The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 4
October 16, 2015   
Message from the PTO President
Dear Valley Forge Elementary School Families:
Thank you so much for your unrelenting support to our school and your PTO.  I appreciate it!
Our 5K Run/1Mile was a huge success! It was very endearing to see so many parents and our wonderful children enthusiastic and well-prepared to finish the run/walk. My children proudly wear their t-shirts and take their water bottles to school.
On Wednesday, our Bike/Walk to School Day brought in so many refreshed, smiling and happy faces early in the morning. It was a beautiful day for a walk! Sabrina Payonk did an amazing job with organizing the event.
Next week is Book Fair! We are all set for the children to make their selections of books. I know I will have a long list.
Please don't forget to volunteer for Scary Gym! It is one of the most anticipated events of Fall. My kindergartener is very excited (wonder who told him?!) and has been asking me many questions. Questions such as, "Mommy, will the lights be on? Should I run around?" He is so looking forward to it. My 4th grader has it all worked out. She is going to scare the "monsters". LOL! Many thanks to Angel McAveney, our VP of Socials, for getting Scary Gym all ready for our children.
As always, feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions or comments at
Much love,
Rujuta Mandelia
VFES PTO, President
Publishing Center News   
VFES Publishing Center Author Interview
If your 1st-4th grader has not yet returned his/her Publishing Center Author Interview, please do so as soon as possible. 
It can be returned to the Publishing Center via your child's red folder.  This Author Interview will be used to create the About the Author page at the end of your child's Publishing Center book. 
By completing the Author Interview now, you will help us spread out our workload and prevent delays during the publishing process.  If you need an additional form, please click here or contact us at .  Thanks!
School News
VFES Spirit Wear
It's Time To Order Spirit Wear!
VFES Spirit Wear Will Be Available Online
Friday October 9th through Monday October 26th 2015.
The 2015 Spirit Wear will be available, please see the attached link for details. Tees, Hoodies, Shorts and Sweatpants are available in sizes for the whole family. Let's show our school spirit with Spirit Wear!
Fall 2015 Spirit Wear
The Spooktacular Scary Gym
Scary Gym is a spooktacular, fun and safe event for students that takes place on   Monday, October 26th in the early evening.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will attend
Scary Gym during the school day on the 26th.  This is a highly anticipated event at VFES & requires many volunteers to make it happen.
Please visit to volunteer for one of the fun and exciting Scary Gym opportunities.
Scary Gym Important Information for Parents
Grades K - 1 Scary Gym Schedule
Grades 2 - 4 Scary Gym Schedule
Book Fair Poster Winner Is..
Congratulations Shiri I!  
Thanks to all the students who submitted beautiful artwork.  The PTO's annual Book Fair opens on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and is open all week and during Scary Gym.
Check out the schedule on the PTO website and sign up to volunteer if you are able. Support your PTO, read a book and "find an adventure!"

VFES Book Fair Sign up

2015 VFES Book Fair Poster

Earn Cash for VFES through Box Tops
Box Tops coupons are a great way to help raise money for classroom needs.
Each one is worth 10¢ when redeemed  from Box Tops for Education. Clip the Box Tops from participating products and send them in to school.
Shop online at stores through the Box Tops Marketplace®. Our school can earn eBoxTops® with every qualifying purchase you make. 
Sign up at See how much VFES is earning, enter promotions to win eBoxTops and other prizes, and print coupons. 
VFES Box Top Flyer
Community News
Cello Fury School Assembly & Community Performance
Cello Fury will perform for the entire school on the morning of Monday, November 9th! 
A cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a drummer, Cello Fury's original music combines the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats to create a cinematic, progressive rock sound.  This PTO funded cultural arts assembly will highlight to our children that traditional classical instruments can play many different styles of music!
Cello Fury will also perform live for the community at Valley Forge Middle School on Friday November 13th 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 Cello Fury, please visit
Local Locks of Love Hair Drive
Local Girl Scout Cadette and Valley Forge Middle School student Katie R. is organizing a Locks of Love hair drive scheduled to take place in March 2016.
Locks of love is a nonprofit organization that makes custom wigs from real hair for financially disadvantaged children who have a long term medical hair loss.
 "Like Locks of Love, I believe that no child should have to feel self-conscience about losing their hair" - Katie R.
Katie is running this hair drive for her Girl Scout Silver Award. Now is the time to start growing your hair for participation as the minimum hair donation is 10 inches. For more information about signing up for this wonderful cause please contact
Girls Youth Basketball Clinic
Saturday November 7, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Valley Forge Middle School Gym
Available for grades 2 through 8
For More Information visit the T/E Bulletin Board at or contact Janice Mack at
Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown
The Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown (FLITE) is an all-volunteer non-profit education foundation that supports T/E Schools.  
FLITE's goal is to ensure that all students in the T/E School District have access to the excellent education offered by our district.  FLITE-funded programs are designed to help students, especially those who face barriers to their educational success, have the opportunities, support, and academic tools they need to succeed in school.
FLITE helps students, ages preschool through high school, by funding educational programs. During 2014-15, FLITE funded 17 programs that provided help over 2,000 times.  
For more information on the program please see below or contact Karen Reaume at .
Gratitude Corner     
Thank you to Donna Costin and Jo Novelli for time and energy to make the 3rd annual Falcon 5K a huge success!  
Thank you very much to our cafeteria volunteers who have helped the children during the month of September!  We greatly appreciated having extra hands during the first few lunches.  
Mojdeh Pour, Brookie White, Tiffany Leong, Tarin Cataldo, Linda Schubert, Julie Soura, Shannon Korff, Allie Richardson, Heather McConnell, Ann Marie Marburg, and Franny Ryan.
Thank you to Sabrina Payonk for coordinating this year's October Bike/Walk to School Day.  It was great to see so many families getting out and exercising on the way to school!

In This Issue
VFES Publishing Author Interview
VFES Spirit Wear
Scary Gym
Cello Fury
Locks of Love Hair Drive
Upcoming Events 
10/20 - 10/26 VFES PTO Book Fair
10/23 - Scary Gym Setup (Volunteers Needed)
10/26 Scary Gym
11/3 - No School
11/6 - VFES Picture Retake Day
11/9 - Cello Fury Assembly
11/13 - Kindergarten Bear Hunt
11/13 - DELTA show at VFMS
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