GVES Weekly Announcements

April 10, 2020

Principals' Message

Dear GVES families,

We thought a lot about how to connect with you all today. This experience continues to be such a roller coaster of emotions for everyone. The sadness in the finality of a brick and mortar school year. The fear of how we’re going to manage our homes for many more months. The anger that this will eliminate or change so many experiences for many of our children. But then also comes the relief of a final decision that will now allow us to put all of our creative and optimistic energy towards staying and improving upon the course we’ve started. We encourage you all, as Dr. Bertrando shared in his message, to take time this weekend to process the news. Enjoy the time of holiday traditions to reflect on the ‘bright spots’ that this new normal has brought to you and yours. The GVES team is ready to roll up our sleeves, lift each other up, and focus on moving forward to keep our kids connected and engaged academically, socially, and emotionally! We’ve got this!


Warm regards,


Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Conley

GVES FRIDAY LOOM

3RD GRADE IS BETTER WHEN THEY'RE DANCING!

GVES - SCHOOL NEWS - HOME EDITION

APRIL 9TH COMMUNICATION FROM DR. BERTRANDO

Please read this helpful communication (and linked information contained within it) if you have not already:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ro4kakT4honqJ4L1SLAr4_sC5COiaKfsbdmG0AWunk0/edit?usp=sharing

CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR ON-LINE LEARNING

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CURRENT SCHEDULE OF DUE DATES

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30 THINGS TO KEEP HEADS AND HEARTS HEALTHY

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HSA Weekly Update

YEARBOOK:


Calling all home learners!!! We need your help to make this section of the yearbook. Please send us photos of your child doing their at home learning. Don't forget their fun recess photos!!! Additionally, if you have any pictures from school events such as Band/Orchestra/Chorus concerts, Bingo Night, Math/Science Night, Class Parties, Field Trips, MLK Week, Book Fair, etc. we would love to have them for the yearbook. All photos can be emailed to ashlynvance@gmail.com.


Yearbook ordering information will be out shortly.


DISPLAY MY ART:


Get those creative juices flowing! Keep the kids busy and foster their creativity while supporting the school. The entire family can participate! This is a great time to create family collaboration art pieces.


It's easy.


1. Visit http://www.displaymyart.com and print the art paper template (located under "resources"

2. Create your masterpiece (FREE art projects are available on http://www.displaymyart.com)

3. Take a picture or scan your art

4. Email your masterpiece along with your order to info@displaymyart.com (they will contact you for payment once the image is processed). Provide them with our school name, teacher, and grade so the school gets the credit.


Free shipping through April 24 for Mother's Day and Father's Day gift giving!


JAGUAR JOG:


Unfortunately the Jaguar Jog has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing the GVES community next spring at the 6th annual Jag Jog!!

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District Device Update

Families,

Prior to the extended school closure, all elementary student iPads were managed by each classroom teacher. Each teacher monitored the student iPad daily and reinforced which free apps should and should not be downloaded. Due to this extended school closure, we had to alter that model and need your support in managing your child's iPad. Students should not be downloading free apps to their school-issued iPad without teacher or parent permission. Please check-in with your child/ren to ensure they are not downloading apps that are not school-related. If you find an app that was downloaded without permission, please delete it.


We greatly appreciate your support with this.


GVSD Technology Department

ON-LINE LEARNING

A reminder that teachers are available during regular school hours to communicate with parents through e-mail. Teachers will try to answer parent e-mails within 24 hours. We ask for your patience and understanding. Teachers' priority is communication with students about their learning, but we also want to help our parents through this process. Many of our teachers are parents and are navigating the online learning experience with their own children. They see that managing our children's learning at home, along with other work and family obligations, is a challenge! We will keep that in mind!


All assignments issued by teachers are required at this time. Since Governor Wolf's announcement (4/9) yesterday we will be providing updated guidance in the coming week. Please see the image above to reference assignment due dates.


If students finish assignments and you are looking for more learning resources, click link below:

https://www.garnetvalleycurriculum.com/instructional-resources


While this situation is not anything that any of us expected or wanted, we will make the best of it, looking for the bright spots--time together with our loved ones, supporting each other as a school community, new learning that comes from meeting the challenges of a new situation, and pride in our own strength and resilience!

ATTENDANCE DURING ONLINE LEARNING - UPDATE

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. You will receive the second form on Monday, April 13th to confirm attendance for the week of April 6th to April 9th. This verification form includes a space for you to indicate a reason for missed days of “school.”


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

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #30 Vaping and COVID-19

The results are back from the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey for Garnet

Valley’s 6 th , 8 th , 10 th , and 12 th 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? “Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug

Abuse, [has said], as people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend

with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be

alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use

disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus

that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke

tobacco or marijuana or who vape,” (2020). “Vaped cannabis delivers an aerosol

of ultrafine particles and chemicals deep into the lungs too. It would be sensible

to stop using these cannabis products, too,” (Glanz, 2020).

Call to action… Garnet Valley students who reported vaping on a regular

basis showed the following increases from 2015 to 2017; .6% to 1. % in 6 th grade,

5.4% to 7.3% in 8 th grade, 9.1% to 16.4% in 10 th grade, and 17% to 28.8% in 12 th

grade (PAYS 2017). When the perceived risk of harm is high, the use of that

substance is low (PAYS 2017). Parent/guardians have an opportunity to have

conversations about vaping that convey the risk of harm we are discovering.

For more information that can spark a conversation with your student, see below.

https://salud-america.org/coronavirus-risk-increase-smoking-vaping/

https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/reduce-your-risk-serious-lung-disease-caused-corona-

virus-quitting-smoking-and-vaping

Find many online and text-based sites to help teens and adults to quit vaping

below.

https://www.publichealthdegrees.org/resources/teenagers-vaping-and-nicotine-

cessation/#teens

ADJUSTMENTS TO SCHOOL CALENDAR

As we now move online for the remainder of the school year we will continue planning for alternative ways to mark and celebrate culminating events and experiences in new ways. Stay tuned as we continue to learn and grow together!

PARENT PORTAL

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:

https://www.garnetvalleytechnology.com/parent-portal

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