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The Bulldog Bark: Dec 9, 2018

December 9, 2018 Edition

Brentwood Families,

Though the hustle and bustle of the holidays is in full swing, the school calendar is beginning to calm down. The upcoming winter break gives us a chance to reflect on everything that’s happened in this busy first semester and to think about goals for the new year.

One goal we have for the Bark is to make it as easy as possible for parents to keep up with what’s going on at Brentwood. For next year, we’re contemplating a back-to-school edition with tips & advice from experienced Brentwood families to new ones, full of the things they wish they’d known when they were new to Brentwood.

Can you help us out by sharing your own answer?

  • What do you wish you’d known when student started at Brentwood?
  • What info did you miss that would have made things easier or better for your kiddo?
  • What ah-ha moments did you have that helped you?
  • What advice would you have for families as they start at Brentwood for the first time? 

You can respond directly to this email or write to bulldogbark@brentwoodpta.com with your answer. Thanks in advance!

See the full newsletter >

 

December 9th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

Tips for Benchmark Testing

What are District Benchmark Assessments?

Benchmark assessments are designed to assess students’ mastery of the taught curriculum over the given time period. The district uses assessments to measure whether students are on track toward Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The assessments also give students a chance to experience the testing protocol before ‘the big day’ of their actual state assessment tests.

How are they planned?

The Benchmark Assessment department coordinates the development and implementation of a district assessment program. Benchmark assessments are administered at key points in the year.

What if I have questions?

Contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Cobb, benchmark coordinator.

When will MOY (Middle of Year) benchmark assessments take place?

  • 4th Grade Writing: Dec 4th
  • 5th Grade Math: Jan 22nd
  • 3rd/4th Grade Reading: Jan 31st
  • 5th Grade Reading: Jan 30th
  • 3rd/4th Grade Math: Jan 23rd
  • 5th Grade Science: Feb 1

Make-ups will be given at various times throughout the benchmark window.

What should families do?

If possible, please refrain from scheduling appointments of checking students out in the morning on benchmark days. The school wants students to practice engaging in a testing environment.

Also, please share the following tips with your children:

  1. Have a Positive Attitude – Approach the big test as you’d approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
  2. The Night Before – The night before the test you should get to bed early. Remember, you brain and body need sleep to function well, so don’t stay up late!
  3. The Morning of the Test – Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don’t skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early so you aren’t rushing, and get you brain turned on, and tuned up.
  4. I’m Stuck – Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don’t get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you’re still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it late. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options, and make the best guess you can.
  5. Multiple-Choice Questions – The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn’t be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
  6. Neatness Counts – Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.
  7. I’m Done – Not so fast! When you complete the last item on the test, remember that you’re not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure you didn’t make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place, or skipping a question).
December 2nd, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Dec 2, 2018

December 2, 2018 Edition

Brentwood Families,

‘Tis the season! There’s a lot going on this week. Let’s jump right in.

See the full newsletter >

 

Note: A correction was published to the Dec 2 Newsletter.

Oops: The week’s Writing Benchmark is for 4th, not 5th grade

Hi Brentwood Families,

I’m on a streak. A typo streak.

In the Dec 2 newsletter I just sent, Tuesday’s Benchmark Writing test was listed for the 5th grade. It’s actually for the 4th grade.

See the full correction >

 

December 2nd, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Nov 25, 2018

Nov 25, 2018 Edition

Hi Brentwood families,

First off – a retraction. The Nov 11 edition of the Bulldog Bark indicated that report cards were going home that week. But we were in week 13, not week 18. So it was progress reports, not report cards that were on the calendar. Apologies for any confusion that caused!

See the full newsletter >

 

Note: A correction was published to the Nov 25  Newsletter.

Oops: Here are the Actual Winter Program Dates

Hi Brentwood Families,

In Sunday’s newsletter, the 4th and 5th winter program was listed for Sat, Dec 8th. The correct dates are:

  • Thur, Dec 6th at 7pm
  • Fri, Dec 7th during the school day (space is limited)
    • 8:15am: 4th grade and choir
    • 9am: 5th grade and choir

See the full correction >

November 25th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

October 16, 2018 – Campus Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Oct 16, 2018 CAC Meeting are now available. Download the PDF.


What’s the Campus Advisory Council?

The CAC is a group of parents, administrators, and teachers, who meet monthly to advise Principal Laroche on policy decisions that impact our school. If you have any questions, concerns, or helpful feedback, please come to the meeting. The first part is reserved for “citizen communication.”

Learn more about the Campus Advisory Council (CAC)   |  Find the Next CAC Meeting

November 25th, 2018|Campus Advisory Committee, The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Nov 11, 2018

November 11, 2018: Thanksgiving Edition

Family Thanksgiving Lunch
The annual tradition continues; Brentwood’s family Thanksgiving lunch is a special time for students to share lunch (and a glimpse into their daily lives) with their loved ones. Adult lunches cost $3.75.

Check the schedule to find your kiddos’ precise lunch time:

November 11th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Nov 4, 2018

November 4, 2018 Edition

Hi Brentwood families,

Huge thanks to all of you donated water to Brentwood over recent weeks! Our students are clearly so loved and supported by this community. AISD chipped in too, dropping off cases and cases of water. Now that the boil notice has lifted, Brentwood (and other local schools) have a lot of bottled water on hand. Know of an organization that needs water? Stop by the office and let them know.

 

See the full newsletter >

November 4th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Oct 28, 2018

October 28, 2018 Edition

Brentwood families,

Since the Austin Boil Water Notice, the health room has experienced a growing number of students with similar symptoms – diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and cramps or pain in the stomach area.

The nurse pointed out that culprit could be the highly contagious condition called viral gastroenteritis. While it’s often called “stomach flu”, this condition is really related to the flu or influenza at all.

Here’s what to do if these symptoms rear their ugly head in your household.
Friendly Hint: Stay home, and keep hydrated!

See the full newsletter >

October 28th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

The Bulldog Bark: Oct 21, 2018

October 21, 2018 Edition

Hi Brentwood families,

Fall is in full swing. If you’re like me, you may have spent your mornings last week trying to explain the benefits of pants on cool days. We’ve got another week of cool mornings and plenty of precipitation in store.

Wet, cooler days mean two things:

  • The school is seeking donated umbrellas – new or used, big or small – to keep in the portables for use on rainy days like these. Drop your donations in the office, or with a classroom teacher.
  • Make sure your child’s name is on their hoodie/jacket/etc! Piles and piles of unclaimed jackets accumulate on the Lost & Found racks each semester and then get donated to a charitable organization because we don’t know who they belong to.

Luckily, weather looks good for today’s Oktoberfest to benefit the Brentwood Playground Project. Dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, and walk or bike with your family and to the Crestview Shopping Center from 3-6pm for free beer, brats, pizza, and music by the Czech Melody Masters. Purchase a plastic cup or a commemorative stein at Arlan’s ahead of time, or at the event to support the Brentwood Playground Project. Bring your ID! Learn more.

See the full newsletter >

October 21st, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

September 11, 2018 – Campus Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the Sep 11, 2018 CAC Meeting are now available. Download the PDF.


What’s the Campus Advisory Council?

The CAC is a group of parents, administrators, and teachers, who meet monthly to advise Principal Laroche on policy decisions that impact our school. If you have any questions, concerns, or helpful feedback, please come to the meeting. The first part is reserved for “citizen communication.”

Learn more about the Campus Advisory Council (CAC)   |  Find the Next CAC Meeting

October 21st, 2018|Campus Advisory Committee, The Bulldog Bark|