GVES Weekly Update

December 14, 2018

Upcoming Events

12/17: MistleTOE Monday--Wear your favorite holiday socks

12/17: BSES/GVES 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert 7pm GVHS

12/18: Holiday Hair Flair--Hats, Bows, Antlers, etc

12/18: BSES/GVES 5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7pm GVHS

12/19: Pajama Day

12/19: Lunch Buddies

12/20: Holiday Week is no Sweat--Wear your Sweats and Sneakers

12/21: Festive Friday--Festive Flair

12/21: Winter Parties

Family Directory

Many parents/guardians have asked that the district again creates a directory for Garnet Valley elementary families. The directory will be made available to Garnet Valley families later this school year. If you do not want your information (phone number and email address) listed in the directory please click below. The deadline to opt out is 1/11/19. Otherwise it will be included. Thank you.

Link to Opt Out

Progress Reports

Today we are releasing our first trimester progress report.

Our GVSD elementary school progress report is anchored in a standards based reporting principle where students’ progress towards standards is indicated along with reporting on the Qualities of a Learner. You can read more about the progress report here. http://bit.ly/GVProgressReport

Student progress on each Quality of a Learner and Academic Indicator is reported using a 4-point rubric. This rubric is a departure from previously used state reporting language and intended to be more student-centered. The rubric was designed so that grades do not indicate the end of the learning progress. The student score on the rubric informs the student and parent/guardian of where the student currently is on a learning continuum. When a student achieves a 3, he or she has met the grade level expectation at this time. Furthermore, your child’s Fountas and Pinnell text level will be indicated on the progress report. You can see the text level continuum here. http://bit.ly/FPTextLadder

If you have questions about your child's progress, please contact the teacher. Thank you.

Elementary Winter After School Activities

By using the website parent portal link by clicking here or simply by using this direct link, you can access the Elementary After School Activities Brochure for the winter session. From Robotics to Trailblazing, we are excited to offer a number of engaging developmentally appropriate activities for your children created and facilitated by our teachers and located in our schools. The majority of the activities are fee based, and parents may pay online by following the directions within the brochure. For those parents who prefer to pay by check or who are registering for a free activity, please use the attached Enrollment Form.

Enrollment Form to Pay by Check or to Register for a Tuition Free Activity

New Realities of Parenting - January 2, 2019

The next GVCTC sponsored New Realities of Parenting event is on Wednesday January 2nd at 7pm at Concord Elementary. Our keynote speaker is Katherine Dahlsgaard from CHOP. Free childcare is provided. Please register:


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GVES Social Media Update

The majority of our social media information can be found on Twitter. Twitter is the platform that connects our teachers and schools within our district. Unfortunately, content on Twitter no longer goes directly to Facebook as Facebook changed its policies for this. We are posting content on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. However, information that we retweet will only be seen on Twitter.

So, if you want to see the most possible information that we share you will want to join Twitter. If you are ok just seeing posts that come directly from GVES then you can use any of the three main platforms.

Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see what's happening at GVES!

Health/Guidance Switch

On Monday December 7, we made the trimester switch between Guidance and Health. Below is what our 3rd and 5th Graders worked on during Guidance for the 1st Trimester. Our 4th Graders had Health class 1st Trimester.
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Guidance Lessons

Week 1: Introductions, counselor role, referral sheet, get to know you game

Week 2: Its Okay to be Different-Read and discuss, “Its okay” worksheet

Week 4: Whole Body listening book and SB pages

Week 5: Expected and Unexpected Explain (SD story) and sort in classroom

Week 6: Read Bully Blockers Club and Explain problem solving steps

Week 7: Second problem solving lesson

Week 8: Size of Problem-explain with SB and videos

Week 9 and 10: Social City Books-SOP and activities, Size of Reaction and Activity

Week 11: Kimochi’s Intro characters and favorites worksheet

Week 12: Kimochi’s hide and seek and feelings sheet

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Guidance Lessons

Week 1: Introductions, counselor role, referral sheet, get to know you game

Week 2: School expectations, expected vs. unexpected scenarios

Week 3: Social definition, behavior definition, watch videos of Mr. Bean and Harvey the Dog to determine the thoughts/feelings of others, possible consequences, how they feel about themselves, intro Social Behavior Map

Week 4: Groups work to create SBM to determine what behaviors are expected or unexpected in various school locations

Week 5: Size of Problem (SOP) review, watch videos, discuss size of problem vs. size of reaction, did it match? Did it solve the problem?

Week 6: SOP group thermometer activity

Week 7: Coping skills lesson generate ideas

Week 8 and 9: Read bullying book; rate the size of the problem, solutions used, coping skills that could have been used or were, how does this relate to social thinking?

Week 10: Career Interest Inventory and Graph

Week 11: Complete Career Interest Inventory & Finish graphing (Seesaw, paper/pencil)

Week 12: Career Cluster game

Home and School Update

Yearbook Photographers – Upload your photos!

All yearbook photographers are asked to please make sure you have uploaded your Halloween, orchestra, band and chorus pictures as soon as possible as holiday parties are coming up soon!

Lunch Buddies – December 19th

Our next GVE Lunch Buddies day will be next Wednesday, December 19th. If you have signed up for that day, we’ll look forward to having you here to have lunch with your child. If you haven’t signed up for future dates, there are a few, limited spots still available. Contact Renee Kabakoff (rkabakoff@ymail.com) or Stacy Schneeweis (seschneeweis@gmail.com. )

An April 12th Lunch Buddies date is being opened up as a reschedule for the November date that was cancelled due to snow. This is the Friday before Spring Break. Anyone originally scheduled for November that was unable to get a new date due to slots being filled, must contact Rene Kabakoff (rkabakoff@ymail.com) by end of day today, 12/14. After that time, this date will be opened up to anyone else who would still like to schedule a Lunch Buddies date.

Classroom Winter Holiday Parties

Classroom parties will be held on Friday, December 21st. If you have signed up to send in a donation for the party, you may send non-perishable items in any day next week. Perishable items should be sent in the morning of the party, labelled with your child’s teacher’s name. Thank you!

HSA Committee WorkGroup Meeting – Jan 4th – 9am

The next HSA Committee WorkGroup Meeting will be held on January 4th at 9am.

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

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

Support GVHS Basketball

Come out and support the GVHS Men's Varsity Basketball Team at their home opener on Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm. There will be giveaways and free treats. Remember to wear your GV Jaguar Spirit Wear. GO JAGS!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #17 2018-2019

Did you know? The words holiday and stress do not need to go together.

· We know that many of us will be busy and feel overwhelmed.

· We may assume that we need to give up some of our healthy habits.

· In our rush to the perfect holiday we can forget to savor time with loved ones, the surprising beauty of winter, and the quiet moments that vacation and holidays can provide.

Call to action…

· Stick to at least one healthy habit and give yourself kudos for sticking to more than one.

· Ask for help when you need it, most people and our children are happy to help.

· Take a moment or two to savor whatever you love most about this time of year.

Using your browser to copy and past the links below will provide more information and ideas.



Technology Night for Parents

The Future of Teaching and Learning in Garnet Valley

Informational and Interactive workshop for all parents with children in grades 3-12

Garnet Valley remains a destination school district for families throughout the country due in part to the push for personalized learning and cutting-edge instructional technologies. Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, for an interactive presentation and discussion led by Mr. Samuel Mormando, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Online Learning. Topics will include Garnet Valley’s work to personalize learning for all students, new classroom technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) & VR (virtual reality), and new educational programs including eSchool@GarnetValley and blended learning options now offered at the high school.

Link to flyer

Garnet Valley Solo Fest - Sat Feb 23, 2019

All GV students grades 5-12 band, orchestra, chorus, or piano lessons are invited to perform a solo in the 2019 GV Solo Fest. Students will perform an approved solo piece for two music adjudicators (not in front of an audience), and will receive written feedback and participation recognition. Several outstanding performers will be selected for special recognition and may be selected to perform in our 2019 Garnet Valley Music Gala Concert on March 24. Your music teacher will help you select a piece to perform. Register at www.gvhsmusic.org/solofest by Jan 25!

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.

Connect with GVES! Now Podcasting!

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!

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Est. 1997

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