The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 15
April 30 , 2017  
Message from the PTO President
Dear VFES Families:

I hope you had an amazing Spring Break! My children enjoyed some down time at home and with the weather being warm they played outside until it got dark.

Our Spring Fair committee members are working very hard to bring our children a spectacular carnival! Tickets are on sale now (I just bought my tickets!) and can be purchased online  here . Because it is such a huge undertaking, we are in need of volunteers who would work stations for an hour or more, if possible, during the fair. You can volunteer online here . You should have received your raffle booklet and Spring Fair program book in your child's red folder on Thursday. Please send in your raffle tickets as soon as possible. The raffle items are exceptional this year. My children have already identified what they need to "win".

The teachers are also hosting a "Volunteer Recognition Lunch" for all our volunteers between 11:15am - 1:00pm. Please do join us to thank our dedicated and remarkable teachers. I would love to meet you and personally thank you for volunteering!

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
The "Bee Man" will be here on May 9th for Third Grade!  

This presentation has been sponsored by the VFES PTO, Cultural Arts committee.  We are in need of your help.  You do not need to have clearances to volunteer for this program.

The third grade assembly will take place from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the cafeteria.  Parents are welcome to come to this assembly.  

Following the assembly, there will be small group sessions for each class.  We will only need one hour of your time. Each class needs five volunteers to help with this program.  Volunteers will be asked to attend to small 45-minute stations set up by the "bee man."  The students will freely rotate among the stations.  If you are available to help during your child's assigned small group, please click  here.

10:30  Mrs. Southmayd
11:15    Mrs. Lund
12:45   Mrs. Cleary & Mrs. Masters
1:30     Mrs. Steiner

VFES PTO Needs You!
The following PTO Board positions are available for  the 2017-2018 school year...
Vice President
VP Clubs
VP Socials (2 needed)
Communications Coordinator
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,  

Spring Fair News
Spring Fair Information

The Spring Fair is on rain or shine!  We have plans to pull-off the fun either way so don't change your plans if the forecast calls for rain.  Stay tuned for more updates later this week!

Volunteer Spots are still available!  Please click here to sign up.

Tickets can be purchased online!  Click here to get to the Spring Fair page of our website to see all that the fair has to offer and purchase you tickets in advance.

Get ready for Raffles!  The raffle booklet and tickets went home this past week.  You have until 6:30 Friday evening to enter for your chance to win.  Click here to view the eye-popping list of items available to win!

Questions?  Contact Alison Murray at 

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.
Spring Fair Volunteers Needed

Preparation for this year's Spring Fair at Valley Forge Elementary School is well underway. No big/small event is a success without the help from the community and TESD community has been great over the years in extending help to make any event a success and fun for all. 

This year too the event cannot be a success without your participation, help and support. We would thus like to call you all out to sign up as a volunteer for the event. If you are new and looking out to meet the community this the best opportunity and if you have been part of the community would need your support yet again!

There are plenty of opportunities/opening and you can choose options best suited to your interest and knowledge.  If you have a flair for decorations and want you use your skills; would request you to sign up for the days before the fair to help us and set the stage. If you can help us with games/activities/entertainment/food etc on the day there are still many many options. 

Below is the link for signing up online for all the open positions we have on the day (May 5th) and the days before the Spring Fair :

Will look forward for your support and to online sign ups ASAP.  Please feel free to reach out to  Shilpa Gupta (Chair Volunteers), /  610-938-1733 for any suggestions/clarifications. 
School News 
Teachers Monthly Report

Please not that you can find the teachers' monthly report under Useful Links to your right moving forward. The April monthly report from the teachers can be accessed  here. 

Community News 
Pioneer Elite Clinics
Valley Forge: Tuesdays 5/9, 5/23, and 5/30.

After school basketball clinics (till 5 pm) run by current and former Conestoga Varsity Basketball players.
Price: $25 per clinic. SCHOLARSHIP available! Email: to request!
More info available at  pioneereliteclinics.wordpress. com
Click  here to register today.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults
May 15 & 22, 2017 (5-9:30pm at 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. 

Conestoga Generals Football & Cheer

Conestoga Generals Flag Football, Tackle Football, and Cheerleading Registration is open and the Early Bird Discount of 10% off ends THIS Sunday, April 23rd. Open to Ages 5-14, the Conestoga Generals emphasis is on developing physical fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership skills in a positive and safe environment. Teams are forming now so join the fun and register online now at

Gratitude Corner

Many thanks to Tracy Millman Simpson for organizing and executing the movie fundraiser for the 4th grade end of the year party. Kids had so much fun! Inspector Gadget was a bit hit!

In This Issue
Message from PTO President
The Bee Man will be here!!!
Open PTO Board positions
Spring Fair Information
Spring Fair Donations
Spring Fair Volunteers Needed
April Monthly Report - Teachers
Pioneer Elite Basketball Clinics
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults
Conestoga Generals Football & Cheer
Upcoming Events 

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

5/5 - Spring Fair

5/8-5/12 - PSSA Make Ups

5/10 - VFES Spring Concert

5/16 - Staff Inservice Day - No school

5/29 - Memorial Day - No school

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

See schedule here


Valley Forge Elementary School                          

99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

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Fax (610) 240-1615                                

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