GVES Weekly Update

November 16, 2018

Upcoming Events

11/19-11/21: Parent Teacher Conferences--No School for Students

11/19: HSA Blood Drive - See details below to register

11/22-11/23: Thanksgiving Holiday--Schools & Offices Closed

11/27-11/30: HSA Holiday Shop - Flyers & Payment will go home on Monday, Nov. 26

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Weather-related Updates

Turkey Trot - A similar event will be scheduled for after the break during another Mileage Club.

5th Grade American Education Week Visit - 5th grade teachers will be inviting parents in for an activity in December.

Lunch Buddies - The link to pick a new date if you missed today is below.

Cookie Dough - Pick up from school on Tuesday, November 27, from 4:30-6:30.

Student Pick-up from After School Activities

We have a lot of students participating in after school activities which is a great thing. However, it is also making our parking lot very busy at dismissal. We need to make some changes to enhance everyone's safety and so that fire lanes and buses are not being blocked. Beginning on Monday, November 26, the following procedures will be in place:

4th Grade Band & 5th Grade Band - Parents should park in the side parking lot, enter through the cafeteria doors, and go into the cafeteria to pick up their students.

5th Grade Play - Parents should park in the side parking lot, enter through the cafeteria doors, and go into the gym to pick up their students.

Wind Ensemble, 4th Grade Orchestra, & 5th Grade Orchestra - Parents should park in the front lot, enter through the front doors, and pick up your students from the LGI.

Reading Olympics - Parents should park in the front parking lot, enter through the 5th grade doors (closer to the middle school track), and go in the back doors of the library to pick up their students.

All Other Clubs & Activities - Since other clubs dismiss at later times, there is not as much congestion. Club sponsors will send parents additional information if your dismissal routines are changing.

Please park in a parking spot and not along the curb or in the fire lane when coming in to pick up your students. We know this can be inconvenient if you have other children with you but parking illegally causes safety issues for those walking out of the building. Students in the activities that dismiss at 4PM will not be coming outside. You will need to park and come in to get them. Someone will come to each door location at 4PM to open the door for parents to enter and pick up. Thank you for your assistance.

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Lunch Buddy Program

Additional lunch buddy spots are still available on our future dates if you were scheduled for today which was canceled. If you were scheduled for today and cannot find an open spot, please email one of our parent volunteers. Thank you.

Rene Kabakoff at rkabakoff@ymail.com or Stacy Schneeweis at seschneeweis@gmail.com

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.

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Concord School Entrance

The entrance to Concord School and the Education Center, off of Station Road, will be closed on Monday during conferences from about 11AM until the end of the day for sewer line installation. Please use the driveway in between GVES and the middle school track to access Concord. Thank you.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are on November 19, 20, and 21.

The first trimester ends on December 7 and progress reports will be available on December 14.

Please contact your child's teacher if you still need to schedule a conference.

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Helping Hands Club - Food Donations

GVES Helping Hands will be collecting non-perishable food and grocery store gift cards from November 12-30. All donations will go to The Loaves of Love Food Pantry, which serves a number of families in the Garnet valley School District. Students can bring items into their homerooms and Helping Hands will come around and collect them. For more information, please contact Andrea Michaels at michaea@garnetvalley.org.

Home and School Update

HSA wishes everyone a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross has a need for blood donors.

We need you to help the American Red Cross and local hospital patients by donating blood at the

Garnet Valley Elementary School blood drive on November 19.


Please roll up your sleeve to help local hospital patients.

Sign up today and learn more about the Rapid Pass program to make your donation quicker.

If you have already signed up for the blood drive, thank you!

Please pass this email along to friends and family.

Garnet Valley Elementary School Blood Drive

Monday November 19


To sign-up go to www.redcrossblood.org

And enter sponsor code: gves

Interact Club Parents Night Out

See the flyer below or the attached link.


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Donations Needed

Our Collaboration and Innovation lab is looking for donations of the following items:

-- Empty paper towel rolls (please no toilet paper rolls)

-- Empty wrapping paper rolls

-- Buttons

-- Scraps of material

Donations can be dropped off in the main office.

Rad Robots Clubs - New sessions registering now!

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Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #13

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? Alcohol is often more accessible to young people during holiday gatherings in the form of small amounts left over in bottles, blenders and glasses. In addition, coolers with alcohol and bottles of wine and spirits may be untracked and/or unattended at times during a get together. This can be the first experience with alcohol for young people as well as an opportunity for under age accessibility to alcohol.

The lifetime statistics for GV students reporting that they had had beer, wine or hard liquor in their lifetime rose slightly in 6th grade from 10.9% to 12.1% to 12.4%, 8th grade reported a slight decline from 25.5% to 23.4% to 23.5%, 10th grade showed some decline from 50.2% to 49.1% to 37%, and 12th grade had a small decline from 78.4% to 66.4% to 65.2%. Despite some declines the numbers are still concerning.

Call to action… An 11-year-old boy or a 13-year-old girl represent the average age of the first alcohol experiences in the United States. At any age, talking to them about alcohol has an impact. You can use the guidelines below.

  • Set clear expectations, and communicate your values. Youngsters are less likely to drink when they know that parents and other important adults in their lives have strong feelings about it.
  • Control your emotions. If you hear something that upsets you, take a few deep breaths and express your feelings in a positive way.
  • Ask about your teenager’s friends. Express an interest in getting to know them better. Getting to know these friends and their parents will help you understand your teenager’s world.
  • Click on the link below for more information


Adapted with permission from Alcohol Use and Abuse, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publications. Urn to top

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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