Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

January 16-20

A Note from the principal...

Hello, Dove families!

We had a GREAT week at Dove Elementary!! It was wonderful coming back to school and kicking of 2023 with the BEST students and STAFF!! We have a busy spring, so please be sure to read the newsletter all the way through and add important dates to your home calendar!

Pro Tip: My family has three different school newsletters and calendars to comb through each week. It is A LOT to keep up with! We have a white board calendar on the fridge where we write important dates and events for the month. It helps us all stay informed with what's coming up!

Proud to be your principal,

Heather Landrum

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Grade Level Newsletters

Links to grade-level newsletters can also be found here:



1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

School Stats: Week of January 9-13, 2023

Total Enrollment: 454

Total tardies goal: 0

Tardies this week: 148!!! Parents,we had almost 30 TARDIES/ DAY THIS WEEK!!!

THIS HAS TO IMPROVE! This new year, let's all make the resolution to get up 10 minutes earlier and arrive at school ON TIME!!

***Take a look at the graphic below to see the impact on learning time when a student is even 5 minutes late to school.

Total Attendance Goal: 96.5%

Total Attendance Rate for last week: 95.08%

PK: 91.9%

Kinder: 95.3%

1st: 95.8%

2nd: 97.1%

3rd: 94.8%

4th: 93.3%

5th: 95.2%

Attendance Matters! Thank you for having your child at school on time every day!

Attendance Check

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!! Did you know that you can check how many absence your child has by logging in to Skyward Family Access and clicking on "Attendance" on the left hand side? There is lots of great information about your student's attendance there. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Rourke, our data secretary at

As a reminder, students must meet the 90% attendance requirement to be promoted to the next grade level at the end of the year.

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What time is your student arriving at school?

  • School starts at 7:40am. Learning starts at 7:40am. Please help your child by having them to school on time!
  • PRO TIP: Doors open at 7:20am! We have a rush of cars out front right at 7:20, but there are not many cars coming through the line 7:25-7:35! If you typically get to school at 7:35, and the line is bottle-necked waiting to drop-off, I highly encourage you to leave 3-4 minutes earlier! It will make all the difference!
  • As a reminder, when you arrive after 7:40am, parents, you must park and walk your child in to the front office to sign them in. Do not send your student in by themselves. Thank you.

Set morning routines that allow your student to arrive at time on school. We asked several students who are always on time to school what they do to help make sure they are ready to leave on time. They said...

"I put everything in my backpack the night before and leave my backpack by the door."

"My mommy makes my lunch at night and puts it in the fridge."

"I wake up early so I have time to get dressed and ready for school."

"I pick out my clothes before I go to bed so I know what I'm wearing."

Parents, what can you do to help make sure your child is at school on time each day? Could you snooze one less time? Could you set your alarm for 10 minutes sooner? Could you implement some of the suggestions above to help the morning run smooth and quick?

Can I eat lunch with my child?

YES! We welcome families to come eat lunch with their child!!

Due to limited visitor seating, we ask that families use the sign up below to ensure they have a space to sit when they come to lunch! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. We ask that you only choose one slot per week to allow for other families to also enjoy lunch with their students.

You are welcome to share this sign up with a family member that may not have received the newsletter.

Don't forget your ID when signing in to visit during lunch!

Please call the front office if you have any questions! Thank you!

January Lunch Sign Up

New Information!

Pre-K Tuition Based Lottery

To apply for 2023-2024 tuition based pre-k lottery, please COMPLETE THIS FORM. This form is only for those students that will be tuition based. If you meet state qualifications for tuition, do not apply here. Those applications will open in April.

You will be notified at what school your child has a seat by February 6.
If you are wanting to register for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact us at

SPAM NOTE: Please make sure to add & to your email list so it doesn't go into SPAM.
Please email for registration or program questions you may have.

For more information about PreK in GCISD, click here ----->

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GCISD 2023-2024 Instructional Calendar Approved

GCISD will begin the 2023-2024 school year on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. The calendar for the upcoming school year was approved by GCISD’s Board of Trustees at their December 19 meeting.

A few additional holidays and important dates on the calendar include:
-District holidays are on September 4, October 9, January 15, March 29, May 27 and June 19
- Six professional development days (no school for students), which are scheduled for September 18, November 6 and 7 (Election Day), January 2-3 and February 19
- Thanksgiving Break runs November 20-24
- Winter Break for students runs December 18-January 3
- Spring Break runs March 11-15
- The calendar includes flexible minutes which will be used before the two bad weather days scheduled for on February 16 and April 15
- The last day of school is on Thursday, May 23

Click here to view or download the final 2023-2024 calendar. Please note the start date in August and save this calendar and use it when planning upcoming trips and vacations next year!

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Doors with Dads

Thank you, Dove dads for starting our Friday morning off with smiles and high-fives!! The next Doors with Dads is Friday, February 10! Mark your calendar to be there!
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The Dove Yearbook is proud to celebrate Dove Elementary's 50th anniversary!

There are so many amazing teachers, students, clubs and events at Dove, and we can't wait to showcase them all in this 2022 - 2023 yearbook.

If you haven't already, be sure to create an account with, our online yearbook service. Signing up is free, and you'll have full access to view the yearbook. Use the link and school code below to create an account:

TreeRing Link:

School Code: 101285613713880

Watch your inbox for future Yearbook updates!

Author Bridget Heos Visits Dove

Bridget Heos is coming to Dove! She will visit with our PreK-3rd grade students on January 24th! We will get to hear how Mustache Baby went from an idea to a published book as well as what it is like to be an author.

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GMS Band (5th grade parents only)

5th Grade Parents! Is your student interested in learning how to play an instrument next year in middle school? The Grapevine MS & Cross Timbers MS Band will be holding their “Meet the Instruments” Event on Saturday, January 28th from 9-1:30pm at Grapevine MS and Saturday, February 25th from 9-1:30pm at Cross Timbers MS. Sign up for one of the days regardless of what school you will be attending next year. All students interested in joining the band program need to attend with at least one parent.

Click here to go to the GMS Band Website to sign up for a time and get all the information you need.

Click HERE for information regarding Meet the Instruments in English.

Click HERE for information in Spanish.

Repeated Information (But worth reading again!)

1,500 Minute Reading Challenge

We are so excited to partner with our PTA and the community to present the Dove Dolphin 1,500 Minute Reading Challenge to our students! We'll be sending the challenge worksheet home this week! Students should have their parents initial in a box for every 20 minutes that they read or are read to at home.

DID YOU KNOW?: It would take 75 days of reading 20 minutes per day to conquer reading 1,500 minutes, and there are 99 weekdays left of the school year!?

As students earn prizes on the worksheet, they should present their worksheet that's been initialed by their parents to their homeroom teacher in order to collect their prizes. We are so excited to do this as a school and can't wait to see our students reach those prize milestones!!!

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Play it Safe Information- Opt In Link included

GCISD offers the "Play It Safe" program for all students in grades PK-5.

The GCISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC is a volunteer council comprised of parents and community members that reflect the values of the district and community) has previewed and recommended these programs for all GCISD elementary schools. The curriculum and presentations are aligned with district philosophy. This program is a personal safety program and does not address human sexuality. Play It Safe is a child abuse prevention and awareness program that incorporates individual grade level, age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce the risk of sexual and physical abuse, and sexual assault. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult.

  • The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Inc., uses trained employees to present a fact-based personal safety program for students. The presentations are classroom-based so that children are in a familiar environment, and feel comfortable to interact with the trainer. A video is shown, followed by a question and answer time.

We must have your permission in order for your child to participate in this program.
  • Please indicate OPT IN if you would like your child to participate. We need parents to provide an OPT IN or OPT OUT for their child.
  • To fill out the form please log into your Family Access and find the Online Form 22-23 Play it Safe Opt In/Out. Here is a link to an instruction guide.
  • Your child's school will be showing Play It Safe to students on: February 3, 2023

GCISD is hosting a parent preview on January 17 at 10:00 AM via Zoom. This presentation will be recorded and posted on the GCISD website for parents to watch at their convenience.

Videos and scripts will be available for parents to preview from 1/10/2023 to 1/31/2023. Password: GC23

If you are unable to view the videos or the parent preview, but wish to view the material, please contact The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Inc. at 817-927-4040 and ask for the Play It Safe department.

For questions, please contact Jennifer Hill, Dove counselor at

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Grade Level Calendars

If you've been looking for a way to more easily stay on top of all of the events, activities, and deadlines for school, these calendars should really help you!

1st Grade:
2nd Grade:
3rd Grade:
4th Grade:
5th Grade:

If you have any questions or issues with the calendars or integration, feel free to reach out to for more assistance.
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New STAAR Item Types

3rd-5th grade families, take a look at this!!

The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) has undergone a redesign starting with the 2022 - 2023 school year. Students will experience new item response types, as well as, additional opportunities for free response and writing.

Families and students can preview and practice with the new item types by visiting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) resource at this link.

You do not need a login or password to access the site. Leave both options set to Guest and click the green login button at the bottom of the page. After selecting a STAAR-tested grade level, you will have a variety of options including information about the new item types and practice tests.

3rd-5th grade students will take Interim Assessments (STAAR Benchmark Assessments) on December 14 and 15!! Please make sure you log in at home and talk with your student about these new question types!

Celebrating Birthdays at Dove!

Celebrate your Dolphin’s birthday in a BIG way by having their name and birthday flash on our marquee (Pro Tip- this is a great photo opp)!! Fill out the form below and drop your money by the front office!

Happy Birthday to all our Dolphins!

Please Bring Your ID!

ALL visitors must present a photo ID upon entering Dove EACH TIME THEY VISIT. Any visitor without a photo ID will not be allowed to sign in to our school. Thank you for understanding and for keeping the safety of our students and staff a priority!

Attendance Matters!!!

Please click HERE to view the 22-23 GCISD Instructional Calendar. This is a helpful resource to consult when planning family vacations and trips! Thank you for planning trips and vacations around the Instructional Calendar to ensure your student is in attendance every day that we have school!

Of course, we know that there will be a day when your child has a fever or is vomiting. We ask that in these cases, you keep them home and email or call the school to let us know.

Thank you for making sure your student is at school learning every day!!

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From Dove PTA

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Dove Apple Tree

The Dove Apple Tree has been updated! We invite you to take a look at the list to see what items teachers are needing! This list will continue to be updated, so check back to see what needs we can fill for our amazing teachers! Email with any questions!

Volunteers Needed!

At Dove, we believe in the partnership between the classroom teacher, student, and parents, and we want you to be a part of our Dove community! Volunteers are needed for a variety of reasons throughout the year. Whether you will be working with a small group of students, reshelving books in the library, helping at Field Day, or chaperoning a field trip, all volunteers must view the GCISD Volunteer handbook and complete a background check every year. More information can be found on the Volunteer page on the GCISD Website. We look forward to seeing you around Dove soon!

District Information

Join the GCISD Team – Next Job Fair is January 18

Please spread the word through your newsletters, social media or any other avenues you have in place. We are still in need of many employees for this semester.

GCISD's “Working with GCISD Wednesday” Job Fairs are continuing in 2023. One Wednesday a month, we will be conducting on-site interviews for various positions. Our next “Working with GCISD Wednesday” Job Fair will be held on January 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the GCISD Administration Building.

Ready to join the GCISD family? Click the link to learn more:

Great opportunities are available in various departments:

  • Cafeteria Food Service (Nutrition Specialists) - PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!

  • Campus Technicians

  • Night Custodians

  • Bus Drivers/Bus Driver Trainee – paid training program to earn your CDL and drive our children.

  • Bus Monitors

  • Assistant Irrigation Technician – help maintain district irrigation systems

  • Lead HVAC Engineer

  • Warehouse Driver - work to transport packages/supplies to GCISD schools

  • Special Education Assistants – work directly with students in a rewarding role!

Las ferias de trabajo “Trabajando con GCISD los miércoles” de GCISD continúan en 2023. Un miércoles al mes, estaremos realizando entrevistas en un mismo lugar para varios puestos de trabajo. Nuestra primera Feria de Empleo “Trabajando con GCISD los miércoles” se llevará a cabo el 18 de enero de 4 a 6 p.m. en el edificio administrativo de GCISD.

¿Listo para unirse a la familia GCISD? Presione en el enlace para obtener más información:

Grandes oportunidades están disponibles en varios departamentos:

  • Servicio de alimentos de la cafetería (especialistas en nutrición) - trabajo de medio tiempo con beneficios: ¡trabajen mientras sus estudiantes están en la escuela!

  • Técnicos de Campus

  • Custodios nocturnos

  • Conductores de autobús/aprendices de conductor de autobús: programa de capacitación pagado para obtener su CDL y conducir a nuestros hijos.

  • Monitores de autobús

  • Asistente Técnico de riego: ayuda a mantener los sistemas de riego del distrito

  • Líder Ingeniero de climatización

  • Conductor de almacén: trabajo para transportar paquetes/suministros a las escuelas de GCISD

  • Asistentes de educación especial: ¡trabajen directamente con los estudiantes en un rol gratificante!

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Curriculum Site

The community may access an overview to curriculum for core courses at the following website: The site may also be accessed from under the Parent pull-down menu.

Paying for Meals

GCISD will begin charging for meals this year. To see if your child qualifies for Free or Reduced Meal Pricing, please click HERE and complete the form.

To add money to your child's meal account, please send a check to school with them or drop it by the front office. **Pro Tip** Download the My School Bucks App from your App Store. You can add money directly to your child's meal account, track their spending, and receive notifications when their meal account runs low!

Lunch Menus

Click the button to be redirected to the GCISD Nutrition Services Page!

Upcoming Events

January 16: No School (MLK Holiday)

January 17: Phase 1 Tutorials for 3rd-5th grade begin (Monday-Wednesday 3:15-4:15)

January 24:

  • Club Pictures (More info soon)
  • Author Visit (Bridget Heos)

January 25: Oncor Presentations in the gym (during specials)

January 27:

  • All School Assembly
  • Kendra Scott Night benefitting Dove PTA! 5:00-7:00pm

February 3: Play it Safe (during Specials)

February 13-17: Literati Book Fair!!

February 14: Valentines' Day!! Grade level parties in the gym during Specials

February 16: PTA Meeting (5:30-6:00) and Literacy Night in the Learning Commons (5:30-7:00)!

February 20: No School for Students- Staff PD Day!

February 28: Class Pictures and Spring Pictures

March 2: CEC Meeting 3:30-4:45pm in Dove Learning Commons

March 3:

  • Friendship Day (During Specials)
  • Open House (5:00-6:00) / PTA Movie Night (6:00-7:30)

March 13-17: Spring Break

March 20: Phase 2 Tutorials begins

April 7: Bad Weather Day

April 10: Bad Weather Day

April 19: Early Release (11:45am)

April 25: STAAR Reading (3rd-5th grade)

April 27: STAAR Science (5th grade)

May 9: STAAR Math (3rd-5th grade)

May 19: Field Day

May 25: Last Day of School! Early Release @ 11:45am

Contact Us

The mission of Dove Elementary:

In a partnership with parents, students, teachers, and community, Dove Elementary provides a safe and supportive environment in which students develop an understanding and respect for self and others. We cultivate learning through encouragement of inquiry and empower students to make a difference in our ever-changing world.

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