Bransford Blast

December 6, 2015

LEAD 2021:

LEAD 2021 I. Personnel Strategy: We will purposefully hire, continually train, and hold accountable all GCISD staff to ensure the fulfillment of the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. Specific Result 7: GCISD will create and provide systematic professional development to ensure the highest success for student learning in each content area.

One of our campus goals for this school year is to implement a systematic approach to teaching reading and writing through the workshop model. During our October professional development day, while our terrific Texans enjoyed a Monday holiday, the staff engaged in learning on the workshop model based on the work of Lucy Calkins. Our fabulous PTA further supported this learning by purchasing reading and writing workshop materials for each grade level. Thank you PTA! On Friday, the Education Foundation awarded BES, in collaboration with Colleyville Elementary School, a grant for $16,375 to continue our learning journey. This grant will be used to bring two representatives from New York to continue to train our staff on the implementation of reading and writing workshop. We will spend February 12 with Colleyville Elementary and the professional development team, then the team will spend a day in our classrooms giving us guidance. Thank you to the Education Foundation for this wonderful opportunity that will benefit all of our Texans!

For a list of all the grants awarded on Friday: Education Foundation Grant Recipients

To learn more about the Education Foundation: GC Education Foundation

Computer Science Week

This week at BES we will be promoting “Hour of Code” in which teachers choose 1 hour during the week of December 7-11 to promote coding in their classroom. Teachers will choose from a variety of resources and tutorials that expose students to foundational concepts of computer science. Computer science in grades K-8:

  • Supports the GCISD Portrait of a Graduate by teaching computational thinking in order to develop skilled problem solvers.
  • Provides instruction that demystifies coding and programming.
  • Encourages students to be creators rather than consumers of technology.
  • Intentionally promotes opportunities for all learners to engage in computational thinking.
  • Is based on K-8 technology applications standards and vertically aligned with high school computer science standards
For more information about Hour of Code and coding for students, check out


Yearbooks are currently on sale for $30 each. To purchase a 2015-2016 yearbook, go to Enter Bransford Elementary School to buy the book, shop for accessories, and have a dedication placed in the book for your child. The last day to purchase yearbooks is Friday, January 22.

Click here for the latest yearbook information.

Looking Ahead...

Monday, December 7

K, 3, 5 Principal Panel

KC Club Field Trip

Tuesday, December 8

CMS Band & Choir at BES

Third Grade Field Trip

Thursday, December 10

2, 4 Principal Panel

Friday, December 11

PTA Holiday Shop Preview Day

Saturday, December 12

Breakfast with Santa 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. BES Cafeteria

Monday, December 14 - Wednesday, December 16

PTA Holiday Shop

Thursday, December 17

First Grade Program 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 18

Fifth Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.

First Grade Program 9:00 a.m.

Holiday Parties 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Early Release 11:45 a.m.

Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4

Holiday Break

Tuesday, January 5

Welcome Back!

Monday, January 18

Student & Staff Holiday