The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 16
May 14 , 2017  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

There is so much to share! First of all, I want to thank you for helping us make VFES Spring Fair an enormous success. Rain or shine, we can always count on our VFES community to sparkle bright!

Spring Fair would not have been possible without the tremendous hard work and meticulous planning by Alison Murray (our Spring Fair Head Chairperson) and without the utmost dedication of and commitment by our Spring Fair chairs. I can comfortably state that we have made this Spring Fair one of our largest fundraisers again this year! Thank you so much, Alison and the entire Spring Fair family. You rock!

Special thanks to Mrs. Wills. She always makes sure that all our requests are taken care of and provides support as and when needed. Thank you, Mrs. Wills!

I also want to thank our wonderful and dedicated teachers for the delicious brunch at the Spring Fair. If you missed the brunch, here's a quick tour: Teachers decorated the science room with thank you notes, teachers brought in homemade delicacies and desserts, and they personally thanked volunteers for helping out in the school. I am so touched by their generosity and humility! Make sure you come and get your share next year!

We had our PTO meeting this Friday (May 12th). The following is a quick update:


1.  We will increase the number of PTO Board positions to include VP Cultural Arts and VP Diversity. Click here to read the description for VP Diversity.


2. We have earmarked separate funds for our Artist-in-Residence program, which is specifically designed for our 4th graders and will include two all school assemblies.


3. We are in the process of taking our directories online with app. We will make sure that we also have some print copies.


As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to email me at

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia
VFES PTO, President
PTO  News
VFES PTO Needs You!
Click here for more detailed descriptions of these positions.  If you are interested in any of these positions or would like more information, please contact Rujuta Mandelia, .

Ice Cream Social

Come join us for the Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 19th from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Purple invitations were sent home in red folders.  This event is a free event sponsored by the VFES PTO.  Please RSVP at your earliest convenience and consider volunteering - all shifts are available.  Questions?  Contact Nancy Coradi - 410.591.3578 or
MOD Pizza Fundraiser- Thank You!

Thank you to the families and staff who came out in the rain on April 25th for our MOD Pizza fundraiser !  This event raised $327 for the VFES PTO. That's 20% of the $1634 sales brought in by our supporters!  The PTO Board appreciates your participation and continued support!
VFES Family Night at Union Soccer

Our VFES Family Fun Night at the Union Soccer Game  was a big success! 102 people from VFES attended the game and watched the Philadelphia Union pull off an awesome 3-0 win against the NY Red Bulls. Valley Forge Elementary even got a shout-out on the stadium's Jumbotron! Thanks to all of the families who came out for this fun event! 
Spring Fair News
Spring Fair Thank You!

Thanks to all who came out to the Spring Fair last Friday despite the rain.  Fun was had by all!  A big thank you to all of the volunteers supporting the event from raffle contributions and cakes to game keepers, face painters, and food servers.  The roles were many and the support was huge.  Thank you!!
Angelo's Pizza - Thank You!

A special thank you to Angelo's Pizza in King of Prussia for stepping up and helping out VFES in our literal hour of need on Friday, May 5.  

We had approached Sal's Pizza in Gateway Shopping Center weeks ago, and was under the assumption that they would be supplying 50 pizzas for the Spring Fair at a reduced cost that we discussed with them. They did not keep their verbal agreement.

Less than two hours before the Fair was to start, there was a disagreement over price and we were out of a pizza vendor.   It was suggested we call Angelo's Pizza and not only did they make all 50 pizzas, they delivered them. On time. In rush hour. At a reduced cost.

We are asking the Valley Forge Elementary School community to remember Angelo's the next time you need a pizza or cheesesteak!   They really showed us the true meaning of community and we are extremely grateful!

Angelo's Pizza
Sweetbriar Shopping Center
216 West Beidler Road, Suite 700
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone:  610-265-4148
Fax:  610-265-6563

School News 
Field Day- Volunteers Needed
May 25th- 1st & 2nd grades
May 26- 3rd & 4th grades

It's that time of year again!  Field Day preparations are almost complete but we need one more very important piece to the puzzle....YOU!   Click here to see how you can help.

Community News 
Pioneer Elite Clinics
Tuesdays 5/9, 5/23, and 5/30
Valley Forge Elementary School

After school basketball clinics (till 5 pm) run by current and former Conestoga Varsity Basketball players.   Price is $25 per clinic. Scholarships are available; to request, send email to
Click here  for additional information.    Click here  to register.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults
May 15 & 22 5-9:30pm
TESD Admin Offices

ARCH is pleased to sponsor Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for adults.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is a new public education designed to teach everyday citizens the skills to help a young person who is struggling with a mental health concern or crisis.  This 8-hour FREE training is open to parents/care givers in the community. 
Click here for additional information. 

Conestoga Generals Football & Cheer

Conestoga Generals Flag Football, Tackle Football, and
Cheerleading  Registration is open.  The Conestoga Generals,  open t ages 5-14,  emphasize developing physical fitness, sportsmanship, team work, and leadership skills in a positive and safe environment. Teams are forming now so join the fun and register
online now at

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.

Gratitude Corner
A huge thank you to everyone who donated their time to  make the Spring Fair a success! Without you, it would not have been been possible!

Thank you to the custodial staff who helped set up and clean up! We appreciate Gary, Nick, Jimmy, and Chuck  every day, but they really went beyond!

Thank you to Silva Minasian, our cafeteria manager, who helped serve food  and missed her daughter's senior prom to ensure our success.

Thank you to Police Officer Michelle  from T/E who ensured the safety of our PTO Treasurers as they handled the cash.

Thank you to the front office staff who tolerated t he Spring Fair chairs intrusion into the school these last few weeks with  enthusiasm and kindness.

Finally, thank you to the wonderful school community who 
came out to support your school. It was a resounding success!

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
PTO Needs You
Ice Cream Social
MOD Pizza Fundraiser Thank You
VFES Family Night at Union Soccer Game
Spring Fair Thank You
Angelo's Pizza- Thank You
Field Day Volunteers Needed
Pioneer Elite Basketball Clinics
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults
Conestoga Generals Football & Cheer
Cabrini Basketball Camp
Upcoming Events 

5/16 - Staff Inservice Day - No school

5/19 - Ice Cream Social

5/25 - 5/26 - Field Day

5/29 - Memorial Day - No school

6/14 - Tentative Last Day of School
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Falcon Publishing Dates

See schedule here


Valley Forge Elementary School                          

99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

Fax (610) 240-1615                                

Absentee Calling # (610) 240-1600 ext 5