GVES Weekly Update

May 17, 2019

Upcoming Events

5/21: Inservice Day--No School for Students

5/22: 3rd Grade BSES/GVES Chorus Concert 7pm

5/23: Field Day (Rain Date 5/29)

5/24: Inservice Day--No School for Students

HSA Volunteer Sign Up

Garnet Valley Elementary Home & School Association is grateful for the volunteers who plan & prepare the many programs and events each school year to help provide the best school experience possible for our children. The HSA relies on volunteers to run smoothly, so if you can help just a little, it will make a BIG difference! Many of our volunteers find that they receive something in return for their time and talents:

• Spending quality time with your child and friends

• Investing your time in bettering our school community

• Making a difference in your child’s life by sharing your knowledge, experience and skills

• Developing leadership, communication and organizational skills

• Having FUN and making new friends!

At GVES we have a Committee for each program/event we do. The committee works as a team to plan and execute their event with the help of additional volunteers. One individual will be designated as the committee lead . The committee lead will be responsible for coordinating meetings, ensuring the committee is on schedule and communicating directly with the HSA Board. Each committee will also have volunteers to assist with the event as needed (i.e. volunteer during book fair, help assemble flyers, monitor mileage club). To sign up as a volunteer be sure to select "General Help" at the end of the survey.

Please sign up for as many committee opportunities as you are interested in. After you complete the committee portion you will be asked about being a committee lead. If you have students in multiple schools please note the time frame of events when signing up. Opportunities include Board positions, committee chairs, committee members, and event volunteers. We will contact you prior to the beginning of next school year. Please reply by June 7, 2019. Thank you.

Link to Sign Up Form

Band & Orchestra for the 2019-2020 School Year

Band and Orchestra sign ups for the 2019-2020 school year have begun! 3rd graders are completing the instrument interview process and will come home with a form reflecting their instrument recommendations. To sign up for band or orchestra for next year, please click this link:


Mock Crash Event at GVHS

Mock Crash at Garnet Valley High School, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 starting at approx. 9:00 AM: This is only a demonstration to the High School Seniors prior to the Senior Prom to show the dangers of Drinking and Driving, Distracted Driving and the "potential" results.

First Responders will be congregating on Station Road near GVES/GVMS the morning of the event and will proceed to GVHS at the appropriate time with Lights and Sirens coming down the Driveway.

Please be aware of this drill and know that it is not a live event.

HSA Weekly Update

5th Grade Sendoff – Monday, June 3rd

5th grade send off is June 3rd. We look forward to a bright, sunny, warm day for the Send Off! Registration is closed for this event and no walk-in registrations are permitted on the day of the event. If you have not submitted your payment, please pay via My School Bucks or send a check written to GVES HSA for $12.00.

Please contact Amy Furchner with questions afurch1975@gmail.com.

Volunteers are needed as well and can sign up using this link:


Field Day – Thursday May 23rd

Field Day will be held on Thursday, May 23rd on the Garnet Valley Middle School front field (directly in front of the GVE side parking lot.) Parents are welcome to come and watch the field day events. Times for each grade are below:

  • 3rd grade - 9:15am -10:45am
  • 4th grade - 11:00am- 12:30pm
  • 5th grade - 1:15pm - 2:45pm

We are also looking forward to a warm sunny day for this event, but if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the rain date is May 29th.

Board Members and Committee Chairs Needed for 2019-2020 School Year

We have a number of Board Members and Committee Chairs whose children are moving on this year, and thus a number of vacancies to fill. This is a great way to meet other parents and get involved, with opportunities to give as much or as little time as you desire/can handle!

Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible and we proactively work with schedules so that even parents who work full-time can be a part of this dynamic team. Please consider this your invitation to join us!

If you are interested or just want to find out more, please contact Stephanie Carmichael: stephanie.carmichael@wolterskluwer.com. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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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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

Jaguar Jog Recap

Here are your winners from the 2019 Jaguar Jog:

5K Winners

1st Place GVES Girl: Summer Bakey

1st Place GVES Boy: John Orsini

1st Place Female: Meghan Mellinger

1st Place Male: Steve Brogan*

5th Grade

1st place: Chris Finnegan

2nd place: Declan O'Byrne

3rd place: Billy Neurohr

4th Grade

1st place: Sydney Cusick

2nd place: Isaac Mellinger

3rd place: Dylan Ferro

3rd Grade

1st place: Brady Brogan

2nd place: Lyla Sauers

3rd place: Cami Furchner

Under 3rd Grade

1st place: Jane Gupta

2nd place: Sahana Patel

3rd place: Zach Barry

*Overall winner

1 Mile Fun Run

5th Grade

1st place: Aislinn Newnam

2nd place: Addison Neff

3rd place: Lily Mellinger

4th Grade

1st place: Chelsea Guss

2nd place: Sydney Cusick

3rd place: Ryan Vance

3rd Grade

1st place: Nolan Chandler

2nd place: Cami Furchner

3rd place: Nick Burkat

For a complete list of results visit: https://runscore.runsignup.com/Race/Results/30347/?aceId=30347&resultSetId=152598#

John Williams Laptop Computer Drawing - Nicholas Burkat

Winner of the iFLY gift card - Tyler Ferro

Most Class Participation - Winners of Water Ice Parties

3rd Grade - Razzano

4th Grade - Sinopole

5th Grade - Travers (most participation overall!)

Teacher Drawing - Tracy Nelson

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

We invite you to view our final School News episode of the session, the year, and forever for some of our 5th grade friends. Reporters went "on location" this week, bringing you our favorite segments from various locations around GVES. You'll notice that some of our reporters even took a turn behind the camera as well.

School News Finale 2019

Thanks for another great year of School News!

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!

Garnet Valley CTC Quick Tip #38 Mental Health Awareness

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? Protective factors promote mental health and play a role in mitigating drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. Protective factors can be found and developed in the following categories: the individual, the family, and the school and community (Erbacher, Singer, Poland 2015). Youth experience mental wellness when they possess confidence and hope for the future, have social connections, participate in sports or other vigorous activity, find meaning in religious/spiritual practices, have coping skills, have problem-solving skills, and avoid drug and alcohol use. Family protective factors include having consistent routines, monitoring youth, developing close and caring relationships, providing medical and mental health care as needed, and preventing access to alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other dangerous items. Schools and communities can foster universal mental wellness by creating a safe environment that works to prevent bullying, supports academic achievement and regular attendance in school while helping everyone to feel like an important part of the school and community (Erbacher, Singer, Poland 2015).

Call to action… The protective factors outlined above are within our control to promote and develop. The percentages of students answering “yes” to feeling depressed or sad MOST days in the past 12 months has shifted in the right direction. We have impacted the 21.6% of 6th graders in 2015 and reduced that number to 14.1% in 2017, we reduced the 28.5% of 8th graders in 2015 to 23.7% in 2017, we reduced the 34.6% of 10th graders in 2015 to 27.8% in 2017, and reduced the 30.1 % of 12th graders in 2015 to 26.4% in 2017. We are not done and will continue to support the mental health of our children and youth!

Click on the link below for more tips.


Erbacher, Terri A., Singer Jonathan B., & Poland, Scott (2015). Suicide in


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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!!


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.

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