Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of January 18 - January 22

Excellence in Education: How Your Dollar Is Spent In GCISD

Please take a moment to watch the following video to familiarize yourself with how your money is spent in GCISD. This video was in the latest edition of the GCISD LEADer and is full of important information for tax payers.
Excellence in Education: How Your Dollar Is Spent In GCISD

Upcoming Events

Monday, 1/18 MLK Day-Student & teacher holiday

Monday, 1/18-Wednesday 1/20 Wise Guys Pizzeria GES fundraiser for 5th grade

Wednesday, 1/20 NEHS meeting & Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 1/21 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Monday, 1/25 Jump Rope for Heart begins; Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 1/26 Campus Excellence Committee meeting (3:10pm)

Wednesday, 1/27 Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 1/28 Choir Performance (6:30pm)

Friday, 1/29 College Colors Day & GES Bank

Monday, 2/15 Student holiday; Skate Town fundraiser for 5th grade (2:00-4:00pm)

Wednesday, 2/17 & Thursday, 2/18 11:45 dismissal; Student led conferences

GES Information & Announcements

Important Reminders

  • Keeping our students safe is a top priority at GES! Please be sure to state your full name and reason for your visit when we answer the Airphone/doorbell at the front door. (For example, "Lance Hilcher here to have lunch with my daughter Logan.") Once you've been greeted on the intercom, listen for the right door to unlock and proceed to the office for check-in. We appreciate your cooperation.
  • Edible treats for birthdays will only be passed out if they are store bought and pre-packaged with nutritional labeling. This allows Nurse Burwell to determine things such as the ingredients for food allergies as well as count carbs for diabetic students. It is not appropriate to bring homemade treats for other students to eat when it is your child’s birthday. All birthday treats will be distributed at the end of the school day. Consider donating something to the classroom for all the students to use in honor of your child’s birthday as an alternative to edible treats. Items such as, a set of fancy markers, new crayons, a book for the class library, an indoor recess board game, gel pens, pencil toppers, note pads or stickers. Check with your child's teacher for ideas! We appreciate your help keeping all of our students healthy while celebrating birthday at GES!

News from Nurse Burwell

Unfortunately, the FLU virus has officially arrived at GES. This is a good time to remind your children to wash their hands frequently and to cover their mouths with the inside of their elbow when they cough. Also, please remember to keep your child home according to GCISD district guidelines. Students must remain home until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hrs and without vomiting or diarrhea. More information is available through the district website

Please feel free to email or call Nurse Burwell's clinic at any time with questions. 817-251-5742

GES PTA Information

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JA in a Day Opportunity

Junior Achievement is currently recruiting volunteers for “JA in a Day” at Grapevine Elementary! “JA in a Day” is a special Junior Achievement delivery method. Like all JA programs, volunteers involved in this program help to educate and inspire youth about free enterprise, business, and economics.

“JA in a Day” is different from other JA programs only in that all lessons are covered in the course of one day in the school. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all 5 JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate. Normally, this process would take 5 weeks to complete. All of the materials are provided for you. New volunteers will be trained on the materials before they go into the classroom.

People who say Junior Achievement has changed their lives often credit their JA volunteer. Sometimes it takes that one caring adult to recognize the potential in a young person that might have been missed by others. By becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer, you can empower young people to own their economic success by sharing your experience and JA’s proven and engaging lessons.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact GES’s Junior Achievement parent coordinator Nicole Nixon, or Principal Liz Hilcher, You may also email the JA Education Manager, Destini Tasby,

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GCISD Information

Special Programs EXPO

From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. New to the Expo this year, families may also learn about the proposed tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten program, iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and Student Activity Center (SAC).

The applications for dual language, STEM academies and tuition-based pre-kindergarten will be available online beginning Friday, Feb. 17 and are due by Friday, March 25. If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, April 1, and streamed live on the district’s website. More information will be available on the website after the Expo.

Art Contest Opportunity

GCISD students of all ages are invited to create artwork illustrating the fun learning opportunities available through GCISD’s Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s theme is “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The winning artwork will serve as the cover design for the GCISD Summer Enrichment brochure, which is distributed throughout the district and on the website and provides information about registration and summer learning opportunities for students completing K-6th grades. The student who creates the winning entry will be recognized in the printed brochure and during a regular meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees.

Art must be original and can be hand-drawn, painted, computer-designed or in any other medium. Judges will be looking for a design that is creative, appropriate, and uses the “Choose Your Own Adventure” theme. Art should be on 8 ½” x 11” paper and submitted in color, but be able to be reproduced in black and white. Please do not frame or mat entry to any size larger than 8 ½” x 11”. Our contest opens January 11, 2016, and the deadline for submitting the art is Wednesday, February 10th. Students may submit contest entries to their school office or to Cindy Pearson at Colleyville Elementary.

Let's Talk!

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is excited to offer Let's Talk!, a new way to engage the district in conversation for parents, staff and the community. In an effort to continually improve the district's communication with stakeholders, Let's Talk! streamlines the process for parents, staff and community members to submit a question, comment, suggestion, concern or compliment.

2016-2017 Student Calendar

GCISD is working on finalizing the student calendar for next year. State changes in attendance requirements, specifically House Bill 2610, have caused a delay. Please view the link below to stay updated on our student calendar progress and to see the preliminary 16-17 calendar:

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FIRST Committee

Notes from our Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) meetings are continually posted on the FIRST website: GES has numerous representatives on this committee and we appreciate their service and dedication to the future of our school!

GCISD Podcasts

Are you interested in learning more about LEAD 2021, GCISD's long range plan? You should subscribe to the new LEAD GCISD podcast at: It's a new way for GCISD to communicate information and successes with the community. A new podcast will be released every Tuesday until Christmas break.

Important Links

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    • Assistant Principal Ms. Ray: @GESKRay

    • Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars

    • Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]

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