Hilcher Herald

GES Staff Update-Week of 5/9/16

STAAR Testing Reminders

Our third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking their STAAR tests this week! Please be sure to keep this information in your newsletters and/or parent communication sharing that GES will be a closed campus to all visitors and volunteers on May 9-11. Please keep in mind this includes lunch visitors for students of all ages.

As a reminder, the following classrooms/areas are closed due to STAAR testing:

Learning Commons; KGES; Science Lab; Boone's classroom; BOTH computer labs; Speech office; technician's office; Vasquez/Kunkel's classroom; 3-5th grade classrooms; Bravo's classroom; Geider's classroom; Sutton's classroom; Horn's office

As you can see, we have testers in every possible nook, cranny and classroom. This will make transitions even trickier. Thank you for pulling out all of your tricks to keep your students super quiet in the halls on these days. The hallway doors by the Science Lab should only be used in case of an emergency during testing. We appreciate your efforts to maintain a quiet testing environment for our testing students!

*Please see your STAAR Memo for other details and reminders.

**On testing days, May 9-11, please notify Liz and Kim if you need to be absent or are running late. Please remember, all substitute teachers in the building will need to receive STAAR security training before starting their day.

Surveys, Surveys, Surveys!

It's the time of year when programs and departments start gathering feedback and making adjustments for next year. Please take some time this week to complete the following surveys. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated!

Friendly Reminders

  • If you teach Humanities, please plan to attend one of the curriculum overview sessions:

  • Don't forget to start registering for summer workshops. A few important updates have been made to the Humanities Smore. They've added a GT 6 hour update credit option to the Humanities Institute (June 6-9). Two hours of the update will take place during the institute on June 9 and those who wish to complete the 6 hours of annual credit will receive an outside assignment to complete and submit.
  • Check out the new Math Message Smore: https://www.smore.com/shyve
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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!


Help Requested

Mr. Bangs, our wonderful Dad's Club sponsor has asked me to pass along his email and small voluntary request to our staff:
  • My companies Foundation (they are a separate 501), as part of our give back to organizations in the education, non-profit and disaster relief work with lots of providers to provide free resources to organizations in these verticals. So far we’ve released www.DisasterReady.org (open to the general public) and www.NonprofitReady.org (open to any nonprofit) as a free resource of tools, training, etc. to help support their initiatives. We are in the process of finishing up TeachingReady.org and need some help in picking content categories and some other areas. Would you mind seeing if any of your teachers would take a couple minutes to complete this 4 question survey monkey on what they think would be of value to active, new and aspiring teachers as resources? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7XG8NHR (Note: This isn’t tied to anything sales and doesn’t even require name, email or any unique identifiers. .We just need real world educators to help guide us in the right direction)

Thanks for considering offering your suggestions to this organization.

Summer Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 5/9 NO Monday Morning Math Lab due to STAAR; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)

Monday, 5/9-Wednesday, 5/11 STAAR testing; Wise Guys Pizza fundraiser for 5th grade (all day)

Tuesday, 5/10 Team Leader meeting (3:10pm in the Learning Commons)

Wednesday, 5/11 National School Nurses Day

Thursday, 5/12 1:1 PLCs; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Deadline for the 25/100 Book Challenge

Friday, 5/13 Library books are due! *NOTICE: date change from previous newsletter

Friday, 5/13 K-5 Assembly for Charlie Brown performance (1:30pm)

Monday, 5/16 & Tuesday, 5/17 May RtI meetings

Monday, 5/16 Assessment & data entry: Kinder AM, 3rd PM; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 5/17 Assessment & data entry: 1st AM, 4th PM; Faculty Meeting (3:10pm)

Wednesday, 5/18 Assessment & data entry: 2nd AM, 5th PM; Wildlife Speaker at 1:30pm; KC Club (2:45-3:30pm); **No NEHS meeting

Thursday, 5/19 Kindergarten Success Ceremony; Ensemble rehearsal (1:45-3:45pm)

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

Tuesday, 5/24 2nd grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria); Ensemble performance streamed at 9:30am; Year in Review meeting for Team Leaders (11:15-3:30pm)

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); Class placement meetings during conference times (3rd grade at 3:10)

Wednesday, 6/1 4th grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 6/2 All school Sing Along( 8:00am in the Cafeteria); 5th grade Success Ceremony & Graduation (9:45am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 6/2 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL & Early dismissal at 11:45am

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Where We Will Be...

  • Monday, 5/9 Heather out (10am-12:30pm)
  • Thursday, 5/12 Heather out (7:45am-1:15pm)
  • Friday, 5/13 Liz out (8:30-10am); Gina out (11:00am-3:00pm)

Monday Message to Parents

The following link will take you to the parent newsletter that will be sent out Monday morning: https://www.smore.com/6pu62

Disclaimer: It will be a work in progress until late Sunday night!!

Information From Angela Horn

Back to School Fair

Good morning GCISD Friends! We are excited to announce that GCISD is once again partnering with the community to serve our economically disadvantaged students. The fifth-annual Back to School Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, from 8 a.m.-Noon at Grapevine High School. This is a collaborative event sponsored by GCISD, CONNECT and the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, and the Women's Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. Last year, with support of our staff and community, these organizations provided free backpacks, school supplies and other back-to-school needs to more than 1,600 GCISD students. Our goal this year is to continue to serve those who qualify for the event!

**Volunteers and donations are needed! If you are interested in volunteering, please use this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aafaa22aafc1-back or if you would like more information, please contact Emberly Hill at emberly.hill@gcisd.net.

Career Day

Do you know someone in our community or do you have a family member or spouse that would be willing to speak with our GES Stars about their passion? Career Day at GES will be held on Monday, May 23. If you know someone who would be willing to share with our students, please have them contact Angela Horn or pass her their contact information! (See flyer below)
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PTA Information

School Supplies

The following information is being shared with GES families via the Monday Message. Feel free to copy & paste to include in your grade level correspondence.

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! You may start placing online orders on Tuesday, May 3. 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 www.epipacks.com

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 lesliednicholson@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

GCISD Information

Google Links

  • Lesson plans, or links to your plans, should be saved to our Google drive folder in the GES Faculty and Staff folder:http://bit.ly/1LqQ4sg
  • Newsletters, or links to newsletters, should be saved to the Google drive folder in GES Faculty and Staff: http://bit.ly/1MAJbWP