Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of April 11-15

Parent Survey

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey: http://www.k12insight.com/GCISD/ParentEngagementSurvey/2016.html

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Grapevine Elementary School and GCISD.

Dismissal Reminders

Over the past few weeks, we have welcomed in spring weather which necessitates sending some reminders for after school dismissal procedures. Please utilize the front & back car lines whenever possible.

If you are walking to meet your student(s):

  • Please meet your child at the designated walker stations
  • Please do not walk your dogs on campus. We have numerous issues with students petting dogs and not paying attention to their ride home. As friendly as your dogs may be, surrounding them with 20+ little people and attention can cause them to act in unpredictable ways. We don't want anyone to get hurt or bit. We also have many students with pet allergies and need to be mindful of their health while they are at school. Feel free to meet your children at the Hughes or Hall-Johnson crosswalks with your pet.
  • Utilize crosswalks when crossing campus driveways and surrounding streets
  • After school, the small playground is for KidzU use only after school. Feel free to play on the large playground instead.
If you are driving to pick up your student(s):
  • Please follow all traffic and school zone laws
  • Refrain from using your cell phone while in a school zone
  • Take turns when turning into the school driveways
  • Yield to pedestrians and buses
  • Load students quickly and carefully pull away from the curb when able

If you choose to drive and park to pick up your student:

  • Please cross the crosswalk and meet your child in the lines where they wait
  • As of Monday, 4/11, we will no longer allow any students to cross the front driveway, or the back loop to the parking lot, without an adult accompanying them.
  • Students can safely cross the crosswalk with the adult who is picking them up
  • Park in designated spaces only. Please honor all PTA reserved parking signs.

We appreciate your support as we work to safely dismiss 520 students each day! If we all work together, we can make dismissal a safe and more efficient process.

Egg Cam

The first grade egg cam is up and operating! The potential hatch date is April 13th. To access the Egg Cam:

1. Go to the Grapevine Elementary homepage. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/1675

2. Click on the Departments and Programs tab and click on First Grade

3. Click on the Egg Cam tab on the right side of the First Grade Page

Click the button on the chick picture to view live.

OR just use the following link: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/38624

Join Us Tuesday for Spring Creek Spirit Night!

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Notice of PTA General Membership Meeting


Your GES PTA is calling for your vote! We are calling a special general membership meeting on Wednesday night, April 13th, at 6:30 pm to determine if the GES PTA supports the GCISD bond. We will have a representative from the FIRST committee available for questions. Please join us!

When: Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: GES Cafeteria

All PTA members are welcome, and encouraged to attend.

Windows of the World: Celebration of Diversity

Grapevine Elementary will be celebrating the various cultures we have in our community with a look into the Windows of the World. The entire school will be participating in this event and we need your help! If you would like to volunteer your time and talents to help us plan this event and/or if you are interested in showcasing your country of origin or heritage, please respond by returning the form attached to this email or via email to kbowie_01@icloud.com by April 15th, 2016.

*Each participant will setup a booth/table to showcase their heritage by displaying things from their country/culture. Each station can incorporate a trifold board with basic information and pictures of the country or culture. We encourage you to make it fun, display special artifacts, make a sample food dish, or wear traditional clothing that represents your culture!

The celebration will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:30pm in the GESl cafeteria. We look forward to having as many participate in some capacity as possible. We encourage our kids to embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them unique. This event will allow them to explore those differences in a fun and exciting way. This will be an interactive session for the kids as well. As they visit each country/heritage they will get a stamp on their “Passport to Windows of the World!” So join in the fun and share your experiences!

Pennies for Patients

We are excited to announce our 2nd annual service learning project benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sponsored by the GES Student Council and National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). Our Pasta for Pennies/Pennies for Patients program helps to fund lifesaving blood cancer research and helps children and adults going through treatment right now.

Dates: 4/14/2016 to 4/22/2016

School online giving page: http://events.lls.org/pages/ntx/GrapevineElementarySchool

To get started, we are encouraging students and parents to set up their individual online giving page, which is new this year! Our coin boxes allow students to collect dollars and spare change, while the online giving page allows friends and family near and far to support our students’ service, as well as raise awareness for the work of LLS. Some exciting benchmarks (online giving specific – see attached flyer for details): oStudents who raise $50 receive a T­shirt oStudents who raise $100 receive a MobiMate Bear oStudents collecting $500 receive a letter of recommendation This is also a friendly classroom competition. The top earning class will receive an Olive Garden pasta party. We encourage you to register your student under their classroom teacher’s online giving page.

STEPS:

  • Go to our school’s weblink (above)
  • Click on “Join your classroom team” or “Join your school team” on the right hand barker and follow prompts
  • Search for classroom teacher’s name or subject/grade level
Help LLS and Grapevine Elementary School reach our goal of $2,016 by collecting change!

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school coordinator or Michael Iyescas, Student Series Campaign Manager, at Michael.Iyescas@lls.org. Thank you for helping to create a world without blood cancers. The cures of someday ​are truly reaching the market today​!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Curnow, and Ms. Ray

GES Student Council and NEHS sponsors

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Important Reminders

  • Interested in sending your child to GCISD's Summer Enrichment classes? Check out the program video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ArZ7pFOimM&feature=youtu.be
  • On February 18, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016. Early voting will be held April 25 - May 3. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at GCISDBond2016.com. Grapevine Elementary is an early voting location. Be on the lookout for details regarding dates and times for early voting in our gym.

  • The 2016-2017 GCISD student transfer window will be open March 21-April 22. Please view the following link for information on district transfers. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/2763 Student transfer online application window will be open the following dates: March 21 - April 22, 2016; June 20 - 24, 2016 & July 18 - 22, 2016.

  • Kindergarten Registration will be held April 25- April 29. We will be hosting a Kindergarten Rally on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7:30pm for families to tour our school, turn in registration papers and shop at our GES spirit shop. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 4/11 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 4/12 Spring Creek Night for GES! (5:00-8:00pm at the Grapevine location)

Wednesday, 4/13 Running Club, KC Club, NEHS & Student Council (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 4/14 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Saturday, 4/16 Rachel's Challenge Rally (8:00am-noon)

Monday, 4/18 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)

Monday, 4/18 - Friday, 4/22 Celebrate Earth Week! (see flyer below & attachment)

Wednesday, 4/20 Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 4/21 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); PTA meeting/Diversity Night (6:30pm)

Friday, 4/22 GES Bank (7:15-7:40am)

Monday, 4/25-Friday, 4/29 Kindergarten Registration

Monday, 4/25- Tuesday, 5/3 Tarrant County Elections voting in the GES Gym

Monday, 4/25 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 4/27 LAST Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 4/28 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Kindergarten Rally (5:00-7:30pm)

Friday, 4/29 College Colors Day

Saturday, 4/30 GES Dad's Club Crawfish Boil (12:00-5:00pm)

Monday, 5/2 NO Monday Morning Math Lab; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 5/3 Campus Excellence Committee meeting (3:10 in the Learning Commons)

Wednesday, 5/4 Student Council (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 5/5 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Friday, 5/6 PTA Executive Board meeting (8:15am)

Monday, 5/9 - Wednesday, 5/11 STAAR testing-CLOSED campus

Monday, 5/9 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)

Thursday, 5/12 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Deadline for the 25/100 Book Challenge

Monday, 5/16 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 5/18 KC Club (2:45-3:30pm); NEHS (2:45-3:45pm); PTA Talent Show (6:30-8:00pm)

Thursday, 5/19 Kindergarten Success Ceremony (8:00 in Cafeteria)

Friday, 5/20 Library books are due!

Monday, 5/23 Career Day at GES (information below)

Monday, 5/23 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm); Ensemble Performance (6:30pm) DATE CHANGE!

Tuesday, 5/24 2nd grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 5/25 1st grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 5/26 Field Day

Friday, 5/27 Bad weather make up day-NO SCHOOL!

Monday, 5/30 Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, 5/31 3rd grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 6/1 4th grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 6/2 5th grade Success Ceremony & Graduation (9:45am in Cafeteria);

Thursday, 6/2 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL & Early dismissal at 11:45am

Friends of Children and Lifetime Membership Award

It's time to recognize those who help our GES Stars shine bright! Please submit nominations of a parent, staff member, volunteer, or business who has gone above and beyond to support GES students this year. You may nominate using the link below, or you can email your nominees to Lisa Roberts at lisa_kay_roberts@yahoo.com. Please submit these names by April 15! Thank you!

Link to the nomination form: https://goo.gl/uG7b8Z

Thanks to all who came to the luau on Friday! A great time was had by all & fifth grade appreciates the support!

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Information From Mrs. Horn

Snack Donations Needed

For some of our families, providing a nutritious snack each day to assist their GES star’s performance throughout the day does not happen consistently because of food insecurities. If you are able, please donate individually packaged Goldfish or pretzels in order to help us provide that snack for students that arrive at school without it because of the insecurities. This would not pertain to students that simply forgot a snack that day. If your Star forgets his/her snack often, sending multiple days worth of snacks might help. For questions, please feel free to contact Angela Horn at angela.horn@gcisd.net or 817-251-5740. Thank you for your continued generosity and thoughtfulness.

Rachel's Challenge Rally

This Friday, April 15th will be “Team Up Against Bullying” at GES. In support of our Rachel’s Challenge Rally on Saturday, April 16th from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, please wear your favorite sports team shirt on April 15th. If your class has the most attendance at the rally, Mrs. Horn has a special prize waiting! Students will need to submit a ticket into the GES box at the Rachel’s Challenge Rally in order to count toward the class attendance. Please see the flyer included for registration information.

IF you would like to volunteer for the event, we could always use more hands! Here is the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4EADA62EA02-rachels2

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Career Day in May

On Monday, May 23, GES will have a Career Day. Please consider sharing information about your line of work with our students. Do you know someone in our community, or have a family member or spouse that would be willing to speak with our GES Stars about their passion? If you are interested, or have a recommendation, please contact Angela Horn, our counselor, with their information! She can be reached at Angela.Horn@gcisd.net or 817-251-5740.


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GES Information & Announcements

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Math Lab Opportunity for Grades 3-5

Student success is a top priority for us at GES! Math Lab is a time on Monday mornings for our 3rd-5th grade students to work on Think Through Math in the Dell computer lab. Each Monday, we will have 25 spots available to the first students who arrive in the front office and claim a ticket. The lab will open when the building opens at 7:15am and students may work until 7:40am. Please do not drop students off before 7:15, because they will not be able to enter the building. Monday Math Lab will be held: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23. Please note no 5/2. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hale @ nancy.hale@gcisd.net.
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GES PTA Information

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GES YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR PICTURES!

Please upload photos to TreeRing’s designated folders for the 2015-2016 GES Yearbook. If you don’t have a login please follow instructions below.

  1. Go to www.treering.com/validate and enter our school code 1013813367251830

You can also email your photos to gespictures@gmail.com Thanks for contributing to our yearbook!

GCISD Information

CHHS Volleyball Fundraiser

CHHS Volleyball is hosting the 2016 ColleyVolley grass tournament fundraiser on Saturday, April 30 at CHHS. Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Forms can be found at school. Or you may email colleyvolley@gmail.com and they will send you the needed registration and liability forms. Please join ColleyVolley for a great day of fun in the sun! Email if you have any questions. GO PANTHERS!

Information on Tuition Based Pre-K

If you are interested in more information regarding tuition based Pre-K classes, please click on the following link:

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=48715&ViewID=ed695a1c-ef13-4546-b4eb-4fefcdd4f389&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=70598&PageID=1

Math Telescoping Information

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7. The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin. The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 (9:00 AM at Colleyville Elementary)

Online Registration Deadline –Spring Exam Date: April 12, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Spring Exam Date: April 14, 2016 - BY NOON

Summer Exam Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016 (9:00 AM at Colleyville Elementary) Online Registration Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 20, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT. Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 22, 2016 - BY NOON

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: https://goo.gl/z3rdsp 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.

Important Links

Follow Our Story

Stay connected with GES events on our website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/1675

Follow the excitement on Twitter and Facebook:

  • On Twitter follow:
    • Principal Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher

    • Assistant Principal Ms. Ray: @GESKRay

    • Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars

    • Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]

    • All GES classrooms by checking our #GESshineon

  • On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineElementary