Brentwood Bulletin

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
~Achievement~Actions~Attitudes~

Monday, September 4th

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.


The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

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High Five for Heroes

To commemorate Patriot Day this year, Brentwood students and staff are inviting local first responders and all veteran and active-duty relatives of our students to take part in a parade through the school the morning of September 11.


If you have a family member who would like to be included in our "High Five for Heroes" celebration, please email Rochelle at rclark@plainfield.k12.in.us or call the office for more details at 317-839-4802.


A sincere "Thank You" goes out to all of our heroes throughout the country and the world. Thank you for your service, and your bravery. We will never forget.

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Insect Week for 1st Grade

Students in Mrs Edwards first grade class spent this week learning about grasshoppers, butterflies, praying mantis, ants, fly, mosquito and more during Insect Week.

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Plainfield Community Schools: A Community of Values

We, at PCSC, have great pride in our Community Values. Each month at Brentwood we learn about that month's value. As a look ahead toward the beginning of school we'd like to give you a preview of September's Value: Dignity/Self-Esteem.
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September Birthdays

A VERY Happy Birthday to these Brentwood students during the month of September:


Stella E, Josh H, Kaitlynn C, Aiyana K, Hunter D, Richard K, Canaan Y, Noah B, Ethan F, Eliza H, Rylee S, Josh V, Talan P, Sherri G, Lucas W, Camryn L, Drew B, Dakota R, Jayanna S, Michael G, Jeanson V, Kenzie M, Samuel C, Isaiah P, Trinity P, Boston R, Kylie R, Anaya S, Adalyn B, Dominic L, Griffin C, Jonah I, Addison P, Mauria M, Ellie H, Bentley H, Caprise M & Gwen O

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Mrs. Barker's Class Participates in our HAPPY DRILL

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Brentwood completed our first semester Drill Day and to celebrate a job well done by all Mrs. Walker played music over the PA System as the teachers and students participated in a Happy Drill.

Recorder Karate

New music teacher, Mr. Bagg, has introduced your 4th & 5th grade students to the musical instrument: the recorder! As a fun incentive, Mr. Bagg has implemented "Recorder Karate" at Brentwood. Students hear ribbons (a.k.a. karate belts) for each song they master on the recorder from the following playlist.
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3rd Grade Social Studies Lesson

Students in Miss Binole's 3rd grade Social Studies class recently played a game to help they understand the difference between "wants" and "needs".

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign in the United States which was founded in 2006. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Please read the tips below taken from the website of the National Crime Prevention Council.


Bullying – What Is It and What Can Parents Do?

Bullying is defined as fighting, threatening, name-calling, teasing, or excluding someone repeatedly and over time.


Parents can play a central role to preventing bullying and stopping it when it happens. Here are a few things you can do:


  • Teach kids to solve problems without using violence and praise them when they do.
  • Give children positive feedback when they behave well to help build their self-esteem.

  • Ask your child about their day. Listen to them talk about school, social events, their classmates, and any problems they have.

  • Encourage your child to help others who need it.

  • Don’t bully your children or bully others in front of them. If your children see you hit, ridicule, or gossip about someone else, they are more likely to do so themselves.


If Your Child Is Bullied

There are warning signs that may indicate if your child is being bullied. They include: withdrawal, a loss of friends, a drop in grades, a loss of interest in activities he or she previously enjoyed, torn clothing, bruises, and/or a need for extra money or supplies. If you think your child is being bullied or if your child has told you that he or she is being bullied, you can help. Parents are often the best resource to build a child’s self-confidence and teach him or her how to best solve problems. Here are a few ways you can help:


  • Talk to your child’s teacher.

  • Teach your child nonviolent ways to deal with bullies, like walking away, playing with friends, or talking it out.

  • Help your child act with self-confidence. Help them practice walking upright, looking people in the eye, and speaking clearly.

  • Don’t encourage your child to fight. This could lead to him or her getting hurt, getting in trouble, and having more serious problems with the bully.

  • Involve your child in activities outside of school. This way he or she can make friends in a different social circle.


When Your Child is a Bully

It’s hard for any parent to believe that their child is a bully, but sometimes it happens. But just because your child bullies doesn’t mean that he or she will buy forever. Parents are one of the best resources to help their child stop bullying and start interacting positively with their classmates. Here are some things you can do to stop your child from bullying:


  • Take it seriously. Don’t treat bullying as a passing phase. Even if you’re not worried about long-lasting effects on your child, another child is being hurt.

  • Talk to you child to find out why he or she is bullying. Often, children bully when they feel sad, angry, lonely, or insecure, and many times major changes at home or school may bring on these feelings.

  • Help build empathy for other and talk to your child about how it feels to be bullied.

  • Ask yourself if someone at home is bullying your child. Often, kids who bully are bullied themselves by a parent, family member, or another adults.


It takes school and home working together to stop bullying before it starts, and also to address it appropriately when it does happen. If you would like more information about bullying you can visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org.

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#QuakerFace is coming soon

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Brentwood Information

Brentwood Elementary School School Day Hours:

Doors Open: 8:30 a.m.

Tardy Bell Rings: 8:50 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:50 p.m.


Address: 1630 Oliver Avenue, Plainfield, IN 46168

Phone: 317-839-4802

Fax: 317-838-3991


Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Student Lunch Times:

2nd & 3rd Grades: 11:10 - 11:40

Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 11:45 - 12:15

4th & 5th Grades: 12:20 - 12:50


website: http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/o/brentwood-elementary-school

Has Your Address Changed?


Have you moved recently? If your child rides the bus, we want to make sure your child is picked up on schedule and dropped off safely to your home. If you have changed addresses since you did the online registration in PowerSchool, we will need to have you fill out a transportation form so we can pass the information to the transportation department so your child's bus route can be updated.


You can find this form on our website. From the main page, click MENU, and then DOCUMENTS. Please return this form to the main office as soon as you can, so the appropriate changes can be made. Call us if you have any questions!

Update Information in Parent Portal

Parents are now able to do Year Round Updates in PowerSchool with the new Online Registration, now that “Returning Registration” has closed.

The type of updates the parents can do are:

  • Emergency Contact changes
  • Phone changes
  • Email addresses

The types of updates Parents cannot do:

  • Student address changes
  • Parent names changes

(Contact the office for these types of changes)

Note: Parent changes must be done from a web browser, and not the PowerSchool app,


Simply sign into your parent power school account, and click on the “Year Round Update” link (see below) to update data in real time.

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Car Rider Drop-Off Reminder

For safety purposes, If you drop your student(s) off in the morning before school in the car rider lane, please do not allow your children to exit your car until you are past the front awning. The staff members on duty cannot see children past the front awning and we want to ensure the safety of everyone. Thank you for your cooperation with this procedure.
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Youth Sports Info

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Plainfield Youth Basketball Club

Plainfield Youth Basketball Club will be having their annual tryouts for boys in grades 2-6. Please visit their website for time and information. All participants must pre-register at pybchoops.leagueapps.com.

Sunday Showcase Clinics

  • Aug. 20th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 10th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 24th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Oct. 8th, 6 - 7:15 p.m
  • Oct. 29th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.

(All dates and time are subject to change)


Where: Franklin Park, 7U on Field 4 & 8U on Field 3


The Sunday Showcase program is a baseball development program for the past 7+ years in Plainfield. These clinics allow the coaches to see your son play baseball on a field before tryouts. This helps build two teams per age group. Sunday Showcase tryouts will be in late February or early March of 2018. The games will be played in April & May on Sundays and some Saturdays. 6 year olds are welcome to try out for the 7 U team.


Please email plainfieldpeewee@gmail.com with questions or if you are interested in coaching. Or visit www.plainfieldpeewee.org for league information.

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Reporting Absences to the Nurse

Nurse Gyori (pronounced jer-ee) is our school nurse and will help your child should they need her throughout their days at Brentwood.


If you need to report a student absence please call 317-838-3652 or email sgyorihelmuth@plainfield.k12.in.us. Please include the following information:


Your child's name and teacher

Your relationship to child

The reason your child will be out

The best way to reach you if the nurse has additional questions


Also, please direct any immunization questions you have to our nurse. She would love to answer your questions!



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2017-2018 Lunch Prices


Breakfast $1.30

Lunch $2.40

Milk $0.50


Cafeteria Information:

Please send lunch money in a marked envelope with your child to school when needed. This can be in the form of cash or check made out to "Brentwood Cafeteria". You may also fund your child's lunch account using eFunds or MyLunchMoney.com. Look for student sign up information on these online options to come home with your child the first week of school.

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Upcoming Events


Monday, September 4th

Labor Day - No School


Wednesday, September 6th

Kickball Club 3:50 - 4:45 p.m.


Thursday, September 7th

Parent Title 1&3 Mtgs 10:00 a.m. or 5:30 p.m.


Monday, September 11th

Robotics Club 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

5th Grade Art Club 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.


Wednesday, September 13th

Kickball Club 3:50 - 4:45 p.m.


Friday, September 15th

Reptile Jim - PTO Free Event 6 p.m.


Monday, September 18th

Robotics Club 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

5th Grade Art Club 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. in Cafeteria (FREE childcare available)


Tuesday, September 19th

Hot Skates Fundraiser 6-8 p.m.


Wednesday, September 20th

Teacher In-Service Day - NO SCHOOL


Thursday-Friday, September 21st-22nd

5th Grade Overnight Field Trip to Jameson Camp


Monday, September 25th

Robotics Club 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

5th Grade Art Club 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.


Friday, September 29th

4th Grade Science Fair 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.


October 2nd - 6th

United Way Spirit Week

Robotics Club 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

4th Grade Art Club 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.


Friday, October 6th

End of 1st Grading Period

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Become a Brentwood Volunteer

Would you like to help out in your child's classroom, go on field trips, or attend field trips? If so - our teachers can't wait to have you help out! But before you do there are some simple steps you need to complete first...


1. Every volunteer, field trip chaperone, or classroom party volunteer must have a background check completed through PCSC. Many of your completed these forms when you enrolled your children online this year as the forms were included. If you still need to fill one out for this year please contact the office well in advance of your first visit to do this.


2. Every volunteer must also complete a PCSC Confidentiality Volunteer Agreement in the office upon their first time volunteering each year.


3. Every visitor to our building during school hours must check-in at the reception desk and be entered into our Safe Visitor system. The very fist time you visit you must have your Driver's License or State Issued ID Card which will be scanned into the computer. Most likely you will NOT need it again upon subsequent visits because the system stores your information. (However, should a glich appear in the system and it is required of you it would be more convenient on you if you had your ID with you.) Every visitor is photographed at the same time they are checked in upon their first visit also.


Thank you for your flexibility as we continue to learn this software during our second year of its use. We know your first priority, as ours in the office, is the safety of all of our children.


(Lunch Room visitors will sit at a specially designated table with only their child and therefore will only be checked into our Safe Visitor system (#3) above.) They are not required to complete steps 1-2 above unless they want to volunteer in a classroom or small group setting, chaperone a field trip, or help out at PTO run classroom parties or events.)

We Are Proud to Introduce Our New PTO Board

President, Gina Grimes

Co-presidents, Carol Mehl and Micki Stevens

Treasurer, Carrie Baker

Secretary, Shelly Smith

Financial Secretary, Sara Frisch

Social Director, Angela Smail

Donations Director, Amanda Scott


Please email brentwoodpto2016@gmail.com with any questions!

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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.

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