Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, December 18, 2015

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence

Due to a scheduling conflict, our 2nd Qtr. Excellence Convocation's date is changed to Monday, January 11, 2016.

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Dear Brentwood Families,

Thank you for your patience with our school system over the past several days. Please be assured that Plainfield Community School Corporation is working cooperatively with all agencies to insure the safety and security of all students in our schools. As most of you already know, our school cannot comment on every aspect of any investigation related to students. Plainfield Schools takes threats, intimidation and bullying seriously and acts in the best interest of all students while still being sensitive to the rights of privacy afforded to all students.

Some activities at Brentwood will be delayed due to the missed day yesterday. The fifth grade visit to the middle school has been rescheduled for Wednesday instead of Tuesday after we return to school. January ushers in a very intense time of the school year. Teachers are putting the final touches on their preparations for ISTEP and IREAD and our lower grade teachers are taking advantage of the stride students have made in the fall to push ahead with literacy and math instruction.

Elementary students in kindergarten, and grades two and four will receive instruction in Smart Steps, a program that helps promote body safety awareness for children. This is a new program for Plainfield Schools. There will be a parent meeting at Clarks Creek Elementary School on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Parents can see the presentation and ask any questions. This program is very similar to the program that Plainfield used for several years. I highly encourage you to attend the meeting.

The teachers and staff at Brentwood wish each family a safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you January 4th.

Mr. Underwood
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Brentwood Staff December 2015

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Kindergarten Field Trip to Children's Museum

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1st Grade Reading Lights

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This picture shows Mrs. Boyer's first grade readers using their new finger lights! They are all set with a door tag, a reading light, a candy cane for word pointing and 2 NEW BOOKS! "It made my teacher heart so HAPPY to see them all enjoying their Reading Christmas present from Mrs. Kaiser and myself!" said Mrs. Boyer.

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2nd Grade Music Class

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Mrs. Hamlin 2nd grade elves practicing the snowflake songs they composed.

5th Grade Student Council

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Every Wednesday members of the Student Council at Brentwood help Ms. Paula collect the school's recycling.

3rd Grade Music Class

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Students in Mrs. Davis' 3rd grade practice for their upcoming musical program during music class with Mrs. Goodin.
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"Down the Chimney" with Grinches in PE!

Mrs. Gray's 4th Grade

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Math hands on equations! Learning algebra!
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Staff Shares Holiday Traditions & Memories

Mrs. Eberhardt, Technology Assistant
"One of our family traditions is to watch Ben Hur with the kids. We also watch Christmas Vacation on the first day home on Christmas break."

Mrs. Solero, Special Education Assistant
"My favorite holiday traditions are a new Christmas story book and Christmas Eve every pj's. My favorite book is Grumpy Santa Claus."

Ms. Chaplin, Custodian
"When I was younger, our family would gather around the piano and sing Christmas carols together. It is such a special memory I have of my family Christmases."

Mrs. Gray, 4th Grade Teacher
"A fond memory I have during the holidays, is making cookies with mom and having birthday cake for Jesus. I carry on the cookie making tradition with my boys now too."

Mr. Fritch, Librarian

"I had one sister who especially liked art, so my mom would make gingerbread men and many colors of icing "paint" that we painted on with little paint brushes. They were really pretty, but as soon as the icing dried, we ate them all up!"

Ms. Clark, Receptionist

"When we were younger we used to go to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve and my grandfather would play the fiddle while we sang. We would have hot chocolate and exchange gifts. One year, on our way back to our house afterwards my brother and I looked up in the sky and saw a bunch of lights with a bright red one in the front. We pointed it out to our parents and my Dad said "I bet that's Santa and Rudolph is in the front! We better get home quickly and you guys better get in bed FAST. I don't think my brother and I have EVER gone to sleep so fast!"

Miss Landis, 5th Grade Teacher

"My favorite holiday memory is going to Christmas Eve service at our church. We used to have a tradition of each person lighting a candle and singing Silent Night beginning at 11:58. When the song was over then it would be Christmas and we got to wish our church family Merry Christmas. We still do the tradition but do not have the midnight service ,instead it is in the evening."

Mrs. Sullivan, 1st Grade Teacher

"Every year on Christmas morning (before opening gifts) my family gathers and we read our letter from Santa! Yes, he still writes to us even though we're grown and have our own families now! Santa's letter always highlights special events from the past year, accomplishments and a reminder what the true meaning of Christmas is. My siblings and I have a collection of all our Santa letters from over the year since we were children! It's a special tradition we share each year!"

Mrs. Eakes, PE Teacher

"My favorite Christmas memory/tradition growing up was: After church on Christmas Eve my siblings and I would hang an actual sock (of course we all chose our biggest one) on the mantel of the fireplace and watched the movie White Christmas together."

Mrs. Donovan, Principal's Secretary & Treasurer

"Many years ago, my family started a different kind of tradition! Every Christmas Eve, after we attend church, the family heads over to the White Castle drive-thru and bring home our holiday meal. We set the table and enjoy dinner together, even if it isn’t very fancy!"

Miss Binole, 3rd Grade Teacher

"My favorite memory is spending Christmas in Hawaii with my family when I was in college. Although I love a white Christmas, it was amazing to experience this beautiful island with my family over the holidays."

Mrs. Hamlin, 2nd Grade
"My husband and I have large families, so we get together with relatives for 4 different Christmas gatherings! Each one has its own special traditions making each one special. I love knowing each year I have those four gatherings to look forward to that are sure to have special memories. Part of my family sponsors a family in need every year. We all pitch in money, divided it up among the family members, and shop in teams for each child. Then we come back together to reveal our shopping goods, wrap them up, and enjoy our own family time together. It's a special day I look forward to every year! As a child my favorite memories were going to visit Santa at the State Museum (which is where I now take my son) and getting together with all of my cousins every Christmas Day night. The girl cousins would get matching pajamas from my grandma. We would all watch movies and play with our toys while the grown-ups played their own games. When my grandma stopped buying the grandkids pajamas, my mom decided to keep the tradition alive. My sister and I (and now my husband and son) still get new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve every year. We wear them Christmas Eve night and keep them on while we open gifts on Christmas morning! I can't wait to start new traditions (and keep some of the old ones) with my own family."

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The True Meaning of the Holidays

What do you think of when you hear the word holiday? If you're like me, you immediately think of things like shopping, parties, and presents. Shouldn't the holidays mean more to us than this? So many holidays have become commercialized that our proud traditions are in danger of disappearing.

Our society is so profit-motivated that we expect retain employees to work to help the Big Business make money. Just think of the last time you were in a store for "midnight madness", sales extravaganzas, and people racing through stores to grab that "have to get" gift for someone. (This has been going on for a long time! When I was younger my Mom had an... um... altercation with another Mom over a cabbage patch kid doll for me (and i didn't even know what they were yet!).

Many of us can't even remember the true meaning of the holidays. How many of us are so busy getting everything ready for the holidays, that we don't even enjoy it? How many of us are so wrapped up in checking things off our list that we fall into bed completely exhausted at night wondering where the time went, realizing we weren't completely "present" in the moments that should have meant everything to our hearts!

Traditions represent our culture. They help form who we are as people. They teach our children about our heritage. They remind us that we are a part of history that tells our past, shapes who we are today and who we may become. Losing sight of tradition could result in us losing parts of ourselves.

This holiday season, lets all try to ensure we take time to breathe, to love, to hug and talk to our friends and families (without a cell phone attached to our hands). To listen to our children and grandchildren as if what they are saying is the most important thing you've heard all day - because it is! Cook/bake together, laugh, listen to music. Choose to be present in the moments you share with your loved ones this holiday - choose to make it about your presence NOT just presents.
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2015 In Review

Record of the Year & Song of the Year & Best New Artist - 2015 Grammys
Sam Smith – "Stay With Me

Animated Feature Film Winner - Oscars 2015

Big Hero 6

Highest Grossing Movie

Jurassic World ~ $652,270,625

January 26–27

A blizzard hits the Northeast shutting down major cities including New York City and Boston, with up to 60 million people affected.

February 26, 2015

What color is this dress? Is it black and blue or white and gold? Photo goes viral. And... drives everyone crazy!

March 6

The Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around Ceres, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit a dwarf planet.

April 4, 2015

Earthquake 7.9 Magnitude hits Nepal.

May 20, 2015
David Letterman broadcasts the last episode of his 22-year run as host of The Late Show on CBS

July 5, 2015

The United States beats Japan 5-2 in the final game of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, making it the highest scoring Women's World Cup game in history. The US is the first country to ever win three Women's World Cup titles.

August 9, 2015

Singapore turns 50!

August 20, 2015

Microsoft introduces Windows 10

September 27, 2015

Super Blood Moon

The sun, the Earth and the moon lined up in a row to put on a light show in Sunday's night sky, and people around the world looked up to watch the lunar eclipse.

September 28, 2015

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars

September 28, 2015
Pope Francis arrived in America to make President Obama laugh, bring John Boehner to tears and of course, take selfies.

Taylor Swift Reveals New Album Title, Release Date & 'Shake It Off' Video. The official news on Taylor Swift's fifth studio album is finally here. The new LP is titled 1989 and will drop October 2015 via Big Machine.

November 13, 2015

Paris Attacks

December 18, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits Theaters

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Top 10 Family Movies of 2015

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015)
9. Tomorrowland (May 2015)
8. Inside Out (June 2015)
7. Minions (July 2015)
6. Pan (July 2015)
5. The Jungle Book (October 2015)
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 2015)
3. The Good Dinosaur (November 2015)
2. Max (December 2015)
1. Star Wars: Episode VII (December 2015)

Top 10 Sports Moments of 2015

10. Ronda Rousey Loses Her First Fight To Holly Holm - The undefeated Rousey lost her first fight in a knockout to Holly Holm that shocked the UFC world. Rousey has said that she will return to the ring after some time off.

9. Peyton Manning Becomes the All-Time Leading NFL Passer - The great career that Peyton Manning has built got another record added to it when Peyton Manning took over the number one spot for passing yards in NFL history with 71, 871 yards. This man continues to add to his already Hall of Fame career.

8. David Ortiz Hits His 500th Home Run - The man they call Big Papi hit his 500th home run down in Tampa late in the season and Red Sox, and MLB fans everywhere couldn't have been more excited. He's been the face of the Red Sox and the MLB for so many years, and hitting 500 home runs just adds to his historic career.

7. Kobe Bryant Announces His Retirement - A true legend and one of the all-time greats, Kobe Bryant will no longer be in the NBA. It's sad to see a true legend of the sport go but Kobe will leave a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of NBA fans.

6. Tom Brady Captures his Fourth Super Bowl Victory - Talk about a living legend. Tom Brady was able to capture his fourth Super Bowl win and rack up his resume as probably the greatest quarterback of all time. This guy had the greatest fourth quarter you could say you've seen in recent history. This guy has really established himself as the G.O.A.T.

5. Kansas City Wins the World Series For the First Time Since 1985 - The Kansas City Chiefs beat out the New York Mets in five games to capture their first title since 1985. The royals won after being beaten in the fall classic the year prior to the San Francisco Giants. The Royals showed great determination in the win and being able to get back right were they were a year ago and finish the job.

4. Jordan Spieth wins the Masters - Spieth went in as a 21-year-old and dominated the Masters finishing with a -18, which tied the score of Tiger Woods in 1997. That's some pretty good company to be in. Spieth seems to have one heck of a career ahead of him as a professional golfer.

3. Stephen Curry Emerges As One of the NBA's Greats - The play of Golden State's Steph "Chef" Curry was one of the most dominating performances in the NBA last season. Curry, along with teammates known as the Splash Brothers, took the league by storm and won the NBA title. Steph Curry emerged himself as one of the NBA's best players in 2015.

2. Chicago Blackhawks win third Stanley Cup in Six Years - The Blackhawks really came out and displayed their dominance to the hockey community. The Blackhawks pretty much made it known that they are the greatest team to play this sport in this generation. The complete dominance they have shown in these six years has been second to none. It seems that every year, they are bound to go deep in the postseason and probably win the Cup. This team has truly defined greatness.

1. Malcolm Butler Goal-line Interception in Super Bowl 49 - I don't think there was a moment quite like this one. Who would have thought that an undrafted rookie free agent would make the game winning pick on the goaline in the biggest stage in sports. It was a heck of a play by the most unlikely player. A true underdog story.

Top 10 Books of 2015

10. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in the environs of London.

9. THE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO, by Mitch Albom. (Harper.) A mystical tale of a guitar genius’s journey through 20th-century music.

8. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

7. TRICKY TWENTY-TWO, by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a fraternity member arrested for beating up a college dean and investigates a murder.

6. SEE ME, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) A couple in love are threatened by secrets from the past.

5. THE GUILTY, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) The government hit man Will Robie investigates murder charges against his estranged father in their Mississippi hometown.

4. THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS, by Stephen King. (Scribner.) Twenty stories, some never before published.

3. TOM CLANCY: COMMANDER IN CHIEF, by Mark Greaney. (Putnam.) President Jack Ryan detects a pattern in outbreaks of violence around the world that point to the Russian president, but he must unite the Western allies before he can take action. Clancy died in 2013.

2. CROSS JUSTICE, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown.) Detective Alex Cross returns to Starksville, N.C., his hometown, for the first time in 35 years, to help a cousin who has been accused of murder.

1. ROGUE LAWYER, by John Grisham. (Doubleday.) The attorney Sebastian Rudd is a “lone gunman” who hates injustice and the system and defends unpopular clients.
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Some Fun Trivia...

Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter - no PEEKING!

What Movie is This From?

Here's the quote, you name the Christmas movie that it's from!

1. "Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."

2. "What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

3. "It's a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club."

4. "You'll shoot your eye out kid!"

5. "He never got his picture on bubble gum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubble gum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture on bubble gum cards?"

6. "Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed."

7. "Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen."

8. "We're your worst nightmare... Elves with attitude."

9. "Fog as thick as peanut butter"

10. "Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved."

11. "The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."

12. "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

What Christmas Song is This Line From?

1. How many times does Santa check his list?

2. The Grinch is as cuddly as a _______________?

3. It would of been a laugh to see Mommy doing what last night?

4. One foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say what?

5. Good tidings to you, and all of your what?

6. Who was seated next to me a day or two ago in the song Jingle Bells?

7. Why do I want my two front teeth for Christmas?

8. What did Frosty The Snowman do when they placed the magic hat on his head?

9. What does Alvin want for Christmas in The Chipmunk Song?

10. On the eleventh day of Christmas, what did my true love send to me?

11. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas with what?

12. What do Janice and Jen want for Christmas in the song It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas?

Who Said It?

Each of these phrases is a quote from a Christmas song, TV show, movie or story. Can you remember which Christmas character said it?

1. "Bah Humbug"

2. "Don't you cry, I'll be back again some day!"

3. "One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."

4. "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

5. "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."

6. "This fog's as thick as peanut butter!"

7. "The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."

8. "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

9. "You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."

10. "Let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know."
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5th Grade Students: Design the Brentwood Yearbook Cover Contest!

5th grade students are invited to participate in our photographer's yearbook design contest this year. This is optional and must be turned in to Mrs. Emrick or the front office no later than Friday, February 8, 2016.

Only the template below can be submitted (these were sent home with 5th grade students already). Please use deeper, more saturated colors. Markers are a good choice to use. If using crayons or pencils, press hard to maximize colors.

3rd Place Winner's design will be featured inside the yearbook.

2nd Place Winner's design will be featured on the back cover of the yearbook.

1st Place Winner's design will be featured on the front cover of Brentwood's 2015-2016 Yearbook.
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Holiday Happenings...

Moms' Night Out:

By Dec. 18, we'll all be half-crazy with holiday hubbub, so ladies, make plans to take some time for yourselves with the Ladies' Night Out hosted by Macaroni Kid - Hendricks County.

Relax and regain your sanity, starting at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the movie "Sisters" in a private viewing room at Carmike Theaters in Plainfield for this event, along with pizza, concessions, a raffle ticket, shopping discounts and a reusable shopping bag.

Tickets are $32.

Holiday in the Park

A must-see holiday activity is a really cool event on Dec. 19 at Washington Township Park in Avon, especially if you have kiddos who don't do well with the chaos of the Christmas season.

Holiday in the Park offers breakfast with Santa beginning at 8:30 a.m. and additionally offers time with Sensory Santa in a much quieter and more serene atmosphere than most traditional visits with Santa.

Christmas at the Lilly House

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, (317) 923-1331,

When: Nov. 15 to Jan. 4.

The historic Lilly House — on the IMA grounds — will twinkle with holiday decorations inspired by the 1930s and 1940s. Amongst the trees, wreaths and greenery, visitors can see ornaments typical of Depression-era frugality and wartime shortages, as well as the exuberance of the post-war era.

Festival of Trees

Where: Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., (317) 232-1882,

When: Nov. 22 to Jan. 3.

The Indiana History Center's annual holiday festival features an exhibition of historical photographs with a holiday theme. Visitors can also experience a winter wonderland of 25 holiday trees, decorated with themes such as "Home for the Holidays" and "Santa's Workshop." Other activities include holiday film screenings, kid-friendly crafts and adult painting classes.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St., (317) 636-9378,

When: Nov. 22-Jan. 19.

Now in its fifth year, Jingle Rails is a wonderland of model trains, which chug along nearly 1,200 feet of track. They go through tunnels, over bridges and trestles, and past scale models of national landmarks, such as Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. The display also includes local landmarks like Lucas Oil Stadium and Union Station — all decorated for the holidays.

Indianapolis Art Center: Pop-up Classes

Where: IAC, 820 E. 67th St., (317) 255-2464,

When: Ongoing

Choose from a variety of pop-up art classes, ranging from $20 to $60. Several focus on making glass ornaments, such as snowmen and glass balls. Others guide students through making holiday jewelry or crocheted wire snowflakes. Some classes are family-friendly, while others are perfect for a December date night.

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland

Where: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., (317) 334-4000,

When: Nov. 22-Jan. 4

During Jolly Days, the Children's Museum transforms its staircase into a two-story slide, surrounded by festive holiday décor. Children can "ice skate" in the sock-skating rink and try indoor versions of winter activities like ice fishing.

Celebration Crossing

Where: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., (317) 232-1637,

When: Nov. 28-Dec. 31.

Come to the Indiana State Museum's annual holiday extravaganza. While children make crafts and ride the Santa Claus Express train, parents can explore re-created L.S. Ayres holiday window displays. Other activities include breakfast with Santa, tea parties in the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room, and live music from local bands and choirs.

Christmas at the Zoo

Where: Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., (317) 630-2001,

When: Nov. 28 to Jan. 4.

Back in 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the country to hold a holiday lights event, and it's still going strong in its 47th year. Check out the vibrant holiday displays as you visit the animals — especially ones such seals, polar bears and red pandas that enjoy the cold weather. Visit Santa's workshop in White River Gardens, enjoy carols performed by local school choirs, sample holiday refreshments, and go on a scavenger hunt for hidden mistletoe throughout the grounds.

Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie

Where: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; (317) 776-6006;

When: Nov. 28-Jan. 4.

Conner Prairie bustles with activity during the holiday season. Families can sign Holiday Adventures — a series of festive daytime activities and crafts in 1836 Prairietown. At night, return for Conner Prairie by Candlelight. The family-friendly Prairietown tour features costumed interpreters, who discuss the history of various holiday traditions. Amid the holiday hustle and bustle, it's a peaceful, low-tech way to reconnect with the holiday spirit. Afterward, check out Gingerbread Village, featuring dozens of amateur and professional gingerbread creations.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: "Yuletide Celebration"

Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 32 E. Washington St., (317) 639-4300,

When: Dec. 5-23.

Now in its 29th year at Hilbert Circle Theatre, "Yuletide Celebration" features traditions such as tap-dancing Santas and a reading of "Twas the Night before Christmas." This year, kids will go crazy for tunes from Disney's "Frozen," such as "Let It Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" The concert also includes a medley of holiday pop hits, such as Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

Indianapolis Children's Choir: "Angels Sing"

Where: St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., (317) 940-9640,

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 19 to 20.

You've probably seen a televised version of the Indianapolis Children's Choir's annual "Angels Sing" performance. This year, why not see the real thing? The concert features the ICC's elite choirs, such as the Indianapolis Youth Chorale and Bel Canto. If you want to see the younger singers, check out the "Celebrate the Season" performance, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20, also at St. Luke's.

Straight No Chaser: "Happy Hour Tour 2014"

Where: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., (317) 231-0000,

When: Dec. 21-22.

Indiana's favorite a cappella ensemble, Straight No Chaser, returns to Indianapolis for four performances at Old National Centre — just in time for Christmas. Keep your fingers crossed for hilarious hits like "The 12 Days of Christmas" and "The Christmas Can-Can," as well as more traditional holiday favorites.

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Visit Santa at the Shops at Perry Crossing Dates & Hours

Hours of Operation:

Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 - 10am-9pm

Sunday, November 29 - 12pm-5pm

Friday, December 4 - 11am-8pm

Saturday December 5 - 10am-9pm

Sunday, December 6 - 12pm-5pm

Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11 - 11am-8pm

Saturday, December 12 - 10am-9pm

Sunday, December 13 - 12pm-5pm

Monday, December 14 through Thursday, December 17 - 11am-8pm

Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 - 10am-9pm

Sunday, December 20 - 11am-7pm

Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23 - 10am-9pm

Thursday, December 24 - 10am-4pm

*Please note there will be short periods of closing for lunch breaks.

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January at-a-glance

January 4, 2015
1st Day Back

***Date Change***
January 11, 2016

2nd Quarter Excellence Convo

January 14, 2015
School Board Mtg 7 p.m.

January 18, 2015
Martin Luther King Day

January 25, 2015
PTO Mtg 6:30 p.m.

January 28, 2015
3rd Grade Music Program 6:30 p.m.

January 29, 2015
PTO Movie Night 6 p.m.

Value Student of the Month ~ November

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Respect for Others' Rights ~ Emma Morrissey, 4th Grade

Brentwood's Value Student of the Month is fourth grade student, Emma Morrissey. Mrs. Emrick nominated Emma for the value of "Respect for Others' Rights".

Mrs. Emrick wrote, "Emma is always complimenting others, using good manners, listening to others, and laying fair. She shows she cares for others by making cards for friends and always telling those she cares about how much she missed them. Being respectful is a key ingredient to being a great person and Emma exemplifies this value. She truly brings out the "smile" in everyone she is around."

A Guide to Closings & Delays

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If You Are Moving Over the Holidays...

If your family is moving over the holidays, please notify the office no later than Wednesday, December 16th and fill out a new Transportation Form to ensure there is no disruption in your child's bus transportation and/or enrollment.

We know that often the holiday break is a good time to move to make it a smoother transition, we just want to make sure we have ample time to change information in our system and have time to alert the Transportation Department.

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Youth Sports

Plainfield Optimist Soccer League

Registration NOW open!!! Be one of the first 150 to register and receive a free Plainfield Optimist drawstring gear bag.

Season Dates: April 4, 2016 – May 21, 2016

Academy Skills Program: Ages U4, U5 and U6

League Play: Ages U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19

Online Registration can be found at:

Contact Jim Eckroth for more information: 317-268-4709

Parents: Earn Money for Brentwood Just by Shopping!

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.

Important Policy Information for Change to Transportation

PCSC Transportation Department wants all parents to know that IF you need to change bus transportation in any way they need written notice 24 hours in advance of the change. These changes could be because you have moved permanently, need your child to ride a different bus with a friend, or any other change. If the change will take place on Monday please notify Transportation at 838-3632 no later than the previous Friday at 2:30 p.m.

There are NO exceptions to this policy.

PCSC Considers Change in Schoolday Hours for 2016-2017

Administrators, faculty, PTO officers and others have been discussing the possibility of changing school hours beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. While the change, in terms of overall minutes, is small, it could be significant for student performance in the classroom.

The Board of School Trustees will vote on this in the next few months, so that parents will have adequate time, if needed, to consider child care or scheduling needs when the new school year begins.

PCSC has prepared this FAQ to help everyone better understand the issue, the research behind the proposed change, and the factors taken into consideration. Please take a moment to click on the link and read more about this topic.

Parents: Speak Up - your ideas are important to us!

Open October 1st – December 18th, 2015

Be a part of the conversation! The Plainfield Community School Corporation is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers.

As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states.

By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to an audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community, and contributing to the national dialogue about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

The online survey is open to students, educators and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved. To take the survey visit: and click the blue “parents enter here” button!

The PCSC administrators appreciate your support in many ways; participating in this survey is just another way we can partner together to strengthen our schools and to improve the future for our children.

Brentwood on Social Media

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.

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:
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Name that Christmas Movie Answers!

1. It's a Wonderful Life
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
4. A Christmas Story
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas
6. Miracle on 34th Street
7. Home Alone
8. The Santa Claus
9. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
10. A Christmas Story
11. The Polar Express
12. It's a Wonderful Life

What Christmas Song is This Line From? Answers!

1. Twice!
2. Cactus!
3. Kissing Santa Claus!
4. Rudolf With Your Nose So Bright, Won't You Guide My Sleigh Tonight?
5. Kin!
6. Miss Fanny Bright!
7. So I could wish you Merry Christmas!
8. He began to dance around!
9. A Hula Hoop!
10. Eleven Pipers Piping!
11. Every Christmas card I write!
12. Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk!

Who Said It? Answers

1. Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' 1843 novel: A Christmas Carol
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling's, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
4. The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas
5. Linus Van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas
6. Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
7. The Conductor in The Polar Express
8. Buddy the Elf in Elf
9. George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
10. Lucy Van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas