News from the Nest

October 5, 2018

The Week Ahead

Friday 10/5

-- Printed Directory Sign Up Deadline (directory sign up)

Monday 10/8 (Day 2)

-- Mrs. Caranfa's Class Field Trip

Tuesday 10/9 (Day 3)

-- KidStuff Sample Book Return OR Payment deadline

-- Parent/Teacher Conference forms sent home

-- Hospitality Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm. Library.

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

-- Parents Only Fundraiser Planning Meeting, 8pm. Library.

Wednesday 10/10 (Day 4)

Thursday 10/11 (Day 1)

-- Parent/Teacher Conference forms DUE!

-- Laser Science Assembly, 9:15-10:15am

Friday 10/12

-- NO SCHOOL - Act 80 Day for Teachers

In This Issue...

  • Last Call - Vernfield Printed Directory (deadline 10/5)
  • TB Testing for Field Trip Chaperones (contact the School Nurse ASAP, if getting tested at school)
  • Last Call - KidStuff Books (deadline 10/9) - return your book or payment! If the whole class has everything turned in, they get a pretzel party!
  • Home & School Meeting (on 10/9)
  • Parents Only Fundraiser Planning Committee (meeting on 10/9)
  • Last Call - Applebee's Fundraiser (sign up deadline 10/11)
  • 'Save the Date' - Upcoming Important Dates
  • Clearances Needed for Upcoming Fall Social
  • District News

Last Call - Vernfield Printed Directory - Deadline 10/5

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, OCTOBER 5, 2018. Only one form per family is required.

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

TB Testing for Field Trip Chaperones

If you are planning to attend a field trip, please call the school nurse *ASAP* at 215-721-0606 to schedule a TB Test or provide proof of a completed test to the Main Office. TB Tests are required for field trips AND for all volunteers who volunteer more than 10 hours. TB Tests will be given in school on Monday 10/15, Tuesday 10/16, and Wednesday 10/17, and require an appointment.

Thank you!

KidStuff Books - Book/Payment Deadline 10/9

Vernfield is selling the super valuable KidStuff Coupon Book, which includes a 12 month membership to the New KidStuff App! The app has local and national coupons for savings on the go…even across the country! It's a win-win! You save money and time AND you are helping us raise money for our school!

Books are $25 and we earn 50% profit! This is normally a very good fundraiser for us.

If your child's class has 100% participation (which means they have either returned the book or bought/sold the book) by the sale end date of October 9th, they will earn a Philly Pretzel Party! Also new this year is free shirts. Sell 3 books = t-shirt. Sell 5 books = long-sleeve shirt. Sell 10 books = hoodie.

You will enjoy fabulous savings from: Applebee’s, Dick’s, Legoland, Macy’s, Ritas, Barnes & Noble, etc.

First thing’s First! Go to and create your account using our School Code: VER235715

POST! TWEET! EMAIL! TEXT! Share your Seller Link (which you create from the link above) with family, friends & coworkers to purchase books online...You get credit for your sales! You can pay online for your book sent home too!

Take KidStuff to work, games and family events...KidStuff also makes the BEST gift EVER! Check out all 20 valuable editions listed on the inside front cover of your book or visit! Please make checks payable to Vernfield Home and School Association. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Betsy Powlus at or 570-660-1755.

Home & School Meeting

Please join us for our monthly Home & School meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 7pm in the Library. Babysitting will be provided. All are welcome to attend!

Parents Only Fundraiser Planning Committee

Parents deserve to have a little fun too. This year, Vernfield HSA is planning a Parents Only Fundraiser. Have ideas for a fun activity? Know of a great venue for an evening fundraising event? Just want to get in on the planning? Join us after the HSA Meeting on Tuesday, October 9th to start organizing this exciting, new Vernfield event.

Guys, if you don't want this to turn into a Ladies Night Out, now is your chance to be heard!

If you can't attend the meeting but would like to be involved, please contact Lisa Hovind at

Applebee's Fundraiser - Sign Up/Payment by 10/11

Please join us for our Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, October 20th from 8AM-10AM at Applebee's (2333 Welsh Road, Lansdale, PA) . Pancakes, sausage, and drinks will be served by our very own Vernfield faculty and staff!

Cost is $7.00/adult and $5.00/child.

A form was sent home to your child this past Tuesday and can also be found online here. Please fill out the bottom portion and return it to your child's teacher with either cash or a check made out to Vernfield HSA by Thursday, October 11th. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Dick at We hope that you can make it for this fun morning!

Save the Date!

Monday 10/15 - Wednesday 10/17 - Parent Volunteer TB Testing. Call Mrs. Fox to make an appointment by 10/5.

Friday 10/19 - Fifth Grade Field Trip

Saturday 10/20 - Applebee's Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 8-10am. Lansdale location.

Week of 10/22 - Character Counts Week - wear colors:

  • Monday - PURPLE for Citizenship
  • Tuesday - GREEN for Responsibility
  • Wednesday - GOLD for Respect
  • Thursday - BLUE for Honesty
  • Friday - RED for Caring **AND** Hats On for Character Counts! (students can wear hats for $.50 donation)

Tuesday 10/23 - Student Council, 8-8:30am. Third Grade Pod.

Wednesday 10/24 - Dr. Recess Assembly

Friday 10/26 - Third Grade Field Trip

Clearances Needed for Upcoming Fall Social

All volunteers must fill out the Registration and Disclosure Statement and return it to the office before volunteering, and this includes the upcoming fall social. This must be done each school year. There are also copies available in the Vernfield office.

If you are volunteering MORE THAN 10 hours or chaperoning a field trip, you are required to get additional clearances. Please review the details on the SASD Volunteer website and fill out the required forms. Program volunteers (over 10 hours) must also take a PPD skin test for tuberculosis (which can be done privately or by the school nurse).

Please note, Program Volunteers (over 10 hours) are required to renew these clearances every 60 months. If you would like to check your clearance status, please contact the Vernfield main office, 215-721-0606.

District News

**Clearning the Air About Vaping (Oct 9, 6:30pm)**

An informational event is scheduled at IVMS for parents about vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes or other electronic devices which simulate smoking. Click here to register (recommended, but not required). See the event flyer for more information.

**Protecting Your Children from Substance Abuse (Oct 17, 6:30pm)**

A community town hall event on at ICMS focusing on community efforts to protect our children from the risks of substance abuse. See the event flyer for more information.

**Souderton Area Community Education (SACE) Fall**

REGISTER NOW for Fall Evening Classes with Souderton Area Community Education (SACE)! More than 100 classes offered for community members of all ages, including: Arts, Dance, Cooking, Healthful Living, Sports, Life Planning, Languages, Aquatics, Trips and more. Look through the Fall 2018 Brochure and register online!