GVES Weekly Update

October 26, 2018

Upcoming Events

10/29: BSES/CES/GVES Combined HSA Meeting 7pm @ BSES

10/31: Halloween Parties 2pm

11/1: Picture Retakes

11/1-11/2: Delaware County Safe Touch Programs to 5th Grade

11/2: GV Spirit Day

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Important Car Line and School Zone Reminders


  • Slow down when driving in our school zones and on school property.
  • Be cell phone free so that safety is a priority.
  • Stay in line when dropping off and picking up.
  • Have students get in and out on the curb side whenever possible.
  • Be sure that your car is in park when loading and unloading and that the area is clear before moving your car.
  • Understand that we have limited parking. You might need to park at the middle school when coming for an event.

Thank you for taking your time so that all students are safe.
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Halloween Costumes

Costumes worn in school must be school appropriate. We do not allow costumes that could scare other students. Please do not send in costumes with weapons, that depict violence, or are excessively gross or frightening. Thank you.


Blindness Awareness Month

October is Blindness Awareness month. Helping Hands would like to honor the memory of Devon Lengel and continue to pay it forward as Devon did throughout her life. Devon was born blind, however she never viewed this as a disability, but rather as her special ability. Devon loved musicals, singing, spending time with her family, meeting new friends, and giving back to her community. With the support of her family, Devon touched many lives and together they shared how to support people with visual impairments.

This month, Helping Hands is partnering with the Lengel family to continue Devon's legacy. We will be hosting a "Change War" from October 22 - November 2. All money collected will be donated to organizations that support blindness and visual impairments.

Did You Know?

  • People who are blind are just like us, except they can't see. They use their other senses to help them get around.
  • Just be kind - offer to help. Blind people often need to hold on to another person to help guide them places, but don't hold onto them, that makes them feel unsafe
  • If they ask, use descriptive words to tell them about what they can't see
  • focus on the things they can do, not what they can't do
  • Blind people read by touch, their alphabet is called Braille
  • Some blind people may use a guide dog to help them get around places. Most use a long white cane and will ask for help finding things if they need it.
  • Blind people can do most things everyone else can like working at a job, having a family, traveling, and using technology.

How the Change Wars work

Each class will have a collection bucket for change (dollar bills will be accepted as well in case you do not have change). The class with the most change/dollars collected at the end of our challenge will receive a gift card to spend as their class chooses (pending teacher approval of course). Our goal is to collect $1000.00.

We hope that GVES enjoys the friendly challenge, and know that together we can make a "change".

Thanks for supporting us!

GVES Helping Hands Club

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Weather Reminders

We go outside to recess in all but inclement weather. So please make sure your student brings appropriate outerwear for changing daytime temperatures.

5th Grade Safety Program

Delaware County Women Against Rape is pleased to return to GVES to offer their Touching Safety, Internet Safety, and risk reduction program to students. They will be presenting to 5th grade on November 1st and 2nd and to 3rd and 4th grades in the winter. Safety information is taught through a variety of formats including rhythm chants, role plays, and videos. They do not teach human sexuality and programming is not graphic or sexually explicit. Reinforcement material will also be distributed and is intended to be shared at home. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Delaware County Women Against Rape at 610-566-4342.

Home & School News

Annual Auction - HSA Auction - “Passport to Paradise” - November 9th, 2018 7pm to 11pm

Please join us for a night of dinner, dancing and bidding! Fantastic auction items will be offered including unique school opportunities and valuable community items.

To purchase tickets visit - http://bit.ly/GVEauctiontickets

More information visit - http://bit.ly/GVEAuctionInfo

Want to make a donation? http://bit.ly/GVEauctionDonation

Questions? Email jennifertront@gmail.com

Classroom Baskets will be finalized this week! If you haven’t had a chance yet and would like to donate to your child’s classroom basket, contact your Homeroom Parents! These are offered for bidding at the Auction!

We would like to thank our auction sponsors! Please support these local businesses that have supported GVE!

· John Williams, Remax Excellence

· Sun East Charitable Foundation

· Adams Investor Group

· Garnet Valley Sports & Spine

· B-Tan

· Heaven’s Law Office

· KAO Jewelers

· Real Property Management Tri State Area - the leader in HOA and property management

· My Buddy Maintenance Team - help with your ‘honey-do’ list

Halloween Parties - Will be held on Oct 31. Homeroom parents will be contacting families requesting donations for the party. Thank you!

David’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser- Orders are due by November 1st.

Display My Art Fundraiser – Get your child’s art imprinted on shirts, mugs, water bottles, coasters, ornaments and just about anything! They make great holiday gifts for grandparents, aunts & uncles, and even for your child! Information will come home with your child. Fundraiser ends November 16 and products will be delivered in time for the holidays!

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

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On Monday, October 29th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Bethel Springs Elementary there will be a combined Home and School Association meeting for all three GV elementary schools. The purpose of the meeting is to provide parents with an opportunity to receive information on important school-related topics. Topics will be varied and parents can choose two 30-minute sessions (7-7:30;7:30-8). Registration closes on Thursday, October 25th. Use the Google form link below to register for your chosen sessions:


American Education Week Visits

GVES celebrates American Education Week with visits to our school!

Parents/Guardians may visit according to the schedule below. Please do not bring siblings or other young children. There is no need to RSVP and clearances are not needed to visit. We hope to see you here soon!

Wed. - Nov. 14 - 3rd Grade - 9:30 to 10:30

Thurs. - Nov. 15 - 4th Grade - 9:30 to 10:30 (starts in math class, be sure to know the math teacher)

Fri. - Nov. 16 - 5th Grade - See teams below:

Team A - Chiodo, Gamler, Magrann, Slavin - 11:00

Team B - Conley, Cywinski, Jarema, Travers - 9:00 to 10:00

Team C - Carey, Meehan, Ong, Shank - 10:00 to 11:00

School News Episode Four

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GVHS Performing Arts

The Garnet Valley High School Performing Arts Association will present High School Musical on November 15-17 at GVHS. HSM promises fun for all ages so bring the entire family to a show to support our amazingly talented and hardworking students! For tickets and information, visit www.gvhspaa.com.
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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.

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #10

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? Your student has been observing Red Ribbon Week this past week. Along with remembering the sacrifice of Enrique Camarena and other law enforcement members who keep our country safe, the focus of Red Ribbon Week is making healthy choices and setting personal goals. Students learn that drugs and alcohol get in the way of their dreams and goals. Agent Camarena famously said, “I am only one person but I want to make a difference.”

Call to action… Consider doing the following at one of your family meals this coming week, ask how each member would finish the following sentence. “I am only one person but I want to make a difference by ______________________.” There are no wrong answers, only many ways to learn about what is most important to each of your family members.

Take the Red Ribbon Pledge below and learn more about the Red Ribbon Campaign.



Important Links

Harlem Wizards - Buy tickets here

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

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