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                  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:  April 30, 2014
  • NOTE:  Please do NOT wait until the last minute!
Jan Miller & Jessica Burgess, Farewell to Fifth Graders Coordinators, bwe2021@gmail.com

                        PTA VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MEETING 

You are invited to a Volunteer Information Meeting on Wednesday, April 16th at 9:30 a.m.  Come learn about all the volunteer opportunities for next year. We are forming the 2014-15 PTA Executive Board & the Carnival Committee - come check out the open positions.  If you are interested in getting more involved, we would love to have you join us at this meeting.  Or, if you can’t make the meeting, please email membership@brookwoodpta.com

Jennifer Ebell, PTA President - Elect (2014-2015)


                       SPECIAL PURCHASES AND OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS

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


TOTAL APPROVED BY PTA MEMBERSHIP $22,511.75
 
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


                 SMALL ELECTRONICS DRIVE

Thanks to  the students, staff, and PTA volunteers for recycling during this year's Fun Run and Field Day! 

The Brookwood PTA Environmental Committee is hosting a small electronics and ink cartridge recycling drive to turn these items into cash for our school.   We will be collecting items at the PTA meeting on April 29.
 
Cartridges for Kids® is a recycling program that pays schools for cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, tablets, eReaders, notebooks, PDAs, MP3s, DVDs, Digital Cameras, Video Games and Consoles, scientific graphic calculators, and GPS devices. The recycling program asks that you DO NOT SEND: tubes, bottles, tanks, ribbons or remanufactured cartridges. Also, our program unfortunately does not recycle desk top computers, monitors, televisions, or uninterruptible power sources.  

If you have additional items after these dates or you just don't want to wait that long, you may donate the requested items at any time in the electronics recycling bins located in the front of the school.

Laura McLean, Environmental Chair, environmental@brookwoodpta.com
 

 
 

        FAMILY FUN NIGHT AND PTA MEETING

The next PTA Regular Association meeting is Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  The meeting will be followed by the Family Fun Night Magic Show, where magician and educator Cody Fisher will entertain our families while teaching our children about trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and citizenship.  We will enjoy learning, fun, and magic at this enjoyable show presented by the Brookwood PTA! Bring your small electronics to the PTA meeting and donate to the recycling effort! (see article below)

Kay Hobstetter, VP Programs & Education, programseducation@brookwoodpta.com
 


                                SPARKING YOUR CHILD'S SENSES THIS SUMMER 

Join Brookwood’s Resource/Inclusion Teacher, Amy Allen, Tuesday, April 15 at 11:15 a.m. in the Teaching Theater, as she discusses how to tap into the five senses during your child’s summer break.  Come prepared to investigate how to provide physical, mental, and social stimulation into everyday activities and outings.
 
 Bring a lunch and bring a friend!


Kay Hobstetter, Vice President: Programs & Education, programseducation@brookwoodpta.com


                             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


FOREIGN LANGUAGE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Orientation dates for the FOREIGN LANGUAGE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (FLEP) are:
 
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