Dolphin Tales

A Newsletter for Dove Elementary Families

August 21-25, 2023

A Note from the principal...

Hello, Dove families!

We had a SUPER start to our school year at Dove! On Day 1, our teachers were already engaging students in content learning! They also spent time reviewing the 4Be's and our Behavior Expectations for learning and movement around Dove! Be sure to check your child's folder every night and talk with your student about their behavior sheet!

Your child's teacher will provide you with LOTS of information that you will need to know in order to help your child be successful this year at Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 31! We will start at 5:00 in the cafeteria and introduce our staff to our families. Then, we will have a Title 1 Parent Meeting and a PTA meeting in the cafeteria before dismissing to go down to classrooms.

We have two Curriculum Night sessions in classrooms (identical information in both) for families with more than one student.

  • 5:45-6:15 (Session 1)
  • 6:30-7:00 (Session 2)

Also at Curriculum Night, you will have the first opportunity to sign up for Clubs at Dove! Our teachers sponsor extracurricular activities for our students to engage their interests! Sign ups will be available at Curriculum Night, and this year there will be limited space in each club! You don't want to miss it!

Proud to be your principal,

Heather Landrum

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Volunteer Background Check - ACTION NEEDED

All visitors who wish to visit at Dove or be a part of events such as field trips, Friendship Day, class parties, Field Day, Book Fair shopping, the Fun Run, and more need to have a cleared background check every year.

We encourage ALL VISITORS to do this at the beginning of each school year to avoid any conflicts with attending events at our school!

More information about the process and the online application can be found HERE. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and we appreciate everyone taking time at the beginning of each year to complete the background check process!

Please Bring Your ID!

ALL visitors must present a photo ID and sign in as a visitor in our Raptor system upon entering Dove EACH TIME THEY VISIT. Any visitor without a photo ID will not be allowed to sign in to our school. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and we thank you for keeping the safety of our students and staff a priority!

Campus Newsletters

Each week, links to grade-level newsletters can be found here:



1st grade

2nd grade

3rd grade

4th grade

5th grade

School Stats: Week of August 15-18, 2023

Total Enrollment: 366

Total Attendance Goal: 96.0%

Total Attendance Rate for last week:








Attendance Matters! Thank you for having your child at school on time ON TIME AND READY TO LEARN!!!!!!!!

Attendance Matters!

Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s learning and educational experiences. Parents and students are encouraged to avoid unnecessary absences. Two important state laws govern attendance. In efforts to promote student attendance and learning, please note the following reminders and updates to GCISD attendance requirements:

  • Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled at a campus.
  • Students/families who do not meet compulsory attendance will be referred to the GCISD Attendance Review Board and/or referred to Tarrant County Court for truancy.
  • To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten–grade 12 must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
  • Up to 8 days per year (4 per semester) may be excused by a parent note for missed attendance beyond medical, approved excused, and statutorily exemptions.
  • Vacations taken during the school year will be coded as unexcused absences.
  • All absences whether excused or unexcused count toward the 90% rule.

Read more about the Laws Governing School Attendance HERE.

Can I eat lunch with my child?

We welcome visitors during lunch!

Due to seating capacity, we only have space for a certain number of visitors during each grade level lunch. Please sign up on the spaces below to ensure that you have a spot to sit at lunch! Once the slots on a particular grade level are filled, we won't have the space for additional visitors on that day during that grade level lunch.

Teachers appreciate having a few weeks at the beginning of the year to practice lunch routines and expectations. We will begin having visitors at lunch the week of August 28.

You can sign up by clicking the link below and scrolling to find the day you want to visit and your child's grade level (the sign up is organized by date and lunch time).

September Lunch Sign Up

New Information

Welcome, Officer Day

GCISD is proud to announce a partnership with the City of Grapevine and City of Colleyville, along with the Grapevine and Colleyville Police Departments, to employ a full-time School Resource Officer at all GCISD campuses.

Officer Day will be the School Resource Officer at Dove! Officer Day spent the first week of school meeting students and visiting classrooms and lunch!

Emergency Management

Below is information regarding Standard Response Protocols. GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district. Click here to see the Parent and Guardian Standard Response Protocol Information Sheet.

  • Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.

  • Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.

Emergency personnel in Colleyville, Euless and Grapevine work in partnership with GCISD to ensure we keep all students and staff safe.

Your child's classroom has a SRP Poster displayed. We will be discussing these and practicing these drills the next two weeks of school. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at If you have any questions, GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at

Going Outside During HOT Weather

HOT WEATHER During times of excessive heat (when temperatures or the heat index is over 100 degrees), the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activities including, but not limited to recess, athletic and physical education classes, fine arts programs, and/or outdoor field trips.
  • Students should be hydrated prior to outdoor activities and drinking water shall be easily accessible.
  • Students shall not have recess or physical education classes outside when temperature or heat index exceeds 100 degrees. The campus administrator or designee will notify or announce an activity advisory to all applicable staff.
  • Teachers are advised to use caution on other days when the temperature or heat index is high. Limiting recess to no more than 15 minutes and ensuring that students have access to adequate water prior to and/or after outside play is essential.


Celebrate your Dolphin’s birthday in a BIG way by having their name and birthday flash on our marquee (Pro Tip- this is a great photo opp)!! Fill out the form below and drop your money by the front office! As a reminder, if you wish to celebrate your child's birthday at school, you are welcome to send small birthday favors for the class. Please do not send/ bring food items for other students. Thank you!

Happy Birthday to all our Dolphins!

All School Assembly Friday

Our first All School Assembly is this Friday!!

At our assembly this Friday, we will not recognize Students of the Month, so there will be no parent invitations. We will have some fun together as a school and talk about our SUPER theme this year with students. It's going to be a lot of fun and hopefully something that our students are still talking about at the end of the day! Be sure to ask them about the assembly!

**Don't forget to dress in your Dove Spirit Wear every Friday!!

It is VERY important that your student is on time every day, but especially on Assembly Fridays! We don't want them to miss any of the fun at the Assembly!!

Dove Campus Excellence Committee

The Dove Campus Excellence Committee (CEC) is a site based decision committee that meets regularly to discuss campus initiatives, plans for improvement, and progress made towards goals. The committee, which meets after school five times a year, is comprised of teaching staff, non-teaching staff, a district representative, and parent, community, and business members.

We are in need of one business member and one community member to join our committee.

If you know someone that we should contact for the business or community slots, please email Mrs. Landrum at

Dove Obstacle Run

Dove Elementary families!

Our Dove Obstacle Run fundraiser is kicking off soon! Lookout for more information in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars with these key dates!



Dove Obstacle Run Kick Off - 09/07/2023

Event Day - 09/15/2023

Thanks for your support, Dove Elementary families!

Spring 2023 STAAR Results Available

STAAR results are available to families in Skyward. After logging in to Skyward, families can click on “District Links,” located on the upper right corner, and then on Cambium Assessments.
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Repeated Information...But Worth Reading Again

How can I stay informed of upcoming events at the school?

Campus Newsletter

Beginning in August, Mrs. Landrum will send a weekly Newsletter via Remind and email. The newsletter, called Dolphin Tales, is packed full of important information!


Social Media

  • Facebook: If you are on social media, you will want to "Like" Dove Elementary, Dove PTA, and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD on Facebook! PTA Grade Level Coordinators will also invite families to the grade level Facebook page!
  • We are also on Twitter! You can read more about our story by following #DESisBEST on Twitter!

From Dove PTA

About the Dove Elementary PTA

Your membership in Dove PTA directly supports the school, the students, and the teachers of Dove Elementary. Our organization is stronger and more beneficial to our school with members like you. By becoming a PTA member, you will have a direct, positive effect on Dove Elementary.

Be sure to check out the Dove PTA Website at and "Like" Dove PTA on Facebook to stay connected to our school community!

Meet your 2023-2024 Dove PTA Leadership Team! We are looking for volunteers who want to serve the Dove community with us. If you are interested in any of the open positions or want to be on one of the committees, please email Becca Garrett at

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Need Dove Spirit Wear?

Every Friday, we show our Dove Spirit!! Need new Dove shirts for this school year? Visit the PTA Online site to order your gear! It will be delivered to the school and sent home with your student!

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Join Dove PTA!

Have you joined the Dove PTA yet?

A membership is only $10. Check out all we were able to do last year! And, we have even more planned this year. Your membership allows you a vote, supports the many programs and events we bring to Dove, and does not include an obligation to serve. One membership per family affords you all the benefits for your whole family.

Our goal is to have 1 voice for every Dove student, so please consider getting a membership in honor of each of your Dove students (or sign them up as a student member). Anyone can join! Please share this link with extended family, grandparents, and your neighbors and friends!

If you can do a little more, consider a Dove Family Sponsorship of $100. This will cover up to 5 memberships. It also includes 5 all-play passes for the Dove Family picnic, and recognition on social media, in the newsletter, and on the Dove PTA website. This sponsorship will be used for student and family programming, teacher appreciation, and supporting our school community.

Do you know a local business or community member who would like to partner with Dove PTA? Find out more at

Dove PTA... easy as 1, 2, 3! Join, Sign-up, Shop

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Dove Dad's 2023 Kick Off Pizza Night

Come hang out with other Dove Dads at Wise Guys Pizza in Grapevine. Sunday, August 20th from 6-7pm. We will talk a little bit about what is coming up this year and then enjoy some Pizza!

Can't come to our first event? Sign up to join us next time!

District Information

Texas House Bill 114

Effective 9/1/2023, Texas House Bill 114 requires a student to be placed in the DAEP if the student possesses, uses, or is under the influence of, or sells, gives, or delivers marijuana, THC, or an e-cigarette to another person within 300 feet of school property or at a school-related event. The District encourages all families to talk with their students regarding the dangers associated with vaping or drug usage and to discuss the implications of this new law with your children, emphasizing the importance of adhering to school policies and laws for their own welfare and for the betterment of the school community as a whole.

Child Find

GCISD has a process called Child Find to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth through age 21 who may require early intervention or special education services. Anyone can start the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, or relative by calling Child Find. Learn more:

Upcoming Events

August 25:

  • All-School Assembly
  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!

August 31: Back-to-School Information Night! (Curriculum Night)

  • 5:00 Staff Introductions and PTA Meeting in Cafeteria
  • 5:45-6:15 (Session 1)
  • 6:30-7:00 (Session 2)

September 1: Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
September 4: Labor Day Holiday- No School
September 7: Boosterthon Fun Run Kick Off Pep Rally

September 8: Dove Spirit Shirt Day!

September 12: Yearbook Picture Day!!

September 14: CEC Meeting After School in Learning Commons 3:30-4:45

September 15:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • Boosterthon Fun Run!!

September 18: Professional Learning Day (Student Holiday)

September 22:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • Back to School Picnic 5:00-7:00pm @ Dove Park

September 29:

  • Dove Spirit Shirt Day!
  • All-School Assembly to Recognize our Students of the Month

Contact Us

The mission of Dove Elementary:

In a partnership with parents, students, teachers, and community, Dove Elementary provides a safe and supportive environment in which students develop an understanding and respect for self and others. We cultivate learning through encouragement of inquiry and empower students to make a difference in our ever-changing world.

Follow our story on Twitter at #DESisBEST