News from the Nest

October 6 , 2023

The Week Ahead

Monday, 10/9

--No School for Students -Act 80 Day for Teachers

Tuesday, 10/10 (Day 3)

-Pod Parents 9:00 AM -11:00 AM

-Pod Parents 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Wednesday, 10/11 (Day 4)

-Pod Parents 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
-Pod Parents 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Thursday, 10/12 (Day 1)

-Pod Parents 9:00 AM -11:00 AM
-Pod Parents 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Friday, 10/13 (Day 2)

-Spirit Day – VF Spirit Wear or Blue/Gold

Senior Hawks Date Change

The Senior Hawks Electric Evening, featuring the Da Vinci Science Center, has been rescheduled to Friday, January 12th from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Representatives from the center will be coming to our auditorium for a fun presentation about electricity. The presentation will be followed by a glow in the dark dance party and fun static activities for Vernfield 3rd-5th graders.

All attending students must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

More information regarding this event is coming soon!

October Pod Parents Needed

The Vernfield Home & School is looking for parent volunteers to participate in the Pod Parents program which will be available on Tuesday, October 10th, Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th.

Pod Parents is a volunteer program where parent(s)/guardian(s) can go into Vernfield and assist any participating teachers & staff with projects, tasks, and/or other busy work. Volunteers may float amongst the six (6) pods (K - 5th grades), the Main Office and the Library to find work to complete during their designated time slot.

Teachers & Staff are looking for help on Tuesday, 10/10, Wednesday, 10/11, and Thursday, 10/12 at the following times:

  • 9:00 – 11:00am
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm

Please sign up via the below link:

When you arrive at the school, please:

1. Check into the front office for the Pod Parent directions. You will need your driver’s license and the completed volunteer registration form, which can be found on the SASD website.

2. Once checked in, you can proceed to any of the Pods, where there will be instructions that participating teachers have left for the volunteers.

3. Please note that all volunteer work will be completed in the Pod and not in the classrooms. Please do not enter the classrooms or otherwise disturb classroom learning. Further, younger siblings may not accompany adults while volunteering at school.

4. Please be respectful that pod parent volunteer time is not a time to hold individual conversations with your child's teacher or to visit the classroom of your child.

5. Kindly check with Mrs. Smerecki (Main Office) and Mrs. Porco (Library) to see if they need assistance.

6. If you have completed your work, and you are not able to find any additional work, please be advised that you are not required to stay for the full two (2) hour time slot.

7. Finally, if you are not able to complete the project within your two (2) hour time slot, please leave the instructions and materials in the pod as you found them for the next group of volunteers to work on.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, you may reach out to Kristen Viscardi at

Calling All Vernfield Artists!

The Vernfield Spirit Wear Committee is holding a Vernfield T-shirt Decorating Contest. The winning design will be available for purchase during the fall spirit wear store in November.

All entries are due in the main office by October 20th. More information can be found in the accompanying flyer.

We look forward to seeing the entries!

Vernfield HSA Directory Form

The school directory is created by the Home and School Association each year to assist with contact between parents and families for things such as planning play dates between children, birthday parties, etc.

Please fill out the form below by October 20th if you wish to have your family's contact information included in the school directory. As a friendly reminder you will only receive a School Directory if you choose to be listed in the directory.

Vernfield's 2023-2024 School Directory (

The school directory is not used by the school or school district for purposes of official school communication. Updating or changing your information in the school directory does not update or change the information that the school uses for purposes of official school communication. Vernfield Elementary School does not provide any information for use in the school directory.

Information included in the school directory is provided solely and voluntarily at the discretion of the parents/guardians, and is not to be used for the purposes of soliciting business or any other non-school-related activities.

Lace up Those Skates!

Please join the Vernfield Home and School Association for Spirit's Skate Party Fundraiser!

This event will be held at Inline 309 on Saturday, November 4th from 4-6pm. The cost is $15 per skater. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 200 skater maximum.

This not a drop-off event and all skaters must be accompanied by an adult. Non-skating adults will not be charged admission.

Interested in helping out? Volunteer to run the snack stand, or donate a baked good, via the link below.!/showSignUp/30E0C4BA9A623A2F58-44899768-spirits

We look forward to seeing you there!

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

Please consider helping to raise funds for Home & School using the following:

  • Box Tops Bonus App: Download the Box Tops Bonus App for your phone or tablet! Find offers, buy products, scan your receipt and earn even MORE box tops for Vernfield!
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow.

Upcoming Dates


-Character Counts Week - Wear Purple for Citizenship

-Character Counts Week - Wear Green for Responsibility
-Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM -8:00 PM Library

-Character Counts Week - Wear Gold for Respect

-Character Counts Week - Wear Blue for Honesty

-Character Counts Week - Wear Red for Caring
-Spirit Day - Wear a hat for $.50 donation to Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition
-20th Anniversary T-Shirt Design Entries Due

HSA Executive Board Members

If you have any questions about HSA activities, or are interested in becoming more involved at Vernfield, please feel free to reach out to any of our board members below:

President: Kristin Emmons;

VP Fundraising: Diane Meyer;

VP Communications: Mandy Merrill;

Secretary: Kristen Viscardi;

Co-Treasurer: Sarah Osiol;

Co-Treasurer: Wendy Clemmer;