Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher-Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of October 5 - October 9

Volunteer Orientation

If you are planning to volunteer at GES this year, we need YOU! We will be hosting two different opportunities for Volunteer Orientation trainings today, October 5. The morning option will start at 8:15am in the GES Cafeteria. Tonight's training option will start at 6:30pm in the Library/Learning Commons. Hope to see you there!

Progress Reports

As we begin the seventh week of our first nine weeks grading period, we will be reporting student progress to parents on Wednesday, October 7. Please read below for directions on how to access:

For parents of students in grades 3-5:

For parents of students in grades K-2:

  • As you know, your child's progress is reported on a standards based report card. In order to provide you with an overview of all your child is learning during the year, progress toward the skills taught in each grading period will be updated on students' actual report cards in the 6th week of the 9 weeks (available for viewing in your child's Google Drive folder). It is important to keep in mind that:
    • Students may continue to progress in a skill, and their "score" could go up between the 6th and 9th week if mastery is demonstrated.

    • Not all standards will have been taught/assessed at the 6 weeks mark. Teachers will report progress on those that have been taught at the 6 weeks mark.

    • Teachers may have slightly different skills marked on their report cards from one class to the next at the 6 week mark, as it is common for classroom pacing to be adjusted for a variety of factors.
If you are unsure of how to access your child's Google folder and/or progress report, please contact your child's homeroom teacher for more information.

Lunch Count Needed

Students will have the opportunity to eat lunch, or a small snack, on this week's early dismissal days: 10/7 and 10/8. Students will be able to purchase sack lunches from the cafeteria on these two days. In order for the cafeteria staff to prepare for these special lunches, we are asking that parents complete the sack lunch reservation form. This half sheet form will be sent home with students on Monday and is due back on Tuesday, 10/6.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

A Message from our Counselor Mrs. Horn:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. While we have many activities at GES planned throughout the month to define bullying, bring awareness to bullying, and specify ways to prevent bullying, there's no better place to start than at home! Creating and maintaining common language is the strongest frontline. Let's begin with what bullying is and is not--bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time; bullying is not accidentally bumping into someone, isolated events of being excluded, not liking someone, making others play a certain way, a single act of telling a joke, arguing, nor is it the expression of unpleasant thoughts about others. More information will be coming throughout this month in the Monday Message! You can find multiple ideas at the link included on how to, hopefully, prevent your child from being bullied AND from exhibiting bullying behaviors.

Monday Messages

Current and past issues of our Monday Message can now be found on our GES website. See the picture below for where to click. We hope you find this newsletter a helpful resource for information about our school.
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Information from Nurse Burwell

Nurse Burwell has provided Information regarding flu vaccines that you will find attached to this email. We hope that all of our GES Stars stay healthy this cold and flu season!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 10/5 Stomp Out Bullying! (wear blue & your favorite pair of boots)

Monday, 10/5 Volunteer Orientation (8:15am in the Cafeteria OR 6:30pm in the Library)

Wednesday, 10/7 Walk & Roll to School (7:15am)

Wednesday, 10/7 Fire Safety Program K-2 (8:30 am)

Wednesday, 10/7 & Thursday, 10/8 Early dismissal at 11:45am (K-5) Parent/Teacher conferences

Monday, 10/12 Student Holiday

Wednesday, 10/14 Student Council, KC Club & Running Club

Thursday, 10/15 Choir begins

Thursday, 10/15 PTA Meeting at 6:30 in the Cafeteria

Friday, 10/16 PTA's GLOW DANCE! (6:30-8:30pm)

Wednesday, 10/21 Unity Day (wear orange)

October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week & GES Book Fair

Saturday, 11/7 GES Fall Carnival (2:00-5:00pm)

GES Information & Announcements

Fun Video of the CHHS Drumline

CHHS DRUMLINE @ Grapevine Elementary for RACHEL'S CHALLENGE

October 26-30th Book Fair

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NBCDFW 5 Covers Friendship Fridays

Important Links

PTA Information

"Walk and Roll" to School This Wednesday

GES students will celebrate National Walk to school Day with our very own "Walk and Roll" to School Day! Walking to school is fun, provides good exercise, reduces air pollution, and builds a sense of community. This is our 4th year to celebrate this event at GES and we would love to beat the record of 411 students walking and rolling to school.

If your family lives too far to walk, we welcome you to join Mrs. Hilcher & Nurse Burwell at Glade Landing Park near the corner of Baze and Haydenbend at 7:15am. If you would like to lead a group of students from your neighborhood or need more information, please contact Betsy Marsh atbetsymarsh55@gmail.com. We look forward to walking or rolling to school with you on Wednesday!

Glow Dance

On Friday, October 16 we will have a Glow Dance to raise funds for our 5th graders end of the year activities. This is a family event-students will not be able to attend without an adult. We will have a DJ, pizza and other concessions. Tickets will be sold before and after school on October 14-16 for $4. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5. We hope you and your family can join us for a night of fun! See the attached flyer for more details.
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Opportunity for Fourth Graders

Do you have a fourth grader in your family? If so, hopefully you have heard about this special opportunity for him/her to earn a free pass to our National Parks. Check out this link for more information: https://www.everykidinapark.gov/how-it-works/

2015-2016 PTA Reflections Program

Let your imagination fly and unleash your inner artist! Choreograph a dance, produce a file, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us what the theme: “Let Your Imagination Fly” means to you. Pick up a PTA Reflections Entry Form (along with entry requirements) from the office or email Sheila Mitchell, PTA REFLECTIONS Chair, at sheila_r_mitchell@live.com. Entries are due by 2:45 pm on November 3, 2015.

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GCISD Information

National School Lunch Week

October 12-16, is National School Lunch Week!!! Elementary Schools will introduce flavor stations which will feature salt-free herb and spice blends from Mrs. Dash, parmesan cheese and red pepper on pizza days, just to name a few. We will also be offering some free goodies as giveaways (a mix of pencils, pencil toppers and bracelets) to the elementary students, on Friday October 16th. Please see the menu announcement attachments, there is one for everyday!

FIRST Committee

GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD students. This Team meets every other Tuesday and all minutes and updates are uploaded on their webpage. This is a critical time for our district as we look ahead and plan for the what the educational needs will look like for our students. Be sure to check out the FIRST website: http://www.gcisdfirst.net/index.html

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