As the school year draws to a close, I have been reflecting on all wonderful events and programs that our Brinker PTA sponsored this Spring. Thanks to all PTA members, volunteers and community for supporting the following:
Movie Night With Dad, Author Visits & High Tech High Touch “Scientists in the Classroom visits” for all grades, Support of Ski Plano, Newcomers Coffee, SAGE event, Valentine’s Day Parties, Spring Book Fair, Community Outreach projects, Dining Spirit Nights at Mi Cocina and Piada, Kindergarten Round Up, Yoga Night at Sunstone, Tuesday Tunes, Chess Club, Young Rembrandts, Student Recognition Night and the 4th Annual Brinker Color Fun Run.
There is still more fun to come in May:
- April 30-May 4: Staff Appreciation Week - Set Sail with the S.S.Brinker - May 3rd: Staff Appreciation Luncheon - May 24: 4th Grade Talent Show & PTA General Meeting - May 30: 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony &Celebration - May 31: Brinker Bash – DJ, Fun and Frozen Treats & Yearbook Signing - June 1: Spirit Assembly If you want to become more involved in the Brinker PTA for 2018-19, click HEREto review the list of PTA Special Committee Chairs available. Please email me at email@example.com with any questions you might have. Enjoy the last few weeks of school and thank you for all your support this year!
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK HAS SET SAIL
Our much-anticipated Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week just kicked off! Our amazing teachers and staff at Brinker do so much to cultivate our children's minds, and this week, we finally get a chance to formally appreciate them. The PTA has planned a busy week of events and the halls will be decorated with notes from our Brinker Bears. Please click HERE to volunteer for the events. Please note we added new hour long shifts to accommodate members who want to volunteer to help with the luncheon on Thursday and volunteer time to watch your student's classroom while his/her teacher attends the luncheon. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org more information. Thank you, parents and families, for helping the PTA recognize what makes Brinker so great!
We also wanted to extend a special thanks to our awesome partners who either donated or offered discounts to make this week so special for our staff.
B.E.A.R.S SPONSORS: THANK YOU
A HUGE thank you to our Platinum Level BEARS Campaign sponsors. Thanks to your generous support, the PTA donated 40 books to our library including a complete set of the 2018-2019 Blue Bonnet books. Your gift will be appreciated by all our Brinker students.
Platinum Level Sponsors: The Birenbaum Family, The Chapman Family, The Duggan Family, The Fischer Family, The Heck and McGrew Family, The Lewis Family, The Naul Family, and The Tamez Family.
TUESDAY TUNES: APRIL PERFORMERS
A big round of applause goes out to 2nd grade pianist Aarav Dasani, 3rd grade pianist Noah Kovoor and 1st grade pianist Emma Grace Kovoor on their superb Tuesday Tunes performances this past month. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with us!
Tuesday Tunes is a program for young musicians with at least two years of formal training, to showcase their talents in an informal setting. Musicians are announced on the Good Morning Brinker broadcast following their performance.
Congratulations to Katie Luong, our Brinker PTA volunteer of the month for April! Katie grew up in Wisconsin and went to school at UT Austin. She and her husband have twin boys, Jacob and Dylan, in kindergarten at Brinker. She enjoys volunteering at the school because, as a former kindergarten teacher, she knows every little bit helps! Katie's various volunteer activities have included monthly kindergarten lunch helper, teacher workroom on a weekly basis, library, field day, color run and kindergarten reading buddies. In her spare time she likes to read, attempt home projects, and spend time with friends and family.
Thank you Katie for your contributions to Brinker and the PTA!!!
WATCH D.O.G.S. RECAP
As we close out on another successful year of the Watch D.O.G.S. program, we want to say thank you to the over 100 fathers and father-figures that came to Brinker to be a Hero of the Hallways. In our 4th year at Brinker, the Watch D.O.G.S. program has successfully established itself as a key program that allows the men of Brinker to get more involved with their children’s educations and to support the community. The look on our children’s faces when they see the men in their Watch D.O.G.S. t-shirts is priceless.
Thanks again to all the Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers! The PTA, the school and the children all look forward to your continued support in the future. Find out more about Watch D.O.G.S. HEREand at www.fathers.com.
2017-2018 YEARBOOKS SALE EXTENDED
Due to overwhelming requests, we have re-opened the sales of the 2017-18 Brinker Yearbook. If you haven’t ordered one for your Brinker student yet, don’t miss your chance now. Our yearbook is over 72 pages of beautiful color photos capturing all the amazing events and memories at Brinker this year. Your child won’t want to miss out having his/her yearbook for “Yearbook Signing Day” at the end of the year. To order, click HERE. We have a limited number of yearbooks to sell, so order yours today!
On Thursday, May 31, our Brinker Bears will be celebrate their last week of school with music, dancing, games and special frozen treats. Please join us in celebrating a fantastic school year and the official start of summer!
We will need volunteers to assist with games and passing out frozen treats. Be on the lookout for details on how to sign up. (All volunteers must be security cleared, so please submit your application if you are not already approved.)
Brinker PTA provides parents the opportunity to pre-purchase school supply packs for students for the upcoming school year. These packs contain all of the items included on the teacher's supply list for your child's grade. Click HEREto order online via the membership toolkit. A detailed list of all supplies needed by grade is available HERE.
Please note that this year, these school supplies packages will only be available online for purchase from April 30 - June 15 to ensure delivery of all school supplies before school starts in August.
If purchased by June 15, you are guaranteed that your child(ren)'s supplies will be delivered to their classroom before Meet the Teacher.
Save yourself time and the hassle of running around next August....get it done now! Prices go up June 16.
2018-2019 PTA MEMBERSHIP ORDER ONLINE
PTA Membership is now open for the 2018-2019 school year online. Click HERE to purchase yours. We would love to have ALL of our parents join the PTA. Please remember that you do not need to volunteer your time to be a member of the PTA - although we love our volunteers! We understand that some parents simply are unable to volunteer their time.
100% of the membership dues paid by parents are used to support programs for ALL of our Brinker students. Just a few of those programs and student benefits include: ◾Tuesday Tunes program ◾Teacher Appreciation Events ◾Curriculum-based Programs such as Rhythm Path, Drum Fit program and theater productions ◾Brinker Color Fun Run ◾Brinker Marathon Kids Program ◾Field Day ◾Fall Family Picnic ◾Class Field Trips ◾Paid Author Visits ◾And many more!
Purchasing a membership is easy and inexpensive. The cost for annual membership is $18.00 for a two-parent family and $11.50 for a single-parent family. We hope you will join our membership!
Are you considering a PTA role for the 2018-2019 school year but not sure which one? Please REVIEW the list of PTA Chair positions HERE to let us know your volunteer preferences.
• If you have not held a chair role before, please review the options and select those that you feel passionate about chairing. • If you have already been in a PTA role for 1 year and want to serve again, that is an option. • If you have served for 2 years in a role, it is time to make a change. There are lots of other opportunities to serve.
Our PTA President will be filling all the PTA Chairs once she reviews this feedback. Thank you for your help!
SAVE THE DATE
BRINKER 5TH GRADE POOL PARTY - MAY 31
Thursday, May 31 6:00 – 8:00 p.m at Tom Muehlenbeck Outdoor Pool
This event is for ALL Brinker 5th graders! We will have a DJ, photo booth, food, contests, and other fun surprises!
The pool party is NOT a PTA sponsored event and is funded ONLY by parent donations. Please watch for an information flyer and donation envelope coming home with students in early May.