The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 5
October 28, 2016   
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

Hope everyone is doing well! I am beginning to enjoy the cool weather. 

Our Book Fair was a huge success, thanks to all of you! Thank you goes to Heather Bittenbender and Amanda Ivory who co-chaired the Book Fair and were available during Scary Gym hours as well. Our children love picking out their favorite books!

Our Fall clubs are going very well! We are now beginning to work on our Winter and Spring clubs. We are looking for creative ideas and parent-run clubs. If you are interested in running a club, please email me.

I hope you can help us bring more fun-filled events for our children by volunteering. You can find volunteer positions at

As always, I love to hear from you. Please feel free to email me at

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia
PTO News
ComedySportz All School Assembly
Monday, November 7, 2016, 9:00AM & 10:00AM

The PTO Cultural Arts committee has invited ComedySportz Philadelphia to perform for the entire school on Monday, November 7th!  A sense of humor and a sense of self are important parts of a young person's development. For over 20 years, ComedySportz has been entertaining fans with improvisational theater as well as teaching students of all ages and backgrounds the art of improvisation.  The audience is always a part of the interactive show; some lucky fans will even wind up on stage. And because everything is improvised, it's never the same show twice. Students will learn the basics of improvisation, the power of saying "Yes, and..." the joy of connecting through collaboration and the freedom of being silly.  

ComedySportz will also perform live for the community at Valley Forge Middle School on Friday, November 11th at 7:00 PM.  Tickets for this DELTA sponsored performance are $10 and on sale at or at the door.  To inquire about reduced rates and reserved seating available to groups of 10 or more, e-mail
For more information on DELTA, please visit
For more information on ComedySportz Philadelphia, please visit
School News
ESL Family Night

The T/E School District invites you to an ESL Family Night scheduled for Thursday November 10th.  Please refer to  ESL Family Night Invitation for more information.
Mix-It Up Day at VFES

Mrs. Swetkowski will be helping VFES to celebrate Mix-It Up Day during lunches on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Please join us to help the children sit with different children and even teachers and staff to celebrate Mix-It Up Day.  Volunteers are needed to help mix the children up and help them draw or write a short response activity at the end of the lunch period.  Volunteers interested in helping out can sign up  here.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!
Community News 
Conestoga Ice Hockey Club Elementary School Team

The CONESTOGA ICE HOCKEY CLUB  Elementary School Team is open to
All K - 4th grade T/E School District boys and girls.

Some skating experience recommended
but not necessary.
Come learn to skate, play hockey and have FUN!

To learn more, please contact Mike Graves at
We look forward to seeing you on the ice!
Conestoga Rugby Fundraiser

Support FLITE by Shopping at Whole Foods

Do you shop at Devon Whole Foods? Did you know you could opt to S upport Kids in T/E? The Foundation for Learning In Tredyffrin/Easttown has been
selected as Devon Whole Foods Market's Nickels for N on -Profits beneficiary for the upcoming quarter  now thru mid-January.  When shopping at the Devon Whole Foods Market, consider bringing your own shopping bag, and when checking out select the option  to donate the $.05  savings from your bill to FLITE!

Teacher Spotlight
First Grade Facilitator, Mrs. Angela Janda
Here is what she had to share with us....
Tell us about you in a nutshell: 
My husband and I will be married 20 years this summer.  We met as teenagers at the Jersey Shore!  We have two children.  Our daughter, Angelina, is 13 years old and in sixth grade.  Our son, Eric, is 10 and in 3rd grade.  We also have 1 black cat named Noel.  I am the youngest of three children.  I have one brother and one sister.  I have a big Italian family and we spend a lot of time together.  Sometimes our Sunday dinners can have up to 35 people!
What made you become a teacher? 
I became an aunt at the age of 2, so my nephews and nieces were my first "students".   My love for teaching started early!  When I had to decide what I wanted to be, the decision was easy :) I picked what I loved to do...teach!
Where did you grow up? 
Clifton Heights, PA
Where did you go to College? 
What is your Favorite Color? 
What is your Favorite Song or Movie or both? 
I love to sing, but I don't have favorite song.  My favorite movie is The Breakfast Club.  My favorite kid movie is Inside Out.
What is your favorite book? 
Too many to pick...I LOVE to read!
Do you collect anything special? 
I love to travel with my family.  We buy an ornament from each place we visit to help us remember the trip!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  
Anywhere with a beach makes me happy, but one day I hope to bring my family to Italy.  My mom was born there and I'd love to show my children and husband her hometown.
What was your favorite subject in elementary school? 
Math, I love to solve problems and puzzles!
What is your Hero Super Power?  
What food do you dislike the most?  
My favorite food is crab legs.  I do not like mussels.
When you were a kid, was your bedroom messy or neat?  
I think it was neat, but my mom would probably disagree!
Sweet or Salty?  Favorite Candy?  
I love the sweet and salty combination.  Dark Chocolate covered pretzels or peanut M&Ms are two of my favorites!
What is the one thing that you always remember your Mom or Dad telling you that has stuck with you growing up?  
Actions speak louder than words!

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
ESL Family Night
Mix-It Up Day
Support FLITE
Teacher Spotlight - Mrs. Angela Janda
Upcoming Events 

11/2 - Picture Retake Day

11/7 - ComedySportz Assembly

11/8 - No school

11/10 - ESL Family Night

11/21 & 11/22 - half day (parent conferences)

11/23 thru 11/28 - No school

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