News from the Nest

January 19, 2018

The Week Ahead

Friday 1/19 - TONIGHT!

- Family Fun Night - Candy Bar Bingo, 6:30-8:00 pm, Location: VF All-Purpose Room. See details below!

Monday 1/22 (day 4)

- 5th Grade DVD Literacy - please send in your child's favorite book

- Home & School Meeting (rescheduled from 1/8), 7-8 pm. Location: Library.

Tuesday 1/23 (day 1)

- 5th Grade DVD Literacy

- Kindergarten Health Screenings

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

- Communicators will be sent home for 4th Grade ONLY

Wednesday 1/24

- NO SCHOOL for students

Thursday 1/25 (day 2)

- Dominos Pizza Day at lunch

- Sundae Bar at lunch

- 5th Grade DVD Literacy

- Kindergarten Health Screenings

- 5th Grade - Pathways 360 Presentation, 9-11:30 am.

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

Friday 1/26 (day 3)

- Lip Sync Participation Forms and Volunteer Forms Due

- 5th Grade Lip Sync Cover Contest Submissions Due

- Hibernation Day - Student Council Theme Day

- 5th Grade DVD Literacy

- Snow Date: Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Saturday 1/27

- Elementary Honors Orchestra Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. Location: SAHS.

- Phantoms Game, 7:05pm, Location: PPL Center, Allentown.

Candy Bar Bingo Night

Candy Bar Bingo Night is tonight, January 19th from 6:30-8:00PM in the school cafeteria. Walk-ins are welcome! Please bring a box/bar of candy to exchange for each bingo card, one card per person. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Siegfried at or Autumn Wright at

Help Needed ASAP - Lip Sync 5th Grade Act

As of now, we haven't heard from any parent(s) interested in coordinating the 5th grade act. Unfortunately, if we do not have any volunteers, we will be unable to offer this performance. You can team up with a few parents to coordinate!

5th grade finale volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Choosing the song and choreography for a simple performance.
  • Coordinating and scheduling practices with the 5th teachers. (# of practices based on your preference; preferably no more than 2-3). Practices held during lunch recess.
  • Communicate performance information to the committee.

If you have any questions or are interested, please contact Gina Rothenberger ASAP at Thank you!

Home & School Meeting

Please join us this Monday, January 22nd at 7:00PM in the Library, for our January Home and School meeting! (rescheduled from January 8th)

Babysitting will be provided!

We will be voting on whether or not to change our bylaws with regards to when we vote for our elected officers. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this very important meeting.

Save the date! Mrs. Lightstone will give a presentation about Children's Literature at our February 12 meeting.

DVD Literacy

Our DVD Literacy committee will begin taping our 5th grade students this Monday, January 22nd! . Information was sent home this week in your child's Communicator. The reminder form and questions can be found online here. Please help your child remember to bring their favorite book to school this week!

DVD Literacy is a program offered by Vernfield's Home and School Association. Each year, each student that participates is recorded reading part of a favorite book and asked several questions about their school experience. At the end of their 5th grade year, the students will receive a DVD with their recordings from each year on it.

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).

The DVD Literacy 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

Lip Sync

Please save the date for our annual Lip Sync event, which will be held on Friday, March 9th at Indian Crest Middle School. Permission forms, volunteer forms, and 5th grade Cover Contest forms were sent home this week in your child's Communicator. Forms are due by Friday, January 26th!

**Please note that the Lip Sync committee is asking that each act provide at least one parent volunteer the night of the event.*

Save the Date!

Tuesday 1/30 - ELA SPARK, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Wednesday 1/31

- Power of One Assembly - Grades K, 1, 2, 3: 9:30-10:10 am.

- Power of One Assembly - Grades 4, 5: 10:30-11:10 am.

Thursday 2/1

- Dominos Pizza Day at lunch

- Yearbook Group Picture Day (rescheduled from 1/17)

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

Friday 2/2

- VF Spirit Day

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40 am.

Saturday 2/3

- Elementary Honors Orchestra Rehearsal, 9 am-2 pm. Location: SAHS.

- Elementary Honors Orchestra Concert, 2 pm. Location: SAHS.

* Note: 4th Grade DVD Literacy Tapings will take place the week of 1/29. Please remind your child to bring in their favorite book on Monday 1/29.

* Note: Kindergarten Health Screenings will continue on 1/31, and 2/1.

Monday 2/5 - Snow Date: Elementary Honors Orchestra Concert, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Tuesday 2/6

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

- Prime Time Reading (K-2) Sign up deadline

Thursday 2/8

- Math Olympiads, 3:30-4:30 pm.

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

Friday 2/9

- Student Council, 8-8:30 am.

- Prime Time Reading (K-2), 6-8 pm.

Saturday 2/10

- Elementary Honors Chorus Concert, 2 pm. Location: Indian Crest Middle School.

* Note: 3rd Grade DVD Literacy Tapings will take place the week of 2/5. Please remind your child to bring in their favorite book on Monday 2/5.

Box Tops Contest Update

Our race for the most Box Tops continues. Fourth grade is still in the lead with 1,161 but now there is a race for second place. First grade has pulled ahead of third grade with first grade totals at 1,135 and third grade at 1,039. Check the bulletin board in the lobby for the latest numbers for all of the grades.

We just received notification from the Box Tops company that they were issuing our Home and School Association a check for $751!! All those little rectangles add up! Thanks to all of you that have been sending them in and special thanks to all of you who have been taking them home to sort, clip and count! You’re AWESOME!! We’re officially half way through the contest…keep on clipping and sending them in!

Power of One Assembly

On Wednesday, January 27th, the students at Vernfield will be participating in an assembly called the "Power of One". The Power of One is a series of skits performed by actors who use boxes, colors, and masks to vividly portray what bullying is, what can be done about it, and how every child has the power of one, the power to report and deal with bullying when they see it. For more information about this assembly, please visit this website.

Prime Time Reading (Grades K-2)

Prime Time Reading Night is coming up on Friday, February 9th from 6-8PM for our K-2 students. The theme this year is "Reading Makes Dreams Come True". Students are welcome to wear their pajamas, but will need appropriate footwear and clothing for a Gym activity. You will also want to bring your favorite book, a flashlight and a blanket.

Please register online.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Ross at

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!

Lip Sync 5th Grade Act (Now! 2018)

The committee is currently looking for any parent(s) that would like to host the 5th Grade act this year. If you are interested, please contact Gina Rothenberger at

DVD Literacy Taping (Now! 2018)

Volunteers are needed to help record the 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!


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.

Substitute Recess/Cafeteria Aides Needed

Vernfield is always looking for more substitute recess/cafeteria aides. If you would like more information or to apply for this position, please visit the SASD Job Listings website. Scroll down to the job titled: "Substitute Cafeteria/Playground Assistants", and click on the link.

District News

Sound of Music Jr. (Feb 1-3)

Indian Crest Middle School is pleased to present their school musical, The Sound of Music (Jr).


- Thursday, February 1st at 1:00PM (daytime performance for senior citizens only)
- Thursday, February 1st at 7:00PM
- Friday, February 2nd at 7:00PM
- Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00PM
- $8 for adults; $5 for students
- Purchase tickets online (sales begin Jan. 12 at 8:00a.m.)
More information: Visit the Musical Web site

Free Family Program (Wednesdays, Feb 7 - Mar 21)

The Indian Valley Character Counts Coalition (IVCCC) is offering a free "Family Night Out" program for parents and youth ages 10 - 14 at Indian Crest Middle School. The program, dinner, child care for younger siblings, raffles and prizes are all provided free of charge. You and your children will learn skills to help your family succeed during the teen years. Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM for seven weeks beginning February 7th. Registration is required by contacting Donna Lea Pyrz at or 215-723-3569, ext. 116. Details can be found in the online flyer for the Family Night Out program.

FBLA Valentine's Babysitting Event (Feb 10th)

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 5:30PM-9:00PM

Location: Souderton High School Cafeteria (625 Lower Rd, Souderton, PA 18964)

Cost: $25 per child, $12 each additional child per family (All children must bring a packed dinner)

Registration: Registration Form

Details: Valentine's Babysitting Flyer

This event gives you the opportunity to have a few hours of uninterrupted time for Valentine's Day. We will offer fun games, activities, crafts, and a movie for your children. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the event. Our event will be supervised by student members of Future Business Leaders of America and high school staff. Space is limited, so sign up early! For additional information, please contact Mrs. Halteman at

**Available for all children grades K-5. Children must be potty trained in order to participate.**

Souderton Area Community Education (SACE) (Winter/Spring)

The Winter-Spring semester begins later this month with more than 100 interesting classes for all ages. Beat the winter doldrums and learn something new. Bring a friend to join in the fun! Contact Brenda Oelschlager, SACE Coordinator, with questions:

Look through the Winter/Spring 2018 Brochure and register online! Be sure to register early, as many classes fill quickly.

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.