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September 18, 2020

NO SCHOOL MONDAY

Monday is a professional learning day for our teachers and staff.

New face

We'd like to introduce Lauren Dickinson, who is our new Data Secretary. She is replacing Tracey Stone, who moved to CES to work in a classroom.


Lauren is a graduate of CHHS and has a daughter in the district. We're excited to have her and hope you'll get to meet her soon!

PTA room parent volunteers

The room parent role will be different this year (like most things!) but we do need help coordinating activities between teachers and room parents. If you are interested, please follow this link to sign up:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSey0e3ZqncNu2uARKg6XXLSL8sQyACarU6mu-TzN2uJbNC0BA/viewform?usp=sf_link

From GCISD Health Services

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to keep all of our students safe and healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can be assured that our GCISD nurses are working closely with the Tarrant County Public Health Department to monitor the COVID-19 cases in our community and minimize exposures within the district. We request your help in these efforts by asking that you inform your campus nurse anytime someone in your household is having symptoms of illness that are not normal for them. Your campus nurse can share recommendations about COVID-19 testing and safety practices to prevent the spread of illness. And she will work with you on making a plan for students to return to campus after illness.


COVID-19 causes symptoms that are similar to many common illnesses, and people are infectious before they even have symptoms. So, in the case that someone in your household is displaying symptoms of illness, we ask that all of your children, as potential Close Contacts, stay home until a diagnosis is confirmed. Remember, a Close Contact is a person who is within six feet of you for 15 minutes or more, as would be common within your home. If someone in your house is ill, then everyone has likely been exposed to the virus. Again, your campus nurse is ready to discuss with you about the specifics of your family situation and make the proper recommendations.

REMOTE LEARNERS


If your child is a remote learner, he/she can still take advantage of checking out books from our Glenhope library. Follow one of the steps below, wait for an email saying your child's book is ready and stop by Glenhope and pick up the book from the vestibule. It is that easy!
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Change of instruction arrangement

You may change your student's instructional arrangement to in-person for the 2nd 9th weeks. The change would be in effect beginning October 19th.


Here is a link to directions for how to do so:

https://www.gcisd.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_96229/File/Our%20District/August2020/Instructional%20Type%20change.pdf

Reflections

Reflections is a creativity opportunity for students sponsored by the national PTA. Our students can create visual art, dance, music compositions, films, stories or dance that respond to the theme "I Matter Because...."


Entries will need to be turned in by 10/28 and the submission can be digital.

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Found in car line! If it's yours, call and we'll send it with big brother or sister!

Free meals for students

USDA has issued a nationwide waiver, allowing Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to offer meals FREE at no charge through December 2020 at all elementary and middle school campuses and meal bundles at curbside locations.


Beginning on September 22, 2020 Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will begin providing free meals to students as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), this program will allow any student in elementary or middle school to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal in the school cafeteria, with the option to purchase a-la-carte items. Additionally, the District will offer meal bundles at no cost available for curbside pick-up that will contain meals for the entire week, including the weekend.


Curbside meals may be picked up on Wednesdays at Grapevine Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle or Grapevine Middle from 4-6 p.m. The meal bundles will include seven breakfast, seven lunches and a choice of chocolate or white ½ pint milk (14 milks will be provided). Heating instructions will be included so that families can prepare the meals at their convenience.


GCISD’s high schools do not participate in the federally funded program and therefore meals will be charged as normal in those cafeterias; however, high school students are able to pick up a meal bundle from one of the curbside locations.


For more information on how the federal program operates please visit www.squaremeals.org or www.fns.usda.gov.


Parents are encouraged to continue filling out the free and reduced application online at www.schoollunchapp.com. The benefits from being approved for free or reduced-price meals, may include discounts for transportation, standardized tests, college application fees and technology fees to name a few. If you have any questions, please email child.nutrition@gcisd.net or call 817-251-5617.

COVID status in GCISD

Here's the link to a report on current GCISD COVID cases:


https://www.gcisd.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=96313&pageId=30833236