GVES Weekly Announcements

September 13, 2019

Upcoming Events

9/17: Picture Day

9/20: GVES Spirit Day

Transportation Reminder

Please use this link to submit a daycare change request. The request is not complete until you receive a confirmation email. Please call 610.579.7482.

Parent Health Portal

SNAP (Parent Health Portal)

Parents and legal guardians that have an email address in Alma should have received their secured login credentials to the SNAP Health Portal. The email came from noreply@studentehr.com. Please check your spam folder if you do not remember seeing this notice. Once you log into the SNAP system, please update your child's health information (as needed), including the medication consent section.

  • If you have trouble logging in to the system, please contact Patty Lafferty at patty@garnetvalley.org.
  • If you are able to log in but have questions and/or wish to speak to a school nurse, please contact:

After School Clubs

The Elementary After‐School Activity Program offers a multitude of activities that meet the varied interests of our students. Activities are school specific and run during one or multiple sessions. This brochure provides an overview of the Fall session, only. The district will also publish a Winter and Spring brochure. The Fall session dates are as follows:

● Monday, October 1st and end on Monday, December 3rd

Parents will also notice that some activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate, so please read each activity’s description carefully.

Use the link below to access registration information.


Last Call--Deadine is Today

Just a reminder that Field Trip T-Shirt orders are due by this Friday Sept 13th. If you have not ordered your t-shirt, you can either click the link below or go directly to My School Bucks to place your order.


If you would like to be considered as a Home Room Parent for this year, please fill out this google form. The form will also close on Sept 13th.


HSA Library Signups

Calling all Library Volunteers!! Our students love to have parents/guardians come in and read to them during their library time each week! This year, GVES is coordinating our library volunteers using signupgenius. Please visit the link below and click on your teacher(s) tab at the top of the screen to sign up for a maximum of THREE time slots for the year per teacher. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CLICKED ON THE CORRECT TEACHER TAB- teachers are listed in alphabetic order. This will ensure that everyone gets a chance to sign up (if you sign up for more than three slots per class, we may remove your name from additional slots to make room for other volunteers). If slots are still available after September 20th, please feel free to come back and sign up for an additional time slot.



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


Please contact Kristine Potochar- kristine.potochar@gmail.com for any questions.

Happy Reading!

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Book Donations Needed

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Box Tops are Back!

School Day Times for 2019-2020

Arrival Times

8:25AM - Car line drop off begins, breakfast begins

8:40AM - Students report to homerooms (was 8:45 last year)

8:50AM - Car line ends

8:55AM - Students not in homeroom will be marked absent

Dismissal Times

2:50 - Office pick up ends

3:05 - Announcements start, students dismissed to car line, buses begin being called

3:15 - Dismissal ends

School Lunch Information

Children need healthy meals to learn. Garnet Valley SD offers healthy meals every school day. Costs are as follows: Breakfast at all schools is $1.70; lunch is $2.75 in the Elementary Schools, $2.95 at the Middle School and $3.10 at the HS. Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is .30 for breakfast and .40 for lunch. You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application.

Visit www.schoolcafe.com for an online free and reduced application or use the link below.

Link to paper application (If you do not have a printer and need a paper application, please call our office.)

Link to breakfast and lunch menus

Link to MySchoolBucks for account information

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

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

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VEFLS Registration

See the attached flyer for registration for VEFLS classes this fall or use the link below.


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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip # 2 PAYS Survey

Did you know? CTC stands for Communities That Care. GV CTC is a coalition comprised of the school district, parents, and community leaders that base their prevention efforts on the results of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS).

Garnet Valley has taken the PAYS, Pennsylvania Youth Survey, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. We will be taking the PAYS again this year, 2019. Students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 participate.

Thank you in advance for your support! We hope you will continue to support the Garnet Valley Communities That Care.


Call to action… “It takes a village” or in this case a “valley to:

· support children in a multi-layered manner (across all grades and at varying levels of need)

· educate adults on the New Realities of Parenting

· foster open dialogue between community members

· promote the best possible environment for our children.

Click on the link below to learn more!


PAYS Survey Opt Out

This is the fourth year that the Garnet Valley School District is taking part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. The results guide our efforts as a district and Garnet Valley Communities That Care to create programs that enhance our parent/guardian efforts and help our students to be their best.

As a parent/guardian, you have the right to opt your child out. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. The survey is anonymous and confidential.

The survey will be administered during the school day, the week of October 21st for GVHS and the week of October 1st for GVMS. If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to Carolyn Falcone in writing to falconc@garnetvalley.org by September 26, 2019.

Elementary Handbook & GVSD Procedural Manual

The Elementary Handbook which includes all Progress Report information is available on our website under Resources. The GVSD Procedural Manual is also in this same location. Students and families are responsible for knowing and following the policies and procedures of the school district. Please contact the school office with any questions regarding the policies or procedures. Thank you.

Band & Orchestra for the 2019-2020 School Year

Band and Orchestra sign ups for the 2019-2020 school year have begun! 3rd graders are completing the instrument interview process and will come home with a form reflecting their instrument recommendations. To sign up for band or orchestra for next year, please click this link:


Sign Up for Chorus

Every student is invited to join chorus. Singing in chorus gives your child a wonderful opportunity to perform in an ensemble while building upon concepts generated in the general music classroom. We perform two concerts a year, one in the winter and one in the spring.

At the beginning of the school year, parents may go to the online sign up form which will need to be filled out with contact information, student home room and grade level. The information provided will help me communicate with parents regarding rehearsal attendance, performances and other announcements. Students may join in January if they did not join in September.

Morning chorus rehearsal begins after the buses arrive and runs from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m.; students are then dismissed to their homerooms. Chorus rehearsals will not conflict with morning language classes. Students who participate in language class will be dismissed from their class to attend chorus at 8:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: There is absolutely no conflict with orchestra/band lessons and chorus. Instrumental lessons run during the day with ensemble rehearsals after school. More than half of our chorus students also perform in an instrumental ensemble.

Use this link to sign up for chorus.


Communication Procedures

District App - Having a district app will allow our parent community to easily stay connected to district news and events. Key features of the app include push notifications, a calendar of events sections, and district news. Please note the app is new and not all features are active. We also anticipate improvements being made throughout the course of the school year. Please click here for directions on how to download the new app.

Early Dismissals - Early dismissals due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will be announced through the phone number you provide in Alma, email, district-level social media, and websites. Please keep your Alma contact information current. You can update this information in your account.

Absence Reporting - Launched at the end of the last school year, the new School Messenger (Safe Arrival) Absence Reporting System makes it easy for parents/guardians to report their child's absence, reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance and will allow our staff to respond to unexplained student absences more efficiently. Please click here for directions on how to use your phone, app, or computer to report an absence.

Social Media - GVES is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Our handle is @GarnetValleyES on all three platforms. We also podcast on iTunes. Just search iTunes for "Jaguarmax."

GVES Calendar

The GVSD Instructional Calendar and upcoming events are on our website.

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

Attendance Information

State law establishes conditions under which any child may be excused from attendance at school. In keeping with these statues and recommendations of the State Department of Education, pupils in the Garnet Valley Schools may be excused temporarily from school attendance for the following reasons:

  • Sickness

  • Quarantine

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Weather so inclement so as to endanger the health of the child or make roads impassable

  • For observance of a major religious holiday

  • College visits, pre-approved educational trips

In order for an absence to be excused, a parent/guardian must respond to the Safe Arrival phone call, use the Safe Arrival app to report the absence ahead of time, or submit a written note to the office within three days after return from an absence. The absence of any student failing to comply with this time period will automatically become unexcused and illegal, and the school laws of Pennsylvania shall be applied accordingly.

Raptor Information

The Raptor system is used to enhance our ability to monitor who enters our buildings by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers. Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.

Please adhere to the following regulations:

1. Enter the building at the main office door.
2. Go directly to the office, sign in through Raptor and inform the school secretary of your
3. PLEASE DO NOT GO to any area of the building without receiving permission from the office.
4. Do not attempt to go to a classroom to pick up a child. Students who are being dismissed early
will be sent to the office.
5. Return the visitor badge at the conclusion of your visit to sign out.

Volunteer Clearance Information

Legislation in Pennsylvania requires community members and parents to obtain clearances in order to volunteer in our schools. If you have previously submitted your clearances to the Human Resources office, they are good for five (5) years from the date of the clearance.

Governor Wolf has waived the fees associated with the Pennsylvania State Police—Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse History Clearance. Since the FBI clearance is a federal program, those costs still remain; however, the district has decided to permit individuals who have resided in Pennsylvania continuously for ten years or more to sign a certification form that saves the volunteer the expense of the fee, ensures compliance with the law, and allows the district to maximize student safety.

Understanding that many community members will want to begin the process of securing clearances so that they are prepared for the start of the school year, we have provided several links and directions to assist you. Once you have obtained the requisite clearances, please bring them to the Human Resources office in the Garnet Valley Education Center at 80 Station Road. Please be prepared to present a valid driver’s license or other photo identification. Our Human Resources Department will then add your name to the district list so that our educators can readily ensure that volunteers have the proper clearances.

Please use this link for directions and more information.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Jaguarmax Radio is changing formats! We will be a student-run podcast created through the after school club program starting in the fall. 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

Handbooks & Manuals - GVSD Resources

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!

Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you would like to receive text alerts, please sign up here or text @jaguarmax to 81010. Also, check out our Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes!

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.