Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, December 4, 2015

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
~Achievement~Actions~Attitudes~
Quiver Augmented Reality Trailer

Exciting NEW App - Quiver 3D Coloring

Principal Approved App:

Coloring pages have never been so much fun! The Quiver App combines physical coloring from "back in the day" with state of art augmented reality technology to bring you and your children an extraordinarily magical experience.

You can find their free pages by downloading the app and on their website http://www.QuiverVision.com. Save and print the pages directly from the Quiver App or from a computer to start enjoying the fun. By using their unmatched expertise in augmented reality, the Quiver App enables children and adults to unleash their inner artist and interact with their personally customized creations.

Every colored page comes to life in its uniquely colored way, giving the artist an immediate and special sense of ownership and pride! Not only is the app incredibly fun, but it is also a great tool for developing skills and knowledge on various topics. Try it out yourself and we are sure you will agree.

There is a free version with in-app purchases available or a full version for $7.99.

Students of the Week

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Students of the Week

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Tamara Lewis, Instructional Assistant

Our staff Most Valuable Player is Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Tamara Lewis. Mrs. Lewis has been an instructional assistant for the past five years at Brentwood. After obtaining a degree in Medical Technology she served in positions at Wishard Hospital and Eli Lilly before becoming a stay at home mom.

Mrs. Lewis grew up in Plainfield and actually went to school at Brentwood Elementary School when she was a little girl. (Fun Fact - Mr. Underwood was her 4th grade teacher.) Mrs. Lewis and her husband have two boys, Nate (ll years old), and Josh (9 years old). Their "oldest" child is a dachshund named, Buddy. Mrs. Lewis has one brother who lives in Los Angeles, California.

Some of Mrs. Lewis' Favorite Things

Color ~ blue
TV Show ~ Myth Busters
Book ~ I can’t pick one favorite. I do love philosophy books.
Music ~ all kinds
Restaurant ~ R Bistro
Candy ~ Reese cups
Sports Team ~ IU and the Colts
Holiday ~ 4th of July
Food ~ cheese

When she isn't working at Brentwood, Mrs. Lewis enjoys making photo/memory books. The most interesting vacation she has had happened last summer. She stayed in a tepee on the Blackfeet Nation Reservation of Montana at the base of the Glacier National Park. A place she has never been that she would LOVE to visit is: Maine.

Famous Encounters
"In the mid-1990s I was standing in front of Shaquille O'Neal on the escalator in FAO Schwarz in Chicago!"

What is a student moment you remember fondly? "I remember all the moments when I help a child figure something out. Seeing their faces go from confusion to understanding is so fulfilling to my soul."

As an instructional assistant and a parent, what advice do you have for parents on how they can be involved in their child’s education? "I think it is so important to help them with homework when they ask and back off when they don’t. Sometimes, having them make mistakes and learning from it is better than turning in a perfect paper and not retaining any of that knowledge."

When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Mrs. Lewis answered:
"A race car driver!" (
Life Dream Fulfilled: "A couple of years ago, I got to drive 8 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a NASCAR race car. I got up to 131.16 mph and passed another car on the outside of turn 4!! It was like I was living the dream!!"

First grade teacher, Mrs. Sullivan had the following to say about working with Mrs. Lewis, "Tamara is so passionate about teaching! It shows in everything she does. The students respect and love working with Mrs. Lewis! Her positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious! We are so blessed to get to work with her every day!"

A Guide to Closings & Delays

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1st Grade Pen Pals

Students in Mrs. Williams first grade class received their pen pal letters from Mrs. Parson's first grade class from Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.
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Mrs. Williams 1st grade students with their letters from their pen pals in Tennessee.

4th Grade Hendricks Power Convo

4th grade student have been learning about electricity in science. Steve Hite from Hendricks Power came in today to teacher the 4th graders about electrical safety, conductors, and insulators.

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

http://www.bit.ly/SU15survey


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: http://www.bit.ly/SU15survey 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.

Ringing in the Holidays: Breakfast with Santa

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Hometown Holiday at Hummel Park

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Parents Night Out

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Value Student of the Month ~ October

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Responsibility, Accountability, and Justice

Brentwood's Value Student of the Month is third grade student, Johnny Mendoza-Dominguez. Johnny's teacher, Mrs. Davis, wrote the following in her nomination: "I believe Johnny best exemplifies the value because Johnny is so consistent with his good choices on a daily basis. Everyday, Johnny gives his best effort on written work and during class discussions. This makes him an active and eager learner. If he needs to admit any wrong doing (I remember once), he looked me right in the eyes and told me the truth. Johnny clearly knows how to accept personal responsibility. Finally, Johnny is a student who welcomes anyone and everyone into his play group, and has never had a problem with another student this year. Johnny is a great representative for October's Value Student of the Month."

December-at-a-Glance


Saturday, December 5, 2015
Parents Night Out - at the Flip Zone

December 9, 2015
Four Square PE Club

December 10, 2015
School Board Meeting

December 15, 2015
Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children's Museum

December 16, 2015
Four Square PE Club
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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 kdonovan@plainfield.k12.in.us 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

Brentwood on Social Media

Send in Your Box Tops to Your Teacher!

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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.

Transportation:
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: brentwoodpto@att.net