GVES Weekly Update

February 1, 2019

Upcoming Events

2/13: School Store

2/14: Valentine's Day Parties

2/15: Inservice Day--No School for Students

2/18: Presidents' Day - No School for Students

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

John Marciano will be visiting 3rd and 4th Grade Garnet Valley Elementary School March 4th, 2019

Writer and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans. John has continued his grandfather’s legacy of the Madeline books with Madeline and the Old House in Paris, Madeline at White House, and Madeline and the Cats of Rome. He is the author of Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator, and of The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield and The Witches of Benevento books, which were illustrated by Sophie Blackall. John lives in Brooklyn with wife, Andromache, and their daughter, Galatea.

KLAWDE - For generations, the highly evolved planet of Lyttyrboks exiled its criminals to “a vast wasteland of a planet, inhabited by a race of carnivorous ogres” before outlawing the practice as cruel. But former Lord High Emperor Wyss-Kuzz’s crimes are so dastardly that they resurrect the practice and send Wyss-Kuzz to Earth. He lands in a small Oregon town and heads to the nearest house, where he is taken in by Raj, who has just moved from Brooklyn’s wealth of pizza, candy, and comics. Raj is miserable, and adopting the cat—whom they name Klawde—helps. Chapters alternate between Klawde, who is hard at work creating a device to return to Lyttyrboks and exact his revenge, and Raj, who is attending a nature camp led by an anti-technology survivalist counselor. Klawde learns English so the two can communicate, and while he does his best to disdain his humans, he may just come to care for them. Klawde’s ruthless attitude captures feline haughtiness in humorous moments (“I had vaporized ambassadors and kings for lesser insults”), while the escalating camp adventures entertain. Dynamic illustrations capture the energy, humor, and heart of this strong series kick-off. Also available: Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies. Ages 10–up.

"Applaud for KLAWDE. Two paws up!"--Dav Pilkey, creator of the Dog Man series.

"Funny, savage, and brilliant, Klawde is the pet I wish I had."--Max Brallier, author of the New York Times Best Seller The Last Kids on Earth

Use the link to download the order form.

Home and School Update

GVE Family Bingo Night is TONIGHT! - 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

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

School Store

Our next school store is Wednesday, February 13th! 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.)

Book Fair – February 27-March 1

The GVE Book Fair is coming up! In-school visits to the book fair will happen during the school day on February 27-March 1. Family night will be Thursday evening February 28th starting at 5:00pm. More to come next week!

School News

You can watch another exciting episode of School News at https://youtu.be/qzzL-49oAEw

Hope you have an excellent weekend!

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GVPAA Presents Annie

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage at Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association March 7-9. Based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts with a can-do attitude, providing hope that tomorrow is only a day away with her tenacious spirit and infectious optimism. Through one small child persevering to find her family, she experiences the magic of New York City, makes friends with a President, and finds somewhere she can finally call home.

Come support the 200 students in grades K-12 on stage and the 50 plus students and staff in the crew and pit.

Our Annies are middle schooler Neala Carroll and GVE student Lauren Cusick and your GVHS seniors Annie Tunstall, Megan and Kelly McGarrey, Janice Argo, Jared Lynch, Tori Travetti, Abbey DiGravio, Jack Cervino, Mike Noone, Camille Bautista, Kiera Adams, Julia Kinnee, Kate Santangelo, Ryan Armani, Emma Rolecki, Corey Manzano, Sara Cripps, Daniel Avicolli, Sara Gigl, and Joey Rice will be starring and crewing their final show. Come out and support the performing arts!

As an added bonus there will be a Mamma Mia preview featuring the middle school chorus and some of your favorite staff and community actors. Join in the fun.

Tickets available at www.gvpaa.com

Note from the School Nurse

Lice Lessons~~

Head lice have been around for hundreds of years and while they are not harmful--they are a nuisance. Unfortunately, they are one of the most common 'conditions' in school aged children. Occurrences seem more prevalent in the fall and spring but can occur all throughout the year.

Head lice cannot jump or fly--they crawl in search of a host and are very good at hiding. Lice are spread by direct head to head contact. This happens during play time, slumber parties, sports activities and can occur by sharing of personal items--hats, brushes, combs, etc.

Lice can survive only 1-2 days off of a human host. They are not carried by pets.

Cleanliness of a person or their environment is not a factor for infestation.

It's always a good idea to check your child's hair and scalp occasionally--especially if you notice them scratching their scalp excessively. Lice can sometimes be very difficult to spot but nits (lice eggs) are easy to see. They look like flakes of dandruff--but while dandruff or dry scalp will flake away nits stay attached to the hair shaft. If you see lice or nits, you should contact your pediatrician or nurse and your child should be treated.

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: 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.

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.

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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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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #25 Blunt Truth Month

Did you know?

Is marijuana addictive? Contrary to common belief, marijuana can be addictive. Research suggests that 30 percent of users may develop some degree of problem use, which can lead to dependence and in severe cases takes the form of addiction.9 People who begin using marijuana before age 18 are 4 to 7 times more likely than adults to develop problem use.10 Dependence becomes addiction when the person can't stop using marijuana even though it interferes with his or her daily life. (NIDA 6/18)

Call to action… Click on the link below for more facts about marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


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.

Connect with GVES! Now Podcasting!

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!

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