Expectation of Excellence

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Note From the Principal...

Dear Brentwood families,

Spring Break is upon us! It is a great opportunity to “re-charge” and welcome in the spring season. Several of you are planning to take trips, some of you are staying home to relax with your kids and others have developed ideas for your children while you continue to work during their spring break. I thought it might be fun to offer some ideas of great things to do during our Brentwood spring break:

  1. Read together. Read a good book or two or three or more…. The sky’s the limit! This helps to grow the dendrites in one’s brain!

  1. 2. Have a dance party. No matter what the weather is like outside, you can always crank up the music and dance.

  1. 3. Have an art show. Do your kids love to draw, paint and create? Give your kids all the supplies they need to make collages, paintings or sculptures and at the end of the week, invite friends and family over to view their creations.

  1. 4. Start the gardening. It might not be warm enough to plant but you can certainly start your planning. Have your child help to plot this year’s garden on paper.

  1. 5. Get in the kitchen. This is a great idea because not only do kids love to get in the kitchen and help cook but you may be able to make meals ahead of time. It just depends on just how “helpful” your child is!

  1. 6. Volunteer together at soup kitchens, nursing homes, and other worthy organizations. Not only is it a great opportunity for your kids but it helps the community too.

  1. 7. Read together once again! It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and they are able to go on “adventures” without ever leaving the house.


Ms. Vamos

4th Grade Drops the... Egg!!!

Yesterday and today students in 4th grade had the opportunity to show their creative ideas on how to protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped from a distance of 6 feet.

This assignment teaches critical thinking and creativity by having the students design their own methods to combat the force of gravity. Our students understand that we are dealing in science by emphasizing: in the creation of the “egg carrier”, we are using our own everyday scientific knowledge of gravity to help move something from a higher altitude to a lower altitude.

Way to go 4th Grade!

5th Grade Social Studies Fair

The purpose of the Social Studies Fair project is to encourage students to explore a person or time in history. Another benefit of the project is that it requires students to integrate and apply the skills they have learned in language arts and social studies.

Furthermore, such projects allow students the opportunity to express their curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity. The fact that competition is involved in the school fairs should not overshadow the basic reason for the project. The primary goal is student learning.

Great job 5th grade!

Sugar Grove's Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sat. March 28th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All are invited to join the folks at Sugar Grove for an Easter Egg Hunt! There will be snacks, a petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny!!!

Date: Saturday, March 28th

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: Sugar Grove Senior Living

5865 Sugar Lane Drive

Plainfield, IN 46168

PTO Thanks YOU!!!

Our Spring Carnival was a HUGE success - thanks to all of YOU!!!



Only students who have returned a completed permission slip will be allowed to participate during this fun-filled, health-and-fitness-promoting event! If you have not returned your permission slip you may still do so after Spring Break. Only teacher's who received ALL their permission slips by March 26th will be eligible for the special teacher drawing this year!

GOAL: The goal of this event is to promote health and wellness with a fun activity for the students while raising funds for school enrichment programs such as field trips, school assemblies, and more! The theme for this year's Walk-a-Thon is "Be Sporty, Raise $40". Each student is being asked to try to raise $40 in pledges from their family, friends, and neighbors in support of completing the 1.1 mile Walk-a-Thon course. Please for safety of students, we ask the students not do any door-to-door pledge solicitation.


  • CLASS PRIZES at each school:
1st Place - The class that collectively raises the most money will win the opportunity to watch all four elementary school principals compete in a human bowling ball game LIVE at Clarks Creek on May 21st.

2nd Place - A Frigid Frog Sno Cone Truck Party

3rd Place - Chicago's Cinnamon Treat Pizza & Milk Party

1st Place - Bicycle

2nd Place - One Honorary Coach for a Game Pass (Good for one home PHS Athletic Event of your choice for the 2015-2016 school year)

3rd Place - Two Individual 10 Visit All Sport PHS Athletic Season Passes (2015-2016 school year)

1st Place - $25 Target or Meijer Gift Card

2nd Place - Grades K-2nd will win a ride in a police car to school. Grades 3rd-5th will win a ride in a fire truck to school.

3rd Place - Be the Gym Teacher for YOUR CLASS for the DAY!

***Also, every student who turns in a collection sheet with monetary pledge of any amount on or before Monday, April 20th, will receive an entry into a drawing for one of our many prizes!***

Every student who returns a permission slip and participates (regardless if they collect pledges or not) will receive a FREE Walk-a-Thon T-shirt to keep and wear to walk in the Walk-a-Thon.

Walk-a-Thon Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m. Set Up

9:00-9:40 a.m. 1st Grade Warm-up & Walk

9:20-10:00 a.m. Kindergarten Warm-up & Walk

9:40-12:20 a.m. 2nd Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:00-10:40 a.m. 3rd Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:20-11:00 a.m. 4th Grade Warm-up & Walk

10:40-11:20 a.m. 5th Grade Warm-up & Walk

11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 5th Grade Lunch Party

Volunteers: We need 5 chaperones to walk with each classroom. We will also need help to set up for the event, to hand out water and bananas at the finish line, and to help tear down. You must have a background check on file to volunteer.

Miracle Movers Field - Soccer Program - Ages 5-10; 11-21


Registration Deadline: April 15, 2015

Please call 317-839-7665


visit www.townofplainfield.com or


Program Information:

Dates: April 25 & May 2, 9 & 16

Time: Saturdays from 11 a.m.

Fees: $20

Individuals up to age 21 are invited to the Al & Jan Barker Sports Complex to participate in an organized soccer program for those individuals with special needs. Each player will receive a soccer jersey and socks.

***Volunteers Needed***

1st Grade Henry & Mudge Book Talk Tea Parties

Earlier this month 1st grade had their Henry & Mudge Book Talk Tea Parties! They were reading Henry & Mudge books all that week and the students dressed "fancy" and shared about their books over tea, french bread & cookies!

1st Grade Celebrates Dr. Seuss Week

Chances are if you were in Brentwood Elementary School last week you spied a Who, or a Lorax, or Thing 1 or Thing 2! Perhaps you saw some "green eggs & ham" being carried away by a Cat in a Hat???

Enjoy some pictures from this special week in 1st Grade!


You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And
you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll
decide where to go.

You’ll get mixed up,
of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great
tact and remember that
Life’s A Great Balancing Act.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


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PTO Parents' Pizza Party Invitation

WHAT: Parent Pizza Party

WHEN: Monday, April 20th @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Brentwood Elementary Teacher's Lounge


WHY: To say Thank You for a GREAT year (and to just have fun!)

If you plan to come, please RSVP no later than Noon on Monday, April 20th by clicking HERE and registering!

February Value of the Month Student "Honesty" ~ Kami Spurgeon

Second Grade Teacher, Mrs. Edwards, nominated her student, Kami Spurgeon, for the February Value of the Month "Honesty".

In Mrs. Edwards' words: "This young lady could be chosen for any value of the month. Kami takes pride in school and shows excellence on a daily basis. She is a role model for honesty and displays mature qualities as a second grader. Kami walks into the classroom every day with a smile on her face and is eager to learn as much as she can! Her actions are contagious and other students follow her lead. She is a hard worker and challenges herself in all areas. I am very proud of her progress this year."

***New Lunchroom Policy***

A situation has risen in our cafeteria that our staff would like to ask students to PLEASE set any food/drink (water bottles) down at their table BEFORE going through the lunch line to purchase additional items. Some of the items coming from home are identical to the ones that are sold in our cafeteria.

We are asking that Parents and Teachers both relay this message to their children to help assist us with this issue.


PCSC Food Services is Hiring!!!


Are you looking for a part-time job? Are you looking to earn some extra income while your kids are at school? Would you enjoy preparing and/or serving healthy food to children?

No nights, weekends or holidays!

We are currently looking for energetic, upbeat people to fill open positions in the cafeterias within PCSC.

Positions Open: Substitute but could lead into full time

School(s): multiple

Experience: No experience required, Kitchen experience helpful

To apply:

Please complete an application online (can be accessed at www.plainfield.k12.in.us) under the employment tab.

If you have any questions please contact:

Kelly Collins


Director Food Services


Wed. & Thurs. April 8&9, 2015

Kindergarten Round-Up at Clarks Creek for ALL incoming Plainfield Kindergarteners

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. BOTH DAYS

Thursday, April 9, 2015

School Board Meeting at Admin Bldg @ 7 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Quaker Zone

Monday, April 20, 2015
PTO Pizza Party for ALL Parents! @ 6:30 p.m. in Teacher's Lounge

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4th Grade Music Program @ 6 p.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Kindergarten Round-Up for 2015-2016 School Year

The dates have been set for Plainfield School's Kindergarten Round-Up for NEXT school year! At Round-up you will have the opportunity to speak with your school's secretary, learn about transportation options, speak to a school nurse, find out healthy information from our food service specialist, as well as find out about many exciting opportunities in our community for your child to get involved in!

Round-up will be held at Clarks Creek in the gymnasium again this year. Families should enter through Door 5.

Wednesday, April 8th
9am-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Thursday, Apirl 9th
9am-2pm, 5pm-7pm

Items you will need to bring with you:
Completed enrollment form
Proof of Residency:
  • Copy of current lease or purchase agreement for home
  • Copy of a gas or electric utility bill in the same address
Copy of child's birth certificate
Copy of child's immunization records

**More Information Is Coming!!!**

Helpful Information

1st Bell - 8:20 a.m. (Students may enter the building.)
Tardy Bell - 8:40 a.m. (Students must be in classroom when bell rings)
Dismissal Bell - 3:40 p.m.

11:00 - 11:30 - 2nd & 3rd Grade Lunch
11:35 - 12:05 - 4th & 5th Grade Lunch
12:10 - 12:45 - K & 1st Grade Lunch

With colder weather upon us we just wanted to remind you that if your child is late to school an adult DOES still need to accompany them into the office to sign them in. Please do not send them in unaccompanied.

Childrens' Sports Info

2015 PCMS Girls' Soccer

If interested in more information please email Brien Warner ASAP!

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Volunteer News & Information:

Chaperones and classroom volunteers play an important role in schools. Without them, creative educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom would be more difficult to accomplish. In order to keep students safe, chaperones and classroom volunteers must fill out the following forms:

  1. Volunteer Background Agreement
  2. Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement (ask at front office the first time you come in to volunteer)
  3. Read & understand our Emergency Procedures Handout (ask for your copy at the front office)
  4. 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

Transportation & Dismissal Info

Student Arrivals:
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. If you child is being dropped off late an adult must come into the office with them to sign them in.

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 a healthy breakfast possible.

Dismissal Changes:
  • If you need to change your child's dismissal instructions the best way to do this is to send a signed note into 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.

PTO Market Day

Order forms are available in the office or you can visit Market Day online to order!

Order Pick-Up Dates:

Please contact our Market Day Representative, Kathleen @ 317-821-0613 for more information.