Upcoming PTA Sponsored Events and Important Dates
February 23 - 3rd-5th Grade Author Nancy Churnin Visits
February 27 - 2017-2018 PTA Board Nomination Forms DUE
March 2 - Brinker Open House
March 6 - 10 - Spring Break - School CLOSED
Save the Date: March 17 - Brinker Annual Color Fun Run - Click HERE to register!
Brinker Marathoners Club details and mileage log below
Volunteers Needed - Workroom, Library and VIP Tutors - details below
If you want to Volunteer or access Order Forms, please click HERE.
3rd - 5th GRADE AUTHOR VISIT - NANCY CHURNIN
Brinker PTA is excited to announce that Nancy Churnin will be speaking to our 3rd – 5th graders on February 23rd. Nancy, theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and author of The William Hoy Story, will share the amazing true story of William Hoy, the great 19th century deaf baseball player who introduced signals so he could play the game he loved -- the same signs we use today!
Nancy is very excited to sign books for our students; however, Nancy's book is not available through our Scholastic Book Fair. We are asking parents to consider purchasing her book in advance so that the students can bring it on the day of the author visit for her to sign. Please click HERE for more information on her visit and purchase her book in advance at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Bader at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINATIONS FOR 2016-2017 PTA BOARD
Election is on March 21st!
The following volunteers were elected to serve on the PTA Nominating Committee:
- Nominating Chair - Trish Echaniz
- Amy Decarlo
- Amy Young
- Amy Matz
- Kelley Wewerka
- Jenifer Johnson (alternate)
- Hema Kalyandura (alternate)
You may nominate yourself or make a recommendation of someone else. The following positions are open for nomination:
- 1st VP – Communications
- 2nd VP – Volunteers
- 3rd VP – Ways & Means
Please fill out a Nomination Form for yourself or have someone do it for you by clicking HERE or going to the Forms tab on brinkerpta.org. These forms will be due to Kim Fischer, our Parliamentarian, by February 27, 2017.
They may be dropped off at the front office Drop Box any time prior to the deadline,The Nominating Committee will present their recommended slate of officers at the General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30 pm. Election of these officers will be held at that time.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Fischer, Parliamentarian atParliamentarian@brinkerpta.org.
BRINKER OPEN HOUSE
Please mark your calendars for Open House on Thursday, March 2 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. This is a great event to come see your child's classroom work and enjoy seeing teachers and friends. The whole family is invited to this "come and go" event.
BRINKER 2ND ANNUAL COLOR FUN RUN 2017
Brinker PTA is excited to announce Brinker’s 2nd annual Color Fun Run to be held on Friday, March 17th from 5:00 to 6:00pm. The Brinker Color Fun Run is an untimed run where Brinker students are dusted in different shades of green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at stations around the lap course. The event is all about students running, walking or even skipping while family members and Brinker community cheer them on! Last year’s run was a fundraiser, but this year’s run is simply an event to bring our Brinker community together to have fun and promote healthy family lifestyles. No pledges to collect and registration is super easy!
- Monday February 6th –Registration Begins!
- Click HERE or go to brinkerpta.org to register now.
- Pay $5 registration fee.
- Show up on March 17th to have fun!
We hope you and your family can join us for this fun family event!
Announcing a new running/walking program….
Brinker Marathoners Club!
MILES FOR A HEALTHY ME
*Formally known as Nike Marathon Kids
WHAT IS BRINKER MARATHONERS CLUB?
A running/walking program to encourage children to stay active! Past years, this program has been called Nike Marathon Kids - one of the students FAVORITE programs at Brinker!
WHY ARE THERE CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM NAME?
Past years at Brinker, the Nike Marathon Kids was offered to schools as a free program sponsored by Nike. This year, the Nike Marathon Kids program started charging schools a fee per student which has made their program cost prohibitive. The good news is through the support of Brinker PTA, Brinker PE coaching team is able to create their own running/walking club – Brinker Marathoners - at a much lower cost for Brinker. The Brinker Marathon Club will continue to be completely free for Brinker students.
HAVE YOU MADE CHANGES TO THE RUNNING/WALKING CLUB?
YES! We are excited that with the Brinker Marathoners Club, students are able to earn miles at school AND AT HOME! A Mileage Log will be sent home with your child. Here are some new guidelines for the program:
Although biking, swimming and team sport are wonderful exercise, this program is dedicated to running/walking in measureable distances. We cannot estimate mileage in games.
Upon reaching their first marathon miles (26.2), students get a new Brinker Marathoners logo t-shirt and a shoe on the wall in the cafeteria with their name on it.
Students can earn rewards for up to 3 marathons.
For every 10 miles run/walked students will earn the jogging foot token to go on their shoes laces along with a PE certificate.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HELP MY STUDENT BE A BRINKER MARATHONER?
Begin earning miles right away by walking, jogging or running in small increments. Walk the dog, walk to school, take a morning jog on the weekends, take a walk through Arbor Hills Park. Make it fun for your kids!
Help your child record run/walk miles at home on their Mileage Log form. Parents must sign the Mileage Log form for miles at home to count towards their total miles and to receive awards.
HAVE A QUESTION? NEED ANOTHER MILEAGE LOG FORM?
Contact your PE team by signing up for Bloomz (see info below) Brinker’s new and convenient communication tool with parents so you can stay informed about what’s happening at Brinker! Or email Coach Stanford at email@example.com or Coach Jimison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brinker PE would like you to join your student’s class on Bloomz
Join using a web browser (from your phone or computer)
1. Go to net and click “Join Bloomz”
2. In the text box, enter:
SBCFUA – for K-2nd grade student
2WKBC8 – for 3rd – 5th grade student
3.Create your account
Join using text messaging
1. Text @SBCFUA - for K-2nd grade student
Or @2WKBC8 – for 3rd – 5th grade student
to 1-858-BLOOMZ1 (1-858-256-6691)
Need help with Bloomz app? Go to support.bloomz.net or Email at email@example.com
Click on the links below for important documents related to the event:
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORKROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
One of the easy and flexible ways to volunteer at Brinker is in our Teacher Workroom. Every week, our teachers could use extra hands to help behind the scenes, preparing assignments and projects for their classes. Brinker volunteers can help by taking some of these additional tasks off of our teachers. The Teacher Workroom is currently in need of more volunteers to keep up with the requests. We need at least 4-5 volunteers each week to help our teachers with this work.
If you can count to 28, use a paper cutter, tear out pages from a workbook and staple, then the Brinker Workroom needs you! This time will be spent on work assignments and projects for all grade levels, including PACE and Special Education. Some projects can even be done at home. All instructions and supplies are provided. The Brinker Workroom is located inside the library and is available each week, Tuesday through Friday (7:30am-2:45pm). To volunteer, go to the Orders/Volunteering tab on the Toolkit and look for the Teacher Workroom volunteer form. You can choose dates that work with your personal schedules.
This is a great opportunity to see what our children are learning and give a helping hand to our wonderful teachers! The Brinker staff is so appreciative of this extra help! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.
V.I.P. TUTORS NEEDED
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 HolbrookTexas 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 HolbrookPresidente de Texas PTA
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