GVES Weekly Announcements

May 8, 2020

Principals' Message

Happy Friday GVES families!

We hope you all had a wonderful week and continue to be well. This week was a special week as we celebrated and honored our teachers and staff for Staff Appreciation Week. Be sure to click on the video below to see the sentimental well wishes of gratitude and thanks from our GVE students and families. Wow, what an amazing community we have and reminder that we are GV strong! We also gave thanks to our very own, Mrs. Wesolowski on Nurses Day! On Monday and Tuesday this coming week all students grades 3-5 will be sent on ‘virtual field trips’ by their classroom teachers. While students are enjoying experiences and settings beyond the GV boundaries our teachers will be cleaning out their classrooms and gathering student belongings. Families will have the opportunity to retrieve student belongings Monday and Tuesday, June 8th & 9th. We will share more details about those days in a separate communication.

We thank you for all that you continue to do at home as we grow and learn together!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Conley

staff appreciation week


3rd grade - band & orchestra information

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Elementary iPad Program for 2020-2021 School Year

All K-5 students will receive an iPad this summer to use at school and at home. In order for your child to receive his/her iPad, a parent/guardian must sign off on Garnet Valley’s Acceptable Use Policy, iPad Care, and decide if they would like to purchase insurance for the device. All parents must complete this process for their child to receive an iPad.

There is NO charge for this iPad. However, if parents would like to purchase insurance for accidental damages, they can now do so. So that we can offer families the lowest possible rate, Garnet Valley has partnered with Edvative, an educational non-profit, to assist with this program.

This program is optional and offered to Garnet Valley families who want the peace of mind of having their child’s iPad insured for accidental damages for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • For students entering grades 1-5 as of September 2020, please click HERE. (incoming Kindergarten students will be done in August)
  • For our current 5th grade students who will be entering GVMS in the fall, please click HERE for GVMS' Chromebook Program.


Please contact Kim Smith at smithk@garnetvalley.org if any of the circumstances below apply to your family so that you can be sent the appropriate paperwork and instructions.

1. You have moved/are planning to move within the District before the start of the 20/21 school year. Note: ALL change of address paperwork requires 2 proofs of residence.

2.You are planning to withdraw your student from GVES at the end of the 19/20 school year.

Field Trip $ REFUNDS

All 3rd and 5th grade field trip money will be returned in the form it was issued in student supply bags on June 8th and 9th.

5th grade promotion

Dear 5th Grade Families,

Save the date! We would like to invite all 5th grade families to attend the 5th Grade Promotion Assembly via webinar on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. as we recognize students for their accomplishments and wish them well as they officially become the class of 2027.

A link to access the assembly will be shared through alma a day prior to the event. All certificates will be emailed home after the assembly.

We look forward to sharing this event with our students, families, and staff.

5th Grade Play

Mrs. Bock and Mr. Murray have really enjoyed working with this group of students, and appreciate all of the support and commitment families have shown to the experience. We were hoping things might evolve and allow a live performance, alas we have come to the hard reality this is not possible. The students have worked so hard we would still like to provide a virtual opportunity for them. Mrs. Bock and Mr. Murray created a Seesaw activity for students to video themselves singing the two finale songs. Mr. Murray will create a video to highlight the singing from each student that participates and create a montage of the songs and photos from rehearsals throughout the year. Students will receive their T Shirts when they collect their belongings in June. We also plan to invite this year’s cast members to help kick off next year’s musical in the fall. We thank everyone for all the Frozen Jr. memories!

HSA Update


Online yearbook ordering is still open. Simply visit www.barksdalephoto.com. Use order code 08050YB. Since school grounds are closed all yearbooks must be shipped to home. See attached flyer for more information. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 15!!!!


Just a reminder that our school still collects Box Tops to earn cash for our school! Going forward, there is a new state of the art way to submit your Box Tops. Simply download the Box Tops for Education App on your smart phone, select Garnet Valley Elementary School, and scan your receipts! The GVE HSA thanks you for your support!


Thank you for all of your support of our amazing staff! They were all truly touched by the virtual cupcakes they received and the video tribute made up of all of your wonderful notes and pictures. Click the link to view the video.

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School News

We hope you enjoy this week's episode of GVES School News. Have an awesome weekend! :)

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GVES SN Spring 2020 Episode 5


Garnet Valley School District is committed to the academic, social, and emotional learning of our students. Through our online learning platforms, teachers are providing qualitative feedback regularly to students on the work they complete. We know students, parents, and teachers are working hard as they engage in and provide a supportive online learning environment. Yet during this unprecedented time, we understand that stress, differences in resources, and the varying online learning readiness of our children all impact student performance. Given the impact of these factors, while also choosing to support a child’s learning, not performance, grades at the elementary level would not be an accurate measure of competency at this time and will not be issued on the standardized progress report. On the progress report, the feature N/A is indicative that skills cannot be accurately measured at this time and are instead being addressed through the direct feedback provided by your child’s teachers in Seesaw and Schoology. As we move forward with the academic year, students will be expected to complete weekly assignments and teachers will continue to provide supportive, qualitative feedback through the online learning platforms. At the close of the third trimester, you will have the ability to download a .zip archive of your child’s Seesaw journal or will have access to your child’s course(s) in Schoology.

Message from Dr. Bertrando 5/8/20

If you haven't already, please see this important information from Dr. Bertrando. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bY_pDStnq902u91JSZm9yh5ducZs8Wb0_0NQfFEkFXc/edit?usp=sharing


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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #34 – Outdoor Fun for Families

Did you know? Garnet Valley’s secondary students exceed all other students in the state of Pennsylvania with their participation in family supported activities and hobbies. They have maintained an average participation rate of 60% in contrast to the state average of 44.6% as reported in the 2015 and 2017 PAYS results. This level of family activity involvement starts early and reflects even higher averages for elementary students. Warmer spring days can provide the opportunity for some new outdoor fun activities for the whole family. Getting out of the house during the quarantine provides mental and physical health benefits too.

Call to action… The Up and Away Moms website shared some ideas for families such as building an outdoor obstacle course, having a treasure hunt, playing nature bingo, putting on an outdoor play, having a drive-in backyard movie, and working on a garden as a family to name a few. Some other suggested activities include training your pet and outdoor tournaments with a game your children and teens enjoy or invent.

Please click on the link for pictures and more ideas that could be scaled for all ages. Stay safe and well, we miss you!



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Attendance will be reported on a weekly basis. A student in grades K-5 will be considered present when a completed parental verification of attendance is received. The form will be emailed on Mondays following the week of instruction.

If you do not complete the attendance form by Wednesday you will receive a reminder email from Mrs. Centone or Mrs. Smith with the form attached again. If you would like to verify your child's attendance it will be current/accurate on ALMA Thursday of each week.

Our secretary Mrs. Centone will keep track of attendance. If you have any questions, please email her for clarification. tcentone@garnetvalley.org


The Parent Portal on our district website provides important information to help parents.navigate the GV school experience. Below is the link to the parent portal:


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