"The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing" - S. Brown
This spring weather makes me so happy! I love seeing the trees blooming, kids playing outside and everyone smiling. This is the best time of the year! We still have a couple more months of school and many activities planned to end a great school year. We had our PTA General Membership meeting a few weeks ago and were able to recognize some of Brinker's outstanding students and their accomplishments. In addition it was my honor to introduce the new PTA Board for 2015-2016 school year:
President: Julie Pascuzzi
1st Vice President of Communications: Rhonda Cleaves
2nd Vice President of Volunteers: Alison Gryzb
3rd Vice Presidents of Way & Means: Jill Levy
Treasurer: Nelsy Mele
Secretary: Anita Dewers
Enjoy this beautiful weather!
"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt" - Margaret Atwood
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: MELISSA BOROVAY
Congratulations to Melissa Borovay, our Volunteer of the Month for April! With a 3rd and a 1st grader at Brinker, Melissa actively volunteers at school events year after year. As Social Media Chair, Melissa never misses a beat in updating the Brinker PTA Facebook page with the school's latest news and activities. Thank you Melissa!
TEACHER APPRECIATION - CASSEROLE DAY
We have a new addition coming to Teacher Appreciation Week this year and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Our Brinker Staff is so excited about Casserole Day. To make this special treat a success, we need volunteers to sign up so that every teacher/staff member takes home a casserole. Even better, we are partnering with Central Market and they are doing the cooking for us!
Each teacher has pre-selected a casserole preference. All we ask is that our volunteers select a teacher and call Central Market with the order. Sign-up on the Brinker PTA Toolkit will open on Thursday, April 9. Additional reminders will be sent out later this month. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Tamie Burnett at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping us show our teachers how much we appreciate all that they do!
Young Rembrandts is the 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 for grades 2 through 5 and on Thursdays for grades K through 1 at Brinker. Class time is 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Students registered will stay at Brinker until class starts at 3pm.
There is a 15 student maximum in each class, so sign up before classes are full! This final session begins April 7/9 and ends on May 12/14. Registration for classes on theYoung Rembrandts website.
One of next school year’s Bluebonnet authors/illustrators, Bethany Hegedus and Evan Turk, will be presenting to the Brinker 2nd through 5th graders on Thursday, April 9. They are the author/Illustrator of “Picture Book: Grandfather Gandhi.” They will be reading/discussing the book and answering questions.
Ms. Hegedus has written several other books including “Truth with a capital T” and “Between Us Baxters.” Both novels were named to the Bank Street Books' best books in 2010 and 2011. Learn more about her at her website,www.bethanyhegedus.com.
Mr. Turk is an illustrator, animator and designer working in New York City. He specializes in travel illustration, on-location event reporting, cultural children’s books and concept illustration for video games, animation and advertising. You can learn more about him at his website,www.evanturk.com.
Your child may bring in a copy of the Bluebonnet book to the visit if he or she would like to have it autographed.
LOOKING FOR CREATIVE BEARS TO MAKE SOME CREATIVE ART! Contest rules:
Students may make a poster or sculpture for the recycled art contest that is made completely from recycled or reused items. Nothing may be purchased to create your artwork. Please keep sculptures no taller than 20 inches and able to stand alone. Students may submit more than one entry.
Deadline for submissions: April 14 - in the PTA room across from the Brinker front office.
Entries should promote the theme of recycling or reducing waste in our environment.
To enter the contest, please attach a blank envelope to the piece with an index card inside with the following information written on it:
Student’s first and last name
Grade level and teacher’s name
Written description of artwork (if envelope gets separated from artwork)
Please do not use any photographs of students, friends, or family in the artwork.
All students who enter will receive a participation ribbon and will be able to display their artwork at Brinker. Awards will be given to a grand prize winner, first place, second place and third place winners. Winners will be announced April 16.
As the end of the school year approaches, it is already time to start thinking about next school year! Save time this summer (and avoid stress!) by pre-ordering school supplies for the 2015-2016 school year. Supplies can be purchased beginning April 17 on the Brinker PTA Toolkit. Supplies purchased by June 12 will be delivered to your student's classroom at Back to Brinker on August 21. Watch your e-mail for more details!
The mesmerizing storyteller Genie Hammel will be presenting to the Brinker Kindergarten through 2nd graders on Wednesday, April 15th. She has over 20 years experience as a children’s public librarian. She is known for her interactive and energetic story telling sessions.
Ms. Hammel specializes in story telling using music, puppets and visuals. She is popularly known as the Magic Genie.
STAAR testing continues in April. From April 20 through 22, Brinker 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be taking portions of the STAAR test. Scheduled testing is as follows:
April 20 - 5th grade math
April 21 - 3rd/4th grade math
April 22 - 3rd/4th grade reading
April 22 - 5th grade science
Please note that no visitors will be allowed on campus those days and parents are asked to ensure that any doctor's appointments are not scheduled on those days for any grades so as to ensure quiet in the building on the test days.
All Brinker Bears are encouraged to wear their athletic clothes and shoes on DrumDAY! In support of Healthy Lifestyles, the PTA is THRILLED to bring DrumFIT to Brinker. DrumFIT is a fitness based drumming program that combines the mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness. It's going to be TONS of FUN and a great way to end STAAR testing!
DINING DAY/NIGHT OUT - APRIL 29
A HUGE thanks to our Brinker families for really turning out to support our Brinker Dining Night at Chipotle! We raised GOOD money to support our Brinker Bears!
Let's do it again! Let's really roll out and support the last Brinker Dining Night of the 2014-2015 school year! Mark you calendars to dine at TAVERNA ROSSA on April 29th any time during the day. Taverna Rossa will be donating 20% of any purchases made that day when you mention Brinker. Dine in or carry out, either way! Mention Brinker and earn 20% for our PTA.
As an added bonus, Brinker Dad, Scott Schultz, will be performing live music that evening. Enjoy done great music, a good meal and earn Brinker 20%!See you there!
PROGRAM CHANGE: The WatchDOGS Pack Party scheduled for April 17 has been cancelled. For those who already registered, the PTA will contact you about a refund. Thank you for your interest and support!
MAY - SAVE THE DATES
May 4 - 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 13- Brinker Graduating Seniors (Class of 2015) Reception: Brinker Library from 4:00 to 6:00 pm