Brentwood Bulletin

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brentwood Elementary Mission Statement

Expectation of Excellence
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Fall Break is NEXT WEEK: October 16 - 20, 2017

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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 October's Value: Responsibility.

Annual 1st Grade Transportation Day

Helicopter Lands at Brentwood / Clarks Creek Transportation Day
Every year Brentwood and Clarks Creek Elementary Schools combine their 1st grade classes so they can enjoy Transportation Day together. On this day they get to see and experience the inside of many different modes of transportation. This year there were fire trucks, police cruisers, swat trucks, bucket trucks, big rigs, a helicopter and many more!
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Gobble Gallop

Are you looking for a run or walk Thanksgiving morning to help off-set the food eaten later in the day while also supporting an organization that works with Plainfield students daily? The Hendricks Regional Health YMCA’s 6th Annual Gobble Gallop 5k will take place Thanksgiving morning. This is a fun and memorable event for all ages. If you and/or your family are interested, registration information can be found at

Every Month a New Box Top Winning Class Will Be Announced!!!

Don't forget to send your Box Tops into your child's teacher! August's Box Top winner was Mrs. Gray's homeroom class. They won a pajama day. Watch for the September winner to be announced soon!

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Help Your Teacher Become the Box Top Super Hero Next Month!

Alternate Route to and From Brentwood Needed

On Monday, October 9th, the intersection of Brookside Lane and Section Street will be closed and Wayside Drive will reopen. Traffic will only be able to travel north and south through the intersection of Wayside Drive and Section Street.

The town plans to have these roads fully open before the end of the month. Thank you for your patience as they complete necessary projects in our area.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences are on the Way!

Once again Brentwood will use 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.

Come. Meet your Teacher. Stay. Meet with a Pearson Rep to Learn What YOU Can Do at Home!

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Pearson Rep is Coming to Brentwood Families!

Parents: There will be an opportunity for you to meet with one of our Pearson Representatives on Parent - Teacher conference night. Our rep will be holding informational parent sessions in our computer lab in 30 minute intervals all night starting at 1:30 p.m.

Your student's login information will be available for you that night as well as information to take home with you. This informational session will target online resources that are available to you and your student by logging into your student's PowerSchool account.

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Mixed Bag Fundraiser is BACK!!!

Back by popular demand!!! Brentwood PTO is selling tote bags, kitchenware & more through a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser!!!

1. Instructions for Catalog Orders: (orders that get turned into PTO)

  • Add your contact information to your order form. Our fundraiser ID is: 69966
  • Collect money with the orders - DON'T COLLECT TAX
  • Make checks payable to "Brentwood PTO"
  • Turn in money with a copy of your order form to your teacher by October 27th (KEEP A COPY FOR YOURSELF!)
  • Questions? Contact: Carol Mehl by email at
  • NEED MORE HELP? Contact Mixed Bag Designs at 877-520-2247 or email

2. Instructions for Online Orders: (Placed online & ship direct to you - subject to tax.)

  • This option is great for out-of-town contacts. The link below automatically adds our fundraiser ID!
  • Friends & family can order online at
  • Earn credit by having them add your name at the top of the site, during checkout.
  • Online orders ship directly to the supporter (anywhere in the USA) & shipping is free on orders $75+

Track your online sales by registering on with your ID 69966.

Teacher of the Month from Applebees

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Please Join the Community Panel on Autism

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PTO'S Super Saturday Event ~ November 4, 2017

Brentwood's Super Saturday is approaching! Super Saturday is a morning of fun-filled workshops offered to our students for FREE! This year's Super Saturday will be on November 4th from 9 - 11 a.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The intent of Super Saturday is for student to learn something new and different or to have fun doing something they enjoy.

Brentwood PTO is on the hunt for "teachers" for these classes/workshops. You don't need to be an expert, we just need individuals that have a desire to teach young students something new at an elementary level. In past years, we've had classes on crafts, scrapbooking, cookie decorating, sign language, magic tricks, sports, balloon animals, tie-dyeing, and wood-working. However, we welcome any new ideas that you may have for a class!

If you are interested in teaching a class (or know someone else who would be great at this), please contact the PTO at If you'd like to help but don't want to teach a class, we can still use your help! All volunteers need to have a background check on file at the school.

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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, 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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October Birthdays

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

JJ McDonald, Avolyn Gonser, Logan Corbin, Morgan King, Austin Lackey, Elsey Waggoner, Allison Kettler, Hudson Burrows, Aidan O'Neill, Noelle Favors, Braidon Hamby, Taylor Parker, Elizabeth Bergman-Riggen, William Coers, Mya Walton, Jayden McIntire, Skye Bridwell, Sophia Bridwell, Isabelle Reams, Maggie Nolin, Lakin Shurig, Jayden Wood, Brooklyn Coss, Aiden Guthrie, Rudy Turkal, Jayda Woodruff, Destiny Cook, and Coen Kennedy

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Upcoming Events

October 16 - 20, 2017

Fall Break - No School

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.

November 22-24, 2017

Thanksgiving Break - No School

(District wide change this year: No school on Wednesday before Thanksgiving)

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
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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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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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