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- Communicating with the School
- General Information
- Important Dates
- Lost and Found
- Lunch & Snacks
- Visiting the School
Brentwood is a “Nut Aware” school. This means if a student in the class has a nut allergy, the parents or teacher may request that other parents voluntarily try to use non-peanut or tree nut snacks and food items in their kids’ lunch and snacks. More information about allergies and “Nut Aware” is available here.
If your child has food allergies, be sure to be in touch with the school nurse, as well as your child’s teachers. Brentwood is a “nut aware” campus; see here for more information.
Each year there are two days when students are off from school so that parents and teachers can have a conference. Teachers will ask parents to sign up for a time slot. You can also ask to set up an appointment any time during the year.
Tip: Teachers are there to listen to you as well as to give you information, so it’s a good idea to come with a list of questions or things you want to talk about.
The “Backpack Express” is how you’ll get most of the information you need to know, so make sure to check your child’s backpack every day.
Daily or home folders
These have homework, reading logs, permission slips for field trips, notices about class parties, work your child has completed in class, etc. Kids in grades 2 through 5 have calendar homework planners that list the assignments. It’s important to check these folders and sign them every day.
One of the most important things to check for is field trip permission slips. Your child won’t be able to goon the field trip unless you have turned in a signed permission slip.
Tip: Children tend to squirrel away papers in different parts of a backpack, so try to check all of the compartments.
You should find these packets in your child’s backpack each Wednesday. They have important information from the school and the PTA: holiday reminders, calendars, lunch menus, AISD and Brentwood policies, fliers about upcoming events, etc. You should sign the front of the folder and send it back in your child’s backpack the next day.
There is also an option to receive the “paperless” Wednesday folder to help our school’s Go Green initiative. Be on the lookout for information to come home on how you can sign up to receive Wednesday folder information electronically.
Tip: The school and the PTA try to limit the amount of paper in the Wednesday folder, but there are times when you’ll get several different things. Please make the time to go through it because there are often important notices about events or something you will need to sign and return.
Classroom newsletters or websites
Some classrooms have newsletters and/or websites that talk about what the kids are learning, as well as alert you to important upcoming dates and events. Some teachers send these in hard copies or in emails, and some teachers have their own website, blog, Shutterfly group page, etc.
For schoolwide information, the Bulldog Bark is our weekly PTA e-mail newsletter that contains a wealth of great information about school and PTA events. The Bark includes messages from the school as well as updates on what PTA is doing, information on events such as the carnival, the Earth Day Festival and family picnics in the park. It’s the best way to keep up with everything.
You can contact teachers by phone, by email or by sending a note in your child’s daily folder. Phone numbers and email addresses are listed by class in the staff directory. PLEASE DO NOT CALL DURING CLASS TIME. Teachers have a planning time while their students are in special areas classes, and that’s often a good time to call. Just ask the teacher what’s best.
Please don’t try to hold a conversation with teachers during drop off or pick up. They need to pay attention to their students and won’t have time to talk then.
YOU MUST BRING A PHOTO ID THE FIRST TIME YOU VISIT. This information is scanned into a computer, and all visitors are checked against a database of sex offenders. Once your information is in the system, you do not need to show your ID again; just give the office staff your name or sign in using the office log. You will get a nametag with your picture on it and the word “visitor” or “volunteer.” You must wear the nametag while you are in the building and turn it in before you leave.
It’s important to let the office know if you are there to volunteer because this system also tracks volunteer hours. Being able to show a large number of volunteer hours helps Brentwood qualify for assistance from groups such as Partners in Education.
If you plan on volunteering on a regular basis, you need to register with Partners in Education (PIE) in order to complete a background check. Registration with PIE must be completed each year you wish to serve as a volunteer in the school.
Ask your child’s teacher if there’s a good time for a visit. A great way to get to know your child’s class is to volunteer in the classroom. Remember: All visitors must sign in at the office, wear a badge and sign out before leaving.
Younger siblings are welcome to visit the school with a parent or guardian. Typically, however, younger siblings are not allowed to accompany parent chaperones on field trips. Check with your child’s teacher to confirm when younger siblings are welcome to visit in the classroom.
Visitors must always enter the school through the front entrance. Press the button to the left of the front doors that is marked “Main Office.” When someone in the office answers, let them know who you are and the purpose of your visit, and they will buzz you in. Be sure to stop by the front office as soon as you get inside the school in order to sign in and get a name badge.
AISD policy says homemade food cannot be served to other kids at school, and each class is limited to three parties a year. Teachers generally have a way to acknowledge birthdays in class, and the birthday kids are also acknowledged during Monday assembly. Another great way to honor child’s birthday is to donate a library birthday book. Learn more about this program.
Most classes do get snacks during the day, and sometimes families are asked to contribute. Each teacher handles snacks differently, so check with the teacher.
Sure! Just sign in at the office and get a visitor sticker. Adults can buy lunch; check the school café website for the menu.
Visitors usually sit at the class table, so you might want to ask your child to save you a seat. Find out from your child’s teacher what time his/her lunch begins; it’s a good idea to get there before your class’ lunchtime so that you can go through the line with your child. Otherwise, you might have to get in line behind another class, and that cuts into the time you have with your child.
Each child has a lunch money account that parents or guardians can fund in a couple of different ways. You can put cash in a sealed envelope with the names of your child and the teacher on the outside. You may send the money to the teacher in your child’s daily folder or drop it by the cafeteria and hand it to a cashier after you drop off your child in the morning. The easiest way to add money to your child’s account is through an online account at SchoolCafé. You will need your child’s student ID to set up this account.
During lunchtime, when the children reach the end of the cafeteria line, each child punches in his/her four-digit code. The cashier has a list of names and codes in case children forget their codes.
Each class has a scheduled time for lunch, and the teachers walk their students to the cafeteria. They help the kids go through the line and pick out food if they’re buying lunch. Kids whose lunches don’t include a drink can buy milk. Each class has an assigned table, but kids can generally choose their seats.
Kids sometimes leave jackets and other clothing or items on the playground or around school. Check the clothing rack and hooks outside of the gym if you’re missing some clothing.
Tip: It’s a good idea to label your child’s clothing, lunch box, backpack, etc., so these things can be returned if they’re found. You can order labels and support our school at the same time by going to Mabel’s Labels and using the drop down to find Brentwood Elementary PTA (Austin).
The last day of school for the 2018/19 school year is May 24, 2019. For more dates see the district calendar here.
AISD’s Spring Break for the 2018-19 school year is March 18-22. For more dates see the district calendar here.
Winter Break for the 2018-19 school year is December 21-January 1. Students return to school on Wednesday, January 3. For more dates see the district calendar here.
Thanksgiving break runs a full week for the 2018-19 school year. The week is November 19-23. For more dates see the district calendar here.
The 2019-20 school year starts on August 20. For more dates see the district calendar here.
For information about morning drop-off procedures as well as afternoon pick-up, please visit the Safety and Procedures page.
Each year in the spring, the school publishes its school supply list divided by class. Parents can either purchase their child’s school supplies and bring them to school at Meet the Teacher night; or they can order school supplies online to be picked up at the school on Meet the Teacher night. The deadline to order online is in July. See the current year’s school supply lists.
Your child should be fever free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication before they return to school. Students with fevers over 99.9 will be sent home. Don’t forget to send an excuse note in your child’s daily folder, within 2 days of coming back to school. If your child misses more than 3 days of school, a doctor’s note is required to excuse the absence.
Tip: Make sure your emergency contact information is always up to date so the school can reach you if your child gets sick.
Report cards go out four times a year, at the end of every 9-week period. Keep the paper report card, but sign and return the official envelope it came in.
Each class has their own homework policy. Check with your child’s teacher to see if they give homework, and what the procedure for their homework is. Some classes have a daily folder or homework planner for parents to check or sign.
The PTA sells Brentwood T-shirts at the beginning of the year events in August and September. Some years there is a student art collaboration to help design a new spirit t-shirt, and those may be for sale at different times throughout the year. If you have questions or won’t be able to pick up a shirt at one of our back to school events you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The easiest way to find out your child’s student number is to call the school and request it. Student numbers are also listed on report cards.
Each class at Brentwood has a specific color/pattern for their class t-shirts that are worn on field trips and for some schoolwide events. At the beginning of the year, students each need to bring in a white t-shirt (either plain white or purchase the school Bulldog t-shirt from the PTA for $10) to be tie-dyed. Parent volunteers are recruited to help with class tie dye sessions, which are typically scheduled within the first few weeks of school.
Tip: It can be helpful to bring a shirt that is a size bigger than your child’s regular size, as the students often wear their tie-dye shirt over their regular clothes on field trip days.