FIFTH GRADE SLIDE SHOW

Each year a slide show is created to commemorate the elementary school years of the 5th graders.  With so many students, the slide show gets long in a hurry, so we are asking that you send up to 5 pictures of your child to be included in the slide show.  Please keep the following guidelines in mind when choosing pictures: 
  • Limit is 5 pictures.
  • Pictures should be of school related activities such as field trips, class parties, carnival, field day, class activities, robotics, chess club, fun run, student council etc.
  • Group shots are better than individual shots.
  • Email pictures to bwe2021@gmail.com.  Please include your child’s full name in the email along with the pictures
  • DEADLINE for pictures:  Friday, May 2.
  • NOTE:  Please do NOT wait until the last minute!
Jan Miller & Jessica Burgess, Farewell to Fifth Graders Coordinators, bwe2021@gmail.com


TRYOUTS (by grade level) - Wednesday, May 21 during block

REHEARSAL - Monday, June 2 @ 9 a.m. for grades 3-5 and 1:30 p.m. for kindergarten-2

TALENT SHOW - Tuesday, June 3 @ 8:30 a.m. for grades 3-5 and 1:30 p.m. for kindergarten-2

If your child would like to try out for the talent show, please read and discuss the attached guidelines.  Sign and return the permission note to Mrs. Torrance or the P.E. teachers by Friday, May 16.


In our March PTA meeting, the Membership approved the proposed list of over $22,000 in Special Purchases. Through these purchases, some specific needs are met, with a large majority of the special purchases funds dedicated to the purchase of playground equipment, as a contribution to Operation Playground. Thank you to Jan Miller for leading the Special Purchases effort.
Items Requested by Faculty and Parents
PE Beads   $ 103.87

Headphones – classroom set (7)   $42.54

Library Books   $2,000.00

Headphones – computer lab/classroom (60) $425.40

Classroom Reimbursement for Supplies   $1,800.00

Shelving units w/ casters (2)   $239.94

Total Faculty & Parent Requested Items   $4,611.75
Campus Improvement Items
Butterfly Garden – tools, storage, plants, fertilizer   $500.00

School Store Shelving & Painting Supplies   $900.00

Playground Equipment   $16,000.00

Total Campus Improvement Items   $17,400.00

Contingency account to pay for increase in price of items or shipping and handling   $500.00

The Membership also approved the nominated slate of officers for next year. We congratulate and welcome a wonderful new slate of officers for the 2014-15 school year. They are Jennifer Ebell (President), Audra Olson (1stVP/Membership), Cindy Drnevich (2ndVP/Programs), Brenda Collura (Secretary), and Joyce Herrmann (Treasurer).  Thank you in advance, for your service to PTA and Bookwood Elementary!  Thank you also to the Nominating Committee for your efforts.

Wendy Glaze, PTA President, president@brookwoodpta.com

                                    Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) 

Brookwood Dads – do you want to be famous?  You too can be a Watch D.O.G.S. Dad!  The calendar is wide open, so sign up and stake your claim to FAME! For more info contact our Watch D.O.G.S. coordinator, Kevin Engelbert, at watchdogs@brookwoodpta.com or go to http://www.brookwoodpta.com/committees/watchdogs.  Your child is waiting for you to “make their day”…..don’t let them down!

Kevin Engelbert, Watch D.O.G.S. coordinator, watchdogs@brookwoodpta.com



Two ways to order
  1. Fill out the attached form and return to school by May 15 with the exact amount -- check payable to Brookwood PTA or exact amount of cash (no change will be given).
  2. To order supplies online by June 15:
  • Go to www.epipacks.com
  • Enter the school ID, BRO045
  • Follow the directions to complete your order
  • Print your online confirmation as your receipt
  • ** Sales tax will be applied at checkout on online orders
All paper orders must be received by Thursday, May 15, 2014.  This is a firm date and no paper orders will be accepted after this date.  You may still order your supply packets online through June 15th.  You will not be able to purchase packets after June 15th. All orders are delivered to Brookwood and will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.

                             OPERATION PLAYGROUND UPDATE 

Operation Playground has met as a group a few times, and is beginning to get things organized for great playground changes.  We are currently in Phase One, which has entailed researching playground equipment, costs, fundraising/grants, and removal of current equipment. We are in the very early stages, so gathering information is priority. However, we will be gathering statistics from our very own Brookwood students. We developed a 10 question computer survey, that will ask students simple questions, such as, “Do you prefer a bumpy slide, or curvy slide.” They will be completing this during their computer lab session. Our hope is to gain insight on their playground preferences, receive their input, and tailor their play accordingly. We hope to survey the Brookwood staff as well, since their eyes and ears are a big part of the playground.

One of the missions of Operation Playground, is to provide more movement on the playground. This type of play has direct effects on a child’s body, physically and sensory wise, which enhances their ability to learn and pay attention. Do you remember your favorite playground moments? Was it a certain type of playground equipment? (Parents may be next on our survey!)

If you have input or questions regarding Operation Playground, feel free to contact Lisa Otto.

“Let’s change the way kids play.”
Lisa Otto, Operation Playground Chair, brookwoodplayground@gmail.com


April 10th - 6:00 P.M.
April 15th - noon
May 1st - 6:00 P.M.
What is Foreign Language Enrichment? An enrichment program that includes both Spanish and English-speaking students sharing a classroom during part of a school day. Every subject will be taught in English with exception of science/social studies. Science/Social studies will be presented in Spanish with scaffold English support.
                    What are the Benefits?
                    • Open a pathway to bilingualism
                    • Intellectual growth
                    • Increase self-esteem
                    • Increase listening skills
                    • Develop language and cognitive skills
                    • Enhance interpersonal communication
                    • Enhance empathy and social relations
                    • Develop flexible thinking
For more information, contact Magda Garcia, Coordinator of Bilingual Education, at 281-284-0074 or mgarcia1@ccisd.net.

                                        BOX TOPS CONTEST 

The Box Tops for Education contest will end April 30, 2014.  To help your class win a classroom popsicle party, please bring your unexpired and neatly trimmed Box Tops to school in a ziplock bag marked with your teacher’s name. 
 Brenda Collura, Corporate Sponsorship Chair, corpsponsor@brookwoodpta.com

                                         CULTURAL AMBASSADORS

Cultural Club on March 21st was a success even after Field Day.  We had 23 very energetic and interactive kids learning about Europe and asking for 2nds and 3rds of croissants.  The next meeting in on April 25th will highlight Asia.  Two 5th graders have volunteered to present, and two moms are making cool Asian drinks for the kids.  Come join us for more fun and learning.
If you are interested in helping, we could really use some help during school hours to check on supplies and organize them.  Email culturalambassadors@brookwoodpta.com if you can help during school hours for 2-3 hours any day.  

Santhi Masilamani, Cultural Ambassadors Chair,  culturalambassadors@brookwoodpta.com