The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 13
March 18, 2018
Greetings from the PTO President
"If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden! ~ Robert Brault

I can tell I am over Winter and excited for Spring when losing an hour's sleep to Daylight Savings Time seems a fair trade off for longer daylight. To me, Spring is my own rebirth. I check in with the resolutions in January I still haven't come around to committing to, I revisit the list of all the house projects I will maybe organize before the kids get out of school in June, and restart my healthy eating plan for the twentieth year in a row. I am anything if not consistent in my inconsistency. 

And every Spring, I also plant a garden. (I have these healthy eating goals, remember). I certainly have no green thumb, but I do have a lot of optimism and a yard that gets a decent amount of sun. So, imagine my excitement when Brookie White, who happens to also be VP of the Publishing Center, approached me about creating a school community garden. 

I want to personally thank Brookie for her time and dedication to this project. She applied for a grant to try to secure funding, and when we were bypassed, she turned to our wonderful community partners. Brookie has secured outside investors to offset start up costs for the garden. A huge thank you to Brookmead Construction, LLC, Banon Gloves (, Pezzotti Brothers Landscaping for donating the organic soil (, Sila Heating and Air (, the Rudolf family and the Hughes family. Thank you also to Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. for donating seeds to the school. (

But of course, this wouldn't be a PTO newsletter without me asking for volunteers, would it? We would love to have volunteers help us clean up the existing flower beds, the interior courtyard, and other areas of the school grounds. We'll need help setting up the new garden itself, maintaining the garden, and watering it. 
We will be forming a gardening committee in the upcoming weeks, so if you have a green thumb, are looking to meet new people, or just want to help beautify this great little school of ours, we would love to have you be a part of it!  In addition, if you have any gently used garden tools you would be willing to donate to the school, we will be collecting garden tools, starting April 1.

I look forward to working in our new school garden, and am excited at the possibilities that will be grown from it - both literally and figuratively.

Heather McConnell

School News 
PTO Meeting Thursday, April 12 at 7pm!

Volunteer Help Needed!
Each year the students at VFES are individually recorded singing a song of their choice during music class.  At the end of 4th grade, each student receives a CD with recordings from every year at VFES as a keepsake.  We need your help to ensure that every student is recorded by the end of the school year.  Volunteers will be trained to use the CD recording device and then will choose times to come to school to record students during music classes.  All volunteers must have clearances on file with the district office in order to start.  Please email Amanda Ivory ( ) if you are interested in volunteering.  Thank you!

On Thursday, March 22nd, come into MOD Pizza in Gateway, 289 E. Swedesford Rd in Wayne. 

20% of the proceeds will be donated to the VFES PTO! 

Students will bring home flyers in their red folders this week. Bring this flyer to MOD or show it on your phone to make sure your order is counted toward the fundraiser. 

For questions, please contact Emily Carteen at

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




Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake
Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm
Talen Energy Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA

Discounted tickets are available for VFES families at $26 each. $4 from every ticket will go back to our school! 

VFES will be sitting together in Corner section 121.

To purchase tickets, please go to:
Tickets are limited! The  deadline  to purchase is April 19th.

You will receive your tickets via email three days before the game. 

For questions about the event, please contact Emily Carteen at

Community News 

Collecting New or Gently Used Kids Clothing
Wednesday, April 4 - Friday, April 13

FLITE vs. Harlem Wizards Basketball Game  
One Night Only - April 13, 2018!
Tickets Available Online - No Tickets Sold at the Door!

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!

Join us as our Elementary, Middle and High School teachers take the stage at
T/Es Got Talent to raise money for ARCH!  
April 5, 2018, 7:00pm
Conestoga High School 
To purchase tickets visit:
Click for information!

Save the Date
Kid's Night Out - Movie Night (Ferdinand)
VFES School (for active VFES students only, K-4)
Friday, April 6, 6-8 pm
$10 per student, includes water and popcorn
Sign ups will be announced in the next few weeks, 
 all proceeds benefit the 4th grade party!

Parent's Night Out!
Friday, April 20
La Cabra Brewing Company - top floor
Childcare will be offered at Lifetime Fitness for non-members and members alike
Look for more details in the coming days!

Regular school board meeting 3/19, 7:30 pm, CHS. 
District Safety Committee Meeting 3/21, 1:30, TEAO.
All interested community members are invited to attend.

Spread school cheer while also not spreading school germs!
Utilize our new fillable filtered water bottle fountains!
 Each 16 oz, BPA free, top dishwasher rack safe water 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

3/22 MOD Pizza fundraiser 

3/26-3/30 Spring Break

4/6  Movie night@ VFES (benefits 4th grade party)

4/12 PTO Meeting, 7pm
 VFES large group room

4/9-4/27 PSSAs

4/20 Parents' Night Out



5/18 Ice Cream Social

5/19 Union game


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