Brentwood Bulletin

Monday, September 25, 2017

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
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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.

We are Hiring!

Are you available to work during the hours your child is at school? Are you interested in working at Brentwood and having the summer and holidays/vacations off with your child? Then perhaps you would like to apply for the Special Education Aide position we currently have open. Interviews are being scheduled NOW.

Find out more about this position on our corporation's website and fill out the online application if you are interested.

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A Note From Mrs. Walker...

Brentwood Families,

Can you believe we are nearing the end of September? As the school year moves along, I hope your child is feeling excited about school and talking about growing their brain with you at home. I hope you have had contact with your child’s teacher (or teachers) and feel that you have an open line of communication with school.

We know that working together as a team is one of the most crucial parts of ensuring success in school.

The state of Indiana recently released ISTEP scores and school letter grades. Based on the Spring 2017 ISTEP scores, Brentwood is rated a “B” school. This data shows that we have an opportunity for growth in achievement and even more importantly, Mindset.

We, as a school staff, are continually reviewing and analyzing data, making adjustments in our instruction and providing remediation for needed skills. We believe in our students and have no doubt that ALL students can and will continue to learn and grow at Brentwood.

Our theme this year around “Growth Mindset” is a perfect school-wide focus as we build language and understanding of effort and perseverance. We will continue to GROW as we recognize, celebrate and own every victory we have together and individually, as staff, students and parents.

We are looking forward to your participation in our growth.

Art to Remember Orders Due Soon

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You may complete the paper order form (these were sent home on Friday) and return it to school OR you can order online with a credit card at and enter your online order code, which can be found on their paper order form.

Orders due by: October 2, 2017.

*Orders can be placed after this date, but delivery by Christmas is not guaranteed.

Make checks payable to Brentwood Elementary PTO.

Products should be shipped to Brentwood by November 1st.

Spirit Wear Orders on Back Order

Our PTO has placed their first Spirit Wear order from the distributor, and due to unforeseen circumstances have been informed these orders will be delayed for shipment. As soon as the order arrived PTO will distribute it to you.

Thank you for your understanding as we know you are surely excited to start wearing your Brentwood/Plainfield Spirit Wear proudly!

Miss Binole's 3rd Grade Classroom Learns about the Great Depression

The students in Miss Binole's reading class listened to one of their beloved volunteers, Mrs. Baller, read about The Great Depression. They are learning about this period in history as they prepare to read their next novel that is set during that time.

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3rd Grade Field trip to Franklin College

    There’s nothing quite like walking around a college campus to make college “real” for young students. That's just what third grade students at Brentwood did last Friday. They went to college! Franklin College, that is!

    Some questions our 3rd grade students asked:

  • "Do we get to see our parents?"
  • "What is homework like?"
  • "How many hours a day will we be in school?"
  • "How many years will we be here?"
  • "How many classes will we go to each day?"
  • "What kinds of fun stuff is there to do on the weekends?"
  • "Do you have lockers?"

Ask your student about their visit and open up a dialogue amongst your family about their plans for the future, your hopes for their future, and perhaps your experience during your college days.

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What Do College Students Eat?

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Anything They WANT!

Third grade student, Mauricio Valencia, enjoyed his day at college - especially the cafeteria line. Mauricio chose a burger with fries... and... FRUIT LOOPS!
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SCRIP gives money directly to the teachers and students of Brentwood. So far, Brentwood has earned $100 because of the families who have purchased gift cards either to use at gas stations and grocery stores that they would venture to each week, or to use as gifts. Please consider purchasing Scrip. Below you will find the steps to purchase and the date due each month.

There are 5 ways to purchase the cards. Please choose the option that works best for your family.

1. Use the form provided. Mark the cards you would like to purchase, send the form and a check made payable to Brentwood PTO to school with your student. We will process the information, pay for the shipping and get the cards back to you through your student within two weeks. Please include teacher and email.

2. Go online to Create an account and use the enrollment code FAF8ED2321874. You may purchase cards through Prestopay (I recommend watching the video- enrollment for the first time will take a few steps but after that it is easy). We will still process your order, pay shipping and get the cards to you through your student.

3. Go online, enroll using the code in option 2, make your order and send a check in an envelope, made payable to Brentwood PTO. We will process your order, pay for shipping, and return your cards through your student. Please include teacher and email.

4. Create a PrestoPay account at Then, go to to place your order and receive the cards you purchase right to your phone.

5. If you have purchased before you may reload a card. (Please keep in mind, the lag time is 12 hours from purchase until available.)

Important Dates:

  • Scrip Due by noon on Friday, Oct. 6, will be returned by Thursday, Oct. 12. (Purchase a card for Fall Break plans.)
  • Scrip Due by noon on Friday, Nov. 3, will be returned by Thursday, Nov.9. (Purchase a card for buying all the goodies needed for Thanksgiving).
  • Scrip Due by noon on Friday Dec. 1., will be returned by Thursday Dec. 7. (Purchase a card for holiday shopping.)

If you would like a paper copy or if you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact the PTO or me personally at Thank you!

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Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten class are spending some time learning about apples and all of the wonderful things that can be made from apples.

Last Thursday they tasted apple pie. Please enjoy these pictures of Mrs. Rogers' students giving the camera either a "thumbs up" (I liked apple pie) or a "thumbs down" (apple pie was NOT my favorite!

(Later today her class will be making their very own applesauce!)

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Annual 5th Grade Camp Jameson Field Trip

Every year our fifth grade students, teachers, and parent chaperones pack their duffle bags full of camping gear and take the 10 minute bus ride over to Jameson Camp to spend some time learning about nature, playing athletic games, and making memories as they continue through what is their last year of elementary school.

This year's group enjoyed all of the activities - during 90+ degree weather! Please take a few moments to look through some pictures from this field trip.

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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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Parent-Teacher Conferences are on the Way!

Once again Brentwood will us Sign-Up Genius as an online scheduler for our Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 1-8 p.m. (More information containing your teacher's sign up link will come home around October 9th from your child's homeroom teacher.)

Please note that this is a Teacher In-Service day and there is NO SCHOOL for students.

Please note that slots fill up fast, so please don't delay in signing up as soon as your teacher sends home the link. If you do not have internet capability at home, your child's teacher can help you secure a time slot. All four PCSC elementary school have a 100% expectation on Parent-Teacher conferences.

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

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What is Growth Mindset?

By now you have heard or read the phrase "Growth Mindset" in our newsletters, through our website and social media. If you are wondering what all the talk is about please take a few moments to read our Director of Communications article on the subject on our website:

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


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

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

Sunday Showcase Clinics

  • 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 with questions or if you are interested in coaching. Or visit 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 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 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 25th

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

Tuesday, September 26th

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

Friday, September 29th

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

October 2nd - 6th

United Way Spirit Week

Monday, October 2nd

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

Tuesday, October 3rd

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

Friday, October 6th

End of 1st Grading Period

Tuesday, October 10th

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

Monday, October 23rd

PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24th

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

Thursday, October 26th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Teacher In-Service Day

Parent - Teacher Conferences 1-8 p.m.

Friday, October 27th

PTO Fall Parties (during school)

Saturday, November 4th

PTO Super Saturday 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, November 16th

Grandparents' Night 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday, November 20th

PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

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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 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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