Bransford Blast

November 13, 2016

Veteran's Day

LEAD 2021 Strategic Objectives 3 & 4: All members of the GCISD family will promote good citizenship and demonstrate mutual respect. All students will be positive participants in their local communities and our global society.


On Friday, November 11, our Bransford Texans honored over 50 active and retired military personnel. The morning started with our wonderful Dad's Club getting the students excited with a patriotic high five Friday. Our fifth grade Kindness and Compassion Club greeted each distinguished guest as they enter Bransford. Our second graders, led by Mrs. Hockenbrough, performing patriotic songs and recognized each branch of the military service. Scout, the Patriot PAWS service dog Bransford sponsored, made a guest appearance on stage and to each classroom. After the moving program, our Texans lined the beautifully decorated hallways for the honor walk where the student who invited the veteran escorted their guest through the hall. Veterans joined students in classrooms for Circle Up time where wonderful conversations about honor, service, and freedom ensued. PTA hosted a small reception to honor our distinguished guests after they visited classrooms. This was a true collaborative effort as each and every Texan did their part to celebrate Veteran's Day! I couldn't be more proud of our students, staff, and families as we took time out to honor those who served our country, exemplifying the vision of LEAD 2021 strategies 3 and 4! Friday was another spectacular example of how we are building an excellent school together!

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be in the library from November 8 to November 15 at noon. On Monday, each of the classes will get time in the library to make wishlists from the books available for sale. Each child will bring their wishlist home along with a catalog to show you the books they thought looked interesting.


Purchasing books is easy as 1, 2, 3, 4...

  1. Send a check or cash in with the names of the books you will allow your child to buy and he/she will be sent to the library to purchase them and bring them home.
  2. Join your child for lunch one day next week and take them to the book fair.
  3. Join us for our Veteran's Day celebration on Friday and take your child to the library after the celebration.
  4. Come to the library right after school any day next week and purchase the books with your child until 3:05 p.m.

Thank you for supporting our fall book fair!

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Bistro Height Tables

WANTED bistro height tables for students to use to stand and collaborate around. If you have a standing height table you are wanting to donate, please considering donating it to Bransford. No chairs needed! Thank you in advance for considering!

Art News

Thank you to all of the students who accepted the challenge and participated in the

Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest. What a great experience! I was excited to turn in the thick stack of entries Friday afternoon. The art along with entries from other elementary schools will be judged. One piece from the elementary schools in GCISD will be selected. The selected design will be produced onto a greeting cards and sent out to local business owners and community members and put on the district website. The artist will receive a $25 dollar gift card and be recognized at an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.


Before you throw away common household goods, the art department could use the following materials:

  • Half-gallon milk or orange juice containers (clear not cardboard carton).
  • Cereal boxes or thin cardboard from packaged good
  • Lids from coffee containers, Pringle containers
  • Smaller version of coffee containers
  • Paper towel tubes

Soaring Valor GCISD Challenge Coin Contest- 5th graders

Students will soon begin this contest next week. They will create an original design that represents a logo that captures both GCISD as well as the American ideals of freedom, sacrifice, and honor that relates to our WWII Veterans. The chosen design will be created on an actual challenge coin.

History of Challenge Coin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin

https://www.thebalance.com/military-challenge-coins-3354113

You are invited to The Psychological Effects of Pornography with Russell Baxter M.Ed. LPC, LCDC

Join the GCISD counseling department for an informative evening about the emotional, relational, and physical effects of pornography addiction.


Who: Russell Baxter is a local counselor who owns and runs Foundations Counseling, PLLC in Grapevine, TX. More information about Mr. Baxter can be found here.

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: GCISD Administration Building: 3051 Ira E. Woods, Grapevine 76051 How: Sign-up here.

Mayor for the Day

The City of Colleyville is excited to announce that the 12th annual Mayor for a Day contest opens tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 1. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. Announcement of the winner will be made the following week. The contest is open to Colleyville residents only, in grades 2-7.

To enter, all contestants must submit a one-to-two page essay about what you would do to make Colleyville the best city in North Texas. Entries must include the student’s name, school and grade, address, and parents’ phone number at the top of the essay. No other identifying information should be included in the essay, as all personal information will be redacted prior to review by the committee of judges.

For the Mayor for a Day essay contest winner, a day as the city’s “mayor” is the beginning of an unforgettable year. The student will serve as honorary mayor in January, touring city facilities and co-presiding with Mayor Richard Newton at a City Council meeting. Additional activities will be scheduled throughout the year, according to the student’s availability.

Full contest details are available on the City’s website (http://www.colleyville.com/news/Latest_News/article1059.html) or please feel free to contact Adrienne Lothery, CGFO, at 817.503.1112 with any questions.

Hoop Shoot


WHAT: Free Throw Contest on 10’ Basket

WHEN: Monday, December 5 - GIRLS

Tuesday, December 6 – BOYS

3:00-3:45 p.m.

WHERE: BES Gym

WHO: Ages 8-9* and 10-11*

GIRLS-Monday & BOYS-Tuesday

*(Age as of April 1, 2017)

WHY: Winners will represent Bransford at Area.

SIGN-UP: Registration will be at the event.

NOTE: Transportation will not be provided.


QUESTIONS: Contact Mrs. Atkins – PE Teacher

Bransford PTA

  • WOW! Congratulations to Bransford PTA for earning the Fall Membership Increase Award!
  • Interest Survey: Interested in serving on or receiving more information about the PTA board for the 2017-2018 school year? If so, click here to learn more.
  • Join PTA: Please log on to Joinpta.org. 1.) Select Grapevine Colleyville ISD 2.) Select Bransford Elementary 3.) Pay membership dues. Becoming a member of the BES PTA is the best way to support our school, and this year we made it even easier! Every Bransford family who has at least one PTA membership will receive a Bransford paper directory and online access to our digital directory. Check out Bransfordpta.com to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.
  • Website: Check out Bransfordpta.com to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.

Elves on the Run 5K

Saturday, December 3 at 8:30 a.m.


The Women’s Division is proud to present the first ever Elve’s on the Run, 5K/ fun run. This family-friendly community event is in the heart of Grapevine- the Christmas Capitol of Texas! Meet Santa at the finish line, food trucks and beverages available for spectators, check out the vendors at Santa’s Workshop and more! Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Fun run begins at 8:30 am 5k begins at 9:00 am
  • Food Trucks— Chip timed Race — Awards
  • Show off your holiday spirit: Prizes for the best elf costume, and best registered group in costume.

The Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce operates under the umbrella of the Grapevine Chamber Foundation. The Foundation is a tax exempt, public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Women’s Division began in 1965 and provides assistance to those in need in our community. We are a 100% volunteer group and currently our largest projects are providing school supply packs for over 1200 GCISD students in need of extra assistance and brightening the lives of about 100 of the less fortunate local senior citizens by providing gifts and essential items during the holiday season.

For each participant that signs up Bransford PTA receives $2. Registrants must list Bransford Elementary when signing up. Click here for more information and to register.

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Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • November 8-15: Book Fair
  • November 15: Chipolte Spirit Night
  • November 17: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29: Visiting author
  • November 30: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m.
  • December 3: Elves on the Run 5K
  • December 5-9: Coding Week
  • December 5: Luna Grill spirit day/night (see above)
  • December 10: Breakfast with Santa 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bransford Elementary
  • December 13-15: PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 15: 5th Grade Choir's Peter Pan 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • December 16: School-wide Polar Express Day ~ wear pajamas; class parties from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; 5th Grade Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.