Sep 16, 2018 Edition

It has been great to see everyone over the past week. All the friendly faces and support are a great reminder of the wonderful school community we have here at Brentwood!

The coming week might offer a chance to catch up on rest and responsibilities, but there are still some neat things going on at Brentwood.

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What’s Happening This Week?

  • PTA Trivia Night & General Meeting – Tue, Sep 18 at 6:00pm
    Please come out to our first general PTA meeting of the year. This meeting is a FUN night of trivia, so come with your team ready to answer questions about music, movies, and more!! We look forward to seeing you!

  • Free Austin Public Library Card Deadline – Tue, Sep 18
    AISD and Austin Public Library have partnered to offer full-access library cards to every AISD student. The Austin Public Library’s student card is free and available to all district students, including current cardholders, regardless of home address and outstanding fines.
    Learn more and find out how to apply.

Brentwood PTA’s largest annual fundraiser is now in progress. The best part — there is nothing to buy and nothing to sell! JUST DONATE! Your donations go directly to programs that support and enrich your child’s education. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible!

Make Your Donation Today


Things To Know

  • No-Cost Flu Shots offered through AISD
    The CDC recommends a flu vaccine every year. With this program, clinics take place during the school day on Oct 17. No missed work, and no cost to you. Get more info or sign up.

  • Quick Link: September Lunch Menu
    We’ve keeping track of the link to the September 2018 lunch menu so you don’t have to. Now the only question is, are you bringin’ or buyin’?

  • Gifted & Talented Nomination Window –GRADES 3, 4, AND 5 ONLY – Now Thru Sep 26
    Brentwood Elementary’s Gifted and Talented (GT) program is “designed to move students with high ability at a pace appropriate to their rate of learning through studies that go beyond the age-level or grade-level expectations.” Fall nominations are for Grades 3, 4, or 5 only, and this is the only nomination window for those grade levels. To learn more, check out this overview or attend the Info Session on Mon, Sep 24.


We could use your help!

  • Chime in on GT programming
    The PTA seeks a few good people for a committee focused on developing and administering project-based learning for GT kids of all grades. The committee will work with Principal Laroche and Assistant Principal Cobb to get programs off the ground. Even if you previously expressed your interest to Karen Habib, please contact Ms. Cobb at to indicate your interest.

  • Brownie Troop Seeks Donations for Austin Pets Alive
    Brentwood 2nd grade Brownie Troop #42612 is collecting items for Austin Pets Alive. Drop your donations in the collection box outside of the school office. Requested donations include used towels, blankets, gently used dog sweaters (Large or X-Large) soft baby blankets, egg timers, feather cat toys, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels. For more ideas, check the Austin Pets Alive Wish List.


Recapping a Great (Busy) Week

Last week was a busy one between the book fair, grandparents days, a Campus Advisory Committee Meeting, picture day… and so much more. And what a great week is was.

A message from our fabulous friends at the library: Thanks from the Brentwood Library! Thank you to all of the kids, parents, volunteers, teachers, staff, grandparents, and other loved ones that helped to make our fall Scholastic book fair a huge success! As always, all of the money we raised will go to purchasing new books fort the Brentwood Library. Happy reading!”


Community News

  • Mindful Kids Classes will take place from 9:00-10:00am on Saturdays at The Meditation Bar. Brentwood teachers Carmen Gray and Shelly Hollander offer a peaceful way for your child to begin their Saturdays, starting Sep 22Register and learn more.
  • Creative Action Day Camp for Oct 5 Student Holiday – Enjoy friends, games, puzzles, art, and creative play led by Creative Action’s Professional Teaching Artists. All Brentwood students aged 4 – 11 welcome. 8:30-5:30pm at Brentwood Elementary. $65/day. Register and learn more.


Coming Soon from McAllum Theatre

First there was Star Trek. Then there was Star Wars.
Now, there is STARMITES, an iconic 80’s Sci-Fi musical.

With a book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating and music and lyrics by Barry Keating, Stamites brings to life the comic-book, sci-fi world of the eighties. With youthful characters, colorful dance numbers, and a pop-infused score with a dash of punk rock, this peppy piece of musical theatre will enchant audiences of all ages.

The story follows Eleanor, an introverted teenager who finds herself magically teleported to the comic-book world she adores. Eleanor teams up with Spacepunk and a band of guardian angels known as the “Starmites” to battle Diva, the Queen of Innerspace and the menacing Shak Graa to save the universe from the clutches of evil. Starmites is a playful and heartwarming adventure about the struggle of discovering who you are.

About The Bulldog Bark

Most Sundays during the school year, the Brentwood PTA publishes The Bulldog Bark, an email newsletter full of everything Brentwood families need to know to stay up to speed. The Bulldog Bark email list is volunteer-run, and goes out to over 650 subscribers each week as of September 2018.

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