CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, February 15, 2016

Colleyville Elementary School Staff Newsletter

We are TEAM Colleyville!

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events

This Week

Monday, February 15
Student Holiday
Staff Professional Learning 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (wear casual/professional dress, no work out clothes/shorts please)

Tuesday, February 16
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm in the music room
CEC Meeting 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Learning Commons
GCISD Special Programs EXPO 5:30 to 8:00 pm at CTMS
PTA Spring Creek BBQ Family Night 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17
National Random Acts of Kindness Day (do a random act of kindness for one of your peers)
Early Dismissal at 11:45 am
Student-Led Conferences
Special Services PLC from 1:15 to 2:30 pm

Thursday, February 18
Early Dismissal at 11:45 am
Student-Led Conferences

Friday, February 19
Fifth Grade Middle School Tours
CES Spirit Day (wear CES shirts and jeans)

Next Week

Monday, February 22
Photography Club 2:45 to 4:00 in the Science Lab
Diagnostician/Psychologist Week
Middle School Counselors coming to meet with 5th grade students
School Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 23
Terrific Tuesday at CES! Wear jeans and your favorite shirt. :)
Fifth Grade Math Ext. PLC (all day)
Faculty Meeting at 3:00 pm in the Learning Commons

Wednesday, February 24
Second Grade Ext. PLC (am)
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm
Community Carries the Message meeting for selected parent advocates @ 3:00 pm in Learning Commons
STAAR Alt. 2 Training from 4:00 to 5:30 pm @ PDEC

Thursday, February 25
PLCs during conference times
Book Fair set-up
GCISD Council of PTA Founder's Day Luncheon from 11:00 to 1:00 @ GV Event Center
General PTA Meeting @ 6:45 pm
Second Grade Hoe Down @ 7:00 pm in the gym

Friday, February 26
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES shirt and jeans)
Pay Day
Book Fair Previews


Special Services will have a PLC on Wednesday, February 17th from 1:15 to 2:30 pm. No grade level PLCs this week due to student-led conferences.

Grade Level PLCs will begin again next week on February 24.

Handwriting Feedback Opportunity

As you know, the district purchased handwriting resources for grades K-3 in August of 2014. The publisher, Zaner-Bloser, has asked if any of our campuses would be willing to convene a focus group of teachers to gain insights about the product and its use. We may soon be having another ELA-related adoption in TX, and this could help guide the decisions that are made. Please contact Suzanne during February if your campus would like to participate at your convenience.

Let me know if any of you are interested in this, and I will take names and contact Dr. Newell!

A Few CES Reminders:

  • Don't forget that our next "Visit for Growth and Development" is due by February 19
  • Check in with your PLP Accountability Partner and update PLP's.
  • Twitter- tweet once a day, and read others' tweets.
  • The afternoons of February 17 and 18 are provided for you to hold student-led conferences with your students and parents. Please provide your conference schedules to Sheila and Stephanie (2 copies or 2 emails). We use these for many reasons, but the most important is in order to know when we can lock down the building. Thanks!

Remember you only have one ride through life, so give it all you have and enjoy the ride.

~Jon Gordon

GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference

Save the date for The GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14: Rather than EdCamp this year, the instructional technology team is hosting a true conference for GCISD teachers. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will lead breakout sessions. Eduphoria registration, Call for Presenters, and more information about George Couros may be found here: https://goo.gl/ZwmpyD .

Caught Doing Their BEST

Natasha Murray- Reading aloud to the students while they identified figurative language within the text. They did a great job identifying similes and onomatopoeia's!
Lori Kirkhuff- Thank you for your help with our CES Entrepreneurship Club. We appreciate it!
Jenni Messina- Thank you for communicating with and updating our parents on their students' growth. WE are glad you are a part of the CES Team this year!
Terri Sakakeeny- Thank you for doing such a fine job working with our kiddos. We appreciate the work you do each day!
CES Staff- Thank you all for being wonderful hosts this week to the principals, admin. staff and board members that visited CES. I look forward to sharing the feedback with you, and was honored to call myself your principal! Great job! :)


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