GVES Weekly Update

September 28, 2018

Upcoming Events

10/4: Mileage Club Starts

10/5: GV Spirit Day

Accounting Help Needed!

Our Home & School Association needs to update its PA Tax Exemption and is looking for some help with the paperwork. If you or someone you know is experienced in this area and could volunteer some time, please email Stacy Weaver. Thank you.

Grandfriends' Days

Dear Grandparents/Special Persons,

Our students and teachers invite you to participate in Grandparents’/Special Person’s Days according to the schedule below. Please RSVP using the link at the bottom.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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

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

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

12:25 to 1:10 – Ms. Beck (237), Ms. Ruoff (252)

Friday, October 12, 2018

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

10:30 to 11:15 – Mrs. Gallagher (Rm. 214), Mrs. Grillo (Rm. 225), Ms. Sinopole (Rm. 215)

1:00 to 1:45 – Mr. Windsor (Rm. 255), Mrs. Walsh (Rm. 212),

1:15 to 2:00 - Ms. Lowe (Rm. 207), Mrs. Hayes (Rm. 201), Mrs. Clark (Rm. 253)

Monday, October 15, 2018

9:15 to 10:00 - Mrs. Conley (155), Mr. Cywinski (172), Mrs. Jarema (163), Ms. Travers (161)

11:15 to 12:00 - Mrs. Chiodo (168), Mrs. Gamler (173), Mrs. Magrann (174), Ms. Slavin (171)

1:10 to 1:55 - Mrs. Carey (159), Ms. Meehan (170), Mrs. Ong (157), Mrs. Shank (165)

This exciting event will be held at Garnet Valley Elementary School. During your visit, you will participate in a special learning activity and have the opportunity to chat. Please eat before you attend as we are not serving refreshments this year.

You may park or be dropped off in front of the school and enter through the lobby. For traffic and logistical reasons, please do not plan on entering more than five minutes before your scheduled time. A guide will show you the way to the room where your visit will be held. Please note that all third and fourth grade classrooms are on the second floor. An elevator is available but a lot of walking is also needed to reach it. Visitors must also be capable of exiting the building on their own in an emergency.

Note to parents/guardians: If your child does not have a grandparent/special person visiting, they will be included within a group for the project/discussion. Since parents will be invited to visit the classroom in November, we encourage you to have another relative, neighbor, or friend attend if grandparents are unavailable. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accommodate younger siblings/children.

We are very proud of all that we do in Garnet Valley Elementary School, and we can’t wait for you to join us.


Home & School News

Annual Auction - Join us on Friday, November 9 at the Concordville Inn for our “Passport to Paradise” themed event. This exciting evening is our largest fundraiser of the year so book your babysitter and don’t miss this awesome night!

Library Volunteering - COME AND READ WITH US!!

Some classes are still in need of library volunteers! This year, GVES is coordinating our library volunteers using signupgenius. Now that everyone has had a chance to sign up, you may sign up for additional slots for the remainder of the year. Please visit the link below and click on your teacher(s) tab at the top of the screen to sign up.

GVES LIBRARY SIGN-UP LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ba4a82da3fe3-anderson

After you click on the link, be sure to choose your TEACHER TAB at the top of the page.

*Clearances are needed for volunteering in the library. Please click on this link for more information regarding clearances:


Please contact Kristine Potochar kristine.potochar@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Happy Reading!!

HSA Meeting - Please join on October 16 at 7 pm in the LGI Room us as we discuss our plans for the year!

School Store - Our first school store is Wednesday, October 17! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $5.00.

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

Nurse Reminders

Students may NOT carry any medication with them. All prescription and over the counter medications must be held and dispensed by the nurse's office. Please contact our school nurse if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us to ensure our students' safety.

Lunch Buddy Program

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 using the link at the bottom!

Please note the lunch time for you child's class!! The sign up is by lunch time and lists the teachers who have the lunch time. Be sure to sign up for the correct 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:
Rene Kabakoff at rkabakoff@ymail.com or Stacy Schneeweis at seschneeweis@gmail.com

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

More specific directions will be sent closer to your actual date. We look forward to seeing you in the cafeteria!
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.

This event is a visit and not volunteering so clearances are not required.

Elementary After School Activities

The Elementary After School Activity Program is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for students. Ranging from art to robotics, teachers have created programs that they believe are developmentally appropriate and a lot of fun!

By clicking on this link (Elementary After School Activity Program), parents will have access to the brochure that lists all of the activities by school. Students may register for more than one activity as long as the dates and times don’t conflict. Unfortunately, since the activities start immediately after the school day, it is not possible for students to participate in activities at other elementary schools.

We hope that you will participate in this program. We believe that, like our summer camps, the Elementary After School Activity Program is a great opportunity for students.

To register online, please go to myschoolbucks.com. If you prefer to use paper, please print the enrollment form in the back of the brochure and send it to school with a check.

Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics - Flyers for Reading Olympics have gone out to 4th and 5th grade students. Reading Olympics meet on Tuesdays. If you are in 4th Grade Band, you can still join Reading Olympics. You will check in at the Reading Olympics meeting, gets your books for the month, and then go to Band.
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Harlem Wizards Basketball is Back

Join the fun at this year's Harlem Wizards vs. Garnet Valley Jaguars Basketball Game

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2:00 pm Garnet Valley High School

All proceeds from this event will go towards the GVSD Libraries, Labs, and Makerspaces

Due to the overwhelming success of the last 3 years, this event will no doubt be a sellout. Please purchase your tickets early for this event. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, all veterans in attendance will be recognized before the game.

Purchase Tickets Here

If the direct link doesn't allow access, please visit https://www.harlemwizards.com/

School Lunch Info - What makes a meal?

Complete Meal

  • A flat rate charged for a meal that meets federal guidelines for nutrition.
  • A full student lunch requires at least 3 components:
    • a choice of entrée supplying protein and grain
    • up to two(2) vegetable side dishes
    • one (1) fruit side dish, and milk

À La Carte (individual pricing)

  • If students do not fulfill the requirements of a meal they are charged "à la carte" prices for each item, usually resulting in a higher cost than the flat rate.
  • Students will be charged individual pricing if a fruit or vegetable is not taken with lunch.
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Car Line Reminders

Please remember the following car line guidelines:

1. Students must remain on the curb at all times.

2. Parents MUST stay in line and may NOT drop off in the parking lot or before the curb.

3. NO cell phone usage allowed in the line.

4. Please follow the directions of the staff in carline.

Thank you for helping us to ensure students' safety.

Helping Hands Club

The Helping Hands Club is a service club for students in grades 3, 4, & 5. Our mission is to provide community service to our neighborhood, to our school and even to places around the world. This group will work on various service/community projects throughout the school year including DSA's Rock Your Socks, GVES Canned Food Drive, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blindness Awareness, and Cradles to Crayons just to name a few. This club is for students who want to help make a difference in the lives of others by lending a helping hand when needed and to help make our Garnet Valley community and the world a better place to live!

Please use the following link to sign up got the Helping Hands Club


GVCTC--Special Event

Through the generous sponsorship of the Garnet Valley School District Education Foundation, the district in partnership with the GV-CTC is hosting a free screening of the movie SCREENAGERS. The free event will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7PM

in the GVMS Auditorium. Although the event is free, we ask parents to register by clicking here: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/Kbc_eAUau_QTiikFKeh1JQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRdhSDdP0RTaHR0cHM6Ly9pbXBhY3RmbG93LmNvbS9ldmVudC9wcmVzZW50ZWQtYnktZ3YtY3RjLWFuZC1ndnNkLWVkdWNhdGlvbi1mb3VuZGF0aW9uLTkyMTBXB3NjaG9vbG1CCgAAXe2jW5-SonJSGGJlcnRyYW1AZ2FybmV0dmFsbGV5Lm9yZ1gEAAAAAQ~~ After the screening, we will also host breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Parenting for Cyber Safety and Netiquette

  • Social Media Q&A, Student Voices

  • Branding Digital Portfolio

  • Parenting Tips for Cell Phone Use

  • GV-CTC PAYS Presentation: What Does the Data Tell Us

We hope that you will plan to attend.

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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #6

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 percentage of students in Garnet Valley reporting that they were bullied via social media in the past 12 months has decreased from 12% to 10% between 2013 and 2017. At GVSD we are working to foster the practices of Digital Citizenship for all students. They are digital natives and will grow and learn in that environment. Let’s give them the tools to manage the challenges and the training to reap the rewards.

Call to action… Join us on Tuesday, 10/2/18, at GVMS at 7 pm for the film Screenagers. Read more about the film and register for the event below.



Transportation Reminders

Please remember that new procedures are in place this year. Students may only ride their assigned bus and get off at assigned stops. Changes for emergency situations must go through the transportation department. Requests for day care transportation must be requested through the form on the transportation website.

Lunch Menus & Cafeteria Accounts

Link to breakfast and lunch menus

Link to MySchoolBucks for account information

Link to GV Food Service's website with pricing and MySchoolBucks directions

GVES Calendar

The calendars should all now be correct on the GVES and GVSD websites and on the app.

The view the full calendar on our website, click here or go to https://gves.garnetvalleyschools.com/calendar.

DCIU Parent Workshop--Monday October 15, 2018

Understanding Growth Mindset

Garnet Valley High School Library

552 Smithbridge Rd

Glen Mills, PA 19342


This workshop examines the role of mindsets, and how this concept applies to parenting and working with your child. It examines self- reflection, as well as work with children.

To register for this session, contact Jamie Pitcavage, 610-938-9000 ext. 2103,


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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.