Upcoming PTA Sponsored Events and Important Dates
November 18 - Reflections Art Entries DUE
November 21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 28 - Canned Food Drive Begins (details below)
December 1 - Cycle Bar Fundraiser (details below)
December 1 - National Eat a Red Apple Day
December 2 - Lifetime PTA Nominations DUE
Brinker Marathoners Club details and mileage log below
Volunteers Needed - Workroom, Library and VIP Tutors - details below
***Please note Ms. Clifton's Library Time Moved
If you want to Volunteer or access Order Forms, please click HERE.
REFLECTIONS ENTRY DEADLINE
Is your Brinker Bear looking for a fun and rewarding way to express his or her talent? It's not too late to participate in the Reflections program. "Reflections" is a National PTA program designed to engage students in the creative arts. This year's theme is "What is Your Story..." All entries are due to Brinker on November 18 and can be dropped off in the school entry area. For more information and an application for your child's submission, contact us at email@example.com.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Brinker students can help support Plano families by sending 3 cans per student during our canned food drive. Please send only canned goods with your child during the week of Nov 28-Dec 2.
On Friday, December 2 (1-3 pm), we need 10-15 volunteers with trucks, SUVs, vans, or flatbeds to help load, deliver and unload the collected cans. For questions, please contact Natalie Lueders at firstname.lastname@example.org
CYCLE BAR FUNDRAISER
Looking for a fun and healthy way to burn off your Thanksgiving meal? Our new community partner, Cycle Bar, in Lakeside Shopping Center, has scheduled a cycle class fundraiser for “Brinker Adults” on December 1 at 7:30 pm. Get pumped for this awesome fundraiser which consists of a 50 minute indoor cycle class followed by some social time and snacks at CycleBar. Our Plano Cycle Bar has 47 bikes, so reserve your bike quickly! Cost is $25 to ride and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Brinker PTA.
NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY
Last year, Brinker Bears loved celebrating National Eat a Red Apple Day so PTA is bringing it back again this year! On Thursday, Dec. 1, as students arrive at school, there will be fresh red apples available on tables by the gym doors. Students are welcome to take one red apple when they arrive at school, if they wish.
National Eat a Red Apple Day is a simple way to help Brinker students learn healthy habits. This unique and fun national ‘holiday’ creates healthy opportunities and events for students and staff at Brinker. The PTA is excited to support the school and its programs in making Brinker a healthy place for students and help create messages about making healthy choices.
LIFETIME PTA NOMINATIONS DUE
At Brinker, we are very fortunate to have the tremendous support of volunteers and an extremely dedicated staff. There are many deserving individuals serving and helping our students. One of the ways we recognize individuals for their dedication to children and the community is through Texas PTA Life Membership. It is one of the highest honors presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth.
If you would like to nominate someone to receive this honor, please fill click HERE to fill out the Texas PTA Life Membership Nomination Form and return it to the PTA mailbox (located across from the school office) in a sealed envelope to the attention of Alice Chao by December 2nd. Forms may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Announcing a new running/walking program….
Brinker Marathoners Club!
MILES FOR A HEALTHY ME
*Formally known as Nike Marathon Kids
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach Jimison at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the links below for important documents related to the event:
For more information, contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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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