GVES Weekly Update

February 22, 2019

Upcoming Events

2/25-3/1: Read Across America Week--See below for Spirit Days

2/27-3/1: HSA Book Fair

2/28: Family Night at the Book Fair 5-7pm

3/1: GVES Spirit Day

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HSA Book Fair

Next week begins The Scholastic Book Fair! February 27, 28th and March 1st. Children are assigned a time during the school day to attend. You can send them in with cash or a check made payable to Scholastic. Parents are welcome to sign up via signup genius to volunteer during your child's class time. Clearances must be on file in order to volunteer.


On Thursday, February 28th from 5pm-7pm will be Family Fun Time. Come with your family to shop for books for children and adults, take a chance on some book raffle baskets and have a fun snack. There will also be a guess the amount of "candy" jar. Person with the closest guess will receive a book of their choice. The class room that has the most participation at the Family Fun Night will win the candy jar for their classroom so make sure you sign in at the auction table!!

Jaguar Jog Time Again

Get ready, Get Set, REGISTER!

Registration for the 5th Annual Jaguar Jog is now open.The afternoon of Family Fun will be held on April 28, 2019 from 1-4 pm. We will have the 5K and 1 mile races, along with entertainment by Charismatic Entertainment, field day games, Kona Ice and new this year - John Williams of RE/MAX Excellence will be raffling off a laptop computer! All who register and are in attendance are eligible to WIN the laptop! Other prizes include: a chance to win an iFLY gift card for all GVES students who run the 5K and water ice parties for the classes with the most participation!

Go to the website for more information and to register.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Jennifer Connolly. We are thrilled to have John Williams as our presenting sponsor and Charismatic Entertainment as our entertainment for the day! But we have plenty of room for more businesses to get involved.

Home and School Update

Book Fair – Wednesday & Thursday, February 27-28th

The GVE Book Fair is coming up! In-school visits to the book fair will happen during the school day on Wednesday and Thursday, February 27-28th. Family night will be Thursday evening February 28th starting at 5:30pm.

HSA Committee Work Group Meeting – Friday, March 8th

Always wanted to help out with HSA events but don’t know how to get involved? Join us for our Committee Work Group Meeting and get to know us/get looped in! Friday, March 8th – 9 am in the GVE LGI Room

4th Grade Science Night – Wednesday, March 20th

The GVES Home and School Association is excited to sponsor the 4th grade Science Night. The event will take place in the GVES Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 20th from 7:00-8:00pm.

This event is intended to encourage the love of science with our students by allowing them to participate in hands-on science experiments at 5 different stations. There will be raffle prizes given away during the event as well.

Space is limited to the first 50 students who register. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available. This is not a drop off event, each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Given space constraints, siblings cannot attend.

We are also looking for parent volunteers for the night of the event, so if you are interested please indicate that on your registration form or contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com.

To register, please use this link: bit.ly/gvesciencenight2019

Your registration will be confirmed in a future email. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com. Be sure to register early before the 50 spots fill up.



Garnet Valley STEAM Night: Thursday, March 21st at Garnet Valley High School

(5:15 to 5:45 arrive and sign in, 5:45 - 8:30 welcome and activities)

Garnet Valley STEAM Club is hosting STEAM night to introduce students across the district to STEAM and its related fields and topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math; This event will also introduce students to STEAM thought process. Both parents and children are welcome to attend, but prior sign up is necessary. Space is the theme for the event and people who sign-up will be able to attend the Expo Center and a corresponding activity track. The Expo Center will have student and company presentations such as Mathnasium and Boeing. Let's shoot for the stars together at STEAM night 2019.

  • For more detailed information regarding the event including information about the activities, as well as, the signing-up information, visit our website linked here.

  • For the sign-up link for the event click here. Prior registration by March 18 is required and walk ins are strongly discouraged.

Please forward any questions to GVSTEAM2019@gmail.com

Delaware County Poetry Contest

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GVPAA Presents Annie

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage at Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association March 7-9. Based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts with a can-do attitude, providing hope that tomorrow is only a day away with her tenacious spirit and infectious optimism. Through one small child persevering to find her family, she experiences the magic of New York City, makes friends with a President, and finds somewhere she can finally call home.

Come support the 200 students in grades K-12 on stage and the 50 plus students and staff in the crew and pit.

Our Annies are middle schooler Neala Carroll and GVE student Lauren Cusick and your GVHS seniors Annie Tunstall, Megan and Kelly McGarrey, Janice Argo, Jared Lynch, Tori Travetti, Abbey DiGravio, Jack Cervino, Mike Noone, Camille Bautista, Kiera Adams, Julia Kinnee, Kate Santangelo, Ryan Armani, Emma Rolecki, Corey Manzano, Sara Cripps, Daniel Avicolli, Sara Gigl, and Joey Rice will be starring and crewing their final show. Come out and support the performing arts!

As an added bonus there will be a Mamma Mia preview featuring the middle school chorus and some of your favorite staff and community actors. Join in the fun.

Tickets available at www.gvpaa.com

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #26 Mental Health Promotion

Did you know? “Protective factors promote mental health and play a role in mitigating drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. Protective factors can be found and developed in the following categories: individual youth, the family, and the school and community (Erbacher, Singer, Poland 2015).”

Youth experience mental wellness when they possess:

· confidence and hope for the future

· have social connections

· participate in sports or other vigorous activity

· find meaning in religious/spiritual practices

· have coping skills

· have problem-solving skills

· avoid drug and alcohol use

Family protective factors include:

· having consistent routines

· monitoring youth

· developing close and caring relationships

· providing medical and mental health care as needed

· preventing access to alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other dangerous items (Erbacher, Singer, Poland 2015).

Call to action… The protective factors outlined above are within our control to promote and develop. We can further impact the 14.1% of 6th graders down from 21.6%, the 23.7% of 8th graders down from 28.5%, the 27.8% of 10th graders down from 34.6%, and the 26.4% of 12th graders down from 30.1 % who reported that they felt depressed or sad MOST days in the past 12 months (2015 and 2017 GV PAYS).

Click on the link below for more tips.


Erbacher, Terri A., Singer Jonathan B., & Poland, Scott (2015). Suicide in


Parent Workshop

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Make a Difference Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for those who do exceptional work with students who have special needs. Please see the flyer below for more information. All nominations must be entered online.
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Girls Softball

Spring is right around the corner, GV Softball will be hosting our annual clinic, Sunday, March 3rd from 10am-12pm for girls ages 6-14. As a team, our goal is to help increase players knowledge, skill, and passion for softball.

Included for the girls will be a GV softball t-shirt, soft pretzel, and a gatorade.

Please spread the word and send out to any softball lovers in the area! Can't wait to see you there.

Go Jags,

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Mindfulness Workshops

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Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Want a chance to be on the podcast? Students can submit a book review here and you might get to read it and be on iTunes!

New episodes have been released! 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

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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