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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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|

The Bulldog Bark: Oct 14, 2018

October 14, 2018 Edition

Hi there Brentwood families,

Have you heard that Brentwood’s got reason to celebrate this week? It’s true; our own Kindergarten teacher Amy Stephens was recipient of the 2018 Austin Ed Fund Grant!

Her grassroots project provides a way for kids to share online book reviews with each other via 100 Kindle Fires. Through her project, students K through 5th will strengthen their ability to read, retell stories, and write reflectively about the story. Because of Amy, our Kindergartners are able to implement meaningful technology in their learning experiences.

Congratulations, Ms. Stephens and THANK YOU for what you’re doing for our students!

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October 14th, 2018|The Bulldog Bark|

Principal’s Writing Challenge #1: What are you thankful for?

All students and families are encouraged to accept Principal Laroche’s first Writing Challenge for this school year. The challenge objective is for students to practice expository writing, which simply means that you are writing to explain what you think and why you think it. Expository writing explains, describes, and informs.

Expository writing typically follows the following format –

  • Introduction with main topic that answers the prompt.
  • #1 supporting reason or example.
  • #2 supporting reason or example.
  • #3 supporting reason or example.
  • Conclusion that restates the main topic, revisits key details, and tells the lesson learned.

The best writing is the result of editing and revising before publishing your final piece. Principal Writing Challenge final drafts are due to Principal Lacroche by email (amber.laroche@austinisd.org) or paper by Friday, October 26th. Include student name, grade, and teacher name. Families are encouraged to support and participate with their child in my challenge.

All writing challenge entries will be celebrated at The Principal’s Writing Challenge Bulldog Share, in the library, Thursday, November 15th from 7:30-8:00 am. All participants will receive a special writer’s tool!

Principal’s Writing Challenge Prompt:

What are you thankful for? Think about the experiences, people, places, and times that have made you feel thankful. Write about what you are thankful for and why.

October 14th, 2018|Principal's Writing Challenge, The Bulldog Bark|