Brimfield Basics

March 2023

March at a Glance

Monday, February 27th - Friday, March 3rd - Read Across America Week

Tuesday, March 7th - Thursday, March 9th - 8th Grade ISA Testing Science Assessment

Friday, March 10th - End of 3rd Grading Period

Tuesday, March 14th - Report Cards sent home

Wednesday, March 15th & Thursday March 16th - Early Dismissal at 1:50pm Parent-Teacher Conferences 2:00-7pm

Wednesday, March 15th- School Board Meeting

Friday, March 17th - No School

Monday. March 20th - Friday, March 24th - Spring Break - No School

Wednesday, March 29th- BGS Kindergarten Registration 5:30-6:30

Illinois Assessment of Readiness for 3rd-8th

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 3-8.​

All students in grades 3-8 will take the IAR. Please make every effort to have your student in school on the testing days. The schedule of dates and times are listed below and linked here.

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Kindergarten Registration

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

5:30-6:30 p.m.

BGS Cafeteria

Do you have a child eligible for kindergarten for the 23-24 school year? If so, please plan to attend the upcoming registration night.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023.

Registration will be 5:30-6:30 in the grade school cafeteria.

An informational meeting will be held at 6:00 pm.

This evening will be for PARENTS ONLY. Parents will be asked to fill out all registration packets and pay registration fees that evening.

Kindergarten registration fee is $55 cash or check made payable to BGS.

Parents will sign up for kindergarten screenings, to be held on Friday, April 21, 2023.

Before and aftercare (BAC) fees will be explained at the meeting. However, registration for a single child is $25.

If you are unable to attend the registration night please contact the grade school office at 309-446-3366, for registration papers and to sign up for a screening time.

Staff Birthdays

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5 Essentials Survey

Brimfield School District 309 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the eleventh statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 11 through March 11, students and teachers will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The parent survey supplement will also be administered during the same survey window. These surveys will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

● Effective Leaders

● Collaborative Teachers

● Involved Families

● Supportive Environment

● Ambitious Instruction

Leaving With Luna

Are you headed somewhere fun and exciting? Going on vacation during Spring Break? Attending a club or sporting event? Just playing outside with friends? Take Luna with you!

Luna wants to join you. Cut out the picture below and send Mrs. Loser pictures of you with Luna during Spring Break. Pictures can be from a vacation or the adventures you have while at home! We can’t wait to see what adventures Luna has on spring break. Pictures can be sent to

Paper copies will be sent home for all students. Images will be shared on our school social media account and in a slideshow that students will see in their classrooms.

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A Note from Our Counselor

The theme for February has been kindness and including others. The stories Mrs. McGrath has read include Recess Queen, Enemy Pie, Stuck, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Everyone Sparkles in Their Own Way. In groups and individual sessions we have worked on study skills, teamwork, conflict resolution, problem solving, and mindful breathing.

The theme for March will be problem solving and building coping skills toolboxes through classroom lessons, group sessions, and individual sessions. We will also focus on test taking strategies leading up to the IAR testing for 3rd-8th graders.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our Spring Conferences will be held on March 15th and 16th from 2:30-7pm. Parents should sign up in the Parent Portal of Skyward.


Log In to the Skyward Parent Portal

Click on the Conference Tile:

Step 1: Select a Teacher

Step 2: Select an open time slot for that teacher

Step 3: Your Conference time is under “My Conference Scheduler”

K-4 Grade Parents – please select ONLY 1 PRIMARY teacher time slot/student

Step 4: Check the “Done Scheduling” box in the right corner

Do You Know Anyone? Come join us!

Brimfield is looking for people who would like to be guest teachers (substitutes). Whether you are new to substitute teaching, a former teacher, or worked in a separate field but are looking to impact the lives of students in the Brimfield Community come see us!

  • freedom to set your own schedule
  • choice of schools and/or grade levels
  • competitive pay
  • work-free nights, weekends, holidays, and summers
  • Illinois Requirements

If you think this may be something you have more questions about we would love for you to come check out the building, talk with other guest teachers, ask questions, and let us help you get the ball rolling. Contact or

Thank You...

  • To BHS FFA members for providing a petting zoo and visiting our classroom
  • To all the families who donated to our Book Blast Program- we raised almost $20,000 worth of books. All students will receive at least one book and every classroom will receive a classroom set of 10 books.
  • PTO for organizing a night at ELEVATE
  • Classroom Volunteers for making our Valentines Day Parties a Success
  • To the Center of Prevention and Abuse for visiting our classrooms to teach us about bullying and conflict resolution.

From the PTO

The next PTO meeting will be Thursday, April 13th @ 4:30 at BGS. Please come support and share ideas with with one another. Visit the Brimfield PTO Facebook for more information.

Attendance Reminders

On time attendance is important and necessary for learning. The school day starts at 8 a.m. Students arriving after this time will be marked tardy. If your child will be absent due to an appointment or is ill, please notify the office by 8:00 a.m. each day.

School hours:

Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm

Attendance Information can be emailed to Mrs. Bren Dwyer @ bren.dwyer@brimfield309com or by calling the school office.