Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, September 25, 2015

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence

A Note from the Principal...

Greetings Parents:


Parent-teacher conferences will be held on October 22, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will be scheduling these conference online this year. Your child’s teacher will send you an email with a link to the scheduling program. You will access the program, select a time slot and enter your name, email address, your child’s name and a phone number. The program will send you an email with a confirmation notice. You will also receive two email reminders about the time and date of the conference. These conferences will be established on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be to your advantage to establish the conference time as early as possible after receiving the email link to the scheduling program. If you have more than one child, you will have to enter each one with their teacher’s link. Each conference will be for 15 minutes. If a longer conference is necessary, you need to set a time and date with the teacher outside of the scheduled time.


Please try to make any phone calls changing transportation by 3:00 p.m. This is the time we will contact teachers about the changes. This helps us insure that messages are delivered and students are notified without interfering with ongoing instruction.


The Plainfield community School Family will, once again this year, be participating in the United Way of Central Indiana fundraising efforts. Brentwood, as always, is proud to participate. Each year, Brentwood’s parents, students and staff rise to the occasion of raising funds to help support needy families in Central Indiana, including Hendricks County. This is an excellent opportunity for us to teach our children about the importance of giving to others in through charitable donations. We are able to accomplish this during a fun week of showing our BW spirit. Brentwood Spirit Week is set for October 5th – 9th. During this week, students will be allowed to participate in the activity fo the day for just $1 for each day of participation. Keep reading to finds out what the themed days are for this upcoming week of fun and spirit here at Brentwood:

Student spirit Week - $1 donation per day of participation:

Day 1 – Brentwood students are BRIGHT – wear sunglasses

Day 2 – Brentwood students are TOPS – wear a hat

Day 3 – Brentwood is a SWEET school – bring a sweet treat to eat and enjoy during the class’s designated time.

Day 4 – Brentwood is s school that STICKS to excellence – students can chew gum for the day ( it can’t be seen or heard, though)

Day 5 – Brentwood students work so hard, they deserve SECONDS – a second 10 minute recess.

This should be an exciting week at Brentwood and we hope your child will be able to be a part of the fun while learning a valuable lesson about giving. Thanks for your help.

Mr. Underwood

Camp Jameson 2015

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5th grade students enjoyed beautiful weather and fantastic fun at their annual overnight camping field trip to Camp Jameson. A huge "thank you" goes out to all our staff and volunteers who went on the trip this year!
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Important Note to Parents about Breakfast at School

It has been brought to our attention that many children are excited to find out Brentwood offers breakfast at school. However, not all parents WANT their children to eat and pay for this option.

IF you do not wish for your child to buy breakfast at school, please discuss this with them.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter!

Students of the Week ~ Friday, September 18, 2015

Jayda Woodruff, Alex McGuffey, Caiden Hackney, Ethan Fagg, Annabelle Hacker, Avolyn Gonser, Jenna Gannaway, Madi Lepper, Quincy Winsted, Douglass Bever, Evan Mowery, Gabas Abdalla, Mika Baxter, Connor Smith, Tony Petro, Ally Madden-Hawkins, Ella Feckete, and Caylie Bryant

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Ashley Henry, 2nd Grade Teacher

This week's staff Most Valuable Player is 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Ashley Henry. Mrs. Henry has been teaching for 10 years. All ten years have been in second grade at Brentwood!

Mrs. Henry grew up on the northwest side of Indy and went to Pike High School. She attended Butler University for my Bachelor's degree and then went to Indiana Wesleyan for her Masters. Mrs. Henry has been married to her husband Ryan for 8 years. They live here in Plainfield with their daughter Reagan, "who is four going on thirty!" Mr. and Mrs. Henry are expecting a little boy due in November! (Baby Boy Henry's name is yet to be decided!) The Henry family has 3 cats named Piecer, Riles, and Chici all of whom are very sweet, but very lazy!

Some of Mrs. Henry's Faves:

Movie-Shawshank Redemption
TV Show-Survivor
Children's book-anything by Jack Prelutsky
Music-all little bit of, classical, anything I can dance to
Restaurant-Passions (in Aruba!) "You can eat with your feet in the sand and watch the sunset!"
Candy-Starburst Jellybeans

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t teaching? "My husband and I love to travel whenever we get the chance. We really like to go anywhere that has a beach and where we can go snorkeling. I also really enjoying cooking out with friends and family in my free time."

Where is the most interesting place you have been? "Probably ziplining through the rainforest in Panama! I've never seen such large insects or leaves!"

What is a teacher / student moment you remember fondly? "I don't have a specific moment that comes to mind. Instead I think more of the day-to-day experiences where kids have "lightbulb" moments and they finally get something that they have been working toward. It is so rewarding to see everyone's hard work, time, and dedication pay off when you see something start to "click" with a student. It's a great feeling when you can see a student's confidence and love for learning start to grow!"

As a second grade teacher, what advice do you have for parents on how they can be involved in their child’s education? "As a parent myself I understand how busy and hectic our lives can become making it hard to be involved. My advice is to find even the simplest way to become involved with your child's school experience. Anything from reading a few minutes each night, to practicing math facts, to having a simple conversation about their school day shows your support with their education. I believe when students feel they have a lot of people behind them (parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) it helps motivate them to do their very best in school and to not give up when the work becomes difficult."

Fellow 2nd grade teachers Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Hamlin absolutely LOVE teaching alongside Mrs. Henry. They had the following words to say about their colleague:

Mrs. Edwards says,

Ashley and I have taught in second grade together for many years, and I am blessed to not only call her a colleague but a great friend. She has taught me many things throughout the years which has made me a better teacher. I enjoy planning with her while bouncing ideas off of each other in order to better meet the needs of the students. She is a “resource queen!” (games, books, supplemental activities)

She has a kind heart and genuinely cares for each of her students. Her students know that she puts their learning needs first and will do anything to help them grow as a learner. My daughter had Mrs. Henry in second grade, and she still talks about the fun during the year. She specifically remembers all of the books choices that were in her library. She developed a love for reading that year and Mrs. Henry is one of her favorite teachers."

And Mrs. Hamlin's words, "

I love working with Ashley! Her enthusiasm, work ethic, organization, and kind heart are always shining through! She contributes so much to our 2nd grade team. She puts a great amount of time and effort in to her plans. Ashley always has new ideas and keeps learning fun for her students. You can tell Ashley genuinely cares for her students. She goes to great lengths to meet the needs of every child in her class.
She’s a teacher the students always love and remember. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with her!"

Value of the Month for September ~ Dignity & Self-Esteem

The following students were nominated for the Value of the Month for September: Dignity & Self-Esteem. One of these students will be selected to be honored at next week's School Board Meeting and presented with a certificate from the Superintendent of Plainfield Schools, Mr. Olinger.

Krisily Goddard
Brooklyn Jones
Ashley Coffey
Delaney Williams
Mya Walton
Rachel Weiss
Elli Haase
Kara York
Oriona Dickson
Addison Paddock
Morgan Evans
KayDee Williams
Taylor Schoen
Nathan Foley

Instructional Assistant Position at Brentwood!!!


Brentwood Elementary is accepting applications for a part-time instructional assistant to help with our students who are learning English as their new language. Candidates must have an active application on file and pass a full criminal background check. The position is 2.75 hours per day and pays $12.14 per hour. If you have an interest in this position, please contact Mr. Underwood at 839-4802 or

Live Bat Program - with the Organization for Bat Conservation at Wild Birds Unlimited

Live Bat Encounter - Saturday, October 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited in Avon

Christina Funk will speak about the benefits of bats, the need for conservation, what can be done to help these unique mammals and invites you to step into the mysterious world of bats, explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Encounter a Big Brown bat from North America and hear its high-pitched echolocation with a "bat detector", meet an Egyptian fruit bat, and come face-to-face with a Straw-colored fruit bat!

Textbook Rental Payments are now Past Due

If you have not paid your child's textbook rental payment for the 2015-2016 school year, it is now past due. Direct questions or payment arrangements to Kristy Donovan ASAP at or call the office at 317-839-4802.

2015-2016 Textbook Fee Schedule
Kindergarten - $122.93
1st Grade - $116.85
2nd Grade - $100.84
3rd Grade - $96.13
4th Grade - $93.38
5th Grade - $88.38

Like us on Facebook!!!

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Brentwood Instagram - NEW!!!

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Value of the Month ~ August ~ Truth / Respect for Law & Rules

Miss Landis' fifth grade student, Kaylinn Dugan was selected as our Value Student of August and was recognized last week at the Plainfield School Board Meeting.
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Study Buddies NEEDED at Brentwood!

Study Buddies make a difference in a child's life. What kind of commitment will it be for you if you volunteer?

  • 30 minutes a week
  • one-on-one time
  • tutoring
  • mentoring
  • becoming a friend
  • lessons provided

Please contact Mrs. Karen Nay, Home School Advisor at Brentwood if you are interested in more infomration or you are ready NOW to sign up! Call 317-839-4802 or email

Plainfield Fire Territory Open House

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Plainfield Fire Territory is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Plainfield Fire Station 121
4004 W. Main Street, Plainfield


Plainfield Fire Station 122
216 W. Main Street, Plainfield


Plainfield Fire Station 123
400 Airtech Parkway, Plainfield

Stop by for hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Take a tour of our fire house, see the apparatus or visit with the firefighters!
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Plainfield Homecoming Carnival - ALL AGES EVENT

When: Friday, October 2nd from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Plainfield High School (the field on the northwest side of the building)

Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. (Start at Hadley Road & Red Pride Drive, Loop around Red Pride Drive, and End at PHS Football Stadium.)

  • Games
  • Face Painting
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Photo Booth
  • Food Vendors
  • And much more!!!

***Accepting donations for Riley Hospital for Children at the entrance.***

Send in Your Box Tops to Your Teacher!

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Friday, October 1, 2015
End of 1st Grading Period

Friday, October 1, 2015
4th Grade Science Fair Open House 9-10:45 a.m.

Monday, October 5, 2015

PTO Restaurant Night at BW3

October 12-16, 2015
Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, October 19, 2015
PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Parent Teacher Conferences 1-8 p.m. - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Picture Re-Takes

Friday, October 30, 2015
PTO Fall Parties

Brentwood is Enrolled in Kroger Rewards!

Now you can help our school just by doing something you already do - grocery shop at Kroger! We are enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. You can sign up in two ways:

1. Kroger Community Rewards Website
  • NPO Number 74295

2. Shoparoo Website
  • Sign up using code: cror5868

Please have your Kroger Card handy before starting enrollment! If you don't have a Kroger Card you can pick one up for free at the customer service desk.

Transportation Arrival & Dismissal Info

Student Arrivals (car riders):

All car riders arriving in the morning should be dropped off in our car rider lane NOT in our Visitor Parking lot. This ensures they are not crossing over any traffic.

Late Arrivals:

If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office and sign them in.

Student Arrivals (bus riders):

If your child rides the bus to school and will be eating breakfast in the cafeteria please talk to them about going straight to the cafeteria to get their breakfast. This will give them the most time to eat as healthy of a breakfast as possible.

Dismissal Changes:
  • If you need to change your child's dismissal instructions the best way to do this is to send a signed note to your child's teacher.
  • If this is impossible please call the office NO LATER THAN 2:30 p.m. to ensure the dismissal change gets to your child's teacher in a timely matter.

If you are permanently changing how your child goes home or if you move please notify our office at 317-839-4802, as well as Transportation at 317-838-3632, and submit a new Transportation Form to the office.

Youth Sports Info

Plainfield Youth Basketball (Indy Hoops) Grades 2-6
Indy Hoops is a competitive youth basketball league for 2nd-6th graders. Games are on Sundays from November through February. Travel is limited to area schools with games starting after 12 p.m. Fees are $80 per player which includes new uniform. Practices are typically 2-3 days a week with a focus on skill development. More information available online. You can email John East at for more information or questions.

Infantry Baseball Camp - Grades 1-3
September 22-24 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Fundamentals of baseball
  • Drills
  • Skill Challenges
Location: Al & Jan Barker Baseball Fields, Plainfield
Players cannot have had their 9th (8U) or 8th (7U) birthday by May 1, 2016
Cost: $35 per child
Registration & payment due by September 1st
More information available by calling Chris McDaniel at 317-503-6424 or email or Facebook
***Registration forms are available for Infantry Baseball in our office.***

Volunteer News & Information:

Chaperones and classroom volunteers play an important role in schools. Without them, creative educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom would be more difficult to accomplish. In order to keep students safe, chaperones and classroom volunteers must fill out the following forms:

  1. Volunteer Background Agreement
  2. Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement (ask at front office the first time you come in to volunteer)
  3. Read & understand our Emergency Procedures Handout (ask for your copy at the front office)
  4. Read & understand our "Facts about Bullying" handout (ask for your copy at the front office)

Some guidelines to follow when volunteering at Brentwood (please refer to our handbook for more):

  • You may only take photos of your own child. Photos may not be taken of friends or other students and should NEVER be posted on social media sources without the consent of the classroom teacher and the other parents.
  • You should avoid taking or making phone calls while supervising students unless for an emergency or communication is needed on a field trip.
  • You should not bring other children along on a field trip.
  • You must immediately report incidents or suspected incidents of bullying, physical, and/or verbal aggression to a teacher.

"Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer." ~Author Unknown

2015-2016 Brentwood PTO

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

We, the PTO, look forward to an exciting year ahead and welcome all teachers, staff, parents, and families to attend meetings and events. We are here to work and partner together to provide a unique, fun, and amazing environment for our students.

We always welcome ideas for new events, fundraising, or info of something going on in the community. Please don't be a strange to our events and we are always accessible.

PTO Officer List 2015-2016
Tanya King, President
Jessica Botts & Kristen Bergman, Co-Vice-Presidents
Julie Beasley, Treasurer
Michelle Becker, Secretary
Pam Hendrickson, Financial Secretary

PTO Email: