The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 20:  
June 19, 2015   

Dear Valley Forge Families,
On behalf of Valley Forge Elementary School I would like to take this opportunity to thank Heather Bittenbender for her contributions.  Heather has served as the PTO President during the 13-14 and 14-15 school years. In her role she has been an avid school volunteer, with an unwavering commitment to students and dedication to valuing staff.      

PTO positions, especially the presidency, require a great deal of long-term planning, coordination and communication with many individuals which Heather did in an efficient, thorough and prompt manner. She utilized her talents and creativity to....  [ Read More from Mrs. Wills]

Message from the PTO President 
Dear Valley Forge Families, Faculty and Staff,


While it's nice to finally type "Happy Summer!" those who know me well know that this is a bittersweet time of year for me. I've been known to cry at a last day "clap out" of fourth graders even without a fourth grader in our family.


It has been my pleasure to volunteer on the PTO Board again this year and be able to participate in so many activities at Valley Forge. I've said before that the strength of our school lies in the excellence of its staff and its involved families. Not all superheroes wear capes and stand on rooftops for all to see their efforts!


I most sincerely thank those who served on the Board with me. Our year was full of fun socials and activities for our children and families, successful fundraising events to benefit so many aspects of our school, and many laughs along the way. I admire your dedication and am grateful for the friendships we developed.  Serving on the Board is indeed a family commitment, and I also appreciate your spouses and children joining us and supporting our efforts on so many occasions.  

The dynamic and devoted team I thank and whose company I will truly miss is:


Geoffrey Brown*       Amanda Ivory                        Angel McAveney

Tarin Cataldo             Kim Kerns*                            Stacey Pellegrini*

Anna Coombs*          Rujuta Mandelia                    Elayne Schmidt*       (*retiring)


I also thank our principal Becky Wills and her staff. Becky's office door was always open to me, and her collaborative approach and "can do" attitude made my role a rewarding one. Countless times her staff helped me attend to little details or big projects, and I thank them for their smiles and support.


I wish Rujuta and the 2015-2106 Board all the best as they carry on the traditions of our "grand old school."


My family joins me in wishing you a happy and juicy summer!



(P.S. Ekta and Tracy, made it under the wire one last time! You were such great sports!) 

PTO Gift to School - Thank You!

Dear VFES Families, 


On behalf of everyone at Valley Forge Elementary, thank you for your generous PTO gift to our school. Successful fundraising activities take a great deal of time, creativity and organization. Because of your outstanding work and participation in these activities, the students at VFES will benefit greatly from the additional iPads for all grade levels, laptops in the library, scooters in the gym, a sketchbook cart in the art room and classroom instruments in music. Contributions, such as yours, make an incredible difference in what is available to our students. Thank you for your continued support of our students and the educational program at Valley Forge Elementary.


With great appreciation,

Becky Wills & the VFES Staff
PTO News 

Fourth Grade Superheroes In Action!


The inaugural fourth grade service project was a huge success!  Thanks to all who donated items for the children to sort and organize into Busy Boxes for the Bryn Mawr Hospital.  More than fifty boxes were filled and these will be a source of comfort and entertainment for children who are in the ER or other areas of the hospital.  We couldn't have done it without the support of the fourth grade teachers and Mrs. Swetkowski.  Thank you to our fourth graders for thinking of others during this busy time of year. 

School Directory Advertisers Wanted!


Don't miss out on a great opportunity to advertise your business in the VFES school directory!

Ads can be placed until Friday, September 4th for inclusion in the September printing and distribution of the directory. For ad sizes, rates and payment details see the attached form here.  


Questions? Please contact

Make A Difference At VFES!


The VFES PTO has the following positions open for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Ad Sales Chairperson*
  • Falcon editor(s)

These positions are a great way to meet new people, help the school community and strengthen your resume. No previous experience necessary!


*About Ad Sales: We are in need of a volunteer to chair the VFES School Directory Ad Sales for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a great time to take this role because our current Ad Sales chairperson is still at VFES and will be a great resource as you learn the position. Plus, some ads have already been sold!   


Contact Amanda Ivory at or Heather Bittenbender at with any questions or for more information. 

Volunteer Clearances for 2015-2016


Thanks to all of you who have already completed or are in the process of completing the background clearances that will be required to volunteer at VFES next year. We use many volunteers in the beginning of the school year.


On Wednesday, June 10th, Governor Wolf announced that the State will waive fees for the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Clearance for volunteers working with children. The fee waiver of $10 per clearance will be effective on July 25th.


Please obtain the clearances as soon as possible so you can continue to support all the many volunteer jobs that support our students and staff. Please submit your clearance confirmations to the Human Resources Department at the District Administration Offices via email at or by mailing them to:


Tredyffrin/Easttown School District

Human Resources Department

940 West Valley Road, Suite 1700

Wayne, PA 19087


There are three clearances required:

  • The Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check
  • The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • The Federal (FBI) Criminal History Clearance


             A signed and witnessed waiver for ten year residents of Pennsylvania.  Your signature on this form can be witnessed by any adult.


Click here to download the FBI Clearance waiver for ten year residents of Pennsylvania.

Click here for information on how to obtain clearances.


Thanks so much for your continuing support of the students and the staff of the T/E schools.




Pattie Littlewood and Jeanne Braun

Community and Volunteer Services Coordinators, 

610 240-1913 

Notes from the Nurse 

Notice to 2nd Grade Parents - Dental Health   




The Public School Code of Pennsylvania requires all children in grades 3 & 7 to have a dental examination. Examinations completed by a family dentist within one year prior to the start of the school year are accepted for the required proof of such care. The required dental form can be reached at the school district web site under student health services.

Thank you for your assistance in meeting this state mandate.

Medications - End of Year Procedure    


Does your child have any medication in the nurse's office?


The District Medication Policy (School Board Policy 5406) prohibits students from carrying prescription or over the counter medications to and from school. A parent or guardian must pick up any remaining medication from the nurse's office by the last student day, June 19. The policy specifies that any medications which remain after the last day of school must be destroyed.


The medication policy also requires that a new doctor's order be written each school year in order for a child to receive prescription and/or over the counter medications, including natural remedies, herbs, vitamins, dietary supplements and homeopathic medicines. Inhalers and EPIPENS are considered emergency medications. Students may self carry these meds if a physician's order form is on file in the nurse's office. A new doctor's order is required for self-carry medications every school year.


From the Library 

Falcon 100 Reading Program Concludes !   


Valley Forge Students are super stars! 

The Falcon 100 Reading Program has concluded and we are so proud of our students!


198 students participated in the program this year!!   131 students read 100 books or more!!


(71 students read 100 books, 45 students read between 101 and 199 books, and 15 students read even more!)


Participating students submitted a form, signed by a parent, for each 25 books read, or 25 pages for each line of a larger book.  They received a small incentive (bookmark, pencil, eraser) for each 25 books read, and were entered in the monthly raffle for a Barnes and Noble gift card.   Those students who read 100 books received a book with a personalized book plate to keep as their grand prize, and received a certificate of participation this month presented during their library class.  Many students read in excess of the 100 books, and received an additional book for each 500 books read.  This year's theme was "The More You Read, the More You Know", and our students certainly know a lot more than they did!


Keep up the great reading over the summer, Valley Forge!  Your local libraries have your favorites and new books arriving daily.  Paoli and Tredyffrin libraries have summer reading programs with cool programs and activities- check their websites for details and keep reading!


The Falcon 100 Reading Program is funded by the VFES PTO.  The program will continue next year, and all students will receive the program guidelines and forms in late September.   Thank you to the wonderful VFES PTO for funding the Falcon 100 Program!

School News 
May / June School Report  

The end of the year was filled with lots of fun activities in every grade.  Read all about what the kids have been up to in the report.

Little Laxers Lacrosse Camp
Monday, July 13th - Friday, July 17th
Wilson Farm Park

Grades K-5 
A great camp for beginners! No equipment for boys required!
Sign up at
Kinderlax Summer Camp
Tuesday, June 30th - Thursday, July 3rd
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Wilson Farm Park

A fun and novel introductory lacrosse program  for boys and girls ages 4-8 (i.e. Pre-K through 2nd Grade).  Registration fee: $100.  No lacrosse equipment required  (soft sticks / spongy balls are provided for the sessions).  For more information, questions and to register, visit
BaggataGirls & BaggataBoys Lacrosse Summer Camps
Monday, June 29th to Friday, July 3rd
Wilson Farm Park

Two separate lacrosse camps for girls and boys entering grades 3 - 9. 
 Guys Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse

1st & Goal

Instructional Youth Football Camp   


Monday, June 29th - Friday, July 3rd

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Conestoga High School


This camp is for all children ranging from grades 1st - 8th (going into 1st grade/ up to going into 8th grade in fall 2015). Campers with no formal background in football will learn technique, terminology, and positioning on the football field. Campers who have played organized football will work on increasing their technique and skill through drills and games. All campers will experience success on the football field in a fun and friendly environment with the help of current Conestoga High School football coaches and counselors.  



T&E Care's 10th Annual School Supply Drive    

July 13th - 26th


One year is ending - but we're already thinking ahead to next year!  Please keep an eye out for information about the upcoming T&E Care School Supply Drive.  Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015 the website pages for the School Supply Drive will go live (  T&E Care expects to have over 225 students needing to be sponsored this year, which requires a lot of different supporters!  Please consider helping us with this very important donation drive for children in our school district.  Click here for more information.

Gratitude Corner
Thank you to Tracy Simpson for coordinating the Music Recording program this year.  Thank you as well to all the volunteers who recorded all the classes.  The children sounded great singing their favorite songs! 

Much thanks to Amanda Ivory, Pam Bennett, and our many volunteers for closing out our school year with another fantastic teacher luncheon!

Thank you to Donna Costin and Mr. Johnson for coordinating the Recess Laps program this year.  Thank you as well to all the volunteers who helped to log all those laps on the playground!

Thank you to all the Grade Level Coordinators and Homeroom Parents who helped coordinate so many fun parties and events for all of the classes at VFES!  We greatly appreciate your leadership throughout the year.

We thank Tracy Grigoriades and Ekta Sinha for their indefatigable efforts as Falcon editors for two years. We put them through their paces and appreciate their time and talents as deadline after deadline approached. Who knew how quickly two weeks could pass?!

In This Issue
School Directory advertisers wanted!
Open PTO Positions
Volunteer Clearance
Notes from the Nurse
Falcon 100 Reading Program
May / June School Report
T&E Care Supply Drive
Gratitude Corner

Upcoming Events 




6/19- End of Year Staff Luncheon
6/19- Last day of School for Students

6/29-7/3- Youth Football Camp 


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99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

Fax (610) 240-1615                                

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