News from the Nest

September 15, 2017

The Week Ahead

Friday 9/15

- Online Spirit Wear Sale ENDS TONIGHT! (Visit the Online Store)

Monday 9/18 (day 1)

- Book Fair (during Library class - ends 9/19)

- Home & School "Welcome back get-together" for parents. 6:30pm. Location: 2nd Grade Pod

- First Home & School Meeting. 7-8pm. Location: 2nd Grade Pod

Tuesday 9/19 (day 2)

- Book Fair (during Library class - last day!)

Wednesday 9/20 (day 3)

Thursday 9/21

- NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Friday 9/22 (day 4)

- Fall Picture Day

Spirit Wear Sale - ENDS TONIGHT!

Spirit Wear will be on sale until TONIGHT, FRIDAY 9/15! We cannot extend the sale beyond this date. Please visit the Online Store if you would like to make a purchase! The next sale will be in the spring. Questions can be directed to Betsy Powlus at

You are Invited!

Our first Home and School Meeting of the year will be held this Monday, September 18th at 7:00PM in the Second grade pod. There will be a Welcome Back get together beforehand from 6:30-7:00PM. Refreshments will be served and babysitting will be provided. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! We hope to see you there!

Classroom Holiday Socials

Each year, there are 3 in-class holiday parties: Fall/Halloween, Winter, and Valentine's Day. These parties are planned, supplied, and run by parents. There are various ways you can help:

1. Homeroom Coordinator: lead the effort to plan the socials and be the "point person" for the teacher. We need one per classroom!

2. Homeroom Parent (in-class help): 5 parents are permitted to attend each social. Jobs include leading games/crafts, serving snack, and taking yearbook pictures.

3. Homeroom Parent (at-home help): Help brainstorm ideas for activities and snacks and/or send in supplies for the party.

Please consider volunteering for one or several of these roles! This year, sign up is part of the Hands Across the District online form. We would like all volunteers to sign up by Friday, 9/22.

A meeting for Homeroom Coordinators and Parents will be held on Tuesday 9/26 7-8pm. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Kurtz at Thank you!

Kid Stuff Books

Kidstuff books are currently on sale and should have come home in your child's backpack on Tuesday! These books are filled with money saving coupons. There are out of town options available as well. Please send in your payment ($25) or return your book by Monday, September 25th. If you have any questions, please email Betsy Powlus Thank you for your support!

Save the Date!

Monday 9/25

- KidStuff Orders (OR returned books!) due

- Chorus Contracts for 4th and 5th Grade students due

Tuesday 9/26

- 6:30-7:00pm - Home & School Committee Chair Meeting. Location: Library

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

Friday 9/29

- Deadline to complete Volunteer form (Hands Across the District) online!

Friday 10/6

- Student Directory forms due

Monday 10/9

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

Friday 10/13

- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Printable Vernfield Events Calendar

An easy-to-read, color-coded events calendar for Vernfield is available to download and print. Please keep in mind that the most up-to-date information can be found on the online calendar.

Back to School Bash - Recap!

Thank you to the Back to School Bash Committee (Kathy Klock, Jen Scotti, and Patti Frey), all of the volunteers, and everyone who attended! A fun night was had by all!

Get Involved

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Book Fair helpers. 9/7 - 9/19, various times. (Sign Up)

Hands Across the District

Interested in Volunteering at our school? There is a little over 1 week left to fill out our online Hands Across the District form! Thank you in advance for your help!

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.