The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 8
January 15 , 2016  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

I wish you a very Happy New Year!! I hope you had a good break and kids are settled in school.

A few reminders at the beginning of the new year -

Please mark your calendars for VFES Parents Night Out on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7pm - 11pm! We are so excited to hold this event. We would love some help with organizing. This event is being held after a hiatus of a few years. It's a trivia night with food and BYOB.

We have our VFES Facebook page all set up, where you will find reminders for school events, volunteer opportunities, and updates from the PTO. If you have not signed up for the Facebook page yet, here is the link:
Our clubs will be in session during the last week of January. We are extremely fortunate that our clubs get filled up as soon as we open registration. We hope that more parents will be interested in running clubs. So, if you are interested in running a new club in the Spring, please let me know.

Last but not the least, thank you for sending in your direct donations. These donations help with a lot of PTO sponsored programs at the school. If you would like you may consider supporting the PTO through direct donations. With VFES PTO's registered non-profit status of a 501©(3), your donation is 100% tax deductible.  Additionally, many employers consider PTOs eligible for charitable matching programs- doubling your donation. Please visit our website at and click on "Donate."

Thank you!

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia

PTO News
Bowling Social
Mark your calendars.  The VFES PTO is pleased to announce the details of the 2017 Bowling Social.  Information is as follows: 

When: Thursday, March 2 3:30 - 5:30
   - $13 per bowler includes shoes, bowling, 2 slices of     pizza, and a drink! 
   - $15 per  walk-in  on day of event
Where:  Playdrome Devon Lanes, 300 W. Lancaster Ave Devon, PA 19333

School News
2017-2018 School Year Calendar Released

The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District School Board has recently approved the 2017-2018 school year calendar.  Please note that 1) the Monday after spring break is no longer a staff inservice day and 2) that an inservice day has been added on February 16th, the Friday before President's Day weekend. 

Click here  for list of notable dates and a link to a single page summary of the new calendar.  
Community News 
Devon Strafford Little League Registration 

Devon Strafford Little League (DSLL) is conducting an on-line registration for their Spring 2017 Tee Ball, Baseball and Softball seasons.   Base b all and softball registration is open through 1/23.  Tee Ball registration (4s,  5s and 6s) is open through 2/28.  All registrants new to DSLL  must include proof of age documents with their registration.   Additional information as well as the online registration forms can be found at this link
Pioneer Quix Stix

Pioneer Quix Stix Lacrosse
Happy New Year to all of you!  We hope you have had a wonderful break and are renewed and ready for the New Year.  Although it is January, Lacrosse season is right around the corner and that means it is time to register for Pioneer Quix Stix.  Quix Stix is our township girls lacrosse program and it is the biggest township program in the area.  Over 400 girls participate each year. We are very excited for the spring season.  We love the game of lacrosse and want to share that love with your daughters.  Our goal as an organization is to teach the fundamentals while fostering a love for the sport and most importantly to have fun!   We are looking forward to a great season! 
Please note that registration CLOSES January 15, 2017.  There are only a few days left!   Registration may be accessed using this link.  Click the Pioneer Quix Stix Website for more information.  

T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards 

Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE) presents...   T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards 

One night only of trick h oops and alley-oops!
Friday, March 31, 2017   7:00 pm 
Conestoga High School Gym Doors open at 6:00 pm

The Foundation for Learning In Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE) has invited the Harlem Wizards to return to play a team of T/E teachers, administrators, and students. This popular community basketball event raises money to support FLITE-funded programs in our School District.

To purchase tickets, follow these directions:
1. Go to .
2. Click on the FLITE vs. Harlem Wizards button.
3. Follow the ticket purchasing directions posted.
4. After making a purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a
PDF file containing your tickets. Please be sure to print your tickets and bring them with you to the game!

If you have questions, visit FLITE's website at  or by sending an e-mail to

Teacher Spotlight
Carolyn Swetkowski, VFES Guidance Counselor

From the moment your child enters kindergarten until they do that final walk through the halls in 4th Grade, Valley Forge's Guidance Counselor is there every step of the way.  She is a reassuring smile, a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader and a good trusted friend to all the students at the school.  The kids love to join her for lunch group and look forward to her visits to their classroom.  This week's Teacher Spotlight is Valley Forge Elementary's Guidance Counselor, Carolyn Swetkowski and here is what she had to share with us this week...
Where did you grow up:  Lafayette Hill, PA

Where did you go to College:  University of Delaware....GO BLUE HENS!
What is your Favorite Color:  Navy Blue

What is your Favorite Movie:  The Sound of Music
What is your Favorite App:   Amazon shopping app! 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Africa on a safari

What was your favorite subject in elementary school?  Art

What food do you dislike the most?  Hot dogs

When you were a kid, was your bedroom messy or neat?  Usually neat with an occasional mess here and there! 

Vanilla or Chocolate?  Sweet or Salty?  Favorite Candy?  Vanilla, salty, favorite candy is airheads

What is the one thing that you always remember your Mom or Dad telling you that has stuck with you growing up?   Be nice.  Life will be a lot easier if you are nice.

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
Bowling Social
2017-2018 School Calendar
Devon Strafford Little League
Pioneer Quix Stix
T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards
Teacher Spotlight
Upcoming Events 

1/16 - No school

2/20 - No School

2/28 - Class Picture Day

3/2 - Bowling Social

3/25 - Parents Night Out
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