Support the PTO to plan and run activites that benefit the school and children!
Come to meetings, donate your time or funds, or join a program committee!

For more info, email


Playground Fund

Van Derveer Elementary

Help decide the best equipment to spend the fund on for the VDV playground! Your opinions matter!

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Book Fair

Van Derveer Elementary

Coming in Spring! Volunteer to help kids find their Perfect Fit Books!

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Latino Family Advisory Board

Find out more, click below.

La Junta Asesora de Familias Latinas se comunica y brinda acceso equitativo a los estudiantes latinos en asociación con las Escuelas Públicas de Somerville y la PTO de Somerville NJ.

The Latino Family Advisory Board communicates and provides equitable access to latino students in partnership with the Somerville Public Schools and Somerville NJ PTO. 

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Fall Event


Saturday, October 23rd 2021
Van Derveer Elementary School
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m*

*3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. is for special needs in a sensory-friendly environment!

Get ready to enjoy an evening of CANDY, COSTUMES, GAMES and PRIZES.   VDV and SMS families are invited to decorate their cars with fun, family-friendly themes and to provide a safe and fun environment for our kids to get “tricked and treated!” Prizes will be awarded to the top three decorated trunks!

  • We need families to decorate their trunks! Please reserve your parking space early – spaces are limited. WE NEED TRUNKS TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL!!!!!!!

  • Candy will be provided to the decorated trunks to give out!

  • We need volunteers to judge the trunks, run games, and collect / distribute candy.

  • Great opportunity for teen volunteer hours!   

  • The event is open to Van Derveer and Somerville Middle School students and their families. 

  • Candy donations are appreciated and will be collected at drop boxes at the entrances of VDV and SMS throughout the month of October.

  • Donate funds to use towards non-candy treats:

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Fall Fundraiser

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Order Gertrude Hawk on order forms sent home or by the Order link below. Earn prizes! Raise funds for school programs! Find great holiday gifts!

Order today through November 10.

Delivery date estimated week of December 6.

Organizer ID for link: 122109

For VDV and SMS.

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Coat Drive

Held by Storm Response Committee

Please send in new or gently used winter coats, hats and gloves of all sizes from 11/1 – 11/12 to assist families in our community. A drop box will be by the main office.

If your family is in need of winter coats, hats and gloves, please come to the Van Derveer All-Purpose Room on Saturday, November 13. You will be able to choose from available items from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Questions can be emailed to Kate Ambrose:


Envíe abrigos de invierno, gorros y guantes nuevos o poco usados de todos los tomaños del Nov 1 al Nov 12 para asistir familias en nuestra comunidad. Va a haber una colección en la oficina principal.

Si su familia necesita abrigos, gorros y guantes de invierno, por favor venga al Salón de Usos Múltiples Van Derveer el sábado 13 de noviembre. Podrá elegir entre los artículos disponibles de 12 pm - 2 pm.

Las preguntas se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Kate Ambrose:

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Penny Drive

Held by Storm Response Committee

Students can bring in whatever loose change they have available to donate from 11/1 – 11/12 to assist our community with continued storm relief. A collection can will be by the main office.

Every small donation will make a big difference to members of our community who are still affected by Hurricane Ida. Kids can make a difference too!

Questions can be emailed to Danie Tiplady:


Los estudiantes pueden traer cualquier cambio suelto que tengan disponible para donar del Nov 1 al Nov 12 para ayudar nuestra comunidad con alivio continuo de la tormenta. Va a haber una colección en la oficina principal.

Cada pequeña donación marcará una gran diferencia para los miembros de nuestra comunidad que todavía se ve afectada por el huracán Ida. ¡Los niños también pueden marcar la diferencia!

Las preguntas se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Danie Tiplady:

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Holiday Shop

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Kids shop for their family! Other activities and fun too! Hope to see you there!

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Day of Service


Help Your Community

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Valentine's Pencilgrams


Treat your Valentine!

Spring Buds

Spring Fundraiser


Support school activites!

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Teacher Appreciation


Teachers help us everyday! Let's thank them for all of their hard work!

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Field Day


Show your spirit!