Monday, September 25, 2017
Plainfield Community Schools: A Community of Values
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A Note From Mrs. Walker...
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
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 Order.ArtToRemember.com 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
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.
3rd Grade Field trip to Franklin College
- "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?"
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:
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.
What Do College Students Eat?
Anything They WANT!
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 www.shopwithscrip.com 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.
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.)
- 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 email@example.com. Thank you!
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!)
Annual 5th Grade Camp Jameson Field Trip
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.
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
Parent-Teacher Conferences are on the Way!
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 http://www.stompoutbullying.org.
What is Growth Mindset?
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
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.
Car Rider Drop-Off Reminder
Youth Sports Info
Plainfield Youth Basketball Club
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.
Reporting Absences to the Nurse
If you need to report a student absence please call 317-838-3652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
2017-2018 Lunch Prices
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 MyLunchMoney.com. Look for student sign up information on these online options to come home with your child the first week of school.
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.
Become a Brentwood Volunteer
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 email@example.com with any questions!
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.