News from the Nest

March 17, 2023

The Week Ahead

Monday, 3/20 (Day 2)

-SPARK ELA 3:30 -4:30pm 4th and 5th Grade Pods
-Progress Reports Available on HAC 7:00 -7:30pm

Tuesday, 3/21 (Day 3)

-World Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks
-Math Olympiads - 5th grade only 3:30 -4:30pm Challenge Room

Wednesday, 3/22 (Day 4)

-SPARK Math 3:30 -4:30pm 4th and 5th Grade Pods

Thursday, 3/23 (Day 1)

Friday, 3/24 (Day 2)

-Harlem Wizards Event 7:00pm SAHS Main Gym
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Please Sign-Up for March Pod Parents!

Vernfield Home & School is looking for parent volunteers to participate in the Pod Parents program that will be available on Tuesday, 3/21, Wednesday, 3/22 and Thursday, 3/23/2023.

Pod Parents is a volunteer program where parent(s)/guardian(s) go into the six (6) Pods [K-5th grades] at Vernfield to assist any participating teachers with projects, tasks, and/or other busy work. We have added the Main Office and the Library to the areas that may need assistance. Parents may float amongst the pods/office/library to where they may find work to complete during their designated time slot.

Teachers are looking for help on Tuesday 3/21, Wednesday 3/22, and Thursday, 3/23 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.
  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. Lightstone (Library) to see if they need assistance.
  6. If you have completed your work, and you are not able to find any additional work available, 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

Vernfield Clothing Drive Fundraiser

Time to clean out those closets! Vernfield Elementary HSA will be conducting our annual clothing & shoe drive fundraiser on Saturday, March 25th.

Please see the accompanying flyer for more information.

NEW Spirit Wear Designs - Store Now Open!

We are excited to offer all new Spirit Wear designs as we close out the school year!

So get your order in, and you’ll be all set for back to school in your new Vernfield designs, as we get set to celebrate 20 years at Vernfield.

Shipping to your home is $8 per order, with free shipping for orders over $50. Shipping to the school is free!

The store will close on April 2nd and all orders will ship about 20 business days after the store is sent to production.

Register today for Family Fun Night

Please join us for Vernfield's Candy Bar Bingo!

When: Friday, March 31st from 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Vernfield Elementary School Gym

Admission: FREE (Optional $5 Walmart or Giant gift cards welcome*)

Please RSVP by March 24th:

Volunteers Needed:


  • Candy Bar prizes will be provided!
  • Doors open at 5:30PM
  • Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
  • Feel free to bring your own dinner to eat before BINGO.
  • Questions? Email Leanne Sebastian at or Meg Dick at

Reminder: All students attending this event must be

accompanied by an adult. Students may not be dropped off and then picked up.

*Gift cards will be provided to local families in need at the discretion of VF's Guidance Counselor

Vernfield is taking the 100 Box challenge!

Vernfield will be accepting donations of the following food items during the entire month of March:

-Aunt Jemima Pancake On the Go Cups, 2.11oz

-Applesauce Squeeze Pouches, 3.2oz

-Canned Items: Vegetables, Chunky Soups, Chili, Pasta

-Crackers, 9-13oz box (Wheat Things, Cheeze-It, etc.)

-Fruit Cups, 4oz

-Hormel Compleats Microwave Meals, 10oz

-Instant Oatmeal Packets or Cups

-Ready-to-Eat Chicken Salad, 3oz pouch or box

-Ready-to-Eat Tuna Salad, 3oz pouch or box

All brands accepted. No expired food, please.

All donations will be given to the Bean Bag Food Program located at Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton.

Yearbook Photo Reminder

Please remember to upload Yearbook photos from class socials, Spirit Days, Lip Sync, and more, via the accompanying DropBox links.

There is also information on uploading 5th Grade tributes.

Questions? Reach out to

Yearbook Sale Going On Now!

The Vernfield Yearbook sale is currently underway, and will end on Friday, April 14th, 2023.

Yearbook orders can be places online (via this link), or can be ordered by check through the Yearbook Committee. Yearbook envelopes were sent home in January with more detailed instructions.

Please contact Alexandra Ricketts and Julie Kinch at if you have any questions.

Earth Day Volunteers Needed!

Please save the date for Earth Day at Vernfield, which will be held on Friday, April 28th. Students will be rotating between different outdoor Earth Day activities throughout the day, which means that we need A LOT of volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer for all or part of the day, please fill out the below google form:

Earth Day Sign-Up

Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 3/27

-SPARK ELA 3:30-4:30pm 4th and 5th Grade Pods

Wednesday, 3/29

-SPARK Math 3:30-4:30pm 4th and 5th Grade Pods

Friday, 3/31

-VF Spirit Hawks Spirit Day - Spring has Sprung
-Family Fun Night 6:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, 4/5 to Monday, 4/10

-Spring Break-No School for Students

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.

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: Alisha Reynolds;

Co-Treasurer: Wendy Clemmer;