Hilcher Herald

GES Staff Update-Week of 10/17/16

Just for Grins...

Purple Prize Pumpkin...

FLEX is Due!

Don't forget that all GCISD employees are required to complete FLEX courses within sixty days of their contract starting. If you started the school year with us, your coursework is DUE on Wednesday, 10/19. Guidelines can be found on the GCISD website FLEX page. Flex training for all district employees can be found at this GOOGLE SITE. Be sure you click on the tab at the top of the page that applies to your position, either campus professional or campus paraprofessional. See below for all the required modules...
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Massages at WORK!

Yes, you read that correctly! Thanks to a brilliant idea from Angela Horn, we will host a certified massage therapist here at GES! Amanda Martinez will be at GES on Monday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 25th. She will be available in the KGES room right after the announcements until dismissal, but will take a 15 minute break every hour. She will be offering 15 minute shoulder and neck massages. The cost is $15 per session, however PTA has agreed to cover some of the cost for us, which will decrease the price per person. If you're interested, please sign up on the google sheet linked HERE by Friday, October 21st. That way , over the weekend, we can communicate to you how much your session will be after the PTA contribution. Ms. Martinez accepts cash or check. Please make checks payable to Amanda Martinez.

Happy relaxing from The Sunshine Committee and PTA!!!

Food Truck Lunch!

We have our first food truck lunch days scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th from 11:00am-1:15pm. Woohoo! The Chez Flo menu is here so browse through and start salivating at our yummy options! If your recess or lunch duty does not allow you to order during the time they are serving, let Angela know and she'll cover duty for you to go place and receive your order or place the order for you! Be sure to show your GCISD badge when you order. Chez Flo accepts cash or credit card.

1:1 PLCs

In preparation for Thursday's 1:1 PLC (Oct. 20th), please take a moment to view the GES Digital PLC agenda share a celebration or link a student product/picture from your class and/or add any items under the "want to learn/want to design" section. Erin Gerdes will be leading our meetings and this will help her prepare. Please try to submit your questions/requests by Tuesday, Oct. 18th so Erin can be responsive to our needs.

Friendly Reminders

  • CORE visits start this week! We look forward to this new way of collaborating and observing. Check out the Round 1 Schedule
  • Our very own Mrs. Landrum has a special birthday on Wednesday, October 19. This will be the tenth anniversary of her 30th! Help us celebrate by wishing her a happy birthday!
  • Fall deadline for Box Tops is Friday, October 21. Please include this date in your parent communications this week.
  • November 3 will be an early dismissal day for Student Led Conferences. Please start to schedule those with your families.
  • Our generous PTA provides donations of $200 to each grade to support field trip costs. Please see Gina in order to figure out how these donations will offset costs.

Things to Know...

  • Team meeting answers are captured on a google document each week. Check them out! Team meeting answers from Oct. 10-14.

  • Wednesday, October 19th is Unity Day! In order to celebrate, please wear an orange shirt and your jeans! For more information, please check out their website: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp
  • We will be utilizing Fast Passes again this year for family members who will be joining our GES Stars for Lunch With a Loved One. Every visitor will be required to check in through the front office and Raptor system for all school wide events that occur during the school day. Feel free to include the information from the Monday Message in your newsletters.
  • Do you have feedback on the new grading policy? Please feel free to add your input to our google document.
  • The LEAD with Technology blog has some useful information on Google drawing. Check it out HERE!
  • We will have a Red Ribbon Week kickoff Pep Rally in the Cafeteria at 2pm on Monday, 10/24.
  • Our annual Book Character Parade will be held on Friday, 10/28 at 7:55am. We have created a new indoor route this year that will allow students to see each grade level. It will also include a procession outside so that parents can see their GES Stars without checking in through the front office. Students will be asked to wear their book character costume to school. We hope the earlier start time will allow us to complete our parade and minimize the amount of instructional time lost.Watch for parade route information in your mailbox soon!
  • Information regarding the GES Geography Bee was included in the Monday Message. Interested 4th & 5th grade students will complete a written geography test the first week of November. The top 10 students will be selected to compete in the school Geography Bee on January 12, 2016 at 8:15am.

Red Ribbon Week Information

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The following information will be sent home with students regarding Red Ribbon Week opportunities:

GCISD will be sponsoring a drug prevention poster contest.
• Posters must be on 11 x 17 paper or ½ of a poster board.
• Please include the student’s name, grade and school on the back of the poster.
• District winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 26th
GCISD is also sponsoring a Public Service Announcements competition. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 25th to communication.services@gcisd.net. Please title the email “RRW PSA 2016”. Entries must be no longer that 30 seconds. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 27th . All first place district level winners will be recognized at the November school board meeting. Your campus principal and counselor will be notified.

Go Green Days

Go Green Days will be starting on Tuesday, Oct. 18th and will continue on every other Tuesday. Student Council helpers will guide Kindergarten and 1st students and help with non-homeroom recycle bins. A huge thank you to Nancy Hale for taking on this task for our campus!!
StuCo students will announce our first Go Green day on KGES Tuesday, 10/18.

Book Fair

It's almost Book Fair time!! Our fall Book Fair will be held from October 24th-28th in the Learning Commons.

Teacher Schedule: Here is the link to the teacher schedule, which includes your times for our preview day on Monday, 10/24/16, as well as times to send kids with money during the week.

Flyer for Parents: A paper copy of this flyer will be going home with your students, but please send this link to your parents in your newsletters: http://bit.ly/2dkMepB It contains a volunteer signup, as well as events for the bookfair.

Wishlist Boxes: Don't forget to drop by the Learning Commons on Monday (10/24/16) to fill your wishlist box! Parents always enjoy buying books for your classrooms. Check back often to see if you need to put more books in your box! Don't forget that you can spend PTA reimbursement money at the Book Fair. The forms can be found in the PTA bin in the workroom.

Book Fair Schedule:

Thursday, 10/20: Library Closed: Book Fair Decorating/Set Up

Friday, 10/21: Library Closed: Wahpekeche out of town

Monday, 10/24 - Friday, 10/28 Book Fair Week

Monday 10/24: Book Fair Preview Day

  • Bring iPads, please! We're taking pictures of books instead of writing wishlists!

Tuesday, 10/25: Book Fair opens for business

Wednesday, 10/26: Lunch with a Loved One

Friday, 10/28: Book Character Parade and Book Fair open until PTA Glow Dance ends

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 10/17 through Friday, 10/22 CogAT testing (2nd & 5th)

Monday, 10/17 Choir (2:55-3:45pm); CORE visits

Tuesday, 10/18 GCISD Pink Out day (wear PINK and jeans!); Food Truck Day; Dr. Newell on campus for Humanities Campus Visits (8-12noon)

Wednesday, 10/19 Flu shots in the science lab (7 am-10 am); CORE visits; FLEX hours are due!

Wednesday, 10/19 UNITY day (wear ORANGE & jeans); Running Club (2:55-3:30pm)

Thursday, 10/20 1:1 PLCs during conference times; Choir (2:55-3:45pm); Science Club (2:55-3:55pm); Cheer Club (2:55-3:30pm); PTA meeting (6:30pm)

Friday, 10/21 GES College Colors Day; GCISD Red Rail Rivalry (CHHS vs. GHS @7:30pm)

Monday 10/24 through Friday, 10/28 Red Ribbon Week & Book Fair

Monday, 10/24 Team Up Against Drugs!; Red Ribbon Week Pep Rally (2pm); Choir (2:55-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 10/25 Drugs and I Don’t Mix!; CEC meeting (3:15pm)

Wednesday, 10/26 Use your head, Don’t Do Drugs; Lunch With a Loved One; Running Club (2:55-3:30pm); Art Club (2:55-3:55pm)

Thursday, 10/27 Lei off of Drugs; Kinder field trip; Choir (2:55-3:45pm); Cheer Club (2:55-3:30pm)

Friday, 10/28 Have you RED a good book lately?; Book Parade at 7:55am

Monday, 10/31 Student of the Month awards; Fire Prevention assembly for K-2 classes (8:30am); Choir (2:55-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 11/1 Generation Texas/College Day (wear college shirts); Food Truck Day; Staff meeting (3:10pm)

Wednesday, 11/2 Running Club (2:55-3:30pm); Sunshine Committee meeting

Thursday, 11/3 Early dismissal for student led conferences

Friday, 11/4 GES spirit day; 5th grade field trip

Where We Will Be...

  • Monday, 10/17 Horn off campus; Burwell off campus
  • Wednesday, 10/19 Heather is 40!! Liz off campus at Principal’s Meeting
  • Thursday, 10/20 - Horn at RtI Behavior Committee 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 10/21 - Hale out at Coaches/Liaisons meeting

Monday Message to Parents

The following link will take you to the parent newsletter that will be sent out mid-morning on Monday: The Monday Message

Disclaimer: It is a work in progress until Monday morning!

GCISD Information


A few of you have asked questions about substitutes, or lack thereof, lately. I understand how frustrating October has been when subs don't pick up vacancies. I answered one grade level's questions on the team meeting answers doc from this week, but wanted to share some other information with you. The graphic below was included in principal communications last week. Sounds like our challenges are the same across the district...
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2016 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest

The 2016 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest has begun, and all GCISD students are invited to take part. Three winners will be selected--one elementary, one middle school, and one high school. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNICATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT by Friday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m. Information below is also attached to this email. Please feel free to communicate this with your families into November.
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