News from Mrs. Hilcher-Principal of Grapevine Elementary
Week of September 28-October 2
Brightening the World With Kindness
Mrs. Horn and I spoke with the students about the importance of bringing positive change to the lives of others. I had the privilege of introducing two of our own third graders who started Friendship Fridays at GES last year. These young ladies recognize the importance of having a friend to play with at recess. Their desire to include everyone while playing at recess, has led to their motto: Be a friend. Share the friendship. We will be honoring their idea by making an extra effort to include students in the friendship zone on both of our playgrounds during recess. The friendship zone will be a designated area that students can go if they need someone to play with while outside. Students who notice a peer inside this 'zone' will go and invite them to play.
This year, we will be creating digital links rather than the paper chains like in the past. Students will simply scan a QR code and complete an online form in order to capture acts of kindness they witness while at school. We will be calculating monthly totals for each grade level and displaying them on the Wall of Fame in the cafeteria. Starting in October, the grade level with the highest number of links each month will earn a special recess with Mrs. Horn, Mrs. Hilcher & Ms. Ray! We are looking forward to a wonderful year full of chain reactions of kindness and compassion at Grapevine Elementary!
*If you would like more information on Rachel's Challenge, please click on the following link: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/32422
Last week, we received clarification from iStation. We do not currently have iStation Math at home. They are still working out some configuration issues and broadening the scope of iStation at home for math. We hope that you will find the reading practice at home a valuable tool for your child.
Tuesday, 9/29 Campus Excellence Committee meeting(3:00pm)
Wednesday, 9/30 Freddy's Spirit Night benefitting GES PTA (5:00-8:00pm)
Thursday, 10/1 Thank You Thursday! Take a minute to thank a special teacher...
Monday, 10/5 Stomp Out Bullying! (wear blue & your favorite pair of boots)
Monday, 10/5 Volunteer Orientation (8:15am in the Cafeteria OR 6:30pm in the Library)
Wednesday, 10/7 Walk & Roll to School (7:15am)
10/7 & 10/8 Early dismissal at 11:45 (K-5) Parent/Teacher conferences
Monday, 10/12 Student Holiday
Thursday, 10/15 Choir begins
Thursday, 10/15 CHHS 20th Annual Homecoming Parade (6:30pm) along Heritage Ave.
Friday, 10/16 PTA's GLOW DANCE! (6:30-8:30pm)
Wednesday, 10/21 Unity Day (wear orange)
October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week
Saturday, 11/7 GES Fall Carnival (2:00-5:00pm)
GES Information & Announcements
This year Grapevine Elementary PTA is excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!
Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more selling door to door or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!
Get started today:
1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
2. Select Grapevine Elementary, Grapevine, TX from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code
4. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!
There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!
Thank you for supporting the GES PTA.
"Walk and Roll" to School-Oct. 7th!
Join kids at GES and around the nation in celebrating "Walk and Roll" to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7th! Walking to school is fun, provides good exercise, reduces air pollution, and builds a sense of community. This is our 4th year to celebrate this event at GES and we would love to set a new record for the number of students walking and rolling to school. The current record is 411 students!
To get the word out, we are inviting all GES stars to create a poster celebrating the benefits of walking and rolling to school. The posters will be judged and all participants will earn prizes, with the top winners receiving passes to Skatetown or Jumpstreet! Posters are now due on Wednesday, 9/30.
For those who live too far to walk, we welcome you to join us at Glade Landing Park near the corner of Baze and Haydenbend at 7:15am. If you would like to lead a group of students from your neighborhood or need more information, please contact Betsy Marsh email@example.com. We hope to see you on the streets on Oct. 7th!
2015-2016 PTA Reflections Program
Let your imagination fly and unleash your inner artist! Choreograph a dance, produce a file, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us what the theme: “Let Your Imagination Fly” means to you. Pick up a PTA Reflections Entry Form (along with entry requirements) from the office or email Sheila Mitchell, PTA REFLECTIONS Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries are due by 2:45 pm on November 3, 2015.
Thought Exchange-STAR Phase Begins
Dear parents, staff and community members,
Thank you for adding your thoughts! We now ask that you indicate your priorities by assigning stars to the thoughts that matter most.
If you participated in the Share phase and didn't receive this information, please call the school office. Thanks for sharing your feedback as we strive to make GES and GCISD the BEST!
Follow Our Story
Follow the excitement on Twitter and Facebook:
- On Twitter follow:
Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher
Ms. Ray: @GESKRay
Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars
Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]
All GES classrooms by checking our #GESshineon
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineElementary