CES Partner Post

Monday, January 4, 2016

TEAM Colleyville


The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events:

Monday, January 4
No school for students
Teacher Work Day
School Board Appreciation Month

Tuesday, January 5
students return to school

Wednesday, January 6
Fire Truck visits Kindergarten
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm

Thursday, January 7
PTA Executive Board Meeting @ 9:45 am in the Learning Commons
KC Club Meeting 2:45 to 3:45 pm in the Learning Commons

Friday, January 8
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES t-shirts)

Texas Academic Performance Report

TAPR 2014-2015: Here you will find our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. This report is a culmination of our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Campus report cards will be made available in January 2016.

CES 1:1 Take Home Initiative Update

On Friday, November 6 you received a letter introducing our 1:1 iPad Take Home Initiative. This letter outlined our plan to give all parents the opportunity to have their student(s) bring their iPads home daily, during breaks, and over the summer. This is a new initiative for us and we are fielding several questions that can be answered here. Please take a moment to read over the frequently asked questions.


Are all students required to take their iPads home?

No. This is a voluntary program designed to give students access to their device whenever they need it. No digital homework will be required and teachers are not expected to assign work that can only be completed on an iPad at home.


Who can take an iPad home?

Only students of parents that have completed the Student-Parent Device Use Agreement and that have paid the $35 fee are eligible to take their iPads home.


If you have already sent your form to the school but have not sent your check, your form will be sent back to you through your child’s take home folder.


Click here for a link to print the Student-Parent Device Use Agreement.


Is there a fee associated with taking an iPad home?

Yes. Each device requires an annual $35 Student-Parent Device Use Agreement Fee. This fee must be received along with the signed copy of the agreement before a device will be sent home. The maximum annual fee for a single family is $100. Please send a check made out to Colleyville Elementary with the name of the student in the memo portion. Multiple students can be included in one check as long as the Student-Parents Device Use Agreement lists all of the student’s names on it.


Click here to pay the Device Usage Fee on-line: gcisdschools.revtrak.net. Please note that a $5 processing fee will be charged in addition to the $35 fee.


If my child brings his/her iPad home, how will it be charged?

We are recommending that students place their iPad charger in their backpack. Charging will be expected to be done overnight while the iPad is at home. If the charger is in a backpack, students will be able to charge at school if necessary.


If my child participates, is he/she expected to bring the iPad home everyday?

Yes. While he or she may not use it each night, it needs to come home to be charged. Also, having the iPad at home nightly allows parents to access iPad to see the work that was done throughout the day.


Students that take their iPad home each night will be expected to bring it back to school each day. If a student does not bring his/her iPad, he/she will NOT be issued one for the day and will have to make up any classwork that is missed when the iPad comes back to school.


What are the expectations for personal usage of the iPad at home?

GCISD has developed a Trust Card for students to follow when taking their iPad home. This is similar to the Trust Card students are expected to follow when they use their iPad at school. This agreement should be signed and kept at home for students and parents to refer to.


What happens if my child’s iPad gets lost, stolen, or damaged?

The Student-Parent Device Use Agreement Fee provides repair or replacement coverage, both parts and labor for the device, battery, USB cable/adapter and up to one incident of “accidental” damages. A second incident of “accidental” damages will be subject to a $49 fee. After a 3rd loss, student may lose the right to take device home. Please report any loss or damage to the iPad to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.


Parents are allowed to purchase a more durable case for the iPad if they feel the one provided by GCISD will not adequately protect the device. Not all iPads will have the same case on them when they come home.


Does GCISD provide a filter for internet access on the iPad?

Not when the iPads are connected to any network outside GCISD. All filters for home use would require parents to set up the device to access your home wifi network and would use whatever filter measures you currently have in place. Parents should not expect iPads to do any kind of internet filtering when the iPad is at home unless they set that up themselves.


Where can I learn more about Colleyville Elementary School’s 1:1 iPad Take Home Initiative?

We have a 1:1 iPad Initiative web page that has information and links for parents to learn more about all aspects of our 1:1 Initiative. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/domain/3223

GCISD Determining Community Interest In Tuition-Based Pre-K

In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.


As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.


Families who are interested in learning more about the tuition-based Pre-K program are invited to attend the GCISD Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Cross Timbers Middle School at 6 p.m. At the Expo, district representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed program. If you would like more information about the proposed tuition-based Pre-K program, click here.

Technology Tidbits

Technology Safety Resources for Parents and Students:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

Here are some kid friendly search engines for your kids to use at home: http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids

Calendar Updates/Reminders

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Early dismissal at 11:45 am dates:

  • February 17 and 18

  • June 2


Student holidays:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

  • Presidents Day - February 15

  • Spring Break - March 14-18

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - March 25

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - May 27

  • Memorial Day - May 30


If you have a student that attends GCISD’s Early College High School or iUniversity Prep, please know that their calendars are different from the rest of GCISD’s calendars. You can access their calendars by clicking on this link:

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/6


Thank you in advance for making the appropriate arrangements for your child on these days. Any closures due to bad weather will be broadcast through Skyward Family Access and all local news outlets. Please be sure you keep your preferred email address and phone number updated in Skyward.

From the CES PTA

PTA Website: Please visit the PTA website – www.colleyvillepta.org.


PTA Restaurant Nights:

Teddy's Burgers: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 5-9 PM


Spring Creek BBQ: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5-9 PM


Chop House Burgers: Tuesday, April 12


Volunteer Hours:

As we all prepare for a busy holiday season, please remember to report your off-campus volunteer hours either on the Off-Campus Volunteer Record or by e-mailing charlotte_barborka@yahoo.com. The record is located on the front desk in the office! Questions? Contact Charlotte Barborka, CES PTA Volunteer Coordinator.


Yearbook:
Calling all parents!

We are in need of your support for pictures from the school year. Please help us by sending in pictures of your kids and their class!

Please submit images from this year to Jessie Tang at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

When submitting, please include the following information for accuracy:

- Child’s Name (First and last name please)

- Grade Class/Teacher’s Name

- Event and Date

- Please include all kids names if it is a group picture

Looking forward to a great 2015-2016 yearbook with all your help!

Any questions, please contact Jessie at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

GCISD LEAD 2021- Building Excellent Schools Together!

The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be THE BEST and through the district’s strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we continue building on the foundation started in 2011-2012. LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!


GCISD’s WHY?

Redefining Education because your future matters today!


GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers

Communicators

Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners

Collaborators