November is always a month of “Thanks and Giving” and among the things to be grateful for this year is you, the Brinker families, who have already contributed your time, supplies and money that have helped our Brinker PTA provide wonderful events, programs and supplies to our Brinker students, staff and community. Did you know that in these first 10 weeks, we have:
Provided Agendas for our Students
Purchased a DrumFit program for our P.E. Dept and new headphones to be used in the classrooms
Held 3 Parent Coffees (Back to School, Newcomers and Kindergarten)
Sponsored Back 2 Brinker Info Night and WatchDOGS Kick-off Pizza Party
Promoted Tuesday Tunes, Young Rembrandts and Chess Club Enrichment Programs and International Walk to School Day for Healthy Lifestyles Program
Sponsored Red Ribbon Week and an Assembly featuring Nancy Worchester, ventriloquist
Appreciated our Brinker Staff by provided Work Week Lunch, 3 Team Lunches, and Fall Staff Appreciation Breakfast
Held trainings for Library, Teacher Workroom, VIP and Homeroom Rep Volunteers
Provided easy fundraising for the PTA by promoting Kona Ice, In-N-Out Burger, Chipotle Grill Dining opportunities and promoting “Box Tops for Education” and Tom Thumb and Kroger Reward Cards give- back programs
Compiled our Brinker Family Directory and sold awesome Spiritwear
Sponsored our Fall Family Picnic for all Brinker Families!
As you can see your financial contributions through your PTA Membership dues and contributions to our B.E.A.R.S. Campaign, help us provide so many great PTA Programs, Events and support the Needs of Brinker Staff and Students. Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing what else we can do together for Brinker this school year.
OCTOBER TUESDAY TUNES PERFORMERS: Amelia Nugent, Aanya Niranjan, Ethan Boon & Ailin Liu
We wanted to give thanks to all the very talented students who performed in Tuesday Tunes in October! We are also delighted to learn from the Tuesday Tunes performer's parents that our young musicians do not only have the opportunity to share their favorite music, but they also gain confidence and motivation to practice, while meeting new friends at Brinker who play instruments. We have more great music to come as all spots of filled for the remainder of the semester.
FIELD DAY IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Field Day is still in need of volunteers. Please consider helping out on this fun outdoor day with our Brinker Bears! We need 100 volunteers to help run the games and coordinate the kids. Just log into your PTA Toolkit account, click on Orders/Volunteering and click on Field Day to choose your shift.
Field Day shifts are 8am-11am (Grades K-2) and/or 11am-2pm (Grades 3-5). Work 1 shift or stay all day and PTA will feed you lunch! 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.
Fall Book Fair is here! From November 9 through 13, all students will have an opportunity to preview and purchase from a large selection of their favorite books during school. Grades K through 4 will preview on Monday and Tuesday; fifth grade students going to camp will preview on Thursday, November 5. Sales are open to everyone on the following days and times:
Monday and Tuesday: 2:45 to 4:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 to 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 to 10:00 am
Family Night will be held on Wednesday, November 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Join us for refreshments, guest book readers and raffle drawings for great prizes. Click here for the official event Book Fair Flyer. For questions, please contact us email@example.com.
AMERICA RECYCLES DAYNOVEMBER 15
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS
HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
EARN $$$ FOR PTA PROGRAMS
Donate your gently used items to the Brinker blue bin behind the school. Every pound collected earns our PTA $0.15 that goes towards funding PTA programs for our children. If we collect 2,500 lbs or more during the month of November, World Wear Project will give us an additional $100.
CAFETERIA COPSNOVEMBER 16
To celebrate Thanksgiving break, the PTA is excited to once again bring the Cafeteria Cops to Brinker on Monday, November 16. The Plano Crime Prevention Unit will serve lunch to our Brinker Bears while entertaining them with MUSIC, DANCE, GOOD WILL, and tons of FUN! This program is a longtime favorite of students and serves to build good rapport between officers and students. Thank you to The Plano Police Department for coming to Brinker!
BLUEBONNET AUTHOR VISIT NOVEMBER 17
Be Prepared to Be Amazed
Brinker PTA is excited to announce that Magician Mike Lane, a 2015 Texas Bluebonnet nominee, will be visit our 3rd-5th graders on Tuesday, November 17. Mike will perform a magic show while speaking to the students and will also sign his book.
Mr. Lane's book "The Vanishing Coin" will be available at the Brinker Book Fair. His other books include "The Incredible Twisting Arm," "The Great Escape," "Magic Mike's Miraculous Magic Tricks," and "The Disappearing Magician." These can be found on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. Grab a copy one or all of his books so that he can sign your books!!
TEXAS PTA LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP NOMINATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 19
At Brinker, we are very fortunate to have the tremendous support of volunteers and an extremely dedicated faculty. There are many deserving individuals serving and helping our students. One of the ways we recognize individuals for their dedication to children and the community is through the Texas PTA Lifetime Membership. It is one of the highest honors presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize a deserving individual's efforts!
LEGENDS BASKETBALLNOVEMBER 21
Plano ISD Council and Plano ISD Education Foundation have teamed up to bring you "Hooping It Up For Education" Family Fun Night on Saturday, November 21 at 7pm for a Texas Legends Basketball Game at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. Bring your family out for a great event over Thanksgiving Break and watch the Texas Legends Basketball game. Tickets are $10.00 each. Half the ticket cost goes to Brinker PTA and the other half goes to the Plano ISD Education Foundation. A Win-Win! Click here to purchase tickets.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 3
Celebrate the holiday season and share canned goods to help benefit Plano families. Please support our food drive by sending only canned goods with your child during the week of Nov 30-Dec 3.
Show your child how community service works by packing cans together after school on December 3 and delivering them to the drop-off location. Your team effort would mean so much to our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PISD VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS
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.
Click hereto go to the PISD Volunteer Application page orhereto go to directly to the application.
Thanks for volunteering!
JOIN THE PTA
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.
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. We are in need of volunteers for the following teachers: Adler, Brown, Brownlee, Forbes, Harvill, Hood, Kreuter, Schlueter, Sievers, Snowden, Tirado, Villalobos, Wewerka, Wiggins, Young. Click here to see the teacher library times for all grades.
You can sign up on PTA Toolkit – just look for the 2015-2016 Library Volunteer form. For any questions, please e-mail Heather Burchett at email@example.com.
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE
The 2015-2016 Brinker Yearbook are still on sale for $30. They can be ordered throughPTA Toolkitand will be delivered to students in May 2016 for Yearbook Signing Day. For questions, please contact Sarah Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOX TOPS FOR BRINKER
Thanks to all of you who scoured your cupboards and cut Box Tops for Brinker PTA. Our first submission has been mailed and was a great success. A huge "Thank You!" to 3rd grader, Brody Carlson, and his family for an unbelievable donation of over 3000 Box Tops! This is such a great help.
The money raised from the submitted Boxtops helps pay for the enrichment activities that the Brinker PTA has planned for the students throughout our school year. Clipping these "Boxtops for Education" that are on the food products you purchase and use daily is such an easy way to raise money for Brinker. Keep on clipping because our next Boxtops deadline will be 3/1/16. Thank you for your support.
Remaining inventory of 2015-2016 Brinker Spirit Wear is available for purchase. Buy yours now before the last shirts are gone. No additional inventory will be ordered this school year. Sales tax is included in the prices. You can order throughPTA Toolkit.
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 page. You can also email@example.com further details.
Deadline for entries is Friday, November 6. Entries can be dropped off in the Brinker foyer.
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 2-5 and Thursdays for K-1.
The Fall 2 sessions run from November 3/5- December 15/17 and the cost will be $74.
Hopefully, you have already started on this year's Bluebonnet & 2x2 book lists. The 2x2 list is for grades K-2 & the Texas Bluebonnet reading list is for grades 3-5. The books are available both at the Brinker and public libraries.
As a reward, when your child reads at least 13 books from the list, they will be invited to attend a pizza/ice cream party after school on Tuesday, March 22, for children who have completed the 2x2 reading list and on Thursday, March 24, for children who have completed the Bluebonnet reading lists. A reading log should have been provided to your child or can be found through the links above. Please complete the logs and return it to your child's teacher or the librarian, Mrs Miller, by Friday, March 4, 2016.Contact Jessica Bader, our Literary Enrichment Chair, with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE
The Plano ISD Education Foundation will host their 20th annual SKI Plano event on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Buy tickets now to attend this fun evening at the Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center featuring live band, dinner dancing, big board, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Tickets can be purchased here.
Plano ISD Education Foundation is an organization that assists the Plano School District in maintaining its high standards of academic excellence. The organization raises funds that support priority projects for which tax dollars are not available. The supported programs include:
Grants to Educators for innovative classroom projects throughout our District
Secondary science improvement initiative impacting all middle school and high school students
Scholarships that allow all students to attend 5th Grade Outdoor Learning Camp
Programs that recruit and retain the very best teachers
Programs that promote college and career readiness for all students
Programs that bridge the student achievement gap
Innovative initiatives that inspire learning for all students