News from the Nest

February 23, 2018

The Week Ahead

Monday 2/26 (Day 2)

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

- Girls on the Run, 3:30-5:00 pm, Location: Gym

Tuesday 2/27 (Day 3)

- PSSA Encouragement Cards Due (Grades 3,4,5)

- 5th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures due

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

- ELA SPARK, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Wednesday 2/28 (Day 4)

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

- Town Hall Meeting, 9:30 am

Thursday 3/1 (Day 1)

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

- Math SPARK, 3:30-4:30 pm

- Girls on the Run, 3:30-5:00 pm, Location: Gym

- Anti-Bullying Parent-Only Program, 7 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School (See District News section below)

Friday 3/2 (Day 2)

- VF Spirit Day! Wear blue and yellow or VF spirit wear!

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am.

- 2nd Grade DVD Literacy

- Human Growth and Development - 5th Grade, 1:45-3:15 pm

Saturday 3/3 - Elementary Honors Band Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School

Home and School Executive Board Elections- LAST CALL FOR CANDIDATES!

The Home & School Executive Board is made up of six parent volunteers. These volunteers are responsible for making decisions, setting the budget, raising funds, and filling/guiding committees to run all of the events, activities, and services that Home & School provides each year.

We need volunteers to fill 4 of these positions BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY! Voting will take place at the March 12 Home and School meeting.

The open positions for the 2018-2020 term are:

- President

- VP Fundraising

- Co-Treasurer

- Secretary

Thank you to Sara Landis (VP Fundraising), Karen Planinshek (Co-Treasurer) , Amy Burch (Co-Treasurer), and Gina Rothenberger (Secretary) for all of their great work in fulfilling the 2016-2018 board positions!

The remaining two positions will be filled for a 1-year term in order to stagger elections and maintain consistency of the board from term-to-term. These positions are:

- VP Communications: Kelly Cole

- Co-Treasurer: Meg Dick (stepping in from President)

If you are interested or think you may know someone who is interested, please contact Meg Dick at We have 'job descriptions' available and are happy to answer any questions. Please considering running for a position so that we can keep all of our programs and events running smoothly!

PSSA Encouragement Cards - Grades 3,4,5

Please write and return the PSSA Encouragement Cards by Tuesday, February 27. Teachers will give your child one of these cards each day of testing. Thank you!

Yearbook - Help Needed ASAP

The Yearbook Committee needs photos in order to fill all of the pages for the yearbook! The deadline to submit photos is MARCH 1ST! (except Lip Sync and 5th Grade Philly trip)

Classes (from socials or other in-school events):

  • Homeroom Social Photographers- please upload any pictures that you have from the Fall, Winter, and Valentine's Day Socials!

All-school events:

  • Bingo Night (0)
  • Prime Time (only have 2nd grade)

Help is also needed with putting together page layouts, especially for Kindergarten, 1st and 4th Grade.

To submit photos online:
• Go to:
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 409613596
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".

****Please make sure that each photo has the classroom/teacher name or event included in the file name****


  • These photos will only be used by the Yearbook Staff for inclusion in the yearbook.
  • Not every photo submitted will be able to be included in the yearbook.
  • Please submit photos of school events ONLY

Please direct any questions to Sandra Esposito at

Thank you!!

Save the Date!

*March 1 - March 27* is the SASD Youth Art Month Exhibit at Indian Valley Public Library. Stop in to see student work from all SASD Schools and Grades!

*Week of 3/5*

- Keystone Opportunity Center - Food Drive

- Art Goes to School - Grades K,1,2

- Volunteer TB Testing (Mon-Wed)

- Rock Your Socks Drive (ends 3/23) - Details to follow

Monday 3/5 - School Dental Exams, 9 am

Wednesday 3/7 - School Physicals, 9 am

Thursday 3/8 - Math Olympiads, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Friday 3/9

- End of 2nd Trimester

- Student Council, 8-8:30 am

- Lip Sync, 7 pm. (Acts arrive at 6:15 pm). Location: Indian Crest Middle School Auditorium (Snow Date: Saturday 3/10)

*Week of 3/12*

- 1st Grade DVD Literacy

Monday 3/12 - Home & School Meeting with board elections, 7 pm. Location: Library

Tuesday 3/13 - 3rd Grade Musical, 2:30pm AND 6:30pm

Wednesday 3/14 - NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

Friday 3/16 - Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am.

*Girls on the Run*

  • Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (on school days) until 5/3, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Race: Sunday, 5/20 (more details to come)

*SPARK Programs*

  • ELA: Tuesdays: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20: 3:30-4:30 pm.
  • Math: Thursdays: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22: 3:30-4:30 pm.

*Elementary Honors Band*

  • Rehearsal: Saturdays 3/10, 3/17, 3/24: 9-11:30 am. Location: Indian Crest Middle School
  • Concert: Saturday 3/24, 2 pm.

TB Testing

A TB test is required for any parents that would like to chaperone Field trips or that volunteer in school for 10 hours or more. TB testing will be offered by Mrs. Fox, our school nurse on Monday, March 5th, Tuesday, March 6th, and Wednesday, March 7th.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the nursing office at Vernfield Elementary, 215.721.0606, prompt 3.

Food Drive for Keystone Opportunity Center

Souderton Area School District and Keystone Opportunity Center are teaming up to fight hunger March 5-9 by collecting food and household items to share with those struggling in our local community. At Vernfield Elementary School, we will be collecting the following items:

• Canned (Tuna, Chicken, Salmon)
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant (Men's and Women's)

All items will be collected the week of March 5 through March 9.

Please see the KOC Food Drive flyer for the specifics of the Food Drive.

Thank you for sharing with our neighbors who are in need!

Box Tops Contest Update

Box tops counts for January are in. The numbers didn’t change too much but I think February will jump as some grades' numbers didn’t get in by the time of submission. No worries, they’ll all count towards the final number! Fourth grade pulled farther into the lead with 1,761; followed by first grade with 1,409. Third grade comes in with 1,232, fifth grade with 873, and kindergarten with 468. Thanks so much for everyone involved from family and friends who clip and submit to our volunteers who trim, count and bag! All are appreciated!

Lip Sync Participants - Upload Song Selection

Attention Lip Sync Participants:

There is less than one month until Lip Sync! Please upload your music using the following link.

There are directions on the website to help you.

If you have any questions, please email Karen Planinshek

DVD Literacy

The DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our 2nd grade students the week of February 26th.

The committee needs volunteers to help record the students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at

If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child (it only needs to be done once), a copy will be sent home in your child's communicator or you can find it online here (see also permission letter).

Help Wanted!

Help is needed for the following programs and events. Please consider getting involved so that these programs can be run this year and continue in the future! Thank you!

**DVD Literacy Taping (Now! 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help record our students during the school day. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Amy Thompson at

**Race for Education (Spring 2018)

Help is needed for various jobs to run the Race for Education. Please contact Jenn and Kevin Lister at if you are able to help with either planning or on the day of the Race. Thanks!

**Yearbook (Spring 2018 and future)

The Yearbook Committee is looking for help with the Spring 2018 Yearbook as well as someone to begin learning how to put together the yearbook when the current staff 'graduates'. The students love receiving a yearbook, and it is a great way to preserve memories from year to year. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Esposito at

**Pod Parents (Summer 2018)

Our Pod Parent committee needs a new chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Pod parents are volunteers that help teachers with many 'start up' tasks during the first week of school, which include copying, cutting, labeling, sorting, etc. The main role of the chair of this committee is create a Sign-up genius to send to interested parents. Please contact either Sheila Hercek at or Meg Dick at if you are interested!

**DVD Literacy Co-Chair (Fall 2018)

The DVD Literacy Committee is also looking for a new co-chair for next year to help with more of the paperwork and organization part of this committee. If you are interested and able to help, please contact Amy Thompson or Meg Dick


Reminder: all volunteers must fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement and return it to the office. There are also copies available in the Vernfield office.

Information about additional clearances needed can be found here.

District News

**IVEF February Fundraiser

The Indian Valley Education Foundation (IVEF) is holding a fundraiser through One Village Coffee. A portion of every purchase will benefit IVEF and the Souderton Area School District. Money raised will fund programs like SASD Next, 1:1 Computing, STEAM Initiatives, Innovation Grants and more! Place your order online by February 28th to support classroom initiatives in SASD!

**Anti-Bullying Parent Program (Mar 1)

Indian Crest Middle School is hosting an anti-bullying program FOR PARENTS ONLY. Please join us! More information at
Program: Bystander: A Portrait in Apathy
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Indian Crest Middle School Auditorium

**Jazz Fest (Mar 2)

Jazz Fest is a fun night featuring middle school jazz bands from the Pennridge, Colonial, and Souderton Area school districts. There will be food concessions available to audience members during the festival and all proceeds go towards supporting the Indian Crest Jazz Band.

Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Indian Crest Middle School
Admission: $5.00

**Have you had the conversation? Parent Program (Mar 20)

"Have You Had The Conversation? How to talk with your kids about substances." is an event geared toward elementary school parents. For more information and to register, please click the Event Flyer or visit our web page at

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Indian Crest Middle School

Who: Parents ONLY, babysitting will be provided.

Be a Part of the Conversation is a non-profit that creates effective, culture-changing programs that are designed to significantly increase awareness of the effects of alcohol and other drug use. Learn more at

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.