Bransford Blast

November 15, 2015

LEAD 2021: Principal Panel

LEAD 2021 IV. Communication Strategy: We will create a plan that customizes communication methods and messages for students, parents, teachers, administration, and community to communicate and support the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. Superintendent's Objectives #6: Create and implement a plan to systemically pilot “student voice” as a mechanism for feedback over the next three years .

To afford our Texans voice in the going ons of Bransford Elementary, a principal panel has been formed. The purpose of the panel is for students to share their thoughts and ideas with Mrs. Halliburton. The panel offers students in kindergarten through fifth grade an opportunity provide student perspective. Students were given the opportunity to apply for the panel in their classes completing an application, online for grades 1-5 and paper for kindergarten, on which they had to articulate why they would like to serve on the panel, their favorite thing about BES, and ideas for improving the campus. The panel will meet once a month for a lunch meeting. This week marks the first lunch meetings of the principal panel.

Looking forward to listening to student voice and building an excellent school together!

Attendance Reminders


We look forward to seeing your children each and every day at school. However, we understand circumstances arise that will affect your children’s school attendance. Below, please find the attendance policies of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

  • Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and students head to the classrooms at 7:35 a.m. If you arrive before 7:15 a.m., you may attend KidzU or wait for the doors to open at 7:15 a.m.

  • Class instruction starts at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. are marked late.

  • Tardies are issued starting at 8:00. Texas Education Code Section 25.094 Attendance for Credit law states that a child must be in class 90% of the time in order to be eligible for grade promotion. Unexcused tardies and early releases count towards time away from class.

  • You can report an absence by calling 817-305-4920. If the child goes to the doctor, thank you for sending a doctor’s note. If the child is sick but you didn’t go to the doctor, thank you for sending a written note from you explaining the absence. You may also email Shelly Sartin, our data secretary at to record the absence. Illness is an excused absence when a note is received.

When multiple absences, tardies, and/or early releases occur, two different types of letters are mailed to you as related to two different Texas Education Code, TEC, laws

Please see the link for more specifics. Attendance

Excused absences include, but are not limited to, illnesses with a note and religious observations. Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, trips and illnesses without notes.

Even a little time away from the classroom affects your child’s learning. We hope that this information helps make clear the processes we follow to be in compliance with state laws. We look forward to a great year with your Texans in attendance every day possible! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

For more information on attendance, please visit

Looking Ahead...

Monday, November 16

Spirit Night at BJ's Restaurant in Southlake

GCISD School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17

CEC at 3:10 p.m. in the BES Learning Commons

Thursday, November 19

PTA meeting 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 20

Principal and Assistant Principal for the day will be running the school!

Author's visit in learning commons

Dental hygiene program during specials

Ornament making for Colleyville Tree Lighting

Spirit Day: Wear a BES shirt and/or red, white and blue

Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27

Thanksgiving break! Enjoy the week away from school with family and friends!

Monday, November 30

Welcome Back!

Wednesday, December 2

Kindergarten Field Trip

Friday, December 4

City of Colleyville Holiday Festival, BES Choir Performing at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 12

Breakfast with Santa 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. BES Cafeteria

Monday, December 14 - Wednesday, December 16

Holiday Shop

Thursday, December 17

First Grade Program 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 18

Early Release 11:45 a.m.

First Grade Program 8:30 a.m.

Holiday Parties