News from the Nest

February 15, 2019

The Week Ahead

All Week -- Art Goes to School (Traveling Art Appreciation Program for Elementary Schools)

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

Tuesday 2/19 (Day 4)

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

-- Home & School Meeting, 7-8 pm. Library. (RESCHEDULED from 2/11)

Wednesday 2/20 (Day 1)

Thursday 2/21 (Day 2)

-- 5th Grade Yearbook Questionnaire due

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

Friday 2/22 (Day 3)

-- Student Council Spirit Day

Home & School Meeting RESCHEDULED for Tuesday 2/19

Please join us on Tuesday 2/19, 7-8 pm for our monthly Home & School meeting. BABYSITTING WILL BE PROVIDED.

The Agenda includes

  • recent and upcoming events at Vernfield
  • Committee chair openings for next year
  • March HSA Board Elections
  • and, of course, the Principal's Report from Dr. Graf.

Lip Sync Update

There has been an overwhelming turnout of students participating in Lip Sync this year. We have 60 acts and 187 kids!

Music needs to be uploaded to the DJs website. Parents should have received an email with a link to the DJ website from Sara Landis when songs were approved. Any questions, contact Karen Planinshek @

The Committee is in the process of assigning volunteers and row parents. If your child's group has a large number of kids, multiple parent volunteers may be needed to help the act run smoothly. Anyone who would still like to volunteer to help can contact Gina Rothenberg at

Boxes of cereal will be collected at the event to be donated to Keystone Opportunity Center.

Designer Bag Bingo Event FAQs

Is there a deadline for purchasing tickets?

  • NO. There is no deadline. We will continue to sell tickets up to the time of the event or until we are sold out, whichever comes first.

Will you reserve a table for our group?

  • YES. If you have a group of 8 people or more, we will reserve a table or tables for you. Contact Lisa Mallon ( to register your group and let her know how many people you expect in your group.

If I volunteer for the event, do I need a ticket?

  • DEPENDS. Anyone who will be playing Bingo needs to purchase a ticket to get a Bingo booklet. If you are not playing Bingo, you do not need to purchase a ticket. You may still join in on all the other fun and can purchase raffle tickets.

Will there be dabbers available?

  • YES. We have 10 different colors and will be selling them for $1 each at the door.

Get your tickets through Eventbrite here. If you'd like to help out, please see our volunteer sign up.

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

In Case You Missed It...

The HSA Board has an immediate opening for 2nd Treasurer. The duties of the 2nd Treasurer are listed in our bylaws. If you are interested in the position, please contact Lisa Hovind at or any of the current Board members.

Yearbook sales are OPEN! The books are $18 each and can be purchased online through March 15th. Go to Contact Sandra Esposito at with any questions.

Valentine's Day Hospitality

Thanks to the hospitality committee, led by Celeste Heim and Allison Healy, for "showing some love" for our amazing staff at Vernfield!
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Save the Date!

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

Wednesday 2/27 -- 5th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures due (under age 1, to Sandra at

March 1-28 -- SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at IVPL

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

Friday 3/8 -- Lip Sync, 7pm. ICMS. (Snow Date: 3/9). Bring a box of cereal to donate!

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

Thursday 3/21 -- World Down Syndrome Day Buddy Walk

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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20 has begun. You can find more information and a link to the Kindergarten Registration packet here.

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.

Thursday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23 - Indian Crest Middle School Musical -Adventures of a Comic Book Artist, 7 pm For more information, see the Flyer

Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 - Indian Valley Middle School Musical - Nifty Fifties, 7 pm

Openings are now available for the SATV Summer Camp. The Introduction to Television Production Camp is open to students entering 5th grade in the Fall. You can find further information and a link to the online registration here