GVES Weekly Update

March 15, 2019

Upcoming Events

3/18: Health/Guidance Switch

3/18: 5th Grade Mosaic Legacy Project begins

3/20: YouthTruth Survey

3/20: Lunch Buddies

3/20: 4th Grade Science Night - See Notes

3/21: Rock Your Socks

3/21: STEAM Night--See Notes

3/22: GVES Spirit Day

World Down Syndrome Day

On Thursday, March 21 2019, GVES will be joining other schools and organizations around the world in celebrating WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY.

Together we will create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome in our schools, community and around the world. 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down Syndrome.

GVES Helping Hands Club will be selling socks for $1.00. Please complete this form, and send money to school labeled "Rock Your Socks" with your child. We will be packaging and distributing socks to homerooms on March 13 and March 20. Please send exact amounts. We will not be able to provide change, any extra money will be accepted as a donation.

All proceeds go to Down Syndrome Association of Delaware.

Thanks so much for your support and we can't wait to see your mismatched socks!!

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.

Home and School Update

4th Grade Science Night – Wednesday, March 20th

The GVES Home and School Association is excited to sponsor the 4th grade Science Night. The event will take place in the GVES Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 20th from 7:00-8:00pm.

This event is intended to encourage the love of science with our students by allowing them to participate in hands-on science experiments at 5 different stations. There will be raffle prizes given away during the event as well.

Space is limited to the first 50 students who register. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available. This is not a drop off event, each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Given space constraints, siblings cannot attend.

We are also looking for parent volunteers for the night of the event, so if you are interested please indicate that on your registration form or contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com.

To register, please use this link: bit.ly/gvesciencenight2019

Your registration will be confirmed in a future email. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com. Be sure to register early before the 50 spots fill up.

Lunch Buddies – Wednesday, March 20th

Our next GVE Lunch Buddies day will be Wednesday, March 20th. If you have signed up for that day, we’ll look forward to having you here to have lunch with your child. Any questions, please contact Renee Kabakoff (rkabakoff@ymail.com ) or Stacy Schneeweis (seschneeweis@gmail.com)


Garnet Valley STEAM Night: Thursday, March 21st at Garnet Valley High School

(5:15 to 5:45 arrive and sign in, 5:45 - 8:30 welcome and activities)

Garnet Valley STEAM Club is hosting STEAM night to introduce students across the district to STEAM and its related fields and topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math; This event will also introduce students to STEAM thought process. Both parents and children are welcome to attend, but prior sign up is necessary. Space is the theme for the event and people who sign-up will be able to attend the Expo Center and a corresponding activity track. The Expo Center will have student and company presentations such as Mathnasium and Boeing. Let's shoot for the stars together at STEAM night 2019.

  • For more detailed information regarding the event including information about the activities, as well as, the signing-up information, visit our website linked here.

  • For the sign-up link for the event click here. Prior registration by March 18 is required and walk ins are strongly discouraged.

Please forward any questions to GVSTEAM2019@gmail.com

Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert & Fundraiser:

On Sunday March 24 at 3pm the Garnet Valley Music Department will present a Gala concert to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. This amazing concert will feature outstanding performances from hundreds of GV students spanning grades 2 through 12. Proceeds will benefit MUSICOPIA, a non-profit organization supporting music education in the Philadelphia area. TICKETS $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase online at https://www.gvhsmusic.org/musicgala

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #29

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? “Overall, 33.5% of students in Garnet Valley engaged in gambling for money or anything of value in their lifetime. The most frequently reported form of gambling was “sporting events or sports pools” reported by 14% of GV students who had gambled in the past 12 months (compared to 13.8% at the state level).” PAYS 2017 Garnet Valley School District

Call to action… Since gambling operates on the same reward pathways as ATOD addiction, early gambling behavior can pose a risk for developing other anti-social behaviors. Click on the link below to learn more


Parent Workshop

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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.

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

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.

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