News from the Nest

September 20, 2019

The Week Ahead


-- Spirit's Vernfield Safety Week

Monday 9/23 (Day 2)

Tuesday 9/24 (Day 3)

-- HSA Committee Chair Meeting, 7-7:30 pm. Library.

-- HSA Homeroom Parent/Coordinator Meeting, 7:30-8 pm. Library.

Wednesday 9/25 (Day 4)

Thursday 9/26 (Day 1)

Friday 9/27 (Day 2)

-- Deadline for sign up/inclusion in the Directory: online form

Thanks and Best Wishes to Michele Gabriel

At Monday night’s meeting, the HSA received the resignation of Michele Gabriel from her position as 2nd Treasurer. The Gabriels have an exciting opportunity to relocate out of the area and will be moving by the end of the month. Our sincere thanks to Michele for all that she has done for Vernfield and the HSA. We wish her and the family all the best in their move.

2nd Treasurer Position Filled

We are very fortunate that Michele’s 2nd Treasurer position did not remain vacant for long. In accordance with the bylaws, Bernadette Kearns has been elected by the Executive Board to serve out the remaining portion of Michele’s term which ends at the end of this school year.

For those of you who do not know Bernadette, she is a past President of the HSA and she has been Committee Chair for our Science Rocks event since she introduced it several years ago. We welcome Bernadette back to the Board.

Committee Chair Meeting and Homeroom Parent Meeting

If you are a committee chair or are interested in being a committee chair, please join us on:

  • Tuesday, September 24, 7:00-7:30 pm
for a meeting to go over procedures and get the documents you need to run a successful committee in the 2019-2020 school year.

If you are a homeroom parent/coordinator or are interested in being a homeroom parent to help out with planning and running homeroom socials, please join us on:

  • Tuesday, September 24, 7:30-8:00 pm
to go over the procedures for homeroom socials (holiday parties). You will be able to sit with the other parents in your class/grade and start planning the Fall Social.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hovind at (for committee chair questions) or Colleen Kurtz at (for homeroom parent questions). Thanks!

Vernfield Printed Directory - Deadline 9/27

Vernfield Home & School Association publishes a PRINTED school directory for each new school year which includes class lists and student contact information. The directory will ONLY be distributed to those families who complete the form requesting inclusion.

Please complete the online form by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019. Only one form per family is required.

NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A FORM even if you have been included in the Directory in past years! Simply enter your child's name and teacher and respond that there are no changes.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Kuhlen at or Lauren Hendricks at Thank you!

KidStuff Book Sales

Wondering where your KidStuff book is? We are selling KidStuff books this year but have a slightly delayed start date. Look for them to come home with your kids, with even MORE coupons than previous years, the week of October 7th. For questions, please contact Betsy Powlus at

Holiday Shoppe Needs Parents to Organize and Coordinate the Event

The HSA needs Committee Chairs who are able to coordinate our Holiday Shoppe this year. Holiday Shoppe is scheduled to run from Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5 from 9 am through 3 pm with an hour break for lunch.

Committee Chairs must be present at the Shoppe throughout the 4 days to coordinate volunteers, oversee the student checkout and place orders for any additional inventory that is needed. Those duties can be broken down between multiple Chairs by days of the week, by morning or afternoon shift or an alternate method that would work for the committee. The committee will also coordinate set up, clean up and shipping the unsold products back to the company.

Pre-Shoppe preparations involve scheduling teacher slots and volunteer shifts through a Sign Up Genius which the previous Chairs have provided. Our organized outgoing team has also provided a step by step chart and timeline of the preparations needed. The initial Inventory is predetermined by the company that we contract with to provide the products.

Although December seems far in the future, we must have Committee Chairs in place by the time of the October HSA meeting in order to proceed this year.

We appreciate that volunteers have shown an interest in helping out at the Shoppe. If we have the necessary committee in place to organize this activity, sign ups will be available for volunteer shifts to help the students with their purchases.

If interested, please contact Lisa Hovind at

J&A Charity Vendor Bingo to Benefit Vernfield HSA

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, J&A Charity Bingo will be hosting a Vendor Bingo event at the Tylersport Fire Station to benefit the Vernfield HSA. Doors open at noon. Games start at 1 pm.

J&A will be running the Bingo portion of the event with 20 different vendors supplying the prizes. Our HSA will be handling all of the raffles and the sale of the bonus game cards.

If you tell them you are with Vernfield at the door, the $5 entrance fee goes directly to us at the end of the event! Each game is $1. Bonus round cards are $10 for a chance to win 1 prize from each of the vendors. Vernfield keeps all of the money we raise from sales of the bonus round cards.

Food will be available to purchase from their provider or you can bring your own. This is a family friendly event but you can BYOB.

More information about the event can be found on the J&A Facebook page. Any questions, contact Lisa Hovind at

Fundraising Opportunity at Giant

Giant is selling reusable shopping bags which contain a tag with a code number that will earn Vernfield HSA $1 for each code entered. The bags are located by the check out at the Harleysville Giant. Purchase a bag for $2.50. 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).

Vernfield gets a $1 donation from Giant, you get a great, reusable bag and the environment gets less plastic - win, win, win!

In Case You Missed It...


The HSA has partnered with Got Sneakers for an Athletic Shoe Drive to raise funds and to help keep the shoes out of landfills. New or used sneakers in wearable condition will earn more for us but we will be accepting sneakers and cleats in any condition. Sneakers with rips, holes, separated soles will be recycled. Shoe donations will be accepted until the Thanksgiving break.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hovind at


ALL VOLUNTEERS need to fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement EACH YEAR. There are two categories of volunteers:

  1. Casual Volunteers (less than 10 hours per school year and works in the presence of a teacher/administrator with students).
  2. Program Volunteers (10 or more hours and may have unsupervised contact with students). This includes field trip chaperones.

Details regarding what forms must be filled out can be found on the SASD Volunteer website. NOTE: PPD skin test for tuberculosis can be done privately or through the school nurse by making an appointment on 10/14, 10/15, or 10/16. Please note, Program Volunteers are required to renew these clearances every 60 months. If you would like to check your clearance status or have any questions, please contact the Vernfield main office, 215-721-0606.

Easy Fundraising Reminders

Save the Date!

**Week of 9/30**

Monday 9/30

-- NO SCHOOL: Rosh Hashanah

**Week of 10/7**

-- KidStuff Book Sale begins

Monday 10/7

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

Tuesday 10/8

-- Parent/Teacher Conference Forms go home

Wednesday 10/9

-- NO SCHOOL: Yom Kippur.

Friday 10/11

-- Parent/Teacher Conference Forms DUE

Sunday 10/13

-- Charity Vendor Bingo at Tylersport Fire Hall, Doors open: 12 pm; Games begin: 1 pm

District News

SPANISH CLUB - will begin on Monday, October 7! Instructional Cost for the entire 24 week program (includes a snack and a drink that will be provided for each child every class):

  • BEGINNER-(30 minute class) $200 /child or $180/child (for the 2 nd or more sibling)
  • ADVANCED-(45 minute class) $225/child or $205/child (for the 2 nd or more sibling)
See the online Spanish Club flyer for details. Register on the SACE website.

2019 FALL SACE EVENING CLASSES - Registration is open for the Fall semester. More than 100 classes, trips and activities for all ages. Join us and bring a friend to try something new this Fall!