CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, May 30, 2016

Colleyville Elementary School Staff Newsletter

We are TEAM Colleyville!

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events

Monday, May 30
School Holiday!

Tuesday, May 31

Wear jeans and CES shirts (those that have celebrations, can change afterwards)
Fifth Grade trip to Main Event
Third Grade Celebration at 8:30 am in the cafeteria
Second Grade Celebration at 9:30 am in the cafeteria

Wednesday, June 1

Wear jeans and CES shirts (those that have celebrations, can change afterwards)
First Grade Fun Day 8:15 to 10:15 am
Fourth Grade Celebration at 9:30 am in the cafeteria
Mr. Robert's Watermelon Party with 5th grade at 1:30 pm
Student Voice Wrap up meeting at 3:00 pm at the PDEC

Thursday, June 2

Wear jeans and CES shirts (those that have celebrations, can change afterwards)
Fifth Grade Walk at 8:00 am
Fifth Grade Celebration at 8:15 am in the cafeteria
Last Day of School
Early Dismissal at 11:45 am
Start of Summer Party 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Friday, June 3
Teacher Work Day (please note all checklist items must be completed by the end of today and there will be no access to the school beginning next week)
Blue Energy Conservation Form completed and on your door before you leave
La Hacienda Luncheon at 12:00 pm

Classroom Checklist Item

One of the items on our end of the year checklist is to remove the staples from the classrooms walls and hallway walls. Please take some time this week to look around and make sure this is done. As I walk around the hallways and see staples throughout the walls, I just think about what other people (parents) also see when they walk through the building. It will also make next year much easier if the walls are clear and looking nice before we leave! Thank you for your help with this! :)

Boxes Available

Beginning Tuesday morning, Mr. Robert will put out boxes for you to use to pack up your classroom for the summer. They will be located at the top of the stairs on a table, and are on a first come, first serve. Once they are gone, we will not have anymore. Please share! :)

2016-2017 Information

Teachers report to school at 7:30 am (just as it has been)
First bell rings at 7:35 am, and the second bell rings at 7:40 am (yes, only five minutes of transition time, but we didn't want to ask you to come any earlier)
Morning Show begins at 7:40 am
Tardies begin at 7:40 am (lates 7:40 to 7:50 am, and official tardies begin after 7:50 am)
Dismissal bell rings at 2:55 pm
After school meetings will begin at 3:15 pm
Early Dismissal remains at 11:45 am for selected days

More information will be shared at a later date or with team leaders!


Please review the following message from iStation about summer access for students.

Did you know that you can use Istation throughout the summer months to combat Summer Slide?

Istation believes a break from school needn’t be a break from learning. These printable brochures for teachers and parents explain how to access Istation at home. Need a brochure in Spanish? You can get one here. Think a video might work better to help inspire summer reading? Our Istation characters Justin Time and Paige Turner put together a short video about using Istation Home during the summer. Please share this video with students and their families:

Watch Paige and Justin discuss Istation Home.

We hope schools with subscriptions to Istation will encourage families to log in and keep learning all summer long!

Please help your students start the summer months at the place that is right for them! Have them take the ISIP assessment at school in May, so that when they begin home use during the summer months they are placed correctly into the adaptive curriculum in Istation Home.

PLP's for 2016-2017

Please be sure that you have created your PLP (Professional Learning Plan) for 2016-2017 before the end of May. Below are the directions, as well as the link to the actual CES PLP form. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy and she can help you.

Directions for completing your CES PLP in Google Drive
· Create a new folder and title it using the following format: Last Name, First Name PLP 2016-2017 (ex. Pearson, Cindy PLP 2016-2017)
· Share the folder with Cindy and she will put it in the CES folder for Sheila/Julie
· Click on the link below to the CES PLP Form – You will be directed to make a copy. Please title it with the same conventions as the folder: Last Name, First Name PLP 2016-2017
· Place your PLP document inside your PLP folder.

CES PLP Form – 2016-2017

A Few CES Reminders:

  • Twitter- tweet once a day, and read others' tweets.
  • Complete your class lists for the 16-17 school year. Don't forget to get with Lori about cluster groups! (I believe all I need is 4th grade students going to 5th grade)
  • Continue working on end of the year checklists.

Remember you only have one ride through life, so give it all you have and enjoy the ride.

~Jon Gordon

Sneak Peek- Unveiling of the Newly Redesigned K-5 Humanities Curriculum

After months of work by over 70 of GCISD's K-5 teachers, we are hosting 4 identical sneak peeks into the new documents, resources, and expectations. Join us on one of the following dates:

May 24, 3:30-4:30, hosted at the Cannon Elementary library - Registration link

GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference

Save the date for The GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14: Rather than EdCamp this year, the instructional technology team is hosting a true conference for GCISD teachers. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will lead breakout sessions. Eduphoria registration, Call for Presenters, and more information about George Couros may be found here: https://goo.gl/ZwmpyD .


Redefining Education because your future matters today!


GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate
Skilled Problem Solvers
Global Citizens
Self-regulated Learners
Collaborative Workers