Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of April 18-22

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Windows of the World: Celebration of Diversity

Grapevine Elementary will be celebrating the various cultures we have in our community with a look into the Windows of the World. Participants will setup a booth/table to showcase their heritage by displaying things from their country/culture. The celebration will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:30pm in the GES cafeteria. We encourage our kids to embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them unique. This event will allow them to explore those differences in a fun and interactive way. As they visit each country/heritage they will get a stamp on their “Passport to Windows of the World!” We hope you will join in the fun!

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Science of Spin Program

On April 26th GES is excited to host a Science of Spin Program! All grades will participate in a presentation and hands on learning of TEKS Science Objectives of Force & Motion (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Using simple spinning objects such as gyroscopes, yo-yos, spin tops and flying disks, students are exposed to the scientific concepts of gyroscopic stability, rotational inertia, friction and gravity

On April 27th through May 2nd, the PTA will offer students an opportunity to purchase a yo-yo to continue and enhance their learning experience. The cost will be $7.00 or $11.00 depending on which yo-yo is chosen. For more information on this program, check out their website:

Parent Survey

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey:

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Grapevine Elementary School and GCISD.

Egg Cam

The first grade egg cam is up and operating! The potential hatch date is April 13th. To access the Egg Cam:

1. Go to the Grapevine Elementary homepage.

2. Click on the Departments and Programs tab and click on First Grade

3. Click on the Egg Cam tab on the right side of the First Grade Page

Click the button on the chick picture to view live.

OR just use the following link:

Pennies for Patients

We are excited to announce our 2nd annual service learning project benefiting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society sponsored by the GES Student Council and National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). Our Pasta for Pennies/Pennies for Patients program helps to fund lifesaving blood cancer research and helps children and adults going through treatment right now.

Dates: 4/14/2016 to 4/22/2016

School online giving page:

To get started, we are encouraging students and parents to set up their individual online giving page, which is new this year! Our coin boxes allow students to collect dollars and spare change, while the online giving page allows friends and family near and far to support our students’ service, as well as raise awareness for the work of LLS. Some exciting benchmarks (online giving specific – see attached flyer for details): oStudents who raise $50 receive a T­shirt oStudents who raise $100 receive a MobiMate Bear oStudents collecting $500 receive a letter of recommendation This is also a friendly classroom competition. The top earning class will receive an Olive Garden pasta party. We encourage you to register your student under their classroom teacher’s online giving page.


  • Go to our school’s weblink (above)
  • Click on “Join your classroom team” or “Join your school team” on the right hand barker and follow prompts
  • Search for classroom teacher’s name or subject/grade level
Help LLS and Grapevine Elementary School reach our goal of $2,016 by collecting change!

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your school coordinator or Michael Iyescas, Student Series Campaign Manager, at Thank you for helping to create a world without blood cancers. The cures of someday ​are truly reaching the market today​!


Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Curnow, and Ms. Ray

GES Student Council and NEHS sponsors

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Early Voting on Saturday, 4/30

On February 18, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016. Early voting will be held April 25 - May 3. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at Grapevine Elementary is an early voting location.

**Please be advised, on Saturday, April 30 parents and community members wishing to vote at Grapevine Elementary School (GES), an early voting location, will need to use the front entrance off Hall Johnson until 10 a.m. due to the Delany Vineyard Run. After 10 a.m., voters will use the GES back entrance off Hughes Rd. for the remainder of the day. Hughes Rd. will be closed until approximately 10 a.m. as part of the race route.*

Important Reminders

  • Friday, April 22, is the last day to order a yearbook and to finish customs pages.
  • Interested in sending your child to GCISD's Summer Enrichment classes? Check out the program video:
  • The 2016-2017 GCISD student transfer window will be open March 21-April 22. Please view the following link for information on district transfers. Student transfer online application window will be open the following dates: March 21 - April 22, 2016; June 20 - 24, 2016 & July 18 - 22, 2016.

  • Kindergarten Registration will be held April 25- April 29. We will be hosting a Kindergarten Rally on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7:30pm for families to tour our school, turn in registration papers and shop at our GES spirit shop. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 4/18 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)

Monday, 4/18 - Friday, 4/22 Celebrate Earth Week! (see flyer below & attachment)

Wednesday, 4/20 Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 4/21 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); PTA meeting/Diversity Night (6:30pm)

Friday, 4/22 GES Bank (7:15-7:40am); last day to order a yearbook

Monday, 4/25-Friday, 4/29 Kindergarten Registration

Monday, 4/25- Tuesday, 5/3 Tarrant County Elections voting in the GES Gym

Monday, 4/25 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 4/26 Science of Spin program during MAPS

Wednesday, 4/27 LAST Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 4/28 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Kindergarten Rally (5:00-7:30pm)

Friday, 4/29 College Colors Day

Saturday, 4/30 GES Dad's Club Crawfish Boil (12:00-5:00pm)

Monday, 5/2 NO Monday Morning Math Lab; Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 5/3 Campus Excellence Committee meeting (3:10 in the Learning Commons)

Wednesday, 5/4 Student Council (2:45-3:30pm)

Thursday, 5/5 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Friday, 5/6 PTA Executive Board meeting (8:15am)

Monday, 5/9 - Wednesday, 5/11 STAAR testing-CLOSED campus

Monday, 5/9-Wednesday, 5/11 Wise Guys Pizza fundraiser for 5th grade (all day)

Monday, 5/9 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm)

Thursday, 5/12 Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm); Deadline for the 25/100 Book Challenge

Monday, 5/16 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); Ensemble practice (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 5/18 KC Club (2:45-3:30pm); NEHS (2:45-3:45pm)

Thursday, 5/19 Kindergarten Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria); PTA Talent Show (6:30-8:00pm) *Date was mistakenly listed as 5/18-we apologize!

Friday, 5/20 Library books are due!

Monday, 5/23 Career Day at GES (information below)

Monday, 5/23 Monday Morning Math Lab (7:15-7:40am); WOW Garden Club (2:45-4:00pm); Ensemble Performance (6:30pm) DATE CHANGE!

Tuesday, 5/24 2nd grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 5/25 1st grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 5/26 Field Day

Friday, 5/27 Bad weather make up day-NO SCHOOL!

Monday, 5/30 Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, 5/31 3rd grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 6/1 4th grade Success Ceremony (8:00am in Cafeteria)

Thursday, 6/2 5th grade Success Ceremony & Graduation (9:45am in Cafeteria);

Thursday, 6/2 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL & Early dismissal at 11:45am

Information From Mrs. Horn

Snack Donations Needed

For some of our families, providing a nutritious snack each day to assist their GES star’s performance throughout the day does not happen consistently because of food insecurities. If you are able, please donate individually packaged Goldfish or pretzels in order to help us provide that snack for students that arrive at school without it because of the insecurities. This would not pertain to students that simply forgot a snack that day. If your Star forgets his/her snack often, sending multiple days worth of snacks might help. For questions, please feel free to contact Angela Horn at or 817-251-5740. Thank you for your continued generosity and thoughtfulness.

Career Day in May

On Monday, May 23, GES will have a Career Day. Please consider sharing information about your line of work with our students. Do you know someone in our community, or have a family member or spouse that would be willing to speak with our GES Stars about their passion? If you are interested, or have a recommendation, please contact Angela Horn, our counselor, with their information! She can be reached at or 817-251-5740.

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GES Information & Announcements

25 Book Challenge and 100 Book Challenge

Our students are doing a fantastic job with the 25 book and 100 book challenges! To date, 96 students have completed the challenge, and more are pouring in each day!

Please note: The deadline for the challenge is May 12th, 2016!

Need more info? Click here to learn more about the 25/ 100 Book Challenges: including access to printable 25/ 100 Book Challenge forms. Happy Reading!

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Math Lab Opportunity for Grades 3-5

Student success is a top priority for us at GES! Math Lab is a time on Monday mornings for our 3rd-5th grade students to work on Think Through Math in the Dell computer lab. Each Monday, we will have 25 spots available to the first students who arrive in the front office and claim a ticket. The lab will open when the building opens at 7:15am and students may work until 7:40am. Please do not drop students off before 7:15, because they will not be able to enter the building. Monday Math Lab will be held: 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16 & 5/23. Please note no 5/2. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hale @
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GES PTA Information

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Please upload photos to TreeRing’s designated folders for the 2015-2016 GES Yearbook. If you don’t have a login please follow instructions below.

  1. Go to and enter our school code 1013813367251830

You can also email your photos to Thanks for contributing to our yearbook!

GCISD Information

CHHS Volleyball Fundraiser

CHHS Volleyball is hosting the 2016 ColleyVolley grass tournament fundraiser on Saturday, April 30 at CHHS. Registration is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Forms can be found at school. Or you may email and they will send you the needed registration and liability forms. Please join ColleyVolley for a great day of fun in the sun! Email if you have any questions. GO PANTHERS!

Information on Tuition Based Pre-K

If you are interested in more information regarding tuition based Pre-K classes, please click on the following link:

Math Telescoping Information

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7. The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin. The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016 (9:00 AM at Colleyville Elementary)

Online Registration Deadline –Spring Exam Date: April 12, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Spring Exam Date: April 14, 2016 - BY NOON

Summer Exam Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016 (9:00 AM at Colleyville Elementary) Online Registration Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 20, 2016 - CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT. Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 AM, June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline – Summer Exam Date: June 22, 2016 - BY NOON

GCISD Podcasts

Are you interested in learning more about LEAD 2021, GCISD's long range plan? You should subscribe to the new LEAD GCISD podcast at: It's a new way for GCISD to communicate information and successes with the community. A new podcast will be released every Tuesday until Christmas break.

Important Links

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  • On Twitter follow:
    • Principal Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher

    • Assistant Principal Ms. Ray: @GESKRay

    • Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars

    • Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]

    • All GES classrooms by checking our #GESshineon

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