Choose the Programs menu above for a list of individual pages. Below is a list of additional services and programs that make our school a wonderful learning environment for our students.
Ambassador Playground Program: A playground recess program in which the 4th grade students help the 1st and 2nd graders become familiar with the “big” playground in campus. The 4th grade students, or Ambassadors, play various school yard games, like handball and jump rope with the younger ones. The Ambassadors also put away all equipment used at the end of recess, giving them another opportunity to model for the younger students. The younger students thrive on having older Gators play with them, easing the transition especially at the beginning of the year.
Blood Drive: An annual blood donation drive in coordination with the National Red Cross.
Family Portraits: Plan for your Holiday photo greeting cards in September.
Growing Great Nutrition: A three-pronged approach to teaching healthy eating habits.
- School Garden (Grades PEP-5) Students grow, harvest, eat and sell their own food from gardens located on campus. Students experience new foods in their organic school gardens while learning about seasonality, life cycles and sustainable food production.
- Harvest-of-the-Month (Grades 1-5) Harvest-of-the-Month tastings provide a seasonal fresh fruit or vegetable to be sampled by the students in the cafeteria during lunch. This produce is supplied by local farmers. Harvest-of-the-Month demonstrates the farm to table food cycle with displays of live plants, seeds and different varieties of the sample produce. Nutrition facts are also included.
- Classroom Nutrition Lessons (Grades 3-5) Trained volunteer docents deliver five fun and interactive classroom nutrition lessons that teach children why and how to make healthy food choices. Each lesson includes a high quality food sample and take home a “Grill Me” flyer.
Science Enrichment Activities: GV’s Science Lab is now on it’s 5th year with a stellar record of not only improving student’s Science test scores, but more importantly significantly contributing to our children’s love of science. Activities included under this umbrella are: Science Lab Volunteer Support, the annual hands-on Science Expo, 5th Grade Science Fair, and providing a listing of Science Family Resources/activities/events available in the area.
Student Directory: This yearly publication is a “must have” for our GV PTA families. Makes arranging play dates a snap! This very important book is only available to families that join the PTA so sign up today!
Visual and Performing Arts: “Walk Through California” and “Walk Through the American Revolution,” presented by California Weekly Explorer Inc., are favorites among our 4th and 5th Graders. These two and a half hour presentations, known as “Walk Through Programs,” bring out life social studies using role play, vocabulary words, music and active participation of all students. All kinds of art-related activities are arranged and provided for our gators.