GVES Weekly Update

May 24, 2019

Upcoming Events

5/27: Memorial Day--Schools & Offices Closed

5/30: BSES/GVES 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert 7pm

5/31: GVES Spirit Day

HSA Volunteer Sign Up

Garnet Valley Elementary Home & School Association is grateful for the volunteers who plan & prepare the many programs and events each school year to help provide the best school experience possible for our children. The HSA relies on volunteers to run smoothly, so if you can help just a little, it will make a BIG difference! Many of our volunteers find that they receive something in return for their time and talents:

• Spending quality time with your child and friends

• Investing your time in bettering our school community

• Making a difference in your child’s life by sharing your knowledge, experience and skills

• Developing leadership, communication and organizational skills

• Having FUN and making new friends!

At GVES we have a Committee for each program/event we do. The committee works as a team to plan and execute their event with the help of additional volunteers. One individual will be designated as the committee lead . The committee lead will be responsible for coordinating meetings, ensuring the committee is on schedule and communicating directly with the HSA Board. Each committee will also have volunteers to assist with the event as needed (i.e. volunteer during book fair, help assemble flyers, monitor mileage club). To sign up as a volunteer be sure to select "General Help" at the end of the survey.

Please sign up for as many committee opportunities as you are interested in. After you complete the committee portion you will be asked about being a committee lead. If you have students in multiple schools please note the time frame of events when signing up. Opportunities include Board positions, committee chairs, committee members, and event volunteers. We will contact you prior to the beginning of next school year. Please reply by June 7, 2019. Thank you.

Link to Sign Up Form

Band & Orchestra for the 2019-2020 School Year

Band and Orchestra sign ups for the 2019-2020 school year have begun! 3rd graders are completing the instrument interview process and will come home with a form reflecting their instrument recommendations. To sign up for band or orchestra for next year, please click this link:


HSA Weekly Update

Field Day - Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with Field Day yesterday! The students enjoyed another great day.

Volunteer Appreciation Night - This year's volunteers are invited are invited to Not Your Average Joe's on Tuesday, June 4, at 7PM. HSA will provide appetizers. Please RSVP here.

Many Volunteer Needed - Our HSA is looking for your help next year! We have open Board position along with committee chairs, committee helpers, and general volunteers. Please sign up here.

Coming Soon - School Supply orders for next year!

6th Grade Transition Camp

See flyer below for details on 6th Grade Transition Camp being held on August 21, 2019 at GVMS.
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GVSD Summer Programs

There are still openings in some of the GV Summer Programs such as Taekwondo & Self Defense! The brochure is available here.


5th Grade Promotion Assembly - Thursday, June 13, 2019, GVMS Gym, 12:30PM

Elementary Open House - Wednesday, August 28, 12:30-2:30PM (one session open to all families)

School Bus Safety Poster Contest

It’s time for the 2019 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest and PennDOT needs your help to spread the word.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about school bus safety while promoting it to others.

Please direct this email to your Principal’s Office so they may distribute the information to the appropriate department.

Details for entering this fun and educational contest are found at the following link:


We look forward to your participation – and thank you!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #39 Safe Driving Habits

Did you know? This week the Mock Crash was presented to high school Seniors at GVHS. They also heard from a speaker from Cruisin’ Smart from Bryn Mawr Rehab. These programs have a strong impact on our students but they are not the game changer in how our teens will drive. You are!

84 % of the parents surveyed by Allstate admitted to speeding.

88 % of parents acknowledge they use cell phones while driving.

(Allstate Foundation Driving Change 2015,see full text of survey below)

According to a national survey by the National Safety Council (NSC), 91% of parents who drive distracted, do so in front of their teens [and younger kids]. A major culprit in bad driving behavior is the use of cell phones while driving, namely texting. https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/teen-driving


Call to action…You can make a difference every day you drive with your children and teens. Two of the major contributors to teen car accidents are speeding and distraction. Make those changes today and build the safe driving habits you would like your children and teens to have. Find teen driving statistics and tips to help from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia below.


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Military Families

As a result of state and federal mandates, the district must collect & report a multitude of data points.

If your child's parent or guardian is an active duty member of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, please access the link below to submit your information. The district appreciates your cooperation, and for those of you who are active or retired military, thank you for your service!!


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!

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.