The Green Valley Gazette

November 29, 2018

GVE News

Letter from the Principal

Dear Green Valley Community,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are enjoying everything that this time of year has to offer with your family. I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful, caring, and committed community.

Educators like us are lucky to be working with you in partnership toward educational excellence. Together we continue to be sure our children are their very best and nothing less. With that being said, these are busy times for many of our families and it can impact school routine. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am always here to help you with any school-related needs or concerns you may have. As always, you can call, e-mail, or come in to the office.

Yours in teaching and learning,


Dr. Giuseppe Di Monte


Weather Related Closings or Delays

Occasionally inclement weather or other safety or health conditions require FCPS to cancel, delay or otherwise change school routines or schedules. Typically, cancellation and delay decisions are made by 5 AM that day and announced soon after. If weather becomes a factor after school is in session, a decision to close early is made, whenever possible, by 10 AM that day. Very rarely, FCPS may be required to take student safety precautions immediately, with little or no notice. Although we notify numerous regional news outlets, we encourage parents and guardians to use the following sources for the most accurate news.

For the fastest, most reliable school status information, check:

  • Facebook: FCPSMaryland or Twitter: @FCPSMaryland

  • FIND OUT FIRST E-mails: Please be sure to check we have your most updated email address and contact information

  • Website:

Evening Activities

School and FCPS-sponsored afterschool/evening activities (sports, plays, Board of Ed meetings, etc.) and evening instructional programs (such as Flexible Evening HS & the Twilight Program) are generally canceled on days when school is canceled or closes early.

Can't Stop This Feeling...

The weather hasn't stopped us or your kids from feeling proud and celebrating all that we've accomplished!

This week, your children have been running Race laps in one of their PE classes with Mr. Baer (thank you Mr. Baer!). We're playing music and cheering on the kids! Please find time to support Mr. Baer and help students count their laps. You may also sign up to help with the Race assembly on Wednesday, December 5th.


On Wednesday, December 5th, we will hold an indoor school assembly, complete with school pictures, Race awards, dancing to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop This Feeling" and -- weather permitting -- a Rock Garden Dedication for Ms. Holman at 1:45 PM. Everyone is encouraged to wear their grade colors on the 5th.

We are just $3000 short of our goal and letting students duct tape Dr. Di Monte to a wall
at our assembly! Donations may be made on our website:

Green Valley PTA
Just click on the "Race for Education" tab.

Got Ideas?

The GVE PTA strives to make a difference by enriching our children's school experience. We are always looking for fresh ideas. Please stop by and meet us as we brainstorm events/activities and other matters. The next PTA meeting is this Thursday, 11/29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Stay informed about PTA events, activities, and school information through the PTA Website and the PTA Facebook page.

Media Volunteers Needed

Mrs. Albee is looking for some weekly Media volunteers. You will be working with kids, running the circulation desk, putting books back on the shelves, and doing other fun things around the Center. It is a fun place to be!

Asking for a weekly commitment. You can start before or after the Holiday break.

Here are the times that are needed for these classes:

Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Friscia 1st, Kinnamann K, and George 3rd)

Wednesdays 9 or 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Bell 1st and Murrill 2nd)

Thank you! Please contact Mrs Albee via E-mail at

Yummy News from your Green Valley Cafeteria

Here is hoping everyone had a good holiday break. With the winter break upon us and everyone stressed for time, the Cafeteria here at Green Valley Elementary would like to remind parents that we serve breakfast for each and every student between the hours of 8:30 and 9:00.

Why not choose breakfast and lunch at school for all those rushed mornings? We have an array of hot and cold menu items available to choose at breakfast. The prices are $1.60 or $0.30 for reduced students. This includes a milk, juice or fruit, 2 grains or a grain and a protein.

No time to pack a lunch? Buying lunch at school is a great nutritious alternative. The prices are $2.65 or $0.40 for reduced students. The meal includes protein, grain, vegetable, fruit and a milk. Again there is a wonderful array of choices both hot and cold. Menus and all nutritional information can be viewed on line at

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ms. Sue and Ms. Carrie

Family Movie Night - Friday, December 7th

Friday, December 7th 6:30 P.M. in the cafeteria

The Polar Express

Bring your blanket and pillow for a fun Family Night Out watching The Polar Express. Popcorn will be available but we ask that you bring your own drinks.

This is not a drop-off event. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

We're Still Collecting Toys For Tots

GVES is collecting donations for the US Marine's "Toys For Tots"

Now through Wednesday, December 12

Place your new, unwrapped toy in a bag with your homeroom teacher's name on the bag. There is a box in the front lobby for donations.

The homeroom with the most donations will win five golden tickets

Each student in the winning class will receive five green tickets!

Support the GVE PTA on AmazonSmile

Please help raise funds for our school PTA when you shop this season! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.

Shopping on AmazonSmile is just the same as shopping on Amazon! Simply go to and select "Green Valley Elementary School PTA" and Amazon will donate a small percentage to our PTA from eligible purchases. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

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FCPS and Community News

FCPS Community Budget Forum on December 5th*

FCPS seeks feedback at a Community Budget Forum Wednesday, December 5th* on next year's school system operating budget, fiscal year (FY) 2020.

The forum will take place from 7 PM- 8 PM at the Central Office Board Room, 191 S. East Street, Frederick. At this point in the budget process, Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban is continuing to gather feedback to prepare her recommended FY20 budget, which FCPS will share with the public via video Monday, January 7. The Superintendent is slated to present her recommended budget to the Board of Education on Wednesday, January 9. The BOE will hold several work sessions and discussions regarding the budget and plans a public hearing for Wednesday, February 6. The Board is scheduled to approve the budget on Wednesday, February 13, and forward it to the County. The Board will hold additional budget discussions as needed throughout April and May, with final budget approval to take place on June 5 and take effect July 1, 2019.

FCPS has posted the budget calendar timeline online at

*In the event of inclement weather, the snow date is Tuesday, December 11th.

Explore the Arts and Express Yourself

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Are you interested in helping out with this fantastic program? We are looking for 6 or more people to help. If so, contact Cinnamon Smith @ or Tauna Kelly @

About the Reflections program

For 50 years, National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create and submit original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories.

Important Dates to Remember

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