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Great Valley School District

Parent Survey Now Open!

Great Valley School District has partnered with the national nonprofit, YouthTruth, to help us hear feedback from parents, staff and students about what we are doing well, and how we can improve. The YouthTruth Family survey will be open from February 3 through February 14. Parents are asked to check email for the survey link. Didn’t receive the email? Contact

Author visits - Near and Far

Amy McCulloch, best selling author from the United Kingdom, made a stop at KDM to read from her latest novel - Jinxed. Amy spoke about her life long passion for reading and writing with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Malvern resident, author and KDM parent Mrs. Katie Do Guthrie visited Mrs. Moore's classroom to share one of her books - Evie and Andrew's Asian Adventures. The students learned about Chinese New Year and the process of writing and publishing a book.

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"Yoga for Health, Health for Humanity"

Each year Hindus worldwide celebrate January 14th as Makar Sankranti – a day that marks the change of season as the sun enters the sign of Capricorn or Makar. To mark the occasion, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS) organized the "Yoga for Health, Health for Humanity". The 16-day event aims to create awareness about Yoga and its advantages in achieving a healthy body, mind and spirit. Surya Namaskar integrates simple Yoga postures in 10 steps that, along with easy breathing techniques, can provide health benefits to both the body and the mind.

Thanks to the generosity of KDM parents (Mr. and Mrs. Mittal) and several other volunteers all fourth and fifth grade students were given an opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga during their physical education classes.

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100th Day of School

Kindergarten students celebrated 100 days of school by collecting canned goods for the Covenant Church in Malvern.

In addition, a few of our favorite centenarians were found gathering in the K/1 Common Area. I wonder what they will look like in June?

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World War I - Presentation

In social studies classes, fifth graders are currently studying World War I. The students were treated to a presentation by Mr. Russ Jones (KDM's school psychologist). Mr. Jones is a collector of all early military memorabilia. He and his family often participate in various living history events throughout the tri-county area.

Coyote Choir to Perform the National Anthem

Order your tickets now! The KDM Coyote Choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Reading Fightin Phillies baseball game on Thursday, May 7 at 6:45 PM and you are all invited! Here is the link to purchase tickets in the KDM Choir block:

A Writing Extravaganza

Students in Mrs. Machamer's and Mrs. Galletti's classrooms shared their "All About" books with parents and classmates. Visitors had the opportunity to learn "All About" various animals, sports, historic times and holidays.
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“My Life as a Hot Dog” – The Story of a World Jump Rope Champion. World Champion Rene Bibaurd joined us to share her story of how jump rope and utilizing a growth mindset helped propel her from ordinary to extraordinary.

Chester County Spelling Bee

Eleven 5th graders battled through 21 rounds to represent KDM at the annual Chester County Spelling Bee in February. KDM winner, Tenzin Dorji (#5) and alternate, Rohan Mangam (#6) were victorious. Congratulations to all of our amazing spellers who dazzled us with their love of spelling and sportsmanship.

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Phoenixville Rotary Spelling Bee

KDM students fared very well at the 8th Annual Phoenixville Rotary Club Spelling Bee. In Division 1, Prisha Parthasarathy won first place and Ritisha Modake took third place. Ishaan Vereddigari and Jiya Singh took second and third place in Division III. This event was held on Saturday, February 8th at Phoenixville Middle School. Congratulations to all the students who participated.
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Black History Month

Students in Mrs. Birtel's classroom are busy reading and writing about famous African Americans. Some of the famous men and women they are studying include: Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Fredrick Douglas, Ruby Bridges, Jesse Owens and Barack Obama.
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2020 Census

Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and how easy it is to respond to the short survey online, by mail, or by phone: You will start receiving mailings with instructions on how to fill out the 2020 Census in mid-March until Census Day, which is April 1, 2020


B-I-N-G-O! Lots of fun was had at our annual BINGO Night. Thanks to Mrs. Banister for organizing this very popular event and to all the teachers who volunteered to call the winning numbers.

Ed-Ventures - It's Back!

SAVE THE DATE! The GV Teaching and Learning Department is excited to announce an upcoming learning Ed-Venture for K-5 families on Monday March 23rd from 5:30-7:30 PM at Great Valley Middle School. The evening of Ed-Ventures is an opportunity for families to come together to be curious, engaging in explorations and challenges in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). More information about activities and registration will be coming soon.