Brentwood Bulletin

September 12, 2016

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
~Achievement~Actions~Attitudes~

15 Years Later... Brentwood Remembers...

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Value of the Month ~ August ~ Respect for Laws & Rules

Every Month our teachers nominate one student from their class who has exemplified our value of that month. August's value of the month was Respect for Laws & Rules. One student is then selected from that pool to be honored at the next month's PCSC Board Meeting by the Superintendent, the Board Members, Principals, Teachers, and community.


Brentwood's August Value of the Month Student is Chandler Suprano from Mrs. Scott's 2nd grade class. Mrs. Scott writes, "Chandler always follows the rules and has the expected behavior without being asked. He is not only always following the directions, he is also very respectful of the safety rules and cooperating with others. He has kept his hands to himself - even when others have not. I can always count on Chandler to respect the directions that are given and also help others when needed."

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2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Scott, Brentwood's August Value of the Month Student, Chandler Suprano, and Principal, Mrs. Walker at last Thursday night's Board Meeting.

Students of the Week ~ September 9, 2016

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Each week students are chosen by their homeroom teachers as students who have shown excellence. These students talk with Mrs. Walker about what excellence means to them and receive a certificate and pencil.
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Spanish Club Starts This Wednesd

Spanish Club starts this Wednesday and will meet every week on Wednesdays through November 12th from 3:50 - 4:50 p.m.


Please direct questions to Mrs. Mayo at hmayo@plainfield.k12.in.us.

Miss Binole's 3rd Grade Students Explore with Cubelets

Mrs. Gray's 4th Grade Students Learn with Stem Kits

Around the Halls

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1st Robotics Club Meeting is HUGE Success

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Students, teachers, and parent volunteers learn about the world of robotics during Brentwood's 1st Robotics Club meeting.

Robotics Club Meeting Dates

*Please note that these meetings are subject to change based on the need of the club. We may need to add an additional day throughout September and October to ensure that our Robot is built prior to competition.


Thursday, September 15th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 22nd 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 3rd 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 10th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 17th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19th 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Robot Competition @ Brentwood

Thursday, December 1st 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 8th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m. NATIONAL WEEK OF CODING


**A New schedule will be sent home in December for 2nd Semester**


Saturday, February 4th 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Robot Competition @ Brentwood

Announcing Pearson’s Perspective Resource Site

What is PerspectiveTM? PerspectiveTM is a supplemental online site with thousands of learning resources to help teachers and families improve their students’ performance.

  • Resources are aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards.

  • Families can use the Learning Locator (from the ISTEP+ Individual Student Report) to access personalized learning for students based on their individual state test scores.

  • There is one code for each content area Individual Student Report.

Perspective Quick Guide for Parents

  • Click on the link above for the Perspective Quick Guide for Parents.

Perspective Quick Guide for Parents_ISTEP Spring 2016_FINAL.pdf

Access is provided by using the Learning Locator from the ISTEP+ Individual Student Report in each content area.

Parent Invitation to Title I & Title III Informational Meeting

All families received (or will receive) a half sheet of paper informing you about an informational meeting for Title I & Title III services given by our Principal, Mrs. Nicole Walker. This half-sheet went home to every family, and does not mean that your child qualifies for these programs.


What is Title I & Title III?


Title I is the federal program that provides funding to local school districts to improve the academic achievement of students. It is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. The Act is reauthorized by Congress from time to time, and often given a new name.


Title III is the federal program limited to providing English learners (also known as LEP) with appropriate language programs and services, so they can attain English proficiency and meet academic standards.


If you wish to learn more about these programs because you know your child has qualified for either of these programs in the past, may qualify this year, or are simply interested in learning more about them in general please plan to attend one of the following meetings to find out more information:


Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Library.

The Andrew Luck Book Club

Does your student LOVE reading? Does your family LOVE the Colts? Why not join the Andrew Luck Book Club and have fun reading the same books your beloved QB loves? Our librarian is even inviting any student that wants to write a persuasive letter to Andrew Luck asking him to come to Brentwood to share his love of book with our students. Mr. Fritch will even mail all of the letters we receive to Andrew Luck himself!


Find out more information about the book club HERE.

PTO Fundraiser at Frigid Frog

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Community Forum - Drug Proofing Our Kids

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Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children

We are happy to announce that Plainfield Community Elementary School District will be partnering this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.


We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program at Central Elementary School on Monday, September 26th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.

The Non-Fundraiser Fundraiser

Our PTO is looking to raise at least $3000 to cover main PTO events this year.


Please consider donating to help us continue activities during and after school without asking for items to be donated for each event. Please send in the form PTO sent home or just put your donation in an envelope and notate "PTO Donation to Treasurer" on the outside along with your child's name and teacher (or you may choose to keep your donation anonymous).


Thanks!

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Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop for groceries? Do you ever shop at Kroger?


Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards.


Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy..all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!


Enroll TODAY by using our PTO # 74295 by clicking HERE.

Purdue Space Day - Grades 3-8

Purdue Space Day provides a FREE opportunity to learn about STEM and space exploration by participating in three age-appropriate activity sessions and listening to astronaut Jerry Ross. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend along with their students.


WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Apply online starting September 1st at www.purduespaceday.com. Registration will run until September 30th or until spots are filled. Spaces fill up fast, so apply ASAP. A confirmation packet with detailed information about the day will be emailed during the week of October 3rd.


Please make your own travel arrangement to and from the campus. Parking is FREE!


Camp will break from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for lunch. Students must provide their own lunch and are required to have an adult chaperone for the lunch period. Fast food establishments are close by and sack lunches and picnics can be brought. There is ample seating space within all four floors of Armstrong Hall and around campus.


PSD will be selling t-shirts at Mission Control on the event day. They make for a fun reminder of the day but are not required for the event. They will cost $12 and can be paid by either cash or check. Proceeds go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event. Purdue Space Day is a student organization and relies solely on grants and donations to put on the event every year.

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September-at-a-Glance


Monday, September 19, 2016

PTO Meeting

6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PTO Hot Skates Fundraiser

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Teacher In-Service Day

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Friday, September 23, 2016

PTO Family Movie Night

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Body Safety Parent Night

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

BRENTWOOD 4TH GRADE STUDENTS PREPARE FOR A FIELD TRIP THEY'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER...


The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (BHPS), together with the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and the Indiana State Library, propose a combined, free field trip initiative to serve 4th grade classes across the State of Indiana from 2014 to 2016, leading up to and in celebration of our state’s bicentennial. This field trip will achieve 31 unique Indiana state standards and a purpose of instilling state pride via physical visitation, online interactives, and teacher/classroom support materials.


Our 4th grade students at Brentwood (as well as the other three Plainfield elementary schools students) will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play an important part in our state's 200th birthday celebration. Indiana turns 200 years old on December 11, 2016. This September they will be part of the statewide Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay presented by Duke Energy.


A map of the entire route can be found here.


The Torch Relay’s Hendricks County journey will conclude with a ceremonial passing of the torch to Morgan County. All of the events will be free and open to the public.


To find out more about all of the festivities planned to mark Indiana's 200th statehood day please visit the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration's home page.

POWERSCHOOL FOR PARENTS

Late last week your child should have brought home a PowerSchool Parent Portal letter with instructions on how you can sign up with PowerSchool. PowerSchool is Plainfield Community School district's electronic student management system where student information is collected and stored. The portal is the "doorway" into the system giving parents access to information about their children.


The PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents and students access to real-time information that may included attendance, grades, lunch balances and detailed assignment descriptions and school bulletins. Everyone stays connected. Students can stay on top of assignments, parents are able to participate in their children's progress, and teachers can share information with parents and students.


Please find the PowerSchool Parent Portal by clicking on this link. Choose "Sign In" if you already have an existing account or "Create Account" if this is your first time.

CONVENIENT WAY TO FUND YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH ACCOUNT & PAY TEXT BOOK RENTAL

All students received information this week on how to fund their lunch accounts through eFunds for Schools. Under your child's name on this paper was their student ID number which you will need to set up your account for the first time. If you have multiple children in the Plainfield Community School Corporation you can link them to one account.


eFunds also lets you pay your text book rental payment online. Please note that eFunds does NOT tell you the amount of your text book rental fee so please know the exact amount before you sign on to pay it through eFunds.


You can find the link to eFunds (and our other option sendmoneytoschool.com on our website by clicking on our Food Services link.

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SAFE VISITOR SOLUTIONS

At Plainfield Community School Corporation your children's safety is an extremely important priority. That is why this year we have implemented new security measures that you will notice upon entering our front office. You will now be required to present your driver's license or state issued ID card to the office staff. They will scan the barcode on your ID and take your photograph. An ID sticker will be printed that will be worn during your visit at Brentwood. All visitors will also sign-out by having the same sticker scanned upon exiting the office. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING FROM ANY OTHER EXIT.


A driver's license or state issued ID card will be required every time you want to enter our school past the office area. This includes any adult visiting a student for lunch, having a meeting with a teacher, talking with the nurse, or helping in a classroom.


The ONLY exception this year for this procedure will be to walk your child to their class the very first day of school as we will have staff members present in the hallways as well as other security personnel present. AFTER the first morning ALL visitors will be required to check in through our Safe Visitor Solutions system.


We thank all our friends and family in advance for their help with this new procedure. We will see all your children on Tuesday!

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. All visitors must present photo ID in the office before entry
  4. Read & understand our Emergency Procedures Handout (ask for your copy at the front office)
  5. 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

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2016-2017 Brentwood PTO

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

The PTO looks 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 2016-2017
Tanya King, President
Jessica Botts, Vice-President
Carrie Baker, Treasurer
Erika Bever, Secretary
Open Position, Financial Secretary

PTO Email: brentwoodpto2016@gmail.com

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. New procedures starting August 15th (see below story).


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 3:00 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.