News from the Nest

February 1, 2019

The Week Ahead

Saturday 2/2

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

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

All Week -- 4th Grade DVD Literacy Tapings (VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! sign up here to help with recording!)

Monday 2/4 (Day 3)

Tuesday 2/5 (Day 4)

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

-- PSSA Encouragement Cards sent home (Grades 3,4,5) - DUE on 2/26

Wednesday 2/6 (Day 1)

-- Prime Time Reading RSVP due (RSVP online, Grades K-2)

-- School Physicals, 9-10 am.

Thursday 2/7 (Day 2)

-- Math Olympics, 3:30-4:30 pm. Room L001

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

-- HSA Board Position nominations deadline (see details below)

Friday 2/8 (Day 3)

-- 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.


Without more volunteers, we can't complete the 4th grade Literacy DVD recordings next week. Parent volunteer sign up is here.

It is a simple process and detailed instructions are provided.

Please consider taking a slot - just a couple of hours or less (8:45 - 10 or 10:40 - 11:45 or 12:35 - 3:10) - to insure that you and your child will have this precious keepsake to treasure when they leave Vernfield next year.

If you need more information, contact Nora Shurtz at

Prime Time Reading - Grades K-2

Prime Time Reading is NEXT FRIDAY, 2/8 from 6-8 pm. This is a fun night for kids in Grades K-2 and their accompanying parent/adult. There are Teacher-performed skits, games a la Mr. Gross, and lots of reading-based fun! If you haven't already signed up, please do so (online here: by Wednesday 2/6 so that the committee can have an accurate head count. Questions to Katie Ross at 215-260-4476 or Hope to see you there!


The HSA Board has an immediate opening for 2nd Treasurer. The duties of the 2nd Treasurer are:

  • To prepare and update the cash flow statements for all committees each month
  • To monitor checking and savings account statements each month and report balances to the general membership each month
  • To file tax statements for the HSA on a yearly basis

If you are interested in the position, please contact Lisa Hovind at or any of the current Board members.

Get Your Tickets for the Designer Bag Bingo Event

Tickets are now available for Vernfield's Designer Bag BINGO on Friday, March 29th from 7-10 pm at St. Maria Goretti Church in Hatfield. The theme is Garden Party.

We are planning an evening of bingo, raffles, and door prizes. There will be flowers, food, fun and friends. This is a BYOB event for adults ages 21 or older.

Get your tickets through Eventbrite here.

We need help to make this night a success! Please see our volunteer sign up to find out ways in which you can help both before and during the event.

If you have questions or ideas, please contact Lisa Mallon ( or Lisa Hovind ( Thank you!

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

In Case You Missed It...

Home & School Board Positions -- Nominees 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 Vice President (Communications) - June 2019-2021 (24 months)
  • 1st Treasurer - June 2019-2021 (24 months)

Extreme Energy Assembly

Last Friday, students were treated to an Extreme Energy Assembly funded by the HSA. They learned about various forms of energy and watched them in action. A Vernfield student's energy powered a lightbulb, light energy popped a balloon, heat energy floated a plastic bag all the way to the ceiling and water caused an explosion. Of course, it wasn't as simple as it sounds and, besides the explosion, of course, the kids were especially impressed by the thermal images of their own body heat.

Candy Bar Bingo Was Sweet!

Thanks to all of you who came out for Family Fun Night last week. We had lots of families playing and lots of happy winners.

Thanks, also, to all of the teachers and Dr. Graf who made the evening fun as our Bingo Callers. And special thanks to Caitlyn Seigfried and Autumn Wright and their families who organized the event.

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Save the Date!

Monday 2/11 -- Home & School Meeting, 7-8 pm. Library.

Thursday 2/14

-- Last Day to Schedule TB Test with School Nurse (call 215-721-0606 opt. #3 for appointment)

-- Valentine Day Social. 2-3 pm

Friday 2/15 and Monday 2/18 -- NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday 2/26 - PSSA Encouragement Cards DUE (Grades 3,4,5)

Monday 3/4 - Wednesday 3/6 -- Parent Volunteer TB Testing

Friday 3/8 -- Lip Sync, 7pm. ICMS. (Snow Date: 3/9)

Friday 3/15 -- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Friday 3/29 -- Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser, 7-10 pm (doors open 6:15). **Must be 21 or older**. St. Maria Goretti Church

DVD Literacy

-- 3rd Grade -- week of 2/25

-- 1st Grade -- week of 3/4

-- 2nd Grade -- 3/20-3/22

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.