GVES Weekly Update

December 7, 2018

Upcoming Events

12/10: Health/Guidance Class Switch

12/10: 3rd Grade Chorus Concert 7pm GVHS

12/12: HSA Bertucci's Dining for Dollars

12/14: GV Spirit Day

12/14: Progress Reports Released

17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

Kids use many different apps on their devices to connect with others. As parents and educators, we should know about these apps and be having conversations with our kids that will keep them safe. Kids should be sure to not share their birthdays, locations, and identities when creating accounts to use these apps. They should only connect with other users if they are positive who the person is and with parent/guardian permission. We teach our students to behave online the same way they would in person. However, apps that hide or do not verify identities and those with temporary images or live feeds may it challenging for younger people to keep that in mind. For more information on apps that kids are using, see this article from Common Sense Media.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

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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

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


Home and School Update

Yearbook Photographers – Upload your photos!

All yearbook photographers are asked to please make sure you have uploaded your Halloween, orchestra, band and chorus pictures as soon as possible as holiday parties are coming up soon!

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. )

An April 12th Lunch Buddies date is being opened up as a reschedule for the November date that was cancelled due to snow. This is the Friday before Spring Break. Anyone originally scheduled for November that was unable to get a new date due to slots being filled, should contact Renee Kabakof (rkabakoff@ymail.com) no later than 12/15. After that time, this date will be opened up to anyone else who would still like to schedule a Lunch Buddies date.

TONIGHT: 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 last 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!

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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 #16

Did you know?

“Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.

For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.

A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health.”

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

Call to action… Learn more about mental health challenges and what is available to help. Upcoming Ealerts will focus on the Mental Health PAYS results for Garnet Valley students.


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

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