Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

August 28-September 1, 2023

A Note from the principal...

Hello, Dove families!

We had a great Week #2 at Dove Elementary! Teaching and learning are in full swing in our classrooms, and our teachers continue to reinforce behavior expectations throughout the building! Has your student talked about Dolphin Dollars? Dolphin Dollars are the currency we use at Dove to positively reinforce behaviors! Our students are having so much fun earning Dolphin Dollars and they can't wait to cash them in for prizes!

It was so fun to close out our first full week with an All School Assembly! There's something about having our entire school all in the same place hearing the same message and celebrating together that just makes me smile! This assembly was SUPER for a lot of reasons, but one of those reasons was our very special guest! Spiderman stopped by Dove to talk to students about how they can become Superheroes! He told them to Be Kind. Be Helpful. And to Always Do Your Best.

I don't know about you, but I think that's great advice!

Proud to be your principal,

Heather Landrum

All School Assembly

Volunteer Background Check - ACTION NEEDED

All visitors who wish to visit at Dove or be a part of events such as field trips, Friendship Day, class parties, Field Day, Book Fair shopping, the Fun Run, and more need to have a cleared background check every year.

We encourage ALL VISITORS to do this at the beginning of each school year to avoid any conflicts with attending events at our school!

More information about the process and the online application can be found HERE. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and we appreciate everyone taking time at the beginning of each year to complete the background check process!

Please Bring Your ID!

ALL visitors must present a photo ID and sign in as a visitor in our Raptor system upon entering Dove EACH TIME THEY VISIT. Any visitor without a photo ID will not be allowed to sign in to our school. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and we thank you for keeping the safety of our students and staff a priority!

Campus Newsletters

Each week, links to grade-level newsletters can be found here:



1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

School Stats: Week of August 21-25, 2023

Total Enrollment: 393

Total Attendance Goal: 96.0%

Total Attendance Rate for last week: 95.6%

PK: 97.3%

Kinder: 96.0%

1st: 95.6%

2nd: 93.9%

3rd: 94.3%

4th: 98.0%

5th: 94.8%

Attendance Matters! Thank you for having your child at school on time ON TIME AND READY TO LEARN!!!!!!!!

Attendance Matters!

Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s learning and educational experiences. Parents and students are encouraged to avoid unnecessary absences. Two important state laws govern attendance. In efforts to promote student attendance and learning, please note the following reminders and updates to GCISD attendance requirements:

  • Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled at a campus.
  • Students/families who do not meet compulsory attendance will be referred to the GCISD Attendance Review Board and/or referred to Tarrant County Court for truancy.
  • To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten–grade 12 must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
  • Up to 8 days per year (4 per semester) may be excused by a parent note for missed attendance beyond medical, approved excused, and statutorily exemptions.
  • Vacations taken during the school year will be coded as unexcused absences.
  • A parent must provide an explanation for any absence upon the student’s arrival or return to school. The student must submit a note signed by the parent. The campus will document in its attendance records whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
  • All absences whether excused or unexcused count toward the 90% rule.

Read more about the Laws Governing School Attendance HERE.

Can I eat lunch with my child?

We welcome visitors during lunch!

Due to seating capacity, we only have space for a certain number of visitors during each grade level lunch. Please click on the Sign Up Genius below and scroll down to find your child's grade level and sign up on an open spot to ensure that you have a spot to sit at lunch! Once the slots on a particular grade level are filled, we won't have the space for additional visitors on that day during that grade level lunch.

September Lunch Sign Up

Dove Obstacle Run

Dove Elementary families!

Our Dove Obstacle Run fundraiser is kicking off soon! Lookout for more information in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars with these key dates!



Dove Obstacle Run Kick Off - 09/07/2023

Event Day - 09/15/2023

Thanks for your support, Dove Elementary families!

New Information

Curriculum Night Thursday, August 31

Your child's teacher will provide you with LOTS of information that you will need to know in order to help your child be successful this year at Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 31! We will start at 5:00 in the cafeteria and introduce our staff to our families. Then, we will have a Title 1 Parent Meeting and a PTA meeting in the cafeteria before dismissing to go down to classrooms.

We have two Curriculum Night sessions in classrooms (identical information in both) for families with more than one student.

  • 5:45-6:15 (Session 1)
  • 6:30-7:00 (Session 2)

Also at Curriculum Night, you will have the first opportunity to sign up for Clubs at Dove! Our teachers sponsor extracurricular activities for our students to engage their interests! Sign ups will be available at Curriculum Night, and this year there will be limited space in each club! You don't want to miss it!

Please sign up for a Fast Pass using the form below so you can skip the line at the kiosk and have your visitor's badge preprinted and waiting for you to pick up!

Staff Recognized with S.A.M.

Each month, our staff recognizes two staff members who are Successfully Achieving our Mission. Congratulations to our August S.A.M. recipients- Mrs. Park, 1st grade teacher, and Ms. Young, 2nd grade teacher!
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Art Contest

The Trinity River Art Contest is going on now! 1st-8th grade students are eligible to enter, and entries close on September 29. The Grand Prize is an Amazon Tablet! For more information, click the link below. If you have questions reach out to Mrs. Mery at

Trinity River Art Contest

Repeated Information...But Worth Reading Again

Welcome, Officer Day

GCISD is proud to announce a partnership with the City of Grapevine and City of Colleyville, along with the Grapevine and Colleyville Police Departments, to employ a full-time School Resource Officer at all GCISD campuses.

Officer Day will be the School Resource Officer at Dove! Officer Day spent the first week of school meeting students and visiting classrooms and lunch!

Emergency Management

Below is information regarding Standard Response Protocols. GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district. Click here to see the Parent and Guardian Standard Response Protocol Information Sheet.

  • Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.

  • Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.

Emergency personnel in Colleyville, Euless and Grapevine work in partnership with GCISD to ensure we keep all students and staff safe.

Your child's classroom has a SRP Poster displayed. We will be discussing these and practicing these drills the next two weeks of school. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at If you have any questions, GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at

Going Outside During HOT Weather

HOT WEATHER During times of excessive heat (when temperatures or the heat index is over 100 degrees), the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activities including, but not limited to recess, athletic and physical education classes, fine arts programs, and/or outdoor field trips.
  • Students should be hydrated prior to outdoor activities and drinking water shall be easily accessible.
  • Students shall not have recess or physical education classes outside when temperature or heat index exceeds 100 degrees. The campus administrator or designee will notify or announce an activity advisory to all applicable staff.
  • Teachers are advised to use caution on other days when the temperature or heat index is high. Limiting recess to no more than 15 minutes and ensuring that students have access to adequate water prior to and/or after outside play is essential.


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! As a reminder, if you wish to celebrate your child's birthday at school, you are welcome to send small birthday favors for the class. Please do not send/ bring food items for other students. Thank you!

Happy Birthday to all our Dolphins!

Spring 2023 STAAR Results Available

STAAR results are available to families in Skyward. After logging in to Skyward, families can click on “District Links,” located on the upper right corner, and then on Cambium Assessments.
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How can I stay informed of upcoming events at the school?

Campus Newsletter

Beginning in August, Mrs. Landrum will send a weekly Newsletter via Remind and email. The newsletter, called Dolphin Tales, is packed full of important information!


Social Media

  • Facebook: If you are on social media, you will want to "Like" Dove Elementary, Dove PTA, and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD on Facebook! PTA Grade Level Coordinators will also invite families to the grade level Facebook page!
  • We are also on Twitter! You can read more about our story by following #DESisBEST on Twitter!

From Dove PTA

About the Dove Elementary PTA

Your membership in Dove PTA directly supports the school, the students, and the teachers of Dove Elementary. Our organization is stronger and more beneficial to our school with members like you. By becoming a PTA member, you will have a direct, positive effect on Dove Elementary.

Be sure to check out the Dove PTA Website at and "Like" Dove PTA on Facebook to stay connected to our school community!

Meet your 2023-2024 Dove PTA Leadership Team! We are looking for volunteers who want to serve the Dove community with us. If you are interested in any of the open positions or want to be on one of the committees, please email Becca Garrett at

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Did you get your spirit wear yet?

We are out of some sizes and colors and will be placing a reorder at the beginning of September. This is our last reorder and your last chance to get an out of stock shirt! Please order online at or look for the order form in your child's folder this week.

Reminder: Get discounts on shirts for filling out the Volunteer Interest Form and Dove Dad's Club Interest Form!

Dove PTA is now on Instagram! Follow us to stay in the loop on everything you need to know! @doveelementarypta

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Dove PTA Membership

Dove PTAs Membership Goal for August is 141 new members or 75% of last year's membership. Our goal for the year is 1 membership per student. Can you help us reach it?

2 ways to join!

Standard member- $10 affords you the right to vote and all benefits of membership for your whole family. There is never an obligation to serve!

Dove Family Sponsorship- $100 includes the same benefits of a standard member and up to 4 other members of your family, plus 5 all play wristbands at the Back to School Picnic, and a thank you on social media, our website, and this newsletter.

Our goal is 20 Dove Family Sponsorships for the year! If you have already joined as a member and would like to upgrade, email Becca at

Dove PTA... easy as 1, 2, 3! Join, Sign-up, Shop

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District Information

Extended Day Program is HIRING!

Extended Day Program is HIRING!

EDP is seeking to hire part-time staff in order to accommodate more students into the after-school program. Work hours are 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, and the starting rate is $17/hour. Click here to apply.

¡El Programa de Día Extendido (EDP por sus siglas en inglés) está CONTRATANDO!

EDP está buscando personal para trabajar medio tiempo para poder recibir más estudiantes en el programa. Las horas de trabajo son de 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, y el salario inicial es de $17/hora. Haga clic aquí para solicitar.

Texas House Bill 114

Effective 9/1/2023, Texas House Bill 114 requires a student to be placed in the DAEP if the student possesses, uses, or is under the influence of, or sells, gives, or delivers marijuana, THC, or an e-cigarette to another person within 300 feet of school property or at a school-related event. The District encourages all families to talk with their students regarding the dangers associated with vaping or drug usage and to discuss the implications of this new law with your children, emphasizing the importance of adhering to school policies and laws for their own welfare and for the betterment of the school community as a whole.

Child Find

GCISD has a process called Child Find to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth through age 21 who may require early intervention or special education services. Anyone can start the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, or relative by calling Child Find. Learn more:

Upcoming Events

August 31: Back-to-School Information Night! (Curriculum Night)

  • 5:00 Staff Introductions and PTA Meeting in Cafeteria
  • 5:45-6:15 (Session 1)
  • 6:30-7:00 (Session 2)

September 1:

  • Doors with Dads
  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
September 4: Labor Day Holiday- No School
September 7: Boosterthon Fun Run Kick Off Pep Rally

September 8: Dove Spirit Shirt Day!

September 12: Yearbook Picture Day!!

September 14: CEC Meeting After School in Learning Commons 3:30-4:45

September 15:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • Boosterthon Fun Run!!

September 18: Professional Learning Day for Teachers (Student Holiday)

September 22:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • Back to School Picnic 5:00-7:00pm @ Dove Park

September 29:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • All-School Assembly to Recognize our Students of the Month
  • Spirit Shop Open During Lunches!
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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.

Follow our story on Twitter at #DESisBEST