Expectation of Excellence

Friday, March 13, 2015

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~ Parent Pointers ~

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PTO Spring Carnival Saturday, March 21 5- 8 p.m.

Our Spring Carnival is JUST around the corner and we have LOTS of exciting things planned this year! But we also need LOTS of help! Check out our Carnival Facebook Page or read more about the Carnival on our website HERE.

Each grade is putting together a basket full of donated items to auction off at the carnival. Please look up your grade's theme below:

Kindergarten - Summer Fun Basket

1st Grade - A Night at the Movies Basket

2nd Grade - All Things Sports Basket

3rd Grade - Sweet Tooth Basket

4th Grade - Red Pride Plainfield Quakers Basket

5th Grade - Gift Card Extravaganza Basket

Items can be brought into the office, sent in with your student to their teacher, or placed in the boxes in the front hallway.

***If you want to give a monetary donation AND for gift card donations please send that in a sealed envelope to the office or your teacher with the words "Carnival Basket" on the outside).***

We are also looking for volunteers to help out at the carnival running games, selling tickets, and other needs as they arise. If you can help please contact Andi at asoloero@plainfield.k12.in.us or Rochelle at rclark@plainfield.k12.in.us.

We would like to have enough volunteers that each volunteer would work NO LONGER than a one-hour shift and would then be able to enjoy the rest of the carnival with their student!

Carnival Needs: 2-Liters of Pop & Use of a Pick-up Truck to Transport Carnival Games to Brentwood. Drop 2-Liters off in the Office; Call 839-4802 if you have a Pick-up Truck! ~~Thanks!!!~~

PTO Parents' Pizza Party Invitation

WHAT: Parent Pizza Party

WHEN: Monday, April 20th @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Brentwood Elementary Teacher's Lounge


WHY: To say Thank You for a GREAT year (and to just have fun!)

If you plan to come, please RSVP no later than Noon on Monday, April 20th by clicking HERE and registering!

Students of the Week

Sam Wilson, Antoineo Hayes, Colin Cashen-Pitts, Quincy Winsted, Trevor Wilson, Kaelyn Armstrong, Elijah Yates, Lilly Snider, Ryan Bowen, Connor Burress, Morgan Evans, Alicia Hodge, Bradley Eddy, Joey Fenner, Maquinzie Phillips, Chloe Endsley, and Keyarra Armstrong

February Value of the Month Student "Honesty" ~ Kami Spurgeon

Second Grade Teacher, Mrs. Edwards, nominated her student, Kami Spurgeon, for the February Value of the Month "Honesty".

In Mrs. Edwards' words: "This young lady could be chosen for any value of the month. Kami takes pride in school and shows excellence on a daily basis. She is a role model for honesty and displays mature qualities as a second grader. Kami walks into the classroom every day with a smile on her face and is eager to learn as much as she can! Her actions are contagious and other students follow her lead. She is a hard worker and challenges herself in all areas. I am very proud of her progress this year."

Meet our Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Kelly Edwards, 2nd Grade Teacher

This week's Staff Most Valuable Player is beloved 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Kelly Edwards!!!

How long have you been teaching and what grades? I have been teaching for 14 years. I have taught developmental preschool, first grade and second grade.

Tell me a little about your family and pets. My husband (Ryan) and I have three great children! Our oldest is a freshman at IUPUI and just joined a sorority. Our son is in 8th grade and is a motivated swimmer. Our youngest is a 4th grader at Brentwood and absolutely loves gymnastics. We have a fat cat named Izzy who is a special member of our family. We are always busy but love our time together.

Some of Mrs. Edwards' Favorites:

Color: turquoise/gray

Movie: Grease

TV Show: The news (does that count?? Ha!)

Book: Me First (children’s book)

Music: All

Flower: orchid

Restaurant: Kona Jacks

Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't teaching?

I enjoy spending time with my family when I am not teaching. We are normally at a pool somewhere for a swim meet or at a gymnastics meet. I also enjoy running and working out even when I really don’t feel like it. Reading is also something that I look forward to each day. I am constantly looking for a new series or book to read.

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

The most interesting place I have been is St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. I have never been so close to iguanas! They walk right up to you as if they are your friend. I saw some of the most beautiful beaches and learned some history as well.

What is a teacher/student moment you remember fondly? (You do not have to use students’ name(s).)

I have several fond moments that I could describe. There is one in particular that happened recently. I was explaining directions for a certain activity and used a vocabulary word in my sentence that we had been working on that week. When I finished the sentence, one of my students yelled out “I love you Mrs. Edwards. I love it when you use our vocabulary words in a sentence.” It is definitely a moment I will never forget!

As a 2nd Grade teacher, what advice do you have for parents on how they can be involved in their child’s education?

The advice I have for parents is to talk more with their children. As a mom my children tend to tell me that their day at school was “good.” It would be easy to leave it at that but it is important to extend the conversation to meaningful talk. It is also important to try to “stop life” for a period of time each day to spend time with children.

Fellow 2nd Grade Teacher, Mrs. Hamlin says, "Kelly is such a compassionate teacher. She cares for each student on a level unlike others. She always has her students best interest at heart. What a great role model to her students! Her kindness is an inspiration to all!"

Kelly is an outstanding teacher! She works hard to ensure that all of her students' learning needs are met through a variety of engaging activities. She loves to make learning fun for the students and genuinely cares for all the students that she works with. In addition Kelly is a true team player! She is always willing to help out whenever needed with no hesitation. I have learned a wealth of teaching knowledge from her. I feel blessed to have been able to work closely with her for the last nine years!" Shares 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Henry.

4th Grade Field Trip to Indiana State House & Indiana State History Museum

Students in 4th grade traveled to downtown Indianapolis today (Friday) for a trip down History Lane to the Indiana State House and the Indiana State History Museum!

Enjoy some pictures of this field trip!

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Jump Rope for Heart

Brentwood families raised $4,500 for the American Heart Association last week during our "Jump Rope for Heart" event.

Way to go Brentwood Elementary Students!

The Golden Tray Goes to..........................................

Each week class that exhibits the more exemplary cafeteria behaviors consistently during each lunch period is awarded The Golden Tray.

This week's winners are Mrs. Henry's 2nd Grade Class and Mrs. Barker's 4th Grade Class (second week in a row!).



Friday, March 20, 2015

Excellence Convo 2:45

Saturday, March 21, 2015

PTO Spring Carnival 5-8 p.m.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Teacher-In-Service - NO SCHOOL

Friday, March 27-April 3, 2015

Spring Break

Kindergarten Round-Up for 2015-2016 School Year

The dates have been set for Plainfield School's Kindergarten Round-Up for NEXT school year! At Round-up you will have the opportunity to speak with your school's secretary, learn about transportation options, speak to a school nurse, find out healthy information from our food service specialist, as well as find out about many exciting opportunities in our community for your child to get involved in!

Round-up will be held at Clarks Creek in the gymnasium again this year. Families should enter through Door 5.

Wednesday, April 8th
9am-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Thursday, Apirl 9th
9am-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Items you will need to bring with you:
Completed enrollment form
Proof of Residency:
  • Copy of current lease or purchase agreement for home
  • Copy of a gas or electric utility bill in the same address
Copy of child's birth certificate
Copy of child's immunization records

**More Information Is Coming!!!**

Join our PTO

Brentwood has a strong parent-teacher organization and all parents, grandparents, and teachers are invited to be a part of the many school activities planned by this organization. Our PTO is involved in volunteering at the school and in the classrooms, social gatherings, Grandparents' Day, Teacher Appreciation, Monthly Staff Luncheons, Super Saturday, Spring Carnival, and many other wonderful activities.

Join us for dinner at our next PTO meeting and learn about some fun ways to get involved! Free childcare is available at all meetings!

If you would like more information please contact Andi or Rochelle!

R.O.S.E. Nomination TIME

Recognize an Outstanding School Employee (R.O.S.E.) by nominating them. A Plainfield Community School Corporation employee deserving special recognition for their outstanding qualities, activities, efforts or contributions merits acknowledgment. All administrative personnel, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, certified staff, counselors, custodians, nurses, and transportation staff are eligible.

Please nominate any worthy Plainfield School employee by completing the online form and returning it to the administration office by Friday, March 20, 2015.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Break Camp: Technology & Nature Together

A brand new collaboration with Jameson Camp & IUPUI IT Academy to give kids a chance to explore computer technology while enjoying all that camp has to offer!

WHO: Ages 11-15 - Kids interested in computers, information technology & IT careers
WHAT: Day Camp during Spring Break!
WHERE: 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46321
WHEN: March 30 - April 3, 9:00-5:00 (drop-off opens at 8:00, pick up by 5:30)
ACTIVITIES: Technology & Outdoor Activities - MORE INFORMATION HERE!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $320/full week UNTIL Dec. 31st ($350/week after Dec. 31st)

Helpful Information

1st Bell - 8:20 a.m. (Students may enter the building.)
Tardy Bell - 8:40 a.m. (Students must be in classroom when bell rings)
Dismissal Bell - 3:40 p.m.

11:00 - 11:30 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch
11:35 - 12:05 - 4th & 5th Grade Lunch
12:10 - 12:45 - K & 1st Grade Lunch

With colder weather upon us we just wanted to remind you that if your child is late to school an adult DOES still need to accompany them into the office to sign them in. Please do not send them in unaccompanied.

Childrens' Sports Info

2015 PCMS Girls' Soccer

If interested in more information please email Brien Warner ASAP!

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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

Transportation & Dismissal Info

Student Arrivals:
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. If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office with them to sign them in.

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 a healthy breakfast 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 into 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.

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.

PTO Market Day

Order forms are available in the office or you can visit Market Day online to order!

Order Pick-Up Dates:

Please contact our Market Day Representative, Kathleen @ 317-821-0613 for more information.