November 17, 2014


Nov. 18 - Faculty Staff Development During PLCs and after school "Google for Teachers"

Nov. 19 - BES Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night 5:00-9:00

Nov. 20 – Second Grade Musical 9:00 a.m. (white schedule)

Nov. 20 - PTA General Meeting 6:30 Library

Second Grade Musical 7:00 p.m. cafeteria

Dec. 2 - Team Leader Meeting

Dec. - 6 weeks progress reports go home.

Dec. 9 - Kimberly Holcomb will be on campus to meet with each grade level and debrief regarding your initial implementation of Think Tanks in the classroom Please bring a completed Think Tank and or Think Tank plans for her to review with you. She will also meet with the entire staff during our after school faculty meeting

Dec. 13 - More details will be coming soon.

Dec.16 - PLC meetings canceled - we are substituting Kimberly's visit for this date.

Dec. 18 – Third Grade Musical – evening performance only 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 19 - Third Grade Musical Performance 9:00 a.m. K-5 (Sarah, Tonya and Specials will supervise your classes so you can prep for your celebrations.) No specials today.

Dec. 19 - Early Dismiss K-5 11:45 - staff 2:00 p.m.


Dear Leigh,

You and your students (I believe they were Ms. Engle's homeroom) were so great today when I showed up unexpectedly (in the middle of your class!) with a student in a wheelchair who needed access to the stage. You and the students, alike, welcomed us and eagerly asked what you could do/move to help us get to the stage. I love how everyone did what it took to make it happen. - Nancy Konecki

Shelly thinks that ALL the Classroom Teachers are awesome educators. On 11-6-14 all classroom teachers got their attendance on time with 0 reminders.

Fourth Grade thinks that Dee Vaught is an awesome team player. Dee knows our children so well that she was able to head off a student who was attempting to spend stolen money! Thanks Dee.

Leigh thinks that Brittany is an awesome team player. Brittany gave Leigh a cool rehearsal poster.

Tamela thinks that Judy Hockenbrough is awesome. Judy introduced the pumpkin book challenge to third grade. Tamela writes, "What a wonderful idea. I enjoyed all of the pumpkin book characters."

Sarah thinks that Raschel and Jeanette are awesome. They filled in the last two volunteer spots for the Spring Creek BBQ gig. These ladies are going to earn their aprons!!!

Leigh thinks that Sue, Sandy and Dolores are awesome. They are always flexible at "Show Time" and help put the production together especially when the performers need extra rehearsals!)

Abby thinks that Raschel is an awesome team player. Raschel is doing an amazing job with the book fair and is helping to meet the needs of all our students.

Leigh thinks that 1st Grade is awesome because they showed their students a You Tube video to help practice for their performance. (They did this while Leigh was out with Dan.)

Abby thinks that Shelly and Denise are just AWESOME everyday!

Sarah has observed that Tonya is a Super AP! Tonya runs the most efficient testing program in the district! She makes sure that every student has the opportunity to give their best each time they test. Thanks Tonya!

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Lisa K. Ware
Learning Liaison
Bransford Elementary School


Our United Way campaign will be over in a flash!! I have placed donation forms in your mailboxes. Please return the forms to my no later than Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. Our goal this year is 100% participation. (If we can achieve 100%, the monetary goal will take care of itself.) Please place your completed form along with your contribution ( checks made out to United Way) in my mailbox. Thanks in advance for your support. The names of all participants will be placed in a chance drawing for a $15.00 Starbucks gift card.

Istation Training Webinars

Below is a copy of an email send by Gayle Smith. Great information for IStation accessibility. (if this link is not live simply type it in to your browser.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4-5 p.m. CST

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8-9 a.m. CST

Monday, November 17, 2014, 4-5 p.m. CST

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8:30-9:30 a.m. CST

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The GCISD network will be down over the Thanksgiving Holidays.As you can imagine this is a huge project originally planned this for the week we were out in July. Our only option now is Thanksgiving. We will bring all internal technology systems down at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014. If all goes well, things will be back up by Monday the 24th.