CES Partner Post

Monday, February 22, 2016

TEAM Colleyville

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events:

Monday, February 22
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.

Thank you,

Dr. Robin Ryan

GCISD Superintendent

CES Yearbook Sales

The orders are online only during the month of February.
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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

The Gifted and Talented referral window for current 1st through 4th grade students will open on Monday, February 15th and close on Friday, February 26th. If you would like an application for your student, they are available for pick up in the front office. Please contact Mrs. Lori Kirkhuff, GT Specialist, with any questions.

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

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year, will begin on Monday, April 25 and run through the end of May. Colleyville Elementary will have their Kindergarten Round Up on Tuesday, April 26 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please spread the word in the community, so that we have all of our incoming kindergarten students registered and ready to go for next year!

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)

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Technology Tidbits

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


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

Calendar Updates/Reminders

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Early dismissal at 11:45 am dates:

  • June 2

Student holidays:

  • 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:


Thank you in advance for making the appropriate arrangements for your child on these days. Any closures due to bad weather will be broadcast through Skyward Family Access and all local news outlets. Please be sure you keep your preferred email address and phone number updated in Skyward.

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

Box Tops

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 charlotte_barborka@yahoo.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 cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

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 cesyearbookeditor@gmail.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.




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.


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


Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners