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!
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
- 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Wish List:
Disney Princess(No Barbies, please)*
Dolls of color*
Infant clothes 0-24 months*
Lego Sets-all types*
Marvel/Action figure toys
Arts & Crafts kits
Cars & trucks
Current action figures
Doc McStuffins toys
Dora the Explorer toys
Girls Lego sets
My Generation Dolls
Nerf toys (for boys & girls)
Sesame Street toys
Soccer balls size 3, 4 & 5.
Sofia the First toys
Star Wars anything
Toddler toys (ages 1-3)
gift cards: Wal-Mart, Target, fast food, gas*
gift certificates-all types*
Axe fragrance kits
Bath & Body Works lotions, etc..
Cowboy, Stars & Mavericks Gear
Fun slippers & socks
Hooded sweatshirts (L & XL with Athletic logos)
Teen bedding sets
Teen board games
Wireless chargers & speakers
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 email@example.com or 817-251-5740. Thank you for your continued generosity and thoughtfulness.
GES PTA Information
- 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
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CS5Y833 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.
CHHS "Christmas in the Castle" Workshop
- 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 www.chhspanthertheatre.com
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- On Twitter follow:
Principal Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher
Assistant Principal Ms. Ray: @GESKRay
Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars
Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]
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