The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 16
June 13 , 2017  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

This is our final newsletter for the year. This is also the end of my tenure as the PTO President. I have enjoyed my two years working with an amazingly talented and dedicated board. I have also enjoyed writing these messages to you. It is a bittersweet exit because I have loved every single minute of this position. I have learnt a lot from the teachers and parents at school and received immense love and support every step of the way. Thank you, all! I will miss you!

I would like to thank our principal, Becky Wills, for her unwavering support to me and the board. I would like to thank each board member - Heather McConnell, Vice President; Amanda Mlinar, VP Clubs; Emily Carteen, VP Fundraising; Alison Murray and Angel McAveney, Co-VP Socials; Tarin Cataldo and Brookie White, Co-VP Publishing Center; Beth Stanfield, VP Communications; Kim Kerns, Treasurer; Adrienne Miller, Asst. Treasurer; and Amanda Ivory, VP Volunteers.  I would also like to thank our Cultural Arts Chairs - Emily Brunner and Jamie Lynch as well as our Falcon Editors - Deepa Krishnan and Doug Wilson.

My special thanks to all the teachers and staff. Without their support and love, the board cannot function to its full potential.

Please join me in welcoming Heather McConnell as the next PTO President. So exciting! She is extremely talented, dedicated and hard working. She has been the Vice President this year and has worked on the Spring Fair committee. She also works with the Girl Scouts. All the best, Heather!

In the last couple of years, we have made some significant achievements -
  1. PTO meetings are now open and parents are welcome to attend all the meetings. We have PTO meeting minutes on the website.
  2. PTO budget is available on the VFES PTO website.
  3. Our clubs are now amongst our largest fundraisers, raising over $18,000 this year.
  4. In these two years, we have provided about $45,000 in gifts to school (Ipads, laptops, gym equipment, special areas, etc.).
  5. We have created a board position for VP Cultural Arts. It has a budget of $15,000. In addition to Cultural Arts, we have put together a week-long Residency Program, mainly for the 4th graders, which includes two all-school assemblies. We have approved an additional $5000 for the residency program.
  6. We have also added a VP Diversity board position. This board position will be a liaison among VP Socials, VP Fundraising, VP Clubs, and VP Communications. This position will oversee a main event (Cultural Heritage Night) on March 15, 2018. We have allotted $1000 budget.
Thank you for your continued support and love!

Signing off!

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia

School News 
VFES Principal (Mrs. Wills) - End of Year Letter

Please click here.

Community News 
Cabrini Basketball Camp
July 31st through August 4th
Cabrini University

Cabrini University is conducting a basketball camp from Monday July 31st through Friday August 4th for male and female students entering grades 4- 10.    The camp strives to provide each player with top notch instruction and skill development to help them develop into the best basketball player possible. The campers will receive top notch coaching from college coaches and college basketball players.  Camp cost is $250.   Click here  for  additional information.

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
Principal - End of Year Letter
Cabrini Basketball Camp
Upcoming Events 

6/14 - Last Day of School (half-day)

6/14 - PTO Staff Luncheon
Useful Links
Falcon Publishing Dates

See schedule here


Valley Forge Elementary School                          

99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

Fax (610) 240-1615                                

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