News from the Nest

November 16, 2018

The Week Ahead

Monday 11/19 - Wednesday 11/21

-- NO SCHOOL - Parent-Teacher Conferences (please refer to your individual appointment time)

-- Parent Book Fair. Library.

-- Holiday Giving Program - choose paper Angel/tree (details below)

-- Gently Used Spirit Wear Collection

Thursday 11/22 - Friday 11/23

-- NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

Parent Book Fair

Parent Book Fair during conferences. Please visit the library during conference week to enter raffles, and buy new books and holiday gifts. Raffles do not require a purchase. With a $50.00 purchase, you will receive (while supplies last), a signed copy of I Survived The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937. Gift Wrapping station available.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Meryl Lightstone

Holiday Giving Program

Help brighten the holidays for families in the Vernfield Community! During conference week, stop by the decorated tree in the foyer and select from the paper Angels or paper Christmas Trees. There are a variety of clothing, toys, and gift cards (Walmart/Grocery) needed. Please return gifts by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7th, wrapped with the angel/tree taped to the present and put gifts under the tree in the foyer. Thank you for your generosity!

Gently Used Spirit Wear Collection

During conference week, we will be collecting gently used Vernfield Spirit Wear. There will be a box in the lobby where you can drop off items on your way to your child's conference.

Thank you!

Yearbook Cover Contest

The Yearbook Committee is looking for student artwork for the 2018-2019 Yearbook cover!

5th Grade - please use an entire sheet of paper for your design and follow the directions sent home on Tuesday! Please remember to put your name ON THE BACK, but so that it doesn't bleed through! (Form is attached below)

All other grades - Please follow the instructions sent home on Tuesday. Make sure to keep your drawing within the box provided. (Form is attached below)

Submissions are DUE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7! Any questions? Email Sandra Esposito at

Holiday Shoppe

A much-anticipated annual event, Vernfield's Holiday Shoppe will be held on December 3-6 during the school day. Children will have the opportunity to shop for the special people (and animals!) in their lives, and all items are priced $.25-$5.00.

Please look for budget envelopes to come home on Tuesday, November 27th. Help your child create a list of people and budget, and send it to school on the day specified at the top of the envelope. You can send cash OR purchase a gift certificate for the shop at

The shop is set up and run by parents. If you are interested in volunteering or have any other questions, please contact Diane Gerhart at

Character Counts Books Presentation

At Monday's HSA meeting, our librarian, Mrs. Lightstone, presented the parents with a summary of all of the books which were chosen to be received by every Vernfield classroom as part of the Character Counts book program funded by the HSA.

September's selection, Wishtree, was the inspiration for this year's school theme. Vernfield . . . a school where kindness and acceptance grow. A list of the books for the rest of the year appears below.

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The theme for the March 29 Bag Bingo Event has been chosen. It will be Garden Party.

Veteran's Day - Hospitality Committee

Thanks to the hospitality committee, headed by Celeste Heim and Allison Healy, a magnificent refreshment table was put together for the Veteran's guests and their sponsoring students!
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Science Rocks!

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had a lot of fun and learned some things, too, at our annual Sciencee Rocks! Night! Thank you, parent and teacher volunteers, and committee chairs, Bernadette Kearns, Lauren Hendricks, and Caitlin Siegfried, for organizing and leading a great night of science!
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Save the Date!

Wednesday, 11/28 -- Student Council, 8-8:30 am.

Monday 12/3 - Thursday 12/6 -- Holiday Shoppe (see envelope home on 11/27 for specific date)

Thursday 12/6

-- 2nd Grade Field Trip

-- 4th and 5th Grade Challenge Trip

Friday 12/7 -- Reading Olympics, 8-8:30 am.

Monday 12/10 -- Winter Concert (VF assembly: 2 pm. SAHS: 7 pm).

Tuesday 12/11 -- Poetry Alive - M003 (Edgar). 10-10:45 am.

Wednesday 12/12 -- Poetry Alive - M004 (Feighan). 10-10:45 am.

Thursday 12/13 -- Poetry Alive - M005 (Steffy). 10-10:45 am.

Friday 12/14 -- Poetry Alive - M002 (Mamzic). 10-10:45 am.

Health Screenings:

-- 2nd Grade: Nov. 26-29

-- 1st Grade: Dec 10-14


Wednesday, 11/28 - District Safety and Security Night, 6:30-8:00 pm. Board Room.