The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 9
January 29 , 2016  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

Hope you had a good couple of weeks!

Our pizza bingo night is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd from 6pm - 8pm at Conestoga High School. If you have not sent in your response yet, please do so asap, so we have a count. Mrs. Will, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Riley, and Ms. Mancuso will be our bingo callers. Students love to see their teachers and principal outside of school.

Our 4th grade end of the year committee will host a bake sale at pizza bingo night. They have yummy treats, so come prepared to buy some. The funds collected from the bake sale will benefit the 4th grade graduation party.

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 10 at 9am in the Large Group Room. We love to see so many parents attending the meetings, giving us their valuable suggestions and volunteering for events. Thank you!

Our after school clubs are full. We hope your children are enjoying our parent-run and teacher-run clubs. Most of our after-school clubs are now run by parents and teachers, which makes me so proud! It benefits the PTO and thereby, our children and the school. Thank you! We are now gearing up for our Spring clubs.

I hope you meet you at our PTO meeting and events. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to email me at .

Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia
PTO News
Bowling Social
Thursday, March 2 3:30 - 5:30

bowling_pins2.jpg The VFES PTO is pleased to announce the details of the 2017 Bowling Social.  Information is as follows: 

   - $13 per bowler includes shoes, bowling, 2 slices of pizza,         and a drink! 
   - $15 per  walk-in  on day of event

Playdrome Devon Lanes, 300 W. Lancaster Ave Devon, PA 19333

Spring Fair Chair Positions still Available!
May 2017

There are still a number of opportunities to help plan the Spring Fair this year.  We are in need of chairs (or co-chairs) for the following:  Dinner, Entertainment, Games, Parking, Setup/Breakdown.  Please come join in.  Your kids will think it you are awesome for helping with the Fair (and so will we)!  To learn more, please contact Alison Murray at
Pizza Bingo Social
February 3rd

Come join in the fun and prizes at Conestoga High School Cafeteria from 6:00 - 8:00PM.  RSVPs are requested.  Admission is $20 for the whole family and includes pizza, drinks, and BINGO! Volunteers are still needed.  For more information, please contact Shilpa Gupta at
Art Goes to School is coming to VFES 
February 6th to 10th 2017

Art Goes to School is an art appreciation program specifically designed for young children. Our primary  purpose is to instill an interest and delight in art, in all its forms and styles and from all historical periods  and geographic locations. The AGTS volunteers help children discover for themselves an enjoyment in  and an understanding of art, not by lecturing, but by becoming "Art Detectives" who will uncover a  whole new way of looking at and appreciating art. We will be playing games that involve poems, a  scavenger hunt and fun facts trivia. 

Perhaps you might like to sit in on a session to see what we do - please click here for  the schedule. 

Please feel free to contact  Sarah Culbert on 610 783 1255 or email her at with any other questions.
Calling on Business Owners!
March 25th

On Saturday, March 25, the PTO is hosting a Parents' Night Out and are seeking silent auction items - all proceeds to benefit the PTO.  In return for your donation, your business will be advertised in our Falcon newsletter and at the event itself.  From jewelry and skin care to design and teaching services, we know our community is full of wonderful businesses that we would like to spotlight and encourage our VFES parents to utilize.

Please contact Rujuta Mandelia ( ) by March 1 to reserve your auction spot or for more information.
School News
Important Legislative Alert - Please Read!
The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District asked that we notify you of legislation currently being considered in the state legislature that, if passed, will impact our district. The proposed legislation would largely eliminate school property taxes to fund schools and replace those funds with income and sales taxes.  Very similar legislation was considered in 2015 and only failed by one vote.  The TE School Board recently passed a resolution opposing this legislation, which states in part:  

"The shift from the property tax to the income tax and sales tax will have a harmful effect on the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. Many of our District's top quality programs result from careful planning and funding at the local level with a strategic focus on providing our students what they need to succeed in tomorrow's world. This legislation will strip TESD of the ability to function independently, effectively making local authorities dependent upon Harrisburg. Funding will flow through the state, eliminating financial discretion for local districts. High quality programs that exceed state mandates and minimum standards require funding currently provided locally."  

PLEASE READ   the District's statement on this proposed legislation here and consider contacting the governor and your state legislators if you oppose these changes in school funding.
Congratulations Mrs. Kennedy!
Mrs. Kennedy gave birth to Claire Jessie on January 25th. Both mom and daughter are doing well. 
Community News 
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!
Conestoga Youth 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 Conestoga Youth Lacrosse (CYL).  CYL is our township boys lacrosse program and it is the biggest township program in the area.  We are very excited for the spring season.  We love the game of lacrosse and want to share that love with your sons.  Our goal as an organization is to teach the fundamentals while fostering a love for the sport and most importantly to have fun!  Please note that  Registration CLOSES February 5th, 2017 .  There are only a couple weeks  left!
Registration may be accessed using the link : here.
Please note that using a laptop or desktop computer is the best way to complete the registration process.  Use of a mobile device or iPad has posed problems for many people.
For U7-U11, please register before February 5th, 2017.
Age Divisions for Play
CYL follows US Lacrosse age-based divisional play format.  Note eligibility for each division, by DOB (CYL does not allow for age based exceptions, and does not allow players to "play up" age divisions):
  • DOB 9/1/2005 - 8/31/2007, U11
  • DOB 9/1/2007 - 8/31/2009, U9
  • DOB 9/1/2009 - pre-K, U7
U9 and U7:
U9 and U7 eligible players will be divided into as many teams as enrollment requires.  This will take place in March 2017, in advance of play.  CYL generally tries to balance these teams by talent level, and with an eye towards players' schools.
For any technical issues related to the registration process, please contact Greg Johnson at
For all other questions or concerns,  please contact Bob Lee at
We are looking forward to a great season! 
Yours in lacrosse,  
Conestoga Youth Lacrosse
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

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
Bowling Social
Spring Fair Chair Positions Still Available
Pizza Bingo
Art goes to School
Calling on Business Owners
Important Legislative Alert
T&E Care Kids Clothing Drive
Conestoga Youth Lacrosse
T/E FLITE Crew vs. the Harlem Wizards
Upcoming Events 

2/20 - No School

3/2 - Bowling Social

3/7 - Class Picture Day

3/25 - Parents Night Out
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