Sep 9, 2018 Edition

The school year is in full swing! This second week of September week marks several important events — as well as a streamlined new format for The Brentwood Bark.

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Lots Happening This Week

  • Scholastic Book Fair – Mon, Sep 10 thru Fri, Sept 14 – Grow your child’s personal library while helping to make Brentwood’s school library even better. See hours and more in the event details. Also, please consider volunteering; there any many volunteer slots still open.
  • Grandparents Day Luncheons – Wed, Sep 12 & Thu, Sep 13 – Grandparents and other special adults in your childrens’ lives are invited to bring a lunch and eat with their grandchildren. Lunches might not occur at their normal times, so be sure to check the schedule.
    • Wed, Sep 12 – Pre-K, Kinder, 1st, and 5th grades
    • Thu, Sep 13 – 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades
  • Keep it Simple Fundraiser – Starts Wed, Sep 12 – Brentwood PTA’s largest annual fundraiser begins this week. 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. Learn more and donate.
  • Picnic at the Playground – Thu, Sep 13 – Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, chairs, and/or a blanket and spread out at the school playground on the south side of the school. Food trucks will be available for meal purchases. Water & juice will be provided. The picnic will be moved inside if raining. See event details.
  • Picture Day – Fri, Sept 14 – Your children may want to look sharp on Friday when Lifetouch comes for school photos. You can optionally pre-order pictures at with the Picture Day ID: XY608168Q0 with credit card or PayPal.

Things To Know

  • Commemorating September 11 – HB 1501 requires school districts to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a moment of silence at the start of the first class period of the day. Before the moment of silence, the instructor must make a statement of reference to those who died on September 11, 2001. Principal Laroche has shared the statement she plans to make on the Principal Laroche Facebook Page.
  • 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. No missed work, and no cost to you. For more info, and to sign up look for the papers that came home in your child’s Wednesday Folder or follow this link.
  • Free Austin Public Library cards for every AISD student – 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. Application deadline is Sept 18. Learn more and find out how to apply.
  • Quick Link: September Lunch Menu – We’re 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’?

We could use your help!

  • THIS WEEK! Lots of sign-up spots left for Book Fair volunteers – We need help this week to set up, sell books, and more. Sign up here or contact our school librarian, Ms. Slaten at
  • 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. If interested, contact Karen Habib at
  • Fit to be dyed? Join the T-shirt Tie-Dying Committee – It’s not Brentwood without tie-dyed tees. Take part in this important tradition by joining a PTA committee of 2-3 tie-dye helpers. Work will occur over the next few weeks.  If interested, contact Erin Puckett McClure at
  • Help organize the Literacy Library – Ms. Sluyter, the Brentwood Literacy Specialist, needs volunteers to help inventory and organize new book sets for our literacy library on Thursday mornings from 8-9. If you can help, contact Ms. Sluyter at
  • Contribute gift cards for families in need – All year long, you can help a Brentwood family in need today by donating one or more $10 HEB or Target gift cards, in-person or online. But there’s no better time than now. Learn more.

Community News

  • Fall Ukulele Class for ages 8 – 12 yrs will meet Tue on campus from 3:15pm-4:15pm beginning Oct 2. Learn more.
  • iPianoLab Keyboard Club for K and up will meet Wed on campus from 3:00pm-4:00pm starting Oct 3. Learn more.
  • Austin Youth Fitness Running Club will meet on Mondays from 3:15-4:15pm. PE Teacher Karen Marshall will lead the running group this year! Register and learn more.
  • CrossFit Central Kids Program for Grades 1-5 meets Tue & Thu from 4:15-5:00 across from Lamar Middle School. 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.