GVES Weekly Update

May 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

5/6-5/10: Staff Appreciation Week

5/6: 4th Grade BSES/GVES Band Concert 7pm

5/7: 4th Grade BSES/GVES Orchestra Concert 7pm

5/8: 5th Grade BSES/GVES Band Concert 7pm

5/9: 5th Grade BSES/GVES Orchestra Concert 7pm

5/10: GVES Spirit Day

Raptor Reminder

Beginning April 23, all visitors will need an ID to go into the school and/or main office even if you are a regular visitor and/or volunteer. Please bring your ID if you will be visiting the school.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

LEA Parent Survey

Dear Parents,

Please participate in the district’s annual LEA Parent Survey by Clicking Here. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Last year over 2,000 parents provided feedback on various aspects of the district, and we hope to have the same fantastic participation this year!

From communication to educational programming, we value your perceptions and insights, and like last year, we will use the information gleaned from the survey to target strengths and areas of growth from a building and district perspective.

As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to receiving your critical feedback. Please participate today!!


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Muffins in May

See attached flyer for our annual Muffins in May program.
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HSA Weekly Update

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th – 10th

Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-May 10. Please help show the GVES staff how much we “REEL”y appreciate all that they do for our children. Use the link below to sign up to volunteer to help or to donate items for the week.


Muffins in May! May 15th (Gr 3), May 16th (Gr 4) and May 17th (Gr 5)

Our annual Muffins in May celebration is coming up soon! See flyer attached for details!

5th Grade Sendoff

It's time to register for the 5th Grade Send Off! Please see the attached flyer for all the details. Anyone interested should use the registration link below and then payment can be made on myschoolbucks or by sending it in. Registration closes on May 13th and there is not any walk up registration on the day of the event. We look forward to a bright, sunny, warm day for the Send Off! Volunteers are needed as well and can sign up below. Thank you.

Registration Link - http://bit.ly/5thgradesendoff2019

Volunteer Link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BA4A82DA3FE3-5thgrade

5th to 6th Tour Opportunity

GVMS RoboJags would like to cordially invite GVES 5th grade students to take a guided tour of the middle school. The tour will include a tour through the building, locker practice, slime making, and includes a snack of pretzels and water. The event will be hosted by the GVMS RoboJags. The cost of the tour will be $12. Staff will walk and pick up the GVES students at 3:15. All students will need to have a ride arranged for pick up at 4:45 at the front doors of the middle school. Please complete the registration below. This event has a limited number of spaces available, so it will be first come, first serve. We will take the first 20 registrations on each date. If we see more interest, we will explore another date. Mrs. Reba DiBartolomeo will contact the first 20 registrants and send the flyer with the payment directions via email. This registration counts as the permission slip for the event.

Parent Registration Links:

5/10/2019: https://forms.gle/gajUUH7uZBCfrMbR9 - SESSION IS FULL
5/31/2019: https://forms.gle/mgtW1TDNEPC6X7fM9 - SESSION IS FULL
Waitlist: https://forms.gle/GZTfKgBnxsYAgfNk8


The brochure for this year's summer programs is now available! Use this link to access descriptions and registration information for our wide variety of summer camps for 2019. Students can attend camps at any school.

Summer Music Academy

Use the link below to view information and see registration details for the Summer Music Academy sign up.


Grade 3 Math Screening

In May, we will begin the screening process to identify students for accelerated math in 4th grade. The process uses multiple criteria including screening tests, assessment scores, teacher recommendation, and class performance. Parents of students who are being considered for the program will be contacted in May after our initial screening. Please contact Dr. Kotch with any questions.


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)

Display My Art

Display My Art is running a Mother's/Father's Day Promotion using your child's original artwork from the fall. Details on how to order are in the flyer below. Please contact Display My Art with any questions.
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School News

We invite you to take some time to watch this week's episode of School News! We only have two episodes left this year. If you have anything you'd like to see featured, please let us know. Our final episode will be filmed on Thursday, May 16th.

School News Spring Episode #4


COTA--Celebration of the Arts

Garnet Valley School District Celebrates the Arts!

The Garnet Valley School District will host the 2019 “Celebration of the Arts” at Garnet Valley High School with the opening exhibition on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the High School gymnasium.
This free event highlights the outstanding works of art and projects completed by the students in the Visual Arts, Technology Education, and Family and Consumer Science Programs.

All viewing times are listed below:
Tuesday, May 7 8 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 8 8:00 am-3:00 pm and 6:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, May 10 8 am–3 pm

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!!


GV CTC Quick Tip # 36 Vaping Info for Parents

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? To address the problem of teen vaping, our GVSD Board of Directors has created a policy that combines necessary discipline with help for students who have violated school district policy by vaping on school grounds. Child and Family Focus can provide Teen Intervene to any of our students with parent/guardian permission. This includes students who have violated the school policy and students who have not but would benefit from information. They can also provide presentations on Vaping for parent/guardians. The information presented is invaluable for families since the promotions and packaging of these products is deliberately incorrect and misleading.

Call to action…Join us on May 8th at 6 pm in the GVHS library for up to the minute information about Vaping.

Click on the link below for more information.


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!

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