Halliburton Happenings

December 11, 2015

Goal for the Week: Investigating Pre-K

LEAD 2021 III. Curriculum Strategy: We will transform from a teaching platform to a learning platform by designing engaging, differentiated, work for students toward the accomplishment of the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. 7. In maintaining high expectations for all students, GCISD will create structures at ALL levels that maximize the potential of all students through rigorous curriculum and instruction.

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. Please see below for FAQs.

FAQ for Pre-Kindergarten

  • Why tuition-based Pre-K?

    • Incorporate quote from Governor Greg Abbott if possible:

    • “The process of elevating our state’s education system to be first in the nation begins in the critical early learning years of Texas children…working together we can – and will – strengthen the foundation for the future success of our state’s early education system for generations to come.”

    • LEAD 2021 - Curriculum Strategy:

    • In maintaining high expectations for all students, GCISD will create structures at ALL levels that maximize the potential of all students through rigorous curriculum and instruction.

  • What is the cost associated with GCISD tuition-based Pre-K?

    • $600 per month (August-May), $125 Supply/Activity Fee (non-refundable), $125 registration fee (non-refundable)

  • Tuition paid on a monthly basis (subject to change)

  • Non-refundable fees will only be collected after the district determines the minimum student enrollment is met to support the program.

  • How does the lottery process work?

    • Timeline:

    • Expo - February 16, 2016

    • Applications available - February 17

    • Applications due by March 25

    • Lottery (if needed) April 1

  • If my student attends tuition-based Pre-K at another elementary school than we are zoned for, does this mean they can attend kindergarten at that campus?

    • Attending Pre-K at a campus other than the zoned elementary campus does not automatically result in the student attending that campus for future grades. Parents must complete a transfer request during designated times if interested in attending a campus other than the zoned campus. Approval of campus transfers must meet the criteria established in board policy.

  • When will the district determine the tuition-based Pre-K will be offered and collect the non-refundable fees?

    • The district will make final decisions regarding the tuition-based Pre-K program and collection of non-refundable fees after the lottery process and Pre-K registration in April. All participants in the lottery will receive notification by the end of April.

Please let me know what questions you have as we begin to investigate the potential of for pay pre-k in GCISD.

Remember to... Check this list, check it twice!

  • Sign up for your shopping time(s) at the Holiday Shop!
  • Check your website to ensure it is meeting district expectations (see below)
  • Save students' work to Google Drive
  • Host student goal review and update conversations as for students to reflect on progress and adjust and redefine as necessary
  • Order your Go Red Shirt http://districtgored.kintera.org/GCISDBransfordElementary


  • Hour of Code! Great learning occurred throughout the building this week as our students explored the world of code. Thank you for taking time to investigate with our Texans!
  • Secret Santa FUN! Lots of treats and eats this week as we took time to celebrate the fun of the season. Thank you to all who participated and spread some holiday cheer!
  • The communication with our BES families has been wonderful! Many grade levels transitioned from paper newsletters to electronic versions. These not only look great, they are providing our families with important information to keep the home-school link strong. Thank you!


  • Pardon the interruption: Please feel free to interrupt Tonya and/or Jamie when you have a situation you deem LARGE. We are here to support you and our Texans. If a student is injured or you have a parent concern that needs immediate attention or you have a question and you don't know who else to ask, please pop in, text us, or ask Denise or Shelly.
  • Go Noodle is an excellent resource to use as the days get colder (okay, not yet) and indoor recess is needed. Right now they have a new holiday dance! This is a great way to get our Texans moving during the day and to provide brain breaks.
  • Residency verification changes coming for next year. We will not do residency verification for each student as we have in years past. Instead, we will only require proof of residency for new students and students who have moved.
  • Student E-mail Accounts: Just a reminder, for security reasons Technology Services does not encourage setting up student email accounts on their iPads. We prefer that student use a browser to login to check use their email accounts.
  • Door decorations: It's that FUN time of year - when we are filled with Christmas Cheer and want to decorate our classrooms, doors and hallways! While holiday lighting and decorations contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk of fires, electrical injuries and most of all slips, trips and falls. It is crucial that safety be our foremost concern. Click here and here to find some Fire Safety guidelines, as well as a school general safety checklist, that will help as you prepare your campuses. Please make a special note of the info on space heaters (a no-no), decorations and extension cords - as the weather gets chilly we sometimes need a reminder of how to safely celebrate the holiday season. This year let's be creative and SAFE!
  • The 19th annual Zoo Run is a 5K and 1K race taking place Saturday, April 2, 2016. School groups are encouraged to participate in teams of 10 or more for a reduced registration of $18 per person. The registration fee comes with a Zoo Run t-shirt and an admission ticket to the Fort Worth Zoo that can be used any time in 2016. Please visit www.fortworthzoo.org for additional information.

Grace Christmas Cottage

We have a fabulous opportunity to take some time out give back to our community through service. Please join us Wednesday, December 16, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the GRACEChristmas Cottage as we assist clients with their holiday "shopping". We will have brief orientation by the Cottage volunteers, then begin serving clients around 5:00 p.m.

The Cottage offers new, unwrapped gifts to families who may otherwise be without this holiday season. As volunteers, we walk around with the clients as they shop for the different members of their immediate family assisting them as they select the perfect gifts. This is truly my favorite event of the holiday season.

To preserve client privacy, all volunteers must be over the age of 18. If you are planning on attending, please let me know by clicking here.

Energy Shut Down

Before the Thanksgiving break, we completed our energy form and taped them outside our doors. Last week, Kent Hall came by and shared some feedback with us. We received a grade of 82 (individual score cards will be in your boxes). We neglected to close all the blinds in our classrooms and had one computer left on. We will be asked to follow a similar protocol next Friday. Thank you, in advance, to each of you for helping us save money and conserve energy when we school is not in session.

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Breakfast with Santa 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Staff Holiday Party 6:30 p.m.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Wear Santa Hats

Cookie Treats in Lounge

Leave After Dismissal

PTA Holiday Shop

Student Voice Meeting in Learning Commons


Rudolph: Reindeer Wear

Leave After Dismissal

PTA Holiday Shop

PLC Math Data


You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch: Wear Green

Leave After Dismissal

PTA Holiday Shop

GRACE Christmas Cottage 4:30 p.m.


Frosty the Snowman: Wear a Scarf

PTA Staff Holiday Lunch in the Library

First Grade Program 7:00 p.m.


I’ll Be Home For Christmas: Wear a Holiday Shirt

5th Grade Volley Ball Game 8:00 a.m.

Holiday Program: 1st grade & Choirs 9:00 a.m.

Holiday Parties 10:30 a.m.

Early Release 11:45 a.m.

Upcoming PLCs

December 15

Math data

Cards for Soldiers

For anyone looking to extend our fantastic Veteran's Day experiences, you can write and/or have your students write cards to soldiers. Here are two addresses you can use.

A Recovering American Soldier

C.O. Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue

NW Washington D.C.


Holiday Mail for Heroes

PO Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Where in the World...

My goal is to keep you abreast of my intended calendar to the best of my ability. Here's a two week preview.

12/14: BES :)

12/15: BES :)

12/16: Principal Meeting, GRACE Christmas Cottage 4:30 p.m.

12/17: BES :)

12/18: BES :)