News from the Nest

September 14, 2018

The Week Ahead

TONIGHT 9/14 - Back to School Bash, 5:30-7:30 pm. Location: VF Playground

Saturday 9/15 - SASD Big Bash Community Event, 10am - 2pm. Location: SAHS. Be sure to stop by the Vernfield table and show off your skill at the Football Toss Game! 3 tries for $1!

Monday 9/17 (Day 4)

-- Home & School Welcome Back Social for Parents, 6:30-7:00 pm. Location: Library

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

Tuesday 9/18 (Day 1)

-- Town Hall Meeting, 10-10:30 am

-- Deadline for Spirit Wear Orders (online here)

Wednesday 9/19

-- NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur

Thursday 9/20 (Day 2)

Friday 9/21 (Day 3)

-- Fall Picture Day (Pay ahead online option:, Picture Day ID: JL728785Q0)

In This Issue...

Scroll Down for more details on Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

  • Back to School Bash (TONIGHT! 9/14)
  • Home and School Meeting and Welcome Back Social (9/17 at 6:30pm)
  • Spirit Wear Sale (ends 9/18)
  • Spanish Club (deadline 9/24)
  • Classroom Social Volunteers (meeting on 9/25)
  • Volunteer Sign Up - Hands Across the District (INCLUDES homeroom socials!) (deadline 9/28)
  • Box Tops Collection
  • Vernfield Printed Directory (deadline 10/5)
  • Welcome, Mrs. Cover!
  • A New Playground Slide Donated in the Memory of Zane Gabriel
  • 'Save the Date' - Upcoming Important Dates
  • District News
  • Easy Ways to Fundraise for Vernfield! (Giant, Amazon Smile, etc.)

Please note that MOST sign ups are ONLINE this year - links are included below!

Back to School Bash - TONIGHT 9/14!

The Back to School Bash will be held tonight from 5:30-7:30 PM on the Black top behind Vernfield. Please remember to bring a refillable water bottle. Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their Kindergarten T-shirts so they can more easily find their classmates. We are looking forward to a fun night! If you have any questions, please email Meg Dick at

Mrs. Lightstone will be keeping the Book Fair open in the Library during the evening for anyone who wants one last chance to shop before it's all packed up.

Home and School Meeting - 9/17

Want to know more about an activity, event or committee? Curious about how the funds raised by the Home and School are being spent? Have a question you would like answered or a concern you would like to discuss? Want to hear what our principal, Dr. Graf, has to report about issues that affect Vernfield, its staff, students and families? Join us at the Home and School meeting in the Library this Monday night at 7 pm.

As a Welcome to our new parents and a Welcome Back to our returning parents, there will be snacks served during our Social before the meeting from 6:30 to 7. Hope to see you there!

Spirit Wear Sale - Deadline 9/18!

Deadline extended until September 18!

Visit the link below to view and purchase fall spirit wear items, all on the same secure website. Please don’t wait until the last minute. The online store will close September 18th!

Please allow 2-3 weeks after the sale closes for your purchase(s) to come home with your child. If you would like a paper version of our order form or have any questions, please contact Betsy Powlus at or call 215-513-1084.

Spanish Club - Deadline 9/24

Souderton Area Community Education (SACE) will be offering Spanish Club at Vernfield again this year! Spanish Club will be offered on Mondays from 10/1 through 4/15 (24 weeks):

  • 8:05-8:35 AM - Beginner Class ($200)
  • 3:30-4:15 PM - Advanced Class ($225)

Please register online at by the 9/24 deadline!

For more information, please refer to the online Spanish Club flyer.

If you have questions, please contact Megan Sturm at (215) 480-5439 or

Classroom Social Volunteers - Meeting on 9/25

If you are interested in helping to plan or attend your child’s classroom socials, please be sure to complete the Hands Across the District Form (link to online sign up here). An informational meeting will be held September 25 at 7:00pm in the library for all classroom social volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Kurtz at

Volunteer Sign Up - Hands Across the District - Deadline 9/28

Interested in counting box tops? Want to send in items or attend a homeroom social/party? Like to donate food items for the teacher appreciation dinners/luncheons/breakfasts?

These and many more opportunities to volunteer can be found in this 'Hands Across the District' volunteer information and online sign-up! Please take 5 minutes to look through and sign up for opportunities to help out throughout the school year! THIS FORM INCLUDES HOMEROOM SOCIAL VOLUNTEERS! If you are unsure about when you might be available or what you can do, sign up anyway! Signing up allows you to get emails regarding the committee/event, and there is no pressure to participate! A list of committees can be found on the Home & School website.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 28.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Kolesar: Thank you!

Box Tops Collection Has Begun!

Each year, Vernfield holds a contest among grades to see who can bring in the most box tops over the course of the year. Each month, volunteers take all of those little clippings home that students and teachers bring in, sort them, trim them, and count them. A running count is kept to see which grade is in the lead for the contest. At the end of the year, the grade that brings in the most box tops wins a party prize of their choice (with some help from their teachers of course!) Past prizes have been a Rita's water ice party out in the playground, a pizza party, wear your pj's to school day.

The collection boxes are in each pod so if you were saving up those box tops from over the summer, it's time to send them in with your child. Take the time to clip that dime!

If you haven’t done so already, you can volunteer to help do the collecting, cutting, and counting. “Box Tops” is one of the many ways that you can volunteer at Vernfield and is included on the Hands Across the District form where you can sign up for many different types of jobs. If you have any questions, contact Brooke Kuhlen at

Vernfield Printed Directory - Deadline 10/5

Vernfield Home & School Association publishes a PRINTED school directory for each new school year which includes class lists and student contact information. The directory will ONLY be distributed to those families who complete the form requesting inclusion.

Please complete the online form by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018. Only one form per family is required.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Kuhlen at or Lauren Hendricks at Thank you!

Welcome, Mrs. Cover!

Vernfield Elementary would like to welcome our new attendance secretary, Mrs. Cover. She can be reached by calling 215.721.0606, prompt #2, or by email at

A New Slide for the Children to Enjoy Donated in the Memory of Zane Gabriel

A crack in the playground slide made it off limits to students at the end of the last school year. Thanks to the generosity of one of our Vernfield families, when students returned to the playground this year, they were greeted with a brand new slide.

The funds to replace the slide were graciously donated to Vernfield HSA by the Gabriel family. The Gabriels made the donation to honor the memory of their son, Zane, as a remembrance of his presence in the world. Our thanks to the Gabriels.

Save the Date!

** Week of 9/24 **

Monday 9/24 - Deadline to sign up for Spanish Club (Spanish Club sign up)

Tuesday 9/25

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

- Home & School Homeroom Parent/Coordinator Meeting, 7-7:30 pm. Location: Library

Wednesday 9/28 - Deadline to sign up for Hands Across the District (sign up here)

**Week of 10/1**

Friday 10/5 - Printed Directory Sign Up Deadline (directory sign up)

District News

**Souderton Big Bash (Sept 15)**

Community event! 10am - 2pm at SAHS. See the flyer. Be sure to stop by the Vernfield table and show off your skill at the Football Toss Game! 3 tries for $1!

**Deadline for Student Image and Work Consents (deadline Sept 28)**

The District has recently revised its policy and guidelines for the use of student images and the publication of student work. Please review these guidelines and indicate your consent for the use of your student’s images and publication of his/her work. Log into the Home Access Center to grant or deny consent:

**Souderton Area Community Education (SACE) Fall**

REGISTER NOW for Fall Evening Classes with Souderton Area Community Education (SACE)! More than 100 classes offered for community members of all ages, including: Arts, Dance, Cooking, Healthful Living, Sports, Life Planning, Languages, Aquatics, Trips and more. Look through the Fall 2018 Brochure and register online!

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

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

  • Giant A+ Rewards: earn money for VF while shopping at Giant! Go to and Sign In or Register for an account (upper right corner). Click on My Account (upper right) and then Manage Your Account. Click on Rewards & Savings. Under A+ School Rewards, click Change School(s). The ID for Vernfield is 23581.
  • Amazon Smile: earn money for VF while shopping on Amazon! Go to for instructions.
  • Box Tops for Education: clip the 'Box Tops for Education' from participating boxes and labels! Send them to school with your child to be collected and counted. There is a contest among grades each year and the winning grade earns a prize! Go to for a complete list of participating products as well as information on the Box Tops Bonus app and Sweepstakes which can earn Vernfield even more!
  • 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!
  • ShopRite for My School: earn Box Tops for VF while shopping at ShopRite! Register your PricePlus club card at: register.