GVES Weekly Update

March 8, 2019

Upcoming Events

3/12: School Store

3/12: John Marciano Author Visit to 3rd & 4th Grades

3/13: Half Day for Students--12pm Dismissal & Parent Teacher Conferences

3/14: HSA Blood Drive

3/14-3/15: Parent/Teacher Conferences--No School for Students

World Down's Syndrome Day

On Thursday, March 21 2019, GVES will be joining other schools and organizations around the world in celebrating WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY.

Together we will create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome in our schools, community and around the world. 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down Syndrome.

GVES Helping Hands Club will be selling socks for $1.00. Please complete this form, and send money to school labeled "Rock Your Socks" with your child. We will be packaging and distributing socks to homerooms on March 13 and March 20. Please send exact amounts. We will not be able to provide change, any extra money will be accepted as a donation.

All proceeds go to Down Syndrome Association of Delaware.

Thanks so much for your support and we can't wait to see your mismatched socks!!

Student Placement Process

As we near 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.

Nurse's Office Note

Please be on the lookout for letters coming home with your student..

All 5th graders will receive a note regarding upcoming physicals that are needed for 6th grade.

Also coming home this week will be letters of non-compliance for any student missing a State mandated Physical or Dental examination. If you do not receive a note--then your student's health file is up to date. Dentals are required for all 3rd graders and Physicals are required for all 6th graders.

THANK YOU for your attention to this concern. If you should have any questions or concerns please contact the nurse's office.

Jaguar Jog Time Again

Get ready, Get Set, REGISTER!

Registration for the 5th Annual Jaguar Jog is now open.The afternoon of Family Fun will be held on April 28, 2019 from 1-4 pm. We will have the 5K and 1 mile races, along with entertainment by Charismatic Entertainment, field day games, Kona Ice and new this year - John Williams of RE/MAX Excellence will be raffling off a laptop computer! All who register and are in attendance are eligible to WIN the laptop! Other prizes include: a chance to win an iFLY gift card for all GVES students who run the 5K and water ice parties for the classes with the most participation!

Go to the website for more information and to register.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Jennifer Connolly. We are thrilled to have John Williams as our presenting sponsor and Charismatic Entertainment as our entertainment for the day! But we have plenty of room for more businesses to get involved.

Home and School Update

School Store – Tuesday, March 12th

Our next school store is Tuesday March 12th! Students can shop at recess for items ranging from 50 cents to $3.00. Don't miss the amazing sale at Tuesday's school store. Most yellow, green, and brown items are 25% off!!! Use the attached coupons for additional savings!!

3rd Grade Fun Time – Wednesday, March 13th

Come jump with your 3rd Grade Friends at Sky Zone on Wednesday, March 13th from 6-7:30 (arrive at 5:30 and make sure the electronic online waiver is filled out). The cost will be $20. A soft pretzel and water will be available at the end of the jump time.

Parents, please know that once we reach 110 jumpers we will not be able to take more. So register today so your child can have fun with his/her friends! This form will not accept registration after 110 jumpers. If you can submit the form, your child is registered. This is a drop-off event.

3rd Grade Fun Time is open to GVES 3rd grade students only. No other siblings, please. Medication cannot be left with HSA volunteers or with the child.

For questions, please contact erin.villone@gmail.com.

Use the link below to register:

4th Grade Science Night – Wednesday, March 20th

The GVES Home and School Association is excited to sponsor the 4th grade Science Night. The event will take place in the GVES Cafeteria on Wednesday, March 20th from 7:00-8:00pm.

This event is intended to encourage the love of science with our students by allowing them to participate in hands-on science experiments at 5 different stations. There will be raffle prizes given away during the event as well.

Space is limited to the first 50 students who register. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available. This is not a drop off event, each student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Given space constraints, siblings cannot attend.

We are also looking for parent volunteers for the night of the event, so if you are interested please indicate that on your registration form or contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com.

To register, please use this link: bit.ly/gvesciencenight2019

Your registration will be confirmed in a future email. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Harding at psunittanylionfan@yahoo.com or Kris Thomson at kxd170@gmail.com. Be sure to register early before the 50 spots fill up.

Lunch Buddies – Wednesday, March 20th

Our next GVE Lunch Buddies day will be Wednesday, March 20th. If you have signed up for that day, we’ll look forward to having you here to have lunch with your child. Any questions, please contact Renee Kabakoff (rkabakoff@ymail.com ) or Stacy Schneeweis (seschneeweis@gmail.com)

School Store Coupon

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Garnet Valley STEAM Night: Thursday, March 21st at Garnet Valley High School

(5:15 to 5:45 arrive and sign in, 5:45 - 8:30 welcome and activities)

Garnet Valley STEAM Club is hosting STEAM night to introduce students across the district to STEAM and its related fields and topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math; This event will also introduce students to STEAM thought process. Both parents and children are welcome to attend, but prior sign up is necessary. Space is the theme for the event and people who sign-up will be able to attend the Expo Center and a corresponding activity track. The Expo Center will have student and company presentations such as Mathnasium and Boeing. Let's shoot for the stars together at STEAM night 2019.

  • For more detailed information regarding the event including information about the activities, as well as, the signing-up information, visit our website linked here.

  • For the sign-up link for the event click here. Prior registration by March 18 is required and walk ins are strongly discouraged.

Please forward any questions to GVSTEAM2019@gmail.com

Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert & Fundraiser:

On Sunday March 24 at 3pm the Garnet Valley Music Department will present a Gala concert to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month. This amazing concert will feature outstanding performances from hundreds of GV students spanning grades 2 through 12. Proceeds will benefit MUSICOPIA, a non-profit organization supporting music education in the Philadelphia area. TICKETS $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Purchase online at https://www.gvhsmusic.org/musicgala

GVPAA Presents Annie

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage at Garnet Valley Performing Arts Association March 7-9. Based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts with a can-do attitude, providing hope that tomorrow is only a day away with her tenacious spirit and infectious optimism. Through one small child persevering to find her family, she experiences the magic of New York City, makes friends with a President, and finds somewhere she can finally call home.

Come support the 200 students in grades K-12 on stage and the 50 plus students and staff in the crew and pit.

Our Annies are middle schooler Neala Carroll and GVE student Lauren Cusick and your GVHS seniors Annie Tunstall, Megan and Kelly McGarrey, Janice Argo, Jared Lynch, Tori Travetti, Abbey DiGravio, Jack Cervino, Mike Noone, Camille Bautista, Kiera Adams, Julia Kinnee, Kate Santangelo, Ryan Armani, Emma Rolecki, Corey Manzano, Sara Cripps, Daniel Avicolli, Sara Gigl, and Joey Rice will be starring and crewing their final show. Come out and support the performing arts!

As an added bonus there will be a Mamma Mia preview featuring the middle school chorus and some of your favorite staff and community actors. Join in the fun.

Tickets available at www.gvpaa.com

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #28

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? Students in 6th through 8th grade were part of an interactive and informative assemblies presented by Dr.Sameer Hinduja. His message focused on how to make their experience with social media safe, positive and productive.

Dr. Hinduja returned to speak with parent/caregivers on Monday night. His message included a call for good basic parenting as the remedy for social media concerns. Parent oversight and especially parent conversations with students about their online persona and experiences is recommended. He advised calm when kids misstep and offered help through his website listed below. Dr. Hinduja receives no remuneration from the helpful apps listed below which he highlighted in his talk.

Call to action… Have that conversation with your child. Include the apps they are using on your phone or tablet. Have a method for oversight of your child’s online activities that works for your family. As Dr. Hinduja stressed, technology is here to stay and it will be a big part of all of our lives. We need to embrace its’ positive potential and plan and protect our families from potential negative impact.





Mindfulness Workshops

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Jaguarmax Radio Podcast

Want a chance to be on the podcast? Students can submit a book review here and you might get to read it and be on iTunes!

New episodes have been released! 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

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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