Brentwood Bulletin

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence

What does a principal do?

The principal is the administrative and professional leader of the school, and as such, he/she is directly responsible to the Superintendent for its successful operation. The major effect of the principal is in the field of educational leadership and supervision, with stress on the improvement of teaching and learning.

The first weeks of school may be a whirlwind to parents. Getting their little ones back into a routine, keeping track of homework, gym shoes, schedules, and lunches can be difficult the first few weeks of August. THAT'S the same for the staff at a school - getting back into a routine, while handling everything else that comes your way!

Lets ask that title question again: What does a principal do? OUR principal does all of the above PLUS reads to your children. This is one of the special activities she holds dear to her heart. From all of us at Brentwood to all of you at home, thank you for sharing the gift that is your child(ren) with us from 8:50 in the morning until 3:50 in the afternoon. Please know we feel honored to have this privilege!

Mrs. Walker, principal of Brentwood, enjoyed story time in a few classes today and was excited to share this special time with the students - the reason we all do what we do! Please enjoy the following picture of Mrs. Walker reading to Mrs. Gray's 4th grade class.

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School Pictures - Wednesday, August 23rd

Picture Day is coming! Your child will have their yearbook picture taken on August 23rd. Order forms will be coming home soon If you would like to purchase pictures. (This is not mandatory - and EVERY child's picture will be included in our yearbook!)

If you would like to pay online for your pictures you may pre-pay on DMH Photographics website HERE. (Online order note: REMEMBER TO STILL COMPLETE AN ORDER FORM TO SEND IN ON PICTURE DAY. RECORD THE PREPAY ORDER NUMBER IN THE AREA PROVIDED ON THE FORM.)

Regardless of payment option: online, check or cash - an order form must be completed and sent in to your child's teacher BEFORE the time of their picture. Yearbook order forms will come home in February. Thanks!

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From the Principal's Desk

At Brentwood, we believe that every student can and will learn. We believe in the statement "not yet" instead of "can't", "won't" or "never will". We believe in GROWTH, for everyone! This year we are all about GROWTH MINDSET! (The following is copied from a letter Mrs. Walker is sending home to every parent soon!)

What is Growth Mindset?

Growth Mindset is a concept developed by Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University. It is the belief that a person's abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, dedication, and motivation.

What is a Fixed Mindset?

A fixed mindset is the notion that intelligence and talent alone will lead to success. People with a fixed mindset believe that these things are "fixed" and cannot be developed or improved upon. The belief you are born with it or not, and nothing can change that.

Why is having a growth mindset important?

Research has shown that children who have a fixed mindset are more likely to:

  1. Fear failure
  2. Give up on tasks they feel are too difficult
  3. Ignore feedback
  4. Avoid challenges
  5. Feel threatened by the success of others

Children who have a growth mindset are more likely to:

  1. Learn from their mistakes
  2. Be motivated to succeed
  3. Put forth more effort
  4. Take challenges head on
  5. Take risks
  6. Seek feedback
  7. Learn more
  8. Learn faster
  9. Believe in themselves and in others
  10. Practice

What can parents do to encourage a growth mindset?

  1. Encourage risk taking - "I know that was hard but I like how you tried it"
  2. Praise effort - "I can tell you did your best here and didn't give up"
  3. Demonstrate belief in your child and yourself - "We may not have it yet, but we will soon"
  4. Look and recognize the growth made every day. - "You did one more than yesterday."
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Total Solar Eclipse ~ August 21, 2017

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Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21 Indiana residents will be able to witness the amazing site of a Total Eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun. This will be the first Total Eclipse seen by the United States in 38 years. It will occur 1:30-3:30 p.m. with the total eclipse occurring around 2:24 p.m.

Brentwood students will witness this phenomenon. They will be inside watching the eclipse live on the classroom smartboards via the NASA website. NASA has special cameras that can safely capture the eclipse and broadcast it to our classrooms. Our window blinds will be open so that students can see the world darken while they safely watch sun move behind the moon.

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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 August's Value: TRUTH: Being Factual & Following Rules

Welcome to Brentwood

New Brentwood Staff Members

As we begin a new year at Brentwood Elementary we want to take a moment to introduce the new staff members you might see when you are visiting our school this year!

Mr. Bagg comes to us from Florida and is our new Music & 5th Grade Math teacher this year. Mrs. Weaver is our new receptionist and has children who attend Clarks Creek Elementary School. Make sure to say hello to her when you call the office with a question. Mrs. Paul is our new Instructional Aide and recently filled a similar role at Central Elementary School. Mrs. Hodge is a new friendly face in our cafeteria who will be helping your child during their lunch period. And finally, Mr. Mitchell is our new custodian.

Please take a moment to welcome our new family next time you see them!

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Additional information about Art Club for your grade will be coming home!
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August Birthdays

A VERY Happy Birthday to these Brentwood students during the month of August:

Lexi O, Jason F, Jada L, Rylan S, Domink B, Carter B, Bryce R, Daelyn D, Payten J, Avarie C, Giana S, Jadrian M, Paxton P, Evan B, Oriona D, Aubree F, Dakota H, Cameron M, Victoria K, Theron W, Emily G, Connor P, Clara P, Avery T, Serenity K, Julie P, Jaylea T, D'Angelo C, Josiah R, Seyla R, Baylee W, Makayla W, Ayana A, Jaden O, Estelle M, Brennan L, Mikayla O, Kylee B, Ava B, Mariana L

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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.


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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!

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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.

Youth Sports Info

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Sunday Showcase Clinics

  • Aug. 20th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 10th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 24th, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • 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

August 15th & 16th

PTO Restaurant Night at Wins Etc. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

(Bring Fundraiser Ticket)

Monday, August 21st

Parent Safety Mtg 5:30 p.m.

1st PTO Mtg of the Year 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 24th

Donuts with Dads (Last Names A-M) 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Friday, August 25th

Donuts with Dads (Last Names N-Z) 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 29th

3rd Grade Parent Mtg 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 31st

Parent Title 1&3 Mtgs 10:00 a.m. or 5:30 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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Some 1st Week Photos at Brentwood

Around the hallways and in the front office the first week of school was full of activity, reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and learning lots of fun things! Please take a moment to look through some pictures we can't wait to share with you!
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Mrs. Henry and her new 2nd graders

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Mrs. Scott and her 2nd grade class

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Walk This Way... Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten Class walk down the hallway together

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