GVES Weekly Update

April 19, 2019

Upcoming Events

4/15-4/22: Spring Break--No School for Students

4/19: Offices Closed

4/23: Classes Resume

4/24-4/26: ELA PSSA Testing

4/26: GVES Spirit Day

Seasonal Temperatures

Our building's heat is off for the season to prepare the system for warmer weather. It is best to dress in layers and to keep a sweatshirt at school as the mornings can be cool during this time of year. Thank you.


The brochure for this year's summer programs is now available! Use this link to access descriptions and registration information for our wide variety of summer camps for 2019. Students can attend camps at any school.

Summer Music Academy

Use the link below to view information and see registration details for the Summer Music Academy sign up.


PSSA Testing Dates - Attendance is Important

The PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) is given to students in grades 3-8 each year to measure what students know in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Our testing blocks are usually 2-3 hours starting right at 9AM each morning. This year's PSSA testing dates are:

  • ELA - Grades 3, 4, 5 - April 24, 25, & 26
  • Math - Grades, 3, 4, 5 - April 29 & 30
  • Science - Grade 4 only - May 1 & 2

Take Your Child to Work Day

April 25th is "Take Your Child to Work Day." Children who take the day to be with parents at work will be marked absent, but the absence will be excused. Absences should be reported using the Safe Arrival app as is the usual procedure. While we see the value in this learning and family bonding experience, we find ourselves with a scheduling conflict for our students in grades 3, 4, and 5. April 25th is a PSSA testing day. The state assessment calendar is dictated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is important that students be present for the testing. The test make-up window is limited and providing make-up testing for large numbers of students would be very difficult. If your child is in grade 3, 4, or 5, please have him/her attend school on April 25th and consider another date if you choose to have your child visit your place of work if this is possible. Thank you.

Raptor Reminder

Beginning April 23, all visitors will need an ID to go into the school and/or main office even if you are a regular visitor and/or volunteer. Please bring your ID if you will be visiting the school. Details are below.

Garnet Valley School District is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Although Raptor is already used at the secondary level, all elementary schools will begin implementation after spring break. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

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. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.


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)

GVHS Talent Showcase

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HSA Update

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th – 10th

Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-May 10. Please help show the GVES staff how much we “REEL”y appreciate all that they do for our children. Use the link below to sign up to volunteer to help or to donate items for the week.


Spring break is a great time for your child to finish up their door decorations if they have not yet done so. The staff loves to read all of the thoughtful notes written by the students. One copy of each was sent home in collection folders. A printable copy of the door decorations is attached as well. We encourage students to fill out as many as they’d like for teachers and staff who have had an impact on them.

HSA Committee Work Group Meeting – Friday, May 3rd

Always wanted to help out with HSA events but don’t know how to get involved? Join us for our Committee Work Group Meeting and get to know us/get looped in! Friday, May 3rd – 9 am in the GVE LGI Room

Muffins in May! May 15th (Gr 3), May 16th (Gr 4) and May 17th (Gr 5)

Our annual Muffins in May celebration is coming up soon! Mark your calendars and stay tuned here for more information!

School News

Good Morning Viewers!

You can watch our most recent episode of GVES School News here. We have four more episodes after break. Feel free to reach out if you have anything you'd like featured in our broadcast. We would love to include you.


GV Mini Thon is Coming!

On April 26-27th from 7PM-7AM, GVHS students will be standing/dancing for 12 hours to “stand” up to cancer. This event is open to the public from 7PM-10PM on the 26th and we would love to see the whole GV school district come together to support us.
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Student Placement Process

As we wrap up spring conferences, we naturally start to think about next school year. We have an extensive placement process that uses student assessment and observation data to help us place each student into next year’s classes. Our teachers collect this information, and it goes to our placement team. The team creates mixed-ability homerooms that are well-balanced by student gender, background, personality, and development. As part of this process, we do not accept requests for specific teachers. Such requests are not sent to the team that makes the classes.

On some occasions, there may be information specific to your child beyond what will be shared at spring conferences. If you believe there are circumstances that may not be addressed within the comprehensive placement process, please complete this form by May 1, 2019 for students who will be attending GVES in the fall. Teacher requests should not be included in these letters. The information you provide will go directly to the GVES principals in lieu of letters or emails regarding student placement.

Thank you for your understanding and confidence in our process to place all of our students.

Jaguar Jog Time Again

Get ready, Get Set, REGISTER!

Registration for the 5th Annual Jaguar Jog is now open.The afternoon of Family Fun will be held on April 28, 2019 from 1-4 pm. We will have the 5K and 1 mile races, along with entertainment by Charismatic Entertainment, field day games, Kona Ice and new this year - John Williams of RE/MAX Excellence will be raffling off a laptop computer! All who register and are in attendance are eligible to WIN the laptop! Other prizes include: a chance to win an iFLY gift card for all GVES students who run the 5K and water ice parties for the classes with the most participation!

Go to the website for more information and to register.

To volunteer please use this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044aacaf28a20-fifth

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Jennifer Connolly. We are thrilled to have John Williams as our presenting sponsor and Charismatic Entertainment as our entertainment for the day! But we have plenty of room for more businesses to get involved.

COTA--Celebration of the Arts

The Celebration of the Arts is just around the corner. In fact, it's next month. The students of Garnet Valley have been diligently working in the Visual Arts, Technology, and Family and Consumer Science Departments. The Celebration of the Arts is our opportunity to demonstrate our creativity, talents, and dedication. So please mark your calendars and plan to attend. The opening exhibition is Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the HS new gym.

Additional viewing times are:

Tuesday, May 7, daytime from 8am - 6pm

Wednesday, May 8 daytime from 8am - 3pm

Wednesday, May 8 evening from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 9 daytime from 8am - 3pm

It’s FREE to the public! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #34

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #34 Addiction Awareness Seminar

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? As of 9/21/17, Delaware County had logged 145 opioid-related drug deaths since 1/1/17, this number has jumped to 719 in 2019. Also reported, are 1300 lives saved with Narcan in the past four years.

While the self-reported rates of opioid use during school years are very low,

0.1 %, the numbers increase as students graduate and become young adults. It is important to keep in mind that the process that can lead to opioid addiction starts earlier as the teen brain becomes primed for addiction with other substances such as nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana.

Call to action… Come out on Tuesday night at 6 pm, 4/23/19, to Garnet Valley High School to learn more about resources to help. There will be information about Narcan and effective prevention and treatment options.



Grade 3 Math Screening

In May, we will begin the screening process to identify students for accelerated math in 4th grade. The process uses multiple criteria including screening tests, assessment scores, teacher recommendation, and class performance. Parents of students who are being considered for the program will be contacted in May after our initial screening. Please contact Dr. Kotch with any questions.


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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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! Now Podcasting!

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