GVES Weekly Update
October 12, 2018
10/15: 5th Grade Grandfriends - RSVP below
10/16: HSA Meeting 7pm - GVES Guidance Room
10/17: School Store
10/17: GVES HSA Dining for Dollars at Bertucci's
10/19: GV Spirit Day
Home & School News
HSA Annual Auction - “Passport to Paradise” - November 9th from 7pm to 11pm
Please join us for a night of dinner, dancing and bidding! Fantastic auction items will be offered including unique school opportunities and valuable community items.
To purchase tickets visit - http://bit.ly/GVEauctiontickets
More information visit - http://bit.ly/GVEAuctionInfo
Want to make a donation? http://bit.ly/GVEauctionDonation
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank our auction sponsors! Please support these local businesses that have supported GVE!
John Williams, Remax Excellence
Adams Investment Group
Garnet Valley Sports & Spine
Heaven’s Law Office
Real Property Management Tri State Area - the leader in HOA and property management
My Buddy Maintenance Team - help with your ‘honey-do’ list
HSA Meeting - Please join us on October 16 at 7 pm in the Guidance Room us as we discuss our plans for the year! Dr. Kotch and Mrs. Jones will provide an overview of "What's New" at GVE this year followed by HSA information including calendar, events, budget, and more. Come check out the new guidance furniture purchased by the HSA and join us for the meeting.
School Store - Our first school store is Wednesday, October 17! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $5.00.
Halloween Parties - Will be held on Oct 31. Homeroom parents will be contacting families requesting donations about two weeks prior. Thank you!
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Erin Villone at email@example.com. Have a great week!
JOIN US ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH FOR A COMBINED BSES/CES/GVES HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION MEETING!
Open House Survey
The Garnet Valley elementary schools (BSES, CES, and GVES) hosted an Open House at the end of August. We are asking parents & guardians to complete this survey to help us evaluate and enhance the event for future years.
Click here to view the survey. Thank you for your participation!
Dear Grandparents/Special Persons,
Our students and teachers invite you to participate in Grandparents’/Special Person’s Days according to the schedule below. Please RSVP using the link at the bottom.
Monday, October 15, 2018
9:15 to 10:00 - Mrs. Conley (155), Mr. Cywinski (172), Mrs. Jarema (163), Ms. Travers (161)
11:15 to 12:00 - Mrs. Chiodo (168), Mrs. Gamler (173), Mrs. Magrann (174), Ms. Slavin (171)
1:10 to 1:55 - Mrs. Carey (159), Ms. Meehan (170), Mrs. Ong (157), Mrs. Shank (165)
This exciting event will be held at Garnet Valley Elementary School. During your visit, you will participate in a special learning activity and have the opportunity to chat. Please eat before you attend as we are not serving refreshments this year.
You may park or be dropped off in front of the school and enter through the lobby. For traffic and logistical reasons, please do not plan on entering more than five minutes before your scheduled time. A guide will show you the way to the room where your visit will be held. Please note that all third and fourth grade classrooms are on the second floor. An elevator is available but a lot of walking is also needed to reach it. Visitors must also be capable of exiting the building on their own in an emergency.
Note to parents/guardians: If your child does not have a grandparent/special person visiting, they will be included within a group for the project/discussion. Since parents will be invited to visit the classroom in November, we encourage you to have another relative, neighbor, or friend attend if grandparents are unavailable. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accommodate younger siblings/children.
We are very proud of all that we do in Garnet Valley Elementary School, and we can’t wait for you to join us.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP before October 5th. THANK YOU.
Display My Art
DCIU Parent Workshop--Monday October 15, 2018
Understanding Growth Mindset
Garnet Valley High School Library
552 Smithbridge Rd
Glen Mills, PA 19342
This workshop examines the role of mindsets, and how this concept applies to parenting and working with your child. It examines self- reflection, as well as work with children.
To register for this session, contact Jamie Pitcavage, 610-938-9000 ext. 2103,
Digital Citizenship Week
Garnet Valley is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness of the importance of teaching digital citizenship to students of all ages. We are inviting students, educators, and parents to take time during Digital Citizenship Week to explore what it means to be good citizens in a digital world. Below are helpful resources to get started:
School News Episode Two
Red Ribbon Week
Monday: Students will receive a Red Ribbon Week pencil in homeroom classes.
Tuesday: “Put a cap on drugs!” Students can wear their favorite hat to school.
Wednesday: “Being drug free is no sweat!” Students should wear their sweats to school.
Thursday: “We are too bright for drugs!” Students should wear neon colors to school.
Friday: “Team up against drugs!” Students should wear their favorite team jersey!
What is co-teaching?
- Co-teaching is an inclusive practice where two or more teachers are present in the classroom for instruction. One teacher is the regular education teacher and the other teacher could be a special education teacher or reading specialist. Our speech therapists, gifted support teachers, and English Learner teacher also support in classrooms at different times. The teachers work together to plan and deliver instruction for all students. They share many of the regular responsibilities such as planning, instructing, assessing, and communicating with parents.
- Research shows that collaboration between teachers benefits the quality of instruction and supports all students. Our schedule is developed so that teachers have time during the day to plan together and connect with each other to make this most effective.
Who is my child's teacher?
- Both teachers in a classroom are responsible for the academic, social, and emotional growth of the students. The teachers likely shared at Back to School Nights who your main contact person would be. It is often the homeroom teacher for most questions but can also be the support teacher for certain needs. Parents are welcome to contact both teachers in a co-taught class when you have something to share.
How are co-taught classrooms chosen?
- All of our homerooms have students who are working at different levels as they grow each year. Being in a co-taught class doesn't mean that the class is a certain level. Our staff is assigned to support our students in the classes that are in.
Our students benefit from the variety of staff resources and support we have at Garnet Valley. All of our teachers work together to support our students. Thank you.
Harlem Wizards Basketball is Back
Join the fun at this year's Harlem Wizards vs. Garnet Valley Jaguars Basketball Game
Saturday, November 10, 2018
2:00 pm Garnet Valley High School
All proceeds from this event will go towards the GVSD Libraries, Labs, and Makerspaces
Due to the overwhelming success of the last 3 years, this event will no doubt be a sellout. Please purchase your tickets early for this event. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, all veterans in attendance will be recognized before the game.
If the direct link doesn't allow access, please visit https://www.harlemwizards.com/
LEA Survey and School Goals
From the survey, our school strengths are:
- Meeting the instructional needs of all students
- Supporting students in achieving their goals
- Communicating effectively and being responsive to questions
- Creating a positive and supportive environment
98% of the survey respondents would recommend our school to others. Let's go for 100% this year!
This year's school goals are in the following areas:
- English Language Arts - Writing Workshop focus (as part of balanced literacy)
- Math - Mathematical Mindset (in preparation for writing new curriculum)
- Supporting school culture and taking risks (embracing innovation)
- Professional learning embedded throughout the school year (for our staff)
These goals will continue to move our school forward in support of our vision and mission. Thank you for your support!
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Many Garnet Valley staff members and administrators have taken classes, workshops, and courses in Mindfulness. We use parts of MBSR in our meetings and classrooms. This mostly looks like "breath-work" where focusing on our breath can allow us connect with our nervous system.
Mindfulness is one way we focus on the whole child and balance academic growth with social and emotional development. Each classroom teacher can share if they use parts of MBSR in the classroom.
Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #8
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? Regular marijuana use on average has decreased from 8.5% in 2013 to 5.2% in 2015, and 5.1% in 2017. However, the average use of marijuana in vapes or put in a Juul cartridge in the form of a wax or oil has increased and surpasses other marijuana use. There are no statistics for 2013, but average regular use of marijuana in vapes or Juuls in 2015 was 11% and climbed to 18.7 % in 2017.
Call to action… Another reason to be worried about kids vaping and Juuling. Please click on the link below to learn more including how to talk to your child and why young people are more at risk when using marijuana.