Brentwood Bulletin

Friday, January 29, 2016

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
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Greetings Parents:

When can you be in a room of fourth and fifth grade students and be able to hear a pin drop? Well today, it was at the final “Battle of the Books” competition that all elementary schools participated in today at Clarks Creek Elementary School. Battle of the Books is a student based competition based on the old Brain Game concept popular in high schools and middle schools. Students read several books and then, in teams of four, answered questions about the content of the books. Teams of students competed within each elementary school for the top spot and then, today, had their final competition between the schools at Clarks Creek.

The competition today came down to the last round of questions. The team from Brentwood placed second in the competition. We are all so proud of the way our students demonstrated positive attitudes and a true team spirit. They collaborated and agreed on their answers and stuck together. Way-To-Go Brentwood. The final team from Brentwood consisted of Morgan Evans, Delaney Moore, Megan Siereveld and Josie Heyob. Great job Girls!

Mr. Underwood

Brentwood's Battle of the Books Team

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(Pictured from left to right) Brentwood Principal, Mr. Underwood, Josie Heyob, Morgan Evans, Megan Siereveld, Delaney Moore, and Librarian, Mr. Fritch

Plainfield Elementary Schools' Battle of the Books

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PTO Movie Night ~ TONIGHT ~ January 29, 2016

Come on down to Brentwood Elementary for a Movie night with your child(ren)!!!

Door open at 6:30 p.m.
Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Students will vote next week for which movie will be shown between Hotel Transylvania 2 or Inside Out. Popcorn provided!

This is NOT a drop-off event, parents MUST stay with their child. This is an optional event, so it is your choice to participate of not!


Students of the Week

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Caprise Mullins, Isabella Shumaker, Alex Stevens, Addison Metzger, Mauricio Vallencia, Esteban Avila, Ellie Hines, Chance Pirkey, Riley Bryant, Ean Nevarez, Tyler Helms, Braidon Hamby, Kalyn Foltz, Danica Wiseman, Kailey Lauters, Chelsey Gagliola, Ashley Coffey, Kimberly Bosire, and Jaci Gettinger

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Jeanine Carr, Special Education Instructional Assistant

Our staff Most Valuable Player is Special Education Instructional Assistant, Mrs. Jeanine Carr. 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Gray enjoys working with Jeanine, saying, "She really cares and wants the best for students. Just recently, she gone above and beyond for a student coming up with her own idea on how to see a student reach his goals and succeed. Jeanine is a positive, patient, go-getter, and is a great encourager to everyone! She continuously checks up on students out of the classroom. Thank you so much for all your help Jeanine!"

Mrs. Carr has been an Instructional Aide at Brentwood since September of this school year. She was a substitute teacher in the Plainfield Schools before that and spent over 10 years in the food service industry as a food service director and sales representative.

Mrs. Carr grew up in Floral Park, NY which is on Long Island. Floral Park is near Belmont Park, where the third race in the Triple Crown of horse racing is held each June - The Belmont Stakes. It is also a short drive to many beaches and an hour train ride from New York City. Mrs. Carr has a BS degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management from Purdue.

Mrs. Carr has been married to her husband, Ted, for 18 years and they have two children together: a daughter, Madison (6th grade at PCMS), and a son, Spencer (2nd grader at Central Elementary). The Carr family also has a golden retriever named Sadie.

Some of Mrs. Carr's Favorite Things:
Movie ~ Grease
TV Show ~ The Big Bang Theory & Property Brothers
Book ~ Tiger Can't Sleep
Music ~ Maroon 5
Flower ~ Star Gazer Lily
Restaurant ~ Cooper's Hawk
Candy ~ Banana Laffy Taffy & all things Chocolate with Caramel
Sports Teams ~ Colts & Purdue
Holiday ~ Easter
Food ~ NY style meatball & onion pizza and creme brûlée

Mrs. Carr enjoys cooking, vacuuming, laundry - "Just kidding!" jokes Jeanine. She likes scrapbooking, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family when she isn't working.

Where is the most interesting place you have been? "I am not a huge history buff, but we visited Monticello one summer and it was very cool to walk around such a historical place!"

What is something you have never done but would like to do? "Win the lottery"

Who is the most famous person you have ever met? Purdue Pete

Student Moments: "The moments that I treasure most are those when students share their accomplishments with me. Big or small the joy and excitement they have because they achieved a goal or did well on something they have worked hard on is a great feeling!"

Advice for Parents: "Be engaged in the school work your child brings home. Talk about and ask questions on work they have completed at school and are doing at home. Share your knowledge and experiences on topics they are learning about. Showing that you are interested in what they are learning can keep them interested in learning, especially if there is a topic they are not very excited about."

Fun Mrs. Carr Fact: This summer will mark the eight year as co-director of my church's Vacation Bible School program.

Mrs. Sullivan, first grade teacher, compliments her co-worker profusely! "Jeanine is always helpful and cheerful with the students. She is patient and will "stick her neck out" for any student or staff member in need. Jeanine works hard to form a personal relationship with each of her students. We are blessed to have Jeanine on staff here at Brentwood!"

2nd Annual Red Pride Dance Clinic ~ Ages 4-13

This clinic is hosted by the "Plainfield High School Dance Team".

Date: Monday, February 15, 2016 (This is during Mid-Winter Break)
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: PHS Field House - Enter through Door #7
Cost: $25 (included t-shirt, snack, and the student's entrance fee to the basketball game mentioned below)

Participants will learn basic dance skills, dance team etiquette, and a short dance routine which they will perform during halftime of the PHS Boys' Varsity basketball game on Friday, February 19th. Please arrive at 6 p.m. so we can review the dance. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Participants are to wear black or dark shorts or leggings with their dance team clinic t-shirt that will be distributed at the clinic.

Please make checks made payable to PHS with "Dance Team Clinic" written in the memo. Payments can be mailed to Kristy Donovan at 7758 Lincoln Trail, Plainfield, IN or dropped off in the office at Brentwood Elementary.

**You may register at anytime including the day of the clinic, but to guarantee your child receives a t-shirt you must register by Friday, February 5th. Registration is limited to the first 100 participants.***

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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Planting Seeds of Learning

Students (pictured above) in Mrs. Hamlin's second grade class are learning about plants! Today they looked at seeds that had been soaked in water so they could see how they shed their coat and crack open.

Unprecedented Access to Thousands of Digital Books

Hoosier Family of Readers

Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.

  • More than 4,000 digital books ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
  • The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language and 20% Hi-Lo titles, and is continually growing.
  • A wide range of titles and topics provides varying levels of text complexity and support close reading in a range of genres and content areas, including history/social studies, science and technical works.
  • Books are available online anytime, anywhere students have access to an Internet connection, 24x7,
  • There’s no limit to the number of students who can read the same book at the same time on myON.
  • Students can download up to 20 titles for offline reading using free mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets.

Bowling in P.E.

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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

If you would like to donate items to our Cake Walk for that night please contact Carrie Baker at

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 -

1st Grade Basket Theme
"A Night at the Movies" ~ Contact Amy Paul - 1st Grade Rep -

2nd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sports" ~ Contact Michelle Becker - 2nd Grade Rep -

3rd Grade Basket Theme
"All Things Sweet" ~ Contact Libby Snider - 3rd Grade Rep -

4th Grade Basket Theme "Red Pride Basket" ~ Contact Suzette Zablon - 4th Grade Rep -

5th Grade Basket Theme "Gift Card Extravaganza" ~ Contact Rochelle Clark - 5th Grade Rep -
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Penguins in Kindergarten

Physics For All Camp

Join the PHS AP Physics students in a fun-filled evening of demonstrations, models, stage shows, and hands-on experiments. Those attending will be able to witness physics and science first-hand!

Location: Plainfield High School (enter Door #7)
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
5:30-6:45 pm Table Demonstrations
7:00-7:30 pm Stage Show

Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Children four and under are FREE. Family admission is $20. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available for sale. Proceeds from PFA will be donated to a scholarship fund for Plainfield students in grades 1-6 to attend Camp Invention, a week-long summer camp that teaches kids about the wonders of science.

What's up with Lice?

January is a peak season for lice. The reason: Kids may come into contact with lice during the holiday break. Make sure that you are checking your kids regularly for lice.

Here are a few facts to help guide you:

· Lice tend to live close to the scalp and are most visible behind the ears or at the base of the neck.

· Lice will lay eggs (nits) at the base of a hair. As that hair grows, the nit becomes farther away from the scalp. Where you find nits can indicate how long ago the nit was laid, and when the outbreak started.

· Lice do not hop or fly, they can only crawl. To spread from head to head, they need “a vehicle”, like a comb, brush, or hat. Sometimes they spread from one person to another after prolonged head to head contact. Lying on a bed, couch, pillow, or carpet that has recently been in contact with an infested person is another example of how lice are spread.

If you should notice a lice infestations, apply the following precautionary measures

· Use the pediculicides (lice medicine) as directed in the package insert. Infested persons should not use a combination shampoo/conditioner or hair conditioner before using lice medicine and should not re-wash their hair for 1-2 days after the lice medicine has been applied. Many experts now recommend doing your second head lice treatment on day 9.

· Detection of live lice more than 24 hrs. after treatment means that either the treatment failed or you have gotten re-infested. Call your health care provider before retreating, as a different pediculicide may be necessary.

· To avoid potential toxic reactions in people, repetitive use of over-the-counter (OTC) head lice control products is not recommended.

· Also be sure to wash your child's clothing and bedding in hot water and vacuum to remove lice and nits from furniture, carpets, stuffed animals, car seats, etc. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you really only have to clean "items that have been in contact with the head of the person with infestation in the 24 to 48 hours before treatment," and not everything in your house. You can put anything that you can't wash in a large plastic bag for a few weeks if you are really concerned that it is infested, although this is rarely necessary.

If you have any questions contact the school nurse at 838-3653.

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.

(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.


Tuesday, February 9th
Book Fair

Thursday, February 11th
Valentine's Day Parties 2:30 pm
School Board Mtg 7 pm

Friday, February 12th - 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

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!"
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After-School 500 Festival Kidsfit Running Program (4th & 5th Grades ONLY)

Our next AFTER-SCHOOL activity club will be a Running Club. Mrs. Edwards, 2nd grade teacher, and Mrs. Eakes, Physical Education teacher are leading this club. This club is sponsored by the 500 Festival as a children's training program for the 5K (3.1 mile distance) at the 500 Festival Mini Marathon on May 7, 2016. Participation in the 5K is optional and will require parents to provide transportation and attend the event with their child. If you join the club more information concerning the 500 Festival 5K Run will be provided. There is a ONE WEEK commitment to this club if you sign up. Everyone's goal is to be active 60 minutes every day. This club can provide some of those minutes.

The Running Club will take place on Wednesdays from 3:45 until 4:30 p.m. after school. Students will stay at school until parent pick up time at 4:30. Parents will need to park outside the gym doors (door #5) to pick children up at 4:30 p.m. Students who are walkers may walk home with parent permission at 4:30. If you are unable to pick up your child promptly at 4:30 please do not sign your child up for this activity.

This club will begin Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Running Club Dates:
  • February 17
  • February 24
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4

To join this club you need to return your permission form to Mrs. Eakes, or your teacher. Late permission forms will no be accepted.

All permission forms are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2016.

This club is for students who have a committed desire to learn and train for long distance running (5K). Students will be participating in various intense physical fitness activities each week. Students are not required to participate in the 500 Festival 5K Run. You do not need to be a good runner already, but you must want to train and learn to become a good runner. We expect all club members to demonstrate good sportsmanship and follow the physical education excellence rules at all times. Any student being disruptive or inappropriate will not be allowed to return. If this occurs the student's parents will be notified.

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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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.

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