Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, December 11, 2015

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
~Achievement~Actions~Attitudes~
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Dress Like an Elf Fundraiser

A Brentwood family recently lost their home and all of the contents due to a fire. Our Student Counsel is sponsoring a fundraiser Tuesday, December 15th.

For a minimum donation of $1 your child may "Dress Like an Elf" or wear any holiday attire you have at home to school that day.

Thank you in advance for kindly donating to one of our Brentwood Families!

~Happy Holidays!~

Students of the Week

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Ciera Wright, Jasmine Mahan, Owen Gettinger, Owen Kenney, Greyson Blewett, Anderson Harris, Johauna Baker, Mia Defrancisco, Maimouna Bodian, Ivan Martinez, Leo Heyob, Parker Auditore, Gabe Warthan, Max Wallenstein, Mabel Hartman, Maverick Masterson, Levi Muskat, Haylei, McGillis, and Gavin Burrows

Value Student of the Month ~ November

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Respect for Others' Rights ~ Emma Morrissey, 4th Grade

Brentwood's Value Student of the Month is fourth grade student, Emma Morrissey. Mrs. Emrick nominated Emma for the value of "Respect for Others' Rights".

Mrs. Emrick wrote, "Emma is always complimenting others, using good manners, listening to others, and laying fair. She shows she cares for others by making cards for friends and always telling those she cares about how much she missed them. Being respectful is a key ingredient to being a great person and Emma exemplifies this value. She truly brings out the "smile" in everyone she is around."
(From left to right) Emma Morrissey with Superintendant Mr. Olinger, with teahers Mrs. Emrick and Mrs. Gray, and all of the Value Students of the Month from all Plainfield Elementary Schools and School Board Members.

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Jean Overpeck, Special Education Teacher


Our staff Most Valuable Player is Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Jean Overpeck, our Special Education teacher. Mrs. Overpeck taught special education at Brentwood for 15 years. "Before I became a teacher I was a stay at home mother with my three children. I decided that I wanted to be a teacher after years of volunteering in my children’s schools."

When she was in middle school she decided that she wanted to work in a horse stable when she grew up. "I got my first horse when I was five years old and spent lots of time reading about horses and riding my horses from kindergarten until I graduated from high school."


Mrs. Overpeck grew up in Waldron, Indiana and graduated from Waldron High School, which is the same school that 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Sutton, graduated from.


Family

"I have three grown children who are all married. I have six grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is in sixth grade and the youngest two will start kindergarten next year. I also have a cat and a dog. I love my cat and my husband loves his dog. My cat’s name is Hondo. I love cuddling with him and he sleeps with me every night."


Mrs. Overpeck's Favorites:

"I love ALL the colors and wish there were more. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love to play video games. If my mother lived with me, she would probably say that I play too much and should get outside more.


When she's not at work or playing video games, she can usually be found at church. Church is where she met her most famous person. "I was the elementary Sunday School teacher of David Frey who is the lead singer for Sidewalk Prophets."


Vacation Life:

"When we go on vacation we usually go to the beach in Florida, however I have had some other exciting trips. I went on a hot air balloon trip in Arizona, and went whale watching off the coast of Maine. We saw several humpback whales right next to our boat. That was amazing! They are so big!"


Student Memories:

"I love being a special education teacher and getting to be my student’s teacher every year that they are at Brentwood. I love getting to know the parents and their children. But, the best part of all is after working with a student who is having an especially difficult time learning to read and they look me in the eyes and say “I can read, thank you for showing me how.”


Advice to Parents:

My advice to parents is to love you children and help them to value school. Demonstrate that school is important by helping them with their homework and encouraging them to do their best. And read, read to your little children, read to your big kids. I would read to my own children while they were in middle school. They probably would have let me read to them in high school, but they always stayed up later than me.

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Students work in the Sensory Room.
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Fifth grade students were introduced to the world of band from a representative from the Plainfield Middle School today.

Parents: ARE YOU READY... Middle School, here they come!

Santa's Help Wanted Ads

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Second grade students (from left to right) Riley Nolin, Ava Becker, and Isaiah Simon stand in front of the Ads they created for Santa. Their ads are below!

Around the Halls at Brentwood

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Volunteer, Mr. Workman, works with a group of 1st graders (including his daughter, Emma.)

Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses

Students in Miss Ladalski's class get in the Holiday Spirit.

ART is FUN!!!

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4th Grade Celebrates Indiana's 199th Statehood Day!!!

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Countdown to Indiana's Bicentennial Begins!

Indiana turned 199 years old Friday, and celebrations began to count down to its bicentennial in 2016.

A Guide to Closings & Delays

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If You Are Moving Over the Holidays...

If your family is moving over the holidays, please notify the office no later than Wednesday, December 16th and fill out a new Transportation Form to ensure there is no disruption in your child's bus transportation and/or enrollment.

We know that often the holiday break is a good time to move to make it a smoother transition, we just want to make sure we have ample time to change information in our system and have time to alert the Transportation Department.

~Thanks~

Hometown Holiday at Hummel Park

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Ringing in the Holidays: Breakfast with Santa

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December-at-a-Glance


December 15, 2015
Kindergarten Field Trip to the Children's Museum

December 16, 2015
Four Square PE Club

Sneak Peek at January 2016


January 4, 2015
1st Day Back

January 14, 2015
School Board Mtg 7 p.m.

January 18, 2015
Martin Luther King Day
NO SCHOOL

January 25, 2015
PTO Mtg 6:30 p.m.

January 28, 2015
3rd Grade Music Program 6:30 p.m.

January 29, 2015
PTO Movie Night 6 p.m.

An Example of the Importance of Grammar:

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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: http://www.plainfieldoptimistclub.com/soccer

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

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.

PCSC Considers Change in Schoolday Hours for 2016-2017

Administrators, faculty, PTO officers and others have been discussing the possibility of changing school hours beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. While the change, in terms of overall minutes, is small, it could be significant for student performance in the classroom.

The Board of School Trustees will vote on this in the next few months, so that parents will have adequate time, if needed, to consider child care or scheduling needs when the new school year begins.

PCSC has prepared this FAQ to help everyone better understand the issue, the research behind the proposed change, and the factors taken into consideration. Please take a moment to click on the link and read more about this topic.

Parents: Speak Up - your ideas are important to us!

Open October 1st – December 18th, 2015

http://www.bit.ly/SU15survey


Be a part of the conversation! The Plainfield Community School Corporation is participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers.


As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states.


By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to an audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community, and contributing to the national dialogue about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.


The online survey is open to students, educators and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved. To take the survey visit: http://www.bit.ly/SU15survey and click the blue “parents enter here” button!


The PCSC administrators appreciate your support in many ways; participating in this survey is just another way we can partner together to strengthen our schools and to improve the future for our children.

Parents Night Out

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Textbook Rental Payments are now Past Due

If you have not paid your child's textbook rental payment for the 2015-2016 school year, it is now past due. Direct questions or payment arrangements to Kristy Donovan ASAP at kdonovan@plainfield.k12.in.us or call the office at 317-839-4802.

2015-2016 Textbook Fee Schedule
Kindergarten - $122.93
1st Grade - $116.85
2nd Grade - $100.84
3rd Grade - $96.13
4th Grade - $93.38
5th Grade - $88.38

Brentwood on Social Media

Send in Your Box Tops to Your Teacher!

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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.

Transportation:
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.

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

2015-2016 Brentwood PTO

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

We, the PTO, look forward to an exciting year ahead and welcome all teachers, staff, parents, and families to attend meetings and events. We are here to work and partner together to provide a unique, fun, and amazing environment for our students.

We always welcome ideas for new events, fundraising, or info of something going on in the community. Please don't be a strange to our events and we are always accessible.

PTO Officer List 2015-2016
Tanya King, President
Jessica Botts & Kristen Bergman, Co-Vice-Presidents
Julie Beasley, Treasurer
Michelle Becker, Secretary
Pam Hendrickson, Financial Secretary

PTO Email: brentwoodpto@att.net