Time for the first week of school!
August 31, 2018
9/4: First Day of School
9/5: 3rd Grade Back to School Night - 6:30PM
9/5: 5th Grade Back to School Night - 7:30PM
9/10: No School
9/13: 4th Grade Back to School Night - 7:00PM
Summer Mailing Information
Important Student Information:
- Step 1 - Link to Alma for class assignment
- Step 2 - Link to Transportation & Bus Information
- Step 3 - Link to Family ID for emergency medical cards and sign-offs
- New School Hours
- School Supply lists
- Drop off & Pick up map
- Letter from our nurse
- Link to cafeteria menus and accounts
- Back to School Night dates and times
- Communication procedures
- GVES Google Calendar
- Summer Reading
- Band & Orchestra
- Rad Robots
- Voluntary Foreign Language
It was great to start our year together at our first Open House! We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday and our parents/guardians at Back to School Nights. Additional information from our Home & School will be sent to you in the future.
Dr. Jason Kotch, Principal
Mrs. Caitlin Jones, Assistant Principal
Important Student Information - 3 Steps
Step 1 - Class Assignments - Alma
Step 2 - Emergency Cards and Parent/Guardian Forms - FamilyID
All Garnet Valley School District emergency cards and parent forms will now be completed online usingFamilyID. This means that all of the information that was once mailed home and stored on paper is now digital, making the process for both our parents and staff more efficient. Family ID is a secure registration platform that provides families with an easy, user-friendly way to complete school emergency cards, sign school policies, media releases, and more. FamilyID also helps the district to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
Please click here to access the FamilyID Site and create or sign into your account (top right corner of the page). All emergency cards should be completed before the start of school.
Step 3 - Transportation Information & Bus Assignments - InfoFinder
The Garnet Valley School District is pleased to introduce a new feature of our bus routing system for the 2018-2019 school year. InfoFinder-i provides online access to assist in finding your child’s bus number, pick-up/drop-off locations and times.
InfoFinder-i allows you to:
- Find your child’s designated bus stop;
- Find the estimated pick-up/drop-off times for your child’s bus stop;
- Locate which school your child would attend if you are planning to move.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to check InfoFinder-i periodically between August 15th and
Also, please read this very important procedure change for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will only be able to ride their assigned buses this year. Daily changes will be permitted through the Transportation Department for emergencies only.
Please click here to access the site. RUNS HAVE BEEN UPDATED. PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR BUS TIMES.
Additional School Information
New School Hours
The school day is now from 8:45-3:15. Students must be in the homerooms by 8:55 or they will be marked absent. Car line for morning drop off will start at 8:25. After 8:50, please park in front of the school and walk the children in. Dismissal at the end of the day will begin at 3:05. We recommend using the school bus whenever possible.
Car Line Map
Letter from our Nurse
The school nurse’s office maintains a file of emergency and other pertinent health information on each student. It is very important that this information be updated each year to better implement health care services for your child.
Please complete the online EMERGENCY CARD through FamilyID. I cannot stress enough how crucial this information may be during the course of the school year, so please be very thorough in completing this card. EMERGENCY CARDS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS: Required by law prior to admission to school. If your child has had any recent immunizations, please submit written documentation from your physician’ office to the nurse’s office so we may update your child’s health records.
DENTAL EXAMINATIONS: Required by law on all THIRD grade students (and students recently registered). Dental forms were enclosed with the report cards sent home in June. If you did not receive a form, they are available on our website or you may pick one up in the main office. Please return the completed form to the nurse’s office by the end of September. If this form is not received by the deadline, your child will be scheduled to see the school dentist.
MEDICATIONS ARE NOT TO BE CARRIED BY STUDENTS!!! This includes all prescription and over the counter medications as well as vitamins. Metered dose inhalers for the treatment of asthma OR epi-pens for use with severe allergies, are the only exceptions to this rule and ONLY after written parent consent has been secured and is on file in the nurse’s office.
If it is necessary for a student to take medication during the school day, it must be kept and dispensed in the nurse’s office. All medications must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, medication name and dosage instructions. Prescription medication MUST be in its original pharmacy container. Your pharmacy can provide you with a duplicate container for school use upon request. WRITTEN PARENTAL PERMISSION MUST ACCOMPANY ALL MEDICATIONS!
If your child is on a long-term daily medication, please contact the nurse’s office to make these arrangements. Please be reminded that a current physician’s order and a parental consent form will be needed to dispense these medications. Please feel free to call the nurse’s office at 610-579-4146 with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s health. My best to you and your family for a safe and healthy school year.
Lin Wesolowski, RN, CSN
Back to School Night Dates & Times
Thursday, September 13: 4th Grade--7:00pm
*** Please note different start times for 3rd and 5th grades
Early Dismissals - Early dismissals due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will be announced through the phone number you provide in Alma, email, district-level social media, and websites. Please keep your Alma contact information current. You can update this information in your account.
Absence Reporting - Launched at the end of the last school year, the new School Messenger (Safe Arrival) Absence Reporting System makes it easy for parents/guardians to report their child's absence, reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance and will allow our staff to respond to unexplained student absences more efficiently. Please click here for directions on how to use your phone, app, or computer to report an absence.
Social Media - GVES is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Our handle is @GarnetValleyES on all three platforms. We also podcast on iTunes. Just search iTunes for "Jaguarmax."
Summer Reading for Students Entering Grades 3, 4, and 5
Sign up for Band and Orchestra
Don't forget to sign up for band or orchestra! All incoming 4th and 5th graders are welcome to sign up. Lessons will begin in September. Please click here to register.
Contact Mrs. Burke (orchestra) or Mr. Olson (band) with any questions you may have.
Mrs. Burke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Olson: email@example.com
The new schedule for this year is below:
Monday - 4th Orchestra in LGI
Tuesday - 5th Orchestra in LGI, 4th Band in Cafeteria
Wednesday - Wind Ensemble in LGI
Thursday - 5th Band in Cafeteria
Sign Up for Chorus
Every student is invited to join chorus. Singing in chorus gives your child a wonderful opportunity to perform in an ensemble while building upon concepts generated in the general music classroom. We perform two concerts a year, one in the winter and one in the spring.
At the beginning of the school year, parents may go to the online sign up form which will need to be filled out with contact information, student home room and grade level. The information provided will help me communicate with parents regarding rehearsal attendance, performances and other announcements. Students may join in January if they did not join in September.
Morning chorus rehearsal begins after the buses arrive and runs from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m.; students are then dismissed to their homerooms. Chorus rehearsals will not conflict with morning language classes. Students who participate in language class will be dismissed from their class to attend chorus at 8:30 a.m.
PLEASE NOTE: There is absolutely no conflict with orchestra/band lessons and chorus. Instrumental lessons run during the day with ensemble rehearsals after school. More than half of our chorus students also perform in an instrumental ensemble.
Use this link to sign up for chorus.