GVES Weekly Update

October 12, 2018

Upcoming Events

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 jennifertront@gmail.com

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

KAO Jewelers

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 erin.villone@gmail.com. Have a great week!


On Monday, October 29th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Bethel Springs Elementary there will be a combined Home and School Association meeting for all three GV elementary schools. The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents with an opportunity to receive information on important school-related topics. Topics will be varied and parents can choose two 30-minute sessions (7-7:30;7:30-8). Registration closes on Thursday, October 25th. Use the Google form link below to register for your chosen sessions:


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!

Grandfriends' Days

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.


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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:

Common Sense Media - Parent Resources

Cyberwise Resources for Parents

Family Media Agreements K-12

School News Episode Two

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Red Ribbon Week

GVES will be participating in Red Ribbon Week from October 22-October 26th. Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. Millions of people across the United States celebrate each year. We will participate in Red Ribbon Week by having the following theme days to promote a drug free lifestyle:

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!


Many of our language arts classes and some of our math classes are co-taught. What does this mean? Here are some FAQs about co-teaching:

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.

Why co-teach?

  • 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.

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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.

Purchase Tickets Here

If the direct link doesn't allow access, please visit https://www.harlemwizards.com/

LEA Survey and School Goals

We review all of the LEA Survey information from last year as we plan over the summer for this school year. The LEA Survey data is shared with our LEA Committee, School Planning Team, and staff. Through this analysis, we identify the strengths of our school and create new 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

Mindfulness is a deliberate, non-judgmental awareness that arises through paying attention to the here and now. It is about being present in the moment. It is simple but not easy to do. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program to reduce stress. It is secular, non-religious, and has empirical support for its use. Mindfulness helps the body's natural ability to cope and relax. It increases our awareness and ability to focus. By decreasing reactivity, we open more choices in how we respond and interact in a balanced, efficient, and aware manner.

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.



There is still space available in all before-school language classes and new students will be accepted until the end of October. (Classes begin the week of October 15.) Contact Kelly Gardler at kgardler@yahoo.com or 610-717-2755 for information or to register.

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Est. 1997

The mission of our learning community is to maximize the potential of all students by empowering them to do their personal best.