Bransford Blast

September 6, 2015

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Enjoy the three day weekend! Looking forward to seeing each of you on Tuesday morning!

Click here for a short lesson share with your children on the origins of Labor Day.

What is LEAD 2021?

Thank you for the fabulous turn out at curriculum night on Thursday night! It was great to learn about classroom and school expectations as well as district initiatives. Many of our teachers shared information on GCISD's strategic plan LEAD 2021. Which lead to questions from parents and families wanting to know what exactly is LEAD 2021.

LEAD 2021 is our road map for redefining education because your future matters today. It highlights many initiatives and goals for our students, staff, and community members. Each week in the Bransford Blast, we will spotlight a different component of LEAD 2021 at BES. Last week we highlight technology with our 1:1 roll-out. For more information on LEAD 2021, please click here.

Communication improvement a campus focus as well as a LEAD initiative. Families received a communication card at either meet the teacher and/or curriculum night. Grade-levels are sending home weekly e-mail communication as well as this weekly Smore. Staff members are also using blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to share daily happenings. If you have ideas or suggestions on how to improve communication and keep the school-home conversation going, please let us know by e-mailing your teacher or Jamie Halliburton at Thank you helping to keep the lines of communication open at BES!

Bransford 101

As we prepare for Bransford 101 next Thursday, September 17, we want to provide you with information you want to know. Please take a moment to complete the following form by letting us know what you have always wanted to know about Bransford but didn't know who to ask. Your questions will be incorporated in the BES 101 presentation. Thank you in advance for letting us know what you want to know. BES 101 Form.


WOW!!! Thank you to each of you for helping our students dismiss each day safely! Your car tags and positive attitudes are making a HUGE difference!

Please remember the back lot is just for buses. Thank you for not parking in the back.

Thought Exchange

Want to improve education in GCISD? Share your thoughts & support our students by clicking here!

BES Spirit!

What a great showing of Bransford wear and red, white, and blue on Friday. Each Friday we will celebrate BES spirit by wearing Bransford colors or a BES shirt. Check your student's Friday folder if you are interested in ordering this year's PTA spirit shirt for $10.


We look forward to seeing your children each and every day at school. However, we understand circumstances arise that will affect your children’s school attendance. Below, please find the attendance policies of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

  • Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and students head to the classrooms at 7:35 a.m.

  • Class instruction starts at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. are marked late.

  • Tardies are issued starting at 8:00. Texas Education Code Section 25.094 Attendance for Credit law states that a child must be in class 90% of the time in order to be eligible for grade promotion. Unexcused tardies and early releases count towards time away from class.

  • You can report an absence by calling 817-305-4920. If the child goes to the doctor, thank you for sending a doctor’s note. If the child is sick but you didn’t go to the doctor, thank you for sending a written note from you explaining the absence. You may also email Shelly Sartin, our data secretary at to record the absence. Illness is an excused absence when a note is received.

When multiple absences, tardies, and/or early releases occur, two different types of letters are mailed to you as related to two different Texas Education Code, TEC, laws

Please see the link for more specifics. Attendance

Excused absences include, but are not limited to, illnesses with a note and religious observations. Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, trips and illnesses without notes.

Even a little time away from the classroom affects your child’s learning. We hope that this information helps make clear the processes we follow to be in compliance with state laws. We look forward to a great year with your Texans in attendance every day possible! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

For more information on attendance, please visit

GCISD Strings

If you are interested in enrolling your 4th or 5th grade student in Orchestra this year, please visit the following informational website:

Looking Ahead...

Labor Day School Holiday

Monday, Sept. 7

No School for Students or Staff

Menchie's Spirit Afternoon

Tuesday, September 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a frozen treat. Some of your favorite BES staff members will be guest mixologists!

Student Picture Day

Friday, Sept. 11
Individual photos

International Dot Day

Wear dots to school in celebration of International Dot Day.

Volunteer Training, Bransford 101, & PTA Meeting

Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m.

Volunteer Training & Bransford 101

Friday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Second session for those unable to attend Thursday evening.

Laps for Learning Pep Rally

Friday, September 18 at 2:15 p.m.

Skate Town Spirit Night

Monday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 22 at 3:10 p.m. in the library

Laps for Learning

Friday, September 25

Student/Parent Handbook & Student Code of Conduct

The 2015 - 2016 Student/Parent Handbook and Student Code of Conduct are now available on the district website. You can click the link below to gain access to both of these resources.

Student/Parent Handbook

Student Code of Conduct