The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 13
March 26 , 2017  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

Many things to mention today!

The PTO Board has voted to earmark funds to host an Artist-in-Residence program for our 4th graders that would include two all school assemblies. These programs will help our children develop confidence and focus, teamwork, and explore their creativity and imagination through art. I want to thank Mrs. Wills and our 4th grade teachers for their support for the Artist-in Residence program, Jamie Lynch and Emily Brunner for their utmost focus and planning and the PTO Board for supporting this important program. I am hoping that we will be able to make this program a VFES tradition.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Parents Night Out event planned for this weekend. Very few parents RSVPed for the event. We hope that next year we are able to find a better time in the year to make this event a success. I would like to thank Heather McConnell, Alison Murray, Emily Carteen, and Ingrid Van Wormer Sandorff for their hard work and creativity in planning this event.

On a more exciting note, you have made our clubs a huge success. Our Spring Clubs are almost full. Students who are on the waitlist are not guaranteed a spot. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you. Spring clubs start the week of April 3rd.

Please mark your calendars for our General PTO meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 7pm in the Large Group Room. We love to see you, hear your views and suggestions, and have you participate in the decision making process.

The yearbooks are on sale online at The board is immensely proud to gift our 4th graders their graduating yearbook.

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
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Deadline - March 31

Once again, the VFES PTO will be offering a full-color yearbook with 
ma ny pages of great pictures from this year at Valley
Forge Elementary!  Orders and payment, $21 per copy, can be made at this link .  No checks or cash payments will be accepted.  Please note that t he PTO is generously giving each 4 th grader a yearbook as a gift at the end of the year.  If you have a 4 th grader, there is no need to make the payment online.  However, if you need additional copies, please order them and pay online. 

Falcon Fun Camp "Spring Break Camps"
April 11th - April 13th

Spring Break Camp at Valley Forge Elementary with Mr. Johnson and Mr. Diamond
The Valley Forge Elementary PTO will be conducting a three day camp on Tuesday, April 11th, Wednesday, April 12th, and Thursday, April 13th from 1pm to 4pm with 2nd grade teacher, Matt Diamond, and Phys. Ed teacher, Alex Johnson, for any child who currently attends VFE in grades Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.

Registration forms may be returned starting Wednesday, Feb 22nd , 2017.  The deadline/cut-off date for sign up is Friday, April,  7th 2017.   Families are encouraged to sign up AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  There will be a maximum number of 60 students allowed to attend camp.  Falcon Fun Camp Registration Forms with Signed Permission Slip and payment in full can be turned into Falcon Fun Camp drop-off box, in the main office, in an envelope marked "Falcon Fun Camp".  Space is limited and strictly a "first come first serve" basis. Mr. Diamond (610-240-2411/, Mr. Johnson (610 240 2687/

For details, please click Registration Forms.  
Spring Fair News
Spring Fair Donations - Books and Items for Grab Bags

Once again we will have a used book sale at the Spring Fair this year. Please note, we will be collecting books for children and adults, CDs, and DVDs. We are also looking for item donations to put in this year's grab bags -If you have balls, puzzles, baseball cards, games, jewelry, stickers, pencils, vehicles, leftover party prizes, fun meal toys, or other toys please consider donating them. Please see the attached link for details.
Community News 
The Regional Adolescent Sleep Needs Coalition Needs You!

This is a forum looking at the impact sleep, or rather the lack there of, has on our teenagers. We need your support as there is a House Bill (762) in Harrisburg being brought by Representative Tim Briggs, which seeks to require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to conduct a study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day for secondary schools.  For more details, refer to here.
Kids and Technology- Parent Event
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7-8:30pm 
Hillside Elementary School

ARCH invites parents and care-givers to this timely presentation a bout Kids and their Tech Dependency.  The discussion will focus on paren ting children in grades K-6 and address the following topics:  rules for app-driven  devices; exploring our connected culture reality; defining "Generation Z"; as well as reinforcing the TESD Digita l Citizenship curriculum at home.   As always, all families and faculty are encouraged to attend.   A flyer   is attached.
T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards 
Friday, March 31, 2017  7:00 pm 
Conestoga High School Gym opens at 6:00 pm 

Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE) presents ...   T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards... for o ne night only of trick h oops and alley-oops!

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.  See flyer here.

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
T&E Care Kids Clothing Drive
3/31 and 4/1

As you organize and clean-out in the New Year, please remember to save your excellent and very good condition children's clothing and shoes for the upcoming annual T&E Care Kid's Clothing Drive!  This year the collection dates at VFES will be March 15-24 and the Kid's Clothing Grab Bag event will take place on 3/31 and 4/1 at St. Matthew's Church on Walker Road. Thank you for your help! See more information at
Literacy and STEM Kindergarten Enrichment Program

Registration is now OPEN for "Little Ones for Literacy's" NEW '5 Day Literacy and STEM' Kindergarten Enrichment program for the 2017- 2018 school year!  Highly individualized and engaging instruction in unique, small class sizes will continue to be offered at a NEW Devon location. Daily lunch bunch will be available for both PM and AM kindergartners.   Early bird discount ends May 1st (spots are limited!)!   Program and registration information can be found at
Gratitude Corner
Even though our Parents Night Out was ultimately canceled, a big thank you to Rujuta Mandelia, Ingrid Sandorff, Emily Carteen, Heather McConnell, Allison Murray , and Beth Stansfield for planning it.  Thank you to the parents who bought tickets! We really appreciate your support!

Thank you to the following VFES parents who had offered to donate services from their businesses to profit the school. Please support them!
Emily Brunner - Emily Brunner Photography 
John Collins - Remax
Tori Ostroff- Rodan & Fields skincare 
Maira Rashid - Level 7 Tennis 
Kim Reeder - Body Mechanics Massage Therapy 

And finally, thank you to Joe Griffith from Just 4 fun Music who graciously waived his DJ fees and continues to support the VFES community for all of our music, karaoke, and trivia needs.

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
Order your yearbook today!
Falcon Fun Camps
Spring Fair Donations
Regional Adolescent Sleep Needs Coalition
Kids and Technology- Parent Event
T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards
T&E Care Kids Clothing Drive
Literacy and STEM Enrichment Program
Gratitude Corner
Upcoming Events 

3/29 - Kids & Technology

3/31 - Harlem Wizards

3/31-4/1 - T&E Cares
Clothing Drive

4/3-4/7 - PSSA (English
 and Language Arts) - Grades 3&4 

4/10-4/17 - Spring Break - No School

4/11-4/13 - Spring
Falcon Camp

4/24-4/28 - PSSA (Math) - Grades 3&4

5/1-5/5 - PSSA (Science) - Grade 4

5/8-5/12 - PSSA Make Ups

5/10 - VFES Spring Concert
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99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

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