The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 11
February 18, 2018  
Greetings from the PTO President

Did You Know?
The VFES PTO donated over 43 iPads and cases, four charging stations, 10 Osmo Kits and Coding Kits, 4 Water Filtration Fountains, all the Cultural Arts programs, the 4th grade Artist in Residency program, and the 3rd and 4th grade planners - just to name a few things since the start of the school year!

But we could use more financial support!

The T/E School District is facing a deficit of almost $7 million dollars, and the impact will be felt, even at the elementary level. We want to continue to help VFES and our kids. Future goals of the PTO include playground upgrades, lobby upgrades that are kid friendly. Perhaps a school garden or an outdoor classroom. In addition, we want to continue to support the programs below that the PTO funds in entirety:

Cultural Arts
Our Cultural Arts program insures that each grade receives 2 curriculum specific programs throughout the year, in addition to school wide assemblies. We offered a 4th grade Artist in Residency Program this year, and hope to offer a school wide Artist in Residency program as well next year, in addition to 4th grade.

The PTO donates most of the technology used in VFES. We believe that technology is an essential tool in the classroom environment, to be able to compete globally.

School Climate
The PTO supports the Falcon 100 Reading program, our teachers and staff, the school community through free socials and Scary Gym - to mention just a few things, all done on a volunteer basis, because we love this school.

From February 14 - February 28, the VFES PTO is conducting the WE LOVE VFES campaign. We are asking every family to send in a monetary (tax deductible) contribution that can be used to helping us achieve our goals.

For each donation that has been received during this campaign (and to date), the VFES PTO will acknowledge the contribution on our website, in the Falcon newsletter, and will receive a leaf on the tree in the lobby thanking your family for showing the love to Valley Forge Elementary.

All checks are to be made payable to: VFES PTO.

Help us reach our goal! The VFES PTO is a 501C3 and your donation is 100% tax deductible!

To donate securely online: Please click here.

On behalf of the Valley Forge Elementary PTO, I thank you in advance for your generosity and your continued support of our great school.
Heather McConnell

School News 
The Flu is all around!
Click here to learn more to keep your family healthy. 

Every ticket purchased through this link nets a $1 for VFES till the end of March!



Don't forget to visit the Gratitude Corner! Click here!
Community News 
Devon Strafford Little League Registration is Closing Soon

Registration for Tee-ball and Coach Pitch levels (4s, 5s, and 6s) closes February 27th at 12:01 AM.  Don't miss out, register now.  If you have already registered, please help us by asking your friends if they've registered yet (gentle reminders are often helpful!) AND by telling a newcomer about us.  We welcome beginners art all ages and are prepared to challenge and have fun with players at all skill levels.  To register, access the DSLL website Click here! and follow the "Register Spring 2018" link.Thank you for your support.  See you on the fields soon! 

Earth Day Event: Shredding & Recycling
When: April 20 th , 2018 from 2:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Devon Elementary School (rain or shine)
What: Shredding by DocuVault, Recycle used Batteries, Crayons/Markers, Brita/PUR Water Filters, Light Bulbs (any type), Printer Cartridges, Shoes, and SMALL TOYS!! (Clean, lightly used, nothing that goes in the mouth)
'Green' tips & recycling guidelines will be available at our information table
'Reusable' merchandise will be available for sale
Hosted by: DES & TEMS Green Initiatives .

T/E's Got Talent!

  On Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 7pm, the Tredyffrin and Easttown communities are invited to watch teachers and staff - from all eight T/E schools - take the stage to perform for their biggest fans ... the students and their parents.  
Click for information!

Save the Date
Save the Date!!!
VFES Pizza Bingo Night
A Family Night of Fun

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
6 - 8 pm

Venue: Conestoga High School Cafeteria (200 Irish Road, Berwyn; Cafeteria located just to the left of the main entrance doors)

Cost: $20 per family and includes
  • Cheese pizza (served warm from the cafeteria)
  • Lots of bingo & prizes for ALL children
  • There will also be a bake sale to benefit the 4th Grade Party


District diversity meeting - 2/21/18 @7pm at TE Admin Offices, 940 West Valley Road, Suite 1700, Wayne.
Topic: "How do student programs and activities foster acceptance and cultural competence in our schools?"   
All interested community members are invited to attend.

The water filtration fountains are finally installed!
It may be cold outside, but it's WARM in VFES! 
Help your child stay hydrated with our new filtered water fountains, while showing off school spirit!
Each 16 oz, BPA free, top dishwasher rack safe bottle is for sale every Friday at the school store for $5.

In This Issue
Greetings from the PTO President
School News
Community News
Save the Date
Upcoming Events

2/19 School CLOSED

2/20 Band/Orchestra trip to Kimmel Center

2/21 & 2/22 Kindergarten registration

2/23 4th grade Parent PAL meeting, 8:15 am

2/23 African American History Month Round Robin, 9-11am

2/23 Pizza Bingo, CHS


2/27 Group Picture Day

2/28 - 3/2 Half Day for Grades 1-4, no Kindergarten


Useful Links
Falcon Publishing Dates

See schedule here
Quick Links


Valley Forge Elementary School                          

99 Walker Road, Wayne, PA 19087                       

(610) 240-1600                               

Fax (610) 240-1615                                

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