The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 10
February 12, 2016   
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

I hope you survived the snow and are staying warm!

We had a great Pizza Bingo night last week. Thank you so much for supporting your PTO events! I had the opportunity to meet many parents at the bake sale that night. Many of you have signed up for volunteering for events, however, we are looking for some enthusiastic and energetic parents to chair some of the Spring Fair committees.

Our after school clubs have been running smoothly and full. We hope your children are enjoying our parent-run clubs. Most of our after-school clubs are now run by parents, which makes me so proud! Thank you! We are now gearing up for our Spring clubs.

I hope to meet you at events. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to email me at

Much love,

Rujuta Mandelia
Message From the Principal
Attendance Reminder

Prompt school attendance is vital to a child's learning and educational success. When students arrive late this creates a situation that is distracting to the educational process for the student who is late as well as the entire class.
          Student arrival to school is scheduled from 8:25-8:45 a.m., and it is very important for students to arrive to school on time so they can feel ready and prepared for the day. Since school routines, announcements, and instruction begin at 8:45 a.m., students should be in their classrooms no later than 8:45 a.m. If you are dropping your child off, consider the amount of time needed in the parent drop off line in order to allow your child to be in his/her classroom no later than 8:45. Please note that there is no supervision in the lobby area before 8:25 a.m., and students should not arrive prior to 8:25 unless scheduled for ACP or a club/activity before school.
          Thank you for your attention to this reminder and for working together to ensure that your child attends school in a prompt manner. If you have any questions or individual concerns, please feel free to contact me at 610-240-1601.
Best wishes,
Becky Wills

School News
All School Assembly -  Step Afrika!

The PTO Cultural Arts committee has invited Step Afrika! to perform for the entire school on the morning of  Thursday, March 3rd!  Step Afrika! will present their highly interactive school performance for students that highlights the rhythm, physicality and history of steppi
ng.  It introduces the concepts of teamwork, discipline and
commitment. P erformers incorporate world traditions, demonstrated through the lively South African gumboot dance.

Step Africa! will also perform
live for the community at Radnor Middle School on  Friday March 4th at 7:00 PM.  Tickets for this DELTA sponsored performance are $10 and on sale at or at the door.  To inquire about reduced rates and reserved seating available to groups of 10 or more, e-mail

For more information on DELTA, please visit For more information on Step Afrika!, please visit

VFES Bowling Party

When: Thursday, February 25  3:30 - 5:30

Cost:  $13  PER BOWLER  includes shoes, bowling, 2 slices of pizza, and a drink! 
Walk-ins on the day of event $15 per bowler

Where: Playdrome Devon Lanes
300 W. Lancaster Avenue Devon, PA 19333

Questions:  Contact Erica Griffel:  or 484.678.1293

** We will need Parent Volunteers - Please to sign up! ** 

VFES Bowling Party Registration Form 
Teacher Spotlight

A special Congratulations to Mrs. Ferguson and her family!  

Isabella Audrey (Izzy) was born on January 27th at 5:29 pm. 9 lbs and 21 inches long. 

Community News
Girl Scouts 

Are you looking to connect your daughter with a Girl Scouting Opportunity?  It's not too late in the school year to join the fun!  We are looking for a few good volunteers to assist with leading some new troops (to meet as frequently as you would like, based on your schedule).

A parents planning meeting is being held at the Valley Forge Service Center on Tuesday, February 23rd  at 7:30pm at 100 Juliette Low Way, Valley Forge, PA  19482.  The meeting will start promptly at  7:30 and last approximately 30- 45 minutes. 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to  I hope to see you there!!
Gratitude Corner
Pizza Bingo was a BLAST! A great big Thank You to Amanda Schalich for all of her hard work organizing such a fun filled night. A thank you also goes out to our wonderful Bingo callers; Mrs. Swetkowski, Mrs. Vardouniotis, Mrs. Cohle, Dr. Padula, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Riley, Ms. Klunder, and Ms. Dailey.

Many thanks to Aarushi Mandelia, Joan Ortiz-Cruz and Tarin Cataldo for helping out at the bake sale during pizza bingo night. You three rocked the table!  

In This Issue
Adopt an Animal
Teacher Spotlight
Sleep and The Adolescent Brain Community Forum
Upcoming Events 
  2/12 - PTO Board Mtg 9:30 am
2/12 - Kindergarten Valentine's Program

2/15 - No School

2/24 - 2/26 Half Day Gr. 1-4 No Kindergarten

2/25 - PTO Bowling Party

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Valley Forge Elementary School                          

99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

Fax (610) 240-1615                                

Absentee Calling # (610) 240-1600 ext 5