Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of February 15-19

AHA Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you for all the AHA Jump Rope for Heart donations. GES students and families exceeded our funds raised last year and our goal set for this year! We have raised well over $12,000 this year in only 2 weeks all while the students learned daily heart healthy facts and jumped their way through PE. Our AHA representative let us know that GES is the #1 fundraiser for this event in GCISD, and we placed in the top 3 for most of Tarrant County! Thank you for your generous support.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 2/15 Student holiday; Skate Town fundraiser (2:00-4:00pm)

Tuesday, 2/16 Ensemble auditions for 4th & 5th grade (2:50-3:30pm);

Tuesday, 2/16 GCISD's Special Program EXPO (5:30-8pm at CTMS)

Wednesday, 2/17 & Thursday, 2/18 11:45 dismissal; Student led conferences

Thursday, 2/18 PTA meeting & Media Madness parent program (6:30-8pm)

Monday, 2/22-Friday 2/26 Book Fair

Monday, 2/22 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 2/23 Campus Excellence Committee meeting (3:10pm Location TBD)

Wednesday, 2/24 World Read Aloud Day; Running Club & NEHS meeting (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 2/25 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Friday 2/26 GES Bank; College Colors day

Friday 2/26 Lunch with a Loved One-*Come have lunch with your GES Star & shop the Book Fair

Monday, 2/ 29 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 3/2 Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Wednesday, 3/2 AVID parent night at the PDEC (6:30-7:30pm)

Thursday, 3/3 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Thursday, 3/3 Kendra Scott fundraiser at the Southlake location(5-7pm benefitting our 5th grade end of year activities)

GES Information & Announcements

Important Reminders

  • We will have a Skate Town fundraiser on 2/15 from 2-4pm. Come skate with your GES friends on a student holiday and help us raise funds for our 5th grade end of the year activities.
  • There was a typo in our school lunch calendar. Pizza Hut was inadvertently scheduled on February 17 at our school, which is an early dismissal day. Sack lunches will be served on 2/17 & 2/18. Pizza Hut has been rescheduled for Friday, February 19th.
  • Just a reminder about the expectations for students who take iPads home. It is very important that both students and parents remember that iPads should come to and from school each day fully charged.

Playground Use

The small playground in the front of our school is reserved Monday through Friday, from 2:45-5:30 p.m. for our KidzU after school care program. We've had such wonderful weather lately that many families are wanting to stay and play after school. Please note that the large playground is available for community use. We appreciate your cooperation with this matter!

Information From Our Counselor-Mrs. Horn

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February 15-19th is Random Acts of Kindness Week!

In conjunction with our Rachel’s Challenge program at GES, we challenge you to complete at least 1 random act of kindness each day this week! What do you get in return? Besides the satisfaction of knowing you left someone happier than before they received your act of kindness, your kindness has many personal benefits:

  1. Kindness makes us happier. On a biochemical level, it is believed that the good feeling we get is due to elevated levels of the brain's natural versions of morphine and heroin, which we know as endogenous opioids. They cause elevated levels of dopamine in the brain, so we get a natural high, often referred to as "Helper's High."

  2. Kindness gives us healthier hearts. Emotional warmth produces the hormone, oxytocin, in the brain and throughout the body. Of recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and therefore oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin and therefore kindness can be said to be cardioprotective.

  3. Kindness slows aging. Aging on a biochemical level is a combination of many things, but two culprits that speed the process are free radicals and inflammation, both of which result from making unhealthy lifestyle choices. But remarkable research now shows that oxytocin (which we produce through emotional warmth) reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in the cardiovascular system and thus slows aging at its source. Incidentally these two culprits also play a major role in heart disease, so this is also another reason why kindness is good for the heart. There have also been suggestions in the scientific journals of the strong link between compassion and the activity of the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, in addition to regulating heart rate, also controls inflammation levels in the body in what is known as the inflammatory reflex. One study that used the Tibetan Buddhist loving kindness meditation found that kindness and compassion did, in fact, reduce inflammation in the body, mostly likely due to its effects on the vagus nerve

  4. Kindness is contagious. A recent scientific study reported than an anonymous 28-year-old person walked into a clinic and donated a kidney. It set off a ‘pay it forward’ type ripple effect where the spouses or other family members of recipients of a kidney donated one of theirs to someone else in need. The ‘domino effect’, as it was called in the New England Journal of Medicine report, spanned the length and breadth of the United States of America, where 10 people received a new kidney as a consequence of that anonymous donor.

I’m not suggesting you donate a kidney. Simply donating a few minutes of your time and encouraging your GES Star(s) to go out of the way for someone else (stranger or not) can reach the same, if not more, people as a kidney donation. :-) Your GES Star or class may be RAK’d!

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GES PTA Information

Starbright Express Writing Opportunity

Starbright Express is a time honored student publication of poems and writings from GES students, in grades 2 through 5. We are starting to accept entries for this year's publication and the site is for electronically submitted compositions. There is also a submissions box in the library for entries.
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Harkins Theatres Summer Movie Fun

It is time to start thinking about summer plans. Harkins Theatre in Southlake offers 10 movies for $6 dollars. They offer a school rebate program, so the more we sell the more money we earn for GES. The movies run each week from June 6th to August 12th at 9:45 am. Feel free to ask friends to join you just add them to your ticket number. Please fill out the attached form and return it to your teacher by February 19th. Make checks payable to GES. If you have any questions you can contact Sarah Woolery at Forms will be sent home in student folders and are attached to this email. We appreciate your help as we look for creative ways to raise funds for our school!

GCISD Information

GCISD Determining Community Interest in 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 O.C. Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.

Families who are interested in learning more about the tuition-based Pre-K program are invited to attend the GCISD Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Cross Timbers Middle School at 6 p.m. At the Expo, district representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed program.

More information can be found at:

Special Programs EXPO

From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. New to the Expo this year, families may also learn about the proposed tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten program, iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and Student Activity Center (SAC).

The applications for dual language, STEM academies and tuition-based pre-kindergarten will be available online beginning Friday, Feb. 17 and are due by Friday, March 25. If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, April 1, and streamed live on the district’s website. More information will be available on the website after the Expo.

Rachel's Challenge

We are ready to join TOGETHER in representing GES at our district’s Rachel’s Challenge 5K & Community Fair in showing our commitment to the chain reaction of kindness! See images below and attachments to Mrs. Hilcher's email to order a shirt. The t-shirts are the same royal blue design as last year. We hope you and your families can join us for this special GCISD event!
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Special Olympics Fun

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and its Special Olympics parent group will be hosting the Third Annual Triple Threat Shootout. The Shootout will include GCISD Special Olympics and Friends of Mustang-Panthers, a Special Olympics alumni group, competing against the Grapevine and Colleyville police officers. Admission will be $2 and there will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring, a 2-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Dallas Stars tickets, sports memorabilia, golf course passes, over 30 various local restaurant gift certificates (Del Frisco’s, Dave and Busters, Outback), PS4, bicycle, gas grill and much, much more. The Dove Dynamic Drummers will be the halftime show, as well as the Grapevine and Colleyville drum lines. The concession stand will be fully stocked and there will be event t-shirts and spirit t-shirts on sale to show your support.

So come out and join the fun on February 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine High School. GCISD serves hundreds of special needs kids ranging from ages 5 through 22. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please go to their fundraising page at

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GCISD Podcasts

Are you interested in learning more about LEAD 2021, GCISD's long range plan? You should subscribe to the new LEAD GCISD podcast at: It's a new way for GCISD to communicate information and successes with the community. A new podcast will be released every Tuesday until Christmas break.

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