Expectation of Excellence

Friday, May 1, 2015

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Note From the Principal...

Dear Brentwood Families,

Our first week of ISTEP testing has finished - please make sure your students continue to get plenty of rest and eat a nutritious breakfast every day!

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Stacy Davis, our wonderful 3rd grade teacher, who has been chosen as Brentwood's Teacher of the year!

Enjoy your weekend,

Ms. Vamos

Students of the Week

Isaiah Gray, Ellie Hines, Bryleigh Todd, Dillon D'Angelo, Hadleigh Richard, Skylar Bratton, Adrianna Smith, Gabas Abdalla, Carson Rogers, Ellie Whitehead, Miles Behringer, Brevin Bergman, Rachel Harris, Ryan Smith, Bailey Hacker, Jessica Mangat and Lanie Hodge

Games Club: Swampland Week

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Miss Chelsea Exner, Special Education Instructional Assistant

This week's staff Most Valuable Player at Brentwood Elementary is Miss Chelsea Exner. Chelsea is one of our Special Education Instructional Assistants who works closely with our Autism Specialist, Mrs. Danielle Shepherd. Mrs. Shepherd had the following to say about her colleague: "Chelsea is such a hard worker and really tries to individualize instruction to each student. She is an excellent communicator and can think quickly on her feet. All of the students enjoy working with Chelsea. I'm so happy she is part of the team and proud of her for all she has accomplished in her time working here at Brentwood!"

Chelsea has been a Special Education Aide at Brentwood for nearly two years. In the past she has interned at both The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Walt Disney World in Florida. She has lived in Plainfield her entire life (except for 5 magical months in Florida!) and graduated from Plainfield High School in 2006. Her Mom, Debbie, is the assistant managing broker at Carpenter Realtors in Plainfield and her father, Jim, works on large engine transmission repairs at Mascot. Chelsea also has "a sassy kitty named Smokie, and a playful dog, Boomer."

Miss Exner's Faves:

Color ~ ALL shades of blue

Movie ~ Any Disney movie you can think of

TV Show ~ Once Upon a Time

Book ~ The Bible

Music ~ Chelsea LOVES the Celtic harp and Native American flute

Flower ~ Iris

Restaurant ~ Texas Roadhouse

Candy ~ "I haven't met a chocolate I didn't like"

When not at Brentwood, Chelsea enjoys taking Boomer for walks, watching Detroit Red Wings games, and playing cards with "my Nana".

What is the most interesting place you have been? "The most interesting place I've ever been is on the shuttle to Epcot. International interns from all over the world are sitting on the bus. There were conversations in 7 different languages going on at the same time!"

What is a teacher/student moment you remember fondly? "I don't think I could narrow dozens of moments to a specific one. Rather, it is the privilege of helping and seeing the students attain and surpass goals that are special to me."

Chelsea's advice to parents: "I believe one of the best ways for a parent to get involved in their child's education is to cultivate a child's curiosity. Read together about the subject and provide resources to continue learning and growing. He or she may be the next great botanist, astronomer, or writer!"

Fellow Special Education Aide, Mrs. Jody Davis says, "Chelsea is a wonderful asset to our program! She has a heart of gold and wants to see our students do their very best everyday. I can always count on Chelsea to help wherever there is a need."

The Golden Tray Goes To.......

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PTO is Looking for Help with Staff Appreciation

We have A LOT of surprises in store for our WONDERFUL staff here at Brentwood for Staff Appreciation Week (May 4 - 8, 2015).

If you would like to help out with any of the following please sign up through Perfect Potluck:

Perfect Potluck to Donate Treats

Perfect Potluck for Staff Breakfast on Wednesday, May 6

We Need Field Day Volunteers!!!

Field Day will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015. Grades 3-5 will participate in the morning. Grades K-2 will participate in the afternoon. There is no rain date. Volunteer information went home this week. If you have an approved background check on file and would like to help but did not receive information please contact Mrs. Madalin Eakes as soon as possible by phone 839-4802 x 3106 or by email at meakes@plainfield.k12.in.us.

Volunteer assignments will be sent home the week of May 11th. Thank you for your help with this fun filled active day for our students!


Week of May 4-8, 2015

Staff Appreciation

Wednesday, May 6th

Culver's Restaurant Night 5-8 p.m.

Thursday, May 14th

3rd Grade Wax Museum

Friday, May 15th

Field Day

Monday, May 18th

PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Art Fair 6-8 p.m.

Friday, May 22nd

Math Fact Challenge

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 26th

Race Car Reading Challenge

5th Grade Hot Dog Lunch & Kickball

Wednesday, May 27th


5th Grade Awards Breakfast 7:30 a.m.

Excellence Convo 2:30 p.m.

Friday, May 29th

Kindergarten Screening

Brentwood Art Fair ~ May 18th

All Brentwood students will have artwork showcased at our Art Fair on Monday, May 18th from 6-8 p.m. All friends and family are invited. The Art Fair will be held in the Gym all guests are asked to enter through the gym door (Door 5).

***Artwork will be available for purchase at this event if you are interested!***

Keep-Collective Fundraiser

Fundraiser Dates: April 17-30

If you have a love of LIFE and JEWELRY check out our ONE-OF-A-KIND, interchangeable Keepers and Keys. Each one is a wearable touchstone, an instant reminder of the big things, the small things, and all the things that matter.

Use the following link to start creating your unique "keeper":


***Make sure "Brentwood PTO" is listed at the top of the page before ordering***

Orders ship directly to you 4-5 business days after order.

~Thank you!~

4th Grade WRE Parents Are Invited to Closing Program

The WRE Program is attended by all 4 elementary schools in Plainfield. All families, friends and neighbors are cordially invited to come to the closing program. The kids will sing some songs for you, several will share a testimony on their year, there will be a devotion and a video of photos from their year in the program! Afterword there will be refreshments and an opportunity for you to meet the WRE staff.

When: Tuesday, May 12th

Time: 7 p.m. (kids should arrive NO LATER than 6:45 p.m.)

Location: Plainfield Christian Church, 800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield

Dress is casual, however if your student wants to dress up they are more than welcome to! Enter Plainfield Christian through the doors with the large pillars (there will be signs to assist you). The program usually lasts about an hour, with refreshments immediately afterward.

Please direct any questions to Lisa Troupe, WRE Director (Plainfield Federation of Churches) at troupe5@att.net.

***Please save a seat for your child, after they are done singing they will go and sit with you***

Rock Star Reading Camps (June 1-5)

Space is limited for these two camps so please register by May 15, 2015!

  • This is a Reading Camp where students will work in small groups guided by teachers with a Masters in Reading and trained in Lindamood Bell Phonics and Visualizing and Verbalizing Comprehension

  • Rock Your Reading Skills Camp (Students entering 1st & 2nd Grade)
Focuses on beginning phonics

Admission Price $50

Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • Rock Your Genius Camp (Students with at least a 3rd Grade Reading Level)
Students will read plus use inquiry to answer questions and collect data

Admission Price $75

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

For more information please contact Jack Rogers at jrogers@plainfield.k12.in.us.

Quaker Day Parade Theme Contest Announced for 2015

The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce recently announced a Quaker Day Parade Theme Contest for the 2015 parade. The contest is open to all ages and will run through April 27. The winning entrant will receive a pizza party for up to 15 people at Plainfield Chicago's Pizza. The winning theme will be featured during the parade on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

All entries must be submitted on an official entry form available in the Flyer, from the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, 210 W. Main St, in Plainfield or downloaded from http://www.plainfield-in.com. Past themes have included: One Town-One Heart, Proud to Be An American, Field of Dreams, Good Ole' Days and A Community of Values.

The Quaker Day Parade Theme Contest is sponsored by the Hendricks County Flyer and Chicago's Pizza. For more information on the Quaker Day Parade contact the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce at 317-839-3800 or email chamber@town.plainfield.in.us.

Value of the Month Student ~ March ~ "Reliability"

Third grade student, Lily Lee, was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Sullivan, for the March Value of the Month "Reliability".

Mrs. Sutton writes, "I can always count on Lily to give her best effort. Even when faced with a difficult task, I know Lily is always going to do her very best. I can depend on her to work carefully and do the very best job she can do. I can also count on her to have a good attitude. She never complains, she just gets the job done. Finally, I can always rely on Lily to be a kind, caring person. She is considerate of her classmates and treats everyone with respect. Lily is a wonderful student to teach because I can rely on her to show excellence in her attitude and her effort. She is really an amazing person!"

Youth Sports Info

Youth Soccer Camp 2015

Register by May 25, 2015 to guarantee t-shirt

Ages: 5-13 (Must be 5 by June 1, 2015)

Dates of Camp: June 1-5, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Plainfield High School Soccer Fields

Cost: $50 (Checks made payable to Krissy Sullivan)

*Please bring ball and water to camp each day! Wear cleats & shin guards if you have them! Please have a pair of tennis shoes in your bag. If it rains camp will be held in one of the PHS gyms.

Contact Krissy for more information!

Plainfield Tennis Camp

Camp Dates: Monday, June 1 - Thursday, June 4 & Monday, June 8 - June 11

Session I: Incoming grades K-3 (8:30-09:30 a.m.)

Session II: Incoming grades 4-5 (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.)

Session III: Incoming grades 6-8 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.)

Advanced Middle School Class for players with team/match experience

Incoming grades 6-8 (9:30 - 11:00 a.m.)

Sessions I, II & III - $50

Advances - $75

Send registration form and payments to Judy Rigdon, 1563 Hardin Ct, Plainfield, IN 46168.

Email questions to Brian Planker.

Plainfield Optimist Cheerleading

Register onlin at www.plainfieldoptimistclub.com starting May 1st

Registration fee: $85 if paid by June 6th

Late Registration $100 (June 7 - 13)

(Online Payment Plan Available)

More Information Online

Questions? Call Ashley at 317-607-6862 (ashleynmathis7@gmail.com) or

Sierra at 765-894-2834 (slstorm1987@gmail.com)

PCSC Food Services is Hiring!!!


Are you looking for a part-time job? Are you looking to earn some extra income while your kids are at school? Would you enjoy preparing and/or serving healthy food to children?

No nights, weekends or holidays!

We are currently looking for energetic, upbeat people to fill open positions in the cafeterias within PCSC.

Positions Open: Substitute but could lead into full time

School(s): multiple

Experience: No experience required, Kitchen experience helpful

To apply:

Please complete an application online (can be accessed at www.plainfield.k12.in.us) under the employment tab.

If you have any questions please contact:

Kelly Collins


Director Food Services

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

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

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

***IMPORTANT NEWS: These will be the last 2 Market Day events for Brentwood Elementary School. We will no longer participate in Market Day. If you would like to continue ordering please do so directly through www.maketday.com and arrange pick-up from GFC in Avon. We apologize for the inconvenience.***

Order forms are available in the office for the month of May only 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.