Grace Valley Academy PMA
~What To Expect~
A PMA is a private member association for the purpose of education that establishes its own operating guidelines. PMA's are not under the jurisdiction of the state, local, or federal government’s laws, regulations, or requirements (like private and public schools are). Membership in the Association is voluntary and educational services are only open to members who agree with the faith-based principles of the PMA. There is no cost to becoming a member. A Membership application needs to be submitted when registering a child for the upcoming school year.
Our “School” Day
Students will start each day going over the calendar/agenda for the day with a look ahead at the rest of the week. Their teacher will lead them in a morning devotional and they will then take a few quiet minutes to independently write in their gratitude journals.
Tuesday: 📚 Library
Each day students should bring with them a cold lunch from home along with a water bottle that they can keep with them at their desk. We have water coolers where they will be able to re-fill them throughout the day. Students should also bring with them something small to eat at snack time. At lunch, students will take turns praying over their classmates' meals.
🎶 When students need a stretch break, our younger students will “worship their wiggles out” while our older students will have a “praise break.” I mean, who doesn’t like a little dance party to break up the day? 🎶
Birthday celebrations are super fun and if you would like to supply a cake, cookies, or cupcakes for the class to celebrate with, we will gladly gobble it all up! (If there is a classroom food allergy we will let you know) During the celebration, each classmate will share with the birthday boy/girl one thing they find special/interesting about them. A little encouragement goes a long way!
Fundraisers will happen creatively throughout the year to help offset expenses. Your excitement, participation, and encouragement will help these fundraisers to run smoothly and successfully. Thank you in advance! 😊
Drop off/Pick up Procedures:
Morning Drop Off:
Be cautious of your speed and be on the alert for students who may not be paying attention.
Please turn onto Marquardt Lane and IMPORTANT: only turn left into the main parking lot if there is not a line of cars waiting to exit. *Allowing them to exit first, allows incoming cars to make it to the drop off/pick up area.
Upon entering the main lot, please locate the directional arrows, staying towards the left side of the parking lot. Follow the flow of traffic straight until you loop right to where the driver’s side of your vehicle will be facing the school.
Your student should quickly exit your vehicle using the rear passenger side door. As you move off, the vehicle behind you will move forward and do the same. Please do not back up. If you forgot something, please pull into a parking space in the middle of the lot and proceed to the main office.
Please be cautious exiting the parking lot as incoming cars may not see that you are waiting to exit.
We will have a parking lot attendant outside to assist in this flow.
Steps 1-3, 5-6 are the same as above.
4. Please display your colored student name paper in your driver’s side
window. These are color-coded to match your student’s room/team color.
The parking attendant/staff member will call your child forward and once
they enter your vehicle, please safely pull forward so the next car may
approach. If you forgot something, please pull into a parking space in the
middle of the lot and proceed to the main office.
We strive to be organized but we also recognize that life happens and sometimes plans need to change. In the event that something changes, we will do our very best to notify parents as soon as possible through our communication tools: ________ and on facebook).
Throughout the day your child’s teacher may communicate with you/send classroom photos through _______________. GVA will also post class/school activities and news and information on its facebook page. Be sure you are getting notifications.
Despite our best efforts, illnesses do occur. Keeping your child home when he/she is sick prevents the spread of germs to other children. If in doubt, it is always best to keep your child at home. If your child is sick and won’t be attending, please notify your classroom teacher to let him/her know. If a child becomes ill during the day, he or she will be sent to our school nurse. If the child needs to be sent home, the parent will be notified as soon as possible. In the event that a medical emergency arises, 911 will be called and your child will be taken to the closest hospital.
Children should remain home until they have been clear of the symptoms listed below for 24 hours:
Eye discharge or Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Fever of 101F or greater
Lice or nits in the hair
Please let us know immediately if your child is exposed to or contracts a
Grave Valley Academy PMA does not require any specific immunizations for entry.
If your child needs to be given medicine during the day, you will need to complete our Medication Authorization form. The medicine must be kept in its original container, clearly labeled with your child’s name. All medications will be kept out of reach of children.