News from the Nest

October 12, 2018

The Week Ahead

Monday 10/15 (Day 2)

-- Parent Volunteer TB Testing

Tuesday 10/16 (Day 3)

-- Parent Volunteer TB Testing

Wednesday 10/17 (Day 4)

-- Parent Volunteer TB Testing

Thursday 10/18 (Day 1)

-- Sundae Bar at lunch

Friday 10/19 (Day 2)

-- Fifth Grade Field Trip

-- VF Spirit Day - wear Blue & Gold or Vernfield Spirit Wear!

Saturday 10/20

-- Applebee's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 8-10am. Lansdale location.

In This Issue...

  • Family Leaf Activity (please return ASAP)
  • Applebee's Fundraiser (sign up ASAP)
  • TB Testing for Parent Volunteers (contact the School Nurse ASAP)
  • KidStuff Books
  • Box Tops Contest Update
  • Wondergy Laser Science Assembly
  • Save the Date' - Upcoming Important Dates
  • Clearances Needed for Upcoming Fall Social
  • District News

Family Leaf Activity - Please Return ASAP

During the month of October, in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness month, Vernfield is celebrating how being different is beautiful. We want our students to recognize the beauty of diversity and unique abilities, and embrace it in our school community.

A paper with a leaf outline and instructions was sent home with your child. Please take time with your child and as a family create a meaningful "wishtree" leaf depicting how your family is special, different and unique.

Please cut the leaf out and return to school to be placed on our “different is beautiful” bulletin board.

Thank you!

Applebee's Fundraiser - Saturday 10/20

Last call for our Applebee's Flapjack fundraiser! If you have not yet sent in your form and payment, please do so by Monday, October 15th, so we can give Applebee's an accurate headcount! Forms can be downloaded by clicking on the flyer link below.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00AM-10:00AM

Where: Applebee's (Lansdale Location)

2333 Welsh Road

Lansdale, PA 19446

Cost: $7.00/adult; $5.00/child

If you have any questions, please contact Meg Dick at

We hope you can make it!

TB Testing for Parent Volunteers

If you are planning to attend a field trip, please call the school nurse *ASAP* at 215-721-0606 to schedule a TB Test or provide proof of a completed test to the Main Office. TB Tests are required for field trips AND for all volunteers who volunteer more than 10 hours. TB Tests will be given in school on Monday 10/15, Tuesday 10/16, and Wednesday 10/17, and require an appointment.

Thank you!

KidStuff Books

The KidStuff Book Sale has officially ended, but we are still looking for either return of the unwanted book or payments. Please send them to school as soon as possible! Please make checks payable to Vernfield Home and School Association.

If you ordered out-of-town books, they will be ordered from KidStuff next week and will take a week to come in. All additional BMB (local) books will be delivered to school next week.

Winner(s) of the Philly Pretzel Party, which classes earned by having ALL STUDENTS either returning unwanted books or payment by Oct. 9, will be announced next week!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Betsy Powlus at or 570-660-1755.


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Wondergy Laser Science Assembly

Thanks to your support of the Home and School Fundraisers, Dr. Graf was able to arrange for an exciting and educational assembly presented by Wondergy on Thursday. The kids learned about the science of the laser light and experienced a series of light shows set to popular music that reinforced the lessons and had the kids singing along, clapping their hands, stomping their feet and cheering in awe. Be sure to ask your child about this amazing assembly!

Save the Date!

Week of 10/22 - Character Counts Week - wear colors:

  • Monday - PURPLE for Citizenship
  • Tuesday - GREEN for Responsibility
  • Wednesday - GOLD for Respect
  • Thursday - BLUE for Honesty
  • Friday - RED for Caring **AND** Hats On for Character Counts! (students can wear hats for $.50 donation)

Tuesday 10/23 - Student Council, 8-8:30 am. Third Grade Pod.

Wednesday 10/24 - Dr. Recess Assembly: K,1,4: 9-9:45 am. 2,3,5: 10-10:45 am.

Friday 10/26 - Third Grade Field Trip

Monday 10/29 - Decorated Pumpkin Drop Off, 8-9 am and 12:30-1 pm.

Tuesday 10/30

- Fall Picture Retake Day

- Square 1 Art Fundraiser Catalogs Sent Home

Wednesday 10/31

- 3rd Grade Pumpkin Math, 9:30-10 am.

- Fall Costume Parade, 1:30-2 pm. Fall Social, 2-3 pm.

Friday 11/2

- Visiting Author - Michael Patrick O'Neill

- Decorated Pumpkin Pick Up, time TBA

Health Screenings:

5th Grade: Oct. 22-25

4th Grade: Oct. 29-Nov. 1

Clearances Needed for Upcoming Fall Social

All volunteers must fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement and return it to the office before volunteering, and this includes the upcoming fall social. This must be done each school year. There are also copies available in the Vernfield office.

If you are volunteering MORE THAN 10 hours or chaperoning a field trip, you are required to get additional clearances. Please review the details on the SASD Volunteer website and fill out the required forms. Program volunteers (over 10 hours) must also take a PPD skin test for tuberculosis (which can be done privately or by the school nurse).

Please note, Program Volunteers (over 10 hours) are required to renew these clearances every 60 months. If you would like to check your clearance status, please contact the Vernfield main office, 215-721-0606.

District News

**SAVE Community Recycling (Sat Oct 13, 9 am to 11 am)**

SAVE is collecting recyclable materials at West Broad Elementary School, 342 West Broad Street, Souderton, PA. See the event flyer for a list of accepted items.

**Protecting Your Children from Substance Abuse (Oct 17, 6:30pm)**

A community town hall event on at ICMS focusing on community efforts to protect our children from the risks of substance abuse. See the event flyer for more information.