Bransford Blast

May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

We wish all of our BES families a Happy Mother's Day! Thank you for the honor of working with your children each and every day! Enjoy your special day!

GCISD Bond Results

During the May elections, the GCISD community voted yes to support the bond. A BIG thank you to our community for this support! Take a look here for the election press release and here for further information on the bond.


It's time for our third, fourth, and fifth grade students to show-off their math, reading, and science skills on the STAAR, State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness. Thank you for keeping the building free of visitors during testing.

Monday: Math for ALL 3rd and 4th grade as well as 5th grade make-ups

Tuesday: Reading for ALL 3rd and 4th grade as well as 5th grade make-ups

Wednesday: 5th grade science as well as 3rd and 4th grade make-ups, if needed

Thursday: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade make-ups, if needed

Friday: 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade make-ups, if needed


  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of our PTA volunteers, parents, and students for the outpouring of love and appreciation last week! The delicious meals, treats, kind words of affirmation, and thoughtfulness given throughout the week was beyond humbling! The BES staff feels so honored to work with each of you! Thank you!
  • Thank you to each of you for attending Chick-Fil-A spirit night on Tuesday! What a delicious way to raise funds for our campus!
  • A big thank you to our two retiring staff members, Lisa Ware and Amy Watts, for their service to our staff and students! Both were recognized this past week at the GCISD Retirement Banquet.

School Supplies

Ordering school supplies now helps you save time and money when back-to-school shopping. Parents that use EPI school packs save up to 40% compared to the same supplies from a national retailer.

Order deadline is

To order online:

1) Go to:

2) Enter our school code: BRA020

Supplies will be delivered to your student on Meet the Teacher night on .

For questions, contact Jill Nelson at

Cafeteria Charges

No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website and Child Nutrition Facebook page.

Choose Your Own Adventure - GCISD Elementary Summer Programs

On Monday, March 28th, online registration will open for our Elementary GCISD Summer Programs which includes Summer Enrichment, KidzU Camps, and ECDC Camps. This summer we will offer courses for students completing K-6th grades. Our program brochure is available online on the Summer Enrichment page and a limited amount of printed brochures will be sent out to all elementary campuses the week of March 28th. If parents need assistance with the online registration or have questions, you can direct them to the Summer Programs Office which is located in the GCISD Tax Office this year. The number is (817) 251-5206 and the office will open Monday, March 28th.

The cover of the Summer Enrichment brochure (seen on the left) was designed by our own Kathryn DeYoung!

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:

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

Looking Ahead...

Monday, May 9

STAAR Math grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Tuesday, May 10

STAAR Reading grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Zoe's Spirit Night

Wednesday, May 11

STAAR Science grade 5

Thursday, May 12

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

25 Book Challenge forms due

Friday, May 13

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

BES Spirit Day

Tuesday, May 17

Chop House Burger Spirit Night

CEC 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

PTA 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20

Field Day

Monday, May 23

BOGO Book Fair

Bransford presenting at the school board meeting 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24

BOGO Book Fair

4th Grade Awards 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25

BOGO Book Fair ends at noon

4th & 5th Grade Career Day

Thursday, May 26

2nd Grade Awards 8:30 a.m.

Friday, May 27

Student Holiday ~ No School

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day ~ No School

Tuesday, May 31

8:30 a.m. 5th Grade Softball Game

1:45 p.m. 1st Grade Awards

Menchie's Spirit Night

Wednesday, June 1

8:30 a.m. 5th Grade Awards

1:30 p.m. 3rd Grade Awards

Thursday, June 2

8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Awards

11:45 a.m. Dismissal

Last Day of School

Friday, June 3

Happy Summer Students! See you at meet the teacher on August 18!