Bransford Blast

September 18, 2016

Student Voice at Bransford

One of Dr. Ryan's goals is to implement a process for inviting and utilizing student voice in our schools. At Bransford last year, we had two teachers involved in the district-wide pilot committee. The committee felt students responded extremely positively when given the opportunity to become partners in educational decision making. Voice can happen through formal, school-wide means AND through informal means of teachers simply inviting students into frequent conversations about what works best for them in classroom contexts.

At Bransford, we are committed to gathering and using student voice to influence the campus. Staff members gather student voice through surveys, asking questions in class, and individual conversations with students. Ms. Boyd will be gathering student voice in the library through Library Liaisons (be looking for more details soon). Mrs. King uses student voice with the KC Club as they decide together how they want to serve our community.

Students in all grades also have an opportunity to provide voice on the principal panel. The principal panel meets once a month during lunch and is comprised of two to three students per class. This group of students shares their thoughts on the great things happening at Bransford, ideas they have for making it better, and provides Mrs. Halliburton with insight into their classrooms. If your student is interested in joining the principal panel, they can complete the online application here. Pre-k and kinder students will be receiving an application from their teachers.

When we ask for and listen to our students' voices, we continue to build an excellent school together!

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.

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Literacy Symposium

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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.
  • Watch DOGS: Watch DOGS will be starting this week. If you are interested in becoming a Watch DOGS, please contact the Mike Sexton or the front office. All Watch DOGS must complete a background check and the volunteer training found in this newsletter.
  • Laps for Learning: Excitement is building for the annual Laps for Learning event! Get your sneakers ready for Laps for Learning on Friday, September 30. We will all be walking, jogging, and cheering on our terrific Texans as we raise funds for our campus.
  • CELEBRATION: 100% of staff joined PTA!!!!
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This year we using a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!

3. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!
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BES Goals 2016-2017

We are now 5 years into our district strategic plan, LEAD 2021. As we as a campus continue to strive towards meeting the objectives set forth in LEAD 2021, we set goals for ourselves and our students. Below, please find the overarching goals we have for Bransford for the 2016-2017 school year to assist in our journey towards reaching the goals outlined in LEAD 2021. We will continue to talk about and update you on our progress towards these goals throughout the school year.

  • Creating a positive welcoming environment for our students and staff where risk taking is encouraged and embraced

  • Using student voice to influence decisions in our classrooms, hallways, and building

  • Using the Units of Study in each grade level to create a systematic approach to writing

  • Starting CORE visits to learn from the experts on our staff

  • Taking time to build relationships with staff, students, and families

  • Celebrating the GCISD reading challenge with our students and staff

  • Use the new Learning Platform Rubric and T-TESS with staff to assist us in our growth toward a learning platform

  • Develop students and staff who are skilled problem solvers, collaborative workers, effective communicators, global citizens, and self-regulated learners

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • September 20: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night
  • September 23: BES Spirit Day
  • September 28: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m. & DI Meeting (see above)
  • September 30: Laps for Learning
  • October 3: CEC 3:10 p.m. & Snuffer's Spirit Night
  • October 6: GT LEAD Curriculum Night
  • October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning
  • October 14: End of 1st 9 Weeks & Dad's Club Movie Night
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott