Brown Weekly Message #23
January 19, 2017
Dear Brown School Family,
As Brown School has done every four years, students will have the opportunity to watch part of the presidential inauguration ceremony in class. Teachers will be able to stream it in classrooms and it will also be airing in our school library.
Liz Byron, our upper school Social Studies department chairman shared with our staff yesterday, “No matter your opinion on the election, we need to share these momentous points in history with our students to inspire them to be active citizens. The United States is one of the few places in the world that witnesses a peaceful transfer of power every four years. Please allow your students the opportunity to witness this event. This will hopefully open the door to discussions in your classroom about the traditions of U.S. inaugurations, who is present at the inauguration, and what the inauguration means.”
Dr. Angela, Principal
Our second annual College Week will be held next week – January 23rd through the 27th! We would love to have as many students in all grades participating as possible.
Monday = College Hat Day
Tuesday = Dress Like Your Favorite College Mascot Day
Wednesday = College Sweatshirt Day
Thursday = College Cheer Day (be ready to cheer at any minute!)
Friday = My Career Day (dress as a doctor, lawyer, etc..........)
Our counselors and college access resource teacher will be visiting classrooms all week!
Advance Program Update
The first round of letters has been mailed to students who have qualified for the advance program for next school year. Please fully complete and check the appropriate box on the enclosed permission form and return it to Shawn Wilson by Friday, January 27, 2017. For approximately the next 2-3 weeks, additional letters will be mailed to parents for students who have qualified for the advance program and those who are eligible to appeal to be placed in the advance program. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Wilson at email@example.com.
Attention all middle schoolers, get ready to dance the night away! The Snow Ball is this Friday, January 20th from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Tickets are $15 and include a pasta dinner, drinks, and desserts. Attire should be dressy. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the dance.
Any middle school girl interested in playing soccer this spring should plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 24th at 5:30 PM in the school lobby.
There are a lot of athletics tournaments coming up! Check our athletic calendar at http://www.mybrownschool.org/groups/15319/calendar?blockId=275234 for a complete schedule. Go Bears!
The SBDM Council will be meeting at today in the main office conference room. Meetings are open to the public. To enter the building, ring the bell at the main door on 1st Street near Muhammad Ali Blvd. and you will be buzzed in. Then proceed to the main office. The tentative agenda and other items are located at www.mybrownschool.org/sbdm.
Plan to attend the Brown PTSA Spirit Night at House of Boom on January 26th from 6pm to 8pm. $12 for one hour of jumping, and $20 for two hours. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PTSA. House of Boom is located at 100 Urton Ln, Ste 101, Louisville, Kentucky 40223.
Box Tops! Box Tops! Box Tops! Don't forget to send in your non-expired Box Tops to your child's teacher by Friday, January 20th. The class in Grades K-5 that brings in the most Box Tops wins a pizza party!
The next Alumni Association meeting is today at 6:30 PM in the main office conference room. Our alumni association is involved in some very exciting projects to support our school! Alumni Association involvement is a great way to help our school while celebrating our history! More information about our Alumni Association can be found at www.mybrownschool.org/alumni_association.
Europe Trip Meeting
There will be a trip meeting for those signed up to tour France, England, the Netherlands, and Belgium at 6:00 PM in room 319. We will be talking about various things including the itinerary and tip money. If there is other information you would like Alice to address please send her an email at Alice.Stevenson@jefferson.kyschools.us. We will be having other meetings in March and May as well. If you haven't yet, you need to get your passports and/or verify the passport information for EF Tours. We don't have airline information yet but we should receive it shortly.
See you January 30th!
Inclement Weather Information
Due to inclement weather, there are times when the school district will adjust the school schedule, or cancel school completely. Because the school district has jurisdiction over the start and ending of the school day, the Brown School must adhere to official starting/ dismissal times. Please refer to the listed directions in how Brown will respond to changes in school starting / dismissal times.
School is Cancelled: If the JCPS cancels school for the district, the Brown School will be closed as well. All school activities and athletic events are cancelled. This includes practices as well as home and away athletic events
Early Dismissal: If the district chooses to dismiss school at any early time, this will be the official end of the instructional day. Brown follows the dismissal time given for middle/high schools. High School students will be dismissed at the early dismissal time. Middle and elementary school students will be dismissed at the early dismissal time with parent permission, or picked up by the parent. No middle or elementary child will be dismissed from school early without proper transportation home. All parents are urged to pick up their child at the announced early dismissal time. When school is dismissed early, all after school activities are cancelled. Decisions on athletic events will be made by 2:00 pm.
Delayed Opening: If the district chooses to begin the start of the school day at a later time, the official beginning of the instructional day will begin after the delay (ex: If on a two-hour delay, Brown will officially begin at 10:00 a.m. rather than 8:00 a.m.). Parents are advised not to drop off students until at most 30 minutes before the start of the delayed school day. (ex: If on a one hour delay, drop off students beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
After School Student Supervision
Our SBDM approved a new policy last year, the After School Supervision Policy, regarding students who are remaining after school unsupervised, who are not engaged in a supervised after school activity or who are not enrolled in the YMCA Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP). Instances of students being found after school unsupervised will be documented and reoccurrences may result in students being placed on probation at the school. Please make sure that your student is being picked up each day be 3:00 PM or is enrolled in CEP. To help with locating a carpool, our PTSA has set up a bulletin board on their page on our school website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.
Morning Drop Off
Morning drop off begins each morning at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop off students prior to this time as there is not adult supervision in the building. Students cannot be left unsupervised at any time. No student should be waiting outside the cafeteria or library, as these locations do not open until 7:30.
The doors to the school are locked until 7:00 AM.