News from the Nest

February 16, 2018

The Week Ahead

Monday 2/19

- NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday 2/20 (Day 2)

- Art Goes to School, Grades 3,4,5

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

Wednesday 2/21 (Day 3)

- Art Goes to School, Grades 3,4,5

Thursday 2/22 (Day 4)

- 5th Grade Yearbook Questionnaire due!

- Art Goes to School, Grades 3,4,5

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

Friday 2/23 (Day 1)

- Art Goes to School, Grades 3,4,5


Saturday 2/24 - Elementary Honors Band Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School

Home and School Executive Board Elections

The Home & School Executive Board is made up of six parent volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for making decisions, setting the budget, raising funds, and filling/guiding committees to run all of the events, activities, and services that Home & School provides each year.


We need volunteers to fill 4 of these positions BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY! Voting will take place at the March 12 Home and School meeting.


The open positions for the 2018-2020 term are:

- President

- VP Fundraising

- Co-Treasurer

- Secretary


Thank you to Sara Landis (VP Fundraising), Karen Planinshek (Co-Treasurer) , Amy Burch (Co-Treasurer), and Gina Rothenberger (Secretary) for all of their great work in fulfilling the 2016-2018 board positions!


The remaining two positions will be filled for a 1-year term in order to stagger elections and maintain consistency of the board from term-to-term. These positions are:

- VP Communications: Kelly Cole

- Co-Treasurer: Meg Dick (stepping in from President)


If you are interested or think you may know someone who is interested, please contact Meg Dick at meg213@gmail.com. We have 'job descriptions' available and are happy to answer any questions. Please considering running for a position so that we can keep all of our programs and events running smoothly!

PSSA Encouragement Cards - Grades 3,4,5

Please write and return the PSSA Encouragement Cards that were sent home in your child's communicator last week by Tuesday, February 27. Teachers will give your child one of these cards each day of testing. Thank you!

Save the Date!

*Week of 2/26*

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

Tuesday 2/27

- PSSA Encouragement Cards Due (Grades 3,4,5)

- 5th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures due

Thursday 3/1

- Anti-Bullying Parent-Only Program, 7 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School (See District News section below)

Friday 3/2 - Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am.


*Week of 3/5*

- Keystone Opportunity Center - Food Drive

- Art Goes to School - Grades K,1,2

- Volunteer TB Testing (Mon-Wed)

Monday 3/5 - School Dental Exams, 9 am

Wednesday 3/7 - School Physicals, 9 am

Thursday 3/8 - Math Olympiads, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Friday 3/9

- End of 2nd Trimester

- Student Council, 8-8:30 am

- Lip Sync, 7 pm. (Acts arrive at 6:15 pm). Location: Indian Crest Middle School Auditorium


*SPARK Programs*

  • ELA: Tuesdays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20: 3:30-4:30 pm.
  • Math: Thursdays: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22: 3:30-4:30 pm.


*Elementary Honors Band*

  • Rehearsal: Saturdays 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24: 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School
  • Concert: Saturday 3/24, 2 pm.


*March 1 - March 27* is the SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at Indian Valley Public Library. Stop in to see student work from all SASD Schools and Grades!

Food Drive for Keystone Opportunity Center

Souderton Area School District and Keystone Opportunity Center are teaming up to fight hunger March 5-9 by collecting food and household items to share with those struggling in our local community. At Vernfield Elementary School, we will be collecting the following items:

• Canned (Tuna, Chicken, Salmon)
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant (Men's and Women's)


All items will be collected the week of March 5 through March 9.


Please see the KOC Food Drive flyer for the specifics of the Food Drive.

Thank you for sharing with our neighbors who are in need!

Lip Sync Participants - Upload Song Selection

Attention Lip Sync Participants:

There is less than one month until Lip Sync! Please upload your music using the following link.

http://www.phillipsandsmith.com/clients/vernfield-lipsync/

There are directions on the website to help you.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Planinshek 2kplan@gmail.com.

Upload Photos for the Yearbook

If you have pictures from the Valentine's Social, please follow the directions below!


Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school events, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/login
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 409613596
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".


****Please make sure that each photo has the classroom/teacher name or event included in the file name****


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • These photos will only be used by the Yearbook Staff for inclusion in the yearbook.
  • Not every photo submitted will be able to be included in the yearbook.
  • Please submit photos of school events ONLY


It's that easy! Submit your photos today!


Please direct any questions to Sandra Esposito at Sandra_esposito05@yahoo.com.


Thank you!!

The Vernfield Elementary Marci Yoder Scholarship Fund

In memory of Mrs. Yoder, a scholarship fund has been created, which will be awarded to a Souderton Area High School graduate that is entering the field of education and had been a student at Vernfield for at least 3 years. This student will also need to be one that has followed the Vernfield Vision throughout their school career.


If any families are interested in donating to the Vernfield Elementary Marci Yoder Scholarship Fund, please send a check made out to Vernfield Home and School with Marci Yoder Scholarship Fund specified on the memo area of your check. Thank you!

DVD Literacy

The DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our 2nd grade students the week of February 26th.


The committee needs volunteers to help record the students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at amybeth_g@yahoo.com.


If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child (it only needs to be done once), a copy will be sent home in your child's communicator or you can find it online here (see also permission letter).

Prime Time Reading - Thank You!

Thank you to Prime Time committee chair Katie Ross, the Prime Time committee, the teacher volunteers, and the parent volunteers who contributed to making Prime Time Reading a success!

Help Wanted!

Help is needed for the following programs and events. Please consider getting involved so that these programs can be run this year and continue in the future! Thank you!


**DVD Literacy Taping (Now! 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help record our students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at amybeth_g@yahoo.com.


**Race for Education (Spring 2018)

Help is needed for various jobs to run the Race for Education. Please contact Jenn and Kevin Lister at VFhomeschool@soudertonsd.org if you are able to help with either planning or on the day of the Race. Thanks!


**Yearbook (Spring 2018 and future)

The Yearbook Committee is looking for help with the Spring 2018 Yearbook as well as someone to begin learning how to put together the yearbook when the current staff 'graduates'. The students love receiving a yearbook, and it is a great way to preserve memories from year to year. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Esposito at sandra_esposito05@yahoo.com.


**Pod Parents (Summer 2018)

Our Pod Parent committee needs a new chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Pod parents are volunteers that help teachers with many 'start up' tasks during the first week of school, which include copying, cutting, labeling, sorting, etc. The main role of the chair of this committee is create a Sign-up genius to send to interested parents. Please contact either Sheila Hercek at sheilajlhercek@hotmail.com or Meg Dick at meg213@gmail.com if you are interested!


**DVD Literacy Co-Chair (Fall 2018)

The DVD Literacy Committee is also looking for a new co-chair for next year to help with more of the paperwork and organization part of this committee. If you are interested and able to help, please contact Amy Thompson amy_g@yahoo.com or Meg Dick meg213@gmail.com.


Clearances:

Reminder: all volunteers must fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement and return it to the office. There are also copies available in the Vernfield office.

Information about additional clearances needed can be found here.

District News

**IVEF February Fundraiser

The Indian Valley Education Foundation (IVEF) is holding a fundraiser through One Village Coffee. A portion of every purchase will benefit IVEF and the Souderton Area School District. Money raised will fund programs like SASD Next, 1:1 Computing, STEAM Initiatives, Innovation Grants and more! Place your order online by February 28th to support classroom initiatives in SASD!


**Anti-Bullying Parent Program (Mar 1)

Indian Crest Middle School is hosting an anti-bullying program FOR PARENTS ONLY. Please join us! More information at http://www.bystander.us/
Program: Bystander: A Portrait in Apathy
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Indian Crest Middle School Auditorium


**Jazz Fest (Mar 2)

Jazz Fest is a fun night featuring middle school jazz bands from the Pennridge, Colonial, and Souderton Area school districts. There will be food concessions available to audience members during the festival and all proceeds go towards supporting the Indian Crest Jazz Band.

Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Indian Crest Middle School
Admission: $5.00


**Have you had the conversation? Parent Program (Mar 20)

"Have You Had The Conversation? How to talk with your kids about substances." is an event geared toward elementary school parents. For more information and to register, please click the Event Flyer or visit our web page at http://www.soudertonsd.org/have-you-had-the-conversation.

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Indian Crest Middle School

Who: Parents ONLY, babysitting will be provided.

Be a Part of the Conversation is a non-profit that creates effective, culture-changing programs that are designed to significantly increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and other drug use. Learn more at https://conversation.zone/

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.