Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, February 5, 2016


***There IS school next Friday, February 12, 2016***


Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
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Greetings Parents,

Students at Brentwood Elementary School have been working hard to develop skills that are important for them to have in preparation for middle school work and beyond. The skills they are learning are foundational for everything that comes later. Missing days of school regardless of whether it is kindergarten or fifth grade is very serious. When students miss instruction from their teacher, that instruction can never be completely made up by simply doing some paperwork. We encourage you to have your child at school on time every day. This is also establishing good habits for the workforce later on.

We have many drills throughout the school year – fire, lockdown, tornado and earthquake. Today we had a new drill at Brentwood – a HAPPY DRILL. We had students put a smile on their face, get to the hallway and dance to a little music for a few minutes. Our students and teachers work hard every day and we felt that we needed to lighten up just a little with a happy dance. While students enjoyed the time, they were also quick to return to work and have a serious day afterward.

Since the mud is gone, the wind has died down and the sun is not TOO bright, we will be returning to our normal outside recess routine on Monday of next week.

Mr. Underwood

It's Time to Order Your 2015-2016 Yearbook

We are now accepting orders for the 2015-2016 Brentwood Yearbook & Class Composites!

Envelopes went home Thursday. Please fill out the envelope (it is your order form) and return it to school with payment. ALL orders are due by Monday, February 29th.
Please make checks payable to "Brentwood Elementary".

Yearbook $15 each
Class Composite $10 each
Combo Pack (1 Yearbook + 1 Composite) $22

2nd Annual Red Pride Dance Clinic ~ Registration Closed

The Red Pride Dance Clinic is full.


10 Best Educational Websites for Kids

From dependable favorites, to new, exciting apps, check out these 10 picks to develop the curious mini-minds in your house:

1. Curious World

Brought to you by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Curious World is designed to prepare kids for kindergarten. Tiny tots learn not only math and reading readiness skills, but also social skills. A super cool feature is the flashcards you can customize by your child's age and subject area you want him to learn. Just select criteria from a pull down menu, and enjoy activities that can be done anywhere, any time.

2. PBS Kids

You watched PBS as a kid, and now your little ones can hop online with some of the same friends you remember, like Elmo and Curious George. Of course, there are new friends, too, such as Peg + Cat. Select games by character, difficulty level or latest available. The site also has a huge library of printables for your child's educational enrichment.

3. National Geographic Kids

Has your child ever asked you a question like, "What are baby penguins called?" Well, National Geographic Kids has the answer! Kids can watch videos, play games, and best of all, learn about animals, nature and the world around them. You know, in case you don't know everything!

4. calls itself the most comprehensive learning site on Earth for kids ages 2 to 7. Your kiddos can read or listen to books and music, play games and color as they accelerate through customizable learning levels designed by teachers and experts. The site even tracks your child's progress as she learns. You can try out the site for free for a month; after that, the monthly subscription fee is $7.95.

5. Funbrain

Kids in preschool through Grade 8 will love Funbrain, a site that makes developing math, reading and literacy skills fun. Check out games like Math Baseball and Grammar Gorillas. Kids can even read books on the go.


This site offers 24-hour television programming for little ones—because who hasn't been up at 3 a.m. with a child? In addition to always accessible educational shows, kids can play games, listen to songs and more. There's a monthly subscription fee that depends upon which platform your child will be viewing on—Kindle, iPad, etc.—and what features you plan to use.


Agnitus is all about the tangible learning experience. In a world where kids are told not to touch things, the Agnitus app says, "Yes! Please touch!" Kids can trace numbers, learn about size relationships, colors, consonants, read books and more, all on a tablet. A free trial is available online.

8. FarFaria

Are you sick of reading the same ol' boring stories to your kids? Then check out FarFaria, an app that offers unlimited storybooks for bedtime or any time. You can buy a monthly or yearly subscription to the site and then read to your child's heart's content.

9. BrainPOP

BrainPOP's animation brings learning concepts to life for individuals or entire classrooms. Kids learn about historical events, science and even the stock market, all with the help of a plucky robot and his friends.

10. Spatulatta

Learning takes place in the kitchen, too, according to Spatulatta. Kids can learn cooking basics and try out new recipes built around the type of meal and favorite ingredients. What better way is there to transform your picky eater into a budding chef?

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Kids NEED Breakfast

Kids need breakfast to refuel their brains and bodies. By recharging the brain and body, kids will be more efficient in just about everything they do. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Short on time in the mornings? Have your child eat breakfast at school.

Breakfast is offered from 8:20 - 8:40 a.m. every morning in the school cafeteria. Breakfast is $1.30 (.30 for eligible students). Please discuss with your child if they are to eat breakfast at school.

If you have any questions regarding breakfast please contact our Food Service Director at 317-838-3662.
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Looking for Family Fun Activities? LOOK No further than HERE!!!

Four Rounds of Miniature Golf at Monster Mini Golf (Groupon Link to save $17!!!)

In a Nutshell: Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes set amid luminous murals, giant monsters, and animated props!!!

Monster Mini Golf

7591 E US Highway 36

Avon, IN 46123

(317) 268-4946

4, 8, or 12 Games of Laser Tag at Royal Pin - Pirates Quest Laser Tag (Groupon for up to 55% off!!!)

In a Nutshell:15-minute laser-tag games in a dark, futuristic arena

Royal Pin - Pirates Quest Laser Tag

3421 E 96TH St.

Indianapolis, IN 46240

(317) 844-4099

Visit for Two or Four to Indiana Historical Society (Groupon for up to 46% Off)

In a Nutshell: State history explored through 3-D re-creations of photos and events with historical actors, interactive experiences, and a conservation lab.

Indiana Historical Society

450 W. Ohio St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 232-1882

3Quest Challenge (Groupon for50% Off)

Choose from Three Options

  • $20 for an urban scavenger race for two ($39.95 value)
  • $40 for an urban scavenger race for four ($79.95 value)
  • $60 for an urban scavenger race for six ($119.95 value)

With the power of the smartphone, 3Quest Challenge transforms cities into massive playing fields for timed scavenger hunts. True to its name, the game consists of "quests" to locate a trio of checkpoints, where teams answer riddles or complete tasks to collect a clue that will be used to solve a larger overall puzzle. After visiting each checkpoint, teams must return to the home base for another clue before setting off on the next quest, all while racing against the clock.

3Quest Challenge

200 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(800) 697-6176

NCAA Hall of Champions (Groupon for up to 50% Off)

After walking through the doors of the NCAA Hall of Champions, visitors find themselves surrounded by exhibits that pay homage to the traditions of intercollegiate athletics. On the first floor, 23 interactive kiosks each immerse users in a different NCAA sport. Interactive screens illuminate with stories of past champions, and trivia questions. After a stroll up to the second floor, visitors immerse themselves in simulated and actual athletic competitions, such as throwing a virtual football and measuring their vertical leap. A fully realized 1930s-style gymnasium invites modern folks to shoot hoops just like their grandparents did—uphill both ways in the snow.

NCAA Hall of Champions

700 W Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 916-4255

(How about something for Just the Adults?)

One Friday Night Art Class for Two Adults (Groupon 50% Off)

In a Nutshell:Current & retired teachers with over 125 years of combined experience lead art classes for adults; class themes vary based on season.

The Art Studio of Carmel

30 North Rangeline Road

2nd Floor

Carmel, IN 46032

Rockstar Academy (Groupon for One Year of Online Guitar Lessons from Rockstar Academy at 96% OFF.)

With Rockstar Academy, aspiring musicians can learn how to play various instruments from the comfort of their own homes. Whether they're learning guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano, keyboard, or even voice, the talented instructors carefully structure the online music school's lessons and guide students every step of the way. The beginner guitar course, for instance, schools strummers on everything from basic chords to the music theory behind how those chords are constructed. Each course includes 24/7 access, as well as opportunities for students to submit videos and receive instructor feedback. Upon completing a course, students also receive an official Rock Star Academy certification, which does not authorize them to perform surgeries in the state of California.

Unprecedented Access to Thousands of Digital Books

Hoosier Family of Readers

Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.

  • More than 4,000 digital books ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
  • The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language and 20% Hi-Lo titles, and is continually growing.
  • A wide range of titles and topics provides varying levels of text complexity and support close reading in a range of genres and content areas, including history/social studies, science and technical works.
  • Books are available online anytime, anywhere students have access to an Internet connection, 24x7,
  • There’s no limit to the number of students who can read the same book at the same time on myON.
  • Students can download up to 20 titles for offline reading using free mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets.
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PTO - Upcoming Needs

PTO Carnival - Our annual Spring Carnival is just around the corner! This event takes a lot of time to plan and a lot of help to pull off! If you would like to help the night of the event in any way please contact the Brentwood PTO at

If you would like to donate items to our Cake Walk for that night please contact Carrie Baker at

If you would like to donate items to any of our Carnival Baskets the themes are listed below for this year (these baskets are part of our silent auction that night and each grade puts their own basket together):

Kindergarten Basket Theme " Summer Fun" ~ Contact Micki Stevens - Kindergarten PTO Rep -

1st Grade Basket Theme
"A Night at the Movies" ~ Contact Amy Paul - 1st Grade Rep -

2nd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sports" ~ Contact Michelle Becker - 2nd Grade Rep -

3rd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sweet" ~ Contact Libby Snider - 3rd Grade Rep -

4th Grade Basket Theme "Red Pride Basket" ~ Contact Suzette Zablon - 4th Grade Rep -

5th Grade Basket Theme "Gift Card Extravaganza" ~ Contact Rochelle Clark - 5th Grade Rep -

Physics For All Camp

Join the PHS AP Physics students in a fun-filled evening of demonstrations, models, stage shows, and hands-on experiments. Those attending will be able to witness physics and science first-hand!

Location: Plainfield High School (enter Door #7)
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
5:30-6:45 pm Table Demonstrations
7:00-7:30 pm Stage Show

Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Children four and under are FREE. Family admission is $20. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for sale. Proceeds from PFA will be donated to a scholarship fund for Plainfield students in grades 1-6 to attend Camp Invention, a week-long summer camp that teaches kids about the wonders of science.

What's up with Lice?

January is a peak season for lice. The reason: Kids may come into contact with lice during the holiday break. Make sure that you are checking your kids regularly for lice.

Here are a few facts to help guide you:

· Lice tend to live close to the scalp and are most visible behind the ears or at the base of the neck.

· Lice will lay eggs (nits) at the base of a hair. As that hair grows, the nit becomes farther away from the scalp. Where you find nits can indicate how long ago the nit was laid, and when the outbreak started.

· Lice do not hop or fly, they can only crawl. To spread from head to head, they need “a vehicle”, like a comb, brush, or hat. Sometimes they spread from one person to another after prolonged head to head contact. Lying on a bed, couch, pillow, or carpet that has recently been in contact with an infested person is another example of how lice are spread.

If you should notice a lice infestations, apply the following precautionary measures

· Use the pediculicides (lice medicine) as directed in the package insert. Infested persons should not use a combination shampoo/conditioner or hair conditioner before using lice medicine and should not re-wash their hair for 1-2 days after the lice medicine has been applied. Many experts now recommend doing your second head lice treatment on day 9.

· Detection of live lice more than 24 hrs. after treatment means that either the treatment failed or you have gotten re-infested. Call your health care provider before retreating, as a different pediculicide may be necessary.

· To avoid potential toxic reactions in people, repetitive use of over-the-counter (OTC) head lice control products is not recommended.

· Also be sure to wash your child's clothing and bedding in hot water and vacuum to remove lice and nits from furniture, carpets, stuffed animals, car seats, etc. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you really only have to clean "items that have been in contact with the head of the person with infestation in the 24 to 48 hours before treatment," and not everything in your house. You can put anything that you can't wash in a large plastic bag for a few weeks if you are really concerned that it is infested, although this is rarely necessary.

If you have any questions contact the school nurse at 838-3653.

Little Quakers Academy Fall 2016 Enrollment

What: Little Quakers Academy Open Enrollment
When: Open Enrollment begins February 1st
Where: Clarks Creek Elementary - Door #1
How: Enrollment packets for full-day and half-day preschool can be downloaded from the PCSC website.

(2) Half Day Application
(3) Half Day Application
Full Time Application

Preschool Brochure

Little Quakers Academy is a community preschool program available for families who reside in Guilford Township. We are committed to your child's academic, social, developmental, and physical growth. It is our goal to provide a variety of exciting and stimulating activities each day so that your child can progress toward self-respect, concern for others, and a natural desire to learn.

If you have questions, please contact Little Quakers Academy at 317-754-2375.


Monday, February 15th
Mid-Winter Break

Wednesday, February 17th

After-School Running Program 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Monday, February 22nd
PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 24th
After-School Running Program 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Youth Sports

Plainfield Optimist Soccer League

Registration NOW open!!! Be one of the first 150 to register and receive a free Plainfield Optimist drawstring gear bag.

Season Dates: April 4, 2016 – May 21, 2016

Academy Skills Program: Ages U4, U5 and U6

League Play: Ages U8, U10, U12, U14 and U19

Online Registration can be found at:

Contact Jim Eckroth for more information: 317-268-4709

Plainfield Soccer Academy

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Daddy Daughter Dance @ Plainfield Rec & Aquatic Center

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Parents: Earn Money for Brentwood Just by Shopping!

Brentwood is Enrolled in Kroger Rewards!

Now you can help our school just by doing something you already do - grocery shop at Kroger! We are enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. You can sign up in two ways:

1. Kroger Community Rewards Website
  • NPO Number 74295

2. Shoparoo Website
  • Sign up using code: cror5868

Please have your Kroger Card handy before starting enrollment! If you don't have a Kroger Card you can pick one up for free at the customer service desk.

Important Policy Information for Change to Transportation

PCSC Transportation Department wants all parents to know that IF you need to change bus transportation in any way they need written notice 24 hours in advance of the change. These changes could be because you have moved permanently, need your child to ride a different bus with a friend, or any other change. If the change will take place on Monday please notify Transportation at 838-3632 no later than the previous Friday at 2:30 p.m.

There are NO exceptions to this policy.
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Brentwood on Social Media

Transportation Arrival & Dismissal Info

Student Arrivals (car riders):

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.

Late Arrivals:

If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office and sign them in.

Student Arrivals (bus riders):

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 as healthy of a breakfast as 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 to your child's teacher.
  • If this is impossible please call the office NO LATER THAN 2:30 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.
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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