GVES Weekly Update

February 1, 2019

Upcoming Events

2/4-2/8: Kids Heart Challenge

2/4-2/8: National School Counseling Week

2/7: Sneaker Thursday

2/8: GVES Spirit Day

2/8: HSA Bingo Night

Morning Drop Off Procedures

Please make sure a staff member is at the car line or in the front of the school when you are dropping off in the morning. If a staff member is not present after 8:50AM, you must park and walk your child(ren) into the office. For our students' safety, please follow these procedures. Thank you.

GVMS Message to 5th Grade Parents

We are excited to welcome you to Garnet Valley Middle School this fall. Over the next few months, you will begin to receive communications from GVMS regarding parent meetings and transition information for the 2019-2020 school year.

But first, we want to share with you that it will be important to know how to access your child’s Garnet Valley school email account. By understanding this system it will enable both you and your child to experience a smooth and enjoyable transition to the Garnet Valley Middle School.

Most 5th-grade students regularly use their Google email accounts at the elementary level. We would like to share with you the account protocols. Students can sign into Gmail (or Google) using firstlast@garnetvalley.org, followed by their password, which in most cases is first three letters of the last name, all caps, followed by student ID (Lunch number) - LAF12345 as an example. If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please email techsupport@garnetvalley.org.

GVSD is a leader in technology and committed to its integration in the classroom. It is important that students establish the routine of checking their email on a regular basis. In order to start preparing students for the transition to middle school, we kindly ask that you and your child view and begin to manage your child’s school email account this spring. Garnet Valley Middle School will be communicated with 5th graders via the student email. For example, the summer work information and expectations for 6th grade ELA and math will be communicated in this manner.

Thank you for your continued support. The topic of the next communication will be your use of our student information management system called ALMA. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Lisa Stenz, Principal
Dawn Papa, Assistant Principal
Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

Home and School Update

HSA Committee Work Group Meeting – Friday, Feb 9th

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, February 9th – 9 am in the GVE LGI Room

GVE Family Bingo Night - Friday Feb, 9th – 6-8pm – GVE Cafeteria

Open to all GVE students and families. Please join us with your family for a lively night of pizza, snacks and drinks while playing exciting BINGO games for fun and prizes! Tickets are $6 and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. Flyers went home in student’s collection folders last week. Any questions please contact Patrick Farley: pfarley@comcast.net.

There are only a few spots available for the Bingo night please return your slips and payment as soon as possible....

We are also collecting donations of boxed breakfast items for Hearts to Home.

School Store

Our next school store is Wednesday, February 13! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $3.00.

Valentines Day Parties – Thursday, February 14th

Valentines Day parties will be held in the classrooms on Thursday, 2/14. Homeroom parents will be reaching out and sending out sign-ups for this within the next couple of weeks.

Lunch Buddies – Friday, February 22nd

Our next GVE Lunch Buddies day will be February 22nd. If you have signed up for that day, we’ll look forward to having you here to have lunch with your child. If you haven’t signed up for future dates, there are a few, limited spots still available. Contact Renee Kabakoff (rkabakoff@ymail.com) or Stacy Schneeweis (seschneeweis@gmail.com.)

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Kids Heart Challenge

Garnet Valley Elementary School will be participating in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge event during the week of February 4th -February 8th, 2019. Students will be given fundraising information and hear all about Kids Heart Challenge starting in January! Please join us at GVES in our fight against heart disease!

To see instructions for online fundraising, please use the following link:

To come see your child participate in KIDS HEART Challenge, click on the following link for class Physical Education times:


GVPAA Presents Annie

The Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association will present Annie from March 7-9 at GVHS. Annie is fun for all ages so bring the entire family to a performance to show your support for our amazingly talented and hardworking students! For tickets and information, visit www.gvpaa.com.

Make a Difference Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for those who do exceptional work with students who have special needs. Please see the flyer below for more information. All nominations must be entered online.
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Prom Showcase at GVHS

Prom Showcase is coming to the high school on Monday, February 4th. For those new to post prom, prom showcase is a fundraiser put on by the senior class to raise funds needed for our post prom. The showcase is a fashion show starring members of the senior class modeling the latest in prom dresses and tuxedos. We have special guest appearances by several GV groups: the dance team, the drum line, the Jazz band, the mens and women's chorus along with our special guests, the BYC Spirit Cheerleaders!!

Along with the show, we have local vendors coming including many of the areas top caterers: Lias, Renzi's, Marcos and the Meathouse, all with samples of their delicious foods.

We will have raffle baskets and some excellent silent auction items. One of the highlights of the evening will be raffle of our car, donated by Team Toyota to raffle off for post prom.

The doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:00. We invite all GV families to come see our excellent production and a chance to win some excellent prizes!!

Thank you and we hope to see you at the show.

Questions: kathleenarmani@hotmail.com

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #24

Did you know?

Why do young people use marijuana? Young people start using marijuana for many reasons. Curiosity, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in with friends are common ones. Those who have already begun to smoke cigarettes or use alcohol—or both—are at increased risk for marijuana use as well. And people who have untreated mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, or ADHD) or who have experienced trauma are at increased risk of using marijuana and other drugs at an early age (NIMH 6/16).

Call to action

Learn more about the potential mental health and marijuana connection, click below.



DIVA Dance Party 2019

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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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