Kindergarten News You Can Use

April 8, 2016

Events to Remember

April 8-22

The whole school will be collecting coins (and dollar bills, checks and gift cards, of course) and supplies for Patriot Paws.

April 12

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 3 p.m.

April 14

11:30-1:00 Soup Luncheon in the library to honor our volunteers.

April 15

BES Spirit Day

6:30-8:30 Talent Show in cafeteria

April 15

Join the rest of the nation and wear purple today as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military

April 22

Starting at 6 p.m. Dad's Club will host dinner and a movie at BES. Dad's Club will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs served with chips. Dinner will be $5 a family, payable upon check-in on Friday night. Please bring drinks for your family. Girls on the Run will be selling S'more fixings as part of their community outreach project honoring the Stone family.

April 26

Spirit Night at Raising Cane's

April 28

Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up. If you have an incoming kindergartner join us for this come-and-go event between 3:30 - 6:00.

May 20

Field Day

Patriot Paws

Patriot Paws is a wonderful organization that trains and supplies service dogs to veterans at no cost to them. Each of these dogs costs the group a minimum of $30,000 to raise and train. Kindergarten and 2nd grade are collaborating to bring Patriot Paws to our school and create a fundraiser for the group. We had an assembly, complete with service dog, on Apr. 7th for all of the students. They were amazed to see all of the things the dog had been trained to do and this dog, named Gunner, was only half way through his 2 year training. As long as Bransford raises a minimum of $2000 (supplies count toward the total) the grade level that brings in the most money will get the chance to name a puppy that will begin its service sometime in the fall.

In addition to cash, checks, or gift cards (Walmart, pet stores, Target) Patriot Paws has informed us that the following supplies are the ones they are most in need of:

  • creamy peanut butter (check the label--no Xylitol!!)

  • toys of any kind, especially Kong toys

  • waste bags and holders

  • 4’ nylon leashes (even available at the Dollar Store)

  • HE laundry soap

  • Soft Moist treats – these are used in training. Nothing hard or crunchy.

  • Disinfectant wipes in travel packs (that will fit in a fanny pack or purse)

  • Travel collapsible water bowls

  • Treat pouches and Training clickers

  • New bath towels

  • Kong Brand toys – all sizes

  • Nylabone chew toys

  • Frontline Plus Flea Drops (for medium and large size dogs)

If you'd like more information about Patriot Paws, their website is

Social Studies

What are Patriotic Holidays and why do we celebrate them? In this 9 weeks, we will be reviewing the holidays we've already discussed and comparing them with Independence Day. Why do we celebrate Independence Day? Would we have Independence Day without George Washington and the American Revolution? What about Christopher Columbus? How do Veteran's Day and Independence Day compare? What do all of these holidays have in common? We will be tying all of this in with our Patriot Paws fundraiser as a way to remind students we have much to be thankful for in the U.S. and to be appreciative of and to give back to the people who have fought for our freedoms and our country.


Your child is expected to know math facts to 10 by the end of the school year. They are also expected to be able to count on to 100 from any given number and to determine one more or one less than any number to 20. These skills are important concepts to have in place to help build a strong number sense foundation. Opportunities to practice math present themselves in everyday activities. Create story problems for your child to solve or have your child create math story problems for you to solve!

Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7.

The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin.

The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline,


The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

April 14, 2016 by noon

Summer Exam Date

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline


Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

June 22, 2016 by noon

Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 28 for Kindergarten and Pre-K registration from 3:30-6:00. This is a wonderful opportunity for our new students to tour the campus, meet members of the BES staff, and get excited about the 2016-2017 school year.

Bransford Kindergarten Teachers

Mrs. Hendry

Mrs. Romo

Mrs. Ryan