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Valentine's Pencilgrams & Friendshipgrams

February 14, 2022, 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!

This year Somerville Middle School students will be included in the fun! Students can purchase Friendshipgram stickers for their friends to celebrate the holiday!

Sign up forms will be sent home!

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PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

VDV Media Center 

51 Union Ave, Somerville

mask required


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#

Please join us to discuss Spring events!

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)

The meeting agenda and minutes be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!) 

Please review last minutes and bring any questions!

www.somervillenjpto.com


Childcare provided by Right At School will be available at the meeting!


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.

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VDV Scholastic Book Fair

February 28 - March 4, 2022

Annual Scholastic Book Fair at Van Derveer Elementary School!

Children's classes stop by the media center to shop for Scholastic books during the week of Read Across America, February 28 - March 4. There will be an evening open on Thursday, March 3rd for shopping as well. Information will be sent home and e-wallets can be set up for chilren's purchases.

Planning meeting will be held on February 3rd in the Media Center.

Volunteer for shifts to set up, hour shifts through the school day or one evening, or for clean up. Help children check out at the register or find the right books! 

Please volunteer at the button below or email info@somervillenjpto.com for more info!

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PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

VDV Media Center 

51 Union Ave, Somerville

mask required


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#

Please join us to discuss Spring events!

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)

The meeting agenda and minutes be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!) 

Please review last minutes and bring any questions!

www.somervillenjpto.com


Childcare provided by Right At School will be available at the meeting!


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.

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PTO General Meetings

3rd Wed of each month, 7pm

September 29th
October 20th
November 17th
January 19th
February 16th
March 16th
April 20th
May 18th
June 8th

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2021-2022 Plans

Help us plan our goals!

September
● Chalk the Walk
● Back to School Night - VDV
● Back to School Night - SMS
● Spiritwear
October
● Fall fundraiser
● Trunk -or-Treat
November
December
● Holiday Shop
January
● Day of Service
February
● Pencil Grams
March
● Book Fair
April
● Spring Fundraiser
May
● Teacher Appreciation
● Field Day (May/June)
June
● Executive Board Elections

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Past Events

Chalk the Walk

Thursday, September 2, 2021, 5pm

Come Chalk the Walk with us at both VDV and SMS to Welcome Back our Students! Bring your chalk and we'll have some to share!

PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00pm

VDV Media Center 

51 Union Ave, Somerville

mask required


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#


Please join us to discuss our goals for the 2021-2022 school year.

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)


The meeting agenda be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!)

www.somervillenjpto.com


Childcare provided by Right At School will be available at the meeting!


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.

PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

***PLEASE NOTE: ALL VIRTUAL!***


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#

Please join us to discuss Fall and Winter plans!

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)

The meeting agenda and minutes can be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!)

Please review last minutes and bring questions to the meeting!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.

Trunk-or-Treat

Saturday, October 23, 3:30-5:30pm

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   

  • 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: http://bit.ly/halloween2021ville

  • Great opportunity for high school volunteer hours!

Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser

October 25- November 10

Order Gertrude Hawk on order forms sent home or by the Order link below.

Earn prizes! Raise funds for school programs at VDV and SMS! Find great holiday gifts!

Order today through November 10.

Delivery date estimated week of December 6.

Click on the link. To add a student, click on I Am A Parent (See my options). Click on Add A Seller (Start adding seller). Create an account (parent information). Click Add New Seller. Use Organizer ID for link: 122109. Use student link to share for ordering!

Coat Drive

November 1-13, 2021

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.


​Held by Storm Response Committee

Questions can be emailed to Kate Ambrose: mkateambrose@gmail.com

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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.


Realizado por el Comité de Respuesta a Tormentas

Las preguntas se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Kate Ambrose: mkateambrose@gmail.com

Penny Drive

November 1-12

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!


Held by Storm Response Committee

Questions can be emailed to Danie Tiplady: danietiplady@msn.com

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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!


Realizado por el Comité de Respuesta a Tormentas

Las preguntas se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Danie Tiplady: danietiplady@msn.com

PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

VDV Media Center 

51 Union Ave, Somerville

mask required


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#

Please join us to discuss Winter and Spring events!

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)

The meeting agenda and minutes be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!) 

Please review last minutes and bring any questions!

www.somervillenjpto.com


Childcare provided by Right At School will be available at the meeting!


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.

Holiday Shop

December 11, 2021, 9a, - 3pm

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 now have a Sensory Friendly Time from 9:00 am - 9:30 am! Ifyou 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!*

Day of Service

January 17, 2022

Monday, January 17th 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 someone else! One idea is to participate in the Somerville YMCA's MLK Service Project!


Join the Somerville Y for an MLK Service Project on Monday, January 17th 12-2PM. Sign up for a virtual or in person option below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040444ABAF2DA2F85-mlkday1

and

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040444ABAF2DA2F85-mlkday

PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

THIS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL ONLY


*Virtual option: 

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://bit.ly/VillePS8PTO

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 386-603-3491‬ PIN: ‪621 732 221‬#

Please join us to discuss Book Fair, Valentines, Spring Fundraiser and the Plaground Committee!

To make this the best year possible for our students,

BRING YOUR IDEAS! (And a friend!)

The meeting agenda and minutes be found on our website (where you can also pay your dues!) 

Please review last minutes and bring any questions!

www.somervillenjpto.com


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


*If joining the Google Meet, please see ground rules.