"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been" - Ranier Maria Rilk
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing holiday break and you are ready to come back for a fantastic 2015!!
Thank you to eveyone who participated in the holiday parties. This is always a special time for the kids and I know how hard the homeroom representatives and leads worked to make this a success. As part of the holiday celebration, we had a few classes participate in philanthropic work for the community. The 2nd grade classes collected 195 pairs of socks for the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. The 3rd grade classes made scarves that were donated to the Scottish Rite Hospital for their pediatric patients. The 4th grade classes brought new and unwrapped toys that were donated to the Children's Advocacy Center. The 5th graders made placemats for Meals on Wheels. This is such a wonderful time to be able to give back to our community and our Brinker students shined in their generosity.
Again, welcome back to Brinker and let's make this a successful remainder of the year!!!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
The Brinker PTA would like to thank Kevin Stone and Boy Scout Troop #283 - our Volunteers of the Month! Ken and this amazing group of boys worked hard on the planting and yard work at the Brinker school front entrance. Thank you so much for helping to make our school so beautiful!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
CHESS ENRICHMENT - CLASSES START JANUARY 15
Winter Break was full of good cheer, lots of yummy treats and likely many hours playing video games. Would you love to see your student mentally locked in on a game of Chess... fully unplugged yet still completely engaged?
The first Spring session of Chess begins January 15th! Eight classes will be held every Thursday until March 5th from 4:30-5:45pm in the Brinker Library.
Click here to log in on the Brinker PTA Toolkit and register now. Class size is limited, so do not delay!
YOUNG REMBRANDTS - CLASSES START JANUARY 27/29
The Brinker PTA is excited to sponsor Young Rembrandts, an after-school art enrichment program. Young Rembrandts is an award-winning program that teaches drawing skills to children while developing learning skills that give them an academic advantage in the classroom. Classes will meet on Tuesdays (grades 2 - 5) or Thursdays (grades K - 1) at Brinker. Please note the new class time 3-4pm. Students registered will stay at Brinker until class starts at 3pm. There is a 15 student maximum in each class, so sign up soon!
Winter Session: January 27/29 through March 3/5
Please visit youngrembrandts.com/north-dallas to register for classes on the Brinker campus. Questions about the program should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 12 - 16
PISD COLLEGE WEEK
It's time to celebrate our Bears' future in college! From January 12 through 16, Brinker will participate in a district-wide initiative to promote higher education. Details will be sent out the week before with specifics for each day of the week. Get your child's favorite college gear ready!
COLLEGE SAVINGS WORKSHOP
On January 13, the Carlisle Elementary PTA is hosting a free program entitled "College Savings & Funding Strategies." The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all district parents. Carlisle Elementary is located at 6525 Old Orchard Drive in Plano.
5th GRADE PARENT NIGHT
5th grade parents - Are you ready? It's already time to start thinking about our 5th graders making the move to middle school! On Wednesday, January 14, Renner Middle School will be hosting a Parent Information Night for all parents of current 5th graders. The session begins at 6:00 pm and will take place in the Renner cafeteria.
HIGHTOUCH HIGHTECH SCIENTISTS COMING BACK TO BRINKER!
Brinker PTA is excited to once again bring the Hightouch Hightech Scientists to our Brinker classrooms in January! Our Kindergarten – 4th grade students will have the opportunity to experience fun and hands-on science experiments in their classrooms taught by Hightouch Hightech scientists. (5th graders have a different exciting in-classroom science program scheduled in February.) Each grade level will have a different interactive science program. Dates scheduled are:
Kindergarten – Jan 14 – Let’s Make Sense
1st – Jan 21 – Dig it
2nd – Jan 27 – Weather or Not
3rd – Jan 20 – Power of Light
4th – Jan 28 – What Floats Your Boat
JANUARY 23 - MOVIE NIGHT WITH DAD
On Friday, January 23, the Brinker PTA will be hosting its annual Movie Night with Dad, screening the Pixar movie Ratatouille in the Brinker gym. Tickets are $5 for dad and kids are free. Admission includes popcorn and bottled water. Doors will open at 5:45 and the movie will start at 6:00. Several door prizes will be raffled as well. Get ready for a fun night with dad!
JANUARY 31 - SKI PLANO
This 19th wintry season, the Ski Plano Lodge will once again take over Southfork Ranch in Parker for a Ski Plano event from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Tickets for the event can be purchased at skiplano.org.
The casual and fun Ski Plano event is the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Event proceeds benefit the programs of the Plano ISD Education Foundation for the 55,000 students of Plano ISD. For more information contact the Plano ISD Education Foundation Office at (469) 752-8272 email@example.com.
COMING SOON - CULTURAL DIVERSITY EVENT
Brinker PTA will be hosting a cultural diversity event on Friday, February 6th. This event will be a one day event with exposure to different cultures with children involved in Music, Art, and PE.
We would love for you to share your cultural experiences by volunteering your time on February 6th. Stay tuned for more information regarding volunteer opportunities on this FUN & special day for our kids!
The National PTA Reflections Program to support Arts Education has been a great success at Brinker this year. This year's theme is "The World Would be a Better Place If..." which many students interpreted in thoughtful and creative ways. The number of submissions were twice what they were last year, and 12 students have advanced to the Plano District level:
Alex Meeks (Brownlee)
Gautham Nair (Brownlee)
Pavani Mandla (Forbes)
Arin Meeks (Burns)
Sydney Walker (Griffith)
Giridhar Nair (Young)
Landrie Leinart (Hayes)
Gopal Koduri (Thompson)
Utham Koduri (Gigliotti)
Audrey Woodcock (Fitzhugh)
Madelyne Woodcock (Minter)
Abhipriya Goswami (Gigliotti)
Thank you to all students who submitted entries, and congratulations to the students who advanced to the next level. We look forward to seeing what Brinker students create for next year's Reflections Program!
LIFETIME PTA RECIPIENTS
There are so many deserving individuals serving and helping our students at Brinker Elementary. One way we can publicly recognize and honor individual contributions of service to our children is through Texas PTA Life Membership. This is one of the highest honors presented to individuals for outstanding service to our children and youth.
We are happy to announce our 2015 Life Member recipients.
Larry Hammons (long time bus driver for routes at Brinker and Renner)
and the following Brinker faculty and staff:
Congratulations to our new Texas PTA Life Members! These giving and gracious individuals will be recognized at a ceremony in February hosted by the Plano ISD Council of PTAs.
BRINKER PTA SCHOLARSHIP
Brinker PTA offers $1000 scholarship!
Do you have a graduating senior who attended Brinker? Do you know someone who does? The Brinker PTA is offering a $1000 scholarship to a graduating PISD senior who attended Brinker for at least grades 3-5.
Scholarship requirements and applications are available on the Brinker PTA website. Go to the Brinker PTA Membership Toolkitand click “Forms” for details.
Applications are due by March 31, 2015.
IN OTHER NEWS...
WINTER PARTIES - Thanks to all of the parent volunteers for making the winter parties a huge success. Not only did our Bears have a great time, but they also created thoughtful gifts donated to several organizations for the holidays.
SPIRIT WEAR FOR SALE!
Brinker Spirit Wear is still available for sale. Click on the spirit wear image above to go to the PTA Membership Toolkit where you can log in and purchase remaining items. Hurry - supplies are limited!
ENVIRONMENTAL CORNER - THE 3 Rs
What are the 3 Rs? The 3Rs refer to three terms often used when talking about waste:
Reduce – cutting back the amount of trash we make
Reuse – finding a way to use trash before we throw it out
Recycle – using trash to make new goods that can be sold again
Why use the 3Rs? Think about how much you toss out each day. If you multiply that by the billions of people on our planet... That's a lot of trash! Using the 3Rs will help us cut back the amount of trash we throw away.
What is Reducing? Reducing is simply creating LESS waste. By making less waste in the first place, there's less mess to clean up. Here are a few ways you can help reduce the amount of waste you make:
Pack your lunch in a lunchbox instead of a disposable bag OR pack your lunch items in reusable containers instead of disposable ones. Instead of putting your peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a plastic bag, try using some Tupperware that you can use again and again.
Make sure your faucets aren't dripping. After you wash your hands, brush your teeth, or get out of the bath, make sure there's no water dripping from your faucets. Fresh water is a very precious resource, and dripping faucets waste water.
What is Reusing? Reusing is taking old items that you might consider throwing away and finding a new use for them. Reusing helps in situations where it isn't possible to reduce. Here are ways you can reuse items to prevent trash from being created:
Donate clothes that no longer fit you. Instead of throwing away clothes that don't fit, or that you don't like anymore, give them to someone who will want them. If you don't know anyone who needs your old clothes, you could donate them to a charity.
You can also donate toys you no longer want. Just like with clothes, unwanted toys can be donated to charities or friends who could use them.
What is Recycling? Recycling is changing old products into new ones so they can be resold. For example, when you set out bottles and cans to be recycled, they are taken to a plant where they can be reprocessed into many new things. They may be changed in to new bottles or cans, or they could be changed into things like bicycles or asphalt.
Together we can make a difference! For more information about how you can make a difference in protecting our environment, contact our Environmental Chairs, Jennifer Blice and Nanditha Zuckerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.