Committees

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 info@somervillenjpto.com.

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Holiday Shop

Saturday, December 10, 2022

9:00 am - 9:30 am Sensory Friendly Time

9:30 am - 1:00 pm General Admission


Van Derveer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room (cafeteria)

Come to the Holiday Gift Shop at VDV!

Students can shop for their family, without them seeing, with the help of Christmas Elves! (We will have older students and adults guiding VDV students around the shop.)

<We will have a Sensory Friendly Time from 9:00 am - 9:30 am! If you have the need for a quieter or less crowded shopping experience, please come early!>

We will also have a bake sale and some fun activities! 

Give your children the opportunity to shop for Your suprises!

If you'd like to volunteer to be an Elf, set up, clean up, cashier, wrapping gifts, or donate to the Bake Sale, sign up at this link button!
*Please drop off baked goods at 8:30 am!*

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General Fundraising Help

Help Our Treasurer!

If you'd like to help with Fundraising in general, reach out to Amanda Hoy, our PTO Treasurer!

We can plan events like Hershey Park tickets, Dine to Donate, Spirit Wear, Logo magnets, etc. We need ideas and hands to help distribute, contact, and arrange fundraising events.

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Day of Service

January 16, 2023, MLK Day

Monday, January 16th is not just a day off from school, it's also the National Day of Service!
The PTO calls you to do something in service for others.
More details of our project to come.

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Valentine's Pencilgram

February 14, 2023, Valentine's Day

Once again Pencilgrams will be available for purchase at Van Derveer to send in for your students. Festive pencils and Snifty pencils will be wrapped with a bow for your loved one!

Sign up forms will be sent home!

Planning is underway! Email us to help out! info@somervillenjpto.com

WILL BE DELIVERED TO CLASSROOMS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH.

Thank you for participating!

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VDV Scholastic Book Fair

February 27 - March 3, 2023

February 27 - March 3 is the week of Read Across America! 

Volunteer to help kids find their Perfect Fit Books!

Students will visit the Fair with their classes February 27th- March 3rd.

Thursday March 2nd is our late night for families to shop in person from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.


We need volunteers!!!

Sign up for a shift to assist with ringing up sales and helping shoppers.


The "All For Books" fundraiser to fulfill wish lists for students in need will donate a book to a child in need for every dollar donated.


You can set up your EWallet at the Scholastic link. 


Donations to the PTO EWallet will go to All For Books and library wish lists. Wish lists for the school library and classroom libraries will be posted at the Book Fair.


EVERY purchase from the Book Fair earns rewards that are spent on books for VDV.

Thank you for your support!!!

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Thanks to all of the volunteers, the Winter 2022 Book Fair was WILDLY successful. We brought in the highest amount of sales/profit EVER and fulfilled more wishes than ever before.

Here are the stats:

- We raised $931.62 in All For Books ($532.60 came from the classroom coin drive!). We were able to spend this on wishes at our Fair.

- Scholastic will donate 931 books to children need in other districts, thanks to our All For Books fundraiser!

- We took in $15,003.89 in sales and sold over 1,800 books

- We earned $7,497.04 in Scholastic dollars

- We filled 17 student wishes

- We spent $1,408.63 on teachers wishes

- We spent $162.89 on library wishes (with much more to come on Scholastic earnings post Fair)

- We added 80 items to the Van Dercart

Without each one of you playing a role, we never could have pulled this off. What an amazing team we make. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We hope you took as much joy out of this experience and the return to normalcy for our kids.

Happy reading!!!!!!!!!

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Teacher Appreciation

May 8-12, 2022
At Both VDV and SMS

Let's thank the teachers and staff for all their hard work this year!


Volunteer to help organize, set up, decorate, and clean up Teacher Appreciation activities.

We will also have a sign up for food donations.

Our teachers and staff have been amazing this year and we are so very thankful for them! We really want to spoil them and show them how much we care and appreciate each and every one of them!


We have 5 great days planned with goodies and a catered lunch at the end of the week. Any amount you are able to donate is appreciated. If you prefer to send in cash or check to the school, please make any checks payable to Somerville NJ PTO and both can be sent attention PTO/TAW Week.

Thank you!

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Playground Fund

Van Derveer Elementary

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

Join the committee list to be involved in the current discussions with the district, principal and engineers, to add equipment, make the playgrounds accessible to all, and refloor the playgrounds! Some new equipment will be added This Year! And PTO has a special Playground Fund just to help with future efforts of the Playground Commitee!! Join the committee and come to PTO meetings to find out how you can help!!

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Cultural Diversity Committee

Learn About Your Community

Enrich the VDV and SMS Cultural Awareness Months and share your cultures!

Committee just starting now! 

Please click the Volunteer button and fill out the Committee Sign-Up so we can start our Team!

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Junta Asesora de Familias Latinas

Latino Family Advisory Board

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.