We made it to the first week of school! As I walked my third grader, Jack, into Brinker this week (for the two days he would let me), I remembered when my now Renner 6th grader, Payton, started Kindergarten. Being at a new school with tons of families I didn’t know, not being aware of all the school procedures for parents and the kids, and an extremely shy child clinging to me was so stressful and overwhelming. I can relate to how our many new families must feel right now.
Well great news! Your family is at Brinker Elementary, a newly-renovated school, with amazing and caring teachers and staff, and an awesome Brinker PTA ready to welcome and support you and your child along this new educational journey. We want you to feel apart of our Brinker community. Please let the Brinker PTA help you ease some of the stress of a new school by keeping you constantly informed, answering your questions and introducing you to other families who will be dear friends and the support you need during your years at Brinker Elementary. And to our “seasoned” Brinker families, please show your “Brinker Spirit” and reach out and show everyone how awesome our Brinker community is.
We have a jam-packed calendar of Brinker PTA-sponsored events, activities and programs, so join us and have a great school year.
Please join us at the Newcomers Coffee on Tuesday, September 22 from 7:45-9:00am in the Brinker Library. All new parents are invited to attend. Come make some new friends, bring your questions, and learn more about Brinker.
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the National Drug Take Back initiative will be held on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm at the front entrance of Plano West Sr. High.
FALL FAMILY PICNIC
Save the Date! The annual Fall Family Festival sponsored by the Brinker PTA will be held on Friday October 9 from 5-8 pm on the Brinker lawn. Bring your family for a night of fun activities, including inflatables, rock climbing wall, DJ, snow cones, cotton candy and more. In-N-Out Burger will be available for a easy dinner or bring your own picnic meal on the lawn. More detail to come!
DIRECTORY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 14
Please ensure that you log ontoMembership Toolkitand 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 absolutely up to you, however, if you do not complete this section by 9/14/15, NOTHING will be published. Please be sure to update your preferences if you would like your family included in this year's directory.
JOIN THE BRINKER PTA FOR 2015-2016
Please join us as a member of the PTA for the 2015-2016 school year. By joining for the first time or renewing your membership each year, the PTA is able to provide student programs to help make every child's potential a reality.
We encourage all parents, grandparents, staff, and community members to join the Brinker PTA. PTA Membership does not require volunteering or any kind of time commitment. We only ask that you help support the programs and events that we provide for ALL students, ALL staff and ALL families throughout our community. Our goal is 100% participation.
Only Members of the PTA will receive a Student Directory.
Have you completed your Volunteer Application for the 2015-16 school year? PISD requires all volunteers to complete this application EVERY school year. We encourage ALL parents to complete and submit an application for security clearance - if you are one of our volunteers or just planning to attend a classroom party. Please visit the PISD Volunteer Application page to access the online application - it takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Clickhereto go to the PISD Volunteer Application page orhere to go to directly to the application.
Thanks for volunteering!
GRADE LEVEL & HOMEROOM REPRESENTATIVES NEEDED
Do you want to support your child’s teacher and be involved without a huge time commitment? If so, then Homeroom Representative is for you! Homeroom Representatives help plan and coordinate two classroom parties throughout the year and help support the teacher in securing volunteers and classroom donations when needed.
If you can count to 28, use a paper cutter, tear out pages from a workbook and staple, then the Brinker Workroom needs you! We need at least 4-5 volunteers each week to help our teachers with behind the scenes work. This time will be spent on work assignments and projects for all grade levels, including PACE and Special Education.
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 PTAMembership Toolkitand look for the Teacher Workroom volunteer form.
This is a great opportunity to see what our children are learning and give a helping hand to our wonderful teachers! If you have any questions, please contact Ritu Narayan at email@example.com.
Calling All WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
Men, do you want to be more involved with your child at school? Now is your chance!!! Please come join us as we officially kick-off this year's WATCH D.O.G.S. program!
WHO: Men and their Brinker children (NEW and OLD to WATCH D.O.G.S.)
WHAT: Informational Pizza Night & Sign-up Event (those present get first choice of volunteer dates)
WHEN: Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Brinker Elementary Cafeteria
WATCH D.O.G.S. engage men, inspire children, help reduce bullying, and enhance the educational environment at school.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for students and to enhance school security.
WATCH D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve one day a year per child in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.
Brinker would like to invite you to become a Very Important Partner (VIP) Tutor. VIP tutoring is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a Brinker student who needs a little extra help in Math or Reading. It’s a great way to give back to the Brinker community and meet some wonderful kids. No formal teaching experience is required. We just ask that you make a commitment of 30 minutes per week on a day/ time of your choosing. If you work close by, please consider coming in during your lunch hour. This is also a great opportunity for Grandparents to get involved at Brinker.
Please consider volunteering. The need is great and our teachers welcome the extra help. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Barbara Wisler at VIPtutors@brinkerpta.org .
(Benefactors for Educators, Academic Resources and Students)
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. 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. (A picture of last year's yard sign is above.)
Donations can be made on the PTA Membership Toolkit by logging in, going to the Orders/Volunteering tab and selecting the 2015-2016 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. What does the 100% campaign mean?
*100% participation from Brinker families
*100% of your money goes straight to Brinker PTA, therefore straight to your child
More than 1,000 companies in the U.S. have matching gift programs. This means if the employee makes a donation to a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, such as Brinker PTA, the employer will match that donation. This can dramatically increase the impact your gift makes for the Brinker PTA.
Check with your company’s Human Resources Department to see if your company offers this benefit. For more information on matching gifts, visit our BEARS Campaign page.
Don't forget to buy your Brinker Spirit Wear! The last day to place an order for Spirit Wear is Friday, September 4. All orders will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom in mid to late September.
To purchase Spirit Wear, log into thePTA Membership Toolkit, go to the Orders/Volunteering tab and look for the Spirit Wear order form.
We are so excited to start a another year at Brinker to educate and inspire our kids to be environmentally conscious and friendly.
As we kick-off the new year I would like to remind everyone of a great initiative we began towards the end of last year. In cooperation with World Wear Project, a bin has been placed behind the school (by the garbage ad recycle bins) where you can drop off gently used clothing and shoes. Brinker PTA will be paid by the pound for donated items, while World Wear will send the clothes out to other organizations that can use them. It is a great way to again, keep items out of landfills (one of the Big “R”s - REUSE), allow others to use them, and make money for projects our PTA works on to benefit Brinker.
If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to help, please feel free to contact Nanditha firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for the support and participation. Stay tuned for more more ways to keep Brinker and our Community Green!
TIME TO START READING
If you haven't started already, time to dive into this year's Bluebonnet & 2x2 book lists! The 2x2 list is for K-2nd grade & the Texas Bluebonnet reading list is for 3rd-5th grade. The books are available both at the Brinker and public libraries.
As a reward, when your child reads a certain number of books by the specified deadline, they will be invited to attend a pizza/ice cream party after school! A reading log will be provided to their child and the deadline and party dates will be released in the coming weeks.
This year's Reflection's theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly”. Students can enter in one of six categories: visual art, photography, literature, film production, dance choreography or music composition. For all the details and rules for entering visit the PTA Reflections pageorwww.texaspta.org/programs You can also email@example.com for further details.
Deadline for entries is Friday, November 6th. Entries can be dropped off in the Brinker foyer.
We are excited about the great start of the program. We registered a lot of performers at the Back to Brinker. Spots are filling up very fast. So hurry up!
Tuesday Tunes is geared toward helping students build on their passion for music and performing arts!Students with at least two or more years of formal training in music can sign up to play their favorite pieces live on Tuesdays at the start of the school day so the Brinker community can share in our children’s amazing talents.
This year, to reserve a date, log into the Membership Toolkit, go to the Orders/Volunteering tab and look for the Tuesday Tunes sign up form. Due to high demand, each student may perform only one time during the school year.
Young Rembrandts is an award-winning art enrichment program that teaches drawing skills to children while developing learning skills that give them an academic advantage in the classroom. This unique 20+ year method will improve fine motor skills, patience levels, focus and ability to stay on task.
Classes will meet immediately after school and end at 4:00 pm on Tuesdays for Grades 2 through 5 and Thursdays for Grades K and 1.
The Fall 1 sessions runs from September 22/24 through October 27/29 and the cost will be $74.
Register TODAY on the Brinker PTA Membership Toolkit to reserve your student’s seat in our after-school Chess Enrichment program. Instruction is provided by a USCF-certified chess coach and customized to each student. All experience and grade levels are welcome.
Beginning mid-September, classes meet after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:30-5:45pm in the Brinker Library. Each session runs for 8 weeks.
Tuesday Session: 9/15 - 11/3
Thursday Session: 9/17 - 11/ 5
Why Chess…and why now? According to research,
Test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities
Hones higher-order thinking skills, including analysis of actions and consequences
Develops decision-making skills
Builds competition skills
Chess is a mental exercise that your student will truly enjoy – for a lifetime!
Plano West Senior High School Drill Team Presents:
MINI ROYALES GAME NIGHT Friday, September 25th Check-in between 6:00-6:30 PM at Front West gates of Clark Stadium; March on the field for pre-game activities @ 6:45 & sit in the stands with the Royales for the first quarter!
MINI ROYALES DRILL TEAM CLINIC Saturday, September 26th 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Check-in between 12:30- 1:00 PM in Plano West Senior High School Competition Gym foyer; Showoffs at 4:00 PM in Competition Gym!
Open to All Girls Grades K-5 Cost: $50.00 for Clinic & Game, $40.00 for Clinic or $30.00 for Game Only.
Pre-Register today! Visit www.royales.orgfor more information and registration form.