Bransford Blast

November 6, 2016

LET’S HONOR OUR VETERANS

You are invited to join Bransford Elementary School students and staff as our honored guest as we celebrate America’s Veterans.

Place: Bransford Elementary School Cafeteria

Date: November 11, 2016


Schedule of Events

8:30 AM Second grade presents “Let’s Honor Our Veterans”

9:15 AM Veterans walk the hall

9:30 AM Veterans join in a special Circle Up

9:45 AM Veterans and special guests reception hosted by BES PTA

9:45 AM Creating a special Veteran’s Day memento sponsored by BES PTA


Please join us as we pay special tribute to the men and women of this great nation who protect our freedom and liberty.


Thank you,

Leigh Hockenbrough

Bransford Elementary Music

Register a Veteran at https://goo.gl/forms/HQ0iLKW6JQKtIo2n2

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be in the library from November 8 to November 15 at noon. On Monday, each of the classes will get time in the library to make wishlists from the books available for sale. Each child will bring their wishlist home along with a catalog to show you the books they thought looked interesting.


Purchasing books is easy as 1, 2, 3, 4...

  1. Send a check or cash in with the names of the books you will allow your child to buy and he/she will be sent to the library to purchase them and bring them home.
  2. Join your child for lunch one day next week and take them to the book fair.
  3. Join us for our Veteran's Day celebration on Friday and take your child to the library after the celebration.
  4. Come to the library right after school any day next week and purchase the books with your child until 3:05 p.m.

Thank you for supporting our fall book fair!

Fall Back

Hope everyone remembered to fall bak last night! Looking forward to seeing everyone with a bit of sunlight at drop off in the morning!

Fall Carnival!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make fall carnival a fun night for our Texans and their families! We had a guest appearance from Scout, the Patriot PAWS puppy that our Texans earned the right to name from the donations raised last year. Our KC Club collected cans for the GRACE food pantry. And, our families came together to build community and celebrate the beginning of fall.


Thank you to Jill Tate for chairing fall carnival! Thank you to Ana McCullum for organizing our auction! Thank you to Kathleen Bundy for organizing our volunteers! Thank you to all who volunteered to work shifts, donated items, and participated in the fun!

Red Ribbon Poster Winners

Our campus level poster winners went to the district judging contest. Congratulations to the following Texans who placed at the district level:


  • Kalla Cooper won 3rd place for kindergarten
  • Ryan Rozycki won 1st place for 1st grade and will be recognized at the November 14 School Board Meeting
  • Zack Rozycki won 3rd place for 3rd grade
  • Marly Wallace won 3rd place for 4th grade

Holiday Greeting Card Contest

Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. Three student designs, one from the elementary, middle and high school levels, will be selected and sent out on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan and the GCISD Board of Trustees. Cards are sent to community leaders, area businesses, organizations and other school districts.


The three final designs for the cover will be selected by a group of District employees and the Superintendent on the basis of originality, theme, use of color and overall design. The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card each will receive a $25 gift card and recognition at the December 12 meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and in other publicity about the contest.


Entry rules/guidelines:

  • Submit only one entry per student.
  • Artwork should be appropriate for and reflect our diverse community that celebrates a variety of holidays, while following the theme of “Famous Winter Holiday Characters” as closely as possible.
  • Artwork size should be 5½ x 8½ inches or 8½ x 11 inches.
  • Submitted art should be easy to scan and reproduce.
  • Entries may be submitted to your school office or the reception desk at the GCISD Administration Building, 3051 Ira E. Woods, Grapevine. Please label the envelope or folder: Holiday Card Entry, Attention Communication Services Department.
  • ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNICATION SERVICES DEPT. by Friday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.
  • Submit art with the entry/parental permission form fastened securely to the back.

After winners are selected, artwork will be returned to campuses for distribution to the artist.

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Gifted & Talented LEAD applications for current Kindergarteners are now being accepted.


Deadline to return the application will be November 30th.

Please let your kindergarten teacher know if you would like to have your child tested and the information will be sent home to you at this time.

Hoop Shoot


WHAT: Free Throw Contest on 10’ Basket

WHEN: Monday, December 5 - GIRLS

Tuesday, December 6 – BOYS

3:00-3:45 p.m.

WHERE: BES Gym

WHO: Ages 8-9* and 10-11*

GIRLS-Monday & BOYS-Tuesday

*(Age as of April 1, 2017)

WHY: Winners will represent Bransford at Area.

SIGN-UP: Registration will be at the event.

NOTE: Transportation will not be provided.


QUESTIONS: Contact Mrs. Atkins – PE Teacher

Bransford PTA

  • Interest Survey: Interested in serving on or receiving more information about the PTA board for the 2017-2018 school year? If so, click here to learn more.
  • Join PTA: Please log on to Joinpta.org. 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 Bransfordpta.com to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.
  • Website: Check out Bransfordpta.com to keep you up to date on all the fun things happening at our school.

Elves on the Run 5K

Saturday, December 3 at 8:30 a.m.


The Women’s Division is proud to present the first ever Elve’s on the Run, 5K/ fun run. This family-friendly community event is in the heart of Grapevine- the Christmas Capitol of Texas! Meet Santa at the finish line, food trucks and beverages available for spectators, check out the vendors at Santa’s Workshop and more! Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Fun run begins at 8:30 am 5k begins at 9:00 am
  • Food Trucks— Chip timed Race — Awards
  • Show off your holiday spirit: Prizes for the best elf costume, and best registered group in costume.

The Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce operates under the umbrella of the Grapevine Chamber Foundation. The Foundation is a tax exempt, public charity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Women’s Division began in 1965 and provides assistance to those in need in our community. We are a 100% volunteer group and currently our largest projects are providing school supply packs for over 1200 GCISD students in need of extra assistance and brightening the lives of about 100 of the less fortunate local senior citizens by providing gifts and essential items during the holiday season.

For each participant that signs up Bransford PTA receives $2. Registrants must list Bransford Elementary when signing up. Click here for more information and to register.

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Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • November 8-15: Book Fair
  • November 10: Picture Retakes
  • November 11: Veterans' Day Celebrations ~ Wear red, white, and blue
  • November 15: Chipolte Spirit Night
  • November 17: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29: Visiting author
  • November 30: Talk with Texans 12:00 p.m.
  • December 3: Elves on the Run 5K (see above)
  • December 5-9: Coding Week
  • December 10: Breakfast with Santa 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bransford Elementary
  • December 13-15: PTA Holiday Shop
  • December 15: 5th Grade Choir's Peter Pan 9:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • December 16: School-wide Polar Express Day ~ wear pajamas; class parties from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; 5th Grade Volleyball Game 8:00 a.m.