GVES Weekly Announcements

October 4, 2019

Upcoming Events

10/9: Yom Kippur--Schools Closed/Offices Open

10/10: Sneaker Thursday

10/11: GVES Spirit Day

Car Line Reminders


Carline stops accepting drop-offs and is unsupervised at 8:50 AM. If you arrive at 8:45 or after please drive around to the front of the school and drop off. Our buses have cleared the parking lot by that time. We have an attendant at the front door until 8:55 that will pass students through. Students are not considered formally late until 8:55. If it is past 8:55 we ask you to please escort your child into the building to fill out a late note.


Carline dismissal begins after 3:05 PM. Our school day officially ends at 3:15 so please arrive by 3:20. If you arrive at 3:20 or after please drive around to the front of the school to sign out your child from the main office. Our buses have cleared the parking lot by that time.

Grandfriends Days are Coming!

See below for your student's classroom Grandfriends times.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

9:45-10:30 – Mrs. Razzano (242), Mrs. Goodwin (226), Mrs. Sigismonti (236)

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

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

12:25 to 1:10 – Ms. Beck (237), Mrs. Morgan (252), Mrs. Manari (239)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

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

1:00 to 1:45 – Mrs. Walsh (Rm. 212), Ms. Lowe (Rm. 207)

1:15 to 2:00 - Mrs. Hayes (Rm. 201), Mrs. Clark (Rm. 253), Mrs. Grillo (Rm. 225)

Friday, October 18, 2019

9:15 to 10:00 - Mrs. Conley (155), Mr. Cywinski (172), Mrs. Jarema (163), Mr. Long (173)

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

1:10 to 1:55 - Mrs. Carey (159), Miss Travers (161), Mrs. Ong (157), Mrs. Shank (165)

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Lunch Buddy Sign Ups

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!

Please note the lunch time for your child's class!! The sign up is by lunch time and lists the teachers who have the lunch 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:

Erin Villone at erin.villone@gmail.com

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

Use the link below and REMEMBER to select the correct time slot tab!


School New Episode 1

Use the link to see this week's episode of School News!
Fall Session #1

Box Tops are Back!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #5 Stop Vaping!

The results of the 2013, 2015, and 2017 anonymous Pennsylvania Youth Survey are self-reported and represent 83.9% of our students. Our 2019 PAYS is in process, thank you to the students and parent/caregivers who are supporting this important initiative for our kids!

Did you know? Regular marijuana use on average had decreased from 8.5% in 2013 to 5.2% in 2015, and 5.1% in 2017. However, the average use of marijuana in vapes or put in a Juul cartridge in the form of a wax or oil had increased and surpassed other marijuana use. The average regular use of marijuana in vapes or Juuls in 2015 was 11% and climbed to 18.7 % in 2017.

Vaping or Juuling THC in vapes has been found to be a cause of many serious lung injuries and death in young healthy people nationally. Vaping/ Juuling of other E liquids without THC has been found to be the cause in many cases also.

Call to action… Please click on the links below to learn more including how to talk to your child and family members about the risks of vaping.




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.