Upcoming PTA Sponsored Events and Important Dates

Friday, September 30 - Fall Family Picnic (5:00 to 8:00 pm)

Friday, September 30 - Deadline to be Included in PTA Directory

Tuesday, October 4 - Plano ISD School Board Meeting (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, October 5 - International Walk to School Day

Friday, October 7 - Deadline to get Brinker Yard Sign through BEARs Campaign

Volunteers Needed - Library and VIP Tutors - details below

Friday, October 21 - Field Day (8:00 to 11:00 am K-2 grades, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 3-5 grades) - Sign Up to Volunteer Below

Friday, October 21 - Last Day to Donate Box Tops - details below

If you want to Volunteer or access Order Forms, please click HERE.






      Friday September 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

  Come join our Brinker Fall Family Picnic this Friday for a ton of fun.  There will be a D.J., bounce houses, climbing walls, cotton candy, snowcones and more!   

Please remember:

1) In and Out Burger will be serving PRE-PURCHASED MEALS from 5-7 pm only, so enjoy yours early!

2) Bring your lawn chairs and bug spray (just in case)

3) Visit the Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch for fun photos and a chance to win decorated pumpkins!

4) Have a great time meeting other Brinker families in our community




 To ensure your information is included within the directory, please join our PTA by Friday, 9/30.  Please log onto Toolkit and follow the link to PTA Online Registration and Purchases, then Publish Preferences. In this section, select the information you would like published about your family in our directory (for example: name, address, telephone and/or email).

The information published is up to you, however, if you do not complete this section by September 30, NOTHING will be published. Please be sure to update your preferences if you would like your family included in this year's directory.




Plano ISD's next school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, beginning at 7:00 pm in the PISD Administration Boardroom located at 2700 W. 15th Street. Agendas and Minutes of all Board meetings can be found atwww.pisd.edu. Members of the community may appear and comment on both agenda and non-agenda items; however, intent to comment must be submitted to the Board prior to 7:00 p.m. and may be submitted at the meeting location just before the meeting.




On October 5, walk to school with us for International Walk to School Day - a global event celebrated by students in all 50 of the United States and in 40 counties around the world. Now in its 19th year, this event is celebrated to promote year-round safer streets and neighborhoods, healthy habits and because it's just fun! So, put on your walking shoes and let's join with students around the world. Happy walking! 




Each year, your PTA raises money to support programs that directly impact each and every student at Brinker Elementary.  Brinker PTA spends almost $20,000 annually on Arts in Education curriculum & Academic Enrichment Programs, such as author visits, field trips, and professional scientists conducting in-classroom experiments.  

These things could not take place without our faithful and dedicated PTA. I am asking that we forgo the traditional product sales fundraisers and instead, donate through B.E.A.R.S.  We would love everybody to participate in order to raise enough money to do this. 

Donations can be made in any amount. Families who donate $100 to $249 will receive a Brinker yard sign and families donating more than $250 will receive a yard sign and the PTA will donate 5 books to the library in that family's name.

Donations can be made on the PTA Membership Toolkit by logging in, going to the Orders/Volunteering tab and selecting the 2016-2017 BEARS Campaign form.

Our goal this year is to get support for our PTA programs from 100% of our Brinker families. No donation is too small.

For cash and check donations, please contact waysandmeans@brinkerpta.org.




We have lots of openings for the fall library volunteer schedule. Volunteer timeslots cover 1-2 classes, and you would be helping to check-in/check-out and shelve books. It’s a great way to see your child at school! A few of our timeslots are completely full, but others have some days with no volunteers at all.

You can sign up on by clicking HERE to find the 2016-2017 Library Volunteer form. For any questions, please e-mail library@brinkerpta.org.



Brinker's VIP Program is an awesome, fun way for parents, grandparents or community members to volunteer and help our students directly.  You commit half an hour a week to assist a student who needs a little extra support in math and/or reading, as well as boosting the student’s confidence in their academics. If you choose to sign up to volunteer, you will submit your available days and times you can be at Brinker to tutor within the school day. You may select whether you prefer to work with the younger or older grades and whether you prefer to tutor in reading or math. 


You do not need to be a teacher or a former teacher to be able to tutor. The students’ teachers will provide you with the assignments and information that needs to be worked on for each tutoring session. If you are the least bit interested, please contact viptutors@brinkerpta.org.


 VIP Training is Wednesday, September 28, at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.


Please note that with any volunteer position in Plano ISD, a volunteer form and background check must be completed prior to beginning that position. This can be completed by going to www.pisd.edu/volunteer. There is also a short, required training session to insure you are comfortable with what is being asked of you. For those that are available and interested in taking part, I hope to hear from you soon! Tutoring begins in October as soon as we can assign students to volunteers, and runs through the beginning of May.




Please click HERE to volunteer for this fun outdoor day with our Brinker Bears! We need 100 volunteers to help run the games and coordinate the kids.

If you haven't created a Membership Toolkit account, it only takes a minute to set up an account and then you can Volunteer or Order easily everytime. (Only one Membership Toolkit account is needed per household.)
Field Day shifts are 8am-11am (Grades K-2) and/or 11am-2pm (Grades 3-5).  Work 1 shift or stay all day...we will have a short break for lunch between shifts! 
Volunteers please wear a red shirt and bring a sharpie marker.To keep our children safe, all volunteers MUST be security cleared (as required by Plano ISD). If you haven't already, please go to pisd.edu and complete the required Volunteer Application,  See Volunteer Application article below for a direct link.

Please contact us at fieldday@brinkerpta.org with any questions.



It’s Easy! Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for our school!

Please begin collecting Box Tops and drop them in the Drop Box located directly inside the gym where students enter everyday by October 21.  Here is how Box Tops works:

  • BUY products you use everyday.
  • CLIP the Box Tops.
  • SEND Box tops to school.
  • EARN cash for our school.

If each Brinker child were to simply clip 10 Box Tops it would generate over $700 for our school.  Imagine the possibilities!  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!



Hello amazing Brinker Elementary PTA Leaders,
Your efforts have led to some amazing milestones and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you!
First, your PTA is one of 452 that earned the Head Start Award. Congratulations! By recruiting 75% of last year’s total membership, you are well on your way to having one voice for every child on your campus -- and the school year has just begun!
The other milestone that you made possible is unprecedented -- Texas PTA membership growth in August. This is especially significant since we are in the midst of a legislative year and every member counts when we advocate to make every child’s potential a reality at the Capitol. School funding will once again be in jeopardy and we want to send a powerful message to Legislators. 
The Early Bird and many other membership awards are well within your reach. The next award deadline is September 30. PTAs must submit membership rosters and dues for at least 100% of the previous year’s total membership. I am confident that you won't stop until you have one member to represent every child on your campus. Visit http://www.txpta.org/my-pta/awards/ to learn about each opportunity and their deadlines.
Your Head Start award emblem is a badge of honor we encourage you to showcase loud and proud! Share it in your PTA emails, on your social media channels and your PTA’s website. Notify your school district of the distinguished honor and keep in contact with them throughout the year.
Wishing you continued success,
 Lisa Holbrook
Texas PTA President
Estimados líderes de Brinker Elementary PTA,
Sus esfuerzos obtuvieron resultados que superaron los requisitos para el Premio Head Start.
En primer lugar, su PTA es uno de los 452 que ganaron el Premio Head Start. ¡Felicidades! Al reclutar 75% de membresía total del año pasado, usted está en camino de tener una voz para cada niño en su escuela y el año escolar acaba de comenzar.
El otro resultado que usted ha hecho posible es un crecimiento de miembros de Texas PTA para el mes de agosto. Esta medida es particularmente importante ya que estamos en medio de un año legislativo y cada miembro cuenta cuando estamos abogando por hacer el potencial una realidad de todos los niños en el Capital. La financiación escolar estará de nuevo en peligro y queremos enviar un mensaje poderoso a todos los legisladores de Texas.
La próxima fecha límite de premio es el 30 de septiembre, cada PTA debe presentar su lista de membrecía y cuotas para el 100% o más de membresía total del año anterior. Estoy seguro que no dejará hasta obtener un representante de cada niño en su escuela. Visita http://www.txpta.org/my-pta/awards/ para aprender acerca de cada oportunidad de premios para su PTA.
Su emblema de premio Head Start es una medalla de honor. ¡Le animamos que demuestre su trabajo fuerte y orgulloso! Compártalo en su correo electrónico de PTA, en sus canales de comunicación sociales y la página web de su PTA. Informe a su distrito escolar del premio que ha recibido. Recuerde de mantener contacto con su distrito escolar durante todo el año.
Les deseo un año exitoso,
Lisa Holbrook
Presidente de Texas PTA


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