Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, January 15, 2016

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
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Greetings Parents:

The State of Indiana recently released the final 2015 ISTEP+ results. Plainfield community School Corporation did extremely well despite the significant drops experienced in other school districts. Out of 297 School Corporations in the State of Indiana:

1. For the combined ELA/Math ISTEP Scores:

Plainfield Grade 3 ranked 20th

Plainfield Grade 4 ranked 7th

Plainfield Grade 5 ranked 8th

2. For the Science ISTEP Scores:

Plainfield Grade 4 ranked 8th

For the combined ELA/Math ISTEP Scores, out of 1045 elementary schools in the State of Indiana that had third grade students, Brentwood third grade students ranked 47th

Out of 1038 elementary schools in the State of Indiana that had fourth grade students, Brentwood fourth grade students ranked 30th out of 949 elementary schools in the State of Indiana that had fifth grade students, Brentwood fifth grade students ranked 22nd .

Not only do these scores reflect how well your children did on these required tests, it is also a reflection of the dedication and hard work of our classroom teachers from kindergarten to fifth grade. This is also a testament to the overall cooperation our parents provide to our school.

Mr. Underwood

Students of the Week

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Jackson Bagley, Brileigh Pruitt, Sierra Frailey, Paige Strykowski, Samantha Wilson, Kerry Sheckles Paul, Dominick Bettinger, Kohen Stevenson, Rodrigo Patino, Ella Gresham, Mason Mehringer, Mackenzie Dawson, Parker Louks, Ethan Daugherty, Ellie Whitehead, Enrique Atchade, Conner McClure, Skylar Wright, and Tyler Smith

Excellence Convo & Lockdown Drill Info

Brentwood Elementary School has decided to postpone the Excellence Convocation until Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The convocation will be open to parents/guardians listed in Powerschool and associated guests. For a guest to attend they must be accompanied by someone listed in Powerschool. The convocation will begin at 2:30 p.m. All persons attending must produce a photo identification. All purses and bags will be subject to search by security personnel. Please understand this process may take a little more time than normal. Thank you for your patience as we work together through this trying situation.

Additionally, Brentwood Elementary School conducting a lockdown drill this morning as a part of our regular drill procedures.

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Krissy Sullivan, 1st Grade Teacher

Our staff Most Valuable Player is first grade teacher, Mrs. Krissy Sullivan. Mrs. Sullivan has been teaching for ten years, all years at Brentwood, the first year she taught fifth grade. As a child, Mrs. Sullivan had dreams of becoming a chef. Or a forensic scientist. Or a pediatrician. She attended the University of Indianapolis and majored in Chemistry on a Pre-Med track. She changed her mind during her junior year and switched her major to teaching! She says she has never looked back - and we, here at Brentwood are thankful for that!

Mrs. Sullivan was born in Indianapolis, moved to Denver, Colorado for eight years, then to Kentucky for three years - then back to Indiana! Her family owns a 100 acre farm in Southern Indiana, in Jennings County. "It is a great place to escape and relax!"

*** FUN MRS. SULLIVAN FACT - She moved 3 times her 2nd grade year of school and went to 3 different schools in 3 different states!!!***

Mrs. Sullivan has been married to her husband, Justin, for 2 1/2 years. He is a Kindergarten teacher at Liberty Early Elementary in Decatur Township & he's the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Franklin College. The Sullivans' live in Greenwood. Mrs. Sullivan's parents, Gary & Glorianna, live in southern Indiana on the family farm mentioned above.

Mrs. Sullivan has a younger brother Cody, who is pursuing a teaching degree and is student teaching back home in Jennings County. He is one of the Assistant Coaches for the Boys Basketball team there. Her younger sister Katy, her husband, Andrew and their kiddos--Lakelyn & Tipton live here in Plainfield. Katy is a Kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School here in Plainfield!

Some of Mrs. Sullivan's Faves:

Color: Yellow
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
TV Show: Grey's Anatomy
Book: Favorite children's book: Over in the Meadow or any Jan Brett books
Music: Country! I love going to concerts w/ family & friends during the summer!
Flower: anything bright & cheery
Restaurant: PF Chang's or Chili's
Candy: anything chocolate
Sports Team: Colts & Pacers
Holiday: Christmas!
Food: brownies

When she isn't working Mrs. Sullivan is the PHS Girls' Soccer Coach, she enjoys running and is currently training for the mini-marathon in May.

What is your signature dish that everyone expects you to bring to the next potluck? Probably either the cream cheese/sausage dip or cream cheese graham cracker dip! "I'd be happy to share the recipes--they aren't a secret!"

Where is the most interesting place you have been? "I loved when we got to visit St. John on our honeymoon. We went snorkeling & zip lining there! They had the most BEAUTIFUL beaches!"

What is something you have never done but would like to? "I would love to travel abroad & I will get to this Spring Break. My husband's soccer team at Franklin College are going overseas to play & watch some professional matches in Scotland & England. I get to go as well, I'm thrilled!!!"

Famous Encounters:
Mrs. Sullivan met Patrick Dempsey formerly from Grey's Anatomy. "I got to meet him and several other celebrities and drivers during my reign as an Indy 500 Princess in 2006!"

When asked for one of her favorite teacher/student memories, Mrs. Sullivan couldn't think of just one! But, one of her favorite things is when former students come back by her classroom to visit. "I love hearing about what they are up to and involved with. I honestly can't remember anything about my 1st grade teacher, so it's my goal that my students don't forget me or the memories we make in our classroom!"

Advice for Parents: "Take time every day to go through your child's folder with them and ask them inquisitive questions about their day---What stumped them? What did they excel at? How did they help someone else, etc. Find ways to keep reading fun & exciting----have them read with a flashlight under the covers, in the empty bathtub with a blanket, to their stuffed animals, etc. Parents & teachers working together can create inspired & passionate learners!"

Before she's off and running - 1 more FUN FACT:

"I've run 7 half-marathons (1 at Disney World) & 1 full-marathon, coached soccer at Cardinal Ritter HS prior to PHS, my husband & I both played soccer at the University of Indianapolis, (That's how we met!)"

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Custodian, Ms. Paula, shares her favorite story book with Mrs. Boyer's 1st grade students.

Value Student of the Month ~ December


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Respect for Others' Rights ~ Connor Burress, 4th Grade

Brentwood's Value Student of the Month is fourth grade student, Connor Burress. Mrs. Shepherd nominated Connor for the value of "Kindness".

Mrs. Shepherd wrote, "I believe Connor exemplifies the value of kindness because we have had several new students at Brentwood start in the middle of the year. Connor has shown kindness to these new students by eating with them at lunch, playing with them at recess, and showing them around Brentwood. Connor has also shown kindness to students who have recently started in the ELL program. Even though there is a language barrier, Connor tries his best to communicate and help. I am proud of the person Connor is and proud to have him represent Brentwood as our ambassador. Way to go Connor!"


January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King Day

January 25, 2016
PTO Mtg 6:30 p.m.

January 26, 2016
Smart Step Presentations
(Various Times, Grades K, 2, & 4)

January 28, 2016
3rd Grade Music Program 6:30 p.m.

January 29, 2016
Battle of the Books (During School)
PTO Movie Night 6 p.m.
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2nd Quarter Honor Roll

3rd Grade

Dominic Alfaro, Jared Beasley, Liam Brunner, Emma Chaney, Colton East, Jaelyn Funk, David Gray, Ella Griffith, Braidon Hamby, Leo Heyob, Cheyenne Israel, Camryn Leisher, Colton McClure, Maggie Mehl, Mason Mehringer, Johnny Mendoza-Dominguez, Jadrian Mockobee, Brandon Newman, Alexis Osgatharp, Addison Paddock, Easton Palmer, Ethan Pirtle, Katelyn Sanchez, Syndney Sauri, Lilly Snider, Katelyn Sanchez, Maxwel Soita, Kamryn Spurgeon, Lyla Stevens, Ellie Stewart, KayDee Williams, and Lucas Wilson

4th Grade
Adan Aguiree, Kate Amos, Ava Anderson, Mika Baxter, Cadence Bean, Miles Behringer, Connor Burress, Morgan Evans, Drew Guthrie, Addie Hacker, Sadie Hackett, Mabel Hartman, Marissa Henry, Ally Horn, Madison Imhausen, Katelynn Jones, Emma Juengel, Nolan Keown, Kailey Lauters, Lily Lee, Kevin Lewis, Maverick Masterson, Molly McCurdy, AJ Morris, Jocelyn Muehlenkord, Alex Negro, Tony Petro, Summer Prikhodko, Carson Rogers, Megan Siereveld, Madeline Smith, Madelyn Soto, Aaron Troupe, Aja Utley, Caden Vanderbush, Ellie Whitehead, Danica Wiseman, and Cianna Zablon

5th Grade
Brevin Bergman, Kaitlin Broadstreet, Caylie Bryant, Gavin Burrows, Brionna Christian, Ashley Coffey, Abigail Cox, Don Curtis, Ella Daugherty, Aynsley Dixon, Kaylinn Dugan, Delaney Earls, Delaney Edwards, Kaitlin Foley, Jaci Gettinger, Rachel Harris, Josiey Heyob, Jacob Hilton, Lincoln Lee, Mina Louden, Conner McClure, Maxwell Mehringer, Brenda Mendoza-Dominguez, Tyler Miles, Gabriella Montoya, Delaney Moore, Levi Muskat, Grayson Richmond, Alyssa Rinehart, Cameron Simon, Tanjot Singh, Tyler Smith, Kyle Stout, and Maguire Sullivan

Which Will Melt Marshmallows Quicker?

Students in Mrs. Barker's class held an experiment to answer the following problem:

Which melts marshmallows quicker: hot or cold chocolate?
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A Guide to Closings & Delays

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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:

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

Daddy Daughter Dance @ Plainfield Rec & Aquatic Center

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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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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 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

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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.

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