CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, May 9, 2016

Colleyville Elementary School Staff Newsletter

We are TEAM Colleyville!

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events

This Week

Monday, May 9

Third and Fourth Grade Math STAAR Testing
Wear jeans and CES shirt

Tuesday, May 10

Third and Fourth Grade Reading STAAR Testing
Fifth Grade Re-tests
Wear jeans and CES shirt

Wednesday, May 11

Fifth Grade Science STAAR Testing
National School Nurses Day (Thank you Natalie!)
Wear jeans and CES shirt

Thursday, May 12

STAAR make-up testing
PTA Family Night at Plucker's 4:00 pm to close

Friday, May 13
CES Spirit Day (wear CES shirt and jeans)
STAAR make-up testing
GCISD official due date for library books to be returned
KIndergarten Splash Day
Bluebonnet Blowout Celebration 2:40 to 3:30 pm in the Learning Commons

Next Week

Monday, May 16

First Grade Camp Learn-a lot Begins

Tuesday, May 17

Third Grade ext. PLC (pm)
Fourth Grade Field Trip to Ft. Worth Zoo
Cookie Break Day during planning times
Faculty Meeting at 3:00 pm in the Learning Commons (we will recognize Karen Kessel- Teacher of the Year and Teresa Martin- Para-professional of the Year!)

Wednesday, May 18

Bogo Book Fair
Fifth Grade Career Day 8:00 to 10:30 am (MobileGo)
Student Council Meeting 2:45 to 3:45 pm

Thursday, May 19

Bogo Book Fair
First Grade Field Trip to Dallas Zoo
CES Retirement Party 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the cafeteria

Friday, May 20
Bogo Book Fair
CES Spirit Day (wear jeans and CES shirt)

Learning Commons Survey

Please click on the link below to complete the Learning Commons survey for Dr. Newell by May 15th. Thank you!

Learning Commons Survey

PLP's for 2016-2017

Please be sure that you have created your PLP (Professional Learning Plan) for 2016-2017 before the end of May. Below are the directions, as well as the link to the actual CES PLP form. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy and she can help you.

Directions for completing your CES PLP in Google Drive
· Create a new folder and title it using the following format: Last Name, First Name PLP 2016-2017 (ex. Pearson, Cindy PLP 2016-2017)
· Share the folder with Cindy and she will put in the CES folder for Sheila/Julie
· Click on the link below to the CES PLP Form – You will be directed to make a copy. Please title it with the same conventions as the folder: Last Name, First Name PLP 2016-2017
· Place your PLP document inside your PLP folder.

CES PLP Form – 2016-2017

Border Crossers Training (let me know if you are interested in attending)

Talking About Race in the Classroom:

A Training for K-12 Educators Committed to Racial Justice

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our students? How do we ensure racial equity in our classrooms and schools?

Upcoming Training Dates:


Border Crossers believes that each teacher has a unique opportunity to nurture a racially equitable learning environment for children.

Through this training, educators will:

  • Strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in our schools and classrooms
  • Enhance their understanding of how racism affects children
  • Practice using tools and language to address race and racism in the classroom
  • Gain strategies to support a school-wide culture of respect, equity and inclusivity

This is not a lecture or a presentation – we use interactive theater and adult learning techniques to collectively discuss the role of race in our lives, share personal experiences of critical moments with students, develop strategies for confidently and effectively entering into conversations about race in the classroom and practice what to say when tough situations arise.

** please note: all ticket sales are final and non-refundable**

For more information, contact info@bordercrossers.org.

Retirement Celebration!

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A Few CES Reminders:

  • The next "Visit for Growth and Development" is due by May 20.
  • Twitter- tweet once a day, and read others' tweets.
  • Complete your class lists for the 16-17 school year. Don't forget to get with Lori about cluster groups!

Remember you only have one ride through life, so give it all you have and enjoy the ride.

~Jon Gordon

Caught Doing Their Best!

Natalie Neugent- Thank you for another wonderful choir program. The first grade students did a wonderful job!
Tonya Dean, Jennifer Lach, Kelsey Nelon, and Tera Christian- Thank you for opening up your classrooms for a presentation that may help our students understand others. We appreciate it!

Sneak Peek- Unveiling of the Newly Redesigned K-5 Humanities Curriculum

After months of work by over 70 of GCISD's K-5 teachers, we are hosting 4 identical sneak peeks into the new documents, resources, and expectations. Join us on one of the following dates:

May 12, 3:30-4:30, hosted at Cannon Elementary library - Registration link

May 19, 3:30-4:30, hosted at the CMS library - Registration link

May 24, 3:30-4:30, hosted at the Cannon Elementary library - Registration link

GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference

Save the date for The GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14: Rather than EdCamp this year, the instructional technology team is hosting a true conference for GCISD teachers. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will lead breakout sessions. Eduphoria registration, Call for Presenters, and more information about George Couros may be found here: https://goo.gl/ZwmpyD .


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