The Brentwood Bulletin

Expectation of Excellence ~ Friday, December 12, 2014

A Message from the Principal...

Dear Brentwood Families,

Our 3rd - 5th grade students have been participating in the second round of the 2014-2015 English Language Arts and Math Acuity Readiness Assessments this week and will finish up next week. The Acuity English Language Arts and Math assessments are given three times throughout the school year. This serves as a tool to help students practice on an assessment that is similar to ISTEP. This year the ISTEP assessment will look different from prior years of testing. If you would like to learn more about these assessments you can go to the Indiana Department of Education website or feel free to call the office and i will be glad to answer your questions.

Have a terrific weekend,

Ms. Vamos

November Value of the Month Student ~ Grayson Richmond

Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Napier, asked her class to nominate a student for the November Value of the Month "Respect for Others' Rights" instead of doing it herself! She says "Grayson is a great role model. He definitely demonstrates the value of "Respect for Others' Rights". Grayson was the classroom winner for the value by receiving seven votes! His classmates had the following comments when they voted for him:

"he is always nice to me and the teacher"
"he is kind"
"he is always helping others and is a great friend"
"he shows respect by picking up trash on the playground"
"he is always putting his "L" up in the cafeteria s others don't have to sit quiet during the red light"
"he always listens"
"he never talks when the teacher is talking and he sits and waits for the teacher to call on him"

One of the greatest honors we can receive are those that are chosen for us by our peers! Congratulation Grayson, you truly exemplify November's value of the month! Grayson was recognized at the school board meeting on Thursday, December 11th.

Students of the Week

Anderson Harris, Joshua Knowles, Anallena Suzuki, Gracie Nelis, Rodrigo Patino, Camryn Leisher, Mason Mehringer, Connor Patterson, Emma Morrissey, Logan Allen, Adam Jebari, Ashley Coffey, Emily Trivett, Kaylee Doerr, Logan Fellure, Katie McCullough, and Korva Jarvis

Meet our Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Stacy Davis, 3rd Grade Teacher

Our staff Most Valuable Player this week is Mrs. Stacy Davis, a 3rd grade teacher at Brentwood! Mrs. Davis has been teaching for 25 years, and 23 of those years have been in 3rd grade. (She taught both 2nd and 4th grade for one year each.) Mrs. Davis grew up in Northern Indiana and moved to Plainfield when she was in the seventh grade and graduated from PHS!

Mrs. Davis has been married to her husband Frank for 23 years and they have two sons. Austin is a junior at Franklin College majoring in Spanish/Education. Austin just got back from taking his fall semester of college in Buenos Aries, Argentina, where he also go to play soccer for the university. Logan, Mrs. Davis' other son, is a senior this year at PHS and plans to attend Hanover University next year, where he wants to study to become a physical therapist. Logan plans to play soccer and run track for Hanover University. The Davis family also has an 11 year old beagle names Walker.

Some of Mrs. Davis' Favorites:

Color ~ pool blue
Movie ~ Safe Haven

Book ~ Skinny Bones

Music ~ 80's Rock

Restaurant ~ Long Horn

Vacation ~ Alcatraz in San Francisco, California

Candy ~ Anything and EVERYTHING chocolate!!!

In her spare time, Mrs. Davis loves any reason to be outside. She enjoys watching her boys play sports, hiking, snow skiing, boating, working out, biking, etc.

Mrs. Davis was unable to pick a favorite teacher/student moment because she looks back fondly on so many throughout the past 25 years. However, she shared that she loved watching one her students from last year, Kiara, learn to speak, read, and write English. "She was so excited to learn, and it was like watching it all happen in fast forward. I could never learn a second language so quickly! I was in awe over how quickly she picked everything up! I will never forget Kiara!!!"

Advice for parents of school-aged children? "As a teacher, my advice to parents is to talk with your child as often as possible, read with him/her nightly, and let your child know you support him/her. School is so challenging now, our kids need to know they can count on us as their parent. As a mother, my advice to parents is to make the most of your time together with your children and live in the moment with them. Life will offer your child many lessons - be there to celebrate their victories, and encourage them through their challenging times."

Fellow 3rd grade teachers, Miss Marissa Binole and Mrs. Sherrie Sutton sat down together to share their feelings about their colleague, Mrs. Davis. "Mrs. Davis is a very devoted teacher. She works hard to prepare her lessons to make sure every child's need is met. She pushes each student to do their personal best in the classroom - she holds them to a high standard. Stacy is a team player. She is always willing to collaborate to plan for our classrooms. She's always willing to help anyone in any way that she can!"

Mrs. Gray's Students Write Weekly Newsletters!

As parents, teachers' newsletters keep us informed on assignments, tests, dates, and other classroom information! In Mrs. Gray's classroom the teacher is not the only one writing weekly newsletters. A group of students have been writing their own! What a great way to know exactly what is going on in their classroom themselves!

The newsletters will be posted on our website for parents to see! Mrs. Gray's Class on Website.

PTO Restaurant Night at Hot Box Pizza - Monday, December 15th

Please stop into Hot Box Pizza Monday, December 15th to help support Brentwood Elementary School! Flyers have gone home but are not needed, just tell them you are there for Brentwood! Thanks!

The Cafeteria NEEDS Your Help

Are you looking for a job that works well with your child's school hours? The Plainfield Community School Cafeteria might just be the place for you!!! The cafeteria is looking for subs. Sub positions are open with the possibility of it becoming a permanent position. Apply online ONLY at

NFL Play 60 Wraps Up at Brentwood!

Our NFL Play 60 Challenge program is finished.

Our top 3 highest total minutes for the past six weeks are:

4th grade

Carlee Solero 5178

Delaney Edwards 6080

Alyssa Rinehart 5178

5th grade

Kristi Kress 9570

Derrick Bettinger 8035

Dylan Cuatecontzi 7990

Congratulations to all students who made 60 minutes of physical activity a priority for the past 6 weeks. Keep moving every day!

A Hometown Holiday at Hummel Park

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014 -- 12:00-4:00 pm

  • Free Prizes
  • Train Rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Photos with Santa
  • Face Painting
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Crafts
  • Cookies & Cocoa
  • Much, Much More!!!

Visit for more information!

December at a Glance

Monday, Dec. 15th

Hot Box Pizza Fundraiser Night

Wednesday, Dec. 17th

Kindergarten Field trip to the Children's Museum

Thursday, Dec. 18th

End of 2nd Grading Period

Last Student Day

December 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Christmas Break

Spring Break Camp: Technology & Nature Together

A brand new collaboration with Jameson Camp & IUPUI IT Academy to give kids a chance to explore computer technology while enjoying all that camp has to offer!

WHO: Ages 11-15 - Kids interested in computers, information technology & IT careers
WHAT: Day Camp during Spring Break!
WHERE: 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46321
WHEN: March 30 - April 3, 9:00-5:00 (drop-off opens at 8:00, pick up by 5:30)
ACTIVITIES: Technology & Outdoor Activities - MORE INFORMATION HERE!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $320/full week UNTIL Dec. 31st ($350/week after Dec. 31st)

Angels & Doves: Anti-Bullying Program

Angels & Doves will be at the Plainfield Public Library on February 21st from 10: a.m. - 11:30 a.m. giving an anti-bullying workshop focused on grades K-7 and their caregivers, but everyone is welcome to attend. You can find out more about Angels & Doves HERE!

Our Student Council

Check Back Soon for Exciting News!

2015-2016 Board & other PTO Positions Avialable

We need many positions filled for the 2015-2016 school year within our PTO.

Board positions - including our PTO President position!

Grade Reps - Find classroom parents for Fall & Valentine parties, Send home PTO grade-specific info periodically, attend monthly 1 hour long meetings, help organize grade specific auctioned theme basket for Carnival.

Market Day Rep - Oversee Market Day flyer distribution, orders, pick-ups

Box Top Rep - Collect box tops, trim box tops, send out box tops, track box tops

Please email Andi Solero if you have any questions!

Helpful Information

1st Bell - 8:20 a.m. (Students may enter the building.)
Tardy Bell - 8:40 a.m. (Students must be in classroom when bell rings)
Dismissal Bell - 3:40 p.m.

11:00 - 11:30 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch
11:35 - 12:05 - 4th & 5th Grade Lunch
12:10 - 12:45 - K & 1st Grade Lunch

With colder weather upon us we just wanted to remind you that if your child is late to school an adult DOES still need to accompany them into the office to sign them in. Please do not send them in unaccompanied.

Childrens' Sports Info

Elementary Strength & Conditioning Camp (Grades 1st - 5th)

This camp will focus on age appropriate strength training exercises and speed development techniques. There will be major emphasis on functional strength exercises, acceleration and dynamic agility. Ex: lunges, push-ups, ropes, tires, medicine ball work, speed harnesses, etc...

$50 per camper/ $30 for siblings
Checks payable to Durand Vanderbush
1 Red Pride Drive
Plainfield, IN 46168
Mr. Vanderbush 317-839-7711

Check out more youth sports info HERE.

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

Join our PTO

Brentwood has a strong parent-teacher organization and all parents, grandparents, and teachers are invited to be a part of the many school activities planned by this organization. Our PTO is involved in volunteering at the school and in the classrooms, social gatherings, Grandparents' Day, Teacher Appreciation, Monthly Staff Luncheons, Super Saturday, Spring Carnival, and many other wonderful activities.

If you would like more information please contact Andi or Rochelle!

Transportation & Dismissal Info

Student Arrivals:
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. If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office with them to sign them in.

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 a healthy breakfast 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 into your child's teacher.
  • If this is impossible please call the office NO LATER THAN 3:00 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.

PTO - Market Day Fundraiser

Order forms are available in the office or you can visit Market Day online to order!

Order Pick-Up Dates:

Please contact our Market Day Representative, Kathleen @ 317-821-0613 for more information.