GVES Weekly Update

November 16, 2018

Upcoming Events

12/3: 5th Grade BSES/GVES Band Concert 7PM GVHS

12/5: 3rd Grade Jaguarmax Assembly 12:15PM

12/6: Snowman Shuffle at Mileage Club

12/7: End of 1st Trimester

12/7: GV Spirit Day

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

New episodes have been released! Check us out on iTunes.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast Website

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!

Back to School Night Survey

We are looking for your input on how to structure our Back to School Nights for next year. We know that this year's schedule was too rushed. From our survey on the Open House, most parents prefer to continue with a traditional Back to School night. Now that we know that, we want to look at our Back to School Night structure. We want these events to be the most beneficial for our parents and our teachers in working together. Please answer these questions by December 21st. Thank you.

Link to survey

Student Pick-up from After School Activities

We have a lot of students participating in after school activities which is a great thing. However, it is also making our parking lot very busy at dismissal. We need to make some changes to enhance everyone's safety and so that fire lanes and buses are not being blocked. Beginning on Monday, November 26, the following procedures will be in place:

4th Grade Band & 5th Grade Band - Parents should park in the side parking lot, enter through the cafeteria doors, and go into the cafeteria to pick up their students.

5th Grade Play - Parents should park in the side parking lot, enter through the cafeteria doors, and go into the gym to pick up their students.

Wind Ensemble, 4th Grade Orchestra, & 5th Grade Orchestra - Parents should park in the front lot, enter through the front doors, and pick up your students from the LGI.

Reading Olympics - Parents should park in the front parking lot, enter through the 5th grade doors (closer to the middle school track), and go in the back doors of the library to pick up their students.

All Other Clubs & Activities - Since other clubs dismiss at later times, there is not as much congestion. Club sponsors will send parents additional information if your dismissal routines are changing.

Please park in a parking spot and not along the curb or in the fire lane when coming in to pick up your students. We know this can be inconvenient if you have other children with you but parking illegally causes safety issues for those walking out of the building. Students in the activities that dismiss at 4PM will not be coming outside. You will need to park and come in to get them. Someone will come to each door location at 4PM to open the door for parents to enter and pick up. Thank you for your assistance.

Lunch Buddy Program

Additional lunch buddy spots are still available on our future dates if you were scheduled for today which was canceled due to the snow. If you were scheduled and cannot find an open spot, please email one of our parent volunteers. Thank you.

Rene Kabakoff at rkabakoff@ymail.com or Stacy Schneeweis at seschneeweis@gmail.com

To sign up, please use this link:

Once the page opens, you will need to click the tab at the top according to your child's teacher/lunch time.

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Hearts to Home

Hello GV Community,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

At this time of year, we are reminded of how "Thankful" we are for the generous and caring individuals that work in this community we call Garnet Valley School District.

As many of you know, Hearts to Home is a small philanthropic, behind the scenes, "organization" that serves the Garnet Valley community.

We help students and/ or families who may be experiencing a tough time throughout the year. Examples of ways we have helped are supplying food, buying school supplies, pay a household bill, buy clothing, etc.

All of our funding is from the generous donations of our staff, families and students.

At this time of the year, Hearts to Home helps families provide gifts for the various holidays they celebrate.

If you would like to donate during this holiday season you can help in the following ways:


Checks (made out to: Hearts to Home)

Gift Cards.

Any increment is appreciated and can be used!

Donations can be sent to:

Kristin Smeins - District Social Worker (GVEC) or

Sue Baumes - School Nurse (CES)

We ask that all donations be sent by Friday, December 14th.

Thank you so much for continued help and support!

Kristin and Sue

School News Episode 7


Technology Night for Parents

The Future of Teaching and Learning in Garnet Valley

Informational and Interactive workshop for all parents with children in grades 3-12

Garnet Valley remains a destination school district for families throughout the country due in part to the push for personalized learning and cutting-edge instructional technologies. Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, for an interactive presentation and discussion led by Mr. Samuel Mormando, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning. Topics will include Garnet Valley’s work to personalize learning for all students, new classroom technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) & VR (virtual reality), and new educational programs including eSchool@GarnetValley and blended learning options now offered at the high school.

Link to flyer

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #15

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? The activity known as Vaping or Juuling has captured too many of our young people. National statistics in 2015 showed that 1 in 6 high school youth were using e-cigs, which is another name for Vapes. With that statistic in mind, it would appear that many young people and their parent/guardians don’t see the danger in these cleverly designed and marketed delivery systems. Super-heated substances are ingested as an aerosol into the lungs of young people and bystanders. High concentrations of nicotine and flavorings like Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, and Unicorn Puke are not being marketed to adults. Nicotine is a drug which has very negative effects on the developing brain of young people, can lead to sudden infant death (SIDS) and other dangerous outcomes for the babies in utero. It is also poisonous if ingested via malfunctioning Vape pens. The effects on young brains from nicotine are just as scary and include: addiction to nicotine which primes young brains for addiction to other substances, and disruption of brain circuits that control attention, learning, impulse control and mood disorders (Surgeon General, 2016). The flavored aerosols by themselves contain “ultrafine particles; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.” (Fact Sheet from the Surgeon General, 2016)

Call to action… Don’t buy the argument that Vaping is so much less harmful than smoking cigarettes for young people. Vaping leads to smoking (Rappaport, 2016). Both activities are extremely harmful with negative outcomes that are both short term and lifelong. Educate yourself and your family. Learn more by accessing the websites below.





Home and School Update

Lunch Buddies – December 19th

Our next GVE Lunch Buddies day will be December 19th. 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. )

Parents Night Out at GVE – sponsored by GVHS Interact Club

Need some time to finish your holiday shopping, errands, or just some time to yourself? Why not let the Interact HS students watch your children? 100% of your costs will go to an awesome charity – Rise Against Hunger! Your child will enjoy pizza, drink & snacks; crafts & games…all for just $20 ($10 for each additional sibling).

Date: Friday, December 7th

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Place: Garnet Valley Elementary School

Price: $20.00 donation to Rise Against Hunger

A registration form went home with your child this week. Any questions, please contact Grace Brennan at gracebrennan@garnetvalley.org.

Classroom Winter Holiday Parties

Classroom parties will be held on Friday, December 21st. Homeroom parents will be contacting families requesting donations about two weeks prior. Thank you!

HSA Committee WorkGroup Meeting – Jan 4th – 9am

The next HSA Committee WorkGroup Meeting will be held on January 4th at 9am.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Erin Villone at erin.villone@gmail.com. Have a great week!

Interact Club Parents Night Out

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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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Est. 1997

The mission of our learning community is to maximize the potential of all students by empowering them to do their personal best.