News from the Nest

January 31, 2020

The Week Ahead

All Week

-- National School Counselor Week

Monday 2/3 (Day 2)

-- Honors Chorus Practice, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Tuesday 2/4 (Day 3)

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

-- PSSA Encouragement Cards sent home, Grades 3,4,5 (Due back 2/25/2020)

Wednesday 2/5 (Day 4)

-- Deadline: Prime Time Reading Sign Up DUE (Grades K-2)

Thursday 2/6 (Day 1)

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

-- Honors Chorus Practice, 3:30-4:30 pm.

Friday 2/7 (Day 2)

-- Reading Olympics, 8-8:30 am. Library

-- Prime Time Reading for Grades K-2, 6-8 pm. (Snow Date: 2/21)

Saturday 2/8

-- Elementary Honors Chorus Rehearsal, 9-11:30 am. ICMS

-- Elementary Honors Chorus Concert, 12 pm. ICMS (snow date 2/15)

Prime Time Reading! Grades K-2 - A Night of Adventures Under the Sea

Prime Time Reading Night for grades K-2 sponsored by Vernfield Home and School Association will be held on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2020 (Snow Date February 21) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The purpose of this evening is to promote a love of reading by providing time to read with family and friends, combined with fun activities. This year’s theme will focus on adventures and tales under the sea. We will start our evening off with flashlight reading in the dark, so please bring a flashlight and favorite book. Students can wear pajamas, but there will be a gym activity, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing, shoes and bring a water bottle. Please plan to arrive between 5:45-6:00 p.m. to sign in and arrive at your grade level pods. Flashlight reading starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

All students must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian for the entire event.

Please register online by February 5 at (if you are unable to register online, or have any questions, please contact Diane Meyer –

Registration Open for Designer Bag Bingo

Registration forms for the Beach Party Designer Bag Bingo event went home with students this week. Be sure to reserve your spot! Last year's event was a sell out. Need a form? Click below. Have questions? Contact Lisa Hovind at

Lip Sync - Permission and Volunteer Forms Due ASAP!

If you haven't already turned in permission slips with song selections, please do so ASAP! Next week is the last chance to turn in Lip Sync forms. All flyers are attached for download below.

Please save the date for Lip Sync on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7pm at Indian Crest Middle School!

If you have any questions, please call or email Sara Landis at 215-256-1368, Karen Planinshek, or

Gina Rothenberger

THANK YOU! Candy Bar B-I-N-G-O

Candy Bar BINGO Night was a huge success! We had a larger-than-ever attendance this year and want to extend a big THANK YOU to Caitlin Siegfried and Autumn Wright for organizing the event! Thank you to the "celebrity" teacher BINGO callers for spending your night with us and to all of the Family Fun Night committee and volunteers for making the night fun for our families!

THANK YOU! Hot Dog Dinner Fundraiser

Thank you to the families who came out to support the Hot Dog Dinner Fundraiser before Candy Bar BINGO. We were able to raise $315.18! A special thanks goes to Lisa Hovind and helpers for organizing and running this event.

Save the Date

**Week of 2/10**

Tuesday 2/11

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

Friday 2/14

-- Regular School Day due to Dec. 2 Snow Day

-- Valentine's Day Socials, 2-3 pm

**Week of 2/17**

Monday 2/17

-- NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

-- Spring Spirit Wear Sale Begins (ends 2/28)

Tuesday 2/18

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

Thursday 2/20

-- Student Council, 8-8:30 am. 3rd Grade Pod

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

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

Friday 2/21

-- Reading Olympics, 8-8:30 am. Library

In Case You Missed It...


In March elections we will be voting for 4 positions for the 2 year term 2020-21 and 2021-2022 - President, First Vice President (Fundraising), Secretary and Second Treasurer (Accounting). We are looking for parents to fill these important positions on the HSA Executive Board along with Dr. Graf. Candidates are determined by self-nomination so anyone interested in running for one of the open positions should contact Lisa Hovind at with any questions or to be nominated for a position. Nominees will be announced at the HSA meeting on February 11 at 7 pm in the Library.


All orders must be received by April 9, 2020. A book of 6 tickets costs only $39 (regularly priced $60), and Home & School receives $14 profit per book sold. Tickets may be purchased online or via paper order form (instructions were attached to the order form sent home to students).

Online sales: Be sure to enter "Vernfield HSA" as the Organization and your child as the seller.

Any questions, please contact Nicholas Helber at or Lisa Hovind at


Vernfield Elementary School is looking for parents who are available to serve as substitute recess and cafeteria aides. Substitute aides are called to serve during a situation where a daily recess or cafeteria aide calls out. Substitute aides are paid for serving in this position. Please contact Mrs. Smerecki at, if you are interested in being added to Vernfield's substitute recess and cafeteria aide list.


Be sure to upload any pictures you have from the Winter Social (or any school event) for the Yearbook!! The instructions are posted below (downloadable file). Questions to Kim Wheeler at or Alex Ricketts at Thank you!!


Mrs. Lightstone runs a knitting and crocheting club for interested 4th and 5th Graders during first recess on days 2, 3, and 4 through the end of March. Students can pick and choose what day(s) they attend. Students should bring their own knitting needles, crochet hooks and respective yarn (size 15 or 13 knitting needles or size K, L or M crochet hooks and yarn that works with those sizes). If you are a knitter or someone who crochets, please let Mrs. Lightstone know if you can periodically assist:

District News


Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Souderton High School Cafeteria (625 Lower Road, Souderton, PA, 18964)
Cost: $30 per child, $15 for each additional child per family (All children must bring a packed dinner.)
Registration: Registration Form (PDF) - Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 7th
Details: See the Valentine's Babysitting Flyer (PDF)


The Harlem Wizards are coming back to Souderton Area School District on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Souderton Area High School! Doors open at 6:00PM; Tip-off is at 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale now and sales benefit the Indian Valley Education Foundation! To purchase your tickets:

1. Please visit
2. Click on Scheduling and Tickets
3. Click on the date of our event, March 27, 2020
We are looking forward to seeing you at this very exciting event!!!

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

Please join us for a free screening of the film on Thursday, February 13th.

This film is a follow up to the original Screenagers and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Parents of adolescents are encouraged to attend. The film is intended for adults and children age 10 or older.

What: Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER film screening

When: Thursday, February 13, 2020; 6:15 pm

Where: Indian Valley Middle School Auditorium

Tickets: none - this is a free event

Sponsored by: the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition; the Penn Foundation; Abington-Jefferson Health; and Shoprite


Souderton Area School District winter concerts are now available to watch and share!

You can watch the winter concerts online anytime at SASD Winter Concerts.

To order a copy of your favorite winter concert, visit Video Requests.


Can be found online here:

2020 WINTER/SPRING SACE EVENING CLASSES - 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! Look through the Winter/Spring 2020 Brochure and register online! Or, watch for a brochure in the mail. Be sure to register early, as many classes fill quickly. Hope we’ll see you in 2020!

Easy Fundraising Reminders

  • Collect and send in Box Tops from products
  • Download the Box Tops app and scan receipts for additional Box Tops! (This will be eventually replacing all physical Box Tops)
  • Register your ShopRite PricePlus card to earn even more Box Tops for VF:
  • Set up your Giant Bonus Card to benefit Vernfield:, ID: 23581
  • Buy Amazon products using Amazon Smile to benefit Vernfield:
  • Sign up for Coca Cola Give then scan products and earn money for VF
  • Giant Reusable Shopping Bags - bags, located by the check out at the Harleysville Giant, can be purchased for $2.50. Each contains a tag with a code number that will earn Vernfield HSA $1 for each code entered. Go to the website within 7 days of your purchase, enter the code located under the scratch off portion of the tag and choose Vernfield HSA as your non-profit (we are located on the third page of the list).
  • Employee Volunteer Incentive Programs - If your employer provides a volunteer incentive program (Merck, Janssen, Verizon, for example), please get in touch with Julie Gerhart-Rothholz at You may also get additional volunteer time off from work, so be sure to check your employer's volunteer policies!

  • Vernfield's Shutterfly Storefront - Use our link to shop the extensive Shutterfly collection of photo books, gifts, etc. and for every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to our HSA.

    It’s easy to support us:

    1. Visit our Shutterfly Storefront at:

    2. Click through to start shopping!