GVES Weekly Announcements

December 6, 2019

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Principals' Message

Happy Friday GVES families!

We officially kicked off our winter concert season with a sensational performance by the fifth grade band members. They even involved the audience with their Jingle Bell performance using the Jingle+ app! We are looking forward to our orchestra and chorus concerts next week. Also, thank you to our fifth grade families and friends for joining our students and teachers with their holiday homes craft. The first trimester ended today and we will issue progress reports next Friday. We’ve provided a summary and resources below to help familiarize yourself with the process and document before it arrives.

As always, we appreciate your continued support at home and hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Conley

Upcoming Events

12/9: Health/Guidance Switch

12/10: 5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm GVHS

12/12: Sneaker Thursday

12/12: 3rd Grade Chorus Concert 7pm GVHS

12/13: Progress Reports Released

12/13: GVES Spirit Day

Progress Report Information

Friday, 12/13/19 we are releasing the first trimester progress report. It will be directly emailed or you can also access it by following these steps:

  1. Log in to Alma at https://gves.getalma.com/home

  2. Click on your child on the far left side

  3. Click on the report cards tab at the top of the screen

With the closing of the first trimester we wanted to again provide you with additional information about your child’s progress report.

Our GVSD elementary school progress report is anchored in a standards based reporting principle where students’ progress towards standards is indicated along with reporting on the Qualities of a Learner. You can read more about the progress report


Description of Proficiency Levels

  • The district has developed progress reports for all elementary grades, K to 5. Student progress on each Quality of a Learner and academic indicator is reported using a 4-point rubric. This rubric is a departure from previously used state reporting language and intended to be more student-centered. The rubric was designed so that grades do not indicate the end of the learning progress. The student score on the rubric informs the student and parent/guardian of where the student currently is on a learning continuum. When a student achieves a 3, he or she has met the grade level expectation at this time. Furthermore, your child’s Fountas and Pinnell reading level will be indicated on the progress report. You can see the reading level continuum here.


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GVE HSA Weekly Announcements – 12/6/2019

December 2nd-16th – First Annual GVE Online Auction! WE ARE LIVE AND BIDDING!

Sponsored by Platinum Sponsor John Williams RE/MAX Excellence Reality and Bronze sponsors B-tan and Sport and Spine Chiropractic Centers

Does your child want to…

  • be principal for the day?
  • read the morning announcements over the loud speaker?
  • have a special lunch with a teacher and friends?

Are you interested in…

  • Fitness memberships?
  • Spa services?
  • Personal chef service?

Don't miss your opportunity to bid on amazing school experiences for your student AND community experiences for you or your family!…and just in time for this to make a GREAT holiday gift! Proceeds will benefit enhancements to the GVE Library. For a sneak peek of some of the available items, check out our auction website!

It is not to late to become a sponsor or provide a community donation. Contact gveshsa@gmail.com for more information.

HSA Raffle – to be drawn December 16th

GVES HSA is hosting a raffle! Get your tickets for a chance to win. Tickets were sent home the week in your childs collection folder. Tickets cost $5 for one, $20 for 5. 1st prize is $300, 2nd prize is $200 and 3rd prize is $100. The raffle winner will be announced Monday 12/16/19. Our raffle is sponsored by Realtor John Williams RE/MAX Excellence.

Lunch Buddies – Wednesday, December 18th

If you have signed up to be a Lunch Buddy for December, your time is coming! Wednesday, December 18th is our next Lunch Buddy opportunity. There is one day identified for Lunch Buddies every month between October and March and spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

This SignUp Genius is broken out into tabs across the top for different lunch periods, listed out by grade and classroom. Find your child’s grade/class on the appropriate tab…. select from the available dates…and MARK YOUR CALENDAR to enjoy lunch with your student!

PLEASE NOTE: Only one guest per student per school year can sign up.

Class Holiday Parties – Friday, December 20th

Each class will have their own holiday party in their classroom. Homeroom parents will be sending out sign-ups for goodies for the parties.

Box Tops are Back!

Elementary Handbook & GVSD Procedural Manual

The Elementary Handbook which includes all Progress Report information is available on our website under Resources. The GVSD Procedural Manual is also in this same location. Students and families are responsible for knowing and following the policies and procedures of the school district. Please contact the school office with any questions regarding the policies or procedures. Thank you.

Communication Procedures

District App - Having a district app will allow our parent community to easily stay connected to district news and events. Key features of the app include push notifications, a calendar of events sections, and district news. Please note the app is new and not all features are active. We also anticipate improvements being made throughout the course of the school year. Please click here for directions on how to download the new app.

Early Dismissals - Early dismissals due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will be announced through the phone number you provide in Alma, email, district-level social media, and websites. Please keep your Alma contact information current. You can update this information in your account.

Absence Reporting - Launched at the end of the last school year, the new School Messenger (Safe Arrival) Absence Reporting System makes it easy for parents/guardians to report their child's absence, reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance and will allow our staff to respond to unexplained student absences more efficiently. Please click here for directions on how to use your phone, app, or computer to report an absence.

Social Media - GVES is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Our handle is @GarnetValleyES on all three platforms. We also podcast on iTunes. Just search iTunes for "Jaguarmax."

GVES Calendar

The GVSD Instructional Calendar and upcoming events are on our website.

The view the full calendar on our website, click here or go to https://gves.garnetvalleyschools.com/calendar.

Attendance Information

State law establishes conditions under which any child may be excused from attendance at school. In keeping with these statues and recommendations of the State Department of Education, pupils in the Garnet Valley Schools may be excused temporarily from school attendance for the following reasons:

  • Sickness

  • Quarantine

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Weather so inclement so as to endanger the health of the child or make roads impassable

  • For observance of a major religious holiday

  • College visits, pre-approved educational trips

In order for an absence to be excused, a parent/guardian must respond to the Safe Arrival phone call, use the Safe Arrival app to report the absence ahead of time, or submit a written note to the office within three days after return from an absence. The absence of any student failing to comply with this time period will automatically become unexcused and illegal, and the school laws of Pennsylvania shall be applied accordingly.

Raptor Information

The Raptor system is used to enhance our ability to monitor who enters our buildings by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers. 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.

Please adhere to the following regulations:

1. Enter the building at the main office door.
2. Go directly to the office, sign in through Raptor and inform the school secretary of your
3. PLEASE DO NOT GO to any area of the building without receiving permission from the office.
4. Do not attempt to go to a classroom to pick up a child. Students who are being dismissed early
will be sent to the office.
5. Return the visitor badge at the conclusion of your visit to sign out.

Volunteer Clearance Information

Legislation in Pennsylvania requires community members and parents to obtain clearances in order to volunteer in our schools. If you have previously submitted your clearances to the Human Resources office, they are good for five (5) years from the date of the clearance.

Governor Wolf has waived the fees associated with the Pennsylvania State Police—Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse History Clearance. Since the FBI clearance is a federal program, those costs still remain; however, the district has decided to permit individuals who have resided in Pennsylvania continuously for ten years or more to sign a certification form that saves the volunteer the expense of the fee, ensures compliance with the law, and allows the district to maximize student safety.

Understanding that many community members will want to begin the process of securing clearances so that they are prepared for the start of the school year, we have provided several links and directions to assist you. Once you have obtained the requisite clearances, please bring them to the Human Resources office in the Garnet Valley Education Center at 80 Station Road. Please be prepared to present a valid driver’s license or other photo identification. Our Human Resources Department will then add your name to the district list so that our educators can readily ensure that volunteers have the proper clearances.

Please use this link for directions and more information.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Jaguarmax Radio is changing formats! We will be a student-run podcast created through the after school club program starting in the fall. Check us out on iTunes!

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes

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

Handbooks & Manuals - GVSD Resources

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!

Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you would like to receive text alerts, please sign up here or text @jaguarmax to 81010. Also, check out our Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes!

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.