We survived February, the flu season and what seemed like never ending rain! Our entire Brinker community is ready for a fresh and healthy start this March. The weather is getting warmer, the days last longer, and the plants and trees begin to bloom. To celebrate, I hope you will join us on Friday, March 23 as we catch the rainbow from 5-6pm in the Brinker parking lot for our 3rd Annual Brinker Color Fun Run.
The Brinker Color Fun Run is a PTA-sponsored event for our Brinker students and families. It’s a GREAT way to spend a Spring evening cheering on our Brinker Bears as they have a blast running laps while being sprinkled with a rainbow of color! This event is promoting healthy lifestyles for our kids, building our community and supporting our PTA programs enriching and enhancing every student’s educational experience. Click here to sign up your student(s) for the Color Fun Run today!
SAVE THE DATE! • Student Recognition Night & PTA General Meeting, Wednesday, March 21st. • Spring Fling is coming Friday, April 13th.
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: PHYLLIS WAN-HUEN
Congratulations to Phyllis Wan-Huen, our Brinker PTA Volunteer of the Month! Phyllis and her husband have three children, a 2nd grader, a kindergartner, a 4 year old, and a Black Lab! Phyllis has been an active volunteer since moving here from New York two years ago. This year alone she volunteers for Young Rembrandts, Chess Club, Kindergarten Lunch Helpers, Reading Buddies, Library, and is the 2nd Grade Lead Homeroom Representative. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, playing tennis and traveling.
TUESDAY TUNES: FEBRUARY PERFORMERS
Talented Tuesday Tunes performers continued to grace us with beautiful music in February. A big congratulations to 4th grade pianist Jadon Yuan, 5th grade pianist Devika Ramakrishna and 5th grade violinist Rahil Jiwani on their superb performances!
Tuesday Tunes is a program for young musicians, with at least two years of formal training, to showcase their talents in an informal setting. Performers infuse music in the hallways while peers and teachers walk to class and are recognized in the Good Morning Brinker broadcast following their performance.
What two states border Lake Champlain? Fremantle, Australia lies along what ocean? Is this the correct spelling for hyphen? How about hooligan?
Our annual Spelling and Geography Bees were filled with excitement and competition. Round after round, amazing students competed for the title of champion. In the end there was only one student left standing in each contest. Congratulations to Noah Grant of 5th Grade, our Geography Bee winner and Rehan Buvvaji of 4th Grade, our Spelling Bee winner. Well done!
BRINKER OPEN HOUSE
Please mark your calendars for Open House on Thursday, March 8 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. This is a great event to come see your child's classroom work and enjoy seeing teachers and friends. The whole family is invited to this "come and go" event.
BLUEBONNETS AND 2X2 READING LOGS DUE
Remind your students to keep 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 March 9th deadline will be invited to attend a celebration in the spring.
A reading log was 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 March 9th. Happy Reading!
REGISTER for the 3RD ANNUAL BRINKER COLOR FUN RUN NOW!
The Brinker Color Fun Run is an untimed run where Brinker students are dusted in different colors at stations around the lap course. The event is all about students running, walking or even skipping while family members and Brinker community cheer them on!
Please note students will not be collecting donations for laps, but there is an option to sponsor your student's run through the Color Run Sponsor Collection field below the Color Run Registration Fee if you choose to do so - this donation will go toward supporting Brinker PTA's Programs enriching and enhancing students' educational experience and their healthy lifestyles.
Click HERE to register for your spot at the starting line and click HERE to volunteer.
We hope you and your family can join us for this fun family event!
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP - MARCH 23
Enrollment for 2018-19 Kindergarten students will take place on March 23 from 9-11 am & 1-3 pm. Getting an accurate number of students is very important in helping us plan for the number of classes and teachers we will need. A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 in order to attend Kindergarten. Each child will need immunization records signed by a doctor, certified birth certificate, child’s social security card, if available, proof of residency (current gas or electric bill or lease agreement) and parent’s driver’s license in order to register. If you know children in your neighborhood who will be in kindergarten next year, please let them know about round-up!
YEARBOOK DEADLINE MARCH 31
Be sure to purchase your student's copy of the 2017-2018 Brinker Yearbooks. They are $30 and will be full of fun photos and memories from the year. Click here to order your yearbook via the membership toolkit and it will be delivered to students in May 2018 for Yearbook Signing Day. Quantities are limited, so place your order before they are all gone. For questions, please contact Nanditha Zuckerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRINKER ELEMENTARY PTA OFFERS $1000 SCHOLARSHIP
Do you have a 2018 graduating Senior who attended Brinker? Or maybe you know someone who does? Each year, the Brinker Elementary PTA offers a $1000 scholarship to a graduating PISD senior who attended Brinker Elementary for at least grades 3 through 5. Click here for the scholarship requirements and application. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2018. Send questions to Julie Pascuzzi at email@example.com.
SPIRIT WEAR CLEARANCE
Spirit Wear is now on sale! Be sure to take advantage of the new marked down prices! We still have a variety of 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!
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!
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We have lots of openings for our 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 go to the PTA Membership Toolkit to find the 2017-2018 Library Volunteer form. For any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
If interested, please e-mail email@example.com. The VIP program is a very rewarding way to help Brinker students.
Session III starts on Mar 22nd. Register your student today! Classes run every Thursday for 8 weeks, Mar 22 - May 10, from 4-5:15pm at the Brinker Library. The cost is $180 per student and all skill and grade levels are welcome.
Enrollment is now open - click here to signup on the membership toolkit. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
BOX TOPS CONTEST
Below are the box tops totals for our spring contest.
Kinder - 138; total - 258 1st - 89 total - 492 (GOAL MET!) 2nd - 169; total - 470 (GOAL MET!) 3rd - 68; total - 356 4th - 56; total - 230 5th - 65; total - 162
A big congrats to 1st and 2nd grades for meeting their grade level goal for the Spring Box Tops contest and earning extra recess minutes!!!
Congratulations to all our Brinker students, families, teachers, and staff for helping raise money for the PTA! Between the fall and spring contests we gathered close to 5,500 Box Tops. That is more than $500!!! Y’all did an AWESOME JOB!!
Please continue to collect your Box Tops and drop them by the collection box by the gym. Make sure to keep an eye on the expiration dates and send the box tops to school before they expire.
Thanks for supporting the students and the PTA!
Join the PTA in celebrating our Brinker community and all our amazing families!
Friday, April 13th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Purchase dinner from In-N-Out Burger with an advanced purchase ticket before Friday, April 6th or bring your own picnic. To purchase food, please click here. ALL Tickets purchased for the Fall Family Picnic will be honored for the Spring Fling.
There will be a DJ, bounce houses, climbing walls, cotton candy, snow cones and more! We cannot wait to celebrate comm"YOU"nity!