GVMS Weekly Update

January 13th, 2020

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.

Weekly Update

January 13th

GVMS School Community

The 7th and 8th Grade Snowflake Dance was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout and the students had a great variety of activities that kept them entertained all evening. Thank you to all of the parents who helped in the planning process, the set-up/clean-up process, and chaperoning the event.


The GV Science Olympiad Invitational is set for Saturday, January 25th. The competition portion of the day runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm. This year we are slated to host over forty teams. Similar to last year, this event attracts Science Olympiad teams from all corners of Pennsylvania and our surrounding states.



Thanks,

Lisa, Gerry, and Rick

YouthTruth Survey for GVMS Students

Dear Parent or Guardian,


We are writing to let you know that the Garnet Valley School District is asking all 3rd through 12th grade students to participate in the Youth Truth Student Survey this year. The survey will be administered at the Garnet Valley Middle School during the week of February 18th. Selected by a district committee of K-12 teachers, administrators and counselors, the Youth Truth Student Survey is a nationally recognized survey used in hundreds of schools and districts across the country, surveying hundreds of thousands of students. The survey asks students about their experiences in the school and with their teachers, including how engaged they are at school, the rigor of their coursework, their preparedness for the future, school safety, student motivation, and grit. Our school, other schools, and researchers may use such information for developing plans to help schools and teachers improve. For information about this survey, please visit http://youthtruthsurvey.org, or speak to a school administrator. A copy of the survey is also available if parents want to preview it.


Although we want to hear from all students, participation in this survey is voluntary.

Your child’s ratings will not be identified in any reports because results are shared at the group level. Personally identifiable information will not be released to any third party. Please be aware that under federal law, you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your child. If you would like to do so, you can view a copy of the survey at school.


Please use the link below to open the Opt-Out form. This form should only be completed and printed if you would like your child to be excluded from the survey.


Survey Opt-Out Form


Thank you,

Lisa Stenz, Principal

Rick Martin, Assistant Principal

Gerry Weinhardt, Assistant Principal

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.

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High School Music Night - February 26th

All 8th graders in band/chorus/orchestra (and parents) are invited to attend High School Music Night on Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 7:00pm, in the high school auditorium. We also welcome 8th graders who are not currently in band/orchestra/chorus, but might be interested in joining. You'll meet our high school music teachers, some of our high school students, and we will answer ALL of your questions about high school music. You might even win a music store gift card! You won't need to bring your instrument. It will be a fun night, so please join us! Any questions, please e-mail Dr. Selfridge at sefris@garnetvalley.org.
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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 #17 – Vape Help

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? GV CTC’s New Realities of Parenting hosted a panel of experts on Vaping. Vapes and Juuls were available to see and touch with careful handwashing after. Jen Tront reviewed the PAYS survey and GV CTC activities, Erik Gudzinas provided an overview of the problem and INDEPTH program, Dr. George Avetian discussed the recent lung injuries and deaths from vaping, Judge Wendy Roberts updated us on new legislation and its impact, Carolyn Falcone shared Garnet Valley’s response, and Danielle Prescott spoke about student and parent responses to vaping. Paula Dugan, Beth Uniake and several wonderful students provided child care. The power points will be posted in the GV CTC page in the next few weeks.


https://www.garnetvalleyschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=151092&pageId=589727

Call to action… Education provides power for parent/caregivers to understand the Vaping/Juuling phenomenon. The links below provide in depth information. The second set of links allows teens to access help for vaping that is private and confidential through a text app and online program.


Please consider sending in your donation to the GV CTC. You can do this through the GV CTC web page listed above. Help us continue our work for you.


Parent resources: PREP: Prevention Resources & Education for Parents/Caregivers

https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/prep


www.drugfree.org

Teen resources: Truth Initiative E-cigarette Quit Program Text QUIT to 202 804 9884

Caron Foundation Digital Learning Courses

CONNECT 5: Find a NicoTEEN-Free You!


https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/courses/connect5

Garnet Valley Middle School

Achieving our best through creativity, compassion, and community.