As we roll into November, I hope you and your families had an amazing October. I am sure your students came home sharing the excitement of all they have been learning, how much fun they had at our fabulous Field Day on October 21 and the healthy life choices they will make in the future after participating in Red Ribbon Week and attending the performance of Nancy Worchester on October 28. It was a very busy month!
November brings even more PTA-sponsored events, such as, our Fall Book Fair week and Family Night on Wednesday, Nov 9, a fun lunch with the Cafeteria Cops on November 15, a visit from author, Tammi Sauer, on Nov 19 for our K-2nd graders and Colonial Day for our 5th graders. If you joined the PTA, our directories will be delivered in the next few weeks. Our Brinker yard signs will be arriving soon too!
Finally, the week of November 21-25, we get Thanksgiving Break, a time to rest and reflect on all our blessings. I feel very blessed to be a part of this Brinker Community. Thanks to all of you for your support of our school, teachers, students, neighbors and friends. I appreciate all the ways you do: volunteering, donating food and supplies, monetarily, and reaching out to make new friends and new families feel welcome!
OCTOBER TUESDAY TUNES PERFORMERS
We are proud to recognize our October performers-Katherine Liu, Christina Dong, Angelina Dong & Lucas Lin. Congratulations on brilliant performances!
Benefits of Playing Musical Instruments: MAKING FRIENDS
Mastery of a musical instrument usually involves long hours spent indoors practicing alone. So, it may seem counterintuitive that music study actually comes with an added benefit of building social skills and enriching friendships. How does it happen? Psychologists say there is evidence that playing music enhances important skills for bonding with friends, such as understanding moods and emotions, self-regulation, and being a better listener. Playing music also allows opportunities for meeting like-minded people. It can lead to social engagements like playing in a band or participating in an event like Tuesday Tunes. That being said, don't forget to register your child for a Tuesday Tunes performance if you haven't already done so.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - LISA SERRANO
Please congratulate Lisa Serrano, one of our newest volunteers at Brinker. Lisa jumped in quickly as an active volunteer helping throughout the school. You can find Lisa at the library three times a week checking out books for kids, shelving books, and completing projects for the librarian and teachers in the workroom. She is a VIP tutor and volunteered at the Brinker Fall Family Picnic. Lisa is also volunteering at the Fall Book Fair in November. Lisa helps Chase's second grade teacher, Ms. Lowery, but also helps students and teachers in all grades at Brinker. Thank you, Lisa!
"BOOKANEER BOOK FAIR: Where books are the treasure!"NOVEMBER 7-11
Monday & Tuesday, 2:45–4 pm
Wednesday, 8 am–3:30 PM & 6-8 pm (Family Night)
Thursday, 8 am–4 pm
Friday, 8 AM–10 am
“Pirates don’t wear Pjs, but I do!” Join us for a special family event on Wednesday, November 9 from 6–8 pm. Dress your little pirates in their favorite pajamas and join us for a fun Family Night at the Brinker Book Fair! We will have a special guest reader and Plano West football players will be there to say hello to our students.
We can’t make this Book Fair run smoothly without the help of our fabulous volunteers. To volunteer, please log in to the PTA Toolkit, go to the Orders/Volunteering tab and look for the Book Fair – Fall 2016 volunteer form.
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from Oct. 29–Nov 11.
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY NOVEMBER 15
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS
HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
EARN $$$ FOR PTA PROGRAMS
Donate your gently used items to the Brinker World Wide Wear 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 15
To celebrate Thanksgiving break, the PTA is excited to once again bring the Cafeteria Cops to Brinker on Tuesday, November 15. 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!
AUTHOR VISIT - TAMMI SAUERNOVEMBER 17
Brinker PTA is excited to announce that children's book author, Tammi Sauer, will be coming to speak to our Kindergarten - 2nd graders on Thursday, November 17!
Brinker students can help support Plano families by sending 3 cans per student during our canned food drive. Please send only canned goods with your child during the week of Nov 28-Dec 2.
On Friday, December 2 (1-3 pm), we need 10-15 volunteers with trucks, SUVs, vans, or flatbeds to help load, deliver and unload the collected cans. Signup is available on the Toolkit. For questions, please contact Natalie Lueders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKESIDE CYCLEBAR FUNDRAISERDECEMBER 1
Looking for a fun and healthy way to burn off your Thanksgiving meal? Our new community partner, Cycle Bar, in Lakeside Shopping Center, has scheduled a cycle class fundraiser for “Brinker Adults” on December 1 at 7:30 pm. Get pumped for this awesome fundraiser which consists of a 50 minute indoor cycle class followed by some social time and snacks at CycleBar. Our Plano Cycle Bar has 47 bikes, so reserve your bike quickly! Cost is $25 to ride and proceeds will be donated to the Brinker PTA.
Last year, Brinker Bears loved celebrating National Eat a Red Apple Day so PTA is bringing it back again this year! On Thursday, Dec. 1, as students arrive at school, there will be fresh red apples available on tables by the gym doors. Students are welcome to take one red apple when they arrive at school, if they wish.
National Eat a Red Apple Day is a simple way to help Brinker students learn healthy habits. This unique and fun national ‘holiday’ creates healthy opportunities and events for students and staff at Brinker. The PTA is excited to support the school and its programs in making Brinker a healthy place for students and help create messages about making healthy choices.
PISD VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS
Have you completed your Volunteer Application for the 2016-17 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!
BRINKER TEACHERS NEED YOUR HELP
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 many 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 Hema Kalyandurg 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.
You can sign up on by clicking HERE to find the 2016-2017 Library Volunteer form. For any questions, please e-mail Shaheen Salam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
V.I.P. TUTORS NEEDED
Brinker would like to invite you to become a Very Important Partner (VIP) Tutor. Our VIP Program is an awesome, fun way for parents, and even grandparents or community members, to volunteer and help our Brinker 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. The information will be given to Mrs. Stelzl, Brinker’s Reading Specialist, and you will be paired up with a student. You may also select whether you prefer to work with the younger grades 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 provide assignments and information for each tutoring session. If you are curious or even a little interested, please give me the opportunity to talk to you about it. Please e-mail Jennifer Blice at email@example.com. The VIP program is a very rewarding way to help Brinker students. There is a great need for tutors, especially during the second semester. Tutoring begins in October as soon as we can assign students to volunteers, and runs through the beginning of May.
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE
The yearbook is a 72 page hardbound book in full color filled with hundreds of photos to remember another great school year at Brinker.
Yearbooks may be purchased for $30 and will be delivered directly to your student's classroom for Yearbook Signing Day in May 2017.
Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for our school. The next submission date is March 1.
Here is how Box Tops work:
BUY products you use every day.
CLIP the Box Tops.
SEND Box tops to school.
EARN cash for our school.
If each Brinker child were to simply clip 10 Box Tops it would generate over $700 for our school. Imagine the possibilities - happy clipping!
SPIRIT WEAR CLEARANCE
Spirit Wear Clearance Inventory is available to order through the Toolkit under the Orders/Volunteering section. Sizes and quantities are limited so don't wait!
Order online anytime and your order will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom.
TIME TO KEEP READING
Keep reading! Keep your students engaged this year by reading books from the Texas 2x2 Reading List and Texas Bluebonnet Awards. These award-winning books can be found at our local public libraries. Click on the links below for each reading list:
In support of these Texas reading programs and the extra efforts of our Brinker students, Brinker PTA recognizes 3rd-5th grade students who read at least 10 books from the Bluebonnet list and Kindergarten–2nd grade students who read at least 15 books from the 2x2 list. The students who read the books and turn in their reading logs by the deadline will be invited to attend a pizza & ice cream party in the spring after school at Brinker.
A reading log will provided to your child by the librarian at the beginning of the year and can also be found at the links above. If interested, have your child read the books on the reading list and keep track on the reading log and turn in their log by the Spring deadline (tbd). Happy Reading!
It’s that time of the year and this year’s Reflections theme is “What is Your Story?” We are proud that every year our school has such an enthusiastic group of students who participate in this nationwide Arts Program. The best gift we can give to our children is the opportunity: give your children an opportunity to be creative and let them do their best.
Below are entry categories:
Musical Composition (least popular)
Photography (very popular)
Visual Arts (most popular)
Details on participation and submission can be found here: The deadline for submission is Nov 18. Please have your child drop her/his work in the Reflections Box at the gym entrance. Please do not drop off elsewhere as the artwork may get lost. Remember this is not a competition!
Encourage your students to keep running & walking to earn those miles! The program formally known as Nike Marathon Kids, as now called Brinker Marathoners Club – Miles for a Healthy ME! This new program, supported by the Brinker PTA, has exciting changes from the old Nike Marathon Kids program. Brinker PE coaching team has created a program that encourages students to make healthy and active choices both at school AND AT HOME! If you missed the details of the new program announcement, please follow the links below for more information on how to get your child involved and earn their Brinker Marathoners Club t-shirt. Students have already started activities to record on their Mileage Log at home. Way to go Brinker students!