Sep 16, 2018 Edition

Brentwood families: Grab your sweaters and your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because we have a “cool” week in store. Not a single day forecast to hit the 90s!

Another sign of fall – We’re approaching the 9-week mark at Brentwood, and that means parent/teacher conference time. Here are the upcoming student holidays to plan for.

  • Friday, Oct 5 is a professional development day. Pay special attention to this one because it’s a District of Innovation Day for Brentwood, so it’s not on the AISD Calendar you may have received at the start of the year.
  • Monday, Oct 8 is parent/teacher conference day for elementary students. You’ll hear more on the specifics of this day from your student’s teacher as it gets closer.

But in the meantime, let’s get to barkin’…

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What’s Happening This Week?

  • Coffee with the Principal – Mon, Sep 24 at 8am in the Brentwood Library
    Join Principal Laroche tomorrow morning at 8am for a discussion around Culture Fusion at Brentwood.
  • Fall Gifted & Talented Nomination Window (Grades 3, 4, & 5) – Ends Wed, 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.
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You’ve probably heard all about the Keep It Simple Fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to fund programs that support and enrich your child’s education. And as of Friday, we’re at $6,830.43 – almost the halfway mark! Students will earn a PAJAMA PARTY if we hit our goal by Sat, Oct 13. Help pull this effort to the finish line!

Make Your Donation Today


Things To Know

  • Classroom Leveling This Week for Kinder & 2nd
    Once enrollment settles each year, AISD provides relief to overcrowded classrooms by dissolving smaller classes. This year, Brentwood’s Kindergarten enrollment is below the expected level, so students from Ms. Bush’s Kinder class will be combined with the other classrooms, and Ms. Bush will transition to 2nd grade.Families of students impacted directly have already been informed of the specifics. If you have a Kinder student, they may have some new classmates join their classes within the next week. No matter their grade level, encourage your student to be a positive support for those who are dealing with these changes. The school truly appreciates your cooperation, support, and understanding of this district process.
  • Joining the PTA is Seriously Simple
    You might think that PTA means lots of volunteer time. And it can, if that’s what you’re into. But even if volunteering time is not your jam, we’d love for you – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and everyone – to join. The PTA supports the program that make Brentwood extra special. To learn more (or join online in minutes), go to and select Brentwood.
  • New Four-Part Series for Families of Children in Special Education
    If your child has special needs, you might appreciate a new four-part education and training series presented by Texas Law INCLUDE. Sessions will be held on Tuesday nights between Oct 2 and Nov 13 from 6-7:30pm at Kealing Middle School. Whether you’re new to the special education process, or a seasoned parent wanting more information about how to use the ARD process productively and collaboratively, learn more.

  • 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. For more info or to sign up, follow this link.

  • 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’?



We could use your help!

  • 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
  • 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.



Community News

  • Fulmore Middle School Humanities and Law Magnet Program for International Studies invites the parents of all 5th and 6th grade elementary students to attend one of two Parent Information Nights – Tue, Oct 9th and Tue, Nov 13th from 6-7:30pm in the Fulmore Cafeteria. Meet members of the Fulmore community and learn about the Magnet and Dual Language programs and application processes. Learn more with these flyers: Who is Fulmore? and More about Fulmore Parent Info Nights. Contact the Magnet Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Rodriguez at 512-841-4916 with any questions.
  • 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.
  • Mad Science After-School Program is a hands-on hands-on chance at imaginative learning, perfect for students who are interested in science and how it effects the world around them. Thursdays from 3-4pm in Brentwood Elementary Room 315, starting Oct 11. $99 / 6 weeks. Register or learn more.

Now Playing at 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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