News from the Nest

April 30, 2021

The Week Ahead


Monday 5/3 (Day 4)

Tuesday 5/4 (Day 1)

--5th to 6th Grade Transition Presentation (for SAOA students)

Wednesday 5/5 (Day 2)

--5th to 6th Grade Transition Presentation (for in-person students); 10:00 AM

Thursday 5/6 (Day 3)

Friday 5/7 (Day 4)

--VF Spirit Day: Wear VF Spirit or Blue/Gold

Teacher Appreciation Week Coming Soon

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and the HSA Hospitality Committee is excited to be planning an event to honor the hard work and dedication of our Vernfield teachers and staff.


We are looking forward to sharing more details about this event in next week's newsletter!

Another Successful Spirit's Grub Club!

Thank you to all families who participated in the most recent Grub Club events, Moe's Pop-Up at Vernfield and Blueprint Brewing. We are also pleased to announce that the Grub Club event at Sammy's Bullfrog Cafe earned $400 for the HSA!


We appreciate everyone's ongoing participation and are looking forward to our next Moe's event on May 25th.

Committee Chair Openings 2021-2022

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to chair a committee next year! We still have a few spots available. Descriptions of each committee can be found HERE. If you have any questions or are interested in chairing one of these committees, please contact Meg Dick at meg213@gmail.com. We are looking forward to working with you!


Committees that need chairs:

--Lip Sync

--Pod Parents


Committees that need shadows (Next year you help the current chair and then take over the following year):

--Earth Day

--Save Around Books (formally Kidstuff)

PSSA Update from Dr. Graf - April 7, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,


In compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires all public school districts in the Commonwealth to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English language arts, mathematics, and science.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates of the testing window for the 2020-2021 school year were expanded by PDE to provide schools with more flexibility regarding when to administer the assessment. All testing, including for SAOA students, must occur in-person and schools are expected to make a good faith effort to test all eligible students within the parameters of local health and safety plans.


For additional information regarding Souderton Area School District and PSSA's please visit: https://www.soudertonsd.org/PSSA-2020-2021


Vernfield Elementary will be conducting PSSA testing on the following dates:

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Sincerely,


Jonathan R. Graf, Ed. D.

Principal

In Case You Missed It

STUDENT DEVICE TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

For any device issues, please contact studenthelpdesk@soudertonsd.org or fill out a ticket directly via the Student Help Desk Ticket form.

Before submitting a support request, please follow the three (3) steps below:

  1. Restart your device (power off and power back on).
  2. Check that your device is not in airplane mode.
  3. Check that the wireless connection is enabled.

Please see the Instructional Technology Learning Hub for more details and support topics.

Save the Date!

**Looking Ahead**

-- May 10 -- Home and School Association Meeting; 7:00 - 8:00 PM

-- May 25 -- Spirit's Grub Club: Moe's Southwest Grill Pop-Up at Vernfield

-- May 31 -- Memorial Day; Schools & offices closed

-- Jun 11 -- Early dismissal - 1:45 PM; KAM - 10:45 AM; KPM - 1:45 PM

-- Jun 14 -- Last day of school; early dismissal - 10:45 AM (No Kindergarten classes)

District News

***SAHS Greenhouse Growers Plant Sale***

Souderton Area High School S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violating the Earth) Greenhouse Growers are having a spring plant sale at Souderton Area High School on Saturday, May 1st from 9:00am to 1:00pm. More information can be found on the flyer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cA840zYFjt65Z3gtak_V5-gvEK9Nuy6AVnciGz-Tej8/edit


***Summer Sports Camps***

Souderton Area School District is proud to announce that registration is underway for the Souderton Area High School Summer Sports Camp Program, which is scheduled to begin the week of June 21st.

For more information, please see the Sports Camps Brochure (PDF).

To register online, visit: https://soudertoncommed.revtrak.net/Sports-Camps/


***SACE Summer Programs 2021***

Be sure to check out the details for camp and other SACE summer activities in the Summer Camp brochure. The full-day camp starts on June 21st and runs through August 20th. Don't miss all the fun and register now. Openings are limited and fill on a first come basis. Hope to see your campers this summer!

See the summer programs brochure and registration details!


***IVEF Gift Card Give Back***

The Indian Valley Education Foundation will be purchasing Gift Cards from local businesses as a thank you to our educators and as a commitment to the businesses who support our community each and every day. Our goal is to reach as many teachers and staff as we can between now and the end of the school year.

If you would like to make a donation in any amount, please click the link below:

https://dsnp.co/94RzFv

This past year has been challenging. Again, and again, both personally and professionally our community has shown up for one another. It has not been easy, but we have kept moving forward with hope, with compassion, and with a commitment to the greater good. It is our intent that gift cards will be given to an SASD teacher or staff person to thank them for showing up for the children of this community in ways that no one could have expected. Our hope is that this small gesture will help our local businesses a little bit as well! Together, we thrive!

Easy Ways to Help Fundraise!

Please consider helping to raise funds for Home & School using the following:


  • Amazon Smile: earn money for VF while shopping on Amazon! Go to smile.amazon.com/about for instructions.
  • Box Tops Bonus App: Download the Box Tops Bonus App for your phone or tablet! Find offers, buy products, scan your receipt and earn even MORE box tops for Vernfield!
  • Box Tops for Education: clip the 'Box Tops for Education' from participating boxes and labels! Please HOLD ON TO THESE at home until we begin collecting them at school. We will NOT be collecting physical Box Tops at this time.
  • ShopRite for My School: earn Box Tops for VF while shopping at ShopRite! Register your PricePlus club card at: https://www.shopriteformyschool.com/en/Register-my-Card.
  • Coca Cola Give: Sign up at https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/ then just scan your product or enter your product code and watch the funds grow
  • Giant A+ Rewards: ***Unfortunately, the Giant Rewards program has been discontinued.***