Bransford Blast

September 11, 2016

Making Our Mark

This week at Bransford, our students will be making their mark as we take home devices, connect globally, work together to raise funds for our learning, and make new habits! Check out the list below for some details on the exciting week planned for our Texans.

  • On Monday, our second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students will exit Bransford with their school issued electronic devices for the first time! For more information on technology take home at BES, click here.
  • Tuesday, September 13, is Super Charged Tuesday at Bransford. On Tuesday, students are encouraged to wear your super shirts (no full costumes). We are spreading excitement about taking devices home and bringing them back daily CHARGED! Thank you for helping your students form this new habit.
  • Thursday we will celebrate international dot day. Students will connect with others around the globe to learn how others are making their mark in the world. Students are encouraged to wear dots on Thursday.
  • On Friday we will have our second pep rally of the school year as we kick-off our annual Laps for Learning fundraising event. Friday is also BES spirit day. Students are encouraged to wear a Bransford shirt or red, white, and blue.

Thank you for taking part in this exciting week as we celebrate making our mark in the world! Looking forward to an excellent week of building an excellent school together!


This year we using a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!

3. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

Thank you for your support!

Yearly Volunteer Requirements

In order to volunteer at BES this year in classrooms, during school-wide event, or as a field trip chaperone, please review the new volunteer handbook and complete the required background check. Thank you for understanding that this process must be repeated each school year. Now is a good time to complete this process and encourage all family members who might want to volunteer to complete it, too. For the protection of students and staff, all volunteer applicants must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the online form authorizing the district to obtain a criminal history background check.

Literacy Symposium

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Bransford PTA

  • Join PTA: Please log on to 1.) Select Grapevine Colleyville ISD 2.) Select Bransford Elementary 3.) Pay membership dues. Becoming a member of the BES PTA is the best way to support our school, and this year we made it even easier! Every Bransford family who has at least one PTA membership will receive a Bransford paper directory and online access to our digital directory. Check out to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.
  • Website: Check out to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.
  • Watch DOGS: Watch DOGS will host an orientation meting on Saturday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. at BES.
  • Laps for Learning: Excitement is building for the annual Laps for Learning event! Save the date for the Laps pep rally on Friday, September 16. Get your sneakers ready for Laps for Learning on Friday, September 30. We will all be walking, jogging, and cheering on our terrific Texans as we raise funds for our campus.
  • CELEBRATION: 100% of staff joined PTA!!!!
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Device Agreement

We wanted to make you aware of the new GCISD Device Agreement for 2016-2017. Every parent needs to sign the Parent Device Agreement and pay a one-time elementary fee of $50 regardless of whether their student will take home their iPad. Even if a student is not taking the device home, parents still must sign the agreement and pay the $50.

If you did not complete the Device Agreements at meet the teacher night, you can pick one up in the front office or sign it at BES information night on Thursday, September 1. A link to the Device Agreement is provided below.

Parent Device Use Agreement

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BES Goals 2016-2017

We are now 5 years into our district strategic plan, LEAD 2021. As we as a campus continue to strive towards meeting the objectives set forth in LEAD 2021, we set goals for ourselves and our students. Below, please find the overarching goals we have for Bransford for the 2016-2017 school year to assist in our journey towards reaching the goals outlined in LEAD 2021. We will continue to talk about and update you on our progress towards these goals throughout the school year.

  • Creating a positive welcoming environment for our students and staff where risk taking is encouraged and embraced

  • Using student voice to influence decisions in our classrooms, hallways, and building

  • Using the Units of Study in each grade level to create a systematic approach to writing

  • Starting CORE visits to learn from the experts on our staff

  • Taking time to build relationships with staff, students, and families

  • Celebrating the GCISD reading challenge with our students and staff

  • Use the new Learning Platform Rubric and T-TESS with staff to assist us in our growth toward a learning platform

  • Develop students and staff who are skilled problem solvers, collaborative workers, effective communicators, global citizens, and self-regulated learners

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • September 13: Super Charged Tuesday ~ Wear a super hero shirt
  • September 15: Dot Day & PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • September 16: Laps for Learning Pep Rally & BES Spirit Day
  • September 20: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night
  • September 23: BES Spirit Day
  • September 28: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m.
  • September 30: Laps for Learning
  • October 3: CEC 3:10 p.m. & Snuffer's Spirit Night
  • October 6: GT LEAD Curriculum Night
  • October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning
  • October 14: End of 1st 9 Weeks & Dad's Club Movie Night
  • October 20: BES Spirit Night at Kendra Scott