Bransford Blast

August 21, 2016

First Day of School Eve!

Terrific Texan Families,



Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! What a delight it was to see so many of you at our meet the teacher event this past Thursday! A big THANK YOU to our fantabulous PTA for organizing the evening!


The BES staff and I look forward to seeing each of our Texans tomorrow morning for the first day of school. School starts at 7:40 a.m. Students may enter the building starting at 7:15 a.m. Family members may walk students into the building on Monday and Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, all adults entering the building need to first sign in with the office. Thank you for bringing your driver's license each time you visit Bransford. Please see below for specifics on dismissal procedures.


The BES staff and I hope you and your students enjoy a memorable first day of school. We look forward to an incredible year as we build an excellent school together!


Educationally yours,

Jamie Halliburton

BES Goals 2016-2017

We are now 5 years into our district strategic plan, LEAD 2021. As we as a campus continue to strive towards meeting the objectives set forth in LEAD 2021, we set goals for ourselves and our students. Below, please find the overarching goals we have for Bransford for the 2016-2017 school year to assist in our journey towards reaching the goals outlined in LEAD 2021. We will continue to talk about and update you on our progress towards these goals throughout the school year.


  • Creating a positive welcoming environment for our students and staff where risk taking is encouraged and embraced

  • Using student voice to influence decisions in our classrooms, hallways, and building

  • Using the Units of Study in each grade level to create a systematic approach to writing

  • Starting CORE visits to learn from the experts on our staff

  • Taking time to build relationships with staff, students, and families

  • Celebrating the GCISD reading challenge with our students and staff

  • Use the new Learning Platform Rubric and T-TESS with staff to assist us in our growth toward a learning platform

  • Develop students and staff who are skilled problem solvers, collaborative workers, effective communicators, global citizens, and self-regulated learners

Dismissal Procedures

We are excited to greet your students as they return to school tomorrow morning. In order to be prepared for dismissal, please take a moment to read below before Monday afternoon.


  • Student safety is our top priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding during dismissal.

  • Please call the front office, 817-305-4920, by 2:00 p.m. if there is a change in how your student(s) will go home.

  • Students leaving early for the day will need to be signed out by 2:30 p.m.

  • Dismissal begins at 2:55 p.m. with students exiting their classrooms.


Bus and Day Care Vans

  • Meet in the cafeteria and walk out to the back bus lane.

  • The back drive is only for buses, day care vans, and Pre-K. Thank you for not parking or driving through the bus lane.


Walkers and Bike Riders

  • Meet in the cafeteria and walk out to the crosswalk and bike rack together.


Pre-K

  • All pre-k students will be dismissed in the bus lane beginning at 3:00 p.m. once the buses have left Bransford.
  • Older siblings will meet pre-k students in the caferia to be dismissed together.


Car Riders

  • 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade car riders will sit by grade-level outside the main entrance of BES.

  • Kinder and 2nd grade car riders will wait inside their hallways during dismissal.

  • Cars are to use the entrance on Bransford Road and form two lanes once they enter the parking lot. Cars are not allowed in the pick-up line before 2:35 pm. If you arrive before 2:35 p.m., please park in the parking lot.

  • If you choose to park, please walk to meet your child at their designated dismissal spot. Students will not be walking to the parking lot by themselves.

  • Thank you for modeling safety for our students by using the crosswalk.

  • Cars pull up all the way to allow for loading of multiple cars at once.

  • Display the car tag sign in the front window with student name(s) and grade level(s). If you did not receive a car tag at meet the teacher, please let us know.

    • Any person picking up a child without a car tag sign will have to park and walk to pick up their student(s)

  • Staff will call the names displayed on your car tag(s) to inform students of where to meet their ride.

  • Cars exit on Glade Road. If you are in the right lane, you will exit right. If you are in the left lane, you will exit left. Thank you for not switching lanes in the front drive.

  • Thank you for refraining from utilizing your cell phones in the school zone.

  • If you arrive after 3:05 p.m., you must park and sign your child out from KidzU.


We thank you in advance for your patience and grace during the first week of school, especially during dismissal, as it will take us a little longer than usual. It is our honor to serve your students and we are thrilled to WELCOME each and every one of them back to Bransford for an amazing school year.

BES Spirit Afternoon at Altitude

Friday, Aug. 26th, 3-5pm

3530 Grapevine Mills Boulevard North

Grapevine, TX

Celebrate the first week of school with other terrific Texan students and families at Altitude Trampoline Park on Friday after school! Hope to see you there!

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.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=474

Bransford PTA

Joining the Bransford Elementary PTA is simple.

Please log on to Joinpta.org

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 Bransfordpta.com to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school. Please save the date for the BES Meet the Teacher Event on Thursday, August 18! The fun starts at 5 p.m. with Hook and Ladder Pizza Truck and Hip Pop Popsicles serving delicious food for purchase and class lists being posted. Doors to the classrooms to meet the terrific Texan teachers will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dad's Club Breakfast

Friday, Sep. 2nd, 7:15am

601 Glade Road

Colleyville, TX

Save the date for the annual Dad's Club Breakfast! Students and their male role models will enjoy Chick-Fil-A chicken breakfast biscuits or chicken three pack mini while visiting with other terrific Texan. All meals are pre-order. Please send the attached form with your payment to school by Friday, August 26. Friday, September 2 at the breakfast is also the first opportunity to sign up to be a Watch D.O.G.S..

Device Agreement

We wanted to make you aware of the new GCISD Device Agreement for 2016-2017. Every parent needs to sign the Parent Device Agreement and pay a one-time elementary fee of $50 regardless of whether their student will take home their iPad. Even if a student is not taking the device home, parents still must sign the agreement and pay the $50.


If you did not complete the Device Agreements at meet the teacher night, we will send home a form this week or you can pick one up in the front office. A link to the Device Agreement is provided below.


Parent Device Use Agreement

Who's new at BES?

There are several new faces on the Bransford staff this school year! Please help us welcome each of the new Texans to BES!


  • Andrea Bradford, Third Grade Teacher
  • Scott Hughes, Art
  • Cathy Swick, Learning Liaison
  • Delana Drysdale, Pre-K
  • Sarah Drummond, Pre-K
  • Heather Ware, PPCD
  • Julie Banta, PPCD
  • Kimberly Johnson, PPCD
  • Laurie Ogborn, PPCD
  • Evan Sabol, Technician
  • Ashley Nagle, Diagnostician

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • August 22: First day of school!
  • August 24: Talk with Texans (see above for more details)
  • August 26: BES Spirit Shirts, Rachel's Challenge kick-off assembly 2:00 p.m., & BES Spirit Afternoon at Altitude
  • August 30: Menchie's Spirit Afternoon
  • September 1: Bransford Information Night 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (more details coming)
  • September 2: College Colors Day & Dad's Club Breakfast
  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday
  • September 8: Picture Day
  • September 15: PTA Meeting
  • September 16: Laps for Learning Pep Rally
  • September 20: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night
  • September 30: Laps for Learning
  • October 3: Snuffer's Spirit Night
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott