GVES Summer Update

July 27, 2018

Summer Events

8/17: Class Lists Released on Alma


8/20: Future Ready Boot Camp


8/22: 3rd Grade Transition Camp


8/22: New Family Luncheon


8/23: Building Tours (must register below)


8/29: Open House


8/31: VEFLS - Voluntary Elementary Foreign Language Studies Early Registration Deadline (see more info below)

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New Open House for Next Year

We are excited to announce a new event to start the next school year! On August 29th, all three elementary schools will be hosting an Open House in the afternoon so that students and their families can visit the schools and meet their teachers before school officially start. The schedule has been developed with families in multiple schools and siblings in mind. It will be split into two sessions to accommodate the parking needed for this new event. We look forward to starting the school year with our students, families, and all teachers!


Click here for the Open House Family Guide


Click here for background information on the new Open House

August 23rd Building Tours

Guided school tours are being offered by Dr. Kotch & Mrs. Jones on Thursday, August 23rd. These tours are for families who cannot attend the Open House on August 29th. Since Sneak a Peek was previously in two separate weeks, we are offering the tours for this year in the week prior to the Open House. For next year, the Open House will be the only transition event. Please plan vacations accordingly for next summer if you'd like to attend the Open House.


Tours are being offered at 5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30PM on August 23rd. Please register in advance. There will not be any Home & School events during the tours.


A separate form is setup for each tour time. Please register for the time that you'd like. Space is limited for each time. If the time you selected is not available, please try another time.


5:00PM Tour

5:30PM Tour

6:00PM Tour

6:30PM Tour


If you have any questions about the tours, please call our office at 610.579.4150.


We look forward to seeing you in August! Thank you.

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New Website

Our new district and school websites are mostly up and running!


The new web address for our school is gves.garnetvalleyschools.com.


Links in our announcements are all updated and active again.

Voluntary Elementary Foreign Language Studies

Early registration pricing in effect until August 31st. See the flyer below for all the details.
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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: burkej@garnetvalley.org

Mr. Olson: olsonj@garnetvalley.org

Band and Orchestra Schedule for 2018-2019

Monday - 4th Orchestra in LGI

Tuesday - 5th Orchestra in LGI, 4th Band in Cafeteria

Wednesday - Wind Ensemble in LGI

Thursday - 5th Band in Cafeteria

Summer Mailing Information

There will not be a summer mailing this year. The information from our previous summer mailing is all being sent electronically:


New Digital Emergency Card and Parent Agreement Forms


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.

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New Progress Report for 2018-2019

Our GVSD elementary progress report is updated for the 2018-2019 school year to reflect current trends in education. It remains anchored in a standards based reporting principle where students’ progress towards standards is indicated along with reporting on the Qualities of a Learner. The updated progress report enhances the Qualities of a Learner to reflect 21st century skills and updates academic indicators to be more accessible to students and parents/guardians. Characteristics of an ideal progress report were identified through research on assessment and best practice, examining samples from other districts, and by defining those qualities essential in our own district.


The recent updates were created to achieve different goals. The updated progress report provides more information to parent/guardians, has a consistent grade scale across K-5 via a new rubric, reflects elements of current instructional practices like reading workshop, and will include the level of books the student is reading.


Student progress on each Quality of a Learner and academic indicator will be reported using a 4-point rubric. This rubric is a departure from previously used state reporting language and intended to be more student-centered. The rubric was designed so that grades do not indicate the end of the learning progress. The student score on the rubric informs the student and parent/guardian of where the student currently is on a learning continuum.


A full description of the new progress report will be included in the Elementary Handbook that will be sent to parents when back to school information is sent out.

New District App

Having a district app will allow our parent community to easily stay connected to district news and events. Key features of the app include push notifications, a calendar of events sections, and district news. Please note the app is new and not all features are active. We also anticipate improvements being made throughout the course of the school year.


Please click here for directions on how to download the new app.

New Absence Reporting System

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.

Transportation Information

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.

This feature will be available beginning August 15, 2018. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check InfoFinder-i periodically between August 15th and the start of school as pick-up and drop-off times may be slightly altered due to daily enrollment changes.


Also, please read this very important procedure change for the 2018-2019 school year. You will also be receiving additional information with detailed instructions on InfoFinder-i the week of August 6th.


Please click here to access the site. Please note, busing information will not be finalized until August 15, 2018, so any information on this site before that date may not be accurate.

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Summer Reading for Students Entering Grades 3, 4, and 5

Reading over the summer is important to prevent a "summer slide." Students who return a completed log will earn a raffle ticket for each page. Additional raffle tickets can be earned for other activities. Click here for the summer reading packet. The raffle prize basket is pictured above!

Summer Math

Looking for some extra math practice for the summer? Packets are for your use and do not need to be returned in the fall.


Packet for students entering 4th grade


Packet for students entering 5th grade

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Jaguarmax Radio Podcast - Final Episode from 17/18

Episode 10, our final episode for this year, is now available on iTunes. Or you can just search for Jaguarmax on iTunes!

End of Year Residency Changes

You must update any changes in residency status or address with our Administrative Offices at the Education Center, not at the building level. Contact Administration at 610-579-7300 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.


If you are moving out of district over the summer, you must fill out withdraw paperwork which is available in the GVES Main Office.


Finally, if your Proof of Residence expires over the summer, your Alma access and start of the school year information will be held until residency is updated.

School Supplies

Doing your own school supply shopping for the fall? See the lists below for each grade.
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18/19 Back to School Nights

Wednesday, September 5: 3rd Grade--6:30pm; 5th Grade--7:30pm


Thursday, September 13: 4th Grade--7:00pm

10 Summer Movies to Broaden Kids' Perspectives

Common Sense Education recommends checking out these movies over the summer to get students thinking and reflecting. Enjoy a family movie together and some conversation afterward.

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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!

Information from the Office

Photo/Videotape Release and Google Apps for Education Information - Please visit this page to review the school, student, and parent responsibilities for technology use.


Volunteer Clearances - School volunteers are required to have clearances on file with the District Office. More information is here.


Alma Student Information System - To access your parent/guardian account, go to https://gves.getalma.com/ .


Attendance - Automated calls go out around 10AM when a student is absent. There is no call-in line. More attendance info is here.

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.