Bransford Blast

December 13, 2015

LEAD 2021: Potential For-Pay Pre-K

LEAD 2021 III. Curriculum Strategy: We will transform from a teaching platform to a learning platform by designing engaging, differentiated, work for students toward the accomplishment of the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. 7. In maintaining high expectations for all students, GCISD will create structures at ALL levels that maximize the potential of all students through rigorous curriculum and instruction.

In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.

As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.

Families who are interested in learning more about the tuition-based Pre-K program are invited to attend the GCISD Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Cross Timbers Middle School at 6 p.m. At the Expo, district representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed program. Please see below for FAQs.

FAQ for Pre-Kindergarten

  • Why tuition-based Pre-K?

    • Incorporate quote from Governor Greg Abbott if possible:

    • “The process of elevating our state’s education system to be first in the nation begins in the critical early learning years of Texas children…working together we can – and will – strengthen the foundation for the future success of our state’s early education system for generations to come.”

    • LEAD 2021 - Curriculum Strategy:

    • In maintaining high expectations for all students, GCISD will create structures at ALL levels that maximize the potential of all students through rigorous curriculum and instruction.

  • What is the cost associated with GCISD tuition-based Pre-K?

    • $600 per month (August-May), $125 Supply/Activity Fee (non-refundable), $125 registration fee (non-refundable)

  • Tuition paid on a monthly basis (subject to change)

  • Non-refundable fees will only be collected after the district determines the minimum student enrollment is met to support the program.

  • How does the lottery process work?

    • Timeline:

    • Expo - February 16, 2016

    • Applications available - February 17

    • Applications due by March 25

    • Lottery (if needed) April 1

  • If my student attends tuition-based Pre-K at another elementary school than we are zoned for, does this mean they can attend kindergarten at that campus?

    • Attending Pre-K at a campus other than the zoned elementary campus does not automatically result in the student attending that campus for future grades. Parents must complete a transfer request during designated times if interested in attending a campus other than the zoned campus. Approval of campus transfers must meet the criteria established in board policy.

  • When will the district determine the tuition-based Pre-K will be offered and collect the non-refundable fees?

    • The district will make final decisions regarding the tuition-based Pre-K program and collection of non-refundable fees after the lottery process and Pre-K registration in April. All participants in the lottery will receive notification by the end of April.

Please let me know what questions you have as we begin to investigate the potential of for pay pre-k in GCISD.

Community Outreach: Euless Appartment Fire

On December 5th, an apartment fire in Euless destroyed the homes and belongings of a

dozen students attending Bear Creek Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Colleyville Heritage High School.

To assist, GCISD is partnering with CONNECT to collect gift card donations from retailers such as Wal-Mart or Target to help provide immediate resources to these children and their families.

If you would like to make a gift card donation, please drop it off with counselors at BCES, HMS or CHHS. Monetary donations are being accepted online through the Grapevine-

Colleyville Education Foundation ( Include a note in your

online donation that the funds are for CONNECT-Euless Fire.

Texas Academic Performance Report

Click here find our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. Click here to find a copy of our 2015 Accountability Summary . These reports culminate our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Campus report cards will be made available in January 2015.

Looking Ahead...

Monday, December 14 - Wednesday, December 16

PTA Holiday Shop

Thursday, December 17

First Grade Program 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 18

Fifth Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.

First Grade Program 9:00 a.m.

Holiday Parties 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Early Release 11:45 a.m.

Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4

Holiday Break

Tuesday, January 5

Welcome Back!

Monday, January 18

Student & Staff Holiday