News from the Nest

May 7, 2021

The Week Ahead


Monday 5/10 (Day 1)

--Virtual HSA Meeting; 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Tuesday 5/11 (Day 2)

--4th and 5th Grade ELA PSSA

Wednesday 5/12 (Day 3)

--4th and 5th Grade ELA PSSA

Thursday 5/13 (Day 4)

--4th and 5th Grade ELA PSSA

--Phillies Spirit Day

Friday 5/14 (Day 1)

--VF Spirit Day: Wear VF Spirit or Blue/Gold

A Special Thank You to our Vernfield Teachers and Staff!

This past week was National Teacher Appreciation Week, and the HSA Hospitality Committee (with money earned from fundraising efforts) arranged for lunch to be provided for both in-person and SAOA teachers on Thursday, May 6th. For in-person teachers and staff, the Scratch Kitchen food truck was onsite delivering pre-ordered lunches. Some of the SAOA teachers were able to join us at the school, but for those who weren't, restaurant gift cards will be provided to them to purchase lunch at their convenience.


We hope that all of our Vernfield teachers and staff know how much the parents and students appreciate the hard work they have put in to make this school year a success!

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May Home and School Meeting

Please join us this Monday, May 10th at 7:00 PM for our last Home and School meeting of the year! All parents of both in-person and SAOA students are welcome and encouraged to join. Please use the following Zoom link:


https://zoom.us/j/95556775464?pwd=VXl3WkxuYkN5Ynk2L2YwWnJUNWI2Zz09


We hope to 'see' you there!

Committee Chair Openings 2021-2022

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to chair a committee next year! We still have a few spots available. Descriptions of each committee can be found HERE. If you have any questions or are interested in chairing one of these committees, please contact Meg Dick at meg213@gmail.com. We are looking forward to working with you!


Committees that need chairs:

--Lip Sync


Committees that need shadows (Next year you help the current chair and then take over the following year):

--Earth Day

--Save Around Books (formally Kidstuff)

PSSA Update from Dr. Graf - April 7, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,


In compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires all public school districts in the Commonwealth to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English language arts, mathematics, and science.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates of the testing window for the 2020-2021 school year were expanded by PDE to provide schools with more flexibility regarding when to administer the assessment. All testing, including for SAOA students, must occur in-person and schools are expected to make a good faith effort to test all eligible students within the parameters of local health and safety plans.


For additional information regarding Souderton Area School District and PSSA's please visit: https://www.soudertonsd.org/PSSA-2020-2021


Vernfield Elementary will be conducting PSSA testing on the following dates:

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Sincerely,


Jonathan R. Graf, Ed. D.

Principal

In Case You Missed It

STUDENT DEVICE TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

For any device issues, please contact studenthelpdesk@soudertonsd.org or fill out a ticket directly via the Student Help Desk Ticket form.

Before submitting a support request, please follow the three (3) steps below:

  1. Restart your device (power off and power back on).
  2. Check that your device is not in airplane mode.
  3. Check that the wireless connection is enabled.

Please see the Instructional Technology Learning Hub for more details and support topics.

Save the Date!

**Looking Ahead**

-- May 25 -- Spirit's Grub Club: Moe's Southwest Grill Pop-Up at Vernfield

-- May 31 -- Memorial Day; Schools & offices closed

-- June 3 --5th Grade Celebration (1:00 - 3:00 PM), Rain Date -- June 4th

-- Jun 11 -- Early dismissal - 1:45 PM; KAM - 10:45 AM; KPM - 1:45 PM

-- Jun 14 -- Last day of school; early dismissal - 10:45 AM (No Kindergarten classes)

District News

***IVEF Soudy Strong Spring Store is OPEN!***


The Indian Valley Education Foundation (IVEF) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Soudy Strong Spring Store! The items offered in our store make great graduation and end of year gifts. The proceeds from every sale will support educational opportunities in classrooms district wide. We know that this support is needed now more than ever, and we hope you will consider joining us as we work to provide resources to our teachers and students. Your purchase will do just that!


STORE OPEN: Now through Friday, May 21st
ALL MERCHANDISE READY FOR PICKUP OR SHIPPED BY: The week of June 4th to ensure delivery by graduation


Use the following link to visit the store: https://getgotprinting.printavo.com/merch/soudystrongivef


***IVEF Teacher and Staff Appreciation 2021***

To honor our teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication, especially during this very challenging year, we would like to remind everyone that our Teacher & Staff Appreciation campaign is a contactless way for families to honor a special SASD teacher or staff member.

Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated. Donations are used to provide additional resources and learning opportunities in the Souderton Area School District public schools. Donations of all sizes are making a tremendous impact in classrooms across the district.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR DONATION:

  1. Go to: https://forms.donorsnap.com/form?id=38a7edb2-fe26-437c-b59f-9d61a519e7fe
  2. Enter your contact and payment information and you’re set!

*Keep in mind that the IVEF is an approved 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible. The IVEF is also eligible for many corporate matching programs so you can double your donation and the impact it has in our schools!

Your teacher will be notified of your donation with a certificate acknowledging your generous gift in their honor. Personal messages can be included. You can even acknowledge multiple teachers in one easy transaction!

Please complete your donation by Friday, June 4th!


***Summer Sports Camps***

Souderton Area School District is proud to announce that registration is underway for the Souderton Area High School Summer Sports Camp Program, which is scheduled to begin the week of June 21st.

For more information, please see the Sports Camps Brochure (PDF).

To register online, visit: https://soudertoncommed.revtrak.net/Sports-Camps/


***SACE Summer Programs 2021***

Be sure to check out the details for camp and other SACE summer activities in the Summer Camp brochure. The full-day camp starts on June 21st and runs through August 20th. Don't miss all the fun and register now. Openings are limited and fill on a first come basis. Hope to see your campers this summer!

See the summer programs brochure and registration details!

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

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


  • Amazon Smile: earn money for VF while shopping on Amazon! Go to smile.amazon.com/about for instructions.
  • 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!
  • Box Tops for Education: clip the 'Box Tops for Education' from participating boxes and labels! Please HOLD ON TO THESE at home until we begin collecting them at school. We will NOT be collecting physical Box Tops at this time.
  • ShopRite for My School: earn Box Tops for VF while shopping at ShopRite! Register your PricePlus club card at: https://www.shopriteformyschool.com/en/Register-my-Card.
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/ then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow
  • Giant A+ Rewards: ***Unfortunately, the Giant Rewards program has been discontinued.***