Monday Message

News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary

Week of October 19-23

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A Glowing Success!

Friday night's PTA Glow Dance was a huge success! Students, parents, siblings and staff all had a wonderful time dancing in the glowing lights. A huge thank you to the families that attended and helped our fifth grade raise over $2,000 for their end of the year celebrations. We would also like to send a HUGE shout out to Amanda Kelsoe and Vickie Thompson for planning and organizing this special event! Their vision became a fun reality with the help of their own families and many dedicated volunteers. From selling tickets, to decorating, working concessions, and monitoring the parking was ALL covered! We are so thankful for such a fun opportunity for our GES Stars and their families!

**We found two camera SD cards & and LG phone. If you lost yours, please see the front office.

Welcome Gina Sharp

As of last Friday, we have a new face to greet you each time you visit GES! Please help us give a warm welcome to our new Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Gina Sharp. We are thrilled to have her join our front office team! Our long term substitute, Robin Robbins, will work alongside Gina to offer training the next few days. Please show Gina your grace and patience as you to check in the next few weeks to volunteer and/or eat with your student. She is a fast learner, but we know the many systems we have in place require a lot of time to master. Thanks for your continued support of the GES front office staff and your warm welcome for Gina!

Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest Winners

We are so proud of our GES Stars who participated in the Grapevine Garden Club's Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest. Our Art teacher, Mr. Burns, was definitely impressed by your talents! The following students were announced winners:

Grand Prize for Second & Third Grades-Budding Artist: Sarinah Killedar (3rd grade)

Third Grade 1st Place: Emily Briscoe

Third Grade Honorable Mention: Ashley Mitchell

Fourth Grade Honorable Mention: Abigail Rendon

Fifth Grade 1st Place: Ashlyn Wright

Fifth Grade 2nd Place: Ayeesha Ghaziani

Mr. Burns says, "Thank you for encouraging our students to participate and to take a chance and a risk in putting their work out there. Even to students who did not get a ribbon there are always more opportunities. There is always something to take away from an opportunity either successful or not, our students will learn more from their failures and to strive to push themselves further and harder next time." Way to go, Stars!

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Earlier this semester, the district launched ThoughtExchange to gather feedback from our staff, parents and community members. Since we have just completed the first round of ThoughtExchange, we will not be sending a Parent Climate Survey this fall.

GCISD Board Meeting

In an effort to invite community members to see our district at work, the Board of Trustees are taking some monthly Board meetings on the road! On Monday, October 26, the GCISD Board of Trustees will host its regular meeting at Grapevine Middle School, located at 301 Pony Parkway. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Monday, 10/19 - Morris Brothers Bullying Assembly, K-2 @ 8:00 & 3-5 @ 9:00 (See flyer attached to the Monday Message email)

Monday, 10/19-Friday, 10/23 Digital Citizenship Week

Monday, 10/19-Friday, 10/23 CoGAT testing for 2nd grade & 5th grade

Monday, 10/19-Wednesday 10/21 Wise Guys Pizzeria fundraiser (SEE attached flyer)

Wednesday, 10/21 Unity Day-wear orange

Wednesday, 10/21 First Nine Weeks Report Cards are posted and/or sent home

Wednesday, 10/21 NEHS meeting (2:45-3:30pm)

Friday, 10/23 College Colors Day

October 26-30 Red Ribbon Week (daily themes below) & GES Book Fair

Monday, 10/26 GCISD Board Meeting at GMS

Monday, 10/26 Pajama Day

Tuesday, 10/27 Mix & Match Day

Wednesday, 10/28 GCISD Pink OUT day to support the Cure for Breast Cancer

Wednesday, 10/28 GES Lunch with a Loved One (during grade level lunch periods)

Thursday, 10/29 Western wear

Friday, 10/30 Book Character Parade (8:15am)

Friday, 11/6 GES Bank

Saturday, 11/7 GES Fall Carnival (2:00-5:00pm)

GES Information & Announcements

October is Bullying Prevention Month

A message from our School Counselor, Mrs. Horn: 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.' While this is a known rhyme for many and can be repeated in an attempt to convince oneself that another's words don't affect them, it isn't true. The power of words can be life-changing.

On campus, students are encouraged to use kind words and discouraged against name-calling, threats (regardless of intent), and disrespectful language. Labeling each other "bad," "troubled," "bullies," or other names along these lines can be stigmatizing. Just as students are provided with additional instruction for their academic performance, some students need more assistance in making appropriate choices or more repetitions of modeled pro-social school behavior. One opportunity to improve is equipping our students with different language to express anger with a peer besides "I will kill you." You can teach your child how to be more empathetic toward others by redirecting your conversations at home and with other GES families to a growth mindset. Instead of permitting a conversation to include labels on peers, re-frame and facilitate a conversation to discuss the behaviors, how your child feels about it, and what he/she could do next time a peer says or does something not liked. Remove the labels entirely.

Words can empower. Allow your child or other GES families to brainstorm ways to be supportive to peers regardless of what perception might have you believe. Bullying behaviors can mask many factors. All of our GES Stars are successful and able to display appropriate behaviors. Please view the video included and spend time at your dinner table discussing with your child how he/she wants to define 'me.'

Red Ribbon Week is October 26-30

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every year the last week of October. It is a nationally recognized substance abuse prevention campaign dedicated to the memory of Kiki Camerena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, killed in the line of duty. We honor Red Ribbon Week with a few special theme days. All GES students and staff are encouraged to participate!

Monday, 10/26-“Saying No Keeps Me Comfy!”-Wear pajamas

Tuesday, 10/27-“Drugs and I Don’t Mix!”-Wear mixed and matched clothing to join all of GCISD by mixing it up at lunch by sitting with someone new

Wednesday, 10/28-“Pink Out Day”-Wear pink with all of GCISD to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday, 10/29-“Say ‘Howdy’ to a Drug Free Life!”-Wear your western wear

Friday, 10/30-“Have you RED a good book lately?”-Wear red clothing or dress as a book character of your choosing

**Reminder: Dress code must be followed on dress up days. Per our ABC’s of GES: “Shorts or skirts must allow students to be able to stand, sit and/or bend with modesty. These must be mid-thigh length when shoulders are relaxed. Shorts should be worn under skirts or dresses. Sleeveless tops must have the outside edge of the sleeve touch the outside edge of the shoulder. No revealing apparel such as halter-tops, tops with spaghetti straps, shirts that expose the midriff, or Spandex clothing is allowed.” If you are unsure if what you would like to wear is appropriate, please ask first. Thank you!


GCISD will be sponsoring a drug prevention poster contest.

  • Posters must be on 11 x 17 paper or ½ of a poster board.

  • Submit to Mrs. Horn by Friday, October 23rd

  • Please include the student’s name, grade and homeroom on the back of the poster

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen for each grade level

  • 1st place winners will be placed in the district competition

  • District winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 28th

GCISD is also sponsoring a Public Service Announcements competition. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 27th to Please title the email “Red Ribbon PSA 2015”. Entries must be no longer that 30 seconds. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 29th. All first place district level winners will be recognized at the November school board meeting. Your campus principal and counselor will be notified. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Horn at 817-251-5740.

October 26-30th Book Fair

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Important Links

PTA Information

Wise Guys Fundraiser

If you need an idea for lunch OR dinner on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week...please consider Wise Guys Pizzeria. They are hosting a fundraising event for our fifth grade end of year celebrations. See flyer below and print the attached flyer for your visit!
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Fall Carnival November 7

Our GES Fall Carnival is on Saturday, November 7th from 2-5pm. New this year: Jump houses, climbing wall, & laser tag! Enter to win raffle for a 1 year family membership to the new Grapevine REC. More raffle info to come.... Volunteer Sign Up for Carnival Booths:

PTA Newsletter

The following link will take you to the October PTA newsletter sent out last week:

GCISD Information

FIRST Committee

GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD students. This Team meets every other Tuesday and all minutes and updates are uploaded on their webpage. This is a critical time for our district as we look ahead and plan for the what the educational needs will look like for our students. Be sure to check out the FIRST website:

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