The Paw Print

Bi-Monthly Principal Newsletter ~ Week of March 21, 2021

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A Message from Mrs. Lucas

Dear Parents,

We are just three weeks away from Spring Break!

Here are few helpful reminders as we march along through Trimester Three:

1. Our parking lot is coned off in the afternoon to allow for transportation to get our student buses into the lot to pick up students. Thank you for obeying the cones and not blocking the lanes so that our transportation team can get safely to their pick-up spot.

2. Students should arrive no later than 7:45 am daily to avoid being tardy for class. When students are tardy, it is a disruption to the class and also makes their day begin in a rush, often causing students to feel uneasy. Please ensure your child is arriving to school with plenty of time to line up with their class when gates open at 7:35 am.

3. Trimester 2 Report Cards - T2 student report cards are now available in your Aeries Parent Portal. Please log in to see your child's report card. It is housed under the Report Card History link on the right side of the screen.

4. Brookhaven Open House - we will hold our annual Open House on Thursday, April 7th. It will be in person this year! More information to come but please hold this evening for our General Association PTA Meeting beginning at 5:45 pm at the lunch tables and then Open House in classrooms from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please plan to join us at the PTA meeting for the HSA Awards ceremony as well.

Lastly, I want to thank you all, and our fabulous PTA, for our very successful Brookhaven Boosterthon Fund Run! It was a great success! As a school community, we raised over $20K for our school and our amazing PTA helped host our colorful and fun jogathon event day on March 11th! We truly have a special community and your support helps our students continue to learn and grow! THANK YOU!



Upcoming Events and Calendar

  • March 31st ~ Sixth Grade Panoramic Picture
  • April 4th - Reflections Art Display Night @ PDA 3:30 -7:30 pm
  • April 7th ~ Open House and PTA General Assoc. Mtg with HSA Awards Ceremony
  • April 11th -15th ~ SPRING BREAK
  • May 2nd - 27th ~ SBAC (state) Testing for grades 3-6
  • June 10th ~ Minimum Day
  • June 16th ~ Last Day of School

Trimester Two Awards Assemblies

On Monday, March 21st, we held our second trimester awards assemblies for students in grades one through six to recognize and celebrate students for their hard work in T2!

Congratulations to all award earners and all of our Bears for their continued hard work and achievement in Trimester 2!

Brookhaven PTA News

We continue to thank our PTA Board and ALL our parent volunteers that make our school such a great place for our kids to learn and grow!

This month we thank...

  • A huge thanks this month to Sarah Pongetti and team for coordinating and hosting our very successful Brookhaven Fund Run! We could not have done it without you! Thank you as well to all the parent classroom volunteers for your help during our jogathon run!
  • Thank you to Elissa Stella, Caroline Nam, Jessica Ruggles, Cendy Anaya and Robin Walker who help with our Funky Friday and our Bear Hug Store (along with our Mrs. Broadwater) for making those days fun and successful for our kids!
  • Thank you to Katherine Morgan, Sabrina Diep, Cassandra Roundtree, Laura Valencia and Sofia Mossa for helping with Spring Picture day!
  • Thank you to Adrienne Elicker for all the work she's doing to get ready for our Book Fair, which will be held from April 1st -7th. Look for a flyer coming home soon with more information!

PTA Updates/Reminders:

  • Please plan join to us for our General Association Meeting on April 7th at 5:45 pm at the lunch tables. This meeting will take place prior to Open House. We will be honoring our HSA award winners during the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Please click here to join our fabulous PTA! Brookhaven PTA membership is open to everyone ~ students, parents, grandparents, alumni and supporters. Your membership helps fund school assemblies, book fairs, field trip transportation, classroom supplies, library books and more!

We are very fortunate to have a dedicated, hardworking and generous PTA at Brookhaven! We have PTA President this year, Mrs. Traci Larson! If you are interested in being a part of our PTA and committees throughout the year, please get in touch with Traci here:

PYLUSD CTE Programs at our High Schools

While high school is still a ways away, it is never too soon to take a peek at the CTE (Career and Tech Ed) programs our four comprehensive high schools offer. If you have not seen this short presentation yet, I encourage you to click on this link for a quick peek at the excellent CTE programs offered at our high schools.

Attendance and Health Reminders

Just a few friendly reminders regarding health and attendance:

  • School starts at 7:50 each day and students are expected to be on their assigned playground by 7:45 am. We close the gates promptly at 7:50 am each day. Students arriving after that time will need to go through the office to check in prior to going to their classroom and will be marked tardy. Please plan accordingly each morning to ensure that students arrive on time, no later than 7:45 am, ready to learn. As a reminder, the gates open at 7:35 each morning.
  • Students should have all of the materials necessary for each day including homework, lunches, water bottles and, if applicable, their musical instrument. Students are learning about responsibility and accountability when it comes to these items, so we encourage parents to NOT drop off forgotten items. All students are able to receive a school lunch for free; they just need to order one with the daily lunch count. If homework or instruments are forgotten, it is a valuable lesson learned for students that, typically, doesn't happen again.

  • If your child is sick or has symptoms of Covid, they should not attend school
  • You must call the school attendance line to report all absences
  • Please leave specific details of your child's symptoms and we'll notify you of their return date
  • Please review the Student Symptom Tree to help guide you with questions regarding Covid symptoms and next steps

We appreciate everyone's diligence in completing the daily "Shared Responsibility" in checking for symptoms and keeping students home when they are ill. Together we'll make it through the year in keeping everyone healthy and well.

Daily Protocols

On-Going Mitigating Measures

  1. Shared Responsibility Symptom Screening should be done daily prior to the arrival of school. If your child has COVID symptoms, they must stay home.
  2. Handwashing stations are located around campus and hand sanitizer is located at the entrance of every classroom.
  3. Good hygiene habits will be taught and encouraged.