Bransford Blast

January 15, 2017

Calendar Survey

On Thursday, January 12, the district included in The LEADer, the district's e-newsletter, a link to a brief survey that asks four questions regarding the student-teacher calendar. In case you missed it, I have included a link to the survey in the weekly blast. These questions will help us determine what is most important for our parents, teachers, students and community members. The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 20. Once the district has collected the information, a proposed calendar will be recommended to the District Excellence Committee prior to the Board of Trustees vote on Monday, February 27. We are working diligently to finalize the 2017-2018 school calendar and we appreciate your patience as we work to create the best calendar to cultivate student success.

Parent/Community Survey (English):

Spanish Parent/Community (Survey):

Math Telescoping

Does your Texan LOVE math? Does your Texan enjoy challenging themselves? Does your Texan excel in math? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider having your student participate in the math telescoping exam. Student who correctly answer a certain percentage of the telescoping questions correctly will be able to skip a grade in math. To learn more about this process, visit

Spring Testing Dates

Online Registration: 2/27-3/10

Spring Test: 4/29

Summer Testing Dates

Online Registration: 5/11-5/25

Summer Test: 6/28

Art Contest

GCISD students of all ages are invited to create artwork illustrating the fun learning opportunities available through GCISD’s Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s theme is “Rockin' Through the Summer.” The winning artwork will serve as the cover design for the GCISD Summer Enrichment brochure, which will be posted on the website and provides information about registration and summer learning opportunities for students completing K-6th grades. Winning artwork will also be used to promote the Summer Enrichment Program through social media. The student who creates the winning entry will be recognized in the brochure and during a regular meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees.

Art must be original and can be hand-drawn, painted, computer-designed or in any other medium. Judges will be looking for a design that is creative, appropriate and uses the “Rockin' Through the Summer” theme. Art should be on 8 ½” x 11” paper and submitted in color, but be able to be reproduced in black and white. Student's full name, school, grade and teacher's name should be on the BACK of the artwork. Please do not frame or mat entry to any size larger than 8 ½” x 11”. Our contest opened January 9, 2017, and the deadline for submitting the art is Friday, February 10th. Students should submit entries to their campus art teacher.

Talent Show Volunteers

Bransford Texans need a little assistance from our fabulous volunteers to get to Broadway! Please consider volunteering a few minutes during the talent show. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help out so our students can showcase their talents.

Talent Show Sign Up:

GCISD Council of PTAs Legislative Roundtable Meeting

WE WANT AND NEED YOUR VOICE! Please join your fellow GCISD PTA members on January 26th for a Legislative Advocacy Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Council of PTAs.

MEET and TALK with YOUR area legislators and staff and pick up advocacy tips to use throughout the current 85th Texas Legislative Session.

· Thursday, January 26, 2017

· 6:30-8:00pm (childcare not provided)

· Light refreshments provided

· PDEC (Professional Development and Education Center): 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX 76034

We will give a brief overview of our district PTA's top 5 issues for our legislators to address: 1) Reduce STAAR emphasis, 2) Oppose vouchers and ESA programs, 3) Adequate school funding, 4) Pursue a new accountability system that is valid, reliable and balanced and 5) Clarify the role of school districts on cyber-bullying. (Handouts with more information on each issue will be available at the event.)

Pre-registration is not required, but is highly recommended so we can get a headcount and plan appropriately. To register, scroll down to find your school and RSVP at the following site:

For questions, please contact your local PTA President, Elisabeth Hammons ( or Doug Noell, GCISD Council of PTAs Legislative Chair (

Grant Opportunity

Dr. Jesse Schroeder of Schroeder Orthodontics, one of the GCISD Education Foundation’s official corporate sponsors and supporter of many schools, is proud to announce a Teacher’s Grant Contest. For the fourth year, he will be sponsoring five $1,000 grants as part of his five year $100,000 commitment to the Education Foundation and our school district. The grant will be given to a teacher in each grade, first-fifth. These are the key points to enter:

  • Have your Texan write or draw a one-page idea of what he/she thinks the teacher could do for the students with the $1,000 grant.
  • Students submit drawing or writing to their teachers by February 2, 2017.
  • The teacher is to select the one that he/she thinks best expresses a good use of the grant; the selections will be submitted to the Education Foundation Office on Friday, February 3, 2017.
  • The Education Foundation will deliver the submissions to Schroeder Orthodontics for selection of the five winners.
  • The winners will be announced with check presentations to the teachers at the annual GCISD Council of PTAs Founder’s Day luncheon and program, Thursday, February 23.

There are no rules as to how the one-page drawing or writing should be done so be creative! Please make sure that your students have their name, grade, teacher’s name and school’s name on the submission.

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Lone Star Leadership Academy

Academic Leadership Summer Camps for Outstanding 4th-8th graders: Outstanding students from across Texas meet in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to unique and historically significant Texas destinations. Each day students explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals at sites visited, and develop their leadership abilities during leadership groups with their facilitators. All adult facilitators, one for every ten students, are Texas teachers. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. For more information or to request a camp application, visit or contact or 817-562-4957.
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Texan Time

Starting next Friday, January 27, our students will engage in Texan Time. During the last 50 minutes of the day, students will participate in enrichment and extension classes in an effort to foster the GCISD 5 with a focus on creating an original design or product. Classes will be offered in the areas of fine arts, creativity, and innovation. This week, your child will view advertisements and select courses with their homeroom teachers. Stay tuned for more information on Texan Time!

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • January 16: Staff and student holiday
  • January 17: Zoe's Spirit Night
  • January 17 -20: Benchmark Testing grades 3, 4, and 5
  • January 19: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • January 20: BES Spirit Day
  • January 23: CEC 3:15 p.m.
  • January 27: Talk with Texans 8:00 a.m., Talent Show 6:00 p.m.
  • January 30: Play it Safe student program during specials
  • February 1: Fitness Force resumes
  • February 9: Student-led conferences,11:45 a.m. release

Bistro Height Tables

WANTED bistro height tables for students to use to stand and collaborate around. If you have a standing height table you are wanting to donate, please considering donating it to Bransford. No chairs needed! Thank you in advance for considering!