GVES Weekly Announcements

October 11, 2019

Upcoming Events

10/14: Inservice Day--No School for Students

10/15: HSA Meeting 7pm

10/16: 3rd Grade Grandfriends Day

10/17: 4th Grade Grandfriends Day

10/18: 5th Grade Grandfriends Day

10/18: GVES Spirit Day

Car Line Reminders


Carline stops accepting drop-offs and is unsupervised at 8:50 AM. If you arrive at 8:45 or after please drive around to the front of the school and drop off. Our buses have cleared the parking lot by that time. We have an attendant at the front door until 8:55 that will pass students through. Students are not considered formally late until 8:55. If it is past 8:55 we ask you to please escort your child into the building to fill out a late note.


Carline dismissal begins after 3:05 PM. Our school day officially ends at 3:15 so please arrive by 3:20. If you arrive at 3:20 or after please drive around to the front of the school to sign out your child from the main office. Our buses have cleared the parking lot by that time.

Grandfriends' Days are Coming!

See below for your student's classroom Grandfriends times.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

9:45-10:30 – Mrs. Razzano (242), Mrs. Goodwin (226), Mrs. Sigismonti (236)

10:00-10:45 – Mrs. Flanagan (228), Ms. Mack (227), Ms. Stefanowicz (230)

12:10- to 12:55 – Mr. Constable (245), Mrs. Sinton (246), Ms. Anderson (233)

12:25 to 1:10 – Ms. Beck (237), Mrs. Morgan (252), Mrs. Manari (239)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10:15 to 11:00 – Mrs. Chase (Rm. 219), Mrs. Bennett (Rm. 216), Mrs. Ominsky (Rm. 217)

10:30 to 11:15 – Mrs. Gallagher (Rm. 214), Mrs. Sinopole (Rm. 215)

1:00 to 1:45 – Mrs. Walsh (Rm. 212), Ms. Lowe (Rm. 207)

1:15 to 2:00 - Mrs. Hayes (Rm. 201), Mrs. Clark (Rm. 253), Mrs. Grillo (Rm. 225)

Friday, October 18, 2019

9:15 to 10:00 - Mrs. Conley (155), Mr. Cywinski (172), Mrs. Jarema (163), Mr. Long (173)

11:15 to 12:00 - Mrs. Chiodo (168), Mrs. Magrann (174), Ms. Slavin (171)

1:10 to 1:55 - Mrs. Carey (159), Miss Travers (161), Mrs. Ong (157), Mrs. Shank (165)

Grandfriends Days are a great opportunity for the special person(s) in your child’s lives to get an “up-close and personal” look at what goes on these days in elementary school and a wonderful bonding opportunity for our students! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP before October 14th.

Volunteers are still needed to help the Grandfriends as they arrive and get them to the right classrooms. You can click HERE to sign up to assist (times for different classes are listed at this link as well). If you have questions, please contact Karen Gerace, the Grandfriends Committee Chair at: ckgerace@comcast.net.

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Lunch Buddy Sign Ups

GVES HSA welcomes you to have lunch with your student!

One guest per student per school year can participate in the lunch buddy program as space allows. Once a time/date slot is filled no additional spaces will be available.

Spots are limited for each date & time and fill up fast - Sign up today!

Please note the lunch time for your child's class!! The sign up is by lunch time and lists the teachers who have the lunch time.

If you have more than one student at GVE - you can sign up once per child. Please indicate in the comments your child's names. You can select a different day for each child or the same day.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Erin Villone at erin.villone@gmail.com

*If you sign up for more than one slot your other entries will be deleted by admin.**

Use the link below and REMEMBER to select the correct time slot tab!


GVE HSA Weekly Announcements – 10/11/2019

Field Trip T-shirts

We have limited quantities of field day tshirts still for sale. Please ask in the front office or email gveshsa@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a shirt.

If you ordered a field trip t-shirt on the HSA google form please send in your money by the end of next week. The my school bucks link is closed so please send $10 cash or a check made out to the GVES HSA. A lot of shirts have not been paid for and all of the shirts were pre-paid for by the HSA.

HSA Meeting – Tuesday, October 15th – 7pm

Calling all “do-ers!” We NEED you! Want a great way to get involved with GVE and benefit your child’s school? Join us at the next HSA meeting on Tuesday, Oct 15th at 7pm in the LGI room to learn about what we do for our kids and the school, and meet a fun group of people who all have the same goal in mind: Make GVE a GREAT place to learn, work, and volunteer! There are LOTS of changes going on this year, and we need YOUR support more than ever!

School Store – Wednesday, October 23rd

Our next school store is Wednesday, October 23rd! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $3.00.

Please sign up to help with Mileage Club

We are in need of parents to help out at mileage club on Thursday afternoons through the Fall.

Every Thursday in the Fall, children have the option to walk or run laps around the recess yard and record how many miles they walk or run! As they build up their miles, they earn charms for their sneakers. Please consider coming out to cheer them on!


Please use this link to sign up via sign up genius. On it, you will see a slot labeled iPad Duty. This simply means carrying the iPads from the gym to the playground for the first recess and returning them after the last recess. Very simple! Any questions ask Karen Riggs: krigg002@yahoo.com

School News

When you have a chance, we would love for you to give this week’s episode a watch. We hope we have addressed some of the sound issues for this week.

School News Episode 2

Thanks for your support!

The SN Crew

Fall Session #2

Chipotle Fundraiser – Tuesday, November 5th

Guac On! with a delicious meal for a worthy cause! Dine at Chipotle for our fundraiser and 33% of the proceeds will come to GVES HSA!

Date: Tuesday, November 25th

Times: 4pm – 8pm. DINE IN ONLY. Online and take out orders do NOT count.

Where: Chipotle – 1751 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills PA 19342

What to bring: MUST have the flyer below – show it to the cashier to ensure we get the credit!

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Clean Juice Fundraiser--Wednesday October 16

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Box Tops are Back!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #6 Binge Drinking

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? Binge drinking behavior has been cut in half in Garnet Valley. Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in one sitting for boys and 4 or more for girls. “Binge drinking is actually extremely dangerous because consuming large amounts of liquid toxin at one time can lead to alcohol poisoning, rape, STDs, coma and the worst-case scenario, death...” Raychelle Cassanda Lohmann, MS, LPCS, Teen Angst, Psychology Today. 2013

In Garnet Valley, binge drinking declined from an average of 10% of students in 2013 to an average of 5% of students in 2017. But any percentage of students putting themselves at risk in such an extreme way is concerning.

Raychelle Cassanda Lohmann gives us four essential questions below that every parent/caregiver can ask to help prevent risky behavior.

Call to actionLet’s keep our students safe from harm by asking and getting answers to: The Four Essential Questions

1. Where are you going? 2. What are you going to be doing?

3. Who are you going to be with? 4. When will you be home?

Click on the websites below for more information.



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.