News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary
Week of May 9-13
STAAR Testing Reminders
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming STAAR testing dates! Due to state and district STAAR testing security guidelines, GES will be a closed campus to all visitors and volunteers on the following dates. (This includes lunch visitors for students of all ages.) If you have a student testing on one of these days, please do not schedule appointments for them during school hours. We appreciate your support!
Monday, May 9 - 3rd, 4th & 6th Grade Math
Tuesday, May 10 - 3rd & 4th Grade Reading
Wednesday, May 11 - 5th Grade Science
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ray or Mrs. Hilcher. We appreciate your cooperation!
Returning Student Survey
Are You Returning to GES Survey Link: http://goo.gl/forms/UnhmDc2f7c
Additionally, GES students will be bringing a letter home today from Principal Hilcher regarding class placement and student information. Decisions regarding class placement are carefully considered using multiple pieces of student information. The parent perspective is one important component. Please feel free to provide information regarding your student using the form sent home today. All forms are due Monday, May 16th by 3:15. Emails will not be accepted and late forms will not be considered. Thank you so much for your help.
GCISD Bond 2016
Hopefully you heard the news that the GCISD Bond passed on Saturday with a total of 7,525 ballots cast in early voting and on Election Day. As you know, GCISD facilities will receive safety and security upgrades amongst more than 1,300 projects selected by the Facilities & Innovation Readiness Team(FIRST) group. It is proposed that GES will gain many updates, upgrades and six additional classrooms amongst other proposed projects. Thank you for voting, for sharing your voting pictures on social media and for encouraging your friends to get out and vote!
GES Field Day is Thursday, May 26th. T-shirt order forms will be sent home today. ***Please fill out an order form for each child. This will help the distribution part go much smoother. If you choose to write a check, please make it out to GES PTA and attach to the oldest child's order form. Please note check number on younger siblings order form.
GES has the privilege to swim at the Pleasant Glade Pool on Field Day. Each grade has a swim time built into their field day schedule. Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd Grade use the shallow pool. 3rd, 4th and 5th use the bigger lap pool. Lifeguards will be on duty at both pools. ***Swim OPT - OUT form will also be sent home today. Only fill out this form if you DO NOT want your child to swim on Field Day.
Additionally, there will be a Field Day Volunteer Sign Up Genius coming out soon. These spots fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up when you get the link. Thanks for supporting our special day!
No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit myschoolbucks.com to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website www.gcisd-k12.org and Child Nutrition Facebook page.
Monday, 5/9 - Wednesday, 5/11 STAAR testing-CLOSED campus
Monday, 5/9-Wednesday, 5/11 Wise Guys Pizza fundraiser for 5th grade end of year activities (all day)
Monday, 5/9 NO Monday Morning Math Lab due to STAAR; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)
Wednesday, 5/11 Progress reports are posted
Thursday, 5/12 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Deadline for the 25/100 Book Challenge
Friday, 5/13 Library books are due!
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) *Date was mistakenly listed as 5/18!
Monday, 5/23 Career Day at GES (information below)
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) DATE CHANGE!
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
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 email@example.com
Information From Mrs. Horn
Snack Donations Needed
GES Information & Announcements
25 Book Challenge and 100 Book Challenge
Our students are doing a fantastic job with the 25 book and 100 book challenges! To date, 96 students have completed the challenge, and more are pouring in each day!
Please note: The deadline for the challenge is Thursday, May 12th, 2016!
Need more info? Click here to learn more about the 25/ 100 Book Challenges: http://www.shineonreading.blogspot.com/p/25-book-challenge-100-book-challenge.html including access to printable 25/ 100 Book Challenge forms. Happy Reading!
Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Keisha Bowie for being named our PTA Volunteer of the Month for April! We appreciate your hard work with our GES Diversity Night!
Angella Merkle is our PTA volunteer drawing winner! She won a $10 Yogurt Story gift card! Thank you both for submitting your volunteer hours and for the many ways you support GES!
School Supply Orders
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
- GCISD's online volunteer background check: http://bit.ly/1j1zDHT
- GES Yearbooks: http://www.TreeRing.com/validate (Our passcode: 1013813367251830)
- 2015-2016 Parent-Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/226
- The ABC's of Grapevine Elementary: http://bit.ly/21HuqHf
- Counselor Horn's website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=33723
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Assistant Principal Ms. Ray: @GESKRay
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