News from the Nest

March 16, 2018

The Week Ahead

Saturday 3/17 - Elementary Honors Band Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School

*Week of 3/19*

- Rock Your Socks Drive (ends 3/23)

Monday 3/19 (Day 4)

- 1st Grade - Montgomery County 4H Literacy Program, 2:30 pm

- Girls on the Run, 3:30-5:00 pm, Location: Gym

-Progress Report Signature Cards sent home

-- 2nd Trimester Progress Reports available on HAC at 7 pm

Tuesday 3/20 (Day 1)

- Spring Picture Day

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

- Have you had the conversation? Parent Program, 6:30 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School. See District News section below for details.

Wednesday 3/21 (Day 2)

- Sundae Bar at Lunch

- World Down Syndrome Awareness Rock Your Socks Buddy Walk, 9:00-9:20 am

- Town Hall Meeting, 2 pm

- Reading Olympics at SAHS

Thursday 3/22 (Day 3)

- 1st Grade Field Trip

- 5th Grade Field Trip

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

- Girls on the Run, 3:30-5:00 pm, Location: Gym

Friday 3/23 (Day 4)

- Student Council Spirit Day - Leprechaun Luck

Saturday 3/24

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

- Elementary Honors Band Concert, 2:00 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School (Snow date: 3/26, 7:30 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!


LAST CALL TO ORDER YEARBOOKS! If you have not purchased your 2018 Yearbook please do so ASAP. To order, go to and search for Vernfield Elementary. They are $18 each. Online orders are preferred but checks/cash can be sent for the exact amount only (no change will be given). Books will be distributed in early June.

World Down Syndrome Day Activities

Sock Drive for Children and Youth - March 5th-23rd

Join us in collecting new socks for the Montgomery County Offices of Children and Youth. Please consider donating a new pair of socks for a child in need. Socks can be crazy, fun, or for daily use!

On March 21, 2018, Vernfield will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in our school in the following ways:

Rock Your Socks

Wear your LOUDEST, CRAZIEST and most FUN pair of MATCHED or UNMATCHED socks in celebration of WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!

Wear Blue and Yellow

Wear your Vernfield blue and yellow to match the colors of Down Syndrome Awareness. We would like to give a special thank you to The Rothholz Family for their generous donation of bracelets, wet and stick temporary tattoos and pins for our staff and students.

Buddy Walk 9-9:20 a.m.

Students will Rock their Socks for a walk with their Buddy Classes. Vernfield students and staff, with friends or family who have Down Syndrome, are permitted to invite their friend or family member to the walk. Please note the walk will begin at 9:00AM and conclude at 9:20AM.

Home & School Officers

Congratulations to our new Board members! They will be working closely with the current board members for the next few months for a smooth transition.

President : Lisa Hovind

VP (Communications): Kelly Cole

VP (Fundraising): Lisa Mallon

Co-Treasurer: Susan Stratton

Co- Treasurer: Meg Dick

Secretary: Colleen Kurtz

Save the Date!

*Week of 3/26*

Wednesday 3/28 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (due to 1/5 snow day)

Thursday 3/29 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (due to 3/7 snow day)

Friday 3/30 - NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

*Week of 4/2*

- Kindergarten DVD Literacy

Monday 4/2 - NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

Thursday 4/5 - Challenge Night of Sharing, 5:30-6:30 pm

*Girls on the Run*

  • Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (on school days) until 5/3, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Race: Sunday, 5/20 (more details to come)

*PSSA Testing (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)*

  • 4/10 - 4/12: English Language Arts
  • 4/17 - 4/18: Mathematics
  • 4/23 - 4/24: Science (4th Grade only)

Lip Sync Thank You

Thank you to our Lip Sync Committee (Sara Landis, Karen Planinshek, and Gina Rothenberger) and all of the volunteers that helped make this night a success. A special thank you to the teachers for their awesome Spice Girls performance and Mr. Graf for his support. A fun night was had by all!!!

DVD Literacy

The DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our Kindergarten students the week of April 3rd.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped tape the 1st graders! We finished in just 2 days!

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

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).

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

**Race for Education (Spring 2018)

Help is needed for various jobs to run the Race for Education. Please contact Jenn and Kevin Lister at 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

**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 or Meg Dick at 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 or Meg Dick


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

**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

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

**Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age (Apr 4)

You're invited to attend a showing of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, a movie about helping kids navigate the digital world in which they live. Click on this flyer for more information. We hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 pm

Where: Indian Valley Middle School Auditorium

Admission: FREE

**SASD Summer Camps

Summer Camps are now open for registration. Please see online brochures and follow the links to register below:

- Day Camp and Workshops (Brochure | Register)

- SATV Television Production Summer Camp (Brochure | Register)

- Sports Camps (Brochure | Register)

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.