Happy Holidays to All! As 2016 comes quickly to a close and the holidays draw near, I wanted to share one of the “best gifts” you can give your Brinker student this school year. Joining the Brinker PTA. Those of you who have already joined this school year, thank you so much! Your support of our Brinker students, staff, families and community is making a huge difference. I am especially excited to share that 100% of the Brinker Staff have joined our PTA!
Unfortunately, our Brinker PTA Membership numbers have declined over the past few years and we need YOU to help us continue to provide the amazing programs, activities and events our Brinker PTA budget covers every year! Let’s unite and raise our PTA Membership numbers so we can continue to provide:
Author visits ~ High Touch High Tech Scientists visits ~ Red Ribbon Week Activities ~ Fall Family Picnic ~ Color Fun Run ~ Class Parties ~ Teacher Appreciation Events ~ Field Day School Agendas for Students ~ Community Outreach Events ~ After School Enrichment Classes Support of Meadows Elementary ~ Drum Fit Program ~ Brinker Marathoners Club support Teachers’ Wishlists for Classrooms ~ Rhythm Path Program ~ & Cultural Diversity Day to name just a few….
A Brinker PTA Membership is only $11.50 for a Single Membership and $18.00 for a Family Membership. A 2016-17 PTA Membership Directory is also included with your dues.
I wish you and your families very Happy & Healthy Holidays, a restful Winter Break and a Happy New Year!
NOVEMBER TUESDAY TUNES PERFORMERS
Our November performers are Jade Mityas, Sienna Mityas, and Alexandria Pinto. Thank you for filling the hallways of Brinker with beautiful music!
BENEFITS OF PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: HAPPINESSWho would not agree that one of the most important benefits of learning how to play an instrument is happiness? It has long been proven that playing an instrument improves moods and reduces stress levels. It can sooth and help you cope with life's challenges. That said, we should always keep things in perspective. In striving for a higher level of musicianship, sometimes it is easy to go too far and actually increase anxiety from too much pressure. Finding the right balance between practice and playing for enjoyment is the key to raising a happy musician!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH - JOANNAH GRAHAM
Congratulations to Joannah Graham, our Brinker PTA volunteer of the month. Joannah's daughter, Amelia, is in Kindergarten. As a new family to Brinker, Joannah and Jonathan quickly became active volunteers at school. Joannah is a kindergarten lunch helper, VIP tutor, a grade level volunteer, and she wants to volunteer during the Spring Color Fun Run. Thank you Joannah for your involvement at Brinker! The teachers, staff, and students appreciate all you do for the school.
THANK YOU TO SUSIE CAKES
Thank you to SusieCakes! They provided delicious cupcakes for all of our Brinker staff for a "thankful for you" celebration on November 18. Many of our Brinker Bears made turkeys to express their gratitude to our amazing staff. We are thankful for them, and for local businesses that help us plan great events for our staff.
RECAP OF BRINKER ACTIVITIES
November was been full of fun activities at Brinker. We had yet another successful book fair. The kids loved the pirate theme and had a blast meeting the Plano West Royales and football players at family night! A BIG thank you goes out to all of the numerous volunteers who gave their time to help set up, run and break down the book fair. We appreciate the help from each and every one of you; it takes a village and we couldn't have done it without all of you. We are looking forward to another great book fair in the spring!
Our K-2nd graders enjoyed a visit from Tammi Sauer, author of 2x2 book, Nugget and Fang on November 17. These exciting visits are only possible because of the support of our PTA.
Just before heading out for the Thanksgiving break, our 5th graders enjoyed the student-favorite annual Colonial Day. Students were invited to dress up in Colonial attire for the day and then experience various activities of Colonial America. Students were each provided with knitting needles and yarn and taught how to knit. They played Colonial era games (no electronics!) such as hop scotch, marbles and jacks. They learned how and why Colonial residents decorated with punched tin and then created some tin-punch art of their own. They mixed and cooked their own Johnny cakes and made their own butter to eat with them. And they experienced the strict discipline of a Colonial one-room schoolhouse, using their pen nubs to write their lessons on hornbooks with dipped ink. This year, the students were presented with a special treat from parent Kevin Stone, who arrived in his genuine Lakota Sioux war dress and shared furs and tools from the era with the classes as they rotated through. Many thanks to all of the parents who made the day such a wonderful success: Melissa Borovay, Kevin Stone, Rebecca Dumas, Lusine Meeks, Yin Norrlinger, Jill Levy, April Grizzle, Allison Reeves, Trish Echaniz, Monica Ballard, Tara Tevis and Ravi Narayan.
GENTLY USED BOOK DRIVE BENEFITTING MEADOWS ELEMENTARY - DECEMBER 16
In the spirit of giving for the holidays, Brinker is having a "Gently-Used Book Drive" to benefit our Partner School, Meadows Elementary. Meadows uses books in their Student Rewards Store and their Little Lending Library on their campus. If you are cleaning out your kids' bookshelves before the holidays, please consider bringing a few books to Brinker on Friday, December 16 from 8am-12pm when you attend our classroom winter parties. We will have boxes labeled in front of Brinker for ease of drop off on your way into the school. Thank you for helping make a difference in the life of child with the gift of books. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Pascuzzi at email@example.com.
WINTER PARTIES - DECEMBER 16
Classroom winter parties will take place on Friday, December 16. Party times are as follows:
Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with the parties, but volunteers must be security cleared (PISD Volunteer Application below).
Don't forget - students have early release that day and the school day will end at 12:00.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Our most popular t-shirt design is back in stock! This shirt is available in both the blue/orange version as well as the mint/lavender version in both youth and adult sizes. Quantities are limited so don’t wait! We also still have a variety of other spirit wear inventory available in limited styles and sizes. Place your order through the Membership Toolkit under the Order/Volunteering tab, and your spirit wear will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom.
Show your school spirit by wearing Brinker Bear Spirit Wear every Friday!
Fall Chess Club was great success! Some students learned the game for the first time while others honed new strategies. At the conclusion of the session, students competed in a tournament that was held at the beginning of November.
Register your student today for Winter Session II. It runs every Thursday for 8 weeks, January 12-March 2, from 4-5:15pm at the Brinker Library. The cost is $168 per student and all skill and grade levels are welcome. Registration is open now on the Brinker PTA Toolkit(Orders/Volunteering --> New Forms -->2016-2017 Chess Enrichment - Session II). Please contact email@example.com for any questions.
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!
Encourage your students to keep running & walking to earn those miles, especially over the winter break! 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!
Brinker PTA is excited to host Young Rembrandts after-school art classes, which will restart on January 24, 2017. We will be offering two sessions per week, one for grades K-1 and the other for grades 2-5. Please see the flyer for registration and questions.
Mark your calendars with Movie Night with Dad, which will take place on January 20 from 6-8:30 pm. Look for more information on this fun event in January.
The Plano ISD Education Foundation will host their 21st annual SKI Plano event on Saturday, January 28.. 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