CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, September 26, 2016

Colleyville Elementary School Staff Newsletter

CES Strong!

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events

This Week

Book Fair Week

Monday, September 26
JA Parent Training (grades K-3) in science lab @ 8:00 am
EMT Meeting 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the learning commons
School Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Sign up for observation week (hanging on appraisers' doors) by the end of today!

Tuesday, September 27
Pay Day
Cindy's Open House - iStation

Wednesday, September 28
Choir Rehearsal 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 29
Digital PLC's during planning times
Third Grade Patriotic Program rehearsal at 8:15 am in the cafeteria (optional for all grades)
PTA General Meeting at 6:45 pm in the cafeteria
Third Grade Patriotic Program at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria

Friday, September 30
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES shirts)
National Chewing Gum Day- Enjoy some gum in the lounge! Thank you for your work. :)
Science instructional coach available in B112 (PLC Room/Cindy’s Office) all day to provide STEMscopes training during your planning times
We already have 6 personal absences requested for this day. No more personal absences will be approved for 9/30 due to the amount of absences. Thanks!

Next Week

Monday, October 3
Stomp Out Bullying Day- wear your jeans and boots (if you wear jeans and boots, you may wear a shirt of your choice as well)
Fire Drill at 10:00 am

Tuesday, October 4
Jana Schultz's Birthday- Happy Birthday Jana! :)
CMT Meeting at 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 5
Choir Rehearsal 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Cindy's Open House - LLI Kits (rescheduled from 10/3)
National Do Something Nice Day! Do something nice for a co-worker. :)

Thursday, October 6
Lucretia Lane's Birthday- Happy Birthday Lucretia! :)
Individual Fall pictures (these are for the yearbook too), don't forget to get your picture taken as well before school!
RtI Committee Meetings during planning times in the PLC room
PTA Executive Board Mtg. @ 8:00 am in the Learning Commons

Friday, October 7
RtI Committee Meetings during planning times in the PLC room
Fourth Grade field trip to Camp Thurman

Extra Copy to Lucretia

Anything that you send home to parents, please provide a copy of it to Lucretia in the office as well. That way when students return forms to her, or parents ask questions or need another copy of a particular form, she has the information needed to help. Thank you for your help with this!

Education Foundation

Hello Teachers and Staff!

It is that time of year for Education Foundation donations! Let me give you a picture of all this wonderful organization does for our school and district, check out these stats:

-In 18 years the Education Foundation has awarded over $2.9 million in grants!

-Colleyville Elementary has received 55 grants totaling $79,667 directly (this does not count district-wide grants benefiting our school)!

-Last year, 100% of our campus staff participated and donated $838!!!

Let's keep this going and get 100% participation this year and see if we can reach an even higher dollar amount!

Here is what you will get for your donation (besides benefitting from grants):

$5- Jean coupon

$10- Jean coupon AND Jeans with favorite shirt coupon

$25- Both Jean coupons AND Get ONE duty time covered! (an extra long lunch or free time in the morning/afternoon sounds nice!)

$35- ALL OF THE ABOVE AND A SONIC DRINK COUPON (delivered to your office or classroom door on the day of your choosing)


As always, thank you for your hard work and dedication!


Flex courses need to be completed by all employees within 60 days (by October 19) after the start of their contract. Flex training for all district employees can be found at this website.

Opportunity from Terri

Pink Ribbons and Jeans

Let’s Celebrate Breast Cancer

Awareness Month!

Wear your pink ribbon, a pink or white top, and JEANS every Tuesday in October!

Ribbons available in the Teacher’s Lounge starting Wednesday, September 28

Suggested donation for ribbon is $10.00.

(Cash or checks to The Susan G. Komen 3-Day)

All money goes to support promising research as well as education and outreach programs through the Susan G. Komen 3-Day!

New this year: RAFFLE for FUN PRIZES! Add your name to the raffle bucket for a chance to win!

Thank you for your support!

Terri Sakakeeny Crew - Pit Stop 2

Susan G. Komen DFW 3-Day for the Cure

Cindy's Open Houses

This year I am going to continue hosting “Open Houses” on a variety of dates throughout the year to answer questions and share information. The topics will vary depending on what questions are being asked. This week I hosted an Education Galaxy Open House and on Tuesday, September 27th I am hosting an iStation Open House. Please know that these are meant to be casual gatherings to answer your questions. I plan on starting about 3:15 and will stay until everyone is gone. If you have a request for a topic, please feel free to email me and we’ll get it on the calendar! It’s much more fun to learn and explore together!

Book Study Opportunity

Amplify Book Study - Don’t forget to sign up if you are interested!

Enrichment and Extension- E2

Got a lot on your plate? Let Meagan Help!!

Your team PLC Leader should have received an email and invitation to meet with Meagan about E2. She is looking forward to getting those meetings scheduled and begin meeting as soon as possible.

She knows how crazy and hectic the beginning of the school year can be and wants to offer you as much help as she can!
Please discuss your preferred meeting option with your team and let her know asap!

Twitter Reminders

  • tweet once a day (at least)
  • make sure no names of students are in the tweets or pictures
  • make sure no students that shouldn't be photographed are photographed
  • use @CEScowboys and #cescowboys after your tweets
  • tweet pictures should be action photos and not staged photos
  • read other colleagues' tweets so that you can see the GREAT things going on at CES!

Education Galaxy Info. from Cindy

Students are loaded into Education Galaxy!

If you are a new teacher, I just set up your account. Here's the login info for new teachers:

TEACHER LOGINS: www.educationgalaxy.com

User Name: Full email address

Password: Last name (change it when you get in) (Returning teachers, if you need your password, let me know and I can get it for you.)

To set up your classes, you can go to "Student Center" and then "Create a Class". There's a video on the page that shows you exactly how to do it.


Use Safari and create a bookmark on their homescreen - www.educationgalaxy.com

You can find the student ID's and PW's after you have set up your class. There is a way to print it out and I also have templates for stickers if you want! Let me know if you want the stickers! I have attached directions for finding the student logins.


Check out this Smore newsletter about the GCISD Reads District-wide Program!


I have included this in the parent newsletter as well. Please make sure your students have this info. and are participating as well in this district-wide reading program.

STEMscopes Training Info. from the Science Dept.

Science Office Hours - Friday, September 30th

On Friday, September 30th, we will have a science instructional coach available in B112 (PLC Room/Cindy’s Office) all day to provide STEMscopes training during your planning times. If you would like to learn more about STEMScopes (or haven’t had any training yet), please plan to come.

All teaches are welcome to attend! The following groups are encouraged to come and learn more about STEMscopes.

  • Special services

  • K-2 self-contained induction teachers

  • 3-5 self-contained induction teachers

  • teachers new to science this year

Attendees will get 1 hour of credit in Eduphoria. The science dept. will enroll them in an Elementary STEMscopes Training course. They will be notified via Eduphoria that they received credit for this course.

Even if you are not attending the STEMscopes training, please feel free to pop in and ask your burning science questions!

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Schedule

Kinder - October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th (1:15 - 2:00)

1st Grade - October 7th, 14th, 28th and November 4th and 18th (9:45 - 10:45)

2nd Grade - October 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th and 11th (8:15 - 9:15)

3rd Grade - October 11th, 18th, 25th, and November 1st and 8th (1:45 -2:45)

4th Grade - JA in a Day on November 17th

5th Grade - JA in a Day on November 16th

Training will be held on the following dates for JA volunteers:

  • Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade Volunteers - Monday, September 26th @ 8:00 AM in the Science Lab

  • 4th and 5th grade Volunteers - Monday, November 7th @ 8:00 AM in the Science Lab

A few reminders:

  • Sign up for an observation week (signs on appraisers' doors) by Monday, Sept. 26 at 3:00 pm.
  • Are you teaching Digital Citizenship? Don't forget about your monthly lessons!
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