GVES Weekly Update

May 10, 2019

Upcoming Events

5/15: 3rd Grade Muffins in May

5/15: 5th Grade Class Photo - 11am

5/15: GVES Art Show 5-7pm

5/16: 4th Grade Muffins in May

5/16: 3rd Grade Jaguarmax 12:15pm

5/17: GVES Spirit Day

5/17: 5th Grade Muffins in May

5/17: Young Authors Assemblies: 3rd-9:15am; 4th-10:15am; 5th-11:15am

Raptor Reminder

Beginning April 23, all visitors will need an ID to go into the school and/or main office even if you are a regular visitor and/or volunteer. Please bring your ID if you will be visiting the school.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

LEA Parent Survey

Dear Parents,

Please participate in the district’s annual LEA Parent Survey by Clicking Here. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Last year over 2,000 parents provided feedback on various aspects of the district, and we hope to have the same fantastic participation this year!

From communication to educational programming, we value your perceptions and insights, and like last year, we will use the information gleaned from the survey to target strengths and areas of growth from a building and district perspective.

As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to receiving your critical feedback. Please participate today!!


Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Muffins in May

See attached flyer for our annual Muffins in May program.
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HSA Weekly Update

Muffins in May! May 15th (Gr 3), May 16th (Gr 4) and May 17th (Gr 5)

Our annual Muffins in May celebration is coming up soon! See flyer attached for details! Grade levels are just suggested dates. Come any day!

5th Grade Send Off

It's time to register for the 5th Grade Send Off! Anyone interested should use the registration link below and then payment can be made on myschoolbucks or by sending it in. Registration closes on May 13th and there is not any walk up registration on the day of the event. We look forward to a bright, sunny, warm day for the Send Off! Volunteers are needed as well and can sign up below. Thank you.

Registration Link - http://bit.ly/5thgradesendoff2019

Volunteer Link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BA4A82DA3FE3-5thgrade

6th Grade Transition Camp

See flyer below for details on 6th Grade Transition Camp being held on August 21, 2019 at GVMS.
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5th to 6th Tour Opportunity

GVMS RoboJags would like to cordially invite GVES 5th grade students to take a guided tour of the middle school. The tour will include a tour through the building, locker practice, slime making, and includes a snack of pretzels and water. The event will be hosted by the GVMS RoboJags. The cost of the tour will be $12. Staff will walk and pick up the GVES students at 3:15. All students will need to have a ride arranged for pick up at 4:45 at the front doors of the middle school. Please complete the registration below. This event has a limited number of spaces available, so it will be first come, first serve. We will take the first 20 registrations on each date. If we see more interest, we will explore another date. Mrs. Reba DiBartolomeo will contact the first 20 registrants and send the flyer with the payment directions via email. This registration counts as the permission slip for the event.

Parent Registration Links:

5/10/2019: https://forms.gle/gajUUH7uZBCfrMbR9 - SESSION IS FULL
5/31/2019: https://forms.gle/mgtW1TDNEPC6X7fM9 - SESSION IS FULL
Waitlist: https://forms.gle/GZTfKgBnxsYAgfNk8

Field Day

Field day is quickly approaching! This year our field day will be held on May 23rd (rain date May 29th)! Our main field day events will take place on the middle school lacrosse field, across from our staff parking lot. Here is the schedule for this year's field day:

3rd Grade: 9:15-10:45

4th Grade: 11:00-12:30

5th Grade: 1:15-2:45

Parents are welcome to come and watch your child participate in field day. You do not need clearances to come and watch your child participate; however, if you are volunteering to run a station, you do need your clearances! Please click the links to see important field day documents. We hope to see you there!

Parking Map: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dJf5usN_nZjLXdXzJcaq3OWsh6VX-GHxwn6FoRFSOJc/edit?usp=sharing

Homeroom Starting Stations: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dzkaI_99gj8VwZjYiBw6AJXwxs7ZyG00PPi2k6GFwdQ/edit?usp=sharing


The brochure for this year's summer programs is now available! Use this link to access descriptions and registration information for our wide variety of summer camps for 2019. Students can attend camps at any school.

Summer Music Academy

Use the link below to view information and see registration details for the Summer Music Academy sign up.


Grade 3 Math Screening

We have completed the initial step by conducting a group math screening. The entire process uses multiple criteria including screening tests, assessment scores, teacher recommendation, and class performance. Parents of students who are being considered for the program will be contacted soon if their child is moving on in the process. Please contact Dr. Kotch with any questions.


5th Grade Promotion Assembly - Thursday, June 13, 2019, GVMS Gym, 12:30PM

Elementary Open House - Wednesday, August 28, 12:30-2:30PM (one session open to all families)

School News

Another episode of School News is LIVE today. This week's episode features a special interview with Ms. Murray, a new segment: Radical Riddles, and TED Talks from Mrs. Gamler's class. Thanks for taking some time to check it out!

Your School News Crew

School News Episode #5


School Bus Safety Poster Contest

It’s time for the 2019 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest and PennDOT needs your help to spread the word.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about school bus safety while promoting it to others.

Please direct this email to your Principal’s Office so they may distribute the information to the appropriate department.

Details for entering this fun and educational contest are found at the following link:


We look forward to your participation – and thank you!

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Military Families

As a result of state and federal mandates, the district must collect & report a multitude of data points.

If your child's parent or guardian is an active duty member of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, please access the link below to submit your information. The district appreciates your cooperation, and for those of you who are active or retired military, thank you for your service!!


Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #37 Mental Health Awareness

Did you know? Delaware County has a free mobile mental health emergency service. It is called the Delaware County Crisis Connections Team aka the Mobile Crisis Team. They are a 24/7 service in Delaware County that can be reached at 1-855-889-7827 for all ages. In the event of a mental health crisis or if you have a question about what would constitute a mental health crisis – make the call. A trained mental health clinician will answer your call and guide you through a process of assessing your situation, intervening as necessary, and helping you access services which could include coming to you if needed.

Call to action… So often in Garnet Valley our students alert their parents when they are concerned about a friend’s mental health. Garnet Valley is a caring community. The dilemma can occur when school is closed. Rather than wait, call the Mobile Crisis Team at 1-855-889-7827 with your concerns. They will guide you through the appropriate steps. You do not have to hold concerning information until the next morning.

Learn more about this service and other crisis prevention and intervention resources in Delaware County by clicking below.


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

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!

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.