Bransford Blast

October 16, 2016


You are invited to join Bransford Elementary School students and staff as our honored guest as we celebrate America’s Veterans.

Place: Bransford Elementary School Cafeteria

Date: November 11, 2016

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM Second grade presents “Let’s Honor Our Veterans”

9:15 AM Veterans walk the hall

9:30 AM Veterans join in a special Circle Up

9:45 AM Veterans and special guests reception hosted by BES PTA

9:45 AM Creating a special Veteran’s Day memento sponsored by BES PTA

Please join us as we pay special tribute to the men and women of this great nation who protect our freedom and liberty.

Thank you,

Leigh Hockenbrough

Bransford Elementary Music

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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!

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Congratulations! Your child will be participating in the GCISD student ePortfolio project!

What are Student ePortfolios?

Basically – an ePortfolio is a collection of student created work that is saved online – BY THE STUDENT. Teachers and parents may comment on their student’s work – but the eportfolio is student centered. The student decides what best represents himself or herself as a learner.

Why create Student ePortfolios?

Like any portfolio, an ePortfolio provides the basis for authentic assessment since it paints a picture of student growth overtime. ePortfolios promote student self-reflection and the idea that student work is valuable beyond the classroom and outside of the 10 months they may spend in a grade level. The student’s ePortfolio will be a valuable tool throughout his or her academic career – and beyond. As a part of LEAD 2021 Strategy 6:

Strategy: We will integrate technology, including student mobile wireless computing devices, into every aspect of the student academic experience to support the GCISD mission and strategic objectives.

Specific Result: GCISD will provide a network service for student created digital portfolios that will follow the student throughout his or her schooling in GCISD and beyond.

What will students put in their ePortfolio?

Any evidence of student progress is open-game to put into their ePortfolio. Things your child may include in his or her ePortfolio could be (but are not limited to):

• Pictures of student created work

• Videos or multimedia, created for school projects

• Hyperlinks to student projects created online

• Word Docs/PDF’s of Student Work

A powerful component of the ePortfolio is the ability for students to reflect on the projects they include in their ePortfolio. Each time a student adds content to their ePortfolio they will have the opportunity to write a reflection about their learning as well as make a connection to the GCISD Portrait of a Graduate. GCISD graduates will be

  • Skilled Problem Solvers

  • Collaborative Workers

  • Effective Communicators

  • Global Citizens

  • Self-Regulated Learners

Students will be creating their ePortfolios in Google Sites. The student’s site is managed and controlled by GCISD.

We hope that you’ll take the time to follow your child’s progress and provide positive constructive feedback from time to time. The aim of the ePortfolio is to share learning growth over time.

If you have any questions about the ePortfolio, please contact your child’s teacher.

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.


BES PTA is one of 577 that earned Texas PTA's Early Bird Achievement Membership Award. By recruiting 100% of last year’s total membership, we are well on your way to having one voice for every child on our campus. When families and members of the community join their Local PTA, they are simultaneously committing to engagement in the schools, empowering themselves as parents and caring adults, and pledging to be an advocate for the children and youth who call Texas home. Visit to learn about every award opportunity and their corresponding deadlines.

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.

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • October 17-21: 2nd & 5th Grade CogAT Testing
  • October 18: GCISD pink out day
  • October 19: Unity Day ~ Wear an Orange shirt and jeans!
  • October 20: Kendra Scott Spirit Night 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • October 24-26: 4th Graders to Sky Ranch
  • October 24: Red Ribbon Week (RRW) ~ The drug free force is with me ~ Star Wars Shirts
  • October 25: RRW ~ Put a cap on drugs, I will ~ hat day
  • October 26: RRW ~ Reach for the stars and a BRIGHT future ~ neon day & Talk with Texans 9:00 a.m.
  • October 27: RRW ~ Goodnight drugs, goodnight dark side ~ pajama day & Third Grade Program
  • October 28: RRW ~ Join Team Bransford
  • October 31: Wear Halloween shirt or orange and/or black
  • November 1: College shirt day
  • November 3: Student-Led Conferences; 11:45 a.m. release
  • November 4: BES Carnival
  • November 8-15: Book Fair
  • November 10: Picture Retakes; PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 11: Veterans' Day
  • November 15: Chipolte Spirit Night
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29: Visiting author
  • December 5-9: Coding Week
  • December 10: Breakfast with Santa
  • December 13-15: PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 15: 5th Grade Choir's Peter Pan 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • December 16: School-wide Polar Express Day ~ wear pajamas; class parties from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; 5th Grade Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.