to your 5th grade student to be printed in the yearbook along with your child's baby picture.

All messages and photos must be submitted via email to no later than April 3, 2020.

Email should include both items below as well as your child's first and last name and the name of their homeroom teacher.

  1. Baby photo
  2. Message to your 5th grader

** Please keep all messages between 75-150 letters/characters (including spaces and

punctuation.) There is one (1) message allowed per family.

Example message: Dear Sam: We are so proud of you and cannot wait for all the amazing things you do in middle school! Love- Mom, Dad and Sarah XOXO.

If you have any questions please contact one of the yearbook coordinators-

Alex Ricketts: or Kim Wheeler:

Sock Drive, March 16-25

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, Vernfield Staff and Students will be collecting new socks for our Rock Your Socks, sock drive from March 16th-25th. Sock donations will be collected for the Montgomery County Offices of Children and Youth. We will also participate in a Rock Your Socks Buddy walk on Friday, March 20th. Sock donations can be fun, colorful, crazy or for daily use. All participants are encouraged to wear crazy, colorful or mismatched socks to celebrate our unique Vernfield style.

Bag Bingo Update

Be sure to reserve your spot for our Bag Bingo event on April 17! Last year's event was a sell out and, with just 6 weeks to go, we are half way there.

Need a Registration Form? Click below. If you register online but want to be seated with a group, you can email Lisa Hovind with the group information.

Volunteers have had a lot of success collecting donations from area businesses for the raffle but there are many businesses that still need to be contacted to a request donation. If you can help with donation requests or other event preparations, please sign up HERE .

Have questions? Contact Lisa Hovind at

Forward BMX Assembly

Thanks to the financial support you have given to the Home and School Association, Dr. Graf was able to provide an exciting assembly for students last Friday. The boys and girls were treated to a demonstration of daring BMX tricks.

While Doug and Steven showed off their skills, they also shared with students 2 important messages. The first was a safety message reminding them to always wear a helmet when riding bikes and scooters. The second message was a lesson in perseverance by encouraging the students to find something that they love to do and keep working at it and not give up.

Without your support, the Home and School would not be able to fund programs like this. Thank You!

Fancy Floor Tricks and Ramp Jumps

Our Brave Staff Getting in on the Action

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

Save the Date

**Week of 3/16**

-- Sock Drive for World Down Syndrome Day (through 3/25)

Monday 3/16

-- Ag. Literacy, 1st Grade, 2:30 pm.

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

Tuesday 3/17

-- 3rd Grade Musical Dress Rehearsal, 2:30 pm.

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

-- 3rd Grade Musical, 6:30 pm

Wednesday 3/18

-- Spring Picture Day

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

Thursday 3/19

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

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

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

Friday 3/20

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

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

-- Lip Sync, 7 pm. ICMS. (Snow Date 3/21)

Saturday 3/21

-- Elementary Honors Band, Rehearsal No. 2, 9-11:30 am. ICMS.

**Week of 3/23**

Monday 3/23

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

Tuesday 3/24

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

Wednesday 3/25

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

Thursday 3/26

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

Friday 3/27

-- Student Council Spirit Day - Basketball Jerseys/Shirts

-- Harlem Wizards, 7 pm. SAHS. See "District News" below for details

Saturday 3/28

-- Elementary Honors Band, Rehearsal No. 3, 9-11:30 am. ICMS.

In Case You Missed It...


If you have photos from your child's Valentine's Day Social, please use the instructions in the document below to upload them for the yearbook.

Any questions, please contact one of the yearbook coordinators: Alex Ricketts: or Kim Wheeler:


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


Souderton Area Summer Adventure Camp is the perfect place for children to have fun. The nine-week, full-day camp is open to any child who has completed kindergarten through 6th grade!

Sponsored by Souderton Area Community Education:

See the SACE summer programs flyer and brochure for details about the full day camp and part-day workshops!


Kindergarten Registration for students planning to attend the Souderton Area School District in the 2020-2021 school year is open. *Note: Registration for grades 1 though 12 for 2020-2021 will begin on April 14th

STEP 1: Complete a 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Packet (fillable PDF).
*Registration forms may also be completed in the Registration Office

STEP 2: After completing, printing and signing your child's 2020-2021 Registration Packet, schedule your child's Registration Appointment ONLINE

**Please refer to the district email for required documents and details about requesting AM/PM**

If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at 215-723-6061 ext. 10227.


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!!!

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!