BESTeam Tidbits

April 1, 2016

BES Volunteers are Souper!

Volunteers play a huge role in the day to day activities of BES. They make copies, read with our Texans, decorate our hallways, stock the lounge, and offer an extra set of hands where needed. To honor our volunteers, we will host a soup luncheon on April 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the learning commons.

To get the word out, please e-mail this invitation to volunteers who work with you and your students. Some volunteers will receive the invitation more than once, but that's okay. In addition to the e-mail, please take a few minutes for your students to create a special invitation from your class to send home in Friday folders.

Please take a moment to sign up for an item to bring to honor our volunteers.


  • A HUGE thank you to Tonya for organizing a smooth assessment week!

  • Thank you everyone for a successful STAAR week!

  • Three out of five days no subs!!!!

  • Three of our terrific Texan teachers have been invited to join VALOR! Congratulations!!!

  • Thank you Rebecca & Dee for keeping the lounge stocked with tea!

Remember to... Check this list, check it twice!

  • Teacher Self Report parts II and III are due April 15. Please login to Eduphoria to complete these by April 15. Thank you!
  • If you are attending the GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14, please let us know by placing your name on this list.
  • Last day to register for Rachel’s Challenge 5K is Monday, April 4. Don’t want to run? You can still join in the fun. Enjoy visiting all the booths at the community fair! Stop by Bransford Booth and take a quick kindness picture at our photo booth. Tweet us out #BESTexans and you can wear jeans to school the entire next week!
  • Upload Cornerstone Tasks. Let Lisa know if you need any assistance. Thank you for the great learning experiences you are facilitating for our students!
  • Thank you for keeping us informed about what's going on with our terrific Texans! Outside of school, our students have experienced loss, illness, and life altering events. Please let Jamie, Tonya, and Abbey know about these events so we can support our students and their families.
  • Mark your calendars for GHS Football Readers on Friday, May 13.


  • GT starts back this week!!!
  • Mike Russell, our facility maintenance person, has had a long hospital stay recently and will be out for an extended length of time. We thought it would be nice to help make his recovery a little easier by giving him some restaurant gift cards.
    Denise will be collecting money and have a card for you to sign on Monday, if you're interested.
  • 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.
  • Two online GT courses have just opened. These classes will be facilitated vis Google Classroom, and will count towards the initial 30 hours of GT and can also serve as a 6 hour update. GT CORE COURSE: Nature and Needs of GT Students ONLINE SESSION (March 21-May 6) GT CORE COURSE: Social Emotional Needs of GT Students ONLINE SESSION (March 21-May 6)
  • Remember to register to vote so you may cast a ballot in the May 7 election. to fill out the voter pledge. Additionally, features education issues only.
  • Patriot Paws: Kindergarten will be kicking off a PBL the first week of April called Patriot Paws. For the introductory event, we will have two assemblies, with service dog and all. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 7 8:00 a.m. for kinder through second grades, and 9:00 a.m. for third through fifth grades. For more information on this event, please click here.

  • Humanities Learning Opportunity:

  • Rachel's Challenge: 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.

  • Kindness Day: April 6 is kindness day in GCISD. Dr. Ryan has said we can wear jeans and a Rachel's Challenge shirt.

  • Retirement Dinner: If you are planning on retiring this school year, please mark your calendar for the GCISD Retirement Dinner on May 5, 2016.

  • Interested in earning a Master's? Click here for information.

GCISD To Host Bond Election Information Meetings

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting four bond election meetings starting March 10 to provide voters and community members with information on the proposed package. On February 18, GCISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016.

“We are holding informational meetings at each of our middle schools to give members of the community the opportunity to choose the most convenient time or location to learn more about the bond proposition,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent.

Quadrant meetings will be held:

  • April 5 at Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Rd, Grapevine

The one hour meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the campus cafeteria. During the meeting, district leaders will give an overview of the proposed projects, explain the community-led selection process, where and how to find specific information about each campus and facility, discuss the tax rate, and answer questions from community members.

Early voting is April 25 - May 3. GCISD residents age 18 and up can register to vote through April 7. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at


You may have noticed the title change for this week's staff newsletter. Working with the leadership team and the office staff, we discussed the purpose of the weekly newsletter is to share information about the campus happenings, not just Halliburton Happenings. We work closely together as a team, carving out time each week to discuss, plan, and prioritize, as we know you do with your teams. The new title reflects the importance of our BES Texan teams and staff!

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Ranger's Spirit Day: Wear jeans and Ranger's gear. BES Dad's Club will be cooking us burgers for lunch!


Our local 7-11 partner will be providing us with lunch. Mr. Patel will be bringing the food in 2 shifts, the first at 10:45am and the next at 11:50am.

Technology PLC

5th Grade Field Trip

Staff Meeting 3:10 p.m.: Bond Presentation

Zoe's Spirit Night


5th Grade AVID Interviews

GCISD Kindness Day is Wednesday, April 6. Wear your Rachel’s Challenge Shirt! If you don’t have one were a Bransford shirt.


Patriot Paws Assemblies: K-2 at 8:00 a.m. & 3-5 9:00 a.m.


BES Spirit Day

PTA Executive Board 9:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday Carolyn!

Where in the World...

My goal is to keep you abreast of my intended calendar to the best of my ability. Here's a two week preview.

4/4: BES :) Texas Rangers Spirit Day

4/5: Tech PLCs, Staff meeting 3:10 p.m., Zoe's Spirit Night

4/6: Principals' Meeting

4/7: BES :)

4/8: BES :)

4/11:BES :) Admin 3:15 p.m.

4/12: BES :)

4/13: Principal Meeting

4/14: BES :)

4/15: BES :) Talent Show!