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  • ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ World of Wonder Nature Center

    Hannah Rickman and her third-grade classmates spent a recent afternoon in the sun feeling compost in their fingers, shoveling dirt and filling a flower bed to plant turnips, cucumbers, spinach and more.  The class and other students at Grapevine Elementary School are taking advantage of the new nature center garden tucked behind the school.  “It’s fun and I like that I get to actually do nature,” Hannah, 8, said as she shoveled dirt into a wheelbarrow.

    The school established the nature center — which the students call The World of Wonder — this year with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation. The idea came from Betsy Marsh, the school’s PTA’s environmental chairwoman.

    Along with filling in a garden bed, Hannah and her classmates got a hands-on lesson about successful soil for plants and the importance of compost.   While some cherished the ability to hold a worm in their hands, others were hoping their handful of soil didn’t have the wiggly creature, but all the children crowded around Marsh as she talked about how microbes and other organisms help the garden.

    Bradshaw was delighted that her students, even those who sometimes have difficulties in the classroom, were excited to learn. She said that without the garden they would have done a similar experience in the science lab, which is just not the same.  “This is the ultimate engaging lesson,” she said as her students pulled a wagon full of soil. “Everybody is engaged and successful in the learning.”

    Just before Bradshaw’s class showed up to learn about soil and compost, kindergartners checked on the pumpkins that have been growing and drew pictures of the now golf-ball-size gourds in their garden journals. The kindergartners have been documenting the pumpkins’ growth from seeds and join other classes that get out to the garden at least once a week.

    Kindergarten teacher Lisa Spencer led the lesson, and when she asked what they learned, the children were excited to talk about ladybugs and how they controlled an aphid problem.  “They have also had the opportunity to see which insects are harmful as well as helpful. They have been involved in every aspect of this process,” Spencer said. “They are super excited each time we observe the pumpkins and are using vocabulary that they truly understand.”

    Principal Kim Blackburn said the teachers are using the garden to enhance their curriculum in ways beyond biology. She said one fifth-grade class used lettuce for a discussion about multiplication.  “This is creating skilled problem solvers,” she said in the middle of the garden. “We can reach out beyond classroom walls to provide students the opportunity to engage in real world problem solving.” Dustin L. Dangli

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  • Rachel's Challenge
     
    The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to create a positive culture change by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. In our continued efforts to focus on the principles of Rachel’s Challenge at Grapevine Elementary, students participated in a Coin Drive for Post Elementary School in Post, Texas.

    On Sunday, September 21, approximately 470 students and 50 staff members lost their elementary campus and everything they value inside. Students are in need of supplies, at the least. The average cost of a complete set of supplies for one elementary student in Post Independent School District is $50.

    During the give back campaign, our students raised $1,375.45!  Money was collected to assist Post Elementary in restocking and rebuilding their classrooms.   Students helping students…what a powerful demonstration of kindness and compassion!
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  • Let Freedom Ring
     
    Our Let Freedom Ring Enrichment Group received a surprise package in the mail: a certificate, a commemorative coin and a flag that was flown during a recent Army mission in Afghanistan in honor of Grapevine Elementary! Several 4th and 5th graders met throughout the year with sponsors Tricia Palmersheim and Diane Geider to do service projects for our active and retired military personnel. Their final project of the year was to make blankets for troops overseas. We are so proud of our amazing students! 
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  • GRACE Food Drive

    GES Stars are sponsoring a food drive for Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) to help families within our community during the week of November 17-21. Please consider sending the food item listed below with your child(ren) according to their grade level. All donations can be placed on the labeled table against the north wall in the cafeteria.

    • Kindergarten: dry pasta
    • 1st Grade: canned beans
    • 2nd Grade: Ramen noodles
    • 3rd Grade: crackers (Saltines)
    • 4th Grade: canned fruit
    • 5th Grade: pancake mix
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    Attendance News
     

    Did you know attendance is a key component of overall success in school?  Research supports the unquestionable link between attendance and student achievement. Students who attend school between 85 and 100 percent of the time pass state tests in reading and math at much higher rates than students who attend school less than 85 percent of the time.

    Here are just a few ways we encourage and recognize our GES Stars for outstanding attendance:

     

    Outstanding Class Attendance Award

    Those classrooms with outstanding student attendance (all students have 0-3 absences) will receive recognition at the end of each nine week grading period. All Outstanding Class Attendance winners will receive a few special treats from Mrs. Blackburn and Ms. Ray in addition to a congratulatory poster to display in either the classroom or the hallway outside the classroom door.

     

    The following classes were recognized as our First Nine Weeks Outstanding Class Attendance Winners:

    Mrs. Eubank                         Mrs. Worthen

    Mrs. Garcia                           Mrs. Hammonds

    Mrs. King                               Mrs. Redmon

    Mrs. Lewis                             Mrs. Curnow

    Mrs. Cox                                Mrs. Gillmen

    Mrs. Kathman                      Mrs. Hendrickson

    Mrs. Choppy

     

    Zero Tardies Drawing

    Every three weeks those individual students with zero tardies will have their names placed in a drawing for various special rewards/treats from the Zero Tardy Prize Jar. Those students whose names are drawn will have the opportunity to take part in the KGES morning program and select a reward ticket from the Zero Tardy Prize Jar.

    Rewards or treats in the jar include items such as the opportunity to be a pledge leader on the KGES morning show, a FAST coupon, sit in the teacher’s chair for the day, a late work pass, etc. 

     

    Congratulations to the following students who took part in our first Zero Tardy Drawing this school year:

    Seth Vasquez

    Trey Blackstone

    Zakaiyah Pruitt

    Nathan Boudreaux

    Kate Swisher

    Sana Ahmed

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    Save the Date…Heritage Day is Friday, November 21, 2014:

    Heritage Day is a time-honored tradition at Grapevine Elementary School.  This event is planned as a celebration of both our students’ and community’s rich heritage, as we recognize Grandparent’s Day and Veteran’s Day.  GES students may invite their grandparents and/or special guests to attend the celebration.  Due to high numbers of visitors, we encourage car pooling and walking.  We also encourage parents to let grandparents and special guests enjoy this special time with their Star.

    Heritage Day activities include individual classroom projects and a 2nd and 3rd grade musical performance.  The program will begin at 8:15, and will be video streamed to classrooms for guests to watch.  Grandparents and special guests of 2nd and 3rd grade students are invited to watch the performance in the cafeteria.  We will have overflow seating available in the library with video streaming. 

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  • Residency Verification for All Students
     
    August 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and August 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the GES Cafeteria
    (PLEASE NOTE: Your child will not be placed in a class if residency is not verified)
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  • Skyward Updates
     
    Do you need to update your student's profile in Skyward with a new address, phone number, emergency contacts, etc.?
    Fill out the Skyward Family Access: Student Information Update form and return it to the school office.
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  • Lunch Schedule
     
    Kindergarten, 10:25-10:55
    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, 12:50-1:20
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  • Attendance Notes
    Please send notes regarding student absences to christie.erickson@gcisd.net and copy your child's teacher.
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Welcome to Grapevine Elementary School! Grapevine Elementary is a school community which recognizes diversity, empowers learning, encourages respect, and creates a goal-centered environment in order that our children will become contributing members of society.
 
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