Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of September 11 - September 15

Last week was quite a busy week at GES. Somehow the short weeks always feel longer as we try to pack five days of learning fun into four! Classroom teachers are starting to schedule parent-teacher conferences. Our goal is to have these meetings scheduled prior to the end of September. Be watching your child's grade level newsletter for details on scheduling a time. We look forward to partnering with you and making this a wonderful year for your GES Star to learn and grow!

I know many of you have been following the news of the hurricane in Florida this weekend. We are sending our positive thoughts for all of our GES families that have family and friends impacted by these storms in Florida and Texas. As a school community, we did a wonderful job of supporting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey through our three donation drives. In the coming months we will continue to look for ways to support schools impacted by these storms. Thank you for your generosity!

Friday, September 15 is International Dot Day! For those of you who aren't familiar with this, it's a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The message of "Making a Positive Mark on the World" will be shared in a variety of activities planned by teachers. GES students are encouraged to participate in Dot Day by wearing their dots!

Have a wonderful week!

Counselor's Corner

The month of September's guidance topic is KINDNESS! Please spend time this month with your GES star(s) discussing what kindness looks like and sounds like in different environments. For example, kindness can look like picking up something a peer dropped at school; kindness can sound like saying "excuse me" when needing by someone in a grocery store. We will kickoff Rachel's Challenge on Boots & Blue Shirt Day, Monday, October 2nd, so what a great way to lead up to a day devoted to bullying prevention!
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Volunteering Opportunity

Volunteers of all ages are invited to join us for park projects and waterway cleanup throughout the community. This is a fun way to improve the environment and enjoy the great outdoors! Groups are invited to participate.
Assignment locations will be sent out one week prior to event. Register at: www.KGVB.org
Prize drawings begin at 11:30 am at Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Lane.

Date: October 7 • Time: 9–12 PM

Ages: 5+ (accompanied by adult)

Questions? Contact Cindy Harris, Volunteer Services Liaison: charris@grapevinetexas.gov

or 817.410.3490.

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Snack Donations

For some of our families, providing a nutritious snack each day to assist their GES star’s performance throughout the day does not happen consistently because of food insecurities. If you are able, please donate individually packaged Goldfish or pretzels in order to help us provide that snack for students that arrive at school without it because of the insecurities. This would not pertain to students that simply forgot a snack that day. If your Star forgets his/her snack often, sending multiple days worth of snacks might help. For questions, please feel free to contact Angela Horn at angela.horn@gcisd.net or 817-251-5740. Thank you for your continued generosity and thoughtfulness.

GCISD Nutrition Department Information

Nutrition Nuggets

The grace period for receiving meals on the free and reduced application from the previous year will end on October 2, 2017. Nutrition Services will mail a letter to the household by September 14th notifying parents they need to fill out a new free and reduced application. Applications can be completed online at: www.schoollunchapp.com. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Athel Micka (817-251-5617) or Julie Telesca (817-251-5615).

GES PTA Information

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Carnival Auction Committee

The Auction Committee is looking for 1-2 people to be Grade Level Committee Members to coordinate Auction Baskets for the entire grade. Each grade level will be assigned several baskets instead of assigning them per class. The Grade Level Committee Members will work with the teachers and room parents to communicate with each class in your grade what the baskets are, when & how donations will be collected, and assist with basket wrapping. You may recruit as much or as little help for your grade as you would like. Our goal is to ease the work load of the room parent by creating a separate committee; please know if you would like to serve as both room parent and on the auction committee we are happy to have you! For questions, please contact: junell.dubois@gmail.com

GES PTA Needs YOU!

Our awesome PTA could use your help! There are a variety of ways you can support GES at home and here on campus. Sign Up to Volunteer Here! If you have been volunteering for GES already, please be sure to Log Hours Here.

We also have several board positions still open for this school year. Please note that there is no experience necessary! The following positions are available:
Carnival Auction
Bank co-chair
Newsletter
Programs
Star bright Express

To find out more information about any of these positions contact Karen Fyda (ptavpges@gmail.com)

GCISD Information

GCISD Has a New App!

Did you know that GCISD has a new app? Be sure to download the app so you can easily stay connected and navigate easily to information pertaining to your student(s) and GES!

The following link will take you to a launch page that has screenshots of what the app looks like and functionality that all users can anticipate:

http://launch.customschoolapp.net/grapevinecolleyville/

Cheer Camp at GHS - Oct. 14th

Upcoming Dates

Friday, 9/15 International Dot Day! Wear your dots and celebrate creativity, courage & collaboration!

Thursday, 9/21 PTA meeting & ice cream social (6:30pm)

Tuesday, 9/26 Parenting Center workshop on Bullying (6:30pm)

Friday, 9/29 GES Bank (Cafeteria 7:15-7:45am)

Volunteer Requirements

In order to volunteer at GES, or around GCISD, all volunteers must:

  1. read the Volunteer Handbook (this replaces the previous face to face volunteer trainings held on campus)
  2. watch the appropriate video included in the handbook
  3. electronically sign the verification Google form for each campus you plan to volunteer
  4. complete the volunteer background check. A link is included in the handbook.


The following link takes you to the online Volunteer Handbook and background check: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=474

When you are ready to volunteer at GES, feel free to call the front office at 817-251-5735 to verify that both of the required steps have been recorded as completed. We appreciate your support as you complete these steps and volunteer to work with our GES students.

Meet Our Outstanding GES Staff!

GES Lunch Times for 17-18

Pre-K - 10:20-10:50am

Kindergarten - 10:20-10:50am

1st grade - 10:50-11:20am

2nd grade - 11:50-12:20pm

3rd grade - 11:20-11:50am

4th grade - 12:10-12:40pm

5th grade - 12:35-1:05pm

Follow Our Story

Stay connected with GES events on our website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/1675

Follow the excitement on Twitter and Facebook:

  • On Twitter follow:
    • Principal Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher

    • Assistant Principal Mrs. Hale: @GESHale

    • Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars

    • Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]

    • All GES classrooms by checking our #GESshineon

  • On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineElementary

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