Bransford Blast

May 30, 2016

Last Week of School

Dear Bransford Families,


We have a busy two and a half days at Bransford. On Tuesday, come out and watch the staff versus fifth graders in a friendly game of softball at 8:30 a.m. During the softball game four lucky students will be awarded bicycles, complements of State Farm (see below). In the afternoon, at 1:45 p.m., first graders will be celebrating their successes from the year. And, after school, we will have our last BES spirit night of the school year at Menchie's. Hope to see you there for some delicious frozen yogurt.


Wednesday we celebrate our fifth graders, many of whom have been BES Texans since kindergarten. The fifth grade awards start at 8:30 a.m. followed by a clap out down the Bransford halls. Fifth graders will then enjoy their end of year celebration at the park. We will end the day honoring the accomplishments of our terrific third graders at 1:30 p.m.


On Thursday our kindergarteners will wear white as they cross the stage one step closer to being first graders. All students are dismissed at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. If you are looking to spend a little more time at BES before summer, our wonderful volunteers are helping staff move classrooms and prepare rooms for summer time starting at 2:00 p.m. Please join in the fun as many hands make light work!


It is hard to believe this is the last week of school. What an amazing year we've had together! Thank you for entrusting us with your students! It is an honor to work with each of them and each of you!


Sincerely,

Jamie Halliburton

Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be for sale tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31 before school for $35, cash or check. If there are any left, they will be for sale after schools. Students who preordered yearbooks will receive them tomorrow in their classrooms.

Fast Pass

If you are planning on attending any award's ceremonies, please take a moment to complete this form to have your badge preprinted and ready for you when you walk in Bransford. http://goo.gl/forms/5YpfReK3EpOYfMfi1This quick form will grant you fast access to the programs. Thank you for taking a moment to complete the form.

Summer Fun!

With summer fast approaching, see below for some ideas to keep your kids engaged this summer.


Bicycle Raffle

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Join PTA

Starting August 1, 2016, there is a new way to join the BEST PTA. You can use joinpta.org to become a PTA member for the 2016-2017 school year. More information to come as we prepare for next school year.

Elementary Electives

In the fall of 2015, the district solicited parent, staff and community member feedback through a new engagement tool, ThoughtExchange. Upon reviewing the feedback the district received, it became apparent that our elementary parents were interested in adding extracurricular activities ​to the school day. Unfortunately, due to the elements that must be taught through the state mandated curriculum, and the restrictions by the state for our school day, we are not able to add extracurriculars as part of our every day life at Bransford Elementary. In order to meet the needs of our families the district is looking at offering some extracurricular activities after school for a fee. If you are interested in possibly participating in this after-school offering, please take this brief survey to provide us with your feedback on course offerings and schedule.
http://goo.gl/forms/bKWW7I8DO8

School Supplies

Ordering school supplies now helps you save time and money when back-to-school shopping. Parents that use EPI school packs save up to 40% compared to the same supplies from a national retailer.


Order deadline is

To order online:

1) Go to: www.educationalproducts.com/

2) Enter our school code: BRA020

Supplies will be delivered to your student on Meet the Teacher night on .

For questions, contact Jill Nelson at jnels327@yahoo.com.

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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!

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:


Summer Exam Date

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

Online Registration Deadline

June 20, 2016 CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT

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, May 31

8:30 a.m. 5th Grade Softball Game

1:45 p.m. 1st Grade Awards

Menchie's Spirit Night


Wednesday, June 1

8:30 a.m. 5th Grade Awards

1:30 p.m. 3rd Grade Awards


Thursday, June 2

8:30 a.m. Kindergarten Awards

11:45 a.m. Dismissal

Last Day of School


Friday, June 3

Happy Summer Students! See you at meet the teacher on August 18!