Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of October 17-21, 2016

Friendly Reminders

  • Students dropped off after 7:45am need to be escorted into the front office by an adult. Please park out front and ring the doorbell to bring your child into the office. An adult is needed in order to check student in to school after the this time.
  • Please remember that parking is only permitted in marked spots in the front driveway loop and back parking lot. Parking on grassy areas on Hughes is not permitted and causes a safety concern for our students at dismissal. We appreciate your cooperation!
  • Glow Dance tickets for students and adults will be available for pre-sale. Flyers will be sent home in student folders this week!
  • Our GES PTA Fall Carnival will be held on Saturday, November 12th. PTA will begin pre-selling carnival tickets the week of October 24. A flyer will go out to all families with ticket sale information in the coming days.

Lunch With a Loved One

Lunch with a Loved One will be held on Wednesday, 10/26. Parents, or other relatives, are invited to eat lunch with their child on this special day and then shop at the Scholastic Book Fair in our library. Guests may choose to bring a lunch for their GES Star that day or simply join them in the cafeteria. Lunch and shopping will occur during the normal scheduled grade level lunch time.

  • Kindergarten: 10:20 - 10:50

  • First Grade: 10:50 - 11:20

  • Second Grade: 11:20 - 11:50

  • Third Grade: 11:50 - 12:20

  • Fourth Grade: 12:20 - 12:50

  • Fifth Grade: 12:40 - 1:10

All visitors awho plan on attending Lunch With a Loved One will need to check in and receive a badge in the front office. We will be utilizing our normal Raptor badge system which requires a valid photo ID. Please be sure to allow yourself some extra time to check in through the front office prior to your child's lunch time.

Fast Passes Offered

We will once again be offering families to sign-up for a Fast Pass for Lunch with a Loved One. If you are planning to come to eat lunch with your child and shop at our Book Fair, please consider signing up for your visitor badge to be pre-printed. This will alleviate time for waiting in line in the front office.

In order to be eligible for a Fast Pass:


  • You must have already checked in with your photo ID in the front office through our Raptor system during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • If you have NOT checked in this year, you will not be eligible for a Fast Pass until you've completed the Raptor check in. Feel free to stop by the front office this week and have them process your ID so you can then sign up for a Fast Pass!
  • Please use this Fast Pass link to submit a request before Friday, October 21st.
  • When you arrive on Oct. 26th, you MUST have a photo ID to claim your Fast Pass. The Fast Pass table will be open beginning at 10am.
Signing up for a Fast Pass will help reduce the amount of time it may take to sign-in through Raptor in the front office on the day of the event. We appreciate your support as we take the safety and security of all of our GES Stars seriously!

Book Character Parade

Our annual Book Character Parade will be held on Friday, 10/28, at 7:55am. Students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite story book character for our parade. Any costume that is not too scary, gory, etc. is appropriate as long as there is a book to accompany the costume. Please note that masks, and/or face paint covering students' entire faces are prohibited. Students are expected to adhere to all GCISD Dress Code expectations. Students may wear their storybook outfits to school and will be able to change after the parade if needed.

We have created a new indoor route this year that will allow students to see each grade level. It will also include a procession outside so that parents can see their GES Stars without checking in through the front office! Please note that visitors will not be permitted down the instructional hallways for this event. We are requesting that families utilize the sidewalks and diagram that will be sent home in order to choose the best location to view the parade! We look forward to sharing this GES tradition with your family!

2016 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest

The 2016 Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest has begun, and all GCISD students are invited to take part. Three winners will be selected--one elementary, one middle school, and one high school. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNICATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT by Friday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m. Information below is also attached to this email.
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Box Tops Due Friday!

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Spirit Sticks

GES began utilizing Spirit Sticks during the spring of the 2014-2015 school year, and we wanted to let you know that we’re excited to be bringing them back to campus again this year to recognize our stars for their hard work and achievements! Spirit Sticks are small custom-embroidered patches that students can earn, collect, and display on a Spirit Ring, lanyard, or key ring. Students will have the opportunity to earn Spirit Sticks throughout the year in a variety of ways, such as being recognized as Student of the Month for our Character Qualities, completing their GCISD Reads Challenge, or even participating in various clubs. Spirit Sticks promote school spirit and participation by providing meaningful extrinsic rewards with lasting value, beyond the school year.
  • Students may purchase a custom GES Stars Spirit keyring to hold their Spirit Sticks in the front office for $5 on any morning between 7:15am - 7:35am. We can accept cash or checks made payable to GES.

Red Ribbon Week

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Opportunities for Students

GCISD will be sponsoring a drug prevention poster contest.
• Posters must be on 11 x 17 paper or ½ of a poster board.
• Please include the student’s name, grade and school on the back of the poster.
• District winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 26th

GCISD is also sponsoring a Public Service Announcements competition. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 25th to communication.services@gcisd.net. Please title the email “RRW PSA 2016”. Entries must be no longer that 30 seconds. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 27th . All first place district level winners will be recognized at the November school board meeting. Your campus principal and counselor will be notified.

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 will have the opportunity to participate and have the chance to qualify for the National Geographic Bee.


National Geographic guidelines state that students must complete a written geography test. This test will be given in student’s Social Studies class during the first week of November and it is completely optional for those who wish to participate. Based on test scores, the top 10 students will be selected to compete in the school Geography Bee on January 12, 2016 at 8:15am. 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 this opportunity interests your child and they enjoy learning about geography, there are several ways they can review and study prior to the Geography Bee:


We hope your child will take on this challenge and learn more about the world around them. If you have any questions regarding the Geography Bee, please feel free to contact our school geography bee coordinator, Mrs. Hale, at nancy.hale@gcisd.net.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 10/17-Friday, 10/22 CogAT testing (2nd & 5th grade)

Monday, 10/17 Choir (2:55-3:55pm)

Tuesday, 10/18 GCISD Pink Out day (wear PINK!)

Wednesday, 10/19 GCISD UNITY day (wear ORANGE!); Report card day; Running Club (2:55-3:30pm)

Thursday, 10/20 Choir (2:55-3:55pm); Science Club (2:55-3:55); Cheer Club (2:55-3:30pm)

Thursday, 10/20 PTA meeting (6:30pm)

Friday, 10/21 GES College Colors Day; GCISD Red Rail Rivalry (CHHS vs. GHS @7:30pm)

Monday 10/24 through Friday, 10/28 Red Ribbon Week & Book Fair

Monday, 10/24 Team Up Against Drugs!; Choir (2:55-3:55pm)

Tuesday, 10/25 Drugs and I Don’t Mix!; CEC meeting (3:15pm)

Wednesday, 10/26 Use your head, Don’t Do Drugs; Lunch With a Loved One; Running Club (2:55-3:30pm); Art Club (2:55-3:55pm)

Thursday, 10/27 Lei off of Drugs; Kinder field trip; Choir (2:55-3:55pm); Cheer Club (2:55-3:30pm)

Friday, 10/28 Have you RED a good book lately?; Book Parade at 7:55am

Monday, 10/31 Student of the Month awards; Choir (2:55-3:55pm)

Tuesday, 11/1 Generation Texas/College Day (wear college shirts); College Night at GHS

Thursday, 11/3 Early dismissal for student led conferences

Friday, 11/4 GES spirit day; 5th grade field trip

PTA Information

SAVE THE DATE!

Mark your calendar for our second annual Glow Dance on Friday, October 28 from 6:30-8pm. This will be a family event, so plan to come dance with your GES Star! Please note that adults attending the dance will also need to purchase a ticket.

Please plan to join us for our GES Fall Carnival on Saturday, November 12th from 2-5PM. This is a great opportunity to have some fun with your GES Star and raise money for our school! Our PTA is already working on making this a fabulous event for all who attend! Look for more details in your child’s folder in the coming weeks.

GARDENING WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS AND KIDS

Are you interested in a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape? Come and learn about drought-tolerant native plants, organic yard care, butterfly gardens, helpful insects, and more. Join us in the GES World of Wonder Garden October 22nd from 3 - 5pm. Crafts and nature activities provided for all children.


Cost is $10 per family. This event is a PTA fundraiser to support our school garden program. Please register by Tuesday, Oct.18th by contacting Betsy Marsh atbetsymarsh55@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting our school garden!

GCISD Information

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer requirements are different for 2016-2017. In order to volunteer at GES, or around GCISD, all volunteers must:

  1. read the Volunteer Handbook (this replaces the previous face to face volunteer trainings held on campus)
  2. watch the appropriate video included in the handbook
  3. electronically sign the verification Google form for each campus you plan to volunteer
  4. complete the volunteer background check. A link is included in the handbook.

The following link takes you to the online Volunteer Handbook and background check: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=474

When you are ready to volunteer at GES, feel free to call the front office at 817-251-5735 to verify that both of the required steps have been recorded as completed. We appreciate your support as you complete these steps and volunteer to work with our GES students.

Follow Our Story

Stay connected with GES events on our website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/1675

Follow the excitement on Twitter and Facebook:

  • On Twitter follow:
    • Principal Mrs. Hilcher: @GESHilcher

    • Assistant Principal Mrs. Landrum: @GESLandrum

    • Grapevine Elementary: @GESStars

    • Your favorite teacher: @GES[lastname]

    • All GES classrooms by checking our #GESshineon

  • On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineElementary