GVES Weekly Announcements

January 31, 2020

Principals' Message

Happy Friday GVES families!

It was a great week at Garnet Valley Elementary! Our library received a delivery of sample furniture for kids to try out during their book exchange time. Boys and girls wobbled, rolled, sunk into, and got cozy with some great books. Both kids and adults had the opportunity to give us feedback on what they found most beneficial to the library space. We are grateful for the fundraising efforts of our HSA to help fund permanent additions. Next week we celebrate the American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge through our Physical Education department. Thank you Mrs. Golato, Mrs. Owens, and Mr. Schemmer! On Friday night we will host a fan favorite, BINGO Night! If you haven’t RSVP’s yet, you have until Monday. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Conley

Upcoming Events

2/3-2/7: Kids Heart Challenge

2/3-2/7: National School Counseling Week

2/7: GVES Spirit Day

2/7: HSA Family Bingo Night

Changes of Dismissal Reminders

When changing your child's dismissal, please write a paper note and send it in with your student. Please include your child's 1st and last name on the note.

When it is necessary to make a change midday--you MUST call the main office. Teachers do not always check email during the day, and substitutes do not have access to teacher email. Thank you for helping to keep our dismissal running safely and smoothly!

February Cafeteria Change

During the month of February, Wednesdays C option will be Cheese Quesadillas instead of Chef Salad. Thank you!
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Kids Heart Challenge

Garnet Valley Elementary School will be participating in the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge event during the week of February 3rd -February 7th, 2020. Students will be given fundraising information and hear all about Kids Heart Challenge starting in January! Please join us at GVES in our fight against heart disease!

To see instructions for online fundraising, please use the following link:

To come see your child participate in Kids Heart Challenge, click on the following link for class Physical Education times:

School News Winter Episode 3

You'll find this week's episode of School News included here. We were fortunate enough to send a reporter on location to Miami to get some behind the scenes coverage of Super Bowl Weekend. That makes this episode a little longer than usual - just under 15 minutes. Hope you can find some time to watch it!

School News Winter Session #3

Have a great weekend!


Your School News Crew

Winter Session #3

2020 Make a Difference Awards

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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #20 – Save the date!

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? Speak Up! is a program that allows a parent/caregiver of any age student to find out what our high school students are passionate about. Our high school students are an inspiration to any parent/caregiver. It is not too early to plan to attend on March 31st. April 1st will be our snow date. Encourage your high school student to join the leadership team or to attend the event. The Speak Up! Leadership Team is just beginning to plan this year’s event. Speak Up! Leadership Team sign up is through Remind – Text 81010, Message - @speakupgv. Even if you child is not a teen yet, please join us. You will see the amazing caring, candor and spirit that sets our Jags apart.

Call to action… Save the date in your phone and calendar for Speak Up!

Garnet Valley High School

Tue., Mar. 31, 2020

7:00 pm

(Check-in begins 6:30 pm)

Garnet Valley High School

552 Smithbridge Road

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342

Elementary Handbook & GVSD Procedural Manual

The Elementary Handbook which includes all Progress Report information is available on our website under Resources. The GVSD Procedural Manual is also in this same location. Students and families are responsible for knowing and following the policies and procedures of the school district. Please contact the school office with any questions regarding the policies or procedures. Thank you.

Communication Procedures

District App - Having a district app will allow our parent community to easily stay connected to district news and events. Key features of the app include push notifications, a calendar of events sections, and district news. Please note the app is new and not all features are active. We also anticipate improvements being made throughout the course of the school year. Please click here for directions on how to download the new app.

Early Dismissals - Early dismissals due to weather or unforeseen circumstances will be announced through the phone number you provide in Alma, email, district-level social media, and websites. Please keep your Alma contact information current. You can update this information in your account.

Absence Reporting - Launched at the end of the last school year, the new School Messenger (Safe Arrival) Absence Reporting System makes it easy for parents/guardians to report their child's absence, reduces the time it takes to verify student attendance and will allow our staff to respond to unexplained student absences more efficiently. Please click here for directions on how to use your phone, app, or computer to report an absence.

Social Media - GVES is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Our handle is @GarnetValleyES on all three platforms. We also podcast on iTunes. Just search iTunes for "Jaguarmax."

GVES Calendar

The GVSD Instructional Calendar and upcoming events are on our website.

The view the full calendar on our website, click here or go to https://gves.garnetvalleyschools.com/calendar.

Attendance Information

State law establishes conditions under which any child may be excused from attendance at school. In keeping with these statues and recommendations of the State Department of Education, pupils in the Garnet Valley Schools may be excused temporarily from school attendance for the following reasons:

  • Sickness

  • Quarantine

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Weather so inclement so as to endanger the health of the child or make roads impassable

  • For observance of a major religious holiday

  • College visits, pre-approved educational trips

In order for an absence to be excused, a parent/guardian must respond to the Safe Arrival phone call, use the Safe Arrival app to report the absence ahead of time, or submit a written note to the office within three days after return from an absence. The absence of any student failing to comply with this time period will automatically become unexcused and illegal, and the school laws of Pennsylvania shall be applied accordingly.

Raptor Information

The Raptor system is used to enhance our ability to monitor who enters our buildings by screening visitors, contractors, and volunteers. 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.

Please adhere to the following regulations:

1. Enter the building at the main office door.
2. Go directly to the office, sign in through Raptor and inform the school secretary of your
3. PLEASE DO NOT GO to any area of the building without receiving permission from the office.
4. Do not attempt to go to a classroom to pick up a child. Students who are being dismissed early
will be sent to the office.
5. Return the visitor badge at the conclusion of your visit to sign out.

Volunteer Clearance Information

Legislation in Pennsylvania requires community members and parents to obtain clearances in order to volunteer in our schools. If you have previously submitted your clearances to the Human Resources office, they are good for five (5) years from the date of the clearance.

Governor Wolf has waived the fees associated with the Pennsylvania State Police—Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse History Clearance. Since the FBI clearance is a federal program, those costs still remain; however, the district has decided to permit individuals who have resided in Pennsylvania continuously for ten years or more to sign a certification form that saves the volunteer the expense of the fee, ensures compliance with the law, and allows the district to maximize student safety.

Understanding that many community members will want to begin the process of securing clearances so that they are prepared for the start of the school year, we have provided several links and directions to assist you. Once you have obtained the requisite clearances, please bring them to the Human Resources office in the Garnet Valley Education Center at 80 Station Road. Please be prepared to present a valid driver’s license or other photo identification. Our Human Resources Department will then add your name to the district list so that our educators can readily ensure that volunteers have the proper clearances.

Please use this link for directions and more information.

Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Jaguarmax Radio is changing formats! We will be a student-run podcast created through the after school club program starting in the fall. 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

Handbooks & Manuals - GVSD Resources

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.

Connect with GVES!

Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you would like to receive text alerts, please sign up here or text @jaguarmax to 81010. Also, check out our Jaguarmax Radio Podcast on iTunes!

Garnet Valley Elementary School

"A Caring Community of Learners"

Est. 1997

The mission of our learning community is to maximize the potential of all students by empowering them to do their personal best.