GVMS Weekly Update

January 7th, 2020

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.
1.6.2020

GVMS School Community

We hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Winter Break. While there doesn't seem to be too much snow in our extended forecast, our Winter Snowflake Event is predicted to be a huge success.


All 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to come out and participate in the variety of activities our HSA has planned. Students attending must be in school by 8 AM on the day of the dance/event. If a student is absent, he/she will not be permitted to attend the dance/event. These events afford students the opportunity for fun-filled, enjoyable evenings and we hope to see you there! The event runs from 7:30-9:30 and the cost is $15.00.


Thanks,

Lisa, Gerry, and Rick

Parent Workshop - January 8th at GVMS

“The New Realities of Parenting – Vaping"

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 8th at the Garnet Valley Middle School

To Register: http://bit.ly/NROP-Jan8

Email any questions to:

GarnetValleyCTC@gmail.com

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A Word From Our School Nurse

There are still many students who do not have updated Emergency Cards for the 2019/2020 school year. If you have not done so, please follow the directions below. Also, please do not send your students to school with medication. If a medication needs to be given during the school day a parent must bring the medication to school and sign a medication consent form. Students are not permitted to carry medication on them throughout the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.


Log onto Studentehr.com. If you do not remember receiving an email, please enter your email then hit “forgot password” and follow the directions to log back in.


Select child on the left hand side.


Update any Allergies/Conditions that you would like us to know about.


Provide consent for over the counter medications. Click on MEDICATIONS, OTC, click on each medication that you would like your child to be able to receive. Then hit SAVE. If you do not hit SAVE, we will not be able to see what medications you would like your child to be able to receive.


Thank you for your time in completing this information.

Congratulations to our Science Olympiads

Please congratulate the members of the GVMS Science Olympiad team who competed Saturday at Bayard Rustin High School. There were 58 teams from 6 states, including many state champions. GVMS took 15th place. Forty GVMS team members participated, and our team medaled in 5 events in the upper-division.

7th & 8th Grade Snowflake Dance

Friday, January 10, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

7th & 8th Grade Snowflake Dance

Garnet Valley Middle School


The banner is up in the cafeteria!
Click here to register your 8th grader for the Snowflake Dance, coming up on Jan 10th!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScokxOdnwjRrezbp624Q6286g1yjphiTBuxpmVRw63E0Bo4ow/viewform

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GVMS Student Item Drop-off

We have a few considerations to think about as we continue to maximize our expanded 57-minute classes. We are hearing from our teachers that the 57-minutes has improved engagement, opening, and closing of lessons, time to process, and expanded opportunities for student collaboration. In our discussions, we have learned that the number of school-wide announcements and interruptions to the classroom have disrupted the learning environment. In researching the concern, we have approximately 80-100 drop-offs in one day (i.e. gym bags, lunches, homework, instruments, etc.). We will always find a way to feed a student that forgot their lunch. Our teachers will work with you to improve your students' organizational planning for homework and projects.


We kindly and respectfully request that drop-offs are limited to critical needs. We are not calling into rooms or making school-wide announcements that interrupt the flow of instruction. We post all office pick up alerts for students on our TV screens in the cafeteria and hallways as a form of communication. Please note that the TV screens will be updated once a day before all the lunches. Any items dropped off after 10:00 will not show up on the TV announcements. Additionally, limiting the number of drop-offs will better prepare us for our own future front entrance renovation, similar to the high school's front entrance renovation. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Early Dismissal Notes

While School Messenger provides users with the option to submit early dismissals, our office staff is asking for a physical note to be dropped off in the main office.
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GVMS HSA Information

GVMS Box Tops for Education

GVMS is finally registered with Box Tops for Education!! It’s a super simple way to raise money for our school! And we no longer have to cut out the Box Tops & bring them into school! The new system makes everything so easy!!


Here is a link to the website!


https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn


Find Garnet Valley Middle School as one of the listed schools. Register online to raise money for GVMS. Download the app. Then start scanning the box tops! It’s that simple!!

HSA Updates and Announcements


HSA Meeting


AMAZON SMILE

GVMS HSA is registered as a nonprofit educational charity with Amazon Smile. Raising money for our school has never been easier. The next time you are shopping on Amazon, please considering registering to participate in Amazon Smile. When you select Garnet Valley Middle School HSA as your charity of choice, Amazon will make a donation to our school whenever you shop through Amazon Smile. Here is a link to the GVMS HSA Amazon Smile page for more information & to register: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-3075301


Box Tops for Education

GVMS is finally registered with Box Tops for Education!! It’s a super simple way to raise money for our school! And we no longer have to cut out the Box Tops & bring them into school! The new system makes everything so easy!!

Here is a link to the website!

https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/How%20To%20Earn

Find Garnet Valley Middle School as one of the listed schools. Register online to raise money for GVMS. Download the app. Then start scanning the box tops! It’s that simple!!


Interested In Volunteering?

If anyone is interested in volunteering for any of our upcoming HSA events, there are endless ways to get involved! Please contact Missy Rosenthal at mmrosenthal@comcast.net or Andrea Romaniello at andrear.ed@hotmail.com for more information on volunteering this year at GVMS with our HSA! Or check out our HSA website at https://sites.google.com/garnetvalley.org/gvmshsa/home for more details! We love our volunteers!!

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Garnet Valley Communities That Care

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #16 – Juuling?

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? If you know what Juuling is, chances are you have a young person in your home. Juuling has become a hot topic in high schools and on college campuses. “Juuls” are one of the most popular vape brands. Would it surprise you to know that the statistics collected on young people using e-cigarettes (vaping) rose significantly in 2015. That was the year, Juuls hit the market.

The FDA is banning some pre-filled flavors, does it go far enough? What about vape pens that can be filled, there is no ban on E-juice flavors that need to be filled by the consumer. See article below.


Call to action… Save the date, Wednesday, 1/8/20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at GVMS. New Realities of Parenting will tackle Vaping with a panel of experts. Learn the facts about Vaping/Juuling. Find out where to turn for resources and how to stop this dangerous trend. Get tips on how to talk to your children. Free childcare is available. Look for the flyer in your principal’s e-alerts for more details. Find more information from the American Lung Association (ALA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) below.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/fda-bans-some-vaping-products-including-fruit-and-mint-flavors/ar-BBYyFpn

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.