Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, September 4, 2015

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!!!

A Note from the Principal...

Greetings Parents:

We have now completed the first four and one-half weeks of school. Students are fully in-step with the routines and procedures of our school. After the first few weeks of school, we sometimes find that students’ learning curve slows a bit. Here are some great ways you can help:

· Maintain a regular schedule at home. A regular bedtime is critical. We see many students appearing to be very tired in the mornings. Remember, Sunday night is a school night.

· Many of our students are involved in extra-curricular activities in the evening which we support. Help them complete homework earlier so they can have dinner and rest afterward.

· Read with, or to your child every night. Discuss what you have read with them. Ask open-ended questions such as “What will happen next?” "How would this be different if…..” Contact the teacher is you have any concerns or questions.

Car Rider Pick-UP

Thank you for cooperating with us in changing the car pick-up lanes to only one lane. This is a safety concern. We want to do all we can to maintain a safe area here. Also, please make sure you use the crosswalk if you are walking your children across the traffic lanes. Again, this is a safety issue. We want our students to develop safe habits.

RTI – What is it?

RTI is an acronym for Response To Intervention. This is a universal part of the curriculum in all of the Plainfield schools. This is an opportunity for students who qualify to receive additional instruction in reading and mathematics. This program helps these students “catch-up or keep-up” with their peers. If you are contacted by your child’s teacher about participation in the RTI program, this is a GOOD thing. It means we are doing everything we can to make sure your child is being successful in school.

Parent Conferences

Parent conferences will be coming soon. We will be using a NEW way of scheduling these conferences through the internet this year. We will have more information soon and will give you plenty of time to process it. It will be important that you initiate the conference as soon as the window is open. Parent Conferences are October 22nd. More information will be coming soon.

Mr. Underwood
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Libray Story Time with Mr. Fritch!!!

Second grade students listen to a story read to them by Brentwood Librarian, Mr. Fritch.

Students of the Week ~ Friday, September 4, 2015

Emma Bettinger, Elizabeth Nava-Guevara, Charly Warthan, Jenna Young, Addi Lipp, Aubrey Cox, Jayden Bennington, Kenzie Moore, Josh Vester, Ally Boggs, Mason Davis, Mel Frisch, Colton McClure, Marissa Henry, Sarah Egendoerfer, Kevin Lewis, Grayson Richmond, Delaney Williams, and Delaney Edwards

Book Buddies

Students in Mrs. Kennedy's Kindergarten class and Mrs. Gray's 4th grade class partner up out on the lawn to read to each other.
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Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Darlene Eberhardt, Technology Assistant

Mrs. Darlene Eberhardt is our new Technology Assistant at Brentwood this year. Mrs. Eberhardt is originally from South Texas but moved to Washington state at the age of 8. She lived in the Pacific Northwest area just outside of Seattle. She attended business college in Denver, Colorado.

Mrs. Eberhardt has been married for 11 years and have a step-daughter, (Selena, 21) that lives in Florida who graduated from Plainfield High School; two sons who attend Clarks Creek Elementary School (Gabriel, 10 years old in 5th grade), and (Nathan, 8 years old in 3rd grade). The Eberhardts have two rescue pets also: a tabby cat named Shadow and a Great Pyrenees/lab mix named Toby.

Some of Mrs. Eberhardt's Favorites:

Color ~ Periwinkle
Movie ~ Lord of the Rings Trilogy
TV Show ~ Breaking Bad-sad it's over! Greys Anatomy-Scandal
Book ~ Shantaram
Music ~ 80's/Rock
Flower ~ Tulip
Restaurant ~ Palomino
Candy ~ Anything chocolate

In her spare time Mrs. Eberhardt enjoys gardening and baking. She cites her trip to South Mexico to Yucatan Peninsula-near the Mayan Ruins as being the most interesting. "It was a neat place to stay because the resort is carved out of the jungle. There were wild monkey's, peacocks, flamingos, iguanas etc. roaming the grounds. Monkeys would come and sit up on the hotel balconies. Super cool. We also met a Mayan (employee) that lived with his family in an actual cave! I'd love to go back."

What is a student moment you remember fondly? "It's hard to pick one particular moment, volunteering in my son's classrooms the past 5 years has really been rewarding, I'm excited about this new position and the time I'll be spending in the lab with students."

As a parent and an elementary school employee, what advice do you have for parents on how they can be involved in their child’s education? "Be present, check folders and assignments that they are bringing home. Ask them about their day and what they learned...check PowerSchool on a regular basis!"

***fun Mrs. Eberhardt fact*** We've traveled to Las Vegas by car the past 3 years. We have family that lives in Henderson just outside of Vegas. It's such a beautiful drive-we take 70 and route 66. The kids really enjoy the scenery, it's a learning experience for them.

Photos from Around Brentwood...

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Brentwood on Social Media

Like us on Facebook!!!

We are NOW on Facebook! Keep up to date on the goings on at Brentwood on Facebook!

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Stay connected through our tweets!!!

Brentwood Instagram - NEW!!!

And... if you just can't get enough of us on social media... follow us on Instagram!

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Spirit Wear Orders Due by Sept. 9th

Our PTO has put together an exciting lineup of Spirit Wear available for you to purchase this year. More information will be going home early next week with your students, but we didn't want you to have to wait!

>>>>Brentwood Spirit Wear Link<<<<

Orders due September 9, 2015

Checks made out to "Brentwood Elementary PTO".

5th Grade Families - be on the look-out for our 2015-2016 limited edition 5th grade t-shirt which will be designed soon! Order forms will follow!!!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Panda Express Restaurant Night 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, September 21, 2015

PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hot Skates PTO Fundraiser 6-9 p.m.

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.

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.

Youth Sports Info

Plainfield Youth Basketball (Indy Hoops) Grades 2-6
Indy Hoops is a competitive youth basketball league for 2nd-6th graders. Games are on Sundays from November through February. Travel is limited to area schools with games starting after 12 p.m. Fees are $80 per player which includes new uniform. Practices are typically 2-3 days a week with a focus on skill development. More information available online. You can email John East at for more information or questions.

Infantry Baseball Camp - Grades 1-3
September 22-24 from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Fundamentals of baseball
  • Drills
  • Skill Challenges
Location: Al & Jan Barker Baseball Fields, Plainfield
Players cannot have had their 9th (8U) or 8th (7U) birthday by May 1, 2016
Cost: $35 per child
Registration & payment due by September 1st
More information available by calling Chris McDaniel at 317-503-6424 or email or Facebook
***Registration forms are available for Infantry Baseball in our 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

Value of the Month "Integrity" Student - May 2015 - Ava Becker

Brentwood Elementary's Value of the Month last May was Ava Becker from Miss McNeely's 1st grade class. Miss McNeely nominated her for the value of "Integrity" because "Ava is a very honest person and makes the right choice, even when no one is looking," writes Miss McNeely.

She makes the choice to tell a teacher when she has made a mistake so she can resolve the problem quickly. "One time, I forgot to collect money from her and she brought it to me anyway! When she finds something that doesn't belong to her, she finds the owner. Ava is an excellent example of integrity because she makes the right choice 0 usually the hard choice - when no one is watching. I know that I can always depend on Ava to be honest!" says Miss McNeely.

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: