GVES Weekly Update

September 21, 2018

Upcoming Events

9/25: Quiet Recess Begins in Readers Park

9/28: PSSA Parent Reports Mailed

9/28: Homeroom Parent Meeting

9/28: GV Spirit Day

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.


Elementary After School Activities

The Elementary After School Activity Program is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for students. Ranging from art to robotics, teachers have created programs that they believe are developmentally appropriate and a lot of fun!

By clicking on this link (Elementary After School Activity Program), parents will have access to the brochure that lists all of the activities by school. Students may register for more than one activity as long as the dates and times don’t conflict. Unfortunately, since the activities start immediately after the school day, it is not possible for students to participate in activities at other elementary schools.

We hope that you will participate in this program. We believe that, like our summer camps, the Elementary After School Activity Program is a great opportunity for students.

To register online, please go to myschoolbucks.com. If you prefer to use paper, please print the enrollment form in the back of the brochure and send it to school with a check.

Car Line Reminders

Please remember the following car line guidelines:

1. Students must remain on the curb at all times.

2. Parents MUST stay in line and may NOT drop off in the parking lot or before the curb.

3. NO cell phone usage allowed in the line.

4. Please follow the directions of the staff in carline.

Thank you for helping us to ensure students' safety.

Emergency Cards and Parent/Guardian Forms - Please complete ASAP

All Garnet Valley School District emergency cards and parent forms will now be completed online usingFamilyID. This means that all of the information that was once mailed home and stored on paper is now digital, making the process for both our parents and staff more efficient. Family ID is a secure registration platform that provides families with an easy, user-friendly way to complete school emergency cards, sign school policies, media releases, and more. FamilyID also helps the district to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.

Please click here to access the FamilyID Site and create or sign into your account (top right corner of the page). All emergency cards should be completed before the start of school.


This week was our first Monday and we started it with a new celebration. Each week, staff members will nominate students for #CelebrateMonday. These are students we see doing something special in our school. Some of the students will be recognized on the morning announcements and one student each week will get to make a "good news" phone call home from the office.

PSSA Parent Reports

4th & 5th Grade Parents - We just received the PSSA parent reports for students who tested last spring. We will get the reports organized and are planning to mail them on September 28. Keep an eye on your mailbox after that date. Thank you.

Helping Hands Club

The Helping Hands Club is a service club for students in grades 3, 4, & 5. Our mission is to provide community service to our neighborhood, to our school and even to places around the world. This group will work on various service/community projects throughout the school year including DSA's Rock Your Socks, GVES Canned Food Drive, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Blindness Awareness, and Cradles to Crayons just to name a few. This club is for students who want to help make a difference in the lives of others by lending a helping hand when needed and to help make our Garnet Valley community and the world a better place to live!

Please use the following link to sign up got the Helping Hands Club


GV-CTC Special Event

Through the generous sponsorship of the Garnet Valley School District Education Foundation, the district in partnership with the GV-CTC is hosting a free screening of the movie SCREENAGERS. The free event will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7PM

in the GVMS Auditorium. Although the event is free, we ask parents to register by clicking here: http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/Kbc_eAUau_QTiikFKeh1JQ~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRdhSDdP0RTaHR0cHM6Ly9pbXBhY3RmbG93LmNvbS9ldmVudC9wcmVzZW50ZWQtYnktZ3YtY3RjLWFuZC1ndnNkLWVkdWNhdGlvbi1mb3VuZGF0aW9uLTkyMTBXB3NjaG9vbG1CCgAAXe2jW5-SonJSGGJlcnRyYW1AZ2FybmV0dmFsbGV5Lm9yZ1gEAAAAAQ~~ After the screening, we will also host breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Parenting for Cyber Safety and Netiquette

  • Social Media Q&A, Student Voices

  • Branding Digital Portfolio

  • Parenting Tips for Cell Phone Use

  • GV-CTC PAYS Presentation: What Does the Data Tell Us

We hope that you will plan to attend.

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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 - There are still available slots so sign up today to read during your child’s library time! Clearances are required. Please use this link to confirm your slot. Please find use the tab at the top for he correct teacher. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4ba4a82da3fe3-anderson

Homeroom Parent Meeting - will be September 28 in the GVE Cafeteria. Homeroom parents will be contacted a few days prior.

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

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

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

GVES League for Educational Advancement

Garnet Valley School District employs the League for Educational Advancement (LEA) process and structure at the district and building level as a strategy for collaborative decision making that supports student learning.

The GVES LEA Committee is comprised of administrators, professional and support staff, and HSA/BAC representatives. The committee meets monthly to identify, address, and improve building issues related to student learning. The committee also conducts a yearly continuous improvement survey to gain input from all stakeholders.

The LEA committee will consider for review items that relate to key educational issues, affect a significant number of students, are not currently being changed or reviewed by another group, and are within the committee’s power to improve.

To contact the LEA team, you may submit a brief form on our website under Programs or at the LEA Suggestion Box. The suggestion box is located in the GVES main office. Suggestions will be considered at the following month’s meeting.

Transportation Reminders

Please remember that new procedures are in place this year. Students may only ride their assigned bus and get off at assigned stops. Changes for emergency situations must go through the transportation department. Requests for day care transportation must be requested through the form on the transportation website.

Lunch Menus & Cafeteria Accounts

Link to breakfast and lunch menus

Link to MySchoolBucks for account information

Link to GV Food Service's website with pricing and MySchoolBucks directions

Communication Procedures

Emails - Emails are being sent directly through Alma now. You can reply to the email if you have a question.

Weekly Announcements - Our announcements are always available on our website. Just click Our School then Announcements. You can find back issues there as well. They will be there in case you deleted the email.

New 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 calendars should all now be correct on the GVES and GVSD websites and on the app.

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

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #5

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? Binge drinking is declining in Garnet Valley. Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks in one sitting for boys and 4 or more for girls. “Binge drinking is actually extremely dangerous because consuming large amounts of liquid toxin at one time can lead to alcohol poisoning, rape, STDs, coma and the worst-case scenario, death...” Raychelle Cassanda Lohmann, MS, LPCS,

Teen Angst, Psychology Today. 2013

In Garnet Valley Binge drinking has been cut in half from an average of 10% of students in 2013 to an average of 5% of students in 2017. But any percentage of students putting themselves at risk in such an extreme way is concerning.

Raychelle Cassanda Lohmann gives us four essential questions below that every parent/caregiver can ask to prevent risky behavior.

Call to action… Let’s keep our students safe from harm by asking and getting answers to:

The Four Essential Questions

1. Where are you going?

2. What are you going to be doing?

3. Who are you going to be with?

4. When will you be home?

Click on the websites below for more information.



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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