Expectation of Excellence

Friday, January 23, 2015

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Students of the Week

Tillie Sheckles Paul, Dominick Bettinger, Baylee Winsted, Aiyana Keown, Avery Hamby, Stephanie Esqueda, Cogan Monroe, Dominick Elkins, Camryn Evans.Emma Juengel, Cianna Zablan, Danica White, Kyle Stout, Zoey Abel, Eli Metcalf, Colin Brunner, Gabrielle Kennedy & Landon Boettger

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. Edward's 2nd Grade Class and Mrs. Osborne's 5th Grade Class.


Meet our Staff MVP of the Week ~ Mrs. Madalin Eakes, Phys. Ed.

Our Staff Most Valuable Player of the Week is Mrs. Madalin Eakes, our Physical Education teacher. Mrs. Eakes has been teaching PE for 30 years and has been at Brentwood for 28 of those years.

Mrs. Eakes has been married to her husband, Jon, for 22 years. Her most memorable vacation was to Greece.

Some of Mrs. Eakes' Favorites
Color ~ Sky Blue
Movie ~ Field of Dreams & White Christmas
TV Show ~ Brady Bunch & HGTV Property Brothers
Children's Book ~ Henry Huggins and the Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
Adult Book ~ The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
Music ~ All music! But Mrs. Eakes' favorite group is the Eagles
Flower ~ Stargazer Lily
Restaurant ~ Charleston's
Candy ~ Dark Chocolate Snickers & Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms

When she isn't teaching at Brentwood, Mrs Eakes enjoys attending Cincinnati Red's baseball games, bike riding, working in the yard, playing tennis, and socializing with family friends.

Mrs. Eakes has many wonderful memories over the years with students. "I must mention the moments that I really treasure are when students have worked hard to accomplish a goal. Being part of their proud moment when they have achieved their goal is awesome."

What advice do you have for parents of school-aged children on how they can be more involved in their child's education? "Everyone realized the usefulness of reading to be a life-long learner. Equally as important is healthy brain development. Being physically active every day for 60 minutes can be a great way (as I tell our students) to help our brain work better. Making exercise a priority during family time can be lost of fun. This can develop healthy exercise habits that will continue to be relevant throughout life. If parents have the opportunity to volunteer in any capacity at school I encourage them to do so. This sends a clear message to children education is appreciated. Some parents do not have that option, but they can go through and discuss school folders with their children, read together daily and play/exercise together often. When children see education is valued by their parents, it becomes important to children as well.

Fellow specials teacher, Mrs. Honegger, had this to say about her friend: "Madalin is a great advice giver and is the person I always go to when I need something. She is always willing to help in any way she can. I feel very lucky to work with her! "

"She makes it a point to learn all her students' names as quickly as possible each year. Madalin creates relationships with not only the students but their families. It's an honor to teach with Mrs. Eakes," says colleague, Mr. Osborne.

Mrs. Nay, our Home School Advisor, says "Mrs. Eakes is wonderful! She always plans such cool activities for her classes which help encourage a healthy lifestyle."

3 Hour Red Pride Dance Clinic (Ages 4 & up)

The Plainfield High School Dance Team is hosting a 3-hour dance clinic during our Mid-Winter break from school!

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: PHS Field House, Enter through Door 7
Cost: $25 per child (includes t-shirt and each child's entrance to the basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 17th)

Participants will learn basic dance skills, dance team etiquette, and a short dance routine which they will perform during half-time of the PHS Boys' Varsity basketball game on Tuesday, February 17th. Participants should arrive to the game at 6:30 p.m. so they can review the dance routine. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Participants should wear black shorts or leggings with their dance clinic t-shirt.

**Checks payable to PHS with "Dance Team Clinic" in the memo. See flyer that came home for more information***

Brentwood NEEDS a PRESIDENT for Next School Year

After 8 years of being our PTO President, Andi Solero, will be stepping down at the end of this school year. We are looking for someone to step into her VERY LARGE shoes at the end of this school year. Andi will be serving as a PTO Advisor for 2015-2016 to assist the incoming president in their new role.

With three of the PTO Board members' children entering the 5th grade next school year it is imperative that we NEED some new parent involvement within our PTO soon! Please contact Andi or Rochelle for more information or if you have questions!

December Value of the Month Student ~ Simone Rivera

Miss Rachel Landis, Kindergarten teacher, nominated her student, Simone Rivera for the December Value of the Month "Kindness".

Miss Landis writes, "Simone is always a very kind student in our classroom to all. She goes out of her way to make all of her classmates feel included. Simone also lends a helping hand whenever needed. She has also been seen giving her classmates cards and pictures to cheer them up. Simone is a very kind student!"

Brentwood's Annual Super Saturday is ALMOST HERE!!!

Super Saturday is a morning of fun-filled workshops offered to all Brentwood students for FREE! This year's Super Saturday will be held on February 21st from 9-11:30 a.m. The idea of Super Saturday is for students to learn about something new and different, to have fun doing something they enjoy, or to try their hand at a new skill.

Brentwood PTO is in need of "teachers" for classes/worshops. You do not have to be an expert craftsman or an expert teacher. We just need individuals that have the desire to teach young children something new and/or different. In years past we have had classes on crafts, scrapbooking, stenciling, cookie decorating, sign language, paper flowers, magic tricks, stained glass, soap making, sports, balloon animals, and wood-working. We welcome any new ideas that you may have for a class!

If you are interested in teaching a class or you know someone else who would be great at this please contact Rochelle at 317-839-4802 (Brentwood Office), rclark@plainfield.k12.in.us (email), or 317-412-1297 (text cell).

Valentine's Day Card Contest

CALLING ALL BRENTWOOD STUDENTS!!! Our Student Council is sponsoring a Valentine's Day Card Contest starting now.

Students can make Valentine's to be given to Senior Citizens in retirement facilities. Make your card at home and turn it into your teacher by February 9th. Here are the rules:

  1. Please do not put your full name on the card.
  2. Write the following on the BACK of the card: First name, grade and teacher (for example: if you were in Mrs. Barker's 4th grade you would write: Rachel 4B)
  3. Please do not make cards bigger than 9"x6"

There are no other rules! Be creative! Your card will bring a smile to another person!

**All students will receive a small piece of candy for participating. Winners of the contest will be judged by 5th grade student council members. Winners will receive lunch with Mrs. Vamos. The contest will have one winner per grade level.**

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

PCSC Job Opportunities

PCSC Cafeteria Openings:
Are you looking for a job that works well with your child's school hours? The Plainfield Community School Cafeteria might just be the place for you!!! The cafeteria is looking for subs. Sub positions are open with the possibility of it becoming a permanent position. Apply online ONLY at www.plainfield.k12.in.us.

PCSC Substitute Bus Driver Openings:
The Plainfield Schools Transportation Department is seeking individuals to work as substitute bus drives.

*Training Provided*
*Flexible Work Schedule*
*Potential for Full-time*

If interested, please call the PCS Transportation Office at 317-838-3632 or apply at www.plainfield.k12.in.us.

January & February at a Glance

Monday, January 26, 2015
Quaker Zone
Monday, January 26, 2015

PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Teacher's Lounge

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PTO Restaurant Night at Dickey's BBQ (5-9 p.m.)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Classroom Valentine's Day Parties 2:30 p.m.

Week of February 9-12, 2015

I Heart Reading Week (Book Fair) **more info coming**

Saturday, February 21, 2015 9-11:30 a.m.

Super Saturday

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)

2015-2016 Board & other PTO Positions Avialable

We need many positions filled for the 2015-2016 school year within our PTO.

Board positions - including our PTO President position!

Grade Reps - Find classroom parents for Fall & Valentine parties, Send home PTO grade-specific info periodically, attend monthly 1 hour long meetings, help organize grade specific auctioned theme basket for Carnival.

Market Day Rep - Oversee Market Day flyer distribution, orders, pick-ups

Please email Andi Solero if you have any questions!

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 Plainfield Pee Wee Association, Inc.
Baseball registration time is here! All registration will be done online this year. Vist their website HERE. For those with no access we will provide access at the times/locations listed below:

Sat. Jan. 31 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plainfield Rec Center

Tues. Feb. 10 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Extra Innings

Mon. Feb 16 - 6-8 p.m.
Plainfield Rec Center - 6-8 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 18 - 7-8:30 p.m.
Extra Innings

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

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.

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

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.

Changes to Online Ordering

The cut-off date for Market Day internet orders has changed to the Wednesday night (at 11 p.m.) before pick-up dates instead of Thursday night now. The pick up times have been moved up to 6-7 p.m. also.

PTO - Market Day Fundraiser

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.