Bransford Blast

October 2, 2016

Community Partners

LEAD 2021 Strategy V Finance Strategy: We will practice thoughtful management of district resources and expand opportunities by establishing partnerships with our business community, non-profit, and civic organizations to secure scholarships, grants, endowments, and internships that support the GCISD mission and strategic objectives.

Friday's Laps for Learning highlighted a wonderful example of establishing partnerships with our business community as nine local business sponsored Laps for Learning, Spirit Xtreme, Alamo Draft House, NDEX, NRH Orthodontics, Groce Law Firm, Menchie's, Worthington National Bank, Stone Law, Altitude Trampoline Park. The generous contributions of the aforementioned businesses provided shirts for each student, creating a team Bransford feel as we ran, jogged, and walked lap after lap on Friday. The donations from our generous sponsors also provided water and cups for the runners, keeping them cool as they attained their individual running goals. The connections we make with our community and local business emphasizes the value of collaboration, one of our GCISD Portrait of a Graduate goals. It is wonderful to see collaboration occurring with our families, community members, and students as we worked together raise money to enhance the educational experience at BES!

Getting local business involved in BES activities is another way we are Building an Excellent School Together!

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Thank you!

In addition to recognizing our generous sponsors, we would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our PTA, Dad's Club, all of our volunteers. Thank you to Angela Estes, Laps for Learning coordinator, for the wonderful prizes, bright and fun shirts, and all of the behind the scenes work! Thank you to Mrs. Atkins and Mrs. Apodaca for preparing the runners, mapping out the course, and MC the event!
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Bransford students have the opportunity to share their story using six different medias. Teachers will talk with students regarding the contest in the coming weeks. Students can submit upto six entries to the PTA reflection contest. Thank you for encouraging your Texans to share their stories!

Fitness Force

In an ongoing effort to increase our need for better health habits and exercise we are excited to announce the start date for Fitness Force 2016-17. Fitness Force is a fitness and health awareness club that will be working out every Wednesday from 2:55-3:45 p.m. We will meet October through December and February through April when school is in session. We will begin on Wednesday, October 5th and have our end of year celebration May 3rd.

Our outside program will be divided between walking/running a marked route and workout stations. We will have alternative inside activities on inclement weather days.

All students and families are eligible to participate. All members are expected to be active participants in the program.

Kindergarten students are required to have a parent or designated adult present with them AT ALL TIMES. Students in grades 1 through 5 may participate without a parent present. But we welcome and encourage parent participation at all grade levels!

In order to participate, all students must have a completed signed permission form turned in prior to participating.

Socks, tennis shoes and weather appropriate clothing are required. We ask that each student bring their own water bottle. We will meet in the gym after dismissal.

Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of our children becoming obese and developing related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Studies have shown our health can be improved by increasing our activity by just 10 minutes a day.

Please either complete the online form found here or return the permission slip found here to either Nurse Rebecca or Mrs. Atkins. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sue Atkins

Bransford Elementary P.E. Teacher

Rebecca Himmelberg, RN, BSN

School Nurse

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Join your neighbors for National Night Out for Colleyville in conjunction with Police and Fire Departments. This year we have added some events and sponsors to draw the elementary aged kids, including PlayTri Colleyville-- they will have a bike course with a focus on bike and helmet safety. Kids must bring their own bike and helmet. In addition, there will be vendors, food, bounce houses, face painting, and lots of other family friendly activities. The evening ends with a softball game between the Police and Fire.

Kids that show up they will be given the opportunity to put their name in two raffle drawings. The first winner will receive lunch with a police officer at their school. The second winner will receive lunch with a fireman.

We hope to see lots of BES kids there!

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Distinction Designations

Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several different areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. The distinction designation indicators are typically separate from those used to assign accountability ratings. Districts that receive a Met Standard rating are eligible for a distinction designation in postsecondary readiness.

For 2016, distinction designations are awarded in the following areas:

  • Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading
  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics
  • Academic Achievement in Science
  • Academic Achievement in Social Studies
  • Top 25 Percent: Student Progress
  • Top 25 Percent: Closing Performance Gaps
  • Postsecondary Readiness

The Accountability Summary and Distinction Designation Reports show one of the following

labels for each distinction designation:

  • Distinction Earned. The district or campus is rated Met Standard and meets the criteria for the distinction designation.
  • No Distinction Earned. The district or campus does not meet the distinction designation criteria or is rated Improvement Required.
  • Not Eligible. The district or campus does not have results to evaluate for the distinction designation, is labeled Not Rated or Not Rated: Data Integrity Issues, is evaluated by alternative education accountability (AEA) provisions, or is a campus paired with a feeder campus for accountability evaluation.

Please see below and click here for Bransford's Accountability Summary. Please click here for a more detailed report.

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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.

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.

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • October 3: Wear a blue shirt, boots, and jeans to Stomp Out Bullying, CEC 3:10 p.m. & Snuffer's Spirit Night
  • October 5: National Walk and Bike to school day, Garden Club 7:00 a.m., First Fitness Force 2:55 p.m. (see above for registration details)
  • October 6: GT LEAD Curriculum Night 6:00 p.m.
  • October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning
  • October 14: End of 1st 9 Weeks & Dad's Club Movie Night
  • October 19: Unity Day ~ Wear an Orange shirt and jeans!
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott
  • October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week
  • October 26: Talk with Texans 9:00 a.m.
  • October 27: Third Grade Program
  • November 1: College Shirt Day
  • November 3: Student-Led Conference, Early Release
  • November 4: BES Fall Carnival
  • November 8 - 15: Book Fair
  • November 10: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break