GVES Weekly Update

October 5, 2018

Upcoming Events

10/8: Inservice Day--No School for Students

10/11: 3rd Grade Grandfriends - RSVP below

10/12: 4th Grade Grandfriends - RSVP below

10/12: Fall Fundraiser Ends

10/12: GV Spirit Day

10/15: 5th Grade Grandfriends - RSVP below

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Open House Survey

The Garnet Valley elementary schools (BSES, CES, and GVES) hosted an Open House at the end of August. We are asking parents & guardians to complete this survey to help us evaluate and enhance the event for future years.

Click here to view the survey. Thank you for your participation!

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5th Grade Musical - Oliver! - Auditions are Next Week

Auditions are October 9-12. The schedule is in the audition packet. The permission form must be returned for students to audition. You can view and download the packet here. We are looking forward to seeing Oliver in the early spring. Thank you.

Nurse's Office Notes

EMERGENCY CARDS ~~ Many families still have NOT completed the Emergency card information for their students--either on FamilyID or on an emergency info card. These cards were sent home on Friday Sept. 28th and should be returned as soon as possible.

Updated medical info and contact info is crucial to safe nursing practice. PLEASE take a few moments to complete this necessary information so that we can better serve your student. .

If you have any questions/concerns please contact the Nurse's office at (610)579-4146. Thank you for your attention to this issue..

Home & School News

Annual Auction - Join us on Friday, November 9 at the Concordville Inn for our “Passport to Paradise” themed event. This exciting evening is our largest fundraiser of the year so book your babysitter and don’t miss this awesome night!

Library Volunteering - COME AND READ WITH US!!

Some classes are still in need of library volunteers! This year, GVES is coordinating our library volunteers using signupgenius. Now that everyone has had a chance to sign up, you may sign up for additional slots for the remainder of the year. Please visit the link below and click on your teacher(s) tab at the top of the screen to sign up.

GVES LIBRARY SIGN-UP LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ba4a82da3fe3-anderson

After you click on the link, be sure to choose your TEACHER TAB at the top of the page.

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


Please contact Kristine Potochar kristine.potochar@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Happy Reading!!

HSA Meeting - Please join on October 16 at 7 pm in the LGI Room as we discuss our plans for the year!

Additional HSA Meeting - There will be a brief HSA meeting on Thursday, October 11, at 9AM to vote on one amendment to the HSA bylaws. The section below needs to be added to the HSA bylaws to apply for PA tax exemption status:

The use of any surplus funds for private inurement to any person in the event of of sale or dissolution of the institution is prohibited.

The distribution of funds for personal use is prohibited.

School Store - Our first school store is Wednesday, October 17! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $5.00.

Halloween Parties - Will be held on Oct 31. Homeroom parents will be contacting families requesting donations about two weeks prior. Thank you!

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering please contact Erin Villone at erin.villone@gmail.com. Have a great week!

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Accounting Help Needed!

Our Home & School Association needs to update its PA Tax Exemption and is looking for some help with the paperwork. If you or someone you know is experienced in this area and could volunteer some time, please email Stacy Weaver. Thank you.

Save the Date - Parent Education Night

BSES, CES, and GVES will be combining for a parent education night on Monday, October 29th. This event will be held at Bethel Springs. There will be multiple sessions offered on different topics. A registration form will be available soon. Thank you.
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Grandfriends' Days

Dear Grandparents/Special Persons,

Our students and teachers invite you to participate in Grandparents’/Special Person’s Days according to the schedule below. Please RSVP using the link at the bottom.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

9:45-10:30 – Mrs. Razzano (242), Mrs. Goodwin (226)

10:00-10:45 – Mrs. Flanagan (228), Ms. Mack (227), Ms. Stefanowicz (230)

12:10- to 12:55 – Mr. Constable (245), Ms. Murray (246), Ms. Anderson (233)

12:25 to 1:10 – Ms. Beck (237), Ms. Ruoff (252)

Friday, October 12, 2018

10:15 to 11:00 – Mrs. Manari (Rm. 219), Mrs. Bennett (Rm. 216), Mrs. Ominsky (Rm. 217)

10:30 to 11:15 – Mrs. Gallagher (Rm. 214), Mrs. Grillo (Rm. 225), Ms. Sinopole (Rm. 215)

1:00 to 1:45 – Mr. Windsor (Rm. 255), Mrs. Walsh (Rm. 212),

1:15 to 2:00 - Ms. Lowe (Rm. 207), Mrs. Hayes (Rm. 201), Mrs. Clark (Rm. 253)

Monday, October 15, 2018

9:15 to 10:00 - Mrs. Conley (155), Mr. Cywinski (172), Mrs. Jarema (163), Ms. Travers (161)

11:15 to 12:00 - Mrs. Chiodo (168), Mrs. Gamler (173), Mrs. Magrann (174), Ms. Slavin (171)

1:10 to 1:55 - Mrs. Carey (159), Ms. Meehan (170), Mrs. Ong (157), Mrs. Shank (165)

This exciting event will be held at Garnet Valley Elementary School. During your visit, you will participate in a special learning activity and have the opportunity to chat. Please eat before you attend as we are not serving refreshments this year.

You may park or be dropped off in front of the school and enter through the lobby. For traffic and logistical reasons, please do not plan on entering more than five minutes before your scheduled time. A guide will show you the way to the room where your visit will be held. Please note that all third and fourth grade classrooms are on the second floor. An elevator is available but a lot of walking is also needed to reach it. Visitors must also be capable of exiting the building on their own in an emergency.

Note to parents/guardians: If your child does not have a grandparent/special person visiting, they will be included within a group for the project/discussion. Since parents will be invited to visit the classroom in November, we encourage you to have another relative, neighbor, or friend attend if grandparents are unavailable. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accommodate younger siblings/children.

We are very proud of all that we do in Garnet Valley Elementary School, and we can’t wait for you to join us.


School News Episode One


New Systems Review

Digital Emergency Cards and Forms SURVEY

Thank you for helping make the transition to digital emergency cards and school forms as seamless as possible. We collected over 3,500 digital forms so far this year and received many positive emails concerning this change. We are now asking you to take this 3 question survey to help us improve this process moving forward. Please use this link to access the short survey.

For parents that did not complete the emergency card form online, a hard copy emergency card has been sent home with your student. Please complete the emergency card and send in to school with your child(ren). If you did not receive a hard copy card in the mail, please contact your school directly.

Review of Absence Reporting Procedure

Garnet Valley moved to an online absence reporting system last year called Safe Arrival by School Messenger. The School Messenger (Safe Arrival System) gives parents 3 options to report an absence: by phone, by using an App, or logging into the website. The SafeArrival reporting system by School Messenger is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can also be reported in advance.

For more information about these or any new parent technology, please visit the parent portal on our district website or visit the Garnet Valley Technology Snapshot page which will provide more details on each technology system used in the district.

Lunch Buddy Program

GVES HSA welcomes you to have lunch with your student!

One guest per student per school year can participate in the lunch buddy program as space allows. Once a time/date slot is filled no additional spaces will be available.

Spots are limited for each date & time and fill up fast - Sign up today using the link at the bottom!

Please note the lunch time for you child's class!! The sign up is by lunch time and lists the teachers who have the lunch time. Be sure to sign up for the correct time.

If you have more than one student at GVE - you can sign up once per child. Please indicate in the comments your child's names. You can select a different day for each child or the same day.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Rene Kabakoff at rkabakoff@ymail.com or Stacy Schneeweis at seschneeweis@gmail.com

*If you sign up for more than one slot your other entries will be deleted.*

More specific directions will be sent closer to your actual date. We look forward to seeing you in the cafeteria!
To sign up, please use this link:

Once the page opens, you will need to click the tab at the top according to your child's teacher/lunch time.

This event is a visit and not volunteering so clearances are not required.

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Harlem Wizards Basketball is Back

Join the fun at this year's Harlem Wizards vs. Garnet Valley Jaguars Basketball Game

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2:00 pm Garnet Valley High School

All proceeds from this event will go towards the GVSD Libraries, Labs, and Makerspaces

Due to the overwhelming success of the last 3 years, this event will no doubt be a sellout. Please purchase your tickets early for this event. Also, in honor of Veterans Day, all veterans in attendance will be recognized before the game.

Purchase Tickets Here

If the direct link doesn't allow access, please visit https://www.harlemwizards.com/

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #6

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? As many of GV parents learned on Tuesday night during our district viewing of Screenagers, it is a parent/caregiver’s option to limit screen time on phones, games, and tablets. We learned that a Screen Time contract would ideally include the times below:

· Meal times — Are devices allowed at the table? Breakfast? Dinner?

· Night power-down — When to turn off screens/phones before bedtime

· Bedroom — Screens in the bedroom? If so, all the time? Are phones allowed in the bedroom?

· Cars — May non-drivers be on their phones?

(Delaney Ruston, Screenagers' filmmaker)

Learn more about why screen time should be limited on the Screenagers website which includes information parent/caregivers can use.


Call to action… Even if you were not able to attend Screenagers and the Break Outs on Tuesday, you can help your child and family manage their screen time. Please see below.

Find Screen Time Contracts below:


Find a new way to limit screen time for apple:



There is still space available in all before-school language classes and new students will be accepted until the end of October. (Classes begin the week of October 15.) Contact Kelly Gardler at kgardler@yahoo.com or 610-717-2755 for information or to register.

DCIU Parent Workshop--Monday October 15, 2018

Understanding Growth Mindset

Garnet Valley High School Library

552 Smithbridge Rd

Glen Mills, PA 19342


This workshop examines the role of mindsets, and how this concept applies to parenting and working with your child. It examines self- reflection, as well as work with children.

To register for this session, contact Jamie Pitcavage, 610-938-9000 ext. 2103,


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