Expectation of Excellence

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Students of the Week

Griffin Payne, Gavin Riddell, Jaydon Stephey, Angel DeLeon, Chloe Bond, Mia Defrancisco, Leo Heyob, Emma Simon, Colton McClure, Jack Miller, Jocelyn Muehlenkord, Anthony Petro, Haylei McGillis, Anthony Petro, Jordyn Stapert, Araya Smith, Michael Rutland & Jaelynne Haase

Value of the Month Student ~ March ~ "Reliability"

Third grade student, Lily Lee, was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Sullivan, for the March Value of the Month "Reliability".

Mrs. Sutton writes, "I can always count on Lily to give her best effort. Even when faced with a difficult task, I know Lily is always going to do her very best. I can depend on her to work carefully and do the very best job she can do. I can also count on her to have a good attitude. She never complains, she just gets the job done. Finally, I can always rely on Lily to be a kind, caring person. She is considerate of her classmates and treats everyone with respect. Lily is a wonderful student to teach because I can rely on her to show excellence in her attitude and her effort. She is really an amazing person!"

Staff MVP of the Week ~ Miss Marissa Binole, 3rd Grade Teacher

This week's staff Most Valuable Player at Brentwood Elementary is third grade teacher, Miss Marissa Binole! Fellow colleague, Mr. Osborne, says the following about Miss Binole: "Third grade can be a difficult transition for many kids because of high stakes testing. Miss Binole takes much of the stress off of her students by "not focusing on, nor teaching to the test". Instead she focuses on the curriculum, sets high expectations, helps students on an individual level through differentiated instruction, and sticks her neck out when they need her to. Miss Binole is a student centered teacher that utilizes best teaching practices for each of her students to meet their goals. It is a pleasure to call her friend and colleague.

Miss Binole has been teaching for 13 years. She has taught both 3rd and 4th grades, currently teaching our 3rd grade students here at Brentwood!

She grew up in the Dyer region, went to Lake Central High School and then Purdue University. Both of Marissa's parents and brother still live in Dyer and she has a 5 year old mutt named Mack who lives with her in Indianapolis. Mack is a rescue from the Humane Society.

Some of Miss Binole's Favorites:

Color ~ Blue

Movie ~ The Goonies and the Family Stone

TV Show ~ Three's Company and the Golden Girls

Book ~ The Kite Runner

Music ~ Classic Rock and R&B

Flower ~ Tulip

Restaurant ~ Bru Burger and Cancun

Candy ~ Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids

When she isn't teaching 3rd Graders at Brentwood, Miss Binole enjoys spending time with Mack and her family, traveling, exercising, reading, and doing anything outdoors. The most interesting place she has visited was Yellowstone National Park, but she is also excited to visit Italy this coming summer!

What is a teacher/student moment your remember fondly? "Watching struggling readers learn and gain confidence during their time with me is pretty awesome. One student I had a few years ago began third grade reading several years below grade level and grew so much throughout the year! That was fun to see, but it was REALLY special when she visited me over her next few years at Brentwood to show me a reading test she did well on or to talk about a book she was reading."

As a 3rd grade teacher, what advice do you have on how they can be involved in their child's education? "Talk to your children about their day. Spend time working with them on homework. Go to the library together and read with them often. Push them to do their personal best."

Both of our other second grade teachers gushed with wonderful sentiments for their colleague:

Mrs. Davis says, "Marissa has a great sense of humor (a much needed character trait in our profession), she is very purposeful with her lessons, objective outcomes, and resources, and she is always trying to find ways to make learning fun."

Mrs. Sutton says, "Marissa is a wonderful teacher. She does an excellent job of challenging her students and pushing them to meet the challenges she sets. She really cares about her students and wants the best for them. She is an advocate for them. Marissa is also great to work with. She is quick to share ideas and activities that she creates. She is kind and fun to be around."

Martial Artists Against Bullying Workshop at Brentwood

Students at Brentwood Elementary got to team up with the Instructors from Indiana Martial Arts and the Sheriffs Department in an interactive workshop about bullying. The program Martial Artists Against Bullying, is a workshop that teaches students how to identify bullying, prevent it, and if necessary, defend themselves if attacked.

Mr. Paul, a 4th Degree Black Belt taught the kids ways to avoid bullies, and how to get away if one tries to grab your arm. All of this was done in a non-confrontational way that doesn't involve punching or kicking. Deputy Shrum (also a Black Belt) discussed with the students on why bullies pick on others to help them understand the bully mentality. Between the two of them, they helped the kids understand the ins and outs of bullying to hopefully end bullying once and for all!

For more information about the Program or classes call, Indiana Martial Arts at 317-834-0994. They are located at 543 Bridge Street, Mooresville IN 46158, just 15 minutes from Brentwood Elementary!

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!

***Free Childcare is Available***



Only students who have returned a completed permission slip will be allowed to participate during this fun-filled, health-and-fitness-promoting event! If you have not returned your permission slip you may still do so after Spring Break. Only teacher's who received ALL their permission slips by March 26th will be eligible for the special teacher drawing this year!

GOAL: The goal of this event is to promote health and wellness with a fun activity for the students while raising funds for school enrichment programs such as field trips, school assemblies, and more! The theme for this year's Walk-a-Thon is "Be Sporty, Raise $40". Each student is being asked to try to raise $40 in pledges from their family, friends, and neighbors in support of completing the 1.1 mile Walk-a-Thon course. Please for safety of students, we ask the students not do any door-to-door pledge solicitation.


  • CLASS PRIZES at each school:
1st Place - The class that collectively raises the most money will win the opportunity to watch all four elementary school principals compete in a human bowling ball game LIVE at Clarks Creek on May 21st.

2nd Place - A Frigid Frog Sno Cone Truck Party

3rd Place - Chicago's Cinnamon Treat Pizza & Milk Party

1st Place - Bicycle

2nd Place - One Honorary Coach for a Game Pass (Good for one home PHS Athletic Event of your choice for the 2015-2016 school year)

3rd Place - Two Individual 10 Visit All Sport PHS Athletic Season Passes (2015-2016 school year)

1st Place - $25 Target or Meijer Gift Card

2nd Place - Grades K-2nd will win a ride in a police car to school. Grades 3rd-5th will win a ride in a fire truck to school.

3rd Place - Be the Gym Teacher for YOUR CLASS for the DAY!

***Also, every student who turns in a collection sheet with monetary pledge of any amount on or before Monday, April 20th, will receive an entry into a drawing for one of our many prizes!***

Every student who returns a permission slip and participates (regardless if they collect pledges or not) will receive a FREE Walk-a-Thon T-shirt to keep and wear to walk in the Walk-a-Thon.

Walk-a-Thon Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m. Set Up

9:00-9:40 a.m. 1st Grade Warm-up & Walk

9:20-10:00 a.m. Kindergarten Warm-up & Walk

9:40-12:20 a.m. 2nd Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:00-10:40 a.m. 3rd Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:20-11:00 a.m. 4th Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:40-11:20 a.m. 5th Grade Warm-up & Walk

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 5th Grade Lunch Party

Volunteers: We need 5 chaperones to walk with each classroom. We will also need help to set up for the event, to hand out water and bananas at the finish line, and to help tear down. Younger siblings may not accompany volunteers. You must have a background check on file to volunteer.

Beginner Crochet Class

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: St. Mark's Church

710 East Buchanan Street

Plainfield, IN 46168

Brentwood's Kindergarten Volunteer Doris Shalanbarger will be hosting a FREE crocheting workshop at St. Mark's Church.

Please bring yarn and crochet hooks with you!

Please call Doris at 317-838-0051 for more information or to sign up!


Classrooms that brought in the most money for our Susie's Place "Coins for Kids" fundraiser last month enjoyed ice cream this week courtesy of Susie's Place and Culvers in Plainfield!

Thank you Susies' Place and Culver's!

You can learn more about Susie's Place HERE!

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5th Grade Music Program - Tuesday, April 14th

Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. Please make sure if your child has a speaking part that they are practicing at home!

They have been working so hard on this program and we can't wait for you to see them perform!

Childrens' Sports Info

Youth Soccer Camp 2015

Register by May 25, 2015 to guarantee t-shirt

Ages: 5-13 (Must be 5 by June 1, 2015)

Dates of Camp: June 1-5, 2015

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Plainfield High School Soccer Fields

Cost: $50 (Checks made payable to Krissy Sullivan)

*Please bring ball and water to camp each day! Wear cleats & shin guards if you have them! Please have a pair of tennis shoes in your bag. If it rains camp will be held in one of the PHS gyms.

Contact Krissy for more information!

Miracle Movers Field - Soccer Program - Ages 5-10; 11-21


Registration Deadline: April 15, 2015

Please call 317-839-7665


visit www.townofplainfield.com or


Program Information:

Dates: April 25 & May 2, 9 & 16

Time: Saturdays from 11 a.m.

Fees: $20

Individuals up to age 21 are invited to the Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex to participate in an organized soccer program for those individuals with special needs. Each player will receive a soccer jersey and socks.

***Volunteers Needed***

***New Lunchroom Policy***

A situation has risen in our cafeteria that our staff would like to ask students to PLEASE set any food/drink (water bottles) down at their table BEFORE going through the lunch line to purchase additional items. Some of the items coming from home are identical to the ones that are sold in our cafeteria.

We are asking that Parents and Teachers both relay this message to their children to help assist us with this issue.


PCSC Food Services is Hiring!!!


Are you looking for a part-time job? Are you looking to earn some extra income while your kids are at school? Would you enjoy preparing and/or serving healthy food to children?

No nights, weekends or holidays!

We are currently looking for energetic, upbeat people to fill open positions in the cafeterias within PCSC.

Positions Open: Substitute but could lead into full time

School(s): multiple

Experience: No experience required, Kitchen experience helpful

To apply:

Please complete an application online (can be accessed at www.plainfield.k12.in.us) under the employment tab.

If you have any questions please contact:

Kelly Collins


Director Food Services


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

5th Grade Music Program @ 6 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quaker Zone

Monday, April 20, 2015
PTO Pizza Party for ALL Parents! @ 6:30 p.m. in Teacher's Lounge

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4th Grade Music Program @ 6 p.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015


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

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.