Brown School News

  • Weekly Message #4

    Dear Brown School Family,

    If you are looking for ways to plug into Brown as a parent, we have many opportunities right now! Our PTSA needs help with organizing their City Saver fundraiser, school portrait days, and after school enrichments. Information to sign up can be found in the PTSA section. We also need parents to serve on SBDM Committees! This is a reoccurring commitment for one school year. You can sign up through September 2nd at the link found in the Committee Sign Ups section. If you don’t have a lot of time but still wish to help, donating to one of our Donors Choose projects could be an option for you. More information can be found in the Please Help Our Classrooms section.

    Word of the Day is back! Every morning, students are given the definition of the Word of the Day and encouraged to use it. Ask your student about today’s word, “larvae”. Also, ask your student about our school-wide expectations. They are: be respectful, be responsible, be safe, and pursue excellence.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal
    Angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    PTSA
    Please help! The PTSA needs volunteers to help with our City Saver fundraiser and School Portraits! Click the link for more information and to sign up to help. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44aaa82ba5fa7-fall

    Afterschool enrichments are starting soon, with sign-ups beginning on September 6th. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, contact Melissa Escobar at 485-8216 or Melissa.escobar@jefferson.kyschools.us. Volunteers receive enrichment tuition remission for their child.

    More information regarding our PTSA can be found on our website at www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.

     

    Please Help Our Classrooms!

    Elementary/Middle School Spanish teacher Heather Eaton has a project at https://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-reach-for-the-estrellas/2142330/. She is in need of a large bilingual carpet for students to sit on during instruction. This will be especially helpful for our elementary students. We only need $284, and the carpet will be on its way! You can donate any amount!

    First grade teacher Lisa Billings has a project at https://www.donorschoose.org/project/mighty-math-wall/2068674/. Her students need a wall-mounted white board for math instruction. We need $467 to receive the whiteboard, but a donation of any amount will help!

     

    Committee Sign Ups

    Please sign up to serve on one of our SBDM committees – Budget, Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, Safety & School Climate, and Technology. If you were on a committee last year and want to be involved again this year, you must sign up again. Click the link to find out meeting information and to sign up! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094FA8A82CA7FB6-sbdm

    After September 2nd, we cannot allow anyone to join committees, so don’t hesitate! Join today!

     

    Athletics

    Cheerleading tryouts for students in grades 6 – 12 will be held on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Make sure your student goes home after school and returns to Brown after 5:40 PM.

     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 Lady Bears of volleyball won the Block and Roll Challenge Tournament this past Saturday. They are 7-2 for the season.
    *  Our Lady Bears soccer team had a big win Monday night against Fairdale! They are currently 2-1 for the season.
    *  Our 5th/6th grade soccer team played its first game last night and defeated KCD! Congrats, Bears!
    *  Our 3rd/4th grade Gold soccer team won its first game on Saturday against Collegiate.
    *  Ava Dillow shot a 43 and came in 2nd in our region in girls’ golf. She qualified for the All “A” State Gold Tournament. Congratulations and good luck!
     

    Starting today, $5.00 admission will be charged for home soccer games. Children 10 and under may attend free of charge. This will enable us to recoup field rental expenses and pay for officials.

     

    School Portraits

    School portraits for grades K-6 will be on August 30th and 7-12 will be on August 31st. Your student should already have brought home an ordering envelope. Additional envelopes can be found in the main office.

     

    Middle School Quick Recall and Problem Solving

    Interested students should meet in Randy’s room after school on Thursday, August 25th for a brief meeting.

     

    KUNA

    High school students interested in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly should attend an interest meeting from 2:45 to 3:00 on Monday, August 29th in Liz’s room.

     

    Jr. Beta Club

    Students who need service hours should sign up for an opportunity at the bulletin board outside Heather’s classroom.

     

    Freshman Retreat

    To sign your student up for the Freshman Retreat to the Tremont Institute in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, contact mary.todd@jefferson.kyschools.us or norah.wakefield@jefferson.kyschools.us. Deposits are due by August 31st.

     

    School Newspaper

    Students interested in being on the school newspaper staff should attend an interest meeting today in Neysa’s room from 3:00 to 3:30. Neysa asks that students be picked up promptly at 3:30.

     

    SBDM

    The SBDM Council will be meeting at 4:30 on September 15th 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.

     

    Alumni Association

    The next Alumni Association meeting is scheduled for September 15th 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

     

    REPEAT ITEMS

     

    Save These Dates!

    Our Open House for Current Students will be held on Thursday, September 15th at 6:00 PM. We will begin in the auditorium with a brief PTSA general meeting.

    Our PTSA Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 21st. More information will be coming soon.

     

    Counseling Corner
    The CogAT, the test used to help identify students for the Advance Program, will be given this October. Brown School tests all third graders on the CogAT every year. If you have a student currently in grades 4 – 10 who is not in the Advance Program and you’d like to have him/her tested, please send an email by September 1st to:
    4th & 5th grades – Christy.Teague@jefferson.kyschools.us
    6th – 10th grades – Pam.Willison@jefferson.kyschools.us

    The date for the PSAT is October 19th. All juniors will take the test for free, but sophomores may take the test for $15.00. If your sophomore would like to take it, have them bring their money to Pam Willison by Monday, October 10th.

    All students in grades 6 – 12 are currently engaging in a Suicide Prevention Training given by our counselor, Pam. If you have any concerns, please email her at pam.willison@jefferson.kyschools.us.

     

    Dismissal Update

    We need your help to further improve our dismissal procedures.

         * If your student needs help with putting a backpack into a trunk, or with buckling his/her seatbelt, please do not assist them at the loading point. Allow your child to board your vehicle safely, then pull your car up to either our loading dock on the left or the YMCA CEP parking spaces on the right. Both of these areas are located right past Shawn in the alley. After you pull to one of these locations, then you will be able to disembark your car and assist your child. After traffic has safely stopped, you will be able to pull back into the alley to leave.

         * If you are coming into the school to pick up your child and are entering our building through the back of the school, please enter and exit through the courtyard gate. Do not cross or walk down the alley if traffic is moving, because this slows down the car rider line. Please wait for a staff member to direct you to cross.

    We greatly appreciate your help!

     

    Registration Paperwork

    Please return any enrollment paperwork received during registration or on the first day of school to our school’s office. This paperwork includes student information, photo/video release, TARC ticket permission, and other important forms.

     

     

     

    Brown School Principal
  • Weekly Message #3

    For a formatted PDF version of this message, click the attachment.

     

    August 18, 2016

     

    Dear Brown School Family,

    The students have made new friends, settled into a routine, and are now focused on the important task of learning. New textbooks and learning materials are arriving to classrooms, and our students have more access to iPads in our classrooms than ever before!

    If you are planning on attending field trips or volunteering in our school this year, you will need to complete a new volunteer records check if you did not submit a new one during the 2015-16 school year. Currently, we have very few volunteers who are on the approved list. Visit www.mybrownschool.org and click on the Volunteer Records Check link under the Parents menu to complete the requirements.

    Thank you to everyone who donated to Andrew Gray’s DonorsChoose.org project! Fifteen iPad cases are on the way for his 15 new iPads! Be on the lookout for more opportunities to donate to our classrooms, and possibly have your donation matched!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal

    Angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

     

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Counseling Corner
    The CogAT, the test used to help identify students for the Advance Program, will be given this October. Brown School tests all third graders on the CogAT every year. If you have a student currently in grades 4 – 10 who is not in the Advance Program and you’d like to have him/her tested, please send an email by September 1st to:
    4th & 5th grades – Christy.Teague@jefferson.kyschools.us
    6th – 10th grades – Pam.Willison@jefferson.kyschools.us

    The date for the PSAT is October 19th. All juniors will take the test for free, but sophomores may take the test for $15.00. If your sophomore would like to take it, have them bring their money to Pam Willison by Monday, October 10th.

    All students in grades 6 – 12 are currently engaging in a Suicide Prevention Training given by our counselor, Pam. If you have any concerns, please email her at pam.willison@jefferson.kyschools.us.

    PTSA
    The PTSA needs volunteers to help with our City Saver Fundraiser and School Portraits! Click the link for more information and to sign up to help. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44aaa82ba5fa7-fall

    Afterschool enrichments are starting soon, with sign-ups beginning on September 6th. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, contact Melissa Escobar at 485-8216 or Melissa.escobar@jefferson.kyschools.us. Volunteers receive enrichment tuition remission for their child.

    More information regarding our PTSA can be found on our website at www.mybrownschool.org/ptsa.

     

    Save These Dates!

    Our Open House for Current Students will be held on Thursday, September 15th at 6:00 PM. We will begin in the auditorium with a brief PTSA general meeting.

    Our PTSA Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 21st. More information will be coming soon.

     

    SBDM

    The SBDM Council will be meeting at 4:30 tonight 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.

     

    Alumni Association

    The next Alumni Association meeting is tonight 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.  

     

    Athletics

    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.

    Our Lady Bears Soccer Team beat Iroquois 4-3 last night in our first win in the history of our school. This is just the second season we’ve had a high school girls varsity soccer team. Congratulations, ladies!
    Ava Dillow shot a low score of 41 at last night’s golf match against Assumption and Presentation!
     

    Freshman Retreat

    To sign your student up for the Freshman Retreat to the Tremont Institute in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, contact mary.todd@jefferson.kyschools.us or norah.wakefield@jefferson.kyschools.us.

     

    High School Quick Recall

    All 9th-12th graders interested in JV or Varsity Quick Recall should attend a 10 minute meeting on August 22nd at 2:45 in room 320.

     

    REPEAT ITEMS

     

    Dismissal Update

    We need your help to further improve our dismissal procedures.

         * If your student needs help with putting a backpack into a trunk, or with buckling his/her seatbelt, please do not assist them at the loading point. Allow your child to board your vehicle safely, then pull your car up to either our loading dock on the left or the YMCA CEP parking spaces on the right. Both of these areas are located right past Shawn in the alley. After you pull to one of these locations, then you will be able to disembark your car and assist your child. After traffic has safely stopped, you will be able to pull back into the alley to leave.

         * If you are coming into the school to pick up your child and are entering our building through the back of the school, please enter and exit through the courtyard gate. Do not cross or walk down the alley if traffic is moving, because this slows down the car rider line. Please wait for a staff member to direct you to cross.

    We greatly appreciate your help!

     

     

    Car Rider Tags for Families with Students in Grades 4-12

    After observing that the parents/guardians of many 4th-12th grade students were using the car rider line for dismissal, it has been determined that every vehicle in our car rider line must have a car rider tag.  This will enable us to be as efficient as possible in dismissing students.  It will also be important for those 4th-12th grade students who are participating in the car rider line to report to the gym as quickly as possible at the conclusion of the school day.  Those parents/guardians of students not in K-3 may request a car rider tag through Kathleen Geiger in the office.  Once a car rider tag is assigned, your child may begin reporting to the gym at dismissal, and you may begin participating in the car rider line.  Please refrain from participating in the car rider line until you are issued a car rider tag.

     

    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.

     

    Lobby Reception Area/Attendance

    You may have noticed our new reception area in the lobby! Renee Beard, our attendance clerk, will now be stationed in that area to greet visitors to our building from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Visitors to the building will sign in at this location. This is also the place to turn in any excuse notes from absences, sign in tardy students, and sign out students for an early dismissal. (You can still email excuse notes to Renee at Renee.Beard@jefferson.kyschools.us.) We hope this change will make your visit to Brown School much easier and that you’ll feel more welcome. Remember, to be marked “on time” to school, students have to be inside their classroom when the tone sounds at 8:00 AM. Any student who does not make it to the classroom by that time is required to sign in tardy. We are unable to excuse tardies due to traffic, so please make sure you leave in plenty of time to arrive early.

     

    Medical Conditions/Medications

    If your child has a medical condition (Allergies, Asthma, Diabetes, etc.) or will need to be administered or carry medication (i.e., Epi Pen, inhaler), you will need to submit the appropriate authorization form to the school prior to the first day. We have posted copies of the new 2016-17 school year forms on our website at http://www.mybrownschool.org/new_school_year_information_201617 in the Medical Forms box. New authorization forms must be completed every school year. Most of these forms require a physician's signature. If you have questions regarding what form to complete, please call Melissa Escobar at 502-485-8216.

     

    Seniors – Sign Up for Free College Courses!

    Seniors, if you haven’t seen Pam about signing up for your free nine hours at JCTC or UofL, do so right away. More information is posted on our Brown School Guidance web page at http://www.mybrownschool.org/groups/15323/guidance/home.

     

    Gender Neutral Restroom

    One of our restrooms on the third floor (across from classroom 320) has been designated as a gender neutral restroom by our SBDM Council. This restroom is for students in grades 6 – 12 only. Please talk to your student about whether or not you would like for them to use this restroom. There are still traditional gender specific (boys or girls) restrooms in close proximity to this restroom. If you have questions or concerns regarding our inclusive restroom, please speak to one of our school administrators: Angela Parsons, Shawn Wilson, Brian Garrett, or Pam Willison.

    Registration Paperwork

    Please return any enrollment paperwork received during registration or on the first day of school to our school’s office. This paperwork includes student information, photo/video release, TARC ticket permission, and other important forms.

     

    New Grading Handbook and Behavior Intervention Handbook

    JCPS has approved the published changes to the Grading Handbook (SPP&G) and the Behavior Intervention Handbook (Code of Conduct). You can find the recent handbooks on our website under the Student menu at www.mybrownschool.org.

     

    Beta Club

    Returning Beta Club members in grades 10 – 12 need to attend a meeting after school in room 222 today.

     

    Jr. Beta Club

    Returning Jr. Beta Club members in grades 7 – 8 need to attend a meeting after school in room 325 on Thursday, August 18th.

     

     

    Brown School Principal
  • Dismissal Updates - August 18th

    Dear Brown School Family,

    Yesterday we made additional enhancements to our car rider line that resulted in us loading our last cycle of students into cars at 3:01 PM! In addition, we are now having cars pull up to our loading dock, enabling us to house an additional nine cars on the alley, for a total of 21 cars. Today, we will begin loading more students at once which should help us clear our car rider line prior to 3:00.

    We need your help to further improve our dismissal procedures.

         * If your student needs help with putting a backpack into a trunk, or with buckling his/her seatbelt, please do not assist them at the loading point. Allow your child to board your vehicle safely, then pull your car up to either our loading dock on the left or the YMCA CEP parking spaces on the right. Both of these areas are located right past Shawn in the alley. After you pull to one of these locations, then you will be able to disembark your car and assist your child. After traffic has safely stopped, you will be able to pull back into the alley to leave.
         * If you are coming into the school to pick up your child and are entering our building through the back of the school, please enter and exit through the courtyard gate. Do not cross or walk down the alley if traffic is moving, because this slows down the car rider line. Please wait for a staff member to direct you to cross.

    We greatly appreciate your help!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Angela, Principal

     

    Brown School Principal
  • Opportunities to study abroad in 2017...

    Applicants must be enrolled in college and Pell Grant eligible. 

    For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.

    Guidance Program
  • Dismissal Updates - August 15, 2016

    Dear Brown School Family,

    As you know, the safety of our students is one of our top priorities, and we are continuously reviewing and updating our procedures to make sure they are the most efficient and secure for our children.

    In order to enhance the security of our dismissal this year, we have worked with JCPS Security to implement the following procedures effective today:

    ·         The front door of the school will not be unlocked until 2:40 PM.

    ·         All adults picking up students in grades K-3 through the car rider line and in-person through the gym door will be required to physically show the car rider tag.

    ·         Any adult attempting to pick up a student without a car rider tag, either in the car rider line or in person in the gym, will need to physically come into the school’s office. The adult will be required to show an ID with information that matches the student’s enrollment form. The adult will then receive written permission from the office, which they will then present at the gym door to receive the student.

    ·         Any student in grades K-3 who rides home with another student must present a note from their parent granting permission. This note must be presented to staff at the reception desk in the lobby in the morning before school.

    We would love to have the help of parent volunteers in the gymnasium during dismissal! If you are willing, and you have already completed the Volunteer Records Check (https://webapps.jefferson.kyschools.us/volunteer/), please email Shawn Wilson at shawn.wilson@jefferson.kyschools.us. We will be happy to validate the parking receipt from the YMCA Parking Garage located at 2nd Street and Guthrie for our scheduled volunteers.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we work toward creating the safest environment possible for our youngest students.

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Angela, Principal
    angela.parsons@jefferson.kyschools.us

    Brown School Principal
  • You can read Weekly Message #2 in the attachment!

    Brown School Principal
  • Dismissal Update

    Please read the attached changes that will be effective on August 11th for our afternoon dismissal.

    Brown School Principal
  • Notice of Adjacent Alley Closed

    Please read this important information regarding the alley adjacent to Brown School's back alley being closed permanently to traffic.

    Brown School Principal
  • Weekly Message #1

    Attached is Weekly Message #1. Please read!

    Brown School Principal
  • Seniors: Attend JCTC this year! No charge!

    Senior students at The Brown School can receive up to 9 hours of dual credit (both high school AND college credit) free of charge. Please see the attached instruction sheet on how to apply. Then, contact Maia Langley at maia.langley@kctcs.edu to set up a time to choose your classes.

    Guidance Program

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Calendar of Events

  • HS Volleyball First Spike Tournament.

    Time and Location TBA.
    Athletics
  • Blue Day

    Brown School
  • Eastern High School

    High School Boys Soccer @ Eastern 10:00am

    Athletics
  • St. Francis of Goshen

    3/4 Gold vs St. Francis 2

    Athletics
  • St. Francis Goshen Campus

    3/4 Soccer Blue vs Collegiate 1 10:40

    Athletics
  • St. Francis Goshen Campus

    3/4 Soccer Gold vs Walden 9:00

    Athletics
  • Cherokee Golf Course

    HS Boys Golf vs Waggener 3:30

    Athletics
  • Collegiate

    5/6 Soccer vs Collegiate 6:15

    Athletics
  • Gold Day

    Brown School
  • 6409 Gellhaus Ln, Louisville, KY 40299

    Middle School Cross Country

    Ramsey Middle School 6:00p.m.
    Athletics
  • Middle School Volleyball vs. Kammerer (H)

    JV - 4:30p.m. Varsity - 5:30p.m.
    Athletics
  • Louisville Soccer Park

    HS Boys Soccer vs Walden.

    Athletics
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