CES Partner Post

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Principal's Corner

Good Evening, CES Families:

We had a wonderful first CES Reads Day on Tuesday. I've shared a few pictures below. Thank you to all of our guest readers who shared their favorite books with students via WebEx, FlipGrid and other digital media sources. We are looking forward to making this an annual event.

As a reminder, Monday is a staff and student holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will see your students back on Tuesday for another wonderful week of learning.

Warm regards,

Mrs. La Fara

Greenback Campaign

As in years past, CES will be holding our Greenback Campaign rather than sending your student home with a fundraiser requiring them to go door-to-door. Our Greenback Campaign will run from January 19th to February 12th. A flyer and envelope was sent home with your child on Friday, January 15th. If you write a check, please make it out to CES or Colleyville Elementary. We have added an online option as well. To use the online option, please visit gcisdschools.revtrak.net

Thank you!

GCISD Update Information

STEM and Dual Language Lottery

The personalized programs application window for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Online applications will be accepted through Friday, February 12, 2021. The lottery will be conducted on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Students who are already in STEM or Dual Language do NOT need to apply, even at transition years.

For more information and to complete an online application on or after Tuesday, January 19, click here.

Pre-AP Label Change

Next school year, the College Board will be requiring school districts to pay a fee if they use the Pre-AP label for any of their courses. This fee is an annual fee that is per course, per campus. GCISD along with many neighboring districts, have decided not to purchase the use of the Pre-AP label in an effort to remain fiscally responsible.

Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, GCISD will be implementing the title change to “Advanced” for all courses formerly known as Pre-AP. This change will be reflected in the 2021-22 Course Selection Guide set to release in January of 2021. As an example, Pre-AP World History will now be labeled as World History Advanced.

GCISD will use AP's guidelines to ensure the rigor of both middle school and high school courses. Classes now labeled “Advanced” will remain the same weight as the PreAP courses they are replacing. GCISD will continue to work with the College Board through our AP offerings.

GCISD Language Assessment Center Online Courses for Adults

In partnership with the Grapevine Community Outreach Center, the GCISD Language Assessment Center will begin offering online courses for adults. These free courses will be self-paced and will provide skills in English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Literacy, as well as GED support. The flyers can be viewed and shared here in English and Spanish.

Assessment Information from Mrs. Faragher

As we move into the spring semester, we begin preparing for additional state required assessments including TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) and STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). We have received guidance from the Texas Education Agency that to ensure equity for all students, a student must be present at a monitored testing session and must be supervised by a trained test administrator to participate in the Texas assessment program.

Therefore, all students who have selected remote instruction will need to be present on campus on these testing dates as applicable. Our assistant principal, Mrs. Faragher will be in contact with families when we get closer to the administration of these assessments.

Message from Nurse Martha

Our annual Vision and Hearing Screening Day will be this Wednesday, January 20. Our screening team will be taking extra COVID precautions this year and will be evaluating in-person learners only on this date. If your child wears glasses or contacts, please be sure they have them on Wednesday, in order to have the most accurate screening results. We appreciate your help in getting your student here on time and ready for their screening on Wednesday. If you have any questions about the screening process, please reach out to Nurse Martha at (817) 305-4944.


The referral window for students who are interested in Gifted and Talented services opens January 19 through January 29, 2021. Referrals are only for 1st - 4th grade students at this time. This referral window also applies to any current GT LEAD student who is interested in applying for the ASPIRE Academy.

An informative presentation is available on the Advanced Academics page of the district website: http://bit.ly/2rtZzFv

Parents interested in referring their children for testing need to complete this form by January 29th: https://bit.ly/2NT0M0y

GT specialists will administer any necessary testing from February 8 through March 5, 2021. Parents will be notified regarding results as soon as the assessment process is completed.

Thank you for your cooperation and support of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and its educational programs.

Attendance with Alisa

As a reminder, the following attendance changes were implemented district-wide at the beginning of the second-nine week grading period.

Face-to-Face Attendance
If a student misses five consecutive days of in-person instruction, or five days total during a three-week period, they will be moved into remote instruction for the remainder of that grading period. Students who are in a mandatory quarantine due to COVID-19 are exempt from this mandatory instructional change.

Counselor's Corner

Please see the attached letter pertaining to Play it Safe

State Report Card

Attached you will find a copy of the State of Texas 2019–20 School Report Card for Colleyville Elementary. This report is required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. Due to COVID-19, STAAR® assessments were canceled for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.

The School Report Cards can be found online at https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/State_Accountability/Performance_Reporting/School_Report_Cards. A more complete report about Colleyville Elementary, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), can be accessed online at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html.

CES State Report Card

The state and federal report card information is linked to our campus webpage as of Friday, January 15th. If you'd like a printed copy, please reach out to your child's teacher and they can get one from the office to send home with your child.

Federal Report Cards

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the district’s website at this link: https://www.gcisd.net/departments/accountability/school_report_cards or are also available on the Texas Education Agency’s website at: https://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/Grants/Federal_Report_Card/.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is sharing this information about the district and your child’s campus with you as part of its obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Federal Report Card Letter

PTA Scholarship

The GCISD Council of PTAS Common Scholarship Application is now open until February 26, 2021.

Welcome to the Common Scholarship Application for 2021 graduates of GCISD. (google.com)

Important Dates

January 18th - No School/Staff & Student Holiday

January 19th - February 12th - CES Greenback Campaign

January 28th - Spring Individual Picture Day

Remote Learner picture times:

Pre-K/K/1st 1:00-1:30pm

2nd and 3rd 1:35-2:05pm

4th and 5th 2:10-2:30pm

Chick-fil-A Dining Night Out - Coming Soon!