GVES Weekly Update

May 24, 2019

Upcoming Events

6/3: BSES/GVES 5th Grade Sendoff (Raindate 6/5)

6/4: HSA Volunteer Appreciation Night

6/7: GVES Spirit Day

HSA Volunteer Sign Up

Garnet Valley Elementary Home & School Association is grateful for the volunteers who plan & prepare the many programs and events each school year to help provide the best school experience possible for our children. The HSA relies on volunteers to run smoothly, so if you can help just a little, it will make a BIG difference! Many of our volunteers find that they receive something in return for their time and talents:

• Spending quality time with your child and friends

• Investing your time in bettering our school community

• Making a difference in your child’s life by sharing your knowledge, experience and skills

• Developing leadership, communication and organizational skills

• Having FUN and making new friends!

At GVES we have a Committee for each program/event we do. The committee works as a team to plan and execute their event with the help of additional volunteers. One individual will be designated as the committee lead . The committee lead will be responsible for coordinating meetings, ensuring the committee is on schedule and communicating directly with the HSA Board. Each committee will also have volunteers to assist with the event as needed (i.e. volunteer during book fair, help assemble flyers, monitor mileage club). To sign up as a volunteer be sure to select "General Help" at the end of the survey.

Please sign up for as many committee opportunities as you are interested in. After you complete the committee portion you will be asked about being a committee lead. If you have students in multiple schools please note the time frame of events when signing up. Opportunities include Board positions, committee chairs, committee members, and event volunteers. We will contact you prior to the beginning of next school year. Please reply by June 7, 2019. Thank you.

Link to Sign Up Form

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:


HSA Weekly Update

Volunteer Appreciation Night - This year's volunteers are invited are invited to Not Your Average Joe's on Tuesday, June 4, at 7PM. HSA will provide appetizers. Please RSVP here.

Many Volunteer Needed - Our HSA is looking for your help next year! We have open Board position along with committee chairs, committee helpers, and general volunteers. Please sign up here.

Coming Soon - School Supply orders for next year!

6th Grade Transition Camp

See flyer below for details on 6th Grade Transition Camp being held on August 21, 2019 at GVMS.
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GVSD Summer Programs

There are still openings in some of the GV Summer Programs such as Taekwondo & Self Defense! The brochure is available here.
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5th Grade Promotion Assembly - Thursday, June 13, 2019, GVMS Gym, 12:30PM

Elementary Open House - Wednesday, August 28, 12:30-2:30PM (one session open to all families)

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Military Families

As a result of state and federal mandates, the district must collect & report a multitude of data points.

If your child's parent or guardian is an active duty member of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, please access the link below to submit your information. The district appreciates your cooperation, and for those of you who are active or retired military, thank you for your service!!


Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #40 – Parent/Caregiver Bond

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.

The results of this anonymous survey are self-reported and represent 83.9% of our students.

Did you know? “Two-thirds of youth ages 13 to 17 say losing their parents’ respect and pride is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs (Research Update, Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse, Butler Center for Research, 2010). In Garnet Valley approximately 7 out of 10 students (74%) from both PAYS 2015 and 2017, report that they are very close to their parent/care givers and share their thoughts and feelings with them. This protective factor is called Family Attachment. Family Attachment was one of Garnet Valley’s strongest protective factors. It has also been shown to be one of the most powerful means of keeping youth safe and successful (http://youth.gov/youth-topics/youth-mental-health/risk-and-protective-factors-youth).

Call to action… Keep your attachment strong this summer with the following 5 tips. 1. Build Connections and utilize summer fun to strengthen bonds, 2. Talk Early and Often about alcohol, tobacco ( vaping) and other drugs, 3. Reduce Access to alcohol, tobacco ( vaping), and other drugs including prescription drugs in your home, 4. Monitor your Child’s Friends and Activities since youth will do what their friends do, 5. Know Current Drugs of Abuse – go to the links below. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/introduction

(How are the Children? SRFC, 2017).


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.

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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.

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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.