The Brentwood Bulletin

Expectation of Excellence ~ Friday, January 16, 2015

Good Luck Colts! GO BLUE!!!

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A Message from the Principal...

Dear Brentwood Families,

We have high expectations for all of our students and it is wonderful when we see our children “fired up” about learning. One of the ways that we do this is to offer a unique reading challenge that all of our students participate in throughout the school year. We have had quarterly reading celebrations that range from Disc Dogs, to Boomer, to Kickball and the list continues.

This quarter’s reading celebration is a basketball dunking contest among our Brentwood staff members with the theme of: “Reading is a Slam Dunk!” You will notice our reading wall with the growing numbers in the hallway near the computer lab. Ask your child about their personal goals/class goals/grade level goals for this challenge. Our students work hard to accomplish their goals and this is just one of the many ways that they are able to enjoy a “job well done.”

Have a terrific weekend,

Ms. Vamos

Students of the Week

Juliana Harris, Rudy Turkal, Phoenix Groce, Emersyn Ulery, Taylor Donovan, Reece Thompson, Mason Davis, Charlie Metcalf, Cheyanne Israel, Marissa Henry, Seth Keller, Molly McCurdy, Delaney Edwards, Kate Broadstreet, Brett Lutzke, Navaeh Poynter, Piper Watkins, & Paige Trimble

Brentwood Cafeteria Serves up Golden Trays

Brentwood Elementary students have more to be excited about in the lunch room than just the menu Mrs. Habig cooks up for them! Each of the three lunch periods have a friendly weekly competition with the winner receiving a "Golden Tray" (bragging rights included!)

Students have 35 minutes to refuel their bellies and their brains during their lunch period and we here at Brentwood want them to use that 35 minutes to the fullest! Many factors go into making lunch time flow smoothly at an elementary school. Staff need to monitor noise control, keep children on the task of eating (instead of ONLY visiting with their peers), maintain proper student behavior, safe traffic flow to, through, and from the food line, and to quickly resolve any problems that may arise.

Eat only your own food. No trading.
Raise your hand if you need help.
Use positive, helpful words only.
Use voices that can only be heard at your own table.
Eat with appropriate table manners.

Golden Tray Recipients
12/19/14 Mrs. Napier's 4th Grade Class
01/09/15 Mrs. Henry's 2nd Grade Class & Mrs. Slone's 5th Grade Class
01/16/15 Miss Binole's 3rd Grade Class & Mrs. Napier's 4th Grade Class

Meet our Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Natalie Boyer, 1st Grade Teacher

If you have had anything to do with Brentwood Elementary School you have most likely heard the name Mrs. Natalie Boyer. Mrs. Boyer has been teaching for 32 years. She has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 6th grade. (She says that 1st grade is her favorite which is where she is now!)

Mrs. Boyer has been married to her fantastic husband, Dave, for 37 years and they have one daughter. Their daughter Ashley, is 27 years old and a pediatric ER nurse at St. Vincents and is currently finishing her Nurse Practitioners License.

Some of Mrs. Boyer's Favorites:
Color ~ Black and White Polka Dots (Have you SEEN her classroom????)
TV Show ~ Downtown Abbey
Book ~ Santa's Book of Names
Music ~ Country Music
Flower ~ Tulips
Restaurant ~ Chili's
Candy ~ Reese's Pieces

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't teaching? Spending time with my family.

What is the most interesting place you have traveled? My husband took me to Paris for Valentine's Day!!!

Mrs. Boyer says that the first day of school every year comprises many memories that she cherishes! "I love the first day of school every year! I can't wait to meet my newest learners!"

As a First Grade Teacher, what advice do you have for first time parents of school-aged children on how they can become involved in the classroom and their children's education? "Parents should show their children the importance of learning every day! Example: Volunteer at school, review work daily, sit down to dinner and discuss their children's day, READ, READ, READ! I love this quote:

Children learn to love reading on the laps of their parents!!!"

Clarks Creek Elementary School's 1st grade teacher, Dayna Cade wrote this about Mrs. Boyer after hearing that Mrs. Boyer was chosen as our Most Valuable Player for the week: "Natalie Boyer is someone who has always inspired me to be a better teacher. She has taught me the key to being a great teacher is to never stop growing and learning. By her example I discovered, a professional is to be a friend and a teammate. Someone who is willing to share their ideas and discuss ways to help their students be successful. She taught me how to encourage students in a positive manner, have a love for teaching reading, and that every child matters. Mrs. Boyer has had a tremendous impact in the lives of her students as well as the individuals she has come in contact with through the teaching ability. Natalie has a special gift."

Mrs. Sullivan, fellow Brentwood 1st grade teacher had this to say about Mrs. Boyer, "
Natalie is one of the most caring and unselfish people I know. She brings so much to our 1st grade team and Brentwood staff. Natalie is always willing to share new ideas and innovative practices.. Her enthusiasm for learning is evident in her classroom and her students adore her. I am so lucky to get to teach with her every day!"

Miss McNeely, also a fellow Brentwood 1st grade teacher said,
Natalie is a great mentor. She is always willing to share new ideas and listen to others’ ideas."

Kindergarten teacher, friend, and parent of one of Mrs. Boyer's former students had this to say about Mrs. Boyer: "Natalie is fondly known in our family as Mrs. First Grade. She is a fabulous teacher who helps each child develop a love for reading. Children in her classroom are cared for and loved in the best ways. Her actions helps to establish a climate of caring in her classroom. As a colleague I have always appreciated and admired learning from her. As the mother of a former student, I am so thankful that Carson had such a great foundation for his learning. He is still excited to share things with Mrs. Boyer, and she is genuinely excited to hear about it. Mrs. Boyer makes a difference in the lives of her students, colleagues, and our corporation. She truly is a blessing."
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4th Grade Gets Explosive!!!

4th grade students in Mrs. Barker's 4th grade class learned about sudden land changes including volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides by conducting a science experiment by making volcanoes and creating the process of an eruption by mixing baking soda and vinegar.
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2nd Qtr. Honor Roll (3rd & 4th Grade)

Third Grade
Adan Aguirre, Cadence Bean, Miles Behringer, Ethan Daugherty, Sarah Egendoerfer, Morgan Evans, Drew Guthrie, Saide Hackett, Mabel Hartman, Adam Jebari, Katelynn Jones, Emma Juengel, Keerat Kaur, Kailey Lauters, Kevin Lewis, Maverick Masterson, Molly McCurdy, AJ Morris, Jocelyn Muehlenkord, Carson Rogers, Taylor Schoen, Megan Siereveld, Aja Utley, Caden Vanderbush, Ellie Whitehead, and Cianna Zablon
Forth Grade
Matthew Boger, Kate Broadstreet, Caylie Bryant, Gavin Burrows, Austin Clark, Trey Clevenger, Ashley Coffey, Abby Cox, Braeden Craig, Lilly Crays, Don Curtis, Aynsley Dixon, Kaylinn Dugan, Delaney Edwards, Grace Estes, Rachel Harris, Josie Heyob, Eric Hillenburg, Jacob Hilton, Lincoln Lee, Connor Leisher, Kiara Leiva, Joss Librant, Mina Louden, Conner McClure, Destiny McCullough, Max Mehringer, Brenda Mendoza, Ty Miles, Mady Mitchell, Gabi Montoya, Laney Moore, Levi Muskat, Henry Negro, Grayson Richmond, Alyssa Rinehart, Caleb Salla, Elijah Shumate, Cameron Simon, Ryan Smith, Tyler Smith, Carlee Solero, Kyle Stout, Maguire Sullivan, Kelby Sutton, Dee Williams, & Kara York
Fifth Grade
Audrey Alfaro, Anna Allen, Hannah Bailey, Esteli Bankole, Brian Beasley, Derrick Bettinger, Kirtland Blewett, Chance Bryant, Bryce Cole, Dylan Cuatecontzi, Ashley Davis, Joey Dickinson, Keaton East, Wyatt Emberson, Chloe Endsley, Logan Fellure, Madisyn Frisch, Garrett Gough, Bailey Hacker, Raegan Hackett, Bryce Hapenny, Olivia Huff, Gabrielle Kennedy, Taylar King, Kristi Kress, Madelon Leininger, Jessica Mangat, Salim Mara, Katie McCullough, Elena O'Brien, Jacob O'Brien, Mariana Partida, Katie Pedigo, Levi Scotten, Bradley Sheckles Paul, Ryan Siereveld, Kulraj Singh, Araya Smith, Madeline Smith, Beau Smock, Steven Sullivan, Sophia Teng, Urleen Thind, Isaac Thompson, Cael Vanderbush, & Andrew Young

December Value of the Month Student ~ Simone Rivera

Miss Rachel Landis, Kindergarten teacher, nominated her student, Simone Rivera for the December Value of the Month "Kindness".

Miss Landis writes, "Simone is always a very kind student in our classroom to all. She goes out of her way to make all of her classmates feel included. Simone also lends a helping hand whenever needed. She has also been seen giving her classmates cards and pictures to cheer them up. Simone is a very kind student!"

Caring and Responsible Students CARE

3rd grade students in Mrs. Nay's Caring and Responsible Students (CARS) class recently learned that you do not only learn with your ears. The pictures below show her student making posters about "Whole Body Listening".

Brentwood's Annual Super Saturday is ALMOST HERE!!!

Super Saturday is a morning of fun-filled workshops offered to all Brentwood students for FREE! This year's Super Saturday will be held on February 21st from 9-11:30 a.m. The idea of Super Saturday is for students to learn about something new and different, to have fun doing something they enjoy, or to try their hand at a new skill.

Brentwood PTO is in need of "teachers" for classes/worshops. You do not have to be an expert craftsman or an expert teacher. We just need individuals that have the desire to teach young children something new and/or different. In years past we have had classes on crafts, scrapbooking, stenciling, cookie decorating, sign language, paper flowers, magic tricks, stained glass, soap making, sports, balloon animals, and wood-working. We welcome any new ideas that you may have for a class!

If you are interested in teaching a class or you know someone else who would be great at this please contact Rochelle at 317-839-4802 (Brentwood Office), (email), or 317-412-1297 (text cell).

PTO Movie Night - TONIGHT!!! Friday, January 16th (6-8 p.m.)

Our next PTO movie night is TONIGHT Friday, January 16th from 6 - 8 p.m. Our PTO will be showing Disney's "Maleficent" during this time for FREE in the gym. You can enter through Door 5 and enjoy a movie, all-you-can eat popcorn and each student receives one drink!

Feel free to bring a blanket, pillow and anything else that will make you more comfortable. This is a family event - parents MUST stay with their children!

***Malificient has a rating of PG and Brentwood Elementary's PTO advises all parents to decide whether this movie is a movie their child would enjoy!***

You can read more about the movie HERE!

Valentine's Day Card Contest

CALLING ALL BRENTWOOD STUDENTS!!! Our Student Council is sponsoring a Valentine's Day Card Contest starting now.

Students can make Valentine's to be given to Senior Citizens in retirement facilities. Make your card at home and turn it into your teacher by February 9th. Here are the rules:

  1. Please do not put your full name on the card.
  2. Write the following on the BACK of the card: First name, grade and teacher (for example: if you were in Mrs. Barker's 4th grade you would write: Rachel 4B)
  3. Please do not make cards bigger than 9"x6"

There are no other rules! Be creative! Your card will bring a smile to another person!

**All students will receive a small piece of candy for participating. Winners of the contest will be judged by 5th grade student council members. Winners will receive lunch with Mrs. Vamos. The contest will have one winner per grade level.**

Monster Mini Golf Fundraiser

Enjoy your day off work or school and beat the cold with a round of indoor mini golf at Monster Golf while helping raiser scholarship money for students from Hendricks County who attend Purdue University.

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Time: All day - 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Monster Mini Golf
7591 E. US Hwy 36 (behind Subway)
Avon, IN 46123

R.O.S.E. Nomination TIME

Recognize an Outstanding School Employee (R.O.S.E.) by nominating them. A Plainfield Community School Corporation employee deserving special recognition for their outstanding qualities, activities, efforts or contributions merits acknowledgment. All administrative personnel, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, certified staff, counselors, custodians, nurses, and transportation staff are eligible.

Please nominate any worthy Plainfield School employee by completing the online form and returning it to the administration office by Friday, March 20, 2015.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 20, 2015

PCSC Job Opportunities

PCSC Cafeteria Openings:
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

PCSC Substitute Bus Driver Openings:
The Plainfield Schools Transportation Department is seeking individuals to work as substitute bus drives.

*Training Provided*
*Flexible Work Schedule*
*Potential for Full-time*

If interested, please call the PCS Transportation Office at 317-838-3632 or apply at

January at a Glance

Friday, January 16, 2015
PTO Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 26, 2015
PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Teacher's Lounge

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PTO Restaurant Night at Dickey's BBQ (5-9 p.m.)

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

2015 Plainfield Pee Wee Association, Inc.
Baseball registration time is here! All registration will be done online this year. Vist their website HERE. For those with no access we will provide access at the times/locations listed below:

Sat. Jan. 31 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plainfield Rec Center

Tues. Feb. 10 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Extra Innings

Mon. Feb 16 - 6-8 p.m.
Plainfield Rec Center - 6-8 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 18 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Extra Innings

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.

Changes to Online Ordering

The cut-off date for Market Day internet orders has changed to the Wednesday night (at 11 p.m.) before pick-up dates instead of Thursday night now. The pick up times have been moved up to 6-7 p.m. also.

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.