Bransford Blast

April 10, 2016

HB 5 Survey

Dear Bransford Parents,

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey:

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Bransford and GCISD.

Jamie Halliburton



  • Thank you Mr. Kaufmann, Mr. Lutrick, Mr. Lemke, and Mr. Halliburton for our new gaga pit! The students have enjoyed it at recess all week!
  • Thank you Mr. Sexton for bringing the ball park smells and tastes to BES for opening day! The staff enjoyed the freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs!
  • Wonderful kindness day on Wednesday! The building was filled with acts of kindness and BES pride!
  • Our KC Club cheered on our Girls on the Run on Friday afternoon during their practice 5K! Thank you Mrs. King for organizing this!
  • Terrific presentation on Thursday by Mrs. Tate and Patriot Paws brought to us by kindergarten and second grade as part of their community service project.

Rachel's Challenge: THIS Saturday!

  • GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair onApril 16th. We will have two guest speakers and several student performances throughout the morning. If you would like to run in the chip-timed 5K, showcase your business in our community fair, or volunteer your time please click here for more information.

  • Click here to volunteer at the Rachel's Challenge Rally.

  • Not running in the 5K? You can still join the fun! Visit all of the booths at the Community Fair and put your name in the raffle to win our Bransford Prize, “Pie with the Principal”! You and three friends of your choosing will get to have a Pizza Pie lunch and a Menchie’s Ice cream Pie for dessert. The raffle winner will also receive a $5.00 Menchies gift card.

Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration

Mark the calendar for Thursday, April 28 for Kindergarten and Pre-K registration from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for our new students to tour the campus, meet members of the BES staff, and get excited about the 2016-2017 school year!

Career Day!

BES is looking for volunteers to visit with our students on Career Day, May 25. Please click here for more information. If interested, contact BES counselor Mrs. King.

Choose Your Own Adventure - GCISD Elementary Summer Programs

On Monday, March 28th, online registration will open for our Elementary GCISD Summer Programs which includes Summer Enrichment, KidzU Camps, and ECDC Camps. This summer we will offer courses for students completing K-6th grades. Our program brochure is available online on the Summer Enrichment page and a limited amount of printed brochures will be sent out to all elementary campuses the week of March 28th. If parents need assistance with the online registration or have questions, you can direct them to the Summer Programs Office which is located in the GCISD Tax Office this year. The number is (817) 251-5206 and the office will open Monday, March 28th.

The cover of the Summer Enrichment brochure (seen on the left) was designed by our own Kathryn DeYoung!

Summer Enrichment 2016

Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7.

The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin.

The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline,


The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

April 14, 2016 by noon

Summer Exam Date

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline


Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

June 22, 2016 by noon

Looking Ahead...

Tuesday, April 12

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

BES Volunteers are SOUPER! Volunteer appreciation lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. at 817-305-4820

Friday, April 15

BES Sprit Day: Wear purple to honor our students who's parents serve in the military (see above)

First Grade Field Trip

Talent Show 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16

Rachel's Challenge Rally

Friday, April 22

Second Grade Field Trip

Girls on the Run Community Service Bake Sale (more information coming soon)

Dad's Club Camp Event

Tuesday, April 26

Raising Cane's Spirit Night

Thursday, April 28

Pre-K & Kindergarten Round-Up: If you have an incoming kindergartener, join us for this come and go event between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29

BES Spirit Day

Muffins with Moms from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria

Lunch & LEAD from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the learning commons

May 2 - May 6

Staff appreciation week!

Tuesday, May 3

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Saturday, May 7

Election Day

Monday, May 9

STAAR Math grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Tuesday, May 10

STAAR Reading grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Zoe's Spirit Night

Wednesday, May 11

STAAR Science grade 5

Thursday, May 12

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

25 Book Challenge forms due

Friday, May 13

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

BES Spirit Day

Tuesday, May 17

Chop House Burger Spirit Night

CEC 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

PTA 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20

Field Day