Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, February 12, 2016

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
~Achievement~Actions~Attitudes~
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Greetings Parents,


March 15th is a scheduled in-service day for our teachers. Students will not be in school that day. However, if we happen to have a snow day between now and then, we WILL use that day as a snow make-up day. The State of Indiana requires students to attend school for 180 days each year. All snow days have to be made up. If there are additional snow days, we would have to add days at the end of our calendar.


Children in the State of Indiana are required to attend school for 180 days each year. Our school curriculum is built on the premise that students will be here for that number of days. It is vital that students be at school as much as possible. While we understand that children do get sick, we need them to be here as much as possible. There is no amount of homework that can make-up for the actual instruction that is missed due to repeated absences. Please help us help your child by having them at school as much as possible. We also need to point out that school instruction begins at 8:40 a.m. Children are to be in their seat and ready to learn at that time. If you are dropping your child off at 8:40, they are really going to be tardy because instruction has already begun. Again, please help by being her earlier than the 8:40 time.


Just a reminder that we want to keep the time that parents spend at lunch special, you should be bringing lunch for your child only. That makes it a special time for you and your child. Please do not bring lunch for a friend of your child. That can be done in the evening during one of our frequent restaurant nights. Thank you for your help with this.


Our first round of ISTEP+ is right around the corner. We will begin part 1 of the testing on Monday, February 29.


Sincerely,
Mr. Underwood

Staff MVP of the Week is Mrs. Stephanie Mowery, Special Education Instructional Assistant


Our Staff MVP of the Week is Mrs. Stephanie Mowery, one of our Special Education Instructional Assistants. Mrs. Mowery has been an instructional assistant at Brentwood for a little over 2 months. Before this she was an assistant manager at Dressbarn for 5 years, and before that she was a nursing assistant for 7 years.

When she was a kid she always wanted to be a marine biologist. Mrs. Mowery lived in Ft. Wayne until she was about 10 then she moved to Monticello where she graduated from Twin Lakes High School.


Mrs. Mowery is married and has two children: Evan is 9 and in the 3rd grade and Olivia is 5 and in Kindergarten. Both are Brentwood students. The Mowery family also has a boxer named Lilly.


Mrs. Mowery came from a large family consisting of 4 sisters and 6 brothers. She is the oldest girl and she has one brother older than she is. They all range in ages from 8-33.


Some of Mrs. Mowery's Faves:
Color ~ green

T.V. show ~ Big Bang Theory and The Blacklist
Music ~ I like a little bit of everything
Flower ~ Daisies
Restaurant ~ In and Out Burger
Candy ~ just about anything chocolate
Holiday ~ 4th of July
Food ~ Chinese food and pizza


When she's not at work Mrs. Mowery enjoys spending time with her family, camping/hiking or curling up and watching a good movie.


"The most interesting place I've ever been is be San Diego. I loved it out there.

Some day I'd love to go sky diving and travel around the world. I've always dreamed of traveling"


Mrs. Mowery's Advice to Parents: "As far as advice for parents getting involved in their child’s education, all I can say is VOLUNTEER any chance you get. It really helps you feel more connected to what's going on in the classroom."

Mrs. Mowery's Colleagues Thoughts on Her:

Mrs. Sullivan, 1st Grade Teacher - "Stephanie has been a wonderful addition to our staff! She is very patient with the students and will do anything asked of her. Stephanie always has a cheerful attitude and a smile. The students love and respect her as well. We are lucky to have Mrs. Mowery!"


Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Rogers - "I have had the pleasure of first knowing Stephanie as a parent. She is a wonderful mother who is always supportive and is very kind and loving. I knew she would be a great addition to our Autism program. Mrs. Mowery is such a positive influence to the children she works with. She tries to go above and beyond to make connections with them. She will even take extra time to share things that she has noticed whether it be if a child is struggling, or if they ate their lunch. Mrs. Mowery is always willing to help in any way that she can. I truly appreciate having her as part of our classroom and our school."

2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Edwards - "Stephanie adapts very well to the different classrooms throughout the day Will do ANYTHING asked of her. She is tender hearted and genuinely cares for the students. Love, love, love her!"


Mrs. Shepherd says, "Stephanie does a great job of applying strategies from the resource room to the school environment. She understands the importance of generalization for students with special needs. I'm so thankful to have Stephanie on our staff! She is someone who puts 100% into any and everything she does!"

Valentine's for a Good Cause

Students at Brentwood made personalized Valentine's Day Cards for the Plainfield Lion's Club. These cards will be hand delivered to area Rest Homes and Re-Hab Facilities to be passed out to residents.

In their thank you letter the Lion's Den wrote, "God bless all of the Elementary Students and above all we wish you could join us in handing these out."

And the Winners Are...

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

4th Grade Valentines

5th Grade Parents: YOU Have a Meeting at the Middle School

All current 5th grade parents are invited to attend a New Parents of the Middle School meeting at PCMS in the Auditorium on May 9, 2016 from 6-7 pm.

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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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 brentwoodpto@att.net.

If you would like to donate items to our Cake Walk for that night please contact Carrie Baker at cabaker1029@hotmail.com.

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 - mickistevens24@yahoo.com

1st Grade Basket Theme
"A Night at the Movies" ~ Contact Amy Paul - 1st Grade Rep - amypaul212@gmail.com

2nd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sports" ~ Contact Michelle Becker - 2nd Grade Rep - mlbecker2006@gmail.com

3rd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sweet" ~ Contact Libby Snider - 3rd Grade Rep - lsnider1@aol.com

4th Grade Basket Theme "Red Pride Basket" ~ Contact Suzette Zablon - 4th Grade Rep - suzettebradley@hotmail.com

5th Grade Basket Theme "Gift Card Extravaganza" ~ Contact Rochelle Clark - 5th Grade Rep - rclark@plainfield.k12.in.us

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.

Registration:
(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.

February-at-a-Glance


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

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

Plainfield Soccer Academy

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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.

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.
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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