The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 14
April 8, 2018
Greetings from the PTO President
What can I say? Spring Break was over before I even could say the words.
Now I am looking ahead to the next few weeks, and my calendar is overflowing.
I love Spring but I feel like all of my obligations are coming out of hibernation.

For those of you who take the time to read my little bi-weekly letter, you'll know I am constantly asking (okay - begging) for volunteers. For one simple reason, our amazing school does amazing events. But those amazing events need amazing parents to help. One of our biggest showcases of amazing parents is coming up, our Spring Fair! We need so many parents to help for an hour or two for VFES' biggest fundraiser of the year. Please click here for more information.

Another place I need amazing parents? The PTO Board itself! We have some openings coming up for the 2018/19 school year for the Executive Board. We also have a lot of opportunities for Chairpersons for different positions that can be grade specific or school wide. Want to learn more? Please come to our next meeting this Thursday at 7pm, or email me at

Finally, a great way for amazing parents to meet other amazing parents? Join us at our Parents' Night Out on Friday, April 20, from 6-9 pm at LaCabre Brewing Company on the second floor. Davie Gregor, Alexis DiLullo, and Stacey Barry have worked hard on a fun night, even securing childcare at LifeTime for those who may need it. It's $25/child for the night. Please click here for all the details!

I hope to see many of you in the next few weeks! 
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!



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

April 9th, 7-8:30 pm 
BUILD Meeting on Progress Monitoring & Benchmark Data
 Come to find out more about what measurements are used to understand where your child is performing relative to peers. 
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 .

Pioneers Basketball Camp
Taught by Conestoga Boys Basketball coaches and players
Grades 1-8, June 25-29. 8:30am - 12:30pm at Conestoga High School
Founded by Conestoga High School boys basketball coaches, Sean Forcine and Jerry Doemling, this week long summer camp aims to teach basketball fundamentals and create a competitive environment for kids to challenge each other, and thus become better players, while having fun.  For more information, click HERE or visit

Registration is open for the Pioneer Elite Basketball Clinics at Valley Forge! The clinics will take place right in the VFES gym after school (3:20-5 pm) on Thursdays in May and are open to boys and girls!! Please visit our website to sign up now!!

Save the Date

Parent's Night Out!
Friday, April 20
6-9 PM
La Cabra Brewing Company - top floor, Berwyn
Childcare will be offered at Lifetime Fitness for non-members and members alike - $25/child

PSSA English/Language Arts: Grades 3-4 begin on Monday!

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

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

4/9-4/27 PSSAs

4/20 Parents' Night Out, 6-9 PM



5/18 Ice Cream Social

5/19 Union game


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