GVES Weekly Update

January 4, 2019

Upcoming Events

1/8: Geography Bee

1/8: 4th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm GVHS

1/9: 4th Grade Band Concert 7pm GVHS

1/10: 3rd Grade Jaguamax Assembly 9:15am

1/11: GVES Spirit Day

1/11: Spelling Bee

1/11: HSA Movie Night

HSA Family Movie Night - Peter Rabbit

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Tree Recycling

Happy New Year!

This Saturday, January 5th, the GVHS Environmental Club is sponsoring a holiday tree recycling drive at the high school in the art wing parking lot. We will be mulching trees into wood chips to help line our planned nature trail on campus. If you celebrate the season with the tradition of a tree, please consider recycling! Thank you!

Event Details:
When: Saturday, January 5th
Place: GVHS Art Wing Parking Lot (look for signs)
Time: Between 1-3 pm
Contact: Mr. Paul Kazanjian & Mrs. Hillary Lockard (Club sponsors)
Notes: We will do all the handling with your tree!

Home and School Update

GVE Family Movie Night – Friday Jan 11th

Hop on over to GVES on Friday, January 11th to watch the movie Peter Rabbit. Movie time starts at 7:00. Doors open at 6:45. Students are allowed to bring sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.

*Parents please note, this is not a drop off event - Parents must attend event as well.

Martin Luther King Day Service Project – Donations Requested

We are changing things up this year for our MLK Day Service Project. Students will be helping to build “blessing bags” that will be distributed to those in need by City Team of Chester. These kits will contain travel- or trial-sized personal toiletry items and socks or knit mitten/gloves and will be delivered in quart-sized zipper plastic bags, which the children will decorate and then also include a personal note of encouragement.

Students are asked to bring in:

· Travel/Trial sized toiletry items: shampoo (regular or dry shampoo), conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, chapstick, deodorant (stick or spray – prefer “gender neutral” scents), etc… MUST be small size to fit in a quart sized bag with other items

· Tooth brushes – multipacks are fine – we can separate them

· Combs

· “Purse sized” tissue packs

· “Purse sized” hand wipes

· Socks – mens or womens – warm

· Knit gloves or mittens – Adult size – knit – must fit along with other items into quart-sized bag

· Quart sized storage or freezer bags – zipper close

A collection bin is in the GVE lobby. All donations are requested by 1/17. Our goal is to make 200+ bags…so all donations are very much appreciated, and your child will have the opportunity to see it all come together when they help decorate and fill the bags and write a message during a portion of their recess during MLK week. What better way to show what a caring community of learners we have at GVE!

Alternatively, you may opt to contribute cash toward the purchase of these supplies. You can do this one of two ways:

· Send the money in with your child in an envelope labelled: MLK Day of Service

· NEW! Use Venmo: Venmo your contribution to @sacarmichael (Stephanie Carmichael – HSA VP) – please make the venmo payment “public” for traceability and label it “MLK Day of Service.” All Venmo donations will be transferred to the HSA.

School Store

Our next school store will be Wednesday, January 16th! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $3.00.

BYC MLK Day of Service

Please join us for our 10th annual MLK Community Service Day event being held at the BYC/O'Donoghue Fieldhouse on Monday, January 21st from 10am-12pm. All ages are welcome, but we do ask that small children be accompanied by an adult. Community Service hours are available.

We are looking for the following donations:

- toiletries to fill decorated gift bags for various shelters

- fabric to make happy healing pillows for local hospitals

- canned goods, jars of peanut butter & jelly for local food pantries

- non perishables to create themed meal kits - pasta night, taco night, breakfast for dinner night, etc.

- fleece material for making scarves for shelters and braided dog bones for the SPCA

- 72" no sew fleece kits to make tie-knot blankets for a local foster care program

- loose change for piggybanks (part of the Adopt a Pig foundation)

- composition books, duct tape, stickers & foam decorations to make journals for local cancerpatients

- fruit to include in the bagged lunches being delivered to City Team Ministries

Please see the attached flyer for more details. Our event is also posted on the All For Good website via the following link - https://www.allforgood.org/projects/6QyWKGJZ

If you are interested in making a donation or to RSVP to help, please feel free to contact Dawn & Jim Gillespie at gillespiedj@verizon.net or 610-246-7800.

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Chorus Sign Up

Hello all 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Parents, The music department at GVES is wrapping up our winter concert performances. In January, all choral groups will begin working on new concert repertoire for our spring performances. If your child is not yet in chorus and would like to participate, this is the perfect time to join his/her grade level chorus. Please go here to Join The Chorus and read about our programs. You may watch videos of past performances and have questions answered in the Q and A section.

Click Here For Chorus Sign Up Page

Any further questions can be e-mailed to Mr. Lenderman at lend@garnetvalley.org. (If your child is already in chorus please do not sign up again!!)

Thank you and have a Wonderful Holiday Season, Mr. Lenderman.

Family Directory

Many parents/guardians have asked that the district again creates a directory for Garnet Valley elementary families. The directory will be made available to Garnet Valley families later this school year. If you do not want your information (phone number and email address) listed in the directory please click below. The deadline to opt out is 1/11/19. Otherwise it will be included. Thank you.

Link to Opt Out

Elementary Winter After School Activities

By using the website parent portal link by clicking here or simply by using this direct link, you can access the Elementary After School Activities Brochure for the winter session. From Robotics to Trailblazing, we are excited to offer a number of engaging developmentally appropriate activities for your children created and facilitated by our teachers and located in our schools. The majority of the activities are fee based, and parents may pay online by following the directions within the brochure. For those parents who prefer to pay by check or who are registering for a free activity, please use the attached Enrollment Form.

Enrollment Form to Pay by Check or to Register for a Tuition Free Activity

GVES Social Media Update

The majority of our social media information can be found on Twitter. Twitter is the platform that connects our teachers and schools within our district. Unfortunately, content on Twitter no longer goes directly to Facebook as Facebook changed its policies for this. We are posting content on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. However, information that we retweet will only be seen on Twitter.

So, if you want to see the most possible information that we share you will want to join Twitter. If you are ok just seeing posts that come directly from GVES then you can use any of the three main platforms.

Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see what's happening at GVES!

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Want a chance to be on the podcast? Students can submit a book review here and you might get to read it and be on iTunes!

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

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast Website

Parent Workshop - 1/28/19

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Technology Night for Parents

The Future of Teaching and Learning in Garnet Valley

Informational and Interactive workshop for all parents with children in grades 3-12

Garnet Valley remains a destination school district for families throughout the country due in part to the push for personalized learning and cutting-edge instructional technologies. Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, for an interactive presentation and discussion led by Mr. Samuel Mormando, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning. Topics will include Garnet Valley’s work to personalize learning for all students, new classroom technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) & VR (virtual reality), and new educational programs including eSchool@GarnetValley and blended learning options now offered at the high school.

Link to flyer

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #20

The results are back from the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey for Garnet Valley’s 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. We also have results from 2013 and 2015 PAYS. The results of this anonymous survey are self-reported and represent 83.9% of our students.

Did you know? Garnet Valley’s strongest Protective Factor is Family Involvement at 74% for 4 years running! Opportunities for Prosocial Involvement and Rewards for Prosocial Involvement provided by families are also high at 70% and 71 % respectively. This much higher than average statistic means that strong families provide protection from risky behavior, violence, bully/victim problems and drug and alcohol use.

Call to action… Today’s Parent magazine has some great New Year’s resolutions to make our strong Garnet Valley families even stronger.

New Year's resolutions for the whole family

· Hold family meetings. Give everyone in the family—including the kids—an opportunity to be heard. ...

· Say no to sarcasm. Scorn is just anger thinly disguised with a sneer. ...

· Laugh. A lot. ...

· Focus on quality, not quantity. ...

· Don't forget date nights. ...

· Practice some self-care.

Nov 27, 2018

Click on the link below for more information.


Garnet Valley Solo Fest - Sat Feb 23, 2019

All GV students grades 5-12 band, orchestra, chorus, or piano lessons are invited to perform a solo in the 2019 GV Solo Fest. Students will perform an approved solo piece for two music adjudicators (not in front of an audience), and will receive written feedback and participation recognition. Several outstanding performers will be selected for special recognition and may be selected to perform in our 2019 Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert on March 24. Your music teacher will help you select a piece to perform. Register at www.gvhsmusic.org/solofest by Jan 25!

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! Now Podcasting!

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!

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"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.