Bransford Blast

September 27, 2016

Parent Feedback Needed on STAAR Confidential Student Report

Input is needed regarding how student information from STAAR and STAAR EOC is reported in the Confidential Student Report.

Please help TEA and ETS re-design the new STAAR Confidential Student report (CSR) by taking their brief online survey at by September 30th. You will be able to preview the proposed redesign prior to taking the survey.

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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!

Fitness Force

In an ongoing effort to increase our need for better health habits and exercise we are excited to announce the start date for Fitness Force 2016-17. Fitness Force is a fitness and health awareness club that will be working out every Wednesday from 2:55-3:45 p.m. We will meet October through December and February through April when school is in session. We will begin on Wednesday, October 5th and have our end of year celebration May 3rd.

Our outside program will be divided between walking/running a marked route and workout stations. We will have alternative inside activities on inclement weather days.

All students and families are eligible to participate. All members are expected to be active participants in the program.

Kindergarten students are required to have a parent or designated adult present with them AT ALL TIMES. Students in grades 1 through 5 may participate without a parent present. But we welcome and encourage parent participation at all grade levels!

In order to participate, all students must have a completed signed permission form turned in prior to participating.

Socks, tennis shoes and weather appropriate clothing are required. We ask that each student bring their own water bottle. We will meet in the gym after dismissal.

Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of our children becoming obese and developing related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Studies have shown our health can be improved by increasing our activity by just 10 minutes a day.

Please either complete the online form found here or return the permission slip found here to either Nurse Rebecca or Mrs. Atkins. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sue Atkins

Bransford Elementary P.E. Teacher

Rebecca Himmelberg, RN, BSN

School Nurse

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Join your neighbors for National Night Out for Colleyville in conjunction with Police and Fire Departments. This year we have added some events and sponsors to draw the elementary aged kids, including PlayTri Colleyville-- they will have a bike course with a focus on bike and helmet safety. Kids must bring their own bike and helmet. In addition, there will be vendors, food, bounce houses, face painting, and lots of other family friendly activities. The evening ends with a softball game between the Police and Fire.

Kids that show up they will be given the opportunity to put their name in two raffle drawings. The first winner will receive lunch with a police officer at their school. The second winner will receive lunch with a fireman.

We hope to see lots of BES kids there!

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Distinction Designations

Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several different areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. The distinction designation indicators are typically separate from those used to assign accountability ratings. Districts that receive a Met Standard rating are eligible for a distinction designation in postsecondary readiness.

For 2016, distinction designations are awarded in the following areas:

  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
  • Academic Achievement in Science
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies
  • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress
  • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps
  • Postsecondary Readiness

The Accountability Summary and Distinction Designation Reports show one of the following

labels for each distinction designation:

  • Distinction Earned. The district or campus is rated Met Standard and meets the criteria for the distinction designation.
  • No Distinction Earned. The district or campus does not meet the distinction designation criteria or is rated Improvement Required.
  • Not Eligible. The district or campus does not have results to evaluate for the distinction designation, is labeled Not Rated or Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues, is evaluated by alternative education accountability (AEA) provisions, or is a campus paired with a feeder campus for accountability evaluation.

Please see below and click here for Bransford's Accountability Summary. Please click here for a more detailed report.

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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.
  • Laps for Learning: Excitement is building for the annual Laps for Learning event! Get your sneakers ready for Laps for Learning on Friday, September 30. We will all be walking, jogging, and cheering on our terrific Texans as we raise funds for our campus.

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • September 28: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m. & DI Meeting (see above)
  • September 29: Future Mustang's Night at Mustang-Panther Stadium
  • September 30: Laps for Learning
  • October 3: Wear BLUE to Stomp Out Bullying, CEC 3:10 p.m. & Snuffer's Spirit Night
  • October 6: GT LEAD Curriculum Night
  • October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning
  • October 14: End of 1st 9 Weeks & Dad's Club Movie Night
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott