GVES Summer Update II

August 2, 2019

Upcoming Events

8/5: GVE 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

Parent Summer Checklist

We know our parents are extremely busy over the summer and want to focus on family, fun, and enjoying the best of what summer has to offer. We also know that many of our parents want to be ready for the next school year well in advance of Labor Day. The goal of the site below is to make getting ready for next school year a bit easier for our parents by providing a detailed timeline and checklist of items that need to be completed before the start of the school.

Link to Parent Summer Checklist

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. We look forward to seeing everyone at this first event of the new school year!

Click here for the Open House Family Guide

School Day Times for 2019-2020

Arrival Times

8:25AM - Car line drop off begins, breakfast begins

8:40AM - Students report to homerooms (was 8:45 last year)

8:50AM - Car line ends

8:55AM - Students not in homeroom will be marked absent

Dismissal Times

2:50 - Office pick up ends

3:05 - Announcements start, students dismissed to car line, buses begin being called

3:15 - Dismissal ends

School Lunch Information

Children need healthy meals to learn. Garnet Valley SD offers healthy meals every school day. Costs are as follows: Breakfast at all schools is $1.70; lunch is $2.75 in the Elementary Schools, $2.95 at the Middle School and $3.10 at the HS. Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is .30 for breakfast and .40 for lunch. You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application.

Visit www.schoolcafe.com for an online free and reduced application or use the link below.

Link to paper application (If you do not have a printer and need a paper application, please call our office.)

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

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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!

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.

4th Grade Water Safety

Students in grades 2 and 4 will no longer participate in water safety classes conducted by YMCA staff as part of their instructional program. This decision was made in an effort to restore lost instructional time in the classroom. Although water safety is not a formal part of our Physical Education curriculum, parents can access local facilities that provide water safety and swimming instruction to children. The YMCA, for example, provides a free water safety program each year. Information is available at: https://philaymca.org/programs/aquatics/safetyaroundwater/.

Thank you for your support.

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:


Attendance Information

State law establishes conditions under which any child may be excused from attendance at school. In keeping with these statues and recommendations of the State Department of Education, pupils in the Garnet Valley Schools may be excused temporarily from school attendance for the following reasons:

  • Sickness

  • Quarantine

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Weather so inclement so as to endanger the health of the child or make roads impassable

  • For observance of a major religious holiday

  • College visits, pre-approved educational trips

In order for an absence to be excused, a parent/guardian must respond to the Safe Arrival phone call, use the Safe Arrival app to report the absence ahead of time, or submit a written note to the office within three days after return from an absence. The absence of any student failing to comply with this time period will automatically become unexcused and illegal, and the school laws of Pennsylvania shall be applied accordingly.

Raptor Information

The Raptor system is used to enhance our ability to monitor who enters our buildings by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers. Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.

Please adhere to the following regulations:

1. Enter the building at the main office door.
2. Go directly to the office, sign in through Raptor and inform the school secretary of your
3. PLEASE DO NOT GO to any area of the building without receiving permission from the office.
4. Do not attempt to go to a classroom to pick up a child. Students who are being dismissed early
will be sent to the office.
5. Return the visitor badge at the conclusion of your visit to sign out.

Volunteer Clearance Information

Legislation in Pennsylvania requires community members and parents to obtain clearances in order to volunteer in our schools. If you have previously submitted your clearances to the Human Resources office, they are good for five (5) years from the date of the clearance.

Governor Wolf has waived the fees associated with the Pennsylvania State Police—Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse History Clearance. Since the FBI clearance is a federal program, those costs still remain; however, the district has decided to permit individuals who have resided in Pennsylvania continuously for ten years or more to sign a certification form that saves the volunteer the expense of the fee, ensures compliance with the law, and allows the district to maximize student safety.

Understanding that many community members will want to begin the process of securing clearances so that they are prepared for the start of the school year, we have provided several links and directions to assist you. Once you have obtained the requisite clearances, please bring them to the Human Resources office in the Garnet Valley Education Center at 80 Station Road. Please be prepared to present a valid driver’s license or other photo identification. Our Human Resources Department will then add your name to the district list so that our educators can readily ensure that volunteers have the proper clearances.

Please use this link for directions and more information.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Jaguarmax Radio is changing formats! We will be a student-run podcast created through the after school club program starting in the fall. 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!

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Est. 1997

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