GVES Summer Update I

July 8, 2019

Upcoming Events

7/17: GVES Library Open 9AM-12PM

8/5: GVES Library CLOSED for renovations

8/19: Back to School Information Released on Alma

8/28: Elementary Open House (Grades 1-5) 12:30PM-2:30PM

9/3: First Day of School

Save the Date - Elementary Open House

All three GVSD elementary schools will host an Open House for students entering grades 1-5 on Wednesday, August 28, from 12:30PM-2:30PM. Students and their families are invited to tour the school and meet our teachers and staff. Our HSA will be planning activities for the Open House as we move through the summer. We look forward to seeing everyone at this first event of the new school year!

Click here for the Open House Family Guide

Under Armour Backpack Sale - Ends August 1st

Dear GVES Families,

GVES HSA is able to offer Under Armour GV backpacks for $50. If you are interested, please click on the link below for ordering information as well as a picture of each of the color options. The GV logo will be added to each backpack. Payment must be made on myschoolbucks before you order will be confirmed. Backpacks will be available for pickup at the Open House.

Please email gveshsa@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Thank you,


Summer Reading

Please click the link below to the district webpage that details summer reading expectations for elementary school students in Garnet Valley (students entering grades 1-5 in September):


Turn in your "50 Days of Summer Reading" form and you will be entered into the drawing for the prize basket shown in the picture below. The basket contains:

  • A Kindle Fire 10 with headphones
  • a $50 Amazon gift card
  • Big Boggle
  • Chess and Checkers Travel Set
  • Kanoodle
  • Rubik's Cube

Good luck and happy reading!

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NEW Parent Health Portal

Last school year the district used the FamilyID system for all emergency cards and forms to help streamline the summer process for our parent community. While the feedback from our parents was positive, FamilyID did not meet the needs of our school nurses. Starting this coming school year (2019-2020), Garnet Valley will give our parents and guardians direct access to our district’s health portal (SNAP) which will provide the most secure, convenient, and real-time view of your child’s school health record.

(The FamilyID system is not going away entirely as it will still be used by our athletic department to collect sports physicals.)

Benefits of the SNAP Parent Health Portal

With a secure login and encrypted data transfer, parents can safely access their child’s health information from any computer or mobile device to:

  • Update Critical Health Information

  • Electronically Sign & Submit Forms

  • Review Screening Results

  • Upload Medical Forms

  • Authorize OTC Orders

  • Monitor Health Clinic Visits

Additionally, automatic email notifications immediately alert parents when new information is available, medication refills are needed, immunization status becomes non-compliant, or forms need to be signed. Through a built-in messaging system, parents can communicate directly with the school nursing staff.

From within the SNAP Health Center, our school nurses are immediately notified when any changes are made by parents. New information is flagged to make sure it doesn’t go unnoticed and critical changes must be acknowledged. Nurses also can view a log of recent parent activity.

All parents and legal guardians that have an email address in Alma will be receiving their secured login credentials in a few weeks. The email will come from noreply@studentehr.com and look similar to the screenshot below.

If anyone has an issue accessing their child’s health records or has difficulty with technology, there will be a parent night on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, to help troubleshoot any issues.

VEFLS Registration

See the attached flyer for registration for VEFLS classes this fall.
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Back to School Nights

Save these dates for our Back to School Nights. The schedule and times have been adjusted to better accommodate parents/guardians based on the survey feedback we received last year. We look forward to connecting with you!

Wednesday, September 11

  • 3rd Grade, 6PM
  • 5th Grade, 7:15PM

Thursday, September 12
  • 4th Grade, 7PM

Study Skills has a New Name!

Our Study Skills special area class curriculum has evolved over the years. What was once based on organization skills is now a class to foster the love of reading, writing, and all things literacy.

Study Skills will now be known as Book Smarts! We will be updating schedules to reflect this exciting change.

School Supply Lists for 2019-2020

Doing your own shopping for school supplies? You can find the supply list for each grade level here.

GVSD is Hiring!

Join our team! GVSD is hiring full and part-time paraprofessionals along with substitutes in several support areas. All postings are listed here.

Residency Changes

In order to ensure that you receive your 19/20 school year information, please update the main office with any changes in residency status or address. Contact the office or Administration if you need a Change of Address Form and/or if you have questions regarding what is accepted as proof of new address. Note: ALL change of address paperwork requires 2 proofs of residence.

Interested in Reading Olympics?

Thinking about joining Reading Olympics next year? Well you're in luck here's an advance copy of next year's Reading Olympic books. Read on! See you in September. :)

Band & Orchestra for the 2019-2020 School Year

Band and Orchestra sign ups for the 2019-2020 school year have begun! 3rd graders are completing the instrument interview process and will come home with a form reflecting their instrument recommendations. To sign up for band or orchestra for next year, please click this link:


Keep Collecting Box Tops!

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Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

New episodes have been released! Check us out on iTunes.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast Website

Important Links

After School Activity Dismissal Procedures - Dismissal Locations

VEFLS - Foreign Language Contact Person, kgardler@yahoo.com or 610-717-2755

Cafeteria Information - Menus and Payments

GVES Yearly Calendar - Important Dates

Safe Arrival - Attendance Reporting App

GVSD App - Download app here

MySchoolBucks - Online Payments

District Text Messaging Opt-In - Registration Info

Parent Right to Know Information

Parent Right to Know Information as Required by The Elementary and Secondary Education Assistance (ESEA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)] and the Every Student Succeeds Act [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)] is located here.

Connect with GVES!

Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you would like to receive text alerts, please sign up here or text @jaguarmax to 81010. Also, check out our Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes!

Garnet Valley Elementary School

"A Caring Community of Learners"

Est. 1997

The mission of our learning community is to maximize the potential of all students by empowering them to do their personal best.