News from the Nest

November 17, 2017

The Week Ahead

Monday 11/20 - Wednesday 11/23

- NO SCHOOL for students

- Parent-Teacher Conferences (please refer to your specific conference time)

- Parent Book Fair (open during conference times)

Thursday 11/24 - Friday 11/25

- NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday 11/27 (day 3)

- 4th Grade Health Screenings

Tuesday 11/28 (day 4)

- 4th Grade Health Screenings

Wednesday 11/29 (day 1)

- 4th Grade Health Screenings

Thursday 11/30 (day 2)

- 4th Grade Health Screenings

Friday 12/1 (day 3)

- End of 1st Trimester

- VF Spirit Day (wear Blue/Gold or VF Spirit Wear!)

- Yearbook Cover Contest Submissions Due

- Reading Olympics, 8-8:40am

- Spirit Assembly, 2-2:30pm

- Science Rocks Night, Grades 3-5, 6:30-8:30pm

Conference Time Parent Book Fair


There will be a book fair for parents during conference time. This is your chance to shop without the children seeing you. A gift wrapping station will be available. All profits benefit our school library. There will be some raffles. No purchase necessary to enter the raffles. Just stop by and say Happy Holidays to get your raffle ticket.

I am looking for a few parents to cover some of the shifts as I have library meetings to attend. Please email me ( if you can cover a 2-3 hr. shift on any of the three dates listed.

Book Fair Hours

Monday, November 20th 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21st 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday November 22nd 8:30-12:00 p.m.

- Mrs. Lightstone

Holiday Giving Program

Vernfield is happy to be offering a Holiday Giving Program to help children and families in need in the Vernfield community. During Conference week, there will be a Christmas tree in the foyer decorated with paper angels and paper Christmas trees with a child's age and gender. Half of the trees/angels will be for clothing and will include the child's size, and the other half are for a toy (some have suggested toys, others do not). Some of the trees and angels will have a gift card option for a Walmart or Grocery Store Gift Card.

Please return gifts by Friday, December 8th, unwrapped with the angel/tree taped to the present and place the gifts under the tree in the foyer.

Thank you for your help in brightening the holidays for families in the Vernfield community!

Science Rocks Night

Science Rocks night will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6:30-8:30PM. This is a special night for our 3rd-5th grade students to participate in some fun science activities and experiments. If you haven't signed up yet, don't worry! Fill out the registration form and return it to school ASAP so that we make sure to have enough supplies.

Yearbook Cover Contest

The Yearbook committee is looking for your help to design the cover for this year's book. The forms came home this past Tuesday in your child's Communicator and are also available in the office. Submissions are due by Friday, December 1st! If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Esposito

Girls on the Run

Vernfield is participating in its second season of Girls on the Run! Girls on the Run is a program for girls in 3rd through 5th Grades. Registration is now open and doesn’t close until December 13th. Register online at

Our season begins on February 26th and we will meet Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 after school at Vernfield. The registration fee is $175 and financial aid applications are available at Our season ends with a 5K on May 20th at Montgomery County Community College. This year’s coaches will be Mrs. Steffy, Mrs. Raisner, Mrs. Halteman, and Mrs. Donovan. The informational flyer can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Steffy at

Save the Date!

Monday 12/4 - Friday 12/8

- Holiday Shoppe - each class will have a specified date/time to attend

Monday 12/4 - Wednesday 12/6

- 3rd Grade Health Screenings

Wednesday 12/6

- 2nd Grade Field Trip

Thursday 12/7

- Vernfield Winter Concert, SAHS Auditorium, 7pm

Friday 12/8

- Student Council, 8-8:30am

- gifts due for Holiday Giving Program

Monday 12/11

- Progress Reports (1st Trimester) Available on HAC at 7pm

- Parent Signature Cards (for Progress Reports) sent home

Monday 12/25 - Monday 1/1

- NO SCHOOL for students

Amazon Smile

Please remember to use Amazon Smile this holiday season! Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Vernfield Elementary Home & School. #YouShopAmazonDonates. Thank you for your support!

Holiday Shoppe

Our annual Holiday Shoppe will be held during school hours from December 4th-December 8th. Students will be able to bring money to school to purchase small, inexpensive gifts for the special people in their lives. This is a great way for them to learn the joy of giving this Holiday season. Information was sent home in your child's communicator this past Tuesday, and envelopes with a specific date for your child's class will be sent home on Tuesday 12/5. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Gerhart at or Sandra Esposito at

Phantoms Game

Save the date! Vernfield families will have the opportunity to attend a Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey game together on Saturday, January 27 with 7:05pm start time. Information will be coming home in December, and tickets will be going on sale for $20 per person.

Jumpin Jacks Fundraiser

Thank you to all who came out in support of our Jumpin Jacks fundraiser last Friday night! We raised $400 for our school. Thank you to Sara Landis for organizing, and to Jumpin Jacks for having us. A fun time was had by all!

Submit Pictures for the Yearbook

Get your pictures in the yearbook! The Yearbook Staff invites parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school events, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can 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

It's that easy! Submit your photos today!

Please direct any questions to Sandra Esposito at

Thank you!!


  • Mrs. Aiken, our Art teacher, welcomed a beautiful baby boy on October 15th at 1:59AM! Will Ace Aiken weighed in at 7lbs 6oz and measured 19.5 inches long. Congratulations to Mrs. Aiken and her family!

  • Welcome Mr. Ale who will be Mrs. Aiken's long term substitute in the Art room for the remainder of the school year!
  • Welcome to Ms. Correa, our new Kindergarten aide. She will be helping out in both of our Kindergarten classrooms!

Get Involved

Help Wanted!

  • Yearbook- Our current Yearbook committee is looking for help with this year's Yearbook as well as someone to begin learning the website. The students love receiving the Yearbook each year and it is a great way to preserve memories from year to year. If you are interested, please contact Sandra Esposito at


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.

Stay in Touch with Vernfield Home & School!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00p.m. in the school library.