News from Mrs. Hilcher- Principal of Grapevine Elementary
Week of October 19-23
A Glowing Success!
**We found two camera SD cards & and LG phone. If you lost yours, please see the front office.
Welcome Gina Sharp
Butterfly Flutterby Art Contest 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!
GCISD Board Meeting
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.' http://viewpure.com/Jo7wglmFQYk?ref=search
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!
POSTER and PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) CONTEST
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 email@example.com. 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
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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4daeaf2aabff2-2015
The following link will take you to the October PTA newsletter sent out last week: https://www.smore.com/zxm3x
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