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IT IS TIME FOR BROOKWOOD BOOK CLUBS

It is the time of year to ‘fall’ into a good book!  We will begin forming book clubs for students in grades 2-5.  Each class will have one book club for up to 8 students, so sign up soon!  The children will read a variety of books throughout the year and meet with their book club members and their adult leader/volunteer once a week on a day that works for everyone!  The students will be able to choose a book, read several chapters at home each week, and then get together during lunch to talk about the readings.  Clubs will begin meeting soon!  Look for your child’s sign-up form in his or her Friday folder, or see the front entry hall for extras. 

In order for a book club to form, a class must have at least one adult volunteer leader.   Please sign up if you can!  Training will be provided.  Groups will meet once a week during their lunch periods, and students must bring a sack lunch on that day!    


LUNCH WITH DADS, GRANDFATHERS, AND SPECIAL SOMEONES
 
Dads, grandfathers, and other special someone's are invited to join your children for lunch.  Bring in a lunch 
or buy in the cafeteria.  PTA will provide the dessert for you to share with your children.

3rd and 4th Grade - Nov. 17th - 21st

Sandra Poole, Volunteer Coordinator, parentinvolvement@brookwoodpta.com

STUDENT COUNCIL

The Student Council will sponsor a November project titled "Falling into Friendship".  Students who make a $1 or a canned good donation will put their name on a fall leaf to be displayed on the front windows of our school.   Funds raised will go toward our school wide food drive in November.  Also, in December, Student Council will also be collecting, "Socks/Lotion for Seniors" to deliver to an area nursing home.

Thanks to this year's Student Council Sponsors, Mrs. Arriazola, Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Shamma, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Teaster, & Mrs. Dowling for making this great organization possible.

 

Hey Brookwood Dads!  WE are excited to start our 2nd year of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  Watch D.O.G.S. (Dad's of Great Students) is a program where dads, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models contribute for a half day on campus.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with your student(s) and inspire other students without a father-figure in the home.  

So far we have over 50 male role models signed up this year with plenty more spots available to help make a difference in a Brookwood child's day.  For more info go to http://www.brookwoodpta.com/committees/watchdogs or contact our Watch D.O.G.S. coordinator, Johnny Gonzales, at watchdogs@brookwoodpta.com
      

BOX TOPS COLLECTION UNDERWAY

Box Tops Contest is Underway!  It is just the beginning of November and you have already clipped enough Box Tops to send off for a check for more than $330!  Go Bears!!
 
The fall portion of our contest is in full swing.  Remember to save your box tops as you cook for the upcoming holidays and turn in all of the box tops you have before December 19.  They do expire and we want to be able to benefit from them all.  
 
Current contest leaders as of October:
Grade           1st place                        2nd place
Kinder           Duncan (173)                Gammon (131)
1st grade       Mays (396)                   Fishback (289)
2nd grade      Duhon (258)                Guthrie (104)
3rd grade       Nguyen (122)              Smith (72)
4th grade       Schwertner (304)         Clason (107)
5th grade       Veasey (111)                Barrington (91)
AA                 Wiggins (267)
 
Here's all you need to do to participate in this friendly competition:
1) Put a snack bag in a kitchen drawer and MARK IT WITH THE NAME OF YOUR CHILD"S TEACHER.
2) Start looking all all of your food containers before you recycle or throw them away.  ALWAYS cut off the "Box Tops for Education" labels and put them in the baggy.
3) Drop off your baggy in the Box Top display outside of the office.  Be sure to bring them every month.....don't wait!!
Directories should be out mid to late November.  Directory volunteers will be contacted shortly, as we will need extra eyes for proofing before the final draft is printed.
 


 
 

CULTURE CLUB
 
We are lucky to live in Houston, Texas with a melting pot of a very large and diverse population that is spread throughout our neighborhoods.  Our Brookwood Elementary school boasts representation from many cultures around the world.  At school, Many of our kids hear one or more of the 18 languages spoken by Brookwood kids - Spanish, German, Hindi and Chinese to name a few.  Many grow up bilingual or multilingual.  They learn to eat a variety of foods at a young age.  They learn world geography and become world travelers.  

Cultural Ambassadors Club at Brookwood Elementary is designed to make our students aware of cultures within the USA and abroad.  
This year, we will also participate in cultural awareness activities such as Cinco De Mayo, Black History Month, etc.

We are planning on creating mock travel passports, creating poster boards to be displayed at the school, playing unique games, creating cool art, making creative crafts and enjoying interesting snacks and drinks.  

Culture Club is open to 2nd - 5th grade students.  The club will meet once a month on Fridays, from 3:15 to 4:15 , s Our final activity will be our schools's very first International Festival, which will be held in May 2015.  Participation for the International Festival will be for all grade levels.

 
Look for the sign up sheet coming home in November.  If your child signs up for Culture Club, please consider volunteering to help with one or more meetings. 


Hours:
M, W, F   7:45 -8:10 am
T, Th, F  11:15-12:30 pm
We have cool pens, erasers, sharpeners and school supplies ranging from $0.25 to $5.00.  New this year are stylus and earbuds for students' class tablets.  We also have gift "cards" in $0.50 increments if you want to give your kiddos a lunch box surprise or reward!

*Science Fair Boards*

PTA will be selling Science Fair boards in the school store.  Starting November 10th  (until all boards are sold)

Cost:     White: $8 each
Colors (yellow, green, black): $10 each

(All boards include scientific method labels. Checks should be written to “Brookwood PTA”.  Driver’s License number and two phone numbers are required on checks.)  Important: Boards may not be transported on the school buses.

Come check us out!  We are in the great hall between the work room and office area.
 

REFLECTIONS


There is no rushing art, so it's a good thing you still have 4 weeks to work on your Reflections!  Please remember to pick up your entry form for Reflections in the foyer of the school and encourage your child to participate in this year’s PTA Reflections Program through creative writing, visual arts, photography, musical composition, film production, or dance choreography.  They can share their unique views on how to make the world a better place and have fun following their art through local and advanced receptions depending how far they will go!  Everyone’s artistic effort will be recognized on the school level and winners in each category can move to council, state and national levels.
 
You can find rules specific to each category and more information at www.txpta.org/programs/reflections
 
Please check brookwoodpta.com for updates on our Reflections program.  We cannot wait to see how our Brookwood Bears will make the world a better place!

Monika Taylor, Reflections Chair, artsineducation@brookwoodpta.com
                           


OPERATION PLAYGROUND
 
‘Let’s Change The Way Kids Play!’
 
Dear Brookwood Families & Staff,
The operation playground parent committee has been very busy over the summer, researching playground plans. We have made a lot of progress, and are down to our final 2 vendors. We are striving to bring a unique playground plan that meets all the students’ needs for play and movement! In the upcoming month, we will be providing updates on our progress, as well as announcing fundraising events. Stay tuned for upcoming information! 

Lisa Otto, Operation Playground Chair