The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 3
October 1 , 2017  
Greetings from the PTO President
When I took over as PTO President, I found myself focusing a lot on the first letter of the PTO acronym. After all, I am a parent to three students in VFES. It's the primary reason I wanted to be involved in the PTO, I wanted to help be an integral part of a great school. I don't think I can stress enough how important parents are to our school. Without you, a high percentage of our children's fondest memories of Valley Forge Elementary wouldn't be possible. We rely on 75 parents to staff the library! We rely on another 75 to be homeroom parents! And almost 100 of you have answered the call to volunteer for other opportunities over these last weeks, and we still have open positions, if you are interested. It's been amazing to see how fortunate our children are to have such an active parent community.

That said, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the T in PTO, our fantastic teachers. Many of you had the opportunity to meet them these last few weeks at Back to School nights. You learned a bit about them, and probably secretly hoped you wouldn't have to chat with them until November conferences (or am I projecting?) 

Here are a few teacher facts you may not know. The average teacher spends over $500 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. The PTO offsets a small amount of their cost through PTO funds, but most of the teachers I know have never complained about the cost, accepting the reality instead. Also, their day doesn't end at 3:20. I can't count the number of times I have received an email after 6pm. I also know of a certain principal who was Facetiming with her kids after dismissal and before the start of Curriculum Night to help them with homework. Their families miss them too. 

And summers off? I was in the school A LOT during the summer. Not only did I see teachers in there prepping their rooms, they were getting their lesson plans ready for the school year. And if they need a few weeks to recharge after spending all year with my children, far be it from me to complain. Heck, I feel I should probably contribute to their vacation fund. 

My children's teachers have comforted them on their very first day of school, eased their anxieties over fire drills and lock down drills, helped them when they have gotten hurt or have felt ill. Essentially, they have stepped in during the day when I can't.

I am not writing this to try to score bonus points with my kids' teachers.  Rather, in first grade, I wrote I wanted to be a teacher. Or a nun. I didn't have the patience for either, but I have always been impressed with the individuals who actively seek to shape young minds, and our school has some of the state's best. Together, we are a formidable organization whose sole purpose is the best school environment around.

Our children couldn't get much luckier. And as a parent, I am grateful for that.

Heather McConnell

School News 


Here's your chance to stock up on VFES t-shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants and more!  Clothes are available in Youth and Adult sizes. We've also added Headwear to our store this year!  
Stay tuned for a flyer and email on Tuesday with shopping information.
The webstore will only be open for 2 weeks so don't miss out!    


Click the link above to learn more about BUILD, our monthly meetings, and how you can become a part of our community! 

Click the link to register for the 5th annual Falcon 5K!

Click to learn how VFES is helping the victims of Hurricane Maria and earning extra recess time in the process!

4th Grade Artist in Residency
October 16-20, 2017

The VFES PTO is very excited to bring Alex & the Kaleidoscope to school this fall for a week of team building and song writing for our entire 4th grade class!  We will kick off the Artist in Residency week on Monday with an all school assembly led by Alex Mitnick and his band.  On Tuesday through Thursday, Alex will work directly with each 4th grade class.  Each day Alex will share his unique approach to music education by combining singing, movement, percussion and song writing into a stimulating and fun musical experience!  Each class will wrap up the week by composing their own unique song with Alex and performing that song with the band in a final performance for VFE students and parents. 
Parents are invited to attend the performance on Friday October 20th at 10:00am in the Cafetorium.  

Focused primarily on the art of making music as a group, this PTO sponsored Artist in Residency experience will strengthen the connection our students have to each other and their community. 

Don't forget to like us on Facebook! Search for the Valley Forge Elementary PTO - it's a closed group, so you need to request to join.
Community News 
Currently, the TE School District is in the  contract negotiations process with the Tredyffrin/Easttown Education Association (TEEA), the union which represents teachers, nurses and counselors.

One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Give Is Your Time
Volunteers Needed!
The following positions are open and ready for volunteers:
*Bike/Walk to School Chairperson
*Falcon Newsletter Editors  (Heather is STILL doing it!)
Pizza Bingo Coordinators (1)

*Denotes urgent vacancy!

September 25, 2017
International Day of Peace - VFES style

VFES water bottles $5!
Available every Friday at the school store (9:45 - 11:15), will also be available for sale at the PTO meeting on Thursday evening.
16 oz, BPA free, top rack, dishwasher safe!
The perfect accessory for the incoming water filtration fountains! All proceeds benefit the 4th grade end of year party!

In This Issue
Greetings from the PTO President
School News
Community News
Call for Volunteers
Upcoming Events

10/2-10/5 Minutes for Maria

10/2 Clubs start!

10/2-10/6 ERB Testing

10/5 PTO mtg, 7pm, large group room

10/9 Gregory Mone event

10/10 Berwyn Fire Company visit

10/11 Walk/Bike to School


10/20 4th grade A.I.R. performance

10/23 - 10-27 Book Fair

10/30 Scary Gym

11/5 Falcon 5K, 9AM, Wilson Farm Park
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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