GVES Weekly Update

January 18, 2019

Upcoming Events

1/21: Martin Luther King Jr Holiday--Schools and Offices Closed

1/22-1/25: MLK Week of Service

1/22-1/25: No Name Calling Week

1/25: GVES Spirit Day

1/25: Lunch Buddies

Home and School Update

Martin Luther King Day Service Project – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

A HUGE thank you for all of the generous donations made for this initiative! The response from this community was truly amazing, and we are all set to go for next week!

The Signup Genius is live for volunteers to help the students sort, pack and decorate the blessing bags! We can definitely still use the help – particularly with the mid-day (12:30-1:30) slots on Wed/Thurs. Remember, you don’t have to JUST come when your child is involved!!

Please use this link to sign up:


GVE Family Bingo Night - Friday Feb, 8th – Volunteers Needed!

Event Date: Friday February 8th 6-8PM @GVE

We are in need of 10-15 volunteers to help us with:

  • Set up
  • Checking people into the event
  • Kitchen help to distribute food
  • Clean-up after the event.

Any help to make this event a success would be greatly appreciated.

Please e-mail Steven Schneider: shrugged999@gmail.com

HSA Committee Work Group Meeting – Friday, Feb 9th

Always wanted to help out with HSA events but don’t know how to get involved? Join us for our Committee Work Group Meeting and get to know us/get looped in!

Friday, February 9th – 9 am in the GVE LGI Room

Valentines Day Parties – Thursday, February 14th

Valentines Day parties will be held in the classrooms on Thursday, 2/14. Homeroom parents will be reaching out and sending out sign-ups for this within the next couple of weeks.

No Name Calling Week Events

Tuesday, January 22 - Proud to Be Me Day!

Students and staff are invited to wear outfits to represent themselves. Choose something special about you and share with your classmates why you chose this outfit or item.

Wednesday, January 23 - Friendship Mix It Up Day

Students and staff are invited to mix and match their clothing. Students will mix up their lunch seats by sitting in the cafeteria according to birth month.

Thursday, January 24 - Hay Day!

Wear your best country western wear and give silent waves to say, "Hey!"

Friday, January 25 - You Matter Day

Wear your GV spirit wear! Students will receive You Matter cards as part of a compassion project.

3rd & 5th Grade Math Night

3rd & 5th Grade Math Night

The GVES Home & School Association is very pleased to sponsor the sixth annual Math Night for 3rd and 5th grade students. This special night will be held at GVES’ Cafeteria (3rd Grade) and Gym (5th Grade) on Wednesday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:15 pm.

The goal of this event is to encourage the love of math in our children by participating in some hands-on, challenging math activities, games and puzzles. There will be prizes and giveaways during the evening, so register now!

*3rd Grade students need an adult to accompany them. This is a drop off event for 5th grade students only.

*Given space constraints, siblings cannot attend.

*Space is limited to the first 60 students in each grade. Others will be put on a wait list and contacted if space becomes available.

*We need volunteers to make this event a success! If you would like to help with a station or check in, please contact Elizabeth Singh @ opalkat@hotmail.com for 3rd Grade or Cynthia Robinson @ cynthiarobinson033@gmail.com for 5th grade.

To register your child for 3rd Grade Math night, please use this link: http://bit.ly/2019grade3mathnightgves

To register your child for 5th Grade Math night, please use this link:

Your registration will be confirmed in a future email. If you have any questions or problems registering, please contact Amy Descovich at amydesco@gmail.com.

Register early to grab one of the 60 spots per grade!

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Kids Heart Challenge

Garnet Valley Elementary School will be participating in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge event during the week of February 4th -February 8th, 2019. Students will be given fundraising information and hear all about Kids Heart Challenge starting in January! Please join us at GVES in our fight against heart disease!

To see instructions for online fundraising, please use the following link:

To come see your child participate in KIDS HEART Challenge, click on the following link for class Physical Education times:

Helping Hands Club is Looking for your Help!

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Lockdown Security Drill

GVES held a lockdown drill on Thursday, January 17th. During these drills, our staff and students practice sheltering in place. The drill is announced as practice so that students are not alarmed. Schools can now replace two of their monthly fire drills with lock down drills. Therefore, we will not have a January fire drill. Thank you.
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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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DIVA Dance Party 2019

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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #22

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? “Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.

For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.

A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health.”

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness see link below

Call to action… Learn more about mental health challenges and what is available to help. Look for Garnet Valley PAYS results in the next Quick Tip.


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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

GVHS MiniThon

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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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