News from the Nest

October 6, 2017

The Week Ahead

Monday 10/9 (day 3)

- 7-8pm Home & School Meeting. Location: Library

Tuesday 10/10 (day 4)

- Parent/Teacher Conference Forms sent home in Communicators

- Veteran's Day Invitations sent home in Communicators

Wednesday 10/11 (day 1)

- STARS Lunch 11:45am-12:15pm

Thursday 10/12 (day 2)

- Parent/Teacher Conference Forms due

- 5th Grade Field Trip

Friday 10/13


Home and School meeting

Please join us for our next meeting this Monday, October 9th, at 7:00PM in the Library. All parents are encouraged and welcome to attend. Babysitting will be provided. Hope you can make it!

Chicker Tailgate

Please come out to the Chicker Tailgate on Sunday, October 29th in support of a Vernfield family.

Please purchase your tickets in advance using the following link:

Home and School is helping to support this event by hosting the Trunk or Treat portion.

If you are interested in volunteering to decorate your car, please Sign up via Sign up Genius by Monday, October 23:

We will also be collecting candy and small toys (pencils, stickers, bouncy balls, etc) to be distributed during the Trunk or Treat. If you are able to donate these items, please drop them in the box in the lobby labeled Trunk or Treat donations by Wednesday, October 25th.

There are many more volunteers needed to help this event run smoothly. If you are able to help out, please following this link for additional volunteer opportunities:

Thank you in advance for your support!

Down's Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down's Syndrome Awareness month! Vernfield students are celebrating by performing random acts of kindness.

Save the Date!

Monday 10/16

- Character Counts week! Wear Purple for Citizenship

- TB Testing at VF for Volunteers

Tuesday 10/17

- Character Counts week! Wear Green for Responsibility

- TB Testing at VF for Volunteers

Wednesday 10/18

- Character Counts week! Wear Gold for Respect

- TB Testing at VF for Volunteers

Thursday 10/19

- Character Counts week! Wear Blue for Honesty

Friday 10/20

- Character Counts week! Wear Red for Caring

- Hats On Day for Character Counts week! $.50 to participate, proceeds benefit the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition

- 3rd Grade Field Trip

- Student Council 8:00-8:40am

Monday 10/23 - Friday 11/3

- Hurricane Relief Collection (see details below)

Monday 10/23

- Decorated Pumpkin Dropoff (8-9am, 12:30-1pm)

- Due date to sign up for Chicker Tailgate Trunk or Treat car decorating

Wednesday 10/25

- Due date for Chicker Tailgate Trunk or Treat candy donations

Friday 10/27

- Jersey/Hat Day, $1 donation to benefit a Vernfield family #Win4Clark #IronDad23

- Decorated Pumpkin Pickup (8-9am, 12:30-1pm), otherwise, they will be discarded

Sunday 10/29

- Chicker Tailgate fundraiser event benefitting a Vernfield family #Win4Clark #IronDad23, 11am-7pm

- Chicker Tailgate fundraiser Trunk or Treat, hosted by VF, 3:30-5pm

Tuesday 10/31

- Fall Costume Parade, 1:30-2pm. Please remember: no masks, no weapons/replicas

- Fall Socials, 2-3pm. Only Homeroom volunteers assigned to the fall social may attend.

TB Testing for Volunteers

Mrs. Fox, our school nurse, will be offering TB tests during school hours on October 16, 17, and 18th. A TB test is mandatory for all volunteers, including field trip chaperones. Once you have had one, you will not need one again unless you leave the District and come back. If you need a TB test, please call the school office at (215)721-0606 and choose Option #3 for the school nurse or email Mrs. Fox at to schedule your appointment. Thank you!

Hurricane Relief Collection

Beginning October 23rd and continuing for two weeks, Vernfield Elementary School's Student Council will be collecting items to help the victims of the recent hurricanes.

The items that will be accepted are:

  • school supplies (new)
  • diapers
  • formula
  • wipes
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • tootbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • shoes (new)
  • canned food w/ 6 mos. or greater expiration date
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • cereal

There will be a designated spot in Vernfield for donated items (TBA).

We are excited to show students that they, along with their families, can MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

More information about the collection will be forthcoming!

School Lunch - Domino's Pizza Days

The Domino's Pizza days were not included on the lunch menu for October. Vernfield's Domino's days will be Thursday 10/5 and Thursday 10/26.

Box Tops Collection Has Begun!

Each year, Vernfield holds a contest between each grade to see who can bring in the most box tops over the course of the year. Each month, volunteers take all of those little clippings home that students and teachers bring in, sort them, trim them, and count them. A running count is kept to see which grade is in the lead for the contest. At the end of the year, the grade that brings in the most box tops wins a party prize of their choice (with some help from their teachers of course!). Past prizes have been a Rita's water ice party out in the playground, a pizza party, wear your pj's to school day.

The collection boxes are in each pod so if you were saving up those box tops from over the summer, it's time to send them in with your child. Take the time to clip that dime!

Kidstuff Book Sale

Last call for Kidstuff Books! If you have not returned your book or your payment for a book ($25.00), please do so as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Powlus Thank you for your support!

Homeroom Socials

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to be a Homeroom Parent and/or Coordinator. Planning for the Fall socials (Tuesday, October 31st) will begin soon! If you signed up to attend socials or would like to attend socials, and you have not heard from your child's Homeroom Coordinator by now, please email Colleen Kurtz

Get Involved

Help Wanted!

  • Race for Education- We are currently looking for a Committee Chair(s) to run our primary fundraiser, Race for Education. We depend on this large fundraiser at the end of the year to fund the following year. We need to get a team together soon so we can have trainers come in to teach us how to run the new online version of Race. If you are interested, please contact Meg Dick

  • Yearbook- Our current Yearbook committee is looking for help with this year's Yearbook as well as someone to begin learning the website. The students love receiving the Yearbook each year and it is a great way to preserve memories from year to year. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Esposito at

  • Sundae Bar- We are looking for someone to shadow our current Sundae Bar Chair, Sheila Hercek. Sundae Bar happens four times a year. The coordinator helps find 6 volunteers for each Sundae Bar as well as 8-10 volunteers to help with Holiday Luncheon. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sheila Hercek


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.

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.