Expectation of Excellence

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Note From the Principal...

Dear Brentwood Families,

Today was our second annual PCSC Elementary Walkathon! It was a fantastic success! The weather was beautiful, the volunteers were plentiful, and the children had smiles on their faces as they enjoyed the opportunity to walk or run with their classmates.

Thank you to all the PTO parents and volunteers that made this event so successful! Thank you to those of you that contributed to this worthy cause. The amount of money raised by all four elementary schools together was $58,331!!! This money goes to fund field trips, convocations, and other student activities.

THANK YOU for your support of our children!

Ms. Vamos

Thank you from all of us at Brentwood for making our Walk a Thon a HUGE success!!!

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Corporation-Wide Elementary Walk-a-Thon a HUGE Success!

Plainfield Elementary Schools wrapped up their 2nd annual Walk-a-Thon today with beautiful weather, wonderful volunteers, and healthy children!

See all our pictures on our website HERE!

Students of the Week

Owen Kinney, Abigail Mehl, Reese Napier, Olivia Mahan, Madylan Jones, Lindsay Bankole, Kami Spurgeon, Adrianna Smith, Jaelyn Funk, Kailey Lauters, Seth Keller, Sadie Hackett, Evelyn Lopez, Joss Librant, Dean Lepine, Hannah Bailey, Levi Scotten & Bradley Sheckles Paul

Plainfield Optimist Club Honors Brentwood's "Partners In Education"!

Every year, the Plainfield Optimist Club partners with schools in Plainfield to recognize one teacher and one support staff member from each school for outstanding and dedicated service to youth through their efforts in the classroom.

This year Brentwood's honorees were 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Rachel Barker and Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Tamara Lewis. Mrs. Barker, Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Vamos attended the annual banquet Thursday evening where Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Lewis were introduced by Ms. Vamos and presented with an award from the Optimist Club.

Congratulations Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Lewis!

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Diane Bennett

This week's staff Most Valuable Player at Brentwood Elementary is Mrs. Diane Bennett, our Speech Therapist! Diane has been a Speech Language Therapist in Plainfield for 17 years (10 of those years were with West Central Joint Services).

Mrs. Jean Overpeck, our Special Education teacher says, "Diane is warm and caring. She is more than willing to coordinate with the classroom teachers to address academic needs in conjunction with speech goals."

Diane grew up on the southwest side of Chicago in a community called Evergreen Park. She went to Evergreen Park High School, and then graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Journalism. After college she worked for the Hyatt Regency Chicago and then the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Public Relations. After she got married and started having kids she soon discovered that a career in Public Relations wasn't very family friendly so she went back to school and got her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Indiana State University.

Diane's husband’s name is Doug who is a Plainfield Alumni (’79). The Bennetts have 5 children: their oldest Bryce is a High School history teacher in Nashville, TN. "Bryce married our new daughter-in-law Macy last December. Macy is also a teacher in Nashville." Their second son is Colin who is a Senior at IUPUI, then Jackson a Junior at Purdue, "our favorite (and only) daughter Emily is a Senior" and their youngest Sean a Freshman. Both Emily and Sean attend Cardinal Ritter HS. They also have a Wheaten Terrier named Roscoe who thinks he is our sixth child.

Mrs. Bennett's Favorites:

Color: Yellow

Movie: When Harry Met Sally

TV: Anything on HGTV

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird, Wonder

Flower: It’s the thought that counts, I’ll even put a dandelion in water

Restaurant: Any restaurant will do as long as I don’t have to cook!

Candy: Dark Chocolate

When she isn't working Mrs. Bennett enjoys watching her kids' sporting events, exercising, listening to music, reading and watching movies. The most interesting place she has traveled to is Bonaire, an island in the Netherland Antilles where she went on a scuba diving trip "a very LONG time ago".

What is a student/teacher moment you remember fondly? "I have worked with preschool students during my entire 17 years here in Plainfield. My preschool students have provided me with many fun stories, however, one story has always stood out for me. This particular student was non-verbal when he started our program. He worked very hard to develop his expressive language skills and produce intelligible speech. Before he graduated to Kindergarten his mom called me with “good news and bad news”. The bad news was that her son had been put in time-out in his community preschool, the good news was that he was put into time out for talking too much."

What advice do you have for parents of elementary students on how they can get involved in their child's education? "I have heard from many parents through the years that they are just not creative enough to think of ways to work on speech and language activities at home. However it doesn't really take creativity, it only takes time! You can turn a language lesson into simple everyday activities. Take a walk with your child and describe what you see during your walk, play “I Spy” in the van while you’re driving your child to school, make a shopping list together before you go to the grocery store and let your child help find the items on the list or maybe check out a good Knock, Knock joke book at the library and share a good laugh together. Your child will not only build on their language skills but they will have a great time with their mom or dad in the process."

Fun Fact about Mrs. Bennett:

" I am not the only Mrs. Bennett who has walked the halls of Brentwood Elementary School. My mother-in-law Nancy Bennett was the music teacher here at Brentwood for many happy years!!!"

Autism Specialist, Mrs. Danielle Shepherd had the following to say about her colleague, "Diane is an amazing colleague because she always puts the the kids first, fun to brainstorm new ideas with and has a big heart! I wouldn't trade Diane for anyone else! I'm glad her home is at Brentwood."

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

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4th Grade Music Program

The 4th Grade students performed songs from "Rock and Roll Forever: How It All Began" this week at their music program!

Earth Day Celebration

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Student Council Works on Teaching Gardens for Earth Day!

This week, in honor of Earth Day, 5th grade Student Council students, supervised by Home School Advisor, Mrs. Nay and 4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Barker, worked at cleaning planter boxes and pulling weeds in our Teaching Gardens here at Brentwood.

Brentwood plans to grow enough pumpkins to send one home with ever Backsack next year. Way to go Student Council!

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

Thursday, May 14th

3rd Grade Wax Museum

Friday, May 15th

Field Day

Monday, May 18th

PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Art Fair

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

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!"

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.

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 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)

Miracle Movers Field - Soccer Program - Ages 5-10; 11-21


Registration Deadline: April 15, 2015

Please call 317-839-7665


visit www.townofplainfield.com or


Program Information:

Dates: April 25 & May 2, 9 & 16

Time: Saturdays from 11 a.m.

Fees: $20

Individuals up to age 21 are invited to the Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex to participate in an organized soccer program for those individuals with special needs. Each player will receive a soccer jersey and socks.

***Volunteers Needed***

***New Lunchroom Policy***

A situation has risen in our cafeteria that our staff would like to ask students to PLEASE set any food/drink (water bottles) down at their table BEFORE going through the lunch line to purchase additional items. Some of the items coming from home are identical to the ones that are sold in our cafeteria.

We are asking that Parents and Teachers both relay this message to their children to help assist us with this issue.


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

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.