News from the Nest

April 12, 2019

The Week Ahead

Monday 4/15 (Day 2)

-- Fourth Grade Guest Scientist Science Visit (Halteman: 9:15-10:00 am, Guengerich:10:45-11:30 am, Ditlow: 12:45-1:30 pm)

Tuesday 4/16 (Day 3)

Wednesday 4/17 (Day 1)

-- School IN SESSION due to 2/20 snow day

-- Class Placement Letters due

-- SAHS ESL Literacy Partnership, 8:50-9:50 am. Library.

Thursday 4/18

-- NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

Friday 4/19

-- NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

-- Parent Survey deadline (Take the online survey)

Parent Survey - Your Opinion Matters

The mission of the Home and School Association is to promote communication, collaboration, and community building between families and the school, and to enhance the educational environment and opportunities for the Vernfield students, faculty and staff.

PLEASE share with us how you think we can best do that for your child and your family. Which activities, events and fundraisers do YOU want to see for your child next year?

Your feedback is important to us. Your input will be valuable in planning for another great school year! Please take a few minutes to fill out our brief annual Parent Survey. Please respond by Friday, 4/19!

Earth Day - Volunteers Needed!

Vernfield's annual Earth Day celebration will be held on Friday, May 10th (raindate May 17th)! Students will rotate through different outdoor stations. Many volunteers are needed to help this day run smoothly. If you are able to help out, please fill out this form ( Thank you in advance for helping to continue this tradition for our students!

Committee Chairs Needed

A few HSA Events and Activities Committees are still looking for Chairs or Co-chairs for next year.

Literacy DVD - needs a co-chair for grades K through 2. Nora Shurtz will continue as co-chair and will be handling recordings for grades 3 through 5.

Earth Day - needs at least 1, preferably 2 people to chair along with Meg Dick.

Holiday Shoppe - needs 1 more person to chair along with Nicole Whalen and Alisha Reynolds.

Prime Time Reading - needs at least 1 person, preferably 2 people to chair. The Chair from the last 2 years, Katie Ross, has all of the forms and information you will need and will be available to answer questions along the way.

Science Rocks - needs 2 people to chair along with Bernadette Kearns, who has headed this committee for several years and has all the forms and information you need already assembled.

Anyone who needs more information or wants to volunteer for a position, please contact Lisa Hovind at

We also need someone to help co-chair the Square 1 Art Fundraiser with Lisa Mallon. Interested? Contact her at

Philadelphia Union Game Fundraiser

We are offering 2 dates to choose from: May 4th at 7:30 pm and May 18th at 7:30 pm. (On May 4, for an additional fee, sleep over and get soccer training in the morning!)

Tickets may be purchased at, and a small portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Home & School.

Questions? Contact Lisa Mallon at


Summer Lunch: IVEF is running a summer lunch program (Big Red Picnic Program) and is currently seeking donations. They need to raise $36,000 to meet their goal and fully fund the program. Check out their Summer Lunch Flyer for details and how to donate.

EMC playground: IVEF is about halfway to reaching the goal of raising $50,000 for the playground. EMC is grateful for the way that the Elementary HSAs have come together to support them. Vernfield HSA donated the $240 raised from the 50/50 raffle drawn at the Bag Bingo Event to the fund.

SASD Greenhouse: The groundbreaking for the Greenhouse was held on March 20th, and work has begun. IVEF is hopeful that the Greenhouse will be complete by the end of Spring.

Save the Date!

Monday 4/22 -- NO SCHOOL - Easter/Spring Break

Wednesday 4/24

-- PSSA ELA (3rd, 4th, 5th)

-- 5th to 6th Grade Parent Town Hall Information Night, 7-9 pm. IVMS.

Thursday 4/25

-- PSSA ELA (3rd, 4th, 5th)

Friday 4/26

-- PSSA ELA (3rd, 4th)

-- 5th Grade Field Trip

-- Deadline for IVEF's Mixed Bag fundraiser

Monday 4/29

-- PSSA ELA (5th)

Tuesday 4/30

-- PSSA Math (3rd, 4th, 5th)

Wednesday 5/1

-- PSSA Math (3rd, 4th, 5th)

Thursday 5/2

-- Kindergarten Field Trip, AM: 9-11 am. PM: 1-3 pm.

Friday 5/3

-- 5th Grade Cyber-Bullying Presentation

Saturday 5/4 -- Philadelphia Union Soccer Game

Monday 5/6

-- PSSA Science (4th only)

-- Home & School Meeting, 7 pm. Library.

Tuesday 5/7

-- PSSA Science (4th only)

-- Spring Concert, Assembly: 2-3 pm. Concert: 7 pm.

Wednesday 5/8 -- Author's Tea: Porco, 9:30-10:30 am. , Mensch: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Thursday 5/9 -- Author's Tea: Longstreet, 9:30-10:30 am. , Case: 12:15-1:15 pm.

Friday 5/10 -- Earth Day Celebration (rain date: Friday 5/17)

Monday 5/13 - Friday 5/17 -- Book Fair

Tuesday 5/14 -- Open House, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Saturday 5/18 -- Philadelphia Union Soccer Game


Technology Survey for Vernfield - Take the survey to help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Deadline Friday 4/19.

Allen Iverson Roundball Classic - Do you enjoy basketball?? Check your calendar and don't wait to get your tickets - The Athletic Leadership Council at Souderton Area High School will be hosting the 3rd Annual Allen Iverson Roundball Classic, featuring the top high school basketball players in the country on April 24th and 26th.

April 24th: 3 pt and Slam Dunk Contest

April 26th: All-American Game

Tickets are only available online and will sell out quickly:

IVEF Mixed Bag Fundraiser - The IVEF ( works in partnership with the Souderton Area School District to provide funding support to each of our schools in a variety of ways! Order via order form (use code 296062 instead of INCORRECT code on the form, and send checks to IVEF - NO CASH!) or online See the Mixed Bag Fundraiser flyer. Deadline Friday April 26.

EMC Elementary School will be holding their annual Panther's Run on Saturday, May 4th at 9:00am at EMC Elementary School. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1-mile fun run. Register by 4/20 to guarantee a t-shirt, and after that date, the cost of registration goes up. See the flyer below for more details and the registration form, or register online at pretzelcitysports. EMC is working hard to raise funds for a new playground after their old playground did not pass inspection. Please come out and support our community!

Oak Ridge Elementary School will be holding their Oak Ridge Derby Designer Bag Bingo event on Friday, May 10th at 7 pm at St. Maria Goretti. Tickets are $35. For more information, contact Sara Faliveno at

SACE Summer Program Registration is Now Open! Summer Adventure Day Camp offers full day camp with before/after care and day trips. Summer Workshops in a variety of topics and interests are offered for campers interested in 1-week programs. See the online brochure for details. Register online here.

Registration for Souderton Area High School Summer Sports Camp Program is now open! For more information, please see the Sports Camps Brochure (PDF).

To register online, visit:

Openings are now available for the SATV Summer Camp. The Introduction to Television Production Camp is open to students entering 5th grade in the Fall. You can find further information and a link to the online registration here