Bransford Blast

October 30, 2016

Student Led Conferences

LEAD 2021 strategy two states: We will facilitate a process that carries out the development, implementation, and realization of a personal learning plan that includes goals within the areas of academics, campus activities, and workforce/community involvement for every student to accomplish the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. Action step 5: Student led parent conferences will be conducted three times a year, at the beginning, middle and end of each year, for the student to share goals and growth as well as data reflected on universal screeners with parents and teachers.

This Thursday our Texans will be released at 11:45 a.m. to allow time for student led conferences. Students have been working with their classroom teachers on academic, behavioral, and personal goals. These goals and plans on how to achieve the goals will be shared this week. Looking forward to seeing each of you with your Texans at student led conferences this week!

Helping our students set and communicate goals is another way we are building an excellent school together!


We are aware of the online petition on regarding school on Tuesday, November 1. While this petition has garnered over 1,500 signatures, there has never been any consideration to cancel school on Tuesday, November 1. Any indication on the petition that this has been granted by Dr. Ryan, GCISD Superintendent, is false and we will be having school as scheduled on Tuesday.

Big image

Bransford Carnival

Come One, Come All to Bransford’s Carnival! Our annual carnival is Friday Nov. 4th from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm. Games, bounce houses, face painting and a lot more will fill the evening with fun! Wristband and punch cards are available for pre-order through PTA. Pre-ordered wristbands and punch cards will be distributed the night of the carnival at Will Call. Wristbands are $20 and include UNLIMITED games and activities. $5 and $10 Punch cards are also available. You may purchase wristbands and punch cards at the event. Food will be available for purchase. You may not use wristbands/punch cards for food.

To help kick-off the Thanksgiving food drive, KC Club will be collecting canned goods. Bring a canned good and receive a free popcorn. Don't forget to visit our silent auction and spirit shop!! We look forward to seeing you all on Friday!

Click here for a carnival pre-order form.

Please consider signing up to volunteer to work a short shift. Carnival Sign Up Genius:

Big image
Big image
Big image


You are invited to join Bransford Elementary School students and staff as our honored guest as we celebrate America’s Veterans.

Place: Bransford Elementary School Cafeteria

Date: November 11, 2016

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM Second grade presents “Let’s Honor Our Veterans”

9:15 AM Veterans walk the hall

9:30 AM Veterans join in a special Circle Up

9:45 AM Veterans and special guests reception hosted by BES PTA

9:45 AM Creating a special Veteran’s Day memento sponsored by BES PTA

Please join us as we pay special tribute to the men and women of this great nation who protect our freedom and liberty.

Thank you,

Leigh Hockenbrough

Bransford Elementary Music

Register a Veteran at

Garden Club

The last garden club for fall will be at 7 am on 11/2. Kiddos will probably need a jacket. We will be harvesting marigold seeds and making plans for the spring.
In the spring our garden work will also include a separate butterfly garden. Please mark your calendars for spring Garden Club: 4/5/17, 5/3/17, and 5/31/17.
Thanks to all our BEST gardeners: Radishes, marigolds, and a lettuce plant have thrived and it looks fantastic!

BES Author's Visit

BES is excited to welcome author Aaron Reynolds Tuesday, Nov. 29! Students brought home an information recently. For those wishing to purchase a book and get it signed by Mr. Reynolds, an order form was also included. Orders will be due Thursday, Nov. 4 to give us plenty of time to order the books and have them ready when he arrives. You can find more information about Mr. Reynolds on his web site:

Superfoodie Day

GCISD Nutrition Services will feature pumpkin as part of our superfoodie day on Friday November 4. All students will have the opportunity to try a scratch prepared pumpkin spread at lunch. Pumpkin is often overlooked as a superfood. It has many nutritional benefits.
Big image

Hoop Shoot

WHAT: Free Throw Contest on 10’ Basket

WHEN: Monday, December 5 - GIRLS

Tuesday, December 6 – BOYS

3:00-3:45 p.m.


WHO: Ages 8-9* and 10-11*

GIRLS-Monday & BOYS-Tuesday

*(Age as of April 1, 2017)

WHY: Winners will represent Bransford at Area.

SIGN-UP: Registration will be at the event.

NOTE: Transportation will not be provided.

QUESTIONS: Contact Mrs. Atkins – PE Teacher

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.

Elves on the Run 5K

Saturday, December 3 at 8:30 a.m.

The Women’s Division is proud to present the first ever Elve’s on the Run, 5K/ fun run. This family-friendly community event is in the heart of Grapevine- the Christmas Capitol of Texas! Meet Santa at the finish line, food trucks and beverages available for spectators, check out the vendors at Santa’s Workshop and more! Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Fun run begins at 8:30 am 5k begins at 9:00 am
  • Food Trucks— Chip timed Race — Awards
  • Show off your holiday spirit: Prizes for the best elf costume, and best registered group in costume.

The Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce operates under the umbrella of the Grapevine Chamber Foundation. The Foundation is a tax exempt, public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Women’s Division began in 1965 and provides assistance to those in need in our community. We are a 100% volunteer group and currently our largest projects are providing school supply packs for over 1200 GCISD students in need of extra assistance and brightening the lives of about 100 of the less fortunate local senior citizens by providing gifts and essential items during the holiday season.

For each participant that signs up Bransford PTA receives $2. Registrants must list Bransford Elementary when signing up. Click here for more information and to register.

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • October 31: Wear Halloween shirt or orange and/or black (no costumes at school)
  • November 1: College shirt day
  • November 3: Student-Led Conferences; 11:45 a.m. release
  • November 4: BES Carnival
  • November 8-15: Book Fair
  • November 10: Picture Retakes; PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 11: Veterans' Day
  • November 15: Chipolte Spirit Night
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29: Visiting author
  • November 30: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m.
  • December 3: Elves on the Run 5K (see above)
  • December 5-9: Coding Week
  • December 10: Breakfast with Santa 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bransford Elementary
  • December 13-15: PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 15: 5th Grade Choir's Peter Pan 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • December 16: School-wide Polar Express Day ~ wear pajamas; class parties from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; 5th Grade Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.