The Falcon 
Valley Forge Elementary School's PTO Newsletter 
Issue 9
January 21, 2018  
Greetings from the PTO President
I blinked and somehow it's almost the end of January! I can't believe that we're half way through the school year, and some of our school's best events haven't even occurred!

Thanks to the hard work of our Cultural Arts VPs - Simmer Marcelli and Susan McGowan - VFES students will be experiencing some amazing programs these next few weeks to help break up the winter doldrums! 
Kindergarten will visit Eastern University's Planetarium on January 25, and will have a fun Valentine's Day Program to look forward to.
First grade will be visited by the Academy of Natural Science in collaboration with their rainforest project. Once completed, you really need to visit the school to see how beautiful the first grade hallway looks (and keep an eye out for a call for volunteers, first grade parents! The murals are big, beautiful, and need a lot of hands!)
Second grade will be enjoying their Chinese Round Robin on January 30, and again, it's a wonderful day to help volunteer.
Third grade just had a visit by Betsy Ross (see School News for more information). 
On January 29, Fourth grade will be visited by Thomas Jefferson in Kit's Interactive Revolutionary Theater. 
School wide - Art Goes to School will be February 5-9, and that is something all the kids really look forward to.

Of course, our wonderful Cultural Arts programs are supported by fundraisers throughout the year, including some new local restaurants who have agreed to donate a percentage of sales back to school. I know I enjoy a night off from cooking dinner! Look for a flyer in the coming weeks.

I would be remiss to not mention that we are gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Spring Fair! I am thrilled to welcome back Alison Murray as chair, and if you know me well, you know I may be even more excited about our theme. A hint - it's in a galaxy far, far away. So save the date for Spring Fair on May the 4th! We need a lot of volunteers to make it the success it has been, so I hope you will join in on the fun! Our kickoff meeting is on Friday, February 2 at 9am in the cafeteria.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who donated socks to our Dr. Martin Luther King Service Project. It was a huge success, and we look forward to expanding on Dr. King's legacy in the years to come.

Enjoy the nice weather and Go Birds!
Heather McConnell

School News 
Thanks to the PTO,  Betsy Ross visited third grade! She told her own story about the special day when George Washington came to her upholstery shop. The children learned about the symbols on our flag and why it looks the way it does. Everyone got an opportunity to participate in Betsy's story - she even shared her secret for making a 5-pointed star! She brought twelve different colonial flags, as well as a hand-sewn flag. The children enjoyed the presentation and asked Betsy, played by Carol Spacht, to dance with them at Mini-thon. Betsy explained she couldn't participate "because Quakers don't dance".

The PTO would like to thank the Falcon Fun Camp, specifically Alex Johnson and Matt Diamond, for consistently donating a portion of the camps' proceeds back to the PTO. 
Their contribution helped fund this new water filtration fountain! 


Congrats to Lauren G. for being chosen the winner of the Yearbook Cover Contest!

Congrats to Audrey K., Maura M., Brendan S., and Mary W. for submitting winning designs for the back cover.

Thank you to everyone for your submissions! We are always amazed at the multitude of talented artists at VFES!
Community News 
CrossFit Kids is a combination of gymnastics, conditioning and strength training.  This is a great opportunity for kiddos to stay active during the winter months, train for their spring sport, and inspire them to make fitness a part of their lifestyle.  Click on the link to find out more information.  The CrossFit Kids MainLine is located behind Panera Bread in Gateway Shopping Center.

Devon Strafford Little League Registration 
Devon Strafford Little League (DSLL) is happy to announce that registration for Spring 2018 Tee Ball, Coach Pitch and Baseball and Softball is now open.  
Tee Ball and Coach Pitch registration is open through 2/27/18.  
Registration for all Softball and Baseball levels (Machine Pitch, Kid Pitch, Minors and Majors) is open through 1/30/18.  
Late Baseball and Softball registrations will be accepted through 2/14 (additional fee).  
All registrants new to DSLL must include proof of age documents with their registration.  Additional information as well as the online registration forms can be found at-


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


School Board meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Click here for agenda.

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

1/22 Clubs Start

1/25 Kindergarten trip

1/29 4th Grade - Kit's Interactive Theater

1/30 2nd Grade - Chinese Round Robin

2/1 1st Grade - Academy of Nat'l Sci


2/8 Kindergarten Math Night at DES

2/9 PTO Meeting

2/16 & 2/19 School CLOSED

2/23 Pizza Bingo

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