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Monday, October 9, 2017

Colleyville Cowboys Parent Newsletter

Got Purpose? One WORD can make a difference!

Our CES staff has PURPOSE. We have all read author Jon Gordon's book, One Word, and have chosen our words for the year.

These words will remind us of our purpose and fuel our passion!

One word can change everything!
Dear Parents,

Our students collected a total of $2,531.24 in change for our "We Create Change" challenge!" All these funds will go to helping those affected by the hurricane. Your students are awesome!

Have a good rest of your day! We will see our Cowboys back at school on Tuesday, October 10th.


Sheila Shimmick
Principal, Colleyville Elementary School

Upcoming CES Events:

Monday, October 9
School Holiday - No school!

Tuesday, October 10
CEC Meeting at 3:15 pm in the Learning Commons

Wednesday, October 11
Choir 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the music room

Thursday, October 12
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day! Our Cowboys can bring a teddy bear to school. It needs to be small enough to fit in their back packs.

Friday, October 13
Student Council Spirit Shop at dismissal

Saturday, October 14
CES PTA Fall Festival from 2:00 to 6:00 pm

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

You can begin to change the culture by putting an end to Bullying and Cyberbullying!

Student Voice in GCISD

As part of the "Student Voice" initiative in GCISD, students across the district will periodically complete questionnaires and surveys to provide feedback on their learning experiences. Sometimes these surveys are informal (such as feedback on a recent unit) and sometimes they are more comprehensive (such as a Gallup survey). Most surveys will be anonymous, and all surveys will be used for the purpose of providing the best learning environment possible for students. If you have any questions about the Student Voice initiative, feel free to ask your student's teacher or the campus administration for more information.

A Note from the School Nurse

Dear Parents,

We are quickly approaching cold and flu season along with battling many other germs that our children get from day-to-day activities. While we do educate our students on how to prevent the spread of germs, it is helpful if they are making the same healthy choices at home. The best teaching practice is to remind your student to wash their hands and to avoid touching his/her eyes, nose or mouth, which are the primary portal of entry for most illnesses.

As the school nurse, I am responsible for helping keep up with what illnesses are going around on our campus. In order to do this accurately, I need your help. If your student is going to be absent for any reason (personal or illness), please report this to the teacher and office on the day of his/her absence.

When to keep your student home:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
  • Unknown rash
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Jaundice
  • Itchy, red eyes with discharge
  • Ringworm of the scalp (until treatment has been started)
  • Live l​ouse​​
  • Wound with uncontainable oozing/drainage

***If your student is home/sent home with vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever, he or she must remain home until symptoms have subsided for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of any medication.

Lice: Please watch your students for any signs or symptoms of head lice which include:
  • Persistent itching of the scalp

  • Sores on the head caused by itching

  • Nits (eggs) near root of hair concentrated behind ears and at nape of neck

  • Live lice noted on scalp

​Tips to teach your student:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).

  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.

  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfect combs and brushes used by an individual with head lice by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.

  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an individual with head lice.

​If you are unsure of what you are looking for, I am happy to help. If your student is found to have lice, please let me know in order for me to do proper notifications. Your student may return to school once an effective treatment has been completed and there are no longer "live lice" found in your student's hair.

​For other health and safety questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or visit the School Nurse webpage

Thank you for your help in keeping CES healthy!!

Natalie Rudolph, RN, BSN

Substitute Teachers Needed in GCISD

Hey parents and community members! Do you find yourself always on campus volunteering and helping out? Want to be more involved in the classroom and get a paycheck? Then subbing might just be for you!

We are hiring qualified candidates to substitute teach for GCISD. If you are looking to impact kids and help make a difference, we want you! You must have a minimum of 60 college hours to apply. Apply online: www.gcisd-k12.org

If you have any questions, contact erica.pasvar@gcisd.net.

Volunteering at CES

In order to volunteer in GCISD, a volunteer must:

1. Read the Volunteer Handbook, watch the appropriate video included in the handbook and electronically sign the volunteer verification form.

2. Complete the volunteer background check. A link is included in the handbook.

Here is the link to the Volunteer Handbook:

You cannot volunteer at the school until both of these items have been completed through the GCISD Volunteer Handbook, so don’t delay!

At CES, we ask that you do not bring younger siblings into the school when volunteering. This includes field trip chaperoning as well. Please make other arrangements for younger siblings. Thanks!

From the CES PTA

Hi CES Families! Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

Fall Festival is just days away and we are so excited! We hope to see all of you there this coming Saturday, October 14th from 2pm to 6pm.

Continuing with our efforts to better serve our students and parents, PTA will communicate with CES parents and staff every Monday via our e-newsletter, Cowboy Connection. This newsletter will be filled with valuable information regarding our school and students.

If you missed this past Monday's (10/2/17), please enjoy the Cowboy Connection, Vol. 4. .

If you are not receiving the Cowboy Connection and other PTA communications, please join our PTA Parent Portal, MySchoolAnywhere (MSA):

CES Family Directory is AVAILABLE online now!

Mark your Calendar

October 14 Fall Festival (2pm to 6pm)

October 16 Spring Creek Barbeque Restaurant Night

October 27 Reflections Entries Due

GET Connected

Website www.colleyvillepta.org

Facebook https://fb.me/colleyvillePTA (Page)

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ groups/182419245532240/ (Closed Group)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ ColleyvillePTA

Email: help@colleyvillepta.org

Technology Tidbits

Technology Safety Resources for Parents and Students:


Here are some kid friendly search engines for your kids to use at home: http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids

GCISD LEAD 2021- Building Excellent Schools Together!

The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be the BEST by Building Excellent Schools Together. Driven by a district-wide strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we are working to transform the education experience in GCISD so that we are better preparing students for the world that awaits them now and in the future.

LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!


Redefining Education because your future matters today!

GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers


Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners