Upcoming PTA Sponsored Events and Important Dates
March 24 - Kindergarten Round Up
March 28 - 29 - STAAR testing - no volunteers or visitors in building please
March 30 - Rhythm Path - Day of Drumming Program for ALL grades
April 7 - Cultural Diversity Event Volunteers NEEDED
Brinker Marathoners Club T-shirts are Here - details below
Chess Enrichment Sign Up Now - Session III (details below)
Order Clearance Spirit Wear NOW (details below)
Volunteers Needed - Workroom, Library and VIP Tutors - details below
If you want to Volunteer or access Order Forms, please click HERE.
DAY OF DRUMMING PROGRAM
Brinker PTA is excited to bring Rhythm Path’s “Day of Drumming” program to our school on Thursday, March 30. This program allows students the opportunity to play authentic West African djembe drums while learning traditional rhythms and songs. The students will work as a team to accomplish the goal of making BIG rhythm together!
CULTURAL DIVERSITY DAY
We love that our Brinker Community is filled with so many diverse cultures. On Friday, April 7th, the PTA is hosting Brinker's Cultural Diversity Day. We need LOTS of help for this event to be an enriching experience for all students! Please help us share your culture with our Brinker students.
During Specials, students will rotate around 5 or 6 stations and learn about various cultures. At each of these stations, students will get to participate in FUN activities like making origami, learning dance, calligraphy, etc. No experience is needed! All cultural information, directions, and supplies will be provided at the event. We simply need your help!
If you would like to volunteer, please click HERE or log in to brinkerpta.org to find the form under Orders/Volunteering tab and complete the Cultural Diversity Day Volunteer Form with you selected shift and country you prefer to represent (drop down after you select your time). All volunteers must have security clearance and MUST volunteer for the entire shift even if you do not have a child in both grades - please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the shift time below. The two shifts available are:
- 7:50 am - 11:25 am (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades)
- 12:50 pm - 2:35 pm (Kindergarten and 1st Grade)
If you have any questions about this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRINKER MARATHONERS CLUB
MILES FOR A HEALTHY ME
*Formally known as Nike Marathon Kids
Brinker Marathon shirts are here! There is still plenty of time for you to earn your miles. Print the marathon tracker, run 26.2, fill in the miles on your sheet and bring it to the coaches! Keep on running!
WHAT IS BRINKER MARATHONERS CLUB?
A running/walking program to encourage children to stay active! Past years, this program has been called Nike Marathon Kids - one of the students FAVORITE programs at Brinker!
WHY ARE THERE CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM NAME?
Past years at Brinker, the Nike Marathon Kids was offered to schools as a free program sponsored by Nike. This year, the Nike Marathon Kids program started charging schools a fee per student which has made their program cost prohibitive. The good news is through the support of Brinker PTA, Brinker PE coaching team is able to create their own running/walking club – Brinker Marathoners - at a much lower cost for Brinker. The Brinker Marathon Club will continue to be completely free for Brinker students.
HAVE YOU MADE CHANGES TO THE RUNNING/WALKING CLUB?
YES! We are excited that with the Brinker Marathoners Club, students are able to earn miles at school AND AT HOME! A Mileage Log will be sent home with your child. Here are some new guidelines for the program:
- Although biking, swimming and team sport are wonderful exercise, this program is dedicated to running/walking in measureable distances. We cannot estimate mileage in games.
- Upon reaching their first marathon miles (26.2), students get a new Brinker Marathoners logo t-shirt and a shoe on the wall in the cafeteria with their name on it.
- Students can earn rewards for up to 3 marathons.
- For every 10 miles run/walked students will earn the jogging foot token to go on their shoes laces along with a PE certificate.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HELP MY STUDENT BE A BRINKER MARATHONER?
- Begin earning miles right away by walking, jogging or running in small increments. Walk the dog, walk to school, take a morning jog on the weekends, take a walk through Arbor Hills Park. Make it fun for your kids!
- Help your child record run/walk miles at home on their Mileage Log form. Parents must sign the Mileage Log form for miles at home to count towards their total miles and to receive awards.
HAVE A QUESTION? NEED ANOTHER MILEAGE LOG FORM?
Contact your PE team by signing up for Bloomz (see info below) Brinker’s new and convenient communication tool with parents so you can stay informed about what’s happening at Brinker! Or email Coach Stanford at email@example.com or Coach Jimison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brinker PE would like you to join your student’s class on Bloomz
Join using a web browser (from your phone or computer)
1. Go to net and click “Join Bloomz”
2. In the text box, enter:
SBCFUA – for K-2nd grade student
2WKBC8 – for 3rd – 5th grade student
3.Create your account
Join using text messaging
1. Text @SBCFUA - for K-2nd grade student
Or @2WKBC8 – for 3rd – 5th grade student
to 1-858-BLOOMZ1 (1-858-256-6691)
Need help with Bloomz app? Go to support.bloomz.net or Email at email@example.com
Click on the links below for important documents related to the event:
Register your student today for the Spring Session III of Chess Club! It runs every Thursday for 8 weeks, March 23 to May 11, from 4:00 - 5:15 pm in the Brinker Library. The cost is $168 per student and all skill and grade levels are welcome.
Click HERE to Register or go to:
https://brinkerpta.membershiptoolkit.com --> Orders/Volunteering --> New Forms --> 2016-2017 Chess Enrichment - Session III
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
SPIRIT WEAR CLEARANCE - PURCHASE NOW
Spirit Wear Clearance Inventory is available to order by clicking HERE or log in to brinkerpta.org and find the order form under the Orders/Volunteering section. Sizes and quantities are limited so don't wait!
Order online anytime and your order will be delivered to your oldest child's classroom.
WORKROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
One of the easy and flexible ways to volunteer at Brinker is in our Teacher Workroom. Every week, our teachers could use extra hands to help behind the scenes, preparing assignments and projects for their classes. Brinker volunteers can help by taking some of these additional tasks off of our teachers. The Teacher Workroom is currently in need of more volunteers to keep up with the requests. We need at least 4-5 volunteers each week to help our teachers with this work.
If you can count to 28, use a paper cutter, tear out pages from a workbook and staple, then the Brinker Workroom needs you! This time will be spent on work assignments and projects for all grade levels, including PACE and Special Education. Some projects can even be done at home. All instructions and supplies are provided. The Brinker Workroom is located inside the library and is available each week, Tuesday through Friday (7:30am-2:45pm). To volunteer, go to the Orders/Volunteering tab on the Toolkit and look for the Teacher Workroom volunteer form. You can choose dates that work with your personal schedules.
This is a great opportunity to see what our children are learning and give a helping hand to our wonderful teachers! The Brinker staff is so appreciative of this extra help! If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We have lots of openings for the fall library volunteer schedule. Volunteer timeslots cover 1-2 classes, and you would be helping to check-in/check-out and shelve books. It’s a great way to see your child at school! A few of our timeslots are completely full, but others have some days with no volunteers at all.
V.I.P. TUTORS NEEDED
Brinker's VIP Program is an awesome, fun way for parents, grandparents or community members to volunteer and help our students directly. You commit half an hour a week to assist a student who needs a little extra support in math and/or reading, as well as boosting the student’s confidence in their academics. If you choose to sign up to volunteer, you will submit your available days and times you can be at Brinker to tutor within the school day. You may select whether you prefer to work with the younger or older grades and whether you prefer to tutor in reading or math.
You do not need to be a teacher or a former teacher to be able to tutor. The students’ teachers will provide you with the assignments and information that needs to be worked on for each tutoring session. If you are the least bit interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIP Training is Wednesday, September 28, at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Please note that with any volunteer position in Plano ISD, a volunteer form and background check must be completed prior to beginning that position. This can be completed by going to www.pisd.edu/volunteer. There is also a short, required training session to insure you are comfortable with what is being asked of you. For those that are available and interested in taking part, I hope to hear from you soon! Tutoring begins in October as soon as we can assign students to volunteers, and runs through the beginning of May.
Hello amazing Brinker Elementary PTA Leaders,Your efforts have led to some amazing milestones and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you!First, your PTA is one of 452 that earned the Head Start Award. Congratulations! By recruiting 75% of last year’s total membership, you are well on your way to having one voice for every child on your campus -- and the school year has just begun!The other milestone that you made possible is unprecedented -- Texas PTA membership growth in August. This is especially significant since we are in the midst of a legislative year and every member counts when we advocate to make every child’s potential a reality at the Capitol. School funding will once again be in jeopardy and we want to send a powerful message to Legislators.The Early Bird and many other membership awards are well within your reach. The next award deadline is September 30. PTAs must submit membership rosters and dues for at least 100% of the previous year’s total membership. I am confident that you won't stop until you have one member to represent every child on your campus. Visit http://www.txpta.org/my-pta/awards/ to learn about each opportunity and their deadlines.Your Head Start award emblem is a badge of honor we encourage you to showcase loud and proud! Share it in your PTA emails, on your social media channels and your PTA’s website. Notify your school district of the distinguished honor and keep in contact with them throughout the year.Wishing you continued success,Lisa HolbrookTexas PTA President
Estimados líderes de Brinker Elementary PTA,Sus esfuerzos obtuvieron resultados que superaron los requisitos para el Premio Head Start.En primer lugar, su PTA es uno de los 452 que ganaron el Premio Head Start. ¡Felicidades! Al reclutar 75% de membresía total del año pasado, usted está en camino de tener una voz para cada niño en su escuela y el año escolar acaba de comenzar.El otro resultado que usted ha hecho posible es un crecimiento de miembros de Texas PTA para el mes de agosto. Esta medida es particularmente importante ya que estamos en medio de un año legislativo y cada miembro cuenta cuando estamos abogando por hacer el potencial una realidad de todos los niños en el Capital. La financiación escolar estará de nuevo en peligro y queremos enviar un mensaje poderoso a todos los legisladores de Texas.La próxima fecha límite de premio es el 30 de septiembre, cada PTA debe presentar su lista de membrecía y cuotas para el 100% o más de membresía total del año anterior. Estoy seguro que no dejará hasta obtener un representante de cada niño en su escuela. Visita http://www.txpta.org/my-pta/awards/ para aprender acerca de cada oportunidad de premios para su PTA.Su emblema de premio Head Start es una medalla de honor. ¡Le animamos que demuestre su trabajo fuerte y orgulloso! Compártalo en su correo electrónico de PTA, en sus canales de comunicación sociales y la página web de su PTA. Informe a su distrito escolar del premio que ha recibido. Recuerde de mantener contacto con su distrito escolar durante todo el año.Les deseo un año exitoso,Lisa HolbrookPresidente de Texas PTA
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