Brown Weekly Message #12
October 18, 2016
Dear Brown School Family,
As the presidential election nears, Brown School students will be taking part in school-wide mock presidential campaign and election activities. Stacy Pendleton’s Advanced Placement Government & Politics and Law & Government students have been randomly assigned political parties (either Democrats or Republicans), and they are responsible for developing campaign materials, radio and TV advertisements, and classrooms presentations for their assigned candidates. In small groups, students representing each party will be visiting classrooms and sharing their assigned party’s platform, candidate, voting day instructions, and the importance of voting. Then on November 3rd and 4th, each class will visit the polling location. On the way there, Stacy’s students will be campaigning for their assigned party’s candidate, and each student will cast his/her vote at the polling location. No matter who wins our mock election, we hope that our students learn the importance of their participation in our country’s election process. Maybe this activity will inspire some of our students to strive for a career in public service!
Dr. Angela, Principal
Please Help Our Classrooms!
Randy Cox has a project for 4 iPad minis and cases on DonorsChoose.org. This will greatly improve opportunities for students to read in his class. We still need $1556! You can donate here: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/in-order-to-turn-the-page-we-need-ipad/2180018/
We are over halfway in helping Amy Thornton’s students receive their Lego Mindstorm Robots on DonorsChoose.org! We only need $896 in donations. We’d love to get these robots into the hands of our students. You can find out more information and donate at this link: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/lego-mindstorm-robots/2155160/
If you have any old iPads – either full sized or minis – which you’d like to donate, we’d be glad to put them to use. Just send an email to Amy.Thornton@jefferson.kyschools.us to get the ball rolling.
Nov 15 - PTSA General Membership Meeting (6pm-8pm @ Brown School Auditorium)
Dec 13 - PTSA Board Business Meeting (6pm-8pm @ Brown School Main Office Conference Room) *All PTSA members are welcome to attend*
More information regarding our PTSA can be found on our website at www.mybrownschool.org and then clicking on PTSA under the Parents menu.
Here are some opportunities to help:
Showcase of Schools Volunteers Needed
We are looking for enthusiastic parents to represent Brown at the JCPS Showcase of Schools. We are looking for parents/guardians of Elementary, Middle, and High School students. The Showcase is at the Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing B on October 28th and 29th. Please wear Brown School attire if you have it. Click here to sign up to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44aaa82ba5fa7-jcps
Fall Festival Volunteers Needed
Our Fall Festival is October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are still needed to help make this annual community-building and fundraising event a success. Details and contact info for questions are in link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c084caaaa23aaf94-brown
Prospective Student Open House Volunteers Needed
Sign up below to represent your fellow Brown School parents at the prospective student open house and/or assist with refreshments. Details in sign up link: www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C44AAA82BA5FA7-prospective
Silent Auction Items Needed
The PTSA Fall Festival is just a little over one week away and we need donations for the Silent Auction.
Do you own a business? Do you work for a company that may donate a gift certificate? Do you have a special talent you can share? New or gently used items at home you’re willing to part with? We’ll take them!! Any money that the PTSA makes goes RIGHT back into the school to benefit our students!
Examples of items we’ve had in the past:
· Gift Certificates
· Gift Cards
· Vouchers for services/classes (ex: you and 5 friends get to have dinner with a teacher, you and 2 friends get 3 individual art classes after school with a teacher, etc.)
· Photography prints
· Gently used purses
· Home décor items
· Homemade jewelry
Donations can be dropped off in the school office and addressed to Ashley Chesman. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!! A donation letter is included as an attachment on the school webpage.
Congratulations to junior Lady Bears volleyball player Hannah Johnson was is the state leader for blocks! Also, congratulations to seniors Chantasia Brown and Samantha Ashby who were selected to the district all-tournament volleyball team. Great job, ladies!
Our boys and girls bowling teams are talking on St. Francis at Executive Strike and Spare on Thursday at 3:30. Come out and support the Bears!
The middle school Lady Bears basketball team will be competing in the Fairdale Basketball Jamboree on Thursday at Fairdale High School. Wish them luck!
On Saturday our middle school Bears basketball team will play in the Jeffersontown Basketball Jamboree at Jeffersontown High School. Go Bears!
There are a lot of athletics events coming up! Check our athletic calendar at http://www.mybrownschool.org/groups/15319/calendar?blockId=275234 for a complete schedule.
The SBDM Council will be meeting at 4:30 on October 20th 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.
The next Alumni Association meeting is scheduled for October 20th 6:30 PM in the main office conference room. The association is currently planning its 45th anniversary celebration. 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.
Tomorrow is the PSAT for all juniors and some sophomores. Make sure your student goes to bed early tonight and eats a healthy breakfast in the morning!
Elementary students will be bringing home report cards on Friday, October 21st.
Our middle and high school orchestras will perform their fall pops concert on Thursday, October 27th. Make plans to attend!
Request from a Student
My name is Nora Alshimary; I am a junior and would like to ask for your help for my science fair project. The project requires me to test diesel powered trucks, of any brand, that are from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s. In addition to these trucks, diesel powered Volkswagen cars, and Mercedes Clean Diesel cars, of any year, will be needed. The test is going to consist of attaching a filter to the tail pipe of the car and you driving the car for a length of one mile. I will attach my contact information down below any and all help is appreciated. Thank you very much.
Admissions for the 2017-18 School Year
Admissions information for next school year is available on our website at www.mybrownschool.org/admissions.
Brown School will have two booths at the Showcase of Schools this year – one for elementary and one for middle and high schools. The Showcase will be held at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center on October 28th (3:00-7:00) and October 29th (9:00-3:00) in South Wing B.
Our Open House for Prospective Students is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Families of applicants must attend either the Open House or a scheduled building tour. Building tour information can also be found on our website.
If your child has a sibling that is applying to a level of our school that you’ve had a child attend (i.e., a kindergartener is applying and you’ve had a child attend Brown Elementary), then the building tour or Open House is not required. However, you have to tell us! Please send an email to Shawn.Wilson@jefferson.kyschools.us to make him aware that you have a sibling applying that meets this criteria. If your child is applying to a level of our school that you’ve not had a child attend (i.e., a 9th grader is applying and you’ve had children attend Brown Middle), then you must complete the building tour or Open House.
Siblings of current Brown School students are not given preference in the admissions process.
Current Brown School students do not reapply to attend Brown School for the following year! Students are automatically re-enrolled.
Looking for an easy way to help our school? Look in your cabinets for Box Tops!
Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for schools and are found on hundreds of products. When students, families, schools and communities work together to collect Box Tops, the money adds up fast. Last year, the Brown School earned $850, which we used to meet several school needs. We can earn even more cash this school year with your help. Our goal this year is $1,000. Here are a few ways you can help us reach that goal:
* Students in Grades K-5 will receive a Box Tops chart. Simply cut out Box Tops that haven't expired yet, and attach them to the sheet. Once your sheet is full, bring it back to school!
* Students in the higher grades can bring in their Box Tops and put them in the "Box Tops" box in the office.
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.