The Brentwood Bulletin

Expectation of Excellence ~ Friday, January 9, 2015

A Message from the Principal...

Dear Brentwood Families,

I hope all of you had a happy and healthy holiday with those you hold dear. With the New Year upon us, so are the colder temperatures! In case of a two-hour delay, school will begin at 10:40 a.m. with our doors opening for students to enter the building at 10:20 a.m. Buses will arrive two hours later than their normal pick up time. Please be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the bitter cold winter conditions.

If your student is a car rider at dismissal, you may have noticed we implemented our inclement weather car rider dismissal procedure which seems to be working out quite nicely. We also have our first two-hour delays behind us! If you haven't received any of our automated telephone and/or email notifications please contact our office at 839-4802 to ensure your contact information is accurate.

Have a terrific weekend,

Ms. Vamos

Baby... It's Cold Outside!!!

Brentwood Elementary does NOT make the decision to have a 2-hour delay or to call a snow day.

Our first snow make-up day will be on Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Day) IF we should need to have a snow day before that date. This will mean that all staff and student will need to come to school on that day IF we have a snow day BEFORE that date.

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!"
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Students of the Week

Brennan Polson, Addisyn Smith, Isaiah Myers,Samantha Clemmon, Claire Crays, Sydney Sauri, Brandon Newman, Douglass Bever,Kevin Lewis, Rylee Barton, Almendra Horn, Austin Clark, Avery Hartman, Trey Clevenger, Cael Vanderbush, Bryce Cole, & Lilly Schmitt

4th Grade Weather & Erosion Experiments

Fourth Graders have been learning about processes that change the earth slowly. This week Mrs. Barker’s and Mrs. Napier’s classes completed a science experiment to help them understand better. The video shows students demonstrating weathering by blowing the graham cracker crumbs around. They were able to see how the wind blows the sand. Students were also able to demonstrate glaciers using an ice cube and a graham cracker. Students were able to see how the “land” was smoothed by the “glacier”. They were able to see the land that attaches to the bottom of the glacier, too. This is important for Indiana because our fertile soil comes from glacial deposits. The final activity was water dripping on the graham crackers. Students were able to see the graham cracker (land) become eroded from the flowing water they added.
4th Grade Weathering Experiment

Meet our Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mr. Jeff Bridges, Head Custodian

Many of you might know Mr. Bridges by his always smiling face! Others of you might recognize him before you even see him walking down the hallway by his BOOMING announcer-like voice! We know him by the above superior work ethic he possess that ALWAYS gets the job done - regardless of what that job is!

This is Mr. Bridges second year as the head custodian at Brentwood Elementary School. Before working here he held the same position at Central Elementary and has worked in the Maintenance Department at the Kroger Bakery.

He went to school at Lawrence North and lives in the Camby area with his wife and black lab named Toby.

Some of Mr. Bridges Favorites:
Color ~ Blue
TV Show ~ Ghost Adventures
Magazine ~ 4 Wheel Drive Magazines
Music ~ 50's & 60's Country Music
Restaurant ~ Donatos Pizza & Fire House Subs
Candy ~ Milky Ways & M&Ms

When Mr. Bridges isn't handling all of your building emergencies here at Brentwood he enjoys swimming with his grandchildren and working on his '65 Ford Falcon. He and his family have enjoyed trips to Florida.

His advice for parents of elementary school-aged is this: Work with your children and be the best you can be! Always be there for them!

Thank you Mr. Bridges for faithfully helping all of us out here at Brentwood! We don't know what we would do without you!

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

Our next PTO movie night is next 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 decide whether this movie is a movie their child would enjoy!***

You can read more about the movie HERE!

The Cafeteria NEEDS Your Help

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

January at a Glance

Friday, January 9, 2015
Excellence Convocation in 2:45 p.m.
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

Elementary Strength & Conditioning Camp (Grades 1st - 5th)

This camp will focus on age appropriate strength training exercises and speed development techniques. There will be major emphasis on functional strength exercises, acceleration and dynamic agility. Ex: lunges, push-ups, ropes, tires, medicine ball work, speed harnesses, etc...

$50 per camper/ $30 for siblings
Checks payable to Durand Vanderbush
1 Red Pride Drive
Plainfield, IN 46168
Mr. Vanderbush 317-839-7711

Check out more youth sports info HERE.

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.