September 26, 2016
Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement
Parent Meeting TONIGHT is Cafeteria at 6 p.m.
Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children
We are happy to announce that Plainfield Community Elementary School District will be partnering this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.
We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program at Central Elementary School on Monday, September 26th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.
Students of the Week ~ September 23, 2016
4th Grade Bicentennial Field Trip
4th grade students enjoyed helping ring in Indiana's Bicentennial by participating in the Torch Relay last week.
Brentwood's 4th Grade Teachers
It's that time of year families! Time to set up your Parent-Teacher Conference with your child's teacher. Teachers have emailed a link that you can follow to sing up through signupgenius.com online for your conference time.
Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 20th from 1 - 8 p.m. There is NO SCHOOL for students this day. Please contact your teacher for this link if you still need it and direct any questions to the office if you are having difficulty signing up.
Staff from the Food Services Department and Brentwood Cafeteria came together to honor Johnny Appleseed Day today and offered yummy treats made from apples to Brentwood Staff & Students!
4th & 5th Grade Learns with Apples through STEM
PHS Octagon Club Coat Drive
The Plainfield High School Octagon Cub once again have a coat drive the first two weeks of October. If you have any gently used, laundered coats you would like to donate you can bring them into Brentwood and we will add these to their corporation-wide donation. The Octagon Club will take these coats directly to the neighborhoods that have been identified as having students in our district with the greatest need.
Their distribution date in Oct 29th. Any left over coats will be given that day to the Bundle Up Hendricks county event at the fairgrounds matching children/families with coats.
Brentwood plans to place a large box in our front foyer for these coats, but until that box is in position you may drop your coats off to the office.
National Essay Contest for 5th Grade Students
The Hendricks County Wa-Pe-Ke-Way Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the "American History Essay Contest" for students in Grades 5-8.
The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.
This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
Participating chapters send one winning essay from each of the four grades for judging on the state level. The state will send one winning essay from each of the four grades to be judged on a divisional level. The winning essay from each of the four grades will then be judged on the national level and the winners are announced.
Each student participant receives a certificate of participation from the chapter and the chapter winners receive bronze medals and certificates. State winners receive certificates and silver medals. National winners receive special certificates, medals, and a monetary award.
Value of the Month ~ August ~ Respect for Laws & Rules
Every Month our teachers nominate one student from their class who has exemplified our value of that month. August's value of the month was Respect for Laws & Rules. One student is then selected from that pool to be honored at the next month's PCSC Board Meeting by the Superintendent, the Board Members, Principals, Teachers, and community.
Brentwood's August Value of the Month Student is Chandler Suprano from Mrs. Scott's 2nd grade class. Mrs. Scott writes, "Chandler always follows the rules and has the expected behavior without being asked. He is not only always following the directions, he is also very respectful of the safety rules and cooperating with others. He has kept his hands to himself - even when others have not. I can always count on Chandler to respect the directions that are given and also help others when needed."
Major Saver Fundraiser
Major Saver is looking forward to another successful campaign and partnership with the Plainfield Community Schools and the Plainfield Community Schools Legacy Foundation. Students have the opportunity to sell Major Saver savings cards for $10. These cards give the purchaser coupons/savings at 20 local merchants/restaurants in the Plainfield area.
Students will bring home their sales packets November 2nd. This is an OPTIONAL fundraiser that you make the decision whether to participate in or not! A Major Saver staff member comes to the school each day (November 9-14) to collect any monies collected and leaves the cards THAT DAY to be sent home for disbursement. You do NOT need to wait to send in your orders!
November 15h: Follow Up Day
- ‘Late order’ collections
In addition to the classroom wide incentives, Major Saver will also be offering the following incentives for each building and teachers:
Incentive #1 (BUILDINGS): For each school who averages 1.0 CPS (Cards Per Student) or greater, Major Saver will contribute $250 back to that school.
Incentive #2 (TEACHERS): In each of the 4 elementary schools, the teacher whose class sells the most cards (regardless of building performance) will receive a $100 gift purchase to Teachers Pay Teachers (www.teacherspayteachers.com). In an environment of limited classroom budgets, we think $100 will help quite a bit for teachers to buy that little something extra they want for their classroom, whether it be books, supplies, etc.
Find our more information at: https://www.majorsaver.com/schools
Robotics Club Meeting Dates
*Please note that these meetings are subject to change based on the need of the club. We may need to add an additional day throughout September and October to ensure that our Robot is built prior to competition.
Tuesday, September 27th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 6th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 27th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3rd 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 10th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 17th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19th 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Robot Competition @ Brentwood
Thursday, December 1st 3:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 8th 3:50 - 5:00 p.m. NATIONAL WEEK OF CODING
**A New schedule will be sent home in December for 2nd Semester**
Saturday, February 4th 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Robot Competition @ Brentwood
Announcing Pearson’s Perspective Resource Site
What is PerspectiveTM? PerspectiveTM is a supplemental online site with thousands of learning resources to help teachers and families improve their students’ performance.
Resources are aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards.
Families can use the Learning Locator (from the ISTEP+ Individual Student Report) to access personalized learning for students based on their individual state test scores.
There is one code for each content area Individual Student Report.
- Click on the link above for the Perspective Quick Guide for Parents.
Access is provided by using the Learning Locator from the ISTEP+ Individual Student Report in each content area.
PCSC Elementary Math Bowl
Plainfield 4th and 5th grade students will begin competing in local Math Bowl competitions this year! This after-school activity will be supervised by teachers, and will allow students to explore math skills and concepts in fun, creative and competitive ways!
Each elementary school will host a Call-Out Meeting prior to October 3, 2016. More details coming your way!
**Sanctioned by the Indiana Association of Principals, students will work together to test their knowledge against teams from other school districts.**
The Andrew Luck Book Club
Does your student LOVE reading? Does your family LOVE the Colts? Why not join the Andrew Luck Book Club and have fun reading the same books your beloved QB loves? Our librarian is even inviting any student that wants to write a persuasive letter to Andrew Luck asking him to come to Brentwood to share his love of book with our students. Mr. Fritch will even mail all of the letters we receive to Andrew Luck himself!
Find out more information about the book club HERE.
PTO Fundraiser at Frigid Frog
The Non-Fundraiser Fundraiser
Our PTO is looking to raise at least $3000 to cover main PTO events this year.
Please consider donating to help us continue activities during and after school without asking for items to be donated for each event. Please send in the form PTO sent home or just put your donation in an envelope and notate "PTO Donation to Treasurer" on the outside along with your child's name and teacher (or you may choose to keep your donation anonymous).
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.
September & October -at-a-Glance
Monday, September 26, 2016
Body Safety Parent Night
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, September 29-30, 2016
5th Grade Overnight Field Trip - Jameson Camp
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Friday, September 30, 2016
4th Grade Science Fair
9 - 10:45 a.m.
October 3 - 7, 2016
United Way Spirit Week
Friday October 7, 2016
End of 1st Grading Period
October 10 - 14, 2016
Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
POWERSCHOOL FOR PARENTS
Late last week your child should have brought home a PowerSchool Parent Portal letter with instructions on how you can sign up with PowerSchool. PowerSchool is Plainfield Community School district's electronic student management system where student information is collected and stored. The portal is the "doorway" into the system giving parents access to information about their children.
The PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents and students access to real-time information that may included attendance, grades, lunch balances and detailed assignment descriptions and school bulletins. Everyone stays connected. Students can stay on top of assignments, parents are able to participate in their children's progress, and teachers can share information with parents and students.
Please find the PowerSchool Parent Portal by clicking on this link. Choose "Sign In" if you already have an existing account or "Create Account" if this is your first time.
CONVENIENT WAY TO FUND YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH ACCOUNT & PAY TEXT BOOK RENTAL
All students received information this week on how to fund their lunch accounts through eFunds for Schools. Under your child's name on this paper was their student ID number which you will need to set up your account for the first time. If you have multiple children in the Plainfield Community School Corporation you can link them to one account.
eFunds also lets you pay your text book rental payment online. Please note that eFunds does NOT tell you the amount of your text book rental fee so please know the exact amount before you sign on to pay it through eFunds.
You can find the link to eFunds (and our other option sendmoneytoschool.com on our website by clicking on our Food Services link.
SAFE VISITOR SOLUTIONS
At Plainfield Community School Corporation your children's safety is an extremely important priority. That is why this year we have implemented new security measures that you will notice upon entering our front office. You will now be required to present your driver's license or state issued ID card to the office staff. They will scan the barcode on your ID and take your photograph. An ID sticker will be printed that will be worn during your visit at Brentwood. All visitors will also sign-out by having the same sticker scanned upon exiting the office. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING FROM ANY OTHER EXIT.
A driver's license or state issued ID card will be required every time you want to enter our school past the office area. This includes any adult visiting a student for lunch, having a meeting with a teacher, talking with the nurse, or helping in a classroom.
The ONLY exception this year for this procedure will be to walk your child to their class the very first day of school as we will have staff members present in the hallways as well as other security personnel present. AFTER the first morning ALL visitors will be required to check in through our Safe Visitor Solutions system.
We thank all our friends and family in advance for their help with this new procedure. We will see all your children on Tuesday!
Volunteer News & Information:
- Volunteer Background Agreement
- Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement (ask at front office the first time you come in to volunteer)
- All visitors must present photo ID in the office before entry
- Read & understand our Emergency Procedures Handout (ask for your copy at the front office)
- 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
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2016-2017 Brentwood PTO
The PTO looks forward to an exciting year ahead and welcome all teachers, staff, parents, and families to attend meetings and events. We are here to work and partner together to provide a unique, fun, and amazing environment for our students.
We always welcome ideas for new events, fundraising, or info of something going on in the community. Please don't be a strange to our events and we are always accessible.
PTO Officer List 2016-2017
Tanya King, President
Jessica Botts, Vice-President
Carrie Baker, Treasurer
Erika Bever, Secretary
Open Position, Financial Secretary
PTO Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Arrival & Dismissal Info
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. New procedures starting August 15th (see below story).
If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office and sign them in.
Student Arrivals (bus riders):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 as healthy of a breakfast as possible.
- If you need to change your child's dismissal instructions the best way to do this is to send a signed note to 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.