Bransford Blast

October 9, 2016

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Bransford students have the opportunity to share their story using six different medias. Teachers will talk with students regarding the contest in the coming weeks. Students can submit upto six entries to the PTA reflection contest. Thank you for encouraging your Texans to share their stories!

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Congratulations! Your child will be participating in the GCISD student ePortfolio project!

What are Student ePortfolios?

Basically – an ePortfolio is a collection of student created work that is saved online – BY THE STUDENT. Teachers and parents may comment on their student’s work – but the eportfolio is student centered. The student decides what best represents himself or herself as a learner.

Why create Student ePortfolios?

Like any portfolio, an ePortfolio provides the basis for authentic assessment since it paints a picture of student growth overtime. ePortfolios promote student self-reflection and the idea that student work is valuable beyond the classroom and outside of the 10 months they may spend in a grade level. The student’s ePortfolio will be a valuable tool throughout his or her academic career – and beyond. As a part of LEAD 2021 Strategy 6:

Strategy: We will integrate technology, including student mobile wireless computing devices, into every aspect of the student academic experience to support the GCISD mission and strategic objectives.

Specific Result: GCISD will provide a network service for student created digital portfolios that will follow the student throughout his or her schooling in GCISD and beyond.

What will students put in their ePortfolio?

Any evidence of student progress is open-game to put into their ePortfolio. Things your child may include in his or her ePortfolio could be (but are not limited to):

• Pictures of student created work

• Videos or multimedia, created for school projects

• Hyperlinks to student projects created online

• Word Docs/PDF’s of Student Work

A powerful component of the ePortfolio is the ability for students to reflect on the projects they include in their ePortfolio. Each time a student adds content to their ePortfolio they will have the opportunity to write a reflection about their learning as well as make a connection to the GCISD Portrait of a Graduate. GCISD graduates will be

  • Skilled Problem Solvers

  • Collaborative Workers

  • Effective Communicators

  • Global Citizens

  • Self-Regulated Learners

Students will be creating their ePortfolios in Google Sites. The student’s site is managed and controlled by GCISD.

We hope that you’ll take the time to follow your child’s progress and provide positive constructive feedback from time to time. The aim of the ePortfolio is to share learning growth over time.

If you have any questions about the ePortfolio, please contact your child’s teacher.
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Yearly Volunteer Requirements

In order to volunteer at BES this year in classrooms, during school-wide event, or as a field trip chaperone, please review the new volunteer handbook and complete the required background check. Thank you for understanding that this process must be repeated each school year. Now is a good time to complete this process and encourage all family members who might want to volunteer to complete it, too. For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check.

Bransford PTA

  • Join PTA: Please log on to 1.) Select Grapevine Colleyville ISD 2.) Select Bransford Elementary 3.) Pay membership dues. Becoming a member of the BES PTA is the best way to support our school, and this year we made it even easier! Every Bransford family who has at least one PTA membership will receive a Bransford paper directory and online access to our digital directory. Check out to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.
  • Website: Check out to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning
  • October 14: End of 1st 9 Weeks & Dad's Club Movie Night
  • October 18: GCISD pink out day
  • October 19: Unity Day ~ Wear an Orange shirt and jeans!
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott
  • October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week (see above)
  • October 26: Talk with Texans 9:00 a.m.
  • October 27: Third Grade Program
  • November 1: College Shirt Day
  • November 3: Student-Led Conference, Early Release
  • November 4: BES Fall Carnival
  • November 8 - 15: Book Fair
  • November 10: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break