Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of May 16-20

Extracurricular Activities

In the fall of 2015, the district solicited parent, staff and community member feedback through a new engagement tool, ThoughtExchange. Upon reviewing the feedback the district received, it became apparent that our elementary parents were interested in adding extracurricular activities ​to the school day. Unfortunately, due to the elements that must be taught through the state mandated curriculum, and the restrictions by the state for our school day, we are not able to add extracurriculars as part of our everyday life at Grapevine Elementary. In order to meet the needs of our families the district is looking at offering some extracurricular activities after school for a fee. If you are interested in possibly participating in this after-school offering, please take this brief survey to provide us with your feedback on course offerings and schedule.
Here is the link to the survey:

Fast Passes

It's almost time to celebrate our Stars at their grade level Success Ceremonies. If you are planning to attend, please consider signing up for a Fast Pass. All visitors will need to check in and receive a badge in the front office. We will be utilizing our normal Raptor badge system which requires a valid photo ID. If you would like to speed up the process in obtaining your badge, please complete this google form and we will have your badge pre-printed and available in our "Fast Pass" line. This "Fast Pass" will only work if you have been at GES this school year and we have already scanned your photo ID. Please list full names as written on your driver's license. Any visitor who has not been here, or didn't let us know in advance, will need to wait while photo IDs are scanned and their badge is processed. Please note that a photo ID will be shown in order to pick up your fast pass and as always, to check in to the system for the first time. The deadline to request a Fast Pass for all Success Ceremonies is Tuesday, May 17th, at 3 p.m. Link to the form: ​

We hope you will take advantage of our "Fast Pass" concept and avoid the crowds and long waits. Fast Passes will be available at 7:15 a.m. on the morning of your child's Success Ceremony or 9:15 a.m. on the morning of our fifth grade graduation.​

We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Planning for 2016-2017

Believe it or not, plans are already underway for the 2016 - 2017 school year! One significant component of our planning involves projected student enrollment, and we need your help! Please use the following link to communicate your family's plans for the 2016 - 2017 school year. A survey will need to be completed for each current GES student in your family. Please complete by Friday, May 20th. Thank you for your help in our planning for next year!
Are You Returning to GES Survey Link:

Dress Code

As the weather turns warmer, we are starting to see students wearing more summer style clothing. As a reminder, our dress code states the following:
  • shorts or skirts must be long enough to extend mid-thigh and allow students to be able to stand, sit and/or bend with modesty
  • shirts must cover the midriff at all times
  • tank/tube tops with proper underclothing must be worn with an over blouse buttoned halfway up
  • sleeveless blouses/tops must have the outside edge of the sleeve touch the outside edge of the shoulder

For more information, please refer to page 13 in the GCISD Student-Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct for 2015-2016. Students who violate the dress code will be sent to Nurse Burwell for a clothing change.

SHAC Information

SHAC: The State of Texas mandates that each school district have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the implementation of a coordinated health program including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement. SHAC is in need of dedicated members for the 2016-2017 school year. See the attached flyer for more information.

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Field Day Info From Coach Basil

GES Field Day is Thursday, May 26th. GES students will have a fun filled day with games and competitions as well as swim time. GES is very lucky that we have the opportunity to use a portion of our Field Day at the Pleasant Glade Pool. Lifeguards are on duty. K,1st and 2nd use the shallow pool and 3rd, 4th and 5th use the larger lap pool. Students should put their sunscreen on prior to coming to school and bring a towel.

*If you do NOT want your child to swim please fill out the blue Opt out form that was sent home and return it prior to Tuesday, 5/24.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:45am and Closing Ceremonies are at 2:00pm.
If you have ordered a shirt, they will be handed out the week of Field Day.
If you would like to volunteer, please check out the Sign Up Genius. Volunteers must complete a background check prior to Field Day. These spots fill up quickly.

Bond 2016 - Thank You

Upcoming Events

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); **No NEHS meeting

Thursday, 5/19 Kindergarten Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria); Ensemble rehearsal (1:45-3:45pm); PTA Talent Show (6:30-8:00pm)

Monday, 5/23 Career Day at GES

Monday, 5/23 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble rehearsal (1:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm); Ensemble Performance (6:30pm)

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

Summer Istation

Did you know that you can use Istation throughout the summer months to combat summer slide? Istation believes a break from school needn’t be a break from learning! The Istation characters Justin Time and Paige Turner put together a short video about using Istation Home during the summer. Watch Paige and Justin discuss Istation Home on this video:

Information From Nurse Burwell

  • The health clinic is in need of gently used pants and shorts in size 6 through 14 girl and boy. The clinic is also in desperate need of new boys and girls underwear in sizes 6 -14. All donations greatly appreciated. If your child needs frequent clothing changes it is a great idea to keep a backup set in their backpack
  • Please remember that if your child has medication in the clinic that it will need to be picked up before 11:45am on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up will be discarded. Please contact me if you would like your medication to be sent home with your child at

Information From Mrs. Horn

Input Needed

In reflecting on this school year and beginning to plan for 2016-2017, please take a few minutes before May 26th to complete the following survey regarding the GES Comprehensive Counseling Program. The feedback provided will be used to navigate through guidance curriculum, responsive services, system support, and individual planning. Thank you for your time, energy, and effort to help support our GES Stars!

Talking About Race for Parents

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our children? How do we develop a positive racial identity in our children? Talking About Race for Parents: Raising Children for Racial Justice--

This training provides all parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies to effectively address issues of race and racism with their children. Through interactive activities and dialogue, participants will learn how children see race, and gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations using a racial equity lens. They will also practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children, including addressing misconceptions about race and reversing unconscious racial bias.

Register for June 4th:

Assistance Opportunities

Are you or your family in need of food, health, housing, job training programs and more? Search by zip code at

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 or 817-251-5740. Thank you for your continued generosity and thoughtfulness.

Registration Information

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GES Information & Announcements

Summer Reading Information

Check out GCISD's new summer reading program information:

Summer Conference

GCISD Instructional Technology is hosting a conference for teachers on Tuesday, June 14 at CHHS. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. He is an accomplished author, speaker, and consultant in regards to innovation in education. There will be a parent session from 6:30-8:00pm at the PDEC called "Involving Parents in the Process of Learning". Information can be found at:

PTA Information

As school this year's school is coming to a close and next year's planning has begun, we invite you to get connected! GES PTA is looking for the following board positions for 2016-2017.
  • Art Gallery Guides
  • Art in Education
  • Dads' Club
  • Healthy Life Styles
  • Hospitality
  • Reflections
With or without a PTA board position, GES PTA is always in need of volunteers. Whether it's assisting other board members, school initiatives, fundraisers or extra help for teachers and staff - YOU are ALWAYS welcome!Please contact Sandra Wiley at if interested or need more information.

Amazon Smile

We finally have our Amazon Smile account set up! If you are an Amazon shopper, please use this link and check GES. Be sure to share with family and friends!

School Supply Orders

Grapevine Elementary PTA is again offering convenient one-stop-shopping for your child’s 2016-2017 school supplies through our vendor EPI. Each grade supply list, K through 5th, is teacher-approved and custom packed for your student! We have made every effort to contain costs to provide this optional, cost effective school supply option. All you have to do is order online! LAST DAY TO ORDER IS JUNE 10!

Online Orders Only:

To try and go green, Grapevine Elementary is offering secure online ordering only.

1. Go to

2. Enter school id GRA044

3. Follow the directions or steps to complete your order

4. Please remember to order your child’s grade for NEXT school year!

Packs will be in your child’s classroom on Meet the Teacher Night in August.


Kindergarten - $27.58

First Grade - $46.26

Second Grade - $34.65

Third Grade - $35.97

Fourth Grade - $40.61

Fifth Grade - $41.72

**Contact Leslie Nicholson at if you have any questions.

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 another way for GCISD to communicate information and successes with the community.

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