Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of November 16-20

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The definitions of thankful: pleased and relieved; expressing gratitude and relief. Synonyms: grateful, appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved.

As the tragedy in France filled our news feeds on Friday, I was once again reminded of the amazing freedoms our service men and women defend and protect each day. Such powerful timing after we honored Veteran's Day on Wednesday by wearing red, white & blue and writing letters to veterans. As you know, Heritage Day at Grapevine Elementary School is our time to celebrate our students’ and community’s rich heritage, Grandparent’s Day and Veteran’s Day. We look forward to sharing this special event with you at 8:15 on Friday, November 20!

As we prepare for the week of Thanksgiving, I want you to know how thankful we are that your children are a part of GES! We appreciate how you partner with us to provide a school where each child has a healthy and happy learning environment. Your support through volunteering, donations, attending school events and even reading this newsletter each week makes a difference! I hope you will take a moment on this next #ThankYouThursday to share your appreciation with a GES staff member for the work they do each day. I also hope you enjoy the week of Thanksgiving with your children and have time to celebrate the many people and things you are thankful for!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 11/16 Epilepsy Awareness-wear purple

Monday,11/16 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 11/18 NEHS Give Back Campaign ends

Wednesday, 11/18 Running Club (2:45-3:45pm) & NEHS (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 11/19 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Monday, 11/23-Friday 11/27 Thanksgiving holidays-no school

Monday,11/30 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 12/2 Running Club (2:45-3:45pm)

Thursday, 12/3 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Thursday,12/3 Grapevine Parade of Lights (7:00pm on Main Street)

Friday, 12/4 Kindergarten's Pizza and PJs night (6:00-9:00pm)

Wednesday, 12/9 Red Robin Spirit Night (6-8pm)

Tuesday, 12/15 Geography Bee

Friday, 12/18 Early dismissal at 11:45am

Monday, 12/21/15-Monday, 1/4/16 Student holiday

Important Reminders

  • Please remember that every visitor must present the front office staff with a valid state issued ID when checking a student out, visiting for lunch and/or volunteering

  • Students who are checked out of school early, after a field trip or school program, will receive a partial day absence

  • Reminder about birthday treats: Due to food allergies, we request parents either send store bought items (with the ingredient label showing) or non-food treats (pencils, erasers, etc.). Only food items that are peanut-free and have been approved by Nurse Burwell will be distributed. Birthday treats will be shared with classmates at the end of the school day.

GES Information & Announcements

GES Heritage Day-Nov. 20

Heritage Day activities include individual classroom projects and a second and third grade musical performance that will begin at 8:15am. ALL second & third grade students participating in the Heritage Day program on November 20th @8:15 need: long blue jeans, a solid white shirt, any style traditional red bandana tied in a triangle around the neck(point in front), and snugly fitting shoes-no flip flops. Students need to arrive at school dressed for their performance. Please contact Ms. Lambert at if your second or third grade child will not be present for the performance.

Hour of Code

All GES students will be participating in Hour of Code activities on Friday, December 11, 2015. Computer programming allows students to practice perseverance, problem solving, and critical thinking. Skills necessary for coding align with GCISD's Portrait of a Graduate, particularly skilled problem solver, effective communicator and self-regulated learner.​

What is Hour of Code? Check out this video to learn more about Hour of Code:

Why? There will be 1,000,000 more computer science jobs than computer science students by 2020.

How? On Friday, December 11, GES teachers will choose from a variety of resources and tutorials that expose students to foundational concepts of computer science.

Want to Help? If you are a computer programmer, and are interested in sharing your work experience with a group of our students, please contact Nancy Hale at

Geography Bee for 4th & 5th Graders

4th and 5th grade parents,

We are excited to announce that Grapevine Elementary will be hosting a Geography Bee again this year. Students in fourth and fifth grade will have the opportunity to participate and qualify for the National Geographic Bee. National Geographic guidelines state that students must complete a written geography test. This test will be given in student’s Social Studies class during the week of November 16 - 20. Based on test scores, the top 10 students will be selected to compete in the school Geography Bee on December 15. One student from GES will then represent our school by taking a final exam. The score from this exam will be reported to National Geographic for the opportunity to compete in the Texas Geography Bee. State winners have the chance to compete in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. If this opportunity interests your child and they enjoy learning about geography, there are several ways they can review and study prior to the Geography Bee: Go to the National Geographic Study Corner website:

Download the GeoBee Challenge App. Take the Daily GeoBee Quiz at We hope your child will take on this challenge and learn more about the world around them. If you have any questions regarding the Geography Bee, please feel free to contact our school geography bee coordinator, Mrs. Hale, at

Information from Ms. Ray

Kindergarten GT Referrals

Attention Parents of Kindergarten Students! If you are interested in having your kindergarten child tested for the GT LEAD program, drop by the office and pick up referral forms. All forms must be returned to the school no later than Friday, November 20th.

Important Links

GCISD Information

GCISD Podcasts

Are you interested in learning more about LEAD 2021, GCISD's long range plan? You should subscribe to the new LEAD GCISD podcast at: It's a new way for GCISD to communicate information and successes with the community. A new podcast will be released every Tuesday until Christmas break.

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