Brewster Weekly

Sept. 30, 2022

We are here to do good things for our students, our coworkers, and our community.

We represent qualities such as love, hope, kindness, respect, and responsibility.

Our culture mirrors those attributes. Let’s continue to make our school the best place to work and learn where everyone is inspired to be the best they can be. What we do, we do well.

Let’s keep the courage to shape a bright future for our students.

Calendar Updates

Oct. 5: Yom Kippur

Oct. 7: No School, Professional Development

Oct. 10: No School

Oct. 11: PTA Meeting, 7pm

Oct. 12: Walk and Roll to School Day- Safe Routes- BE AWARE of pedestrians and bike riders!

Oct. 14: Fun Run, Fall Family Night at Blake's Orchard

Oct. 24-28: Vision Screening, Grades Pre-K, 1, 3, 5

Oct. 28: Halloween Parade Time (Updated 9/28: Staff voted to hold the parade on the Friday before rather than on Monday. Parade will be outside weather permitting at 2:15pm)

Meet Our Staff!

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Positivity Project

Dear Families,

The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships by understanding, appreciating, and exemplifying the character strengths in us all. People who have strong positive relationships do five things consistently - these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset. 1. Recognize the good in other people, 2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people, 3. Support others when they struggle, 4. Cheer people on when they succeed, 5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.

While mental health is incredibly complex, we do know that positive relationships can help people become happier, healthier, and more resilient. And, the Positivity Project believes that educators have a huge opportunity and vital role to play in this endeavor. Our nation’s youth spends a large percentage of their time in school. By deliberately and consistently teaching students that relationships are important -- and that positive relationships are cultivated through character and the Other People Mindset -- educators can roll back these trends and create strong citizens and leaders for our communities and countries.

To practice and encourage the character strength of prudence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Attention 5th Graders!

After reviewing the document below- click the document to go to the Google Form to sign up! I will invite 8 students to a lunch meeting next week. Let's get to work spreading positivity Bulldogs!

With Brewster Pride,

Mrs. Dessy

Arrival and Dismissal AND Parking Lot Reminders

Crisp air is moving in... Michigan weather can change on a dime! Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. Rain, shine, or blustery wind, our kids arrive and go outside for dismissal in the elements and we don't have an overhang to take shelter under.

Kids now know and are familiar with the school routines. Let's get our car loop completely ready for the weather days. If you drive to school, please use the car loop each day!! Safe, courteous, smiles...let's make it happen daily! Thanks for keeping our children safe.

Join Our Team!

WE have two 2 hour recess para educator positions open!

Apply today! Job posting 1256

Early Childhood Special Education Para Educator (7.0 hours)

Apply Today! Job Posting 1327

Brewster PTA Welcomes our Families!

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Walk & Roll to School Day

Attention families we will be participating in the Walk & Roll to school event on Wednesday, October 12. More info will be coming! If you want to help out with this great event, we need a Safe Routes Committee Chair. If you are interested or want more information, please contact

Fun Run

Brewster Fun Run returns this year on Friday, October 14. Please see the attached Flyer for all the information. If you have time to help out with this great event please go to the sign-up genius here:!/showSignUp/20F0E45A8A62CAAF58-2022

Blake’s Fall Family Night

We will continue our tradition of family night at Blake’s with campfires, donuts, and cider. Our event will be Friday, October 14 6:p-9:30p. The event will be $12 at the door. The RSVP form is in Membership Toolkit Store, so we can have enough donuts and cider for all! Please see the flyer attached.

Committee Chairs Needed

We have a great group of families at Brewster and we need your help! We have the following committee chairs open or in need of a co-chair. Please reach out to if you are interested in helping or learning more!

Assembly co-chair

Founders Day

Nominating co-chair

School Supply Collection

PAC Rep co-chair

Safe Routes



We will have a presentation by our Be SMART committee at our November PTA meeting. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Membership Toolkit

Membership Toolkit is a website and app used by the Brewster PTA. On Membership Toolkit you can find a Brewster directory, calendar of events, and make secure purchases. You do not need to be a PTA member to use most of the features on Membership Toolkit. To create an account, you need to go the website first. Once you create your account on the website, you can download the app on your mobile device. If you already use Membership Toolkit, please log in to update your student’s information for the new school year. Use this link to create or update your account

Brewster Facebook Group

The Brewster Facebook group is a great way to connect with Brewster families and learn about upcoming events. If you are a member of the Brewster Facebook group, please send an invite to Brewster families that are not yet members. For the safety of our students, the Brewster Facebook group is private. To join, you need to be a current Brewster family and answer the questions to join the group.

Join the PTA

You can join the PTA by going to the store on the Membership Toolkit app or clicking this link Join the Brewster PTA. By joining the PTA you will have access to the Brewster directory on the Membership Toolkit website and app.

Annual Fundraiser

The Brewster PTA has launched its Annual Fundraiser and a yellow flyer came home with your oldest child at Brewster. Our hope is to pivot from ongoing fundraising activities throughout the year that support Brewster students, teachers and staff, to a one-time donation made by each family at the beginning of the year. To make a donation use this link General PTA Donation or go to the store on Membership Toolkit. While there is no set amount that we are requesting, as we are sensitive to every family’s financial capacity, we hope and suggest the following amounts: $60 per family with one Brewster student or $85 per family with two or more Brewster students.

PTA Board Names and Contact Information

President – Jackie Bieber

VP of Fundraising – Rachael Welch

VP of Membership – Michelle Endres

Treasurer – Susanna Brennan

Secretary – Grant Kosch

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Brewster Reads!

2022-2023 Brewster Reads Program

Starting October 1, we’d like to invite all students to participate in the 2022-2023 Brewster Reads program! Students who choose to participate log 500 minutes of reading during the month and report on the Membership Toolkit app for a monthly prize and entry into a year-end raffle. For more details, please find our introductory letter and minute tracker attached to this newsletter. Questions can be sent to Katie Baron ( or Kellie Newman (

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Fun Run Times by Grade Level!

11:50-12:10 TK/Kindergarten

12:25-12:45 First Grade

12:50-1:10 2nd Grade

1:10-1:30 3rd Grade

1:30-1:50 4th Grade

1:50-2:10 5th Grade

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District Opportunities

Welcome to a new school year! The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Parent Network (DEIPN) is excited to continue our work together this year!

Please mark these future meeting dates on your calendar:

Tuesday, October 18

Monday, November 21

Monday, January 23

Monday, February 27

Monday, March 20

Tuesday, April 18

Monday, May 15


Parents who support, encourage, celebrate diversity, and human connections across all boundaries of difference within Rochester Community Schools. We are purposed to make RCS an environment where diversity is authentically included and equally respected in all aspects of the student’s experience. Where all students, especially those who have been historically marginalized, can fairly and equally achieve their full potential to build meaningful productive lives in a global society.

Stay Connected!

Please make sure to follow us on Twitter and check our school website for important school celebrations and updates!