GVES Weekly Update

April 26, 2019

Upcoming Events

4/28: GVES HSA Jaguar Jog

4/29-4/30: Math PSSA Testing

5/1-5/2: Science PSSA Testing--4th Grade Only

5/3: GV Spirit Day

5/3: HSA Committee Meeting 9am

Raptor Reminder

Beginning April 23, all visitors will need an ID to go into the school and/or main office even if you are a regular visitor and/or volunteer. Please bring your ID if you will be visiting the school. Details are below.

Garnet Valley School District is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Although Raptor is already used at the secondary level, all elementary schools will begin implementation after spring break. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

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. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

Jaguar Jog Time Again

2 days! Go online and register for the Jaguar Jog today! Sunday is the big day full of family fun, games, races, raffles and drawings! Help us reach our goal of 400 racers - our largest turnout yet! There will be opportunities to win a laptop, an iFly gift card, Mongiovi gift card, class water ice party, and of course awards for the races!

Please consider volunteering for an hour on Sunday - with more participants than expected, we need more help. Even an hour would be helpful. Please see the sign up genius. Thank you!

GV Mini Thon is Coming!

On April 26-27th from 7PM-7AM, GVHS students will be standing/dancing for 12 hours to “stand” up to cancer. This event is open to the public from 7PM-10PM on the 26th and we would love to see the whole GV school district come together to support us.

Seasonal Temperatures

Our building's heat is off for the season to prepare the system for warmer weather. It is best to dress in layers and to keep a sweatshirt at school as the mornings can be cool during this time of year. Thank you.

Lockdown Drill

GVES conducted a lockdown drill on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 10:20AM. The purpose of this drill was to practice our safety procedures in case of an emergency, and it was held in place of a monthly fire drill. The drill was conducted with the assistance of our Director of Safety & Security, Tony Sivo. Our staff and students did a great job with the drill. Thank you for your support.

5th Grade Sendoff

It's time to register for the 5th Grade Send Off! Please see the attached flyer for all the details. Anyone interested should use the registration link below and then payment can be made on myschoolbucks or by sending it in. Registration closes on May 13th and there is not any walk up registration on the day of the event. We look forward to a bright, sunny, warm day for the Send Off! Volunteers are needed as well and can sign up below. Thank you.

Registration Link - http://bit.ly/5thgradesendoff2019

Volunteer Link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BA4A82DA3FE3-5thgrade
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5th to 6th Tour Opportunity

GVMS RoboJags would like to cordially invite GVES 5th grade students to take a guided tour of the middle school. The tour will include a tour through the building, locker practice, slime making, and includes a snack of pretzels and water. The event will be hosted by the GVMS RoboJags. The cost of the tour will be $12. Staff will walk and pick up the GVES students at 3:15. All students will need to have a ride arranged for pick up at 4:45 at the front doors of the middle school. Please complete the registration below. This event has a limited number of spaces available, so it will be first come, first serve. We will take the first 20 registrations on each date. If we see more interest, we will explore another date. Mrs. Reba DiBartolomeo will contact the first 20 registrants and send the flyer with the payment directions via email. This registration counts as the permission slip for the event.

Parent Registration Links:

5/10/2019: https://forms.gle/gajUUH7uZBCfrMbR9
5/31/2019: https://forms.gle/mgtW1TDNEPC6X7fM9
Waitlist: https://forms.gle/GZTfKgBnxsYAgfNk8


The brochure for this year's summer programs is now available! Use this link to access descriptions and registration information for our wide variety of summer camps for 2019. Students can attend camps at any school.

Summer Music Academy

Use the link below to view information and see registration details for the Summer Music Academy sign up.


PSSA Testing Dates - Attendance is Important

The PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) is given to students in grades 3-8 each year to measure what students know in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Our testing blocks are usually 2-3 hours starting right at 9AM each morning. This year's PSSA testing dates are:
  • Math - Grades, 3, 4, 5 - April 29 & 30
  • Science - Grade 4 only - May 1 & 2


5th Grade Promotion Assembly - Thursday, June 13, 2019, GVMS Gym, 12:30PM

Elementary Open House - Wednesday, August 28, 12:30-2:30PM (one session open to all families)

HSA Update

Staff Appreciation Week – May 6th – 10th

Staff Appreciation Week is May 6-May 10. Please help show the GVES staff how much we “REEL”y appreciate all that they do for our children. Use the link below to sign up to volunteer to help or to donate items for the week.


HSA Committee Work Group Meeting – Friday, May 3rd

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, May 3rd – 9 am in the GVE LGI Room

Muffins in May! May 15th (Gr 3), May 16th (Gr 4) and May 17th (Gr 5)

Our annual Muffins in May celebration is coming up soon! Mark your calendars and stay tuned here for more information!

School News

For your viewing pleasure we bring you Episode #3. Thanks for taking a little time enjoy the fun.
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Student Placement Process

As we wrap up spring conferences, we naturally start to think about next school year. We have an extensive placement process that uses student assessment and observation data to help us place each student into next year’s classes. Our teachers collect this information, and it goes to our placement team. The team creates mixed-ability homerooms that are well-balanced by student gender, background, personality, and development. As part of this process, we do not accept requests for specific teachers. Such requests are not sent to the team that makes the classes.

On some occasions, there may be information specific to your child beyond what will be shared at spring conferences. If you believe there are circumstances that may not be addressed within the comprehensive placement process, please complete this form by May 1, 2019 for students who will be attending GVES in the fall. Teacher requests should not be included in these letters. The information you provide will go directly to the GVES principals in lieu of letters or emails regarding student placement.

Thank you for your understanding and confidence in our process to place all of our students.

COTA--Celebration of the Arts

The Celebration of the Arts is just around the corner. In fact, it's next month. The students of Garnet Valley have been diligently working in the Visual Arts, Technology, and Family and Consumer Science Departments. The Celebration of the Arts is our opportunity to demonstrate our creativity, talents, and dedication. So please mark your calendars and plan to attend. The opening exhibition is Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the HS new gym.

Additional viewing times are:

Tuesday, May 7, daytime from 8am - 6pm

Wednesday, May 8 daytime from 8am - 3pm

Wednesday, May 8 evening from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Thursday, May 9 daytime from 8am - 3pm

It’s FREE to the public! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Grade 3 Math Screening

In May, we will begin the screening process to identify students for accelerated math in 4th grade. The process uses multiple criteria including screening tests, assessment scores, teacher recommendation, and class performance. Parents of students who are being considered for the program will be contacted in May after our initial screening. Please contact Dr. Kotch with any questions.

GV CTC Quick Tip # 35 The Teen Brain

The results are back from the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey for Garnet Valley’s 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th 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?

The human brain is not fully developed until age 25. Our students do not have the same brains that they will have as adults. They also do not have the same brain that they had in elementary school.

The Teen Brain has been described as a high-performance sports car with faulty steering and intermittent brakes. Emotions are bigger! Risk is more attractive! Reasoning is skewed!

The 2015 PAYS survey revealed that an average of 30% of students in grades 6,8,10 and 12 answered the following questions affirmatively. This average declined to 26% in our 2017 PAYS survey results.

· They have done something that feels good no matter what

· They have done something dangerous on a dare

· They have done crazy things even if they were dangerous

Thinking back to your teen years, some of the above statements may feel familiar. Teens need to be open to risk in order to achieve their goals and make their way in the world with success.

But what happens when teen behavior is affected by ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs)? And in today’s world, Juuls and vaping are currently poorly regulated and very concerning. Opiates in pill form for pain and heroin which can be laced with Fentanyl add even more danger to risk taking behavior.

Call to action…

Remember the teen brain and provide the support, limits, and belief in their future success and maturity that helps them see it also.

Click on the link below or paste in your browser to find out more about how our brains change from childhood to teen years, and how to help our teens make safer choices.



Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

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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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