GVMS Weekly Update

November 11th, 2019

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.

Weekly Update

November 11th

GVMS School Community

Happy Veteran's Day! On behalf of Garnet Valley Middle School, we would like to thank all of our military veterans and current active service members for their years of brave and courageous service that risk their lives for our freedoms. Today, we celebrated our veterans in our yearly traditional 6th-grade assembly. Our 6th-grade students recognized a service member, parent, grandparent, relative, or family friend, who has honorably served in one of our armed services. We started our celebration with one of our students, Tanmay, singing the "Star-Spangled Banner." Please enjoy his wonderful performance celebrating Veteran's Day.

Parent Conference Information

Can you believe Fall Conferences are quickly approaching! We have worked with our teachers and guidance staff to create as many parent conference time slots within the allotted 2.5-day schedule. Based on our work, we will continue to utilize 15 minute conference times for team teachers. Additionally, we have provided an opportunity to meet with the elective teacher(s) if needed as an additional conference. Our collective work resulted in 55 conferences per team. This is the highest number we have offered to date. Unlike the elementary schools, our teacher teams have approximately 100 students per team, more than the allotted time slots.


It is not a requirement to attend middle school parent conferences. We believe in active and ongoing parent communication to monitor your child’s progress through emails, phone calls, ALMA, and Schoology. If your child is doing well and your ongoing communication with your child’s team has been communicated, please continue this communication. With that being said, it is not necessary to meet for a parent conference. If, at any time, you need to communicate with your child’s teacher, each of the grade-level teams has a "team time" available to meet during the school week. This should be coordinated with one of your child’s team teachers.


In addition to adding more time slots to our upcoming conferences, we are also expanding our pilot of utilizing a timer during conferences. The timer will provide a visual aid throughout the discussion, which will help maximize the allotted time. We appreciate your understanding as they continue to find ways to be mindful of everyone's time.


As of today, November 11th, ALL parents will now be able to schedule a Parent/Teacher conference with your child/children’s Team or Elective teachers. It is recommended that you follow the link below whereby you will be brought to our online conference schedule. Please select only one (1) appointment. If you provide your email address you will be sent a confirmation for your appointment with the time, date and location.


Each conference is 15 minutes, please arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment. If you have any trouble managing the PTC program, please contact the Guidance Office at 610-579-5106.


The link is as follows:

https://ptcfast.com/schools/Garnet_Valley_Middle_School_Fall2019

Thank you for your continued support and ongoing communication with your child’s team.


Sincerely,

GVMS Administration and Guidance Department

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After School Club Pick Up Reminder

We ask that, for the safety of all students, parents adhere to the procedures for after school activities. Our coaches and teachers supervising the various organized activities and sports establish a set schedule with specific pick-up times.


It is important to note the schedule and have an assigned adult to pick up students at the designated times. We do not have personnel available to supervise students after the club or practice as ended. We also need to reinforce that students are not permitted to stay after school to watch practices. Our coaches cannot facilitate their practices while supervising additional students.


Our supervising staff will remain with students until all students are picked-up by a parent/guardian. Please make sure that the supervising staff members have your current contact information. After one documented late pick-up, the student will not be able to stay after school. The student will be placed on probation and miss the next scheduled activity. In order to attend any future scheduled organized activity the parent/guardian must provide a written note confirming that an adult can guarantee transportation for the scheduled session.


Every effort should be made to pick-up students by a parent, relative or set-up a convenient carpool arrangement with other families. This is the safest option for our students.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please contact the main office if you have any questions at 610.579.5102.

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GVMS Drama Club Update

The Drama Club had their first meeting the other day. If you could not attend, please see Mr. Lonergan, Ms. Catanzaro, or Mrs. Rothman for more information. Students received a Contact Form, Meeting Agenda, and GVPAA Hunchback Order Form. Please see attached documents for more information. Students can also access all this information by logging onto the Schoology Course, "GVMS Drama Club." Access Code: B7BH-8V86-Q6HVF. Email Ms. Catanzaro, Mr. Lonergan, or Mrs. Rothman with any questions.


Agenda from October 30th Meeting


GVMS Drama Club Audition Contact Information:


Hunchback Tickets

GVMS Student Item Drop-off

We have a few considerations to think about as we continue to maximize our expanded 57-minute classes. We are hearing from our teachers that the 57-minutes has improved engagement, opening, and closing of lessons, time to process, and expanded opportunities for student collaboration. In our discussions, we have learned that the number of school-wide announcements and interruptions to the classroom have disrupted the learning environment. In researching the concern, we have approximately 80-100 drop-offs in one day (i.e. gym bags, lunches, homework, instruments, etc.). We will always find a way to feed a student that forgot their lunch. Our teachers will work with you to improve your students' organizational planning for homework and projects.


We kindly and respectfully request that drop-offs are limited to critical needs. We are not calling into rooms or making school-wide announcements that interrupt the flow of instruction. We post all office pick up alerts for students on our TV screens in the cafeteria and hallways as a form of communication. Please note that the TV screens will be updated once a day before all the lunches. Any items dropped off after 10:00 will not show up on the TV announcements. Additionally, limiting the number of drop-offs will better prepare us for our own future front entrance renovation, similar to the high school's front entrance renovation. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Early Dismissal Notes

While School Messenger provides users with the option to submit early dismissals, our office staff is asking for a physical note to be dropped off in the main office.
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GVMS HSA Information

GVMS Box Tops for Education

GVMS is finally registered with Box Tops for Education!! It’s a super simple way to raise money for our school! And we no longer have to cut out the Box Tops & bring them into school! The new system makes everything so easy!!


Here is a link to the website!


https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn


Find Garnet Valley Middle School as one of the listed schools. Register online to raise money for GVMS. Download the app. Then start scanning the box tops! It’s that simple!!

HSA Updates and Announcements

GVMS Pure Vida Bracelets

The Garnet Valley Middle School HSA will be selling custom made Garnet Valley Pure Vida bracelets during lunches starting on Monday, November 11th! The bracelets are made with our own Garnet Valley colors of garnet and white! Bracelets are $6 each. This is the perfect way to show off your GV school spirit and pride! These bracelets are amazing and will sell out quickly so make sure you get yours once they go on sale! All proceeds from the bracelets will support Garnet Valley Middle School and the HSA!!
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HSA Meeting

Join us at our next GVMS HSA meeting on Monday, November 4th at 7:00 in the library. We'd love for you to join us as we help to plan & organize the upcoming events for our students and school community! Meetings usually last one hour. This is the perfect venue to find out how HSA helps support GVMS!


2019 Craft Fair

Save the Date - Saturday, December 7th is the 2019 GVMS Holiday Craft Fair! Pencil this fabulous HSA fundraiser into your calendar! we hope that you can come check out the fabulous vendors, shop for yourself and your loved ones, have lunch, hang out with friends, and have a wonderful Saturday raising money for our GVMS HSA! More details to come soon!!


AMAZON SMILE

GVMS HSA is registered as a nonprofit educational charity with Amazon Smile. Raising money for our school has never been easier. The next time you are shopping on Amazon, please considering registering to participate in Amazon Smile. When you select Garnet Valley Middle School HSA as your charity of choice, Amazon will make a donation to our school whenever you shop through Amazon Smile. Here is a link to the GVMS HSA Amazon Smile page for more information & to register: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-3075301


Box Tops for Education

GVMS is finally registered with Box Tops for Education!! It’s a super simple way to raise money for our school! And we no longer have to cut out the Box Tops & bring them into school! The new system makes everything so easy!!

Here is a link to the website!

https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

Find Garnet Valley Middle School as one of the listed schools. Register online to raise money for GVMS. Download the app. Then start scanning the box tops! It’s that simple!!


Interested In Volunteering?

If anyone is interested in volunteering for any of our upcoming HSA events, there are endless ways to get involved! Please contact Missy Rosenthal at mmrosenthal@comcast.net or Andrea Romaniello at andrear.ed@hotmail.com for more information on volunteering this year at GVMS with our HSA! Or check out our HSA website at https://sites.google.com/garnetvalley.org/gvmshsa/home for more details! We love our volunteers!!





Garnet Valley Communities That Care

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip # 10 GASO

The results of the 2013, 2015, and 2017 anonymous Pennsylvania Youth Survey are self-reported and represent 83.9% of our students. Our 2019 PAYS is in the process of being tabulated, thank you to the students and parent/caregivers who are supporting this important initiative for our kids!


Did you know? The month of November is special for many reasons. One of these reasons can save a life! The Great American Smoke-Out, GASO, celebrates getting more Americans to more birthdays each year. There is a new threat to this goal - Vaping also known as Juuling. Vapes and Juuls are tobacco products that promise with their popularity with young people to change the downward trends of youth tobacco use.


Call to action… Please click on the link below from the American Cancer Society to learn more including how to talk to your child and family members about the risks of vaping.

https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/faq-vaping-and-your-kids.html

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.