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April/May/June 2017  

I hope that you had a wonderful Spring Break with your families. Students shared many fun memories with me about their Spring Break. Encore Night was a big hit in early March! We had a great turnout of families who participated in mask making, drum fit, Camp Gladiator sponsored physical fitness stations, and the used book sale. I loved seeing the excitement all around the halls that night.

We had our first round of STAAR state assessments, this week and finished TELPAS before Spring Break. Thank you for adjusting to a closed campus during the testing days. It allows us to maintain a secure testing environment. Another testing round will occur at the beginning of May. We are thankful to have Brentwood Park next to us so our non-testing grades have a place to play during testing days. We practice sharing and respect when we go to the park and play with non-Brentwood kids.

Our Campus Advisory Council (CAC) meets monthly.  One of our ongoing topics is safety in and around our campus. As our enrollment increases parking availability, arrival, and dismissal becomes more challenging. We continue to assess our grounds and connect with community organizations, such as Safe Routes to School, to collaborate and assess possible areas of change to ensure safe crossings and intersections and improve the flow of traffic. Thank you for your daily patience during arrival, dismissal, and parking at Brentwood.

This is our last newsletter for the school year. There are many upcoming events in April and May and we wanted you to have the calendar and news in advance for planning purposes. I hope that you can come out to Track and Field Day. Please consider volunteering during a time slot when your children are not participating. This event needs many volunteers for a smooth and successful day.

Keep Learning,

Amber Laroche

2019-04-30T00:39:25-05:00April 10th, 2017|Principal's Corner|

Principal’s Corner November 2016

Happy November!  This month is filled with reminders to give thanks.  I am thankful that you choose to let us teach and love on your children every day.  We teach the whole child and are dedicated to providing meaningful instruction and experiences to your children every day.  Thank you for partnering with Brentwood!

We had a busy October.  Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend parent conference day.  It is the partnership between school and families that makes Brentwood a special place for children to learn and grow.  Our 5th graders attended Outdoor School where they practiced many of the lifeskills. Thank you to the PTA for providing a wonderful Halloween Carnival last weekend.  Everyone had a great time! We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week this week to make sure that Brentwood Bulldogs stay drug free.

In November we will remember and celebrate Veteran’s Day with a program on, Nov. 11, led by Ms. Eastman.  If you know a veteran who would like to attend please inform Ms. Eastman.  We are also celebrating Picture Book Month with Ms. Slaten.  Some of our parents will continue to participate in a parent book study led by the Social Emotional Learning Department.  We are all looking forward to the full week off for Thanksgiving. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day.  WE are committed to teaching and caring for our students!

Keep Learning,

Amber Laroche
Proud Brentwood Principal

2019-04-30T00:39:26-05:00November 11th, 2016|Principal's Corner|

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

Welcome Brentwood Families to the 2016-2017 school year! We are glad you are a part of our Brentwood School community. Below is some helpful information for a smooth start to the school year.

School Hours

  • The instructional day is 7:45 a.m. – 2:57 p.m. for students in Kinder-5 th grades.
  • The instructional day for Pre-K students is 7:45 a.m. – 2:12 p.m.
  • Students must be inside their classrooms by 7:45 a.m. to avoid being tardy.
  • The school opens and 7:05 a.m. and staff is on hand to supervise students.
  • The school office is available to assist you from 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day.

Arrival & Dismissal

  • All car riders are dropped off and picked up in the back of the school, along the circle driveway on Yates Avenue.
  • All bus riders and day care vans will drop off and pick up in the front of the school on Arroyo Seco.
  • We cannot allow car riders to be dropped off along the front of the school on Arroyo Seco, where the buses drop off. It creates a dangerous situation with cars blocking the bus lane and students trying to walk between the traffic.
  • Please remember that dogs are not permitted on school property during school hours, including arrival and dismissal times.

Morning Procedures

  • Students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1 st grade, 2 nd grade will be supervised in the gym until their teacher picks up the class at 7:35 a.m.
  • Students in 3 rd , 4 th & 5 th grades will be supervised in the café until their teacher picks up the class at 7:35 a.m.
  • On the first day of school parents are welcome to walk their child to their classroom. Beginning the second day of school, parents are encouraged to let students wait in the gym or cafeteria with their class as a way to build community.

More Details about Dismissal

  • Pre-Kinder students are dismissed outside in the back of the school by the circle drive at 2:12 pm. Parents can drive through to pick up their child.
  • Kinder students are dismissed from their classroom back doors. Parents park on neighborhood streets (please avoid Yates Dr.) and walk to the back of their child’s classroom door to pick up students.
  • First-5 th grade students are dismissed from the covered blacktop on the circle drive. Parents are asked to either park on neighborhood streets (please avoid Yates Dr.) or drive through the circle drive (please remain in your car to expedite traffic).
  • Students attending after school care, after school classes, or riding a bus will be dismissed by support staff.


  • Breakfast and lunch are served each day. All children are welcome to eat breakfast in the cafeteria between 7:05 a.m. – 7:35a.m. Students have a 30-minute lunch at the same time each day. Please see your child’s teacher for their lunch time.
  • Parents are welcome to visit their child during lunch time. All campus visitors must sign in at the main office with their driver’s license or other state-issued ID to receive a visitor’s badge which must be worn at all times while on campus.

Thank you for your support! We are looking forward to a great year together!

2016-08-02T12:46:40-05:00August 12th, 2016|Principal's Corner|

Brentwood is a “Nut Aware” campus

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Brentwood Elementary is a “Nut Aware” campus. This means that there is at least one child on campus with a SEVERE allergy to peanuts or tree nuts. A reaction can be life-threatening and occur in a matter of minutes.   For this reason, we strongly request that all parents avoid sending food with peanuts or tree nuts to school.

Why should someone else’s nut allergy affect what my student brings to school?

Cross-contamination can occur easily on an elementary campus. For example, a student eats a peanut butter sandwich, does not wash her hands, then touches a door, playground equipment, computers, etc. – those items are now contaminated. Some of our students have such severe allergies that if they touch a contaminated surface and rub their face, a life-threatening reaction can occur almost immediately.

If a student does bring a food with peanuts or other tree nuts to school, the student will be monitored to ensure s/he washes hands thoroughly. Teachers will have to wipe down any surface that may have been touched immediately and with care. This includes bathroom doors, sink handles, and paper towel holders. This may take away from instructional time for other students. We ask our entire Brentwood community to think of the safety of every student.

What are examples of acceptable alternatives?

There are delicious alternatives to peanut butter, such as sunflower seed butter or soy nut butter. Some examples of healthy snacks that do not contain nuts include fruit, pretzels, popcorn, crackers, vegetable chips, graham crackers, and dried fruit.

Please see our school nurse if you have further questions about our “Nut Aware” campus.

2019-04-30T00:39:28-05:00August 2nd, 2016|The Bulldog Bark|

Have a great summer!

Amber-LarocheGreetings Families! I am in denial that we are in our last month of the school year already! Where did the time go? Each grade level is busy doing as much as they can during May. We are not done yet.

Make sure to check out the monthly calendar and class communication to see what is happening in your child’s classroom.

We will schedule popsicles in the park two times this summer for the bulldog families to connect with each other. The dates will be communicated before the last day of school and in the Bulldog Bark.

Thank you for sharing your children with us every day!

On our last week of classes for the 2015-16 school year, we jam packed as much celebration as we could into this short 3 day week. I know we all were reminiscent of the school year (and entire elementary schooling for our 5th graders). It was a fabulous year! Have a safe and fun summer. We’ll see you next year!

2019-04-30T00:39:28-05:00May 9th, 2016|Principal's Corner|