The Badger Bulletin
Brandywine Elementary Monthly Newsletter
Message from Mrs.Tremps
Dear Brandywine community,
It is hard to believe that we are entering the last quarter of the 2022-2023 school year. It has been an incredible year. We have been #onourway to amazing things! Our teachers are working collectively to plan learning experiences that will engage your students at high levels. Most importantly, we are creating a safe and supportive learning environment where our badgers can feel connected, nurtured, and supported. I want to thank our families for partnering with us. We couldn’t do any of this without your support.
Looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year, we are projected to be at approximately 1,200 students. Our staff will look very similar to what we have this year. As we plan for class placements, please know that if you would like to give input towards your child’s teacher for next year, you will need to send in a letter addressed to me. We do not accept specific teacher names but do want to know if a sibling had a specific teacher. The best feedback we need is about your student’s personality, disposition, and needs. You can also describe the characteristics of an ideal teacher for your child based on that information. Please have this letter to me by May 5th.
Spring Break will be April 3rd – April 7th. I hope you can spend time with family, rest, and rejuvenate in preparation for the last month and a half of school. Many of our student’s experience “Spring Fever” and we have noticed an increase in behavior referrals. Please continue to have conversations with your students about appropriate behaviors. I especially want to request that you please limit or eliminate access to technology and apps meant for older children. Elementary school aged students should not be on social media as they are not developmentally ready for it. We find that many of our behavior referrals are linked to premature exposure to social media and unsupervised access to YouTube and similar applications. Thank you in advance for your support!
We are so excited to partner with you for family engagement opportunities. A few more we have this Spring are:
- Leap Into Literacy (for parents and pre-k through first grade students)– Thursday, March 16th 5:30pm - Cafeteria
- SPARK Parent Technology Training (navigate the school website) – Thursday, March 23rd 8am – Media Center
- Coffee & Conversations (for parents) – Thursday, April 13th 9am – Media Center
With Spring quickly approaching, we have the state testing season. Please ensure that your student is getting plenty of rest and enjoying a nutritious breakfast. The dates for our Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment are in the chart below.
Thank you again for everything you have done this year to support us. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time!
Upcoming Events in April
From the PTO
We are having so much fun spoiling our teachers this month for Teacher Appreciation. Keep sending in the treats to let them know how much they are loved!!
Want to help plan awesome events like Father/Daughter Dance and Heritage Night? Then you want to be a PTO board member. Look for more information on how to be nominated shortly!!
Want to get involved with more events at Brandywine?
JOIN the PTO!!!
Go to https://brandywinepto.membershiptoolkit.com/ to learn more!!
The Georgia Milestones testing window is April 24 – May 5
Parents, please refer to the reminders and tips below to help your child be successful during testing:
- Make sure your child is well rested. He/she should go to bed early each night.
- Make sure he/she eats a good breakfast. Your brain needs fuel to function.
- Make sure your child is present each day of testing as any missed sections will have to be made up on another day.
- Make sure your child dresses in comfortable clothing. A light jacket /sweater would be good for students that are cold-natured.
- Please encourage your child to do his/her best and not to be anxious about the test!
- To help you stay calm and confident right before and during the test, perform relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, relaxing your muscles one at a time, or closing your eyes and imagining a positive outcome.
We are here to help if your child feels nervous about the test!
Lizzie & Jess
The Bookmobile is Coming!
DeSana Basketball Camp
Message from Coach Nash
I wanted to let you know of a few opportunities for your child regarding basketball this summer here at DeSana Middle School. We will be hosting two camps this summer and I have attached the informational flyers to this email. Some camp and registration information is listed below.
The WARMUP Skills Training Camp
Featuring Professional Basketball Player: Fineto Lunguana
June 12 – June 15 (Session 1: 8:30 am – 11:00 am for Rising Grades 4th – 6th BOYS and Grades 6th – 8th GIRLS)
(Session 2: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm for Rising Grades 7th through 9th BOYS)
DeSana Middle School
Register: Contact Coach Fineto Lungwana @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-446-6208
Collegiate Prep Basketball Academy
Featuring former D1 and D2 College Coach Bert Tucker
June 26 – June 29 (Session 1: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm for Rising Grades 4th – 6th BOYS and Grades 6th – 8th GIRLS)
(Session 2: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm for Rising Grades 7th and 8th BOYS)
DeSana Middle School
Interested in Hosting an International Exchange Student?
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Open House
On Friday, April 7th, 2023, the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting our annual Open House event. Some of the events include a veterinary student Q&A panel, a dog petting booth, a “reading to dogs” station, face painting, Veterinary Teaching Hospital tours, “teddy bear surgery,” and a UGA CVM merchandise sale, among many other fun-filled events! There will also be guest appearances from the beloved mascot Uga, as well as Hairy Dawg (10-11am)! Although this is a free event, we do recommend bringing around $10 to $20 in cash for food and drinks.
There will be free guest parking with a shuttle running between the parking lot and the CVM if students and families choose to attend on their own since this event is taking place over the Forsyth County Spring Break.
- Complete the survey for SPARK! Ignite Learning for parent technology trainings. Here is the survey in English and here is the survey in Spanish
Denmark Community of Schools Family Connect Night happens each month! Teachers will not assign homework and we encourage students to engage with their families without technology. Upload any fun pictures here so we can share!
- Check out the Brandywine Family Podcast