CES Partner Post

Monday, December 14, 2015

TEAM Colleyville

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events:

Monday, December 14
GCISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 15
CHHS Jazz Choir Performance at 9:30 am in the gym

Wednesday, December 16
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm, Choir Auditions for Musical 3:45 to 4:15 pm
Student Council Meeting 2:45 to 3:45 pm in Mrs. Seifried's room

Thursday, December 17
Holiday Parties (see schedule below in newsletter)

Friday, December 18
Early Dismissal at 11:45 am (Grades K-5)

Holiday Party Times

The CES Holiday Parties will take place on Thursday, December 17th in the classrooms. Here are the times:

Kindergarten 12:45 pm
First Grade 11:50 am
Second Grade 12:30 pm
Third Grade 12:30 pm
Fourth Grade 1:30 pm
Fifth Grade 1:30 pm

Lost and Found

The CES Lost and Found is getting full! Please remind your student(s) to check it if they have anything missing- lunch boxes, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. All items not removed from the Lost and Found by Friday, December 18th, will be donated to GRACE.

Community Members in Need

On December 5th, an apartment fire in Euless destroyed the homes and belongings of a dozen students attending Bear Creek Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Colleyville Heritage High School.

To assist, GCISD is partnering with CONNECT to collect gift card donations from retailers such as Wal-Mart or Target to help provide immediate resources to these children and their families.

If you would like to make a gift card donation, please drop it off with counselors at BCES, HMS or CHHS. Monetary donations are being accepted online through the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation (http://www.gcisd-k12.org/gcef). Include a note in your online donation that the funds are for CONNECT-Euless Fire.

Thank you for your support.

KC Club Service Drive



  • New toys
  • Slightly used books
  • New books

We will be collecting until Wednesday, December 16th.

Texas Academic Performance Report

TAPR 2014-2015: Here you will find our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. This report is a culmination of our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Campus report cards will be made available in January 2016.

Thank you to PTA

Thank you to the PTA volunteers that hosted our December staff luncheon on Thursday, December 10. It was delicious and very much appreciated. We enjoyed it tremendously!

CES 1:1 Take Home Initiative Update

On Friday, November 6 you received a letter introducing our 1:1 iPad Take Home Initiative. This letter outlined our plan to give all parents the opportunity to have their student(s) bring their iPads home daily, during breaks, and over the summer. This is a new initiative for us and we are fielding several questions that can be answered here. Please take a moment to read over the frequently asked questions.

Are all students required to take their iPads home?

No. This is a voluntary program designed to give students access to their device whenever they need it. No digital homework will be required and teachers are not expected to assign work that can only be completed on an iPad at home.

Who can take an iPad home?

Only students of parents that have completed the Student-Parent Device Use Agreement and that have paid the $35 fee are eligible to take their iPads home.

If you have already sent your form to the school but have not sent your check, your form will be sent back to you through your child’s take home folder.

Click here for a link to print the Student-Parent Device Use Agreement.

Is there a fee associated with taking an iPad home?

Yes. Each device requires an annual $35 Student-Parent Device Use Agreement Fee. This fee must be received along with the signed copy of the agreement before a device will be sent home. The maximum annual fee for a single family is $100. Please send a check made out to Colleyville Elementary with the name of the student in the memo portion. Multiple students can be included in one check as long as the Student-Parents Device Use Agreement lists all of the student’s names on it.

Click here to pay the Device Usage Fee on-line: gcisdschools.revtrak.net. Please note that a $5 processing fee will be charged in addition to the $35 fee.

If my child brings his/her iPad home, how will it be charged?

We are recommending that students place their iPad charger in their backpack. Charging will be expected to be done overnight while the iPad is at home. If the charger is in a backpack, students will be able to charge at school if necessary.

If my child participates, is he/she expected to bring the iPad home everyday?

Yes. While he or she may not use it each night, it needs to come home to be charged. Also, having the iPad at home nightly allows parents to access iPad to see the work that was done throughout the day.

Students that take their iPad home each night will be expected to bring it back to school each day. If a student does not bring his/her iPad, he/she will NOT be issued one for the day and will have to make up any classwork that is missed when the iPad comes back to school.

What are the expectations for personal usage of the iPad at home?

GCISD has developed a Trust Card for students to follow when taking their iPad home. This is similar to the Trust Card students are expected to follow when they use their iPad at school. This agreement should be signed and kept at home for students and parents to refer to.

What happens if my child’s iPad gets lost, stolen, or damaged?

The Student-Parent Device Use Agreement Fee provides repair or replacement coverage, both parts and labor for the device, battery, USB cable/adapter and up to one incident of “accidental” damages. A second incident of “accidental” damages will be subject to a $49 fee. After a 3rd loss, student may lose the right to take device home. Please report any loss or damage to the iPad to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

Parents are allowed to purchase a more durable case for the iPad if they feel the one provided by GCISD will not adequately protect the device. Not all iPads will have the same case on them when they come home.

Does GCISD provide a filter for internet access on the iPad?

Not when the iPads are connected to any network outside GCISD. All filters for home use would require parents to set up the device to access your home wifi network and would use whatever filter measures you currently have in place. Parents should not expect iPads to do any kind of internet filtering when the iPad is at home unless they set that up themselves.

Where can I learn more about Colleyville Elementary School’s 1:1 iPad Take Home Initiative?

We have a 1:1 iPad Initiative web page that has information and links for parents to learn more about all aspects of our 1:1 Initiative. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/domain/3223

GCISD Determining Community Interest In Tuition-Based Pre-K

In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.

As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.

Families who are interested in learning more about the tuition-based Pre-K program are invited to attend the GCISD Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Cross Timbers Middle School at 6 p.m. At the Expo, district representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed program. Please see below for FAQs.

FAQ for Pre-Kindergarten

  • Why tuition-based Pre-K?

    • Incorporate quote from Governor Greg Abbott if possible:

    • “The process of elevating our state’s education system to be first in the nation begins in the critical early learning years of Texas children…working together we can – and will – strengthen the foundation for the future success of our state’s early education system for generations to come.”

    • LEAD 2021 - Curriculum Strategy:

    • In maintaining high expectations for all students, GCISD will create structures at ALL levels that maximize the potential of all students through rigorous curriculum and instruction.

  • What is the cost associated with GCISD tuition-based Pre-K?

    • $600 per month (August-May), $125 Supply/Activity Fee (non-refundable), $125 registration fee (non-refundable)

    • Tuition paid on a monthly basis (subject to change)

    • Non-refundable fees will only be collected after the district determines the minimum student enrollment is met to support the program.

  • How does the lottery process work?

    • Timeline:

    • Expo - February 16, 2016

    • Applications available - February 17

    • Applications due by March 25

    • Lottery (if needed) April 1

  • If my student attends tuition-based Pre-K at another elementary school than we are zoned for, does this mean they can attend kindergarten at that campus?

    • Attending Pre-K at a campus other than the zoned elementary campus does not automatically result in the student attending that campus for future grades. Parents must complete a transfer request during designated times if interested in attending a campus other than the zoned campus. Approval of campus transfers must meet the criteria established in board policy.

  • When will the district determine the tuition-based Pre-K will be offered and collect the non-refundable fees?

    • The district will make final decisions regarding the tuition-based Pre-K program and collection of non-refundable fees after the lottery process and Pre-K registration in April. All participants in the lottery will receive notification by the end of April.

From the School Nurse

Parents, we are in the early stages of flu season. Here are some reminders of common signs/symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

**If your student is kept home for any of these combined symptoms, I would appreciate that information as we try to keep track of the flu trends throughout the flu season (October-March).

Tips to remind your students to help prevent the flu:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Cover cough/sneeze (not with hands), whenever possible use a tissue and be sure to throw it in the trash
  • Avoid sharing of drinks/foods, avoid too close of contact
  • Avoid touching eyes/mouth/nose. Hands off face.
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected as much as possible
  • If sick, avoid contact with others
  • Getting the flu vaccination if possible

Information from: (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/symptoms.htm) Please visit the website for more information regarding flu.

Please feel free to contact me anytime via phone or email

817-305-4944 or natalie.rudolph@gcisd.net

Technology Tidbits

Technology Safety Resources for Parents and Students:


Here are some kid friendly search engines for your kids to use at home: http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids

Calendar Updates/Reminders

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Early dismissal at 11:45 am dates:

  • December 18

  • February 17 and 18

  • June 2

Student holidays:

  • Winter Break - December 21 - (Monday) January 4

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

  • Presidents Day - February 15

  • Spring Break - March 14-18

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - March 25

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - May 27

  • Memorial Day - May 30

If you have a student that attends GCISD’s Early College High School or iUniversity Prep, please know that their calendars are different from the rest of GCISD’s calendars. You can access their calendars by clicking on this link:


Thank you in advance for making the appropriate arrangements for your child on these days. Any closures due to bad weather will be broadcast through Skyward Family Access and all local news outlets. Please be sure you keep your preferred email address and phone number updated in Skyward.

CES Running Club sponsored by the PTA

Our CES Running Club has been going strong for a couple of weeks now. The students run on Tuesday's and Friday's and those that are participating are loving it! My own child asks me daily, "is it running club today?" If you haven't signed up your child and you are still interested, there are sign up forms in the front office with all the details. PTA is also in need of more volunteers to help from 7:15 am to 7:35 am. It's only 20 minutes and the perfect opportunity for working parents to get in a few minutes of volunteering at the school if you so desire. The students meet and run at the CMS track. Please have your student pick up a sign up sheet in the office for more information or to join!

From the CES PTA

PTA Website: Please visit the PTA website – www.colleyvillepta.org.

PTA Restaurant Nights

Teddy's Burgers: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 5-9 PM

Spring Creek BBQ: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5-9 PM

Chop House Burgers: Tuesday, April 12

Recycling Program

CES is partnering with World Wear and recycling. Be a part of diverting thousands of pounds of shoes and clothing from local landfills by filling our donation bin with your gently used shoes, clothing, purses, belts, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, hard toys, stuffed animals and pots and pans. For every pound collected from you, our PTA receives $0.12. It's a convenient way for you to have neater closets, drawers, toy boxes, and kitchens, and the knowledge that less textile waste will end up in our local landfills.

What to do?

After collecting items, put your items in the large Recycling bin that is located by the back entrance to the school.


Recycling begins now and bins will be kept at CES until the Christmas Holiday Break begins which is December 18th. So let's clean out and get your house ready for the holidays and more stuff!


Email Leanne Newbern at LMNewberm@mac.com


Volunteer Hours

As we all prepare for a busy holiday season, please remember to report your off-campus volunteer hours either on the Off-Campus Volunteer Record or by e-mailing charlotte_barborka@yahoo.com. The record is located on the front desk in the office! Questions? Contact Charlotte Barborka, CES PTA Volunteer Coordinator.

Calling all parents!

We are in need of your support for pictures from the school year. Please help us by sending in pictures of your kids and their class!

Please submit images from this year to Jessie Tang at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

When submitting, please include the following information for accuracy:

- Child’s Name (First and last name please)

- Grade Class/Teacher’s Name

- Event and Date

- Please include all kids names if it is a group picture

Looking forward to a great 2015-2016 yearbook with all your help!

Any questions, please contact Jessie at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

GCISD LEAD 2021- Building Excellent Schools Together!

The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be THE BEST and through the district’s strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we continue building on the foundation started in 2011-2012. LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!


Redefining Education because your future matters today!

GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers


Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners