CES Partner Post
Monday, February 22, 2016
Upcoming CES Events:
School Diagnostician and Psychologist Week
Photography Club Meeting 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the science lab
Middle school counselors coming to visit with CES 5th grade students
School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 23
Wednesday, February 24
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm in the music room
Thursday, February 25
PTA General Meeting at 6:45 pm
Second Grade HoeDown at 7:00 pm in the gym
Friday, February 26
Book Fair Preview
CES Spirit Day (wear CES shirt)
Message from the Superintendent
On Thursday night, February 18, 2016, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved ordering a bond election for May 7, 2016.
This decision to call a bond election was based on the recommendations of FIRST (Facility Innovation & Readiness Stakeholder Team). This team was made up of 34 parents and community members and 25 GCISD employees. It is important to note that every campus was represented and every member had an opportunity to vote on each proposed project.
After more than six-months of meetings, site visits, financial presentations and committee work, FIRST recommended a bond package that covers four key objectives. For your reference, I have listed those objectives below, as well as some of the projects that are included:
- Securing our District: Controlled visitor areas, security cameras, outdoor PA system for playground security, door hardware
- Planning for Growth: Rebuild Cannon Elementary, classroom additions and cafeteria extension at Heritage Middle School and a multipurpose activity center at Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School.
- Investing in Infrastructure: HVAC upgrades, improving accessibility, play structures, network capacity, transportation, kitchen equipment
- The Classroom Experience: Technology (infrastructure and devices), classroom furniture, collaboration spaces
The total of the bond package is $248.975 million and the last time GCISD held a bond election was in 2011.
Now that the election has been called, I wanted to let you know about a website that will have all of the information about what is included in the package for each campus, as well as district-wide projects. Please visit www.gcisdbond2016.com for all of these resources. If you have additional questions, please visit Let’s Talk.
Dr. Robin Ryan
CES Yearbook Sales
Book Fair Week- February 29 through Thursday, March 3
Preview day is Friday, February 26. Students will use the Scholastic Book Fair app on their iPads to share their book wishes with their parents.
Book Fair Hours:
Monday, February 29 -Thursday, March 3 from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Open House on Thursday, March 3 The book fair will be open 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 4 from 7:30 am - noon
Gifted and Talented Testing from current 1st grade through 4th grade students
CES Mission and Vision Statements
(created by the CEC 12/2015 and approved by Campus Management Team 1/2016)
At Colleyville Elementary School we, along with families and community members, are committed to providing a nurturing environment. All children will be challenged and prepared to become skilled problem solvers, effective communicators, collaborators, self-regulated learners and global citizens. Focusing on the whole child, we are also dedicated to fostering confident and compassionate members of society.
Colleyville Elementary School provides a nurturing and challenging environment that empowers students to discover their authentic selves and become effective and innovative contributors to society.
2016-2017 KIndergarten Registration and Round Up
CES 1:1 Take Home Initiative Update
On Friday, January 8th, our campus began it's 1:1 Take Home Initiative. All students can take advantage of this opportunity at any time during the school year.
If you would like more information about the 1:1 iPad Initiative, please go to our 1:1 web page that has information and links for parents to learn more about all aspects of our 1:1 Initiative. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/domain/3223
GCISD Determining Community Interest In Tuition-Based Pre-K
In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.
As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.
If you would like more information about the proposed tuition-based Pre-K program, click here.
GCISD Rachel's Challenge Rally
Rachel's Challenge Rally Website
April 6- GCISD Kindness Day (Purchase a Rachel's Challenge shirt to wear or wear a blue shirt- order forms in Friday folders and sent by email)
Technology Safety Resources for Parents and Students:
Here are some kid friendly search engines for your kids to use at home: http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 5TH GRADERS GOING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
February 22 CTMS and CMS come to CES to give out course selection sheets. CMS in
cafeteria and CTMS in library at 9:00 (30 – 40 minutes)
February 23 Parent Night at all of the Middle schools. CMS is 6:30; CTMS is 6:00.
February 25 CTMS Parent Coffee/Q&A 8:00 am and 3:30 pm
March 2 AVID Parent Night meeting at the PDEC 6:30 for students and parents
March 4 all MS selection sheets are due to the counselor.
March 7 – 9 counselors check selections and verify with teachers and parents, etc.
March 10 5th grade enters their course selections in the computer lab 8:00 until
all classes are finished
March 11 all AVID applications are due
March 14 – 18 Spring Break
March 29 and 30 STAAR testing week
April 18 AVID letters of acceptance or regret will be mailed
Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
Early dismissal at 11:45 am dates:
Spring Break - March 14-18
Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - March 25
Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - May 27
Memorial Day - May 30
If you have a student that attends GCISD’s Early College High School or iUniversity Prep, please know that their calendars are different from the rest of GCISD’s calendars. You can access their calendars by clicking on this link:
From the CES PTA
PTA Website: Please visit the PTA website – www.colleyvillepta.org.
PTA Restaurant Nights:
Chop House Burgers: Tuesday, April 12 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Plucker's Wing Bar (Grapevine): Thursday, May 12 from 4:00 pm to close
The only way I can begin this announcement is YOU ARE ALL AWESOME. Thanks to you we are collecting about 1,000 box top EVERY week. At this rate, we are going to make our school box top goal of 14,000 by the end of MARCH!!
Please keep turning in your box tops. We have some more classes that have hit the 500 box top goal. Congrats to Nelon, Dean, Grant and Redwine for reaching the first goal. There are so many classes that are so close to reaching 500 and now 1,000. Please keep the box tops coming in.
Want to know how your class is doing? Check out the bulletin board in the main hallway or look for the newsletter in your child's folder.
Please Remember to Report your Volunteer Hours
Please remember to report your off-campus volunteer hours either on the Off-Campus Volunteer Record or by e-mailing email@example.com. The record is located on the front desk in the office! Questions? Contact Charlotte Barborka, CES PTA Volunteer Coordinator.
Calling all parents!
We are in need of your support for pictures from the school year. Please help us by sending in pictures of your kids and their class!
Please submit images from this year to Jessie Tang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting, please include the following information for accuracy:
- Child’s Name (First and last name please)
- Grade Class/Teacher’s Name
- Event and Date
- Please include all kids names if it is a group picture
Looking forward to a great 2015-2016 yearbook with all your help!
Any questions, please contact Jessie at email@example.com.
PTA Fundraising Opportunity:
Parents and friends of Colleyville Elementary, please help PTA fundraise by answering surveys on Centiment. We are hosting a fundraiser on a new mobile friendly website called Centiment. Centiment enables our fundraising participants to utilize a smart phone, tablet, or PC to answer surveys from everyday brands that want feedback, such as Coke or Ford Motors. Your responses to these surveys are reported back on an anonymous basis, your personal information (name, email, etc) are never shared with the brands researching. For every survey you answer, Colleyville Elementary receives a payment. You can directly access our fundraiser through the link below or by going to centiment.co, signing up, and selecting Colleyville Elementary.
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
We need your help in getting the word out. Once you log in, please use the 'Invite Supporters' function in the menu bar to text a link to the fundraiser to friends and family or post a link on Facebook with a message. Anyone who enters through one of these links becomes your 'supporter' and adds to your total contributions on the Rankings page.
WIN CASH PRIZES
While the primary goal is to raise money for the school, you can also win a cash prize for yourself. 30 days into the fundraiser, the top 3 ranked people will receive cash prizes.
When you first begin answering surveys you may become disqualified often. This is because Centiment does not have any information about you in order to send you the most appropriate surveys. As you attempt more surveys, your privacy protected profile is built out and you will begin to qualify for more surveys.
Thank you - your participation is greatly appreciated!
GCISD LEAD 2021- Building Excellent Schools Together!
The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be THE BEST and through the district’s strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we continue building on the foundation started in 2011-2012. LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!
Redefining Education because your future matters today!
GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate
Skilled Problem Solvers