Sending your child to Kindergarten can feel overwhelming to kids and parents. Help ward off those worries, and read up on what Kindergartners can expect at Brentwood Elementary.
Visit the Events page for other information and upcoming school events.
PTA-sponsored Kinder Play Date – Saturday, August 5, 9 a.m.
Come meet new friends and play at the Yellow Schoolbus at the Brentwood Elementary playground. This is a great opportunity for your student to meet other incoming Brentwood kindergartners. The PTA provides snacks such as watermelon, popcorn and cold water for the kids. Feel free to bring treats for your kiddo or to share. No teachers or administrators will be in attendance – just cool kids and the adults they bring. This event is hosted by the Brentwood Elementary PTA.
Parent Kinder Orientation, Thursday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
This is a one-hour orientation for parents facilitated by the Kindergarten team.
Below is information about morning arrival, lunch, and daily dismissal:
The new bell schedule for 2018-2019 school year is 7:45am-3pm. The Pre-K schedule is 7:45-2:15.
- Children can be dropped off in the gym starting at 7:05 a.m. There will be adults present to monitor the children.
- Breakfast can be purchased from 7:05 – 7:30.
- Students will be picked up by their teachers and walked to their classroom. (On the first day of school parents are welcome to walk their child to the classroom.)
Please help us start each day successfully by making the drop-off quick and assuring your child that you will be back to pick them up.
Lunch at Brentwood Café
Parents can join their students for lunch at Brentwood Café by signing in at the front office. Ask your child’s teacher when their scheduled lunch time is. Keep in mind, if you have an incoming kindergartner, the teachers request you give your child about two weeks to become accustomed to lunch in the café on their own before you start joining them. Some more points about lunch:
- Students may bring a lunch from home. Please keep in mind Brentwood is a “Nut Aware” campus. Learn more about what that means here.
- Students will be able to buy milk and/or a snack from the lunch line if they need to. Students can also buy lunch from the cafeteria. The monthly menu will be sent home in Wednesday folders, and can be found at SchoolCafé
- The easiest way to pay for lunch is online at https://www.schoolcafe.com/. You will need your child’s student ID to set up an account. Please contact the front office to get your child’s ID. Alternately, you can send money in a sealed envelope with the student’s name, teacher’s name and “lunch money.”
Helpful Tip: Practice opening lunch containers with your child this summer to ease their frustration and foster independence.
- Kindergarteners are picked up at the back door of their classrooms at 2:57.
- Kindergarteners who have an older sibling at Brentwood will be walked out to the circle drive at the back of campus to meet their parents.
- Kindergarteners who ride a bus, attend afterschool group, or are picked up by a child care organization will be escorted to their designated location.
Tip for Parents
Below are ways to help your child ease into Kindergarten:
- Set a routine for walking, eating breakfast, and dressing, going to bed and sleeping.
- Help your child express his/her feelings (happy, scared, sad, etc.) and encourage him/her to let you know how he/she feels about going to kindergarten.
- Take your child to visit Brentwood. Show your child the route to take from the classroom to the cafeteria, to the bathroom, etc.
- Remind your child that Brentwood knows how to get in touch with you and the office has
- Visit the playgrounds at Brentwood.
- Feel confident about your choice of Brentwood and let your child know how you feel.
- Shop for practical clothing that your child can manage alone. Shop for school supplies including a large backpack with your child’s name on it.
- Make sure the transportation plans to and from school are clear to your child and his/her teacher. Please notify your child’s teacher in writing if there is any change in these
- Send a healthy snack/ no toys necessary
- Review your expectations and prioritize them.
- Each teacher will send home important information in your child’s backpack. Please read this information carefully.
- Try to be accessible to your child’s teacher.
Kindergarten General Timelines
Stay tuned for dates for the following events:
Brentwood Kindergarten Welcome Walks
Incoming Kindergarten families have the opportunity to meet the principal, receive a guided tour of the school, visit a Kinder classroom, meet the Kinder team, and ask any questions they may have. Don’t miss this chance to see what makes Brentwood Elementary such an amazing school! Parents and children are welcome.
Spanish Dual Language Applications Due
Brentwood Elementary is a participating school in the two-way dual language program. You can learn more about the application process here or contact Laura Gonzalez at 512-414-2039 if you have any questions regarding the dual language lottery.
AISD PreKindergarten Fall Registration
To qualify, children must be four years old on or before September 1 of the year for which you are registering and: meet income requirements, speak a language other than English as their main language, have an active military parent, have a military parent who has been injured or killed in active duty, homeless, or served by Child Protective Services. When registering your child, please bring the following documentation: Proof of birth, Up-to-date immunization record, current proof of income, current proof of residence and parent/guardian picture ID. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Gonzalez at 512-414-2039
Incoming Brentwood families are invited to the school to register their students. Early kindergarten registration assists the District in determining enrollments, assigning staff, and meeting individual school needs. Accurate enrollment projections reduce the need to reorganize classes and teachers after school has started.
Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1 of the year for which you are registering. All students new to Austin ISD must provide a birth certificate, current record of immunizations, child’s last report card, proof of address (rental contract or utility bill with valid address), parent photo identification or driver’s license, and the child’s Social Security Card (optional).
You can begin registration online at https://my.austinisd.org/. You will then need to print the completed registration and bring it along with the required documentation to Brentwood Elementary during the May registration period.
Order School Supplies
The Brentwood PTA offers you an easy way to order all of your school supplies for the upcoming school year. Avoid the hassle of running to stores during back-to-school season.
PTA-sponsored Kinder playdate
Come meet new friends and play at the Yellow Schoolbus Brentwood Elementary Playground. This is a great opportunity for your student to meet other incoming Brentwood kindergartners. The PTA provides snacks such as watermelon, popcorn and cold water for the kids. Feel free to bring treats for your kiddo or to share. No teachers or administrators will be in attendance – just cool kids and the adults they bring. This event is hosted by the Brentwood Elementary PTA.
Parent Kinder Orientation
This is a one-hour orientation for parents facilitated by the Kindergarten team.
Meet the Teacher
Meet the Teacher happens the week before the first day of school. This is a chance for you and your student to come to the school to meet your new teacher, visit your new classroom and drop off school supplies.
After you drop off your kindergartner on the first day of school, please stop by the library for our annual Boo-Hoo/ Woo-Hoo Breakfast. We will have breakfast treats, coffee, and boxes of tissues for those who get a little emotional. It’s also a great time to meet other kinder parents.
Back to School Night
This is an opportunity for you to visit your student’s (or students’) classroom, meet the teacher if you haven’t already, learn about the instructional program, and get information about volunteer opportunities in your child(ren)’s class. The information presented during the info sessions is aimed at parents, but the school certainly understands that some families may need to bring along children in order to attend.
We are so happy you are here as part of our Brentwood Community! Remember the first few weeks of school can be very exciting and exhausting for the children. Expect them to be tired and emotional. Five-year-olds need ten hours of sleep at night and a healthy breakfast each morning to start a successful day.