Bransford Blast

August 16, 2016

Welcome Back!

Terrific Texan Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! The staff is busy preparing to meet you and the AMAZING Texan students on Thursday night for Meet the Teacher! Class lists will be posted at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria windows. At the same time, the cafeteria will be open with opportunities to join PTA and Dad's Club, purchase Bransford spirit shirts, and enjoy pizza and popsicles with other Texan families. Hook and Ladder Pizza and Hip Hop Pop will be available for purchase. There will also be a table to sign the GCISD technology agreement (see below for more information).

Classroom doors will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to meet our incredible Texan staff members. Feel free to bring school supplies to the classroom. Click here for a copy of the GCISD school supply list.

Looking forward to seeing each of you on Thursday evening!

Educationally yours,

Jamie Halliburton

Yearly Volunteer Requirements

In order to volunteer at BES this year in classrooms, during school-wide event, or as a field trip chaperone, please review the new volunteer handbook and complete the required background check. Thank you for understanding that this process must be repeated each school year. Now is a good time to complete this process and encourage all family members who might want to volunteer to complete it, too. For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check.

Who's new at BES?

There are several new faces on the Bransford staff this school year! Please help us welcome each of the new Texans to BES!

  • Andrea Bradford, Third Grade Teacher
  • Scott Hughes, Art
  • Cathy Swick, Learning Liaison
  • Delana Drysdale, Pre-K
  • Sarah Drummond, Pre-K
  • Heather Ware, PPCD
  • Julie Banta, PPCD
  • Kimberly Johnson, PPCD
  • Laurie Ogborn, PPCD
  • Evan Sabol, Technician
  • Ashley Nagle, Diagnostician

Bransford PTA

Joining the Bransford Elementary PTA is simple.

Please log on to

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 to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school. Please save the date for the BES Meet the Teacher Event on Thursday, August 18! The fun starts at 5 p.m. with Hook and Ladder Pizza Truck and Hip Pop Popsicles serving delicious food for purchase and class lists being posted. Doors to the classrooms to meet the terrific Texan teachers will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Device Agreement

We wanted to make you aware of the new GCISD Device Agreement for 2016-2017. Every parent needs to sign the Parent Device Agreement and pay a one-time elementary fee of $50 regardless of whether their student will take home their iPad. Even if a student is not taking the device home, parents still must sign the agreement and pay the $50.

Device Agreements will be printed and available in all homeroom classes on Thursday night. A link is provided below if you would like to read the agreement ahead of time. Parents will need to sign the device agreement and bring it to the cafeteria to pay the fee on Thursday night.

Parent Device Use Agreement

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • August 18: meet the teacher
  • August 22: First day of school!
  • August 26: Rachel's Challenge kick-off assembly 2:00 p.m. & BES Spirit Afternoon at Altitude
  • August 30: Menchie's Spirit Afternoon
  • September 1: Bransford Information Night 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (more details coming)
  • September 2: Dad's Club Breakfast
  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday
  • September 8: Picture Day
  • September 15: PTA Meeting
  • September 16: Laps for Learning Pep Rally
  • September 20: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night
  • September 30: Laps for Learning
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott