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Friday, March 20, 2015

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Note From the Principal...

Dear Brentwood families,

Spring Break is upon us! It is a great opportunity to “re-charge” and welcome in the spring season. Several of you are planning to take trips, some of you are staying home to relax with your kids and others have developed ideas for your children while you continue to work during their spring break. I thought it might be fun to offer some ideas of great things to do during our Brentwood spring break:

1. Read together. Read a good book or two or three or more…. The sky’s the limit! This helps to grow the dendrites in one’s brain!

2. Have a dance party. No matter what the weather is like outside, you can always crank up the music and dance.

3. Have an art show. Do your kids love to draw, paint and create? Give your kids all the supplies they need to make collages, paintings or sculptures and at the end of the week, invite friends and family over to view their creations.

4. Start the gardening. It might not be warm enough to plant but you can certainly start your planning. Have your child help to plot this year’s garden on paper.

5. Get in the kitchen. This is a great idea because not only do kids love to get in the kitchen and help cook but you may be able to make meals ahead of time. It just depends on just how “helpful” your child is!

6. Volunteer together at soup kitchens, nursing homes, and other worthy organizations. Not only is it a great opportunity for your kids but it helps the community too.

7. Read together once again! It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and they are able to go on “adventures” without ever leaving the house.


Ms. Vamos

Still Accepting Volunteers to Help at the Carnival TOMORROW

If you are coming to the Carnival tomorrow (5-8 p.m.) and you are available to help AT our Carnival - please call or text Rochelle at 317-412-1297.

Thank you!

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

Our Spring Carnival is finally here 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 has 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

~Thank you to all our families who donated to our baskets! They look amazing!~

If you can volunteer to help at our carnival we still WANT and NEED your help! 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!

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

Cage Fishel, Joshua Knowles, Tyler Blake, Will Griffith, Macy Gunn, Ally Boggs, Sherri Gettinger, Savanah Carel, Lyla Stevens, Nevaeh King, Jada Pearman, Cadence Bolton, Gavin Burress, Elijah Shumate, Jaci Gettinger, Jazlynn Campbell, Donte Chipisa, & Maddie Smith

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. Sonja Gyori, School Nurse

This week's Staff Most Valuable Player is our much valued school nurse, Mrs. Sonja Gyori, RN.

How long have you been working as the nurse at Brentwood? What jobs have you held in the past? Where did you grow up and attend school? This is my third year working at Brentwood and my first experience as a school nurse. I love it! I have worked with maternal and child public health, as a medical interpreter, and at a Pediatric Clinic. After graduating with my B.S. in nursing from Goshen College (Indiana), my husband and I traveled abroad and did volunteer work in community health and development for 6 years. Both of us grew up children of missionaries in Latin America so we speak Spanish a lot at home!

Tell me a little about your family and pets. We have two children, our daughter (the oldest) is a high school math teacher and coach. She is an All American Athlete and a beautiful bride of 9 months! Our son is in college out east studying history, political science, peace building and Spanish. He is also an athlete and best all-around guy . . . (says the proud mother!). We have a Blue Heeler dog named Tessa who is still learning to heel! You may see me working with her on the sidewalks and paths in Plainfield.

Some of Nurse Gyori's Faves:

    1. Color All shades of green (think: tropics!)
    2. Movie
    3. TV Show Elementary
    4. Book The Bible and The Secret Life of Bees
    5. Music Folk, Christian, and musica latina, por supuesto!
    6. Flower Any and all (and believe me, I’ve seen lots!)
    7. Restaurant Taste Café
    8. Candy Dark chocolate covered almonds

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t taking such sweet care of the students of Brentwood in the Clinic? I love gardening. I grow all kinds of things we can eat and can enjoy looking at. (I do a lot of canning and freezing in the summer and fall.) I love being outside, hiking, biking, or playing with Tessa. I also love to cook and eat!

Where is the most interesting place you have been? On top of an active volcano, looking down into its steaming crater. Then hiking/sliding down and hearing and watching it erupt, at night!

What is a nurse/student moment you remember fondly? Every day I get a kick out of what students tell me. But, as I’m always saying, what happens in the clinic is private! I like that the clinic is in the kindergarten hallway. I enjoy hearing the students come into school in the morning. Kindergarteners are so happy to be here! It’s contagious!

As our school nurse, what advice do you have for parents of students here OR any information you would like parents to know? Kids are curious. Use that curiosity to create teachable moments. Love and laugh with them, they grow up quickly. Keep them active. Challenge them with new experiences so they won’t be afraid to get wet, sweaty, tired or hungry. Be kind and do your best to raise kind children.

End Notes from Nurse Gyori: "I have been fortunate to have active, curious and thoughtful parents! Being bi-cultural (I grew up and graduated from high school in Guatemala) has given me awesome opportunities to travel and make friends with people from all sorts of backgrounds. One of the things I like about being an elementary school nurse is getting to know such a rich variety of people from this community. Each one of our students is unique and cherished. It is a privilege to be a part of their growing up!"

Jump Rope for Heart - Updated Total

Brentwood families raised $4,827.74 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 Miss Binole's 3rd Grade Class and Mrs. Vanderbush's 5th Grade Class (second week in a row!).


***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


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

Wed. & Thurs. March 8&9, 2015

Kindergarten Round-Up at Clarks Creek for ALL incoming Plainfield Kindergarteners

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. BOTH DAYS

Thursday, April 9, 2015

School Board Meeting at Admin Bldg @ 7 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


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!

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.