Brown Weekly Message #37
May 18, 2017
Dear Brown School Family,
I have HUGE news!
On May 23rd, the JCPS Board of Education has our lease agreement with the city for J. Graham Brown School students to have exclusive rights to use Martha Elliison Peace Park! JCPS will be funding an 8-foot fence and a walking track, but it is up to our school family to raise funds for the playground equipment, outdoor classroom, and raised planting beds. This should cost approximately $100,000.
We need your help! Please consider sharing this link to our Go Fund Me on your social media accounts: https://www.gofundme.com/brown-school-playground
Also, please consider making a donation in honor of your Brown School student. If every student had a $142 donation in their name, that would be enough to fund our playground! You can donate on our Go Fund Me page or you can write a check to the J. Graham Brown School PTSA with "playground" in the subject line.
I am so excited about this for all our students. This is going to be a game changer!
Dr. Angela, Principal
Alley Directional Change – NEXT WEEK
May 22nd through the 24th, the alley direction will revert back to the regular flow. Cars will enter the alley from Muhammad Ali Blvd and exit onto Chestnut Street. We want to thank you for helping us with our trial this week. It seemed to successfully eliminate traffic from Muhammad Ali Blvd and provide a safer afternoon pick up environment. When we find out the verdict on the permanent alley direction, we will let you know.
Elementary students will bring home report cards in their backpacks on the last day of school. Middle and high school students will have all their final grades available by 4:00 PM on May 25th; please check the portal to see those final grades.
Mark Your Calendars for 2017 Orientations, Registrations, and the Meet and Greet!
August 3rd** This is a date change versus the first date that was sent out on Remind.
Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation 9:30 – 11:30*
Elementary Registration 11:30 – 1:30
Kindergarten Camp/Parent Orientation 12:30 – 2:30*
*Sign up Genius will be going out very soon for parents to choose orientation times.
6th Grade Student/Parent Orientation 9:30 – 11:30
Middle School Registration 11:30 – 1:30
7th/8th Grade Student/Parent Orientation 1:30 – 3:30
New Elementary Student/Parent Orientation 9:30 – 11:30
Elementary Registration 11:30 – 1:30
3rd Grade Student/Parent Orientation 1:30 – 3:30
High School Registration 11:30 – 1:30
Freshman/New HS Student Orientation 1:00 – 5:00
Freshman/New HS Parent Orientation 3:30 – 5:00
Registration for any level 5:00 – 7:00
Meet and Greet 1:30 – 3:00
Million Dollar Scholar
Congratulations to Matthew Sato who earned over one million dollars in scholarships!
Costa Rica 2018
If you are interested in your 8th grade through high school student attending a field trip to Costa Rica in June of 2018, send an email to Kathleen.email@example.com for more information. Registration has been extended to May 24th.
High School Girls Soccer Interest Meeting – Monday, May 22nd at 3:00 in room 321
The SBDM Council will be meeting today at 4:30 PM 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.
Did you know that you can view all our SBDM policies online? Visit www.mybrownschool.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. There are links for all our current policies. New policies and revisions are updated on the website within 24 hours following a meeting.
SBDM Parent Elections
Elections for the 2017-2018 Brown School SBDM (School-Based Decision Making) Parent Representative will be held the last week of school in the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, May 23 and the afternoon of Wednesday, May 24.
The SBDM council meets at least once a month to develop policy, reform goals, and select school resources. The council consists of the principal(s), parents and teachers. There will be two parent positions open for the 2017-2018 school year.
To be eligible for the position you must be a legal parent or guardian of a child attending Brown in the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions regarding eligibility, questions regarding the position or would like to run for or nominate someone for one of the positions on the council please email Dana Zausch, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Homework and Supply Lists
Links to summer homework and supply lists will be posted close to the last day of school on the school’s website.
K-2 Teacher Requests
According to SBDM policy:
“Requests for K-2 classroom teachers must be made in writing or emailed to the principal during the month of May. Requests should include specific academic or behavioral rationale. The school administration will determine placement based on their discretion.”
You may email requests to email@example.com. Requests received before May 1st or after May 31st will not be considered.
If you have questions, please see Angela or Shawn.
End of Year Ceremonies
High School Commencement Ceremony – May 25th at noon
Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 24th at 8:30 AM
Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony – May 23rd at 9:00 AM
Mayra’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 1:00 PM
Maria’s Fireflies Celebration – May 23rd at 12:10 PM
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.