The Green Valley Gazette

January 10, 2019

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GVE News

Letter from the Principal

Dear Green Valley Community,

We hope you had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed the time with family. We are back into a routine and are extremely pleased with the high level of instruction and commitment to learning. Our students, families, and entire learning community have put a true premium on teaching and learning and we can see it in the high quality routine, instruction, and best practices within our classroom walls.

We have a number of exciting PTA-sponsored opportunities happening in our buildings as we move through January and enter February. Scroll down to learn more!

Yours in teaching and learning,


Dr. Giuseppe Di Monte


Congratulations to Mrs. Lisa Mackintosh!

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Mackintosh, 5th Grade Teacher here at GVE! Mrs. Mackintosh has been nominated to their station as “Teacher of the Year”. Key 103 will open up voting in May. We will send information on how our community can vote for Mrs. Mackintosh when it opens.

Welcome Mr. John Veronie!

Effective January 8, 2019, we now have additional administrative support. John Veronie, Assistant Principal from Tuscarora Elementary School will be here in an Assistant Principal capacity to support administrative needs one day a week on Tuesdays. I know you will welcome him to the Green Valley community and support him as he learns the “Giant” way. This will be a great addition to our program and I am excited to welcome John to our school.

Magnet Nomination Process For the 2019-2020 School Year

The magnet program is designed for academically gifted students in grades 3 – 5 with superior performance in both language arts and mathematics. Nomination booklets, which will be available beginning January 25th, 2019, may be obtained from the school office, the FCPS Office of Advanced Academics or online at under Elementary Magnet Program.

Beginning January 25th, 2019, the Office of Advanced Academics will be accepting nominations of present second through fourth grade students for possible placement in the magnet program for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Students may be nominated for the magnet program by school staff, parents or jointly. Parents and teachers are encouraged to review information, including some characteristics of gifted students, that is posted at Teacher nominations, parent nominations and a completed Parent/Guardian Rating Form are due in the school office by February 28, 2019, so that information required to complete the nomination packet may be gathered by school staff.

A Magnet Program Overview for parents interested in nominating their child will be held on January 24th, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Office (191 South East Street). Parking is available in the East All Saints Street parking deck or in the parking lot located next to the Central Office off of East All Saints Street. Accessible parking is located in the Commerce Street lot located behind the Central Office. Enter the Board Room at the front of the building. The overview will include components of the magnet program and the processes leading to placement. Please note that this meeting is designed for parents, not students. The snow date for this meeting is January 31st, 2019 at the same time and location. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Advanced Academics at 301-696-6891.

Notice For Buses L33 and U14 - Effective Monday, January 14th



A second run has been created for Ed McClain and Monrovia Blvd in Landsdale. SOME STUDENTS on Bus L33 Landsdale are being moved to U14 Landsdale. This was decided by the transportation department and is based on street addresses. If your student is impacted, they were sent home with letter advising that starting Monday, January 14th, they will now be on bus U14 Landsdale. Staff will be meeting with the students who will ride the new U14 Landsdale run. All students currently on U14 will remain on U14. However it will be a separate run. A note was handed out by the bus driver that reflects time changes to your current pick up and drop off.

Health Room Needs Your Donation Please

The Health Room is in need of boys' NEW underwear (still in package) - all Sizes 4 through 10/12 - to accommodate students with potty accidents. Your donations will be greatly appreciated!

The Counselor's Corner: Build Good Attendance Habits Early

The Counselor's Corner will be a new edition to the Green Valley Gazette. The School Counselor’s office will share helpful tips with parents and caregivers that support your child’s educational success.

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!


  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Starting as early as kindergarten, too many absences can cause a child to fall behind.
  • Missing 10 percent of school can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can fall behind, just by missing a day or two every few weeks.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom when trying to help students catch up.
  • Help Your Child Succeed in School by building good habits of attendance as early as preschool.


  • Set regular morning and bedtime routines.
  • Lay out clothes, pack lunches, or backpacks the night before.
  • Take advantage of orientations, open houses, or back to school nights, where your child can meet teachers and classmates before school starts, to help the transition.
  • Ensure your child has the required immunizations.
  • Make sure your child goes to school unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a headache or stomach ache may be a sign of anxious feelings and is not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child does seem anxious about going to school, talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor, or other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited to learn and go to school.
  • Plan ahead for the unexpected to ensure your child gets to school. Reach out to family members, neighbors, or other parents.
  • Try to avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

For more on school readiness, visit and

PTA News

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Family Craft Night - January 25th!

Join us on January 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a night of creativity fun!

  • Use scissors to make a swirly snowman
  • Sew a heart onto a paper plate
  • Make cotton balls into a snowman
  • Choose 1 of 2 designs and create a wintery night scene on a 6x6 painters canvas!

There is a $5 per person fee to cover the cost of the painters canvas and art materials being used.

Please fill out the information on the bottom half of this flier and send it back to school so we can be prepared with art supplies for everyone. See you there!

Save the Date - Dance and Floss-Off Party - February 8th!

This is going to be a party your kids won't want to miss! Join us and show off your best dance moves!

  • Friday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost is FREE for PTA members or $3 per child (including siblings) for non-PTA members.
  • Pizza, snacks, & beverages will be available for purchase.

A responsible adult is required to stay with their child throughout the dance.

Save the Date - Spirit Night at Skate Frederick - March 24th!

We are excited about this one! Make sure you mark your calendar and join us at Skate Frederick on Sunday, March 24th from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be a Roy Rogers spirit night that evening (close to Skate Frederick). We will post more details soon.

Sign Up for After-School Chess and STEM Enrichment Today!

Did you know? Silver Knights is a leading provider of after-school Chess and STEM Enrichment in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Every week, Silver Knights teaches more than 6,000 children to play chess, build LEGO® robots, and write computer code. We teach in more than 250 schools and employ more than 200 amazing instructors.

Sign up your child with a Silver Knight enrichment program today! All clubs meet at GVE.

Silver Knights Chess Club at GVES - Starts January 16th!

  • Learn and play chess with instructors using curriculum developed by National Masters.
  • All grades and skill levels welcome.
  • 1/16 to 3/6
  • Classes will run on Wednesday mornings when school is in session - 7:50 AM to 8:50 AM.
  • $116 for 8 weeks.
  • Click here to register for the GVE Chess Club.

Silver Knights Coding Club at GVES - Starts January 18th!

  • Learn to code your own interactive animations, stories and games.
  • Grades 2 and up.
  • 1/18 to 3/8
  • Classes will run on Friday mornings when school is in session - 7:50 AM to 8:50 AM.
  • $176 for 8 weeks.
  • Click here to register for the GVE Coding Club.

Silver Knights Robotics Club at GVES - Starts January 18th!

To learn more about Silver Knights, click here.

Box Tops For Education: Which Grade Will Be The Winner?

It's almost time for our annual Feed the Green Valley Giant Box Top Competition! Flyers and Collection Sheets will be sent home next week.

Which Grade will be the WINNER? Watch the bulletin board in the front lobby and see each grade’s bookcase fill up with books for the Green Valley Giant to read! The grade level with the most box tops will win a Special Classroom Treat!

Bring box tops in to your teacher either on the collection sheets or in zip-top bags. Enter as many box tops as you can until the deadline on Thursday, February 14th, 2019! Extra collection sheets can be found on the GVES Website in the Quick Links section. If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help us count Box Tops, please contact Jodi Best

FCPS and Community News

Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana Area Redistricting Study

FCPS invites the public in the Linganore, Oakdale and Urbana High School feeder areas to attend one of two meetings this month about the school system's new Linganore-Oakdale-Urbana redistricting study.

Elementary attendance areas included in the study are:
Deer Crossing
Green Valley
New Market
Spring Ridge
Twin Ridge

Middle school attendance areas include:
Governor Thomas Johnson
New Market
Windsor Knolls

High schools in the study area:

Although the meetings will take place at two locations to provide a broader opportunity for community involvement, the same presentation is planned for each meeting.

Meetings are:

  • Tuesday, January 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Oakdale High School auditorium, 5850 Eaglehead Drive, Ijamsville, MD 21754.
  • Thursday, January 31 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Natelli Community Room at the Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung Street, Frederick, MD 21704.

The redistricting study is necessary to establish new attendance boundaries and feeder patterns to accommodate new schools and increased capacity. The new schools are Sugarloaf Elementary on Stone Barn Drive in Urbana, which is temporarily serving Urbana Elementary students until the Urbana Elementary replacement is complete for the 2020-2021 school year, and a not-yet-named elementary school in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West neighborhood opening for the 2021-2022 school year.

For additional information, please contact the FCPS facilities planning department at

FCPS FY19 Budget Planning is Underway

The next few weeks are critical in the FCPS budget process as the Board of Education (BOE) determines what budget to submit to the County Executive by February 17. A calendar and budget materials are available at The website will be updated as progress is made through the budget season. Additional information is below:

  • Dr. Theresa R. Alban introduces the Superintendent's Recommended Fiscal 2020 Operating Budget using video this year for your convenience. See it now:

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