Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of December 7-December 11

Parade of Lights

Last Thursday evening was a fantastic night for our students who participated in, or attended, the Parade of Lights. It was a beautiful evening with a record-breaking crowd. Thank you to our amazing Dad's Club for assembling a GES float and allowing our school to be represented in such a fun Grapevine tradition. A special shout out to James Bangs who worked to organize our Dad's Club for the design, build and orchestration of our school's participation in the parade. Students whose dads worked tirelessly on our float wore Santa hats and waved to the crowds while singing Christmas carols. A good time was had by all! We hope your family was able to see the GES float and heard our heartfelt "Merry Christmas" wishes!

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Upcoming Events

Monday,12/7 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Wednesday, 12/9 KC Club, Student Council & Running Club (2:45-3:30pm)

Wednesday, 12/9 Red Robin GES Spirit Night (6-8pm)

Thursday, 12/10 HMS Band concert (9:15am)

Thursday, 12/10 Choir-ONLY drama group & "Together, Wherever We Go" dance group (2:45-3:45pm)

Monday, 12/14 All GRACE Christmas Cottage items due (unwrapped please)

Monday,12/14 Choir (2:45-3:45pm)

Tuesday, 12/15 Geography Bee (8:15am)

Thursday, 12/17 Choir-ONLY drama group & "Together, Wherever We Go" dance group (2:45-3:45pm)

Friday, 12/18 Holiday parties at 10:45am; Early dismissal at 11:45am

Monday, 12/21/15-Monday, 1/4/16 Winter holidays-no school

Wednesday, 1/6 Second nine weeks report cards

Important Reminders

  • Please remember that all GES students are dismissed at 2:45pm. Any students who are not picked up at dismissal will be taken to our on-site extended care provider- Kidzu. Parents will be charged for this after school service. Please make sure that your child knows how he/she is going home each day and that any transportation changes are communicated with the GES front office/your child's teacher prior to 2:30pm. Additionally, students will not be checked out through the front office after 2:30 for appointments due to the end of the day procedures occurring in the classrooms. We appreciate your cooperation.

Reminders from last week's newsletter:
  • Please remind your students to check the Lost & Found in the front foyer for their misplaced items. All unclaimed items will be donated on 12/18/15.

  • Forgotten items brought to school by a parent will be placed on the Forget Me Not table with a sticky note to label students' name. Lunches can be placed on the table, or put in the teacher's lunch bucket in the foyer. Please note the GES office staff will place forgotten homework, eyeglasses and iPads in teacher mailboxes, rather than leaving them on the table. Only these specific items will be put in teacher mailboxes and will be collected by the teacher during his/her conference period. Please note that teachers will not be called and items will no longer be delivered to the classroom.

GES Information & Announcements

RED ROBIN Spirit Night

We hope you will take the night off from cooking dinner and join us for a good cause. GES will have a spirit night at Red Robin in Grapevine on Wednesday, December 9th. Teachers & administrators are working shifts from 6:00-8:00 and the class(es) with highest student attendance will win a prize from Red Robin! Parents can go to Red Robin for lunch, or dinner, and mention GES to help us out. Please see flyer image below, or email attachment, for more information. GES will earn 20% of all sales that mention Grapevine Elementary! Thanks for your support. We hope to see you and your family!

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GRACE Christmas Cottage

Please consider supporting those families who are less fortunate. GES is collecting items for the GRACE Christmas Cottage and we'd love your help! See the list below for their requested items. All unwrapped donations can be sent to school between now and December 14th. Thanks in advance for your generosity! Please make sure that all gifts are new and unwrapped. Wrapping paper, tape, bows and batteries are always needed. If you choose to continue shopping after the 14th, please deliver your donations directly to GRACE. Please contact Mrs. Horn at with any questions.

GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Wish List:


  • Disney Princess(No Barbies, please)*

  • Dolls of color*

  • Frozen Toys*

  • Infant clothes 0-24 months*

  • Infant toys*

  • Lego Sets-all types*

  • Tricycles/Wagons*

  • Marvel/Action figure toys

  • Air Hogs/Racers

  • Arts & Crafts kits

  • Baby dolls

  • Board games

  • Cars & trucks

  • Current action figures

  • Despicable Me

  • Doc McStuffins toys

  • Dora the Explorer toys

  • Girls Lego sets

  • My Generation Dolls

  • Nerf toys (for boys & girls)

  • Nickelodeon Anything

  • Razor scooters

  • Remote-controlled cars

  • Rip sticks

  • Sesame Street toys

  • Sleeping bags

  • Soccer balls size 3, 4 & 5.

  • Sofia the First toys

  • Star Wars anything

  • Stuffed animals

  • Toddler toys (ages 1-3)

  • Twin bedding

  • V-tech toys


  • cologne (girls/boys)*

  • gift cards: Wal-Mart, Target, fast food, gas*

  • gift certificates-all types*

  • mountain bikes/helmets*

  • Axe fragrance kits

  • Bath & Body Works lotions, etc..

  • Bedroom accessories

  • Cowboy, Stars & Mavericks Gear

  • Docking stations

  • ear phones

  • electric scooters

  • fishing poles

  • Flannel pajamas

  • Fun slippers & socks

  • Hooded sweatshirts (L & XL with Athletic logos)

  • Luggage

  • Make-up sets

  • Nail sets

  • Rip sticks

  • Skateboards

  • Tablets

  • Teen bedding sets

  • Teen board games

  • Wireless chargers & speakers

*GRACE traditionally runs low on these items.

Geography Bee

We are excited to announce that Grapevine Elementary will be hosting a Geography Bee again this year. Students in fourth and fifth grade had the opportunity to participate and qualify for the National Geographic Bee. National Geographic guidelines state that students must complete a written geography test, which was completed the week before Thanksgiving. Based on test scores, the top 10 students were selected to compete in the school Geography Bee on December 15. Congratulations to the following students: Ella Chen, Jake McKee, Meg Ahaus, Zach Boggs, Drew Nelson, Walker Duke, Colby Ray, Jayden Jenkins, Brian Shaik, & Zachary Farnum. One student from GES will then represent our school by taking a final exam. The score from this exam will be reported to National Geographic for the opportunity to compete in the Texas Geography Bee. State winners have the chance to compete in the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. If you have any questions regarding the Geography Bee, please feel free to contact our school geography bee coordinator, Mrs. Hale, at

Snack Donations Requested

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.

GES PTA Information


We are blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers who give of their time to benefit our students and teachers at GES! Thank you for your service to our school.
  • Volunteer of the Month for November: Diana Greene
  • Volunteer Drawing winner for November: Amanda Martinez

Volunteer Award Opportunity:

We will be awarding the top 24 volunteers with the most hours this semester with a fun celebration! We will be going to Dry Bar in Grapevine on Tuesday night, January 19th and volunteer winners will have their hair styled. Dry Bar has graciously given us this fun opportunity! Please continue to log your hours as we’ll be counting them through the end of the year. All hours count! Chaperoning field trips, cutting/gluing items at home for the teacher, reading in class, attending PTA or homeroom mom meetings, planning parties, and all carnival hours count! Be sure to record your hours so we can keep track of our PTA's dedication!

PTA Carnival Survey

Please click this link to take a quick survey about the GES Carnival. The GES PTA is always striving for excellence and would love for feedback to make the carnival better each year! Your participation is much appreciated!

Don't forget to use Shoparoo! Shop. Snap. Earn. See the flyer for more information on how to earn money for GES.

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GCISD Information

CHHS "Christmas in the Castle" Workshop

"CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE" will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 with the CHHS Theatre Department. This all day theatre workshop for elementary students is a wonderful opportunity for children in grades K-5 to experience the fun of theatre! Royal participants will enjoy crafts and games, design and paint scenery, learn a song and dance number, and perform for family and friends on the CHHS Mainstage. Parents will enjoy knowing they have 6 child-free hours to accomplish holiday tasks!
  • Workshop begins at 8:30am with a free family performance at 2:30pm
  • Snacks and Lunch will be provided.
  • Participants are encouraged to come in their favorite costume!
  • Fee: $50.00/ Register today at

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.

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