CES Cowboy Courier

Monday, February 22, 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 22
Diagnostician/Psychologists Week
Photography Club 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the science lab
Middle School counselors coming to meet with 5th grade students
School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

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

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

Thursday, February 25
Book Fair set-up
GCISD Council of PTA Founder's Day Luncheon @ GV Concourse Event Center
PTA General Meeting at 6:45 pm
Second Grade HoeDown at 7:00 pm in the gym

Friday, February 26
Pay Day
Book Fair Preview
CES Spirit Day (wear CES shirts and jeans)

Next Week
Texas Public Schools Week
Book Fair Week

Monday, February 29
Donuts with Dads from 7:15 to 7:45 am in the cafeteria
Photography Club Meeting 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the science lab

Tuesday, March 1

Wednesday, March 2
National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss' Birthday)
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 4:15 pm in the music room

Thursday, March 3
National I Want You To Be Happy Day- wear jeans and your favorite shirt (bring a change of professional clothes or leave and go home and change before Open House)
Cowboy Chorale Performance at 8:15 am in the cafeteria
PTA Executive Board Meeting at 9:45 in the Science Lab
PTA General Meeting at 6:45 pm in the cafeteria
Cowboy Chorale Performance at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria
CES Open House from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (professional dress)

Friday, March 4
Play It Safe Videos during specials classes
CES Spirit Day (wear your CES shirt and jeans)

Message from the Superintendent

On Thursday night, February 18, 2016, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved ordering a bond election for May 7, 2016.

This decision to call a bond election was based on the recommendations of FIRST (Facility Innovation & Readiness Stakeholder Team). This team was made up of 34 parents and community members and 25 GCISD employees. It is important to note that every campus was represented and every member had an opportunity to vote on each proposed project.

After more than six-months of meetings, site visits, financial presentations and committee work, FIRST recommended a bond package that covers four key objectives. For your reference, I have listed those objectives below, as well as some of the projects that are included:

  • Securing our District: Controlled visitor areas, security cameras, outdoor PA system for playground security, door hardware
  • Planning for Growth: Rebuild Cannon Elementary, classroom additions and cafeteria extension at Heritage Middle School and a multipurpose activity center at Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School.
  • Investing in Infrastructure: HVAC upgrades, improving accessibility, play structures, network capacity, transportation, kitchen equipment
  • The Classroom Experience: Technology (infrastructure and devices), classroom furniture, collaboration spaces

The total of the bond package is $248.975 million and the last time GCISD held a bond election was in 2011.

Now that the election has been called, I wanted to let you know about a website that will have all of the information about what is included in the package for each campus, as well as district-wide projects. Please visit www.gcisdbond2016.com for all of these resources. If you have additional questions, please visit Let’s Talk.

Thank you,

Dr. Robin Ryan

GCISD Superintendent

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!

Student Hero Awards

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Student Heroes. The deadline for nominations is March 11. The Student Heroes award recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow Texas students.

Award requirements include:

  • The service/assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements or class or community project.
  • The service/assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or as a whole.
  • The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district or a community.

To nominate a student on your campus, click here.

Grant Opportunity

The MetroTex Association of Realtors has four $3,000 grants that will be awarded to schools this year. These grants are intended to fund tangible student-driven projects that benefit the entire student body. Grant applications will be accepted until April 1 and may be found here.

A Few CES Reminders:

  • Don't forget that your last "Visit for Growth and Development" was due by February 19
  • Check in with your PLP Accountability Partner and update PLP's.
  • Twitter- tweet once a day, and read others' tweets.

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

Teresa Martin- Thank you for covering the "cross hairs of doom" every morning. We appreciate it EVERY day!
Special Education Team- Thank you for being so flexible, creative and patient. Our staff and students are lucky to have such a wonderful team!
Neddra Lira- Thank you for helping us with our computer needs each week. We appreciate your support!
Natalie Rudolph- Great job with your clinic. The redesign looks great! We appreciate the care you take with the children and the pride you take in making our clinic efficient.
Ally Thomas- The students are loving art each week. Thank you for making it fun and bringing out their creativity!

GCISD Retirement Dinner

The GCISD Retirement Dinner will take place on May 5, 2016. They wanted us to share this date way in advance so no one missed it!


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