The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 19:  
June 05, 2015   
Message from the PTO President 

Dear VFES Families, 


How's this for a short and sweet message. . .


On behalf of your PTO Executive Board, I'm pleased to present the 2014-2015 Gifts To School proposal.  Thanks to the generosity of our families and corporate contributors and advertisers, our remaining funds allow us to purchase a wide range of gifts to enhance the daily curriculum for our children at Valley Forge Elementary.  Please take a moment during these busy days to review the proposal, print a ballot, and vote on these diverse and enriching items.  You may return the ballot to school in your child's red folder.  Printed ballots will also be available in the school office. 


With thanks as we are off and running with 9 1/2 more days of school!



PTO News 
Gifts To School 2014-2015

The PTO Executive Board has put forward 2014-2015 Gifts to School Proposal. The proposal aims at providing gifts that will affect the curriculum in all the special areas at Valley Forge Elementary. For more details, click here to download. Review the proposal and vote for the items.  You can send the ballots through your kid's red folder.


Reminder: 4th Grade Service Project Needs Your Help.

Please consider sending in items on Monday for the fourth graders to sort and make "Busy Boxes" for the Bryn Mawr Hospital. These boxes will help entertain and distract children while they are in the hospital. Most in need are new items for infants and teens. Thank you for your support of our superhero fourth graders!

VFES PTO End of Year Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon - June 19th

Our annual End of Year Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon will take place on Friday, June 19th immediately following dismissal, in the cafeteria. This is your opportunity to show all of VFES faculty & staff how much we appreciate their hard work!

Please consider signing up to donate a drink, food or your time by clicking on the link below to view the online sign-up sheet.


Thank you for your support.  To sign up click here.   


Please contact Pam Bennett ( or Amanda Ivory ( with any questions!


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*
  • VP Fundraising

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 Update

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 in our schools next year.  While there are certain volunteer opportunities that do not require clearances, we are encouraging our active volunteers to obtain the clearances as soon as possible so they can support all the many opportunities that are offered in our schools.   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

Please send in your clearances by July 1, 2015, to insure that you are available to volunteer at the beginning of the next school year.  We would also encourage you to send the completed forms all together to make the process simpler.

There are three clearances required:
  • The Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check
  • The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • The Federal (FBI) Criminal History Clearance
OR  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.  


From the Library 

Falcon 100 Reading Program Concludes !   


A big "Thank You" to the wonderful VFES PTO for funding the Falcon 100 Reading Program.  Almost 200 students participated this year, and many of them read 100 books and received a  certificate and grand prize.  Many students read and logged 200, 300, 400, 500, even 700 books during the school year.  Great job, Valley Forge!

Library Books Due by June 1st 


If you have an overdue book, you will be receiving a phone call and/or letter with the replacement cost and procedure for replacement noted.  Please email Mr. Wong, VFES Librarian, at if you have any questions.

School News 
Falcon Fun Camps

The Valley Forge Elementary PTO will be conducting summer afternoon day camp from 1pm to 4pm with 2ND grade teacher, Matt Diamond, and Physical Education teacher, Alex Johnson, for any child who currently attends VFE or NEES in grades Kindergarten (must be completing kindergarten this year and entering First Grade in Fall '15) through Fourth Grade (entering Fifth Grade in Fall '15). For more information and the form for the camp click  here


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.  



In This Issue
Message from President
Gifts To School 2014-2015
Reminder: 4th Grade Service Project Needs Your Help
VFES PTO End of Year Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon.
School Directory advertisers wanted!
Open PTO Positions
Volunteer Clearance
Falcon 100 Reading Program
Library Books Due
Falcon Fun Camp
1st & Goal

Upcoming Events 


6/5 - 4th Grade Talent Show

6/10 - Move-up Day (grades 1 - 4)

6/19- End of Year Staff Luncheon

6/19- Last day of School for Students

6/29-7/3- Youth Football Camp 


Useful Links

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2014-2015 Falcon Publication Dates 



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Fax (610) 240-1615                                

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