The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 2
September 16, 2016   
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

I hope you are enjoying the extra days of warm weather! I personally cannot let go of summer. Kids are in school and they are very excited to work with their respective teachers. This is a good time to pencil in some volunteer time at the school. Most of the PTO positions don't need volunteer clearances making it easier for parents to volunteer.

Next week, several PTO Board members and I will be available to speak with you at the 3 rd and 4 th grade curriculum night. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have. Check out our PTO Bulletin Board in the front lobby for more information.

Our chairs are also working hard to put together the 4 th Annual Falcon 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run on Sunday, October 9 th 2016. Please don't forget to register! Our children look forward to this event! Whole Foods is hosting a Shopping Day for VFES on Thursday, September 21 st and they are giving 5% back to the PTO. Please help us by shopping there on the 21 st

Our cultural arts committee is organizing Poetry Meets Percussion assembly for the children on September 22 nd . We are so proud to be able to host them!

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

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia
VFES PTO, President

PTO News
Whole Foods Shopping Day to Support PTO
The Valley Forge Elementary School PTO is thrilled to announce that Whole Foods Market is a Gold Sponsor of the 4th Annual VFES Falcon 5K & 1 Mile Kids' Fun Run.
A shopping day will be held at the Whole Foods Market Devon store on Wednesday September 21, 2016 during which 5% of net sales for the entire day will go to the PTO.   Please stop by Whole Foods Market on the 21st and support the school.  Whole Foods Market is located at 821 Lancaster Ave. Devon, PA and is open from 8AM to 9PM.   Falcon 5K
Support the PTO by Shopping on Amazon 
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the VFES PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the VFES PTO.  Participating is easy and you can use your existing Amazon account! For more details please visit: www.
School News
Poetry Meets Percussion All School Assembly-
Thursday, September 22nd at 9 and 10 AM 
The PTO Cultural Arts committee has invited Poetry Meets Percussion to perform for the entire school on the morning of Thursday, September 22nd!  Percussionist, Josh Robinson, and spoken word artist, Jacob Winterstein, will join to create a dynamic and engaging exploration of rhythm and poetry. With a heavy dose of audience involvement, these artists explore how rhythms and spoken word can awaken a student's inner artist and inspire confidence.  Afternoon Kindergarten students are welcome to attend with the supervision of their parent or guardian.  
The Publishing Center Needs Your Help
Last year was yet another record-setting year for VFES's Publishing Center! Nearly 100% of our 1st through 4th graders submitted stories, and our volunteers assembled a whopping 891 books!  In order to continue offering a Publishing Center program of this magnitude (the largest such program remaining in the T/E/ elementary schools), we need your help .  For those of you unfamiliar with the Publishing Center, 1st through 4th graders write and illustrate original stories, and a group of dedicated parent volunteers help turn those creations into hardbound books.  Our staff consists entirely of parent volunteers.   There are a variety of volunteer positions available (including typing, proofreading, about the author, titles and laminating, covers, and assembly).  Many areas allow you to volunteer from home, while others give you the opportunity to be on-site in school.  We are also incredibly flexible - you can volunteer when, and as much time as, your schedule allows.  
If you are interested in volunteering in the Publishing Center or if you would like more information, please email Tarin Cataldo or Brookie White at   Thank you!
Volunteers Needed for Health Screening Days at VFES
Health Screening Days will take place on Wednesday, September 21st and Friday, September 23rd.  If you would like to volunteer to help, please click  here.
Fourth Grade School Store Chairpeople NEEDED
The School Store is a favorite for the children of VFES on Friday mornings! We are looking for two  Fourth Grade  Parent volunteers to organize and coordinate the school store for the 2016-2017 school year.  All proceeds from the school store help fund the Fourth Grade End of Year Party so this is a very important fundraiser for the Fourth Grade Class.  Previous Chairpeople are still at VFES and can provide assistance as you get things up and running this year.  Please contact Amanda Ivory at  if you are interested or have questions.  The Fourth Graders thank you!!!
Community News
Cub Scouts Night
Valley Forge Pack 81 offers boys entering K through 5th grade year-round hands-on opportunities in camping, hiking, rock climbing and much more!  Bring him along to find out more at "Join Cub Scouts Night" on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Large Group Room at VFES.

In This Issue
Message from the PTO President
Whole Foods Market Shopping Day
Shop at Amazon, Benefit VFES PTO
Poetry Meets Percussion
Publishing Center Needs Your Help
Volunteers Needed for Health Screening
4th Grade School Store Chairperson Needed
Cub Scout Night
Upcoming Events 
9/20 - Picture Day
9/21 - Curriculum Night (Grade 3 & 4)
9/21 & 9/23 - Health Screenings

10/3 - No School
10/9 - Falcon 5K
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2016-2017 Falcon Publishing Dates



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