CES Partner Post

Monday, February 15, 2016

TEAM Colleyville

The BEST are always striving to get better!

The BEST make everyone around them better!

Upcoming CES Events:

Monday, February 15
Student Holiday
Staff Professional Learning at CES

Tuesday, February 16
Choir Rehearsal 2:45 to 3:45 pm in the music room
CEC Meeting 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Learning Commons
CES PTA Family Night @ Spring Creek BBQ from 5:00 to 9:00 pm
GCISD Special Programs EXPO 5:30 to 8:00 pm @ CTMS

Wednesday, February 17
Early Dismissal @ 11:45 am (students K-5)

Thursday, February 18
Early Dismissal @ 11:45 am (students K-5)

Friday, February 19
CES Spirit Day (wear CES shirt)
Fifth Grade Middle School Tours

Student Holiday- Monday, February 15

Monday, February 15th is a student holiday! CES staff will be at the school participating in professional development, but there is NO SCHOOL for the students. We will see them back on Tuesday, February 16!

CES Yearbook Sales

The orders are online only during the month of February.
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Gifted and Talented Testing from current 1st grade through 4th grade students

The Gifted and Talented referral window for current 1st through 4th grade students will open on Monday, February 15th and close on Friday, February 26th. If you would like an application for your student, they are available for pick up in the front office. Please contact Mrs. Lori Kirkhuff, GT Specialist, with any questions.

CES Mission and Vision Statements

(created by the CEC 12/2015 and approved by Campus Management Team 1/2016)


At Colleyville Elementary School we, along with families and community members, are committed to providing a nurturing environment. All children will be challenged and prepared to become skilled problem solvers, effective communicators, collaborators, self-regulated learners and global citizens. Focusing on the whole child, we are also dedicated to fostering confident and compassionate members of society.


Colleyville Elementary School provides a nurturing and challenging environment that empowers students to discover their authentic selves and become effective and innovative contributors to society.

2016-2017 KIndergarten Registration and Round Up

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 school year, will begin on Monday, April 25 and run through the end of May. Colleyville Elementary will have their Kindergarten Round Up on Tuesday, April 26 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please spread the word in the community, so that we have all of our incoming kindergarten students registered and ready to go for next year!

CES 1:1 Take Home Initiative Update

On Friday, January 8th, our campus began it's 1:1 Take Home Initiative. All students can take advantage of this opportunity at any time during the school year.

If you would like more information about the 1:1 iPad Initiative, please go to our 1:1 web page that has information and links for parents to learn more about all aspects of our 1:1 Initiative. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/domain/3223

GCISD Determining Community Interest In Tuition-Based Pre-K

In an effort to continually serve the families of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, the district is investigating the feasibility of a tuition-based Pre-K program, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Those families who have a child who will be four-years old, on or before September 1, 2016, may participate in the program, depending on community interest.

As with any of the district’s special programs, families must enter into a lottery to be selected. If there is enough interest in the tuition-based program, then the lottery will be held for spots at pre-determined campuses. The proposed site locations are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary and OC Taylor Elementary. These campuses were selected based on current and projected student enrollment and building capacity.

Families who are interested in learning more about the tuition-based Pre-K program are invited to attend the GCISD Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Cross Timbers Middle School at 6 p.m. At the Expo, district representatives will be available to answer questions about the proposed program. If you would like more information about the proposed tuition-based Pre-K program, click here.

GCISD Special Programs EXPO

From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. New to the Expo this year, families may also learn about the proposed tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten program, iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and Student Activity Center (SAC).
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GCISD Rachel's Challenge Rally

Rachel's Challenge Rally Website


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Technology Tidbits

Technology Safety Resources for Parents and Students:


Here are some kid friendly search engines for your kids to use at home: http://gcisdtechlessons.wikispaces.com/Search+Engines+for+Kids


February 12 – 19 invitations sent to parents of nominees about AVID parent night

and application made available to all students to self-nominate

February 16 GCISD EXPO from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at CTMS

February 17- March 25 STEM application window

February 19 MS Fine Art Elective tour. Load busses about 9:00 for CTMS and begin

walking to CMS about 8:50. CTMS returns about 11:00 and CMS about 11:10

February 22 CTMS and CMS come to CES to give out course selection sheets. CMS in

cafeteria and CTMS in library at 9:00 (30 – 40 minutes)

February 23 Parent Night at all of the Middle schools. CMS is 6:30; CTMS is 6:00.

February 25 CTMS Parent Coffee/Q&A 8:00 am and 3:30 pm

March 2 AVID Parent Night meeting at the PDEC 6:30 for students and parents

March 4 all MS selection sheets are due to the counselor.

March 7 – 9 counselors check selections and verify with teachers and parents, etc.

March 10 5th grade enters their course selections in the computer lab 8:00 until

all classes are finished

March 11 all AVID applications are due

March 14 – 18 Spring Break

March 29 and 30 STAAR testing week

April 18 AVID letters of acceptance or regret will be mailed

Calendar Updates/Reminders

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Early dismissal at 11:45 am dates:

  • February 17 and 18

  • June 2

Student holidays:

  • President's Day - February 15

  • Spring Break - March 14-18

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - March 25

  • Bad Weather Make-Up Day or Student Holiday - May 27

  • Memorial Day - May 30

If you have a student that attends GCISD’s Early College High School or iUniversity Prep, please know that their calendars are different from the rest of GCISD’s calendars. You can access their calendars by clicking on this link:


Thank you in advance for making the appropriate arrangements for your child on these days. Any closures due to bad weather will be broadcast through Skyward Family Access and all local news outlets. Please be sure you keep your preferred email address and phone number updated in Skyward.

From the CES PTA

PTA Website: Please visit the PTA website – www.colleyvillepta.org.

PTA Restaurant Nights:
Spring Creek BBQ: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5-9 PM

Chop House Burgers: Tuesday, April 12 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Plucker's Wing Bar (Grapevine): Thursday, May 12 from 4:00 pm to close

Service Project Opportunity:

The "Biggest Heart Award” went to Mrs. Hedges' fifth grade class for collecting the most socks (121 pairs) during our service project for the Union Gospel Mission Homeless Shelter in Fort Worth. The school total was 1,508 pairs of socks. That is awesome! Thank you for all your support and generosity!

Please Remember to Report your Volunteer Hours

Please remember to report your off-campus volunteer hours either on the Off-Campus Volunteer Record or by e-mailing charlotte_barborka@yahoo.com. The record is located on the front desk in the office! Questions? Contact Charlotte Barborka, CES PTA Volunteer Coordinator.


Calling all parents!

We are in need of your support for pictures from the school year. Please help us by sending in pictures of your kids and their class!

Please submit images from this year to Jessie Tang at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

When submitting, please include the following information for accuracy:

- Child’s Name (First and last name please)

- Grade Class/Teacher’s Name

- Event and Date

- Please include all kids names if it is a group picture

Looking forward to a great 2015-2016 yearbook with all your help!

Any questions, please contact Jessie at cesyearbookeditor@gmail.com.

PTA Fundraising Opportunity:

Parents and friends of Colleyville Elementary, please help PTA fundraise by answering surveys on Centiment. We are hosting a fundraiser on a new mobile friendly website called Centiment. Centiment enables our fundraising participants to utilize a smart phone, tablet, or PC to answer surveys from everyday brands that want feedback, such as Coke or Ford Motors. Your responses to these surveys are reported back on an anonymous basis, your personal information (name, email, etc) are never shared with the brands researching. For every survey you answer, Colleyville Elementary receives a payment. You can directly access our fundraiser through the link below or by going to centiment.co, signing up, and selecting Colleyville Elementary.




We need your help in getting the word out. Once you log in, please use the 'Invite Supporters' function in the menu bar to text a link to the fundraiser to friends and family or post a link on Facebook with a message. Anyone who enters through one of these links becomes your 'supporter' and adds to your total contributions on the Rankings page.


While the primary goal is to raise money for the school, you can also win a cash prize for yourself. 30 days into the fundraiser, the top 3 ranked people will receive cash prizes.


When you first begin answering surveys you may become disqualified often. This is because Centiment does not have any information about you in order to send you the most appropriate surveys. As you attempt more surveys, your privacy protected profile is built out and you will begin to qualify for more surveys.

Thank you - your participation is greatly appreciated!

GCISD LEAD 2021- Building Excellent Schools Together!

The mission of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is to be THE BEST and through the district’s strategic plan, called LEAD 2021, we continue building on the foundation started in 2011-2012. LEAD stands for Leading Excellence – Action Driven. For more information about LEAD 2021, please visit the district website. There are some exciting educational experiences going on in GCISD!


Redefining Education because your future matters today!

GCISD’s Portrait of a Graduate

Skilled Problem Solvers


Global Citizens

Self-regulated Learners