Edition 2: Tuesday's the big day, y'all!

A Note from Candace, our PTA President

Dear Brentwood families,

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The new school year is upon us, even though it seems like it was just last week that we wrapped up the last school year! I know I’m looking forward to getting to know my son’s 2nd grade teacher and watching him grow and learn over the course of the next year. I’m also looking forward to serving as president of the Brentwood PTA as we plan another year of fun events and work hard to raise the funds to support teachers and staff to provide the programs that we value and cherish here at our school.

We have three major fundraisers planned for the coming year.

  • The first one, Keep It Simple, begins in September and is exactly what it sounds like: there’s nothing to sell, no fun run to plan for. You just write a donation check (it’s tax deductible, and many parents are able to get matching funds from their employers!) and call it good. Last year, we raised over $18,000 during Keep It Simple, which comprises about a third of our annual budget.

  • Our second fundraiser is the Fall Carnival, which will take place in October and is always a good bet for spooky fun for the whole family.

  • Finally, our Taste of Brentwood parent party, an offsite social event with silent auction and tasting portions from some of the area’s favorite restaurants, will take place in February.

To pull off all of these fun events and important fundraisers, and to strengthen our bonds as a community, we need the support of as many folks from the village as possible. Every one of us has different skills, talents, and resources that our PTA and school need to thrive. This support can take many forms: serving as homeroom parent, volunteering in classrooms, helping to make our major events as successful as possible by giving time and energy. The first step is to simply join the PTA. Then, find ways to get involved and do your part to help ensure that our children have the very best educational experience possible. If you have any questions about how you can best support the Brentwood PTA, please email me at hello@brentwoodpta.com.

I also look forward to seeing fellow parents at the Boo-Hoo/Woo-Hoo breakfast in the library on the Tuesday after dropoff. Come share coffee and breakfast treats with one another, and welcome our new kinder families into the fold. It’s a great way to break the ice at the beginning of the school year! 

Candace Pruett
Brentwood Elementary PTA President


Keep up with all that’s happening at Brentwood


Tips for dropping off

On Tuesday morning, parents are welcome to walk their children to their classroom.

Beginning on Wednesday, let your kiddo wait with their class until their teacher picks them all up to go to the classroom at 7:35am.

  • Pre-K–2nd grade waits in the gym.

  • 3rd–5th grade waits in the café.


More to consider

The beginning of school will be full of things to do. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Get your Bulldog T-Shirts – Tie-dyed class t-shirts are a Brentwood tradition, which is why your student’s supply list includes a white t-shirt. Many students tie-dye a Brentwood Bulldogs tee. Purchase online and we’ll deliver your order directly to your child's class.

  • New this year: Snag a Spirit Yard Sign – Let’s blanket the whole ‘hood with Bulldog pride. Order a school spirit yard sign online, and pick it up at the PTA membership tables during school dropoff. Snag Your Sign


In case you missed it…

Last week’s Bulldog Bark has some information that’s still relevant.

  • Upcoming events like the library reception

  • New faces at Brentwood

  • Changes to the Austin ISD Dress Code

  • Box Tops are going digital

  • …and more!


Community news

  • Kidsnetic Mindfulness Club with Ms. Hollander!
    Ms. Hollander will be hosting this fun, relaxing after school club on Tues & Wed afternoons, starting Sep 3. Sign your child up for one or both days in the 8-week session.
    Learn more and register

Edition 1: Dive in to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome back! And if you’re new here, welcome!

The Bulldog Bark is one of the best ways to stay informed about what’s going on at Brentwood. So please spread the word to other Brentwood families, new or returning.

Tips for easing back into school

Sending your children back to school after summer break can feel overwhelming.

Follow these tips to ease the transition

School Supplies

The deadline to order school supplies has already passed, so it’s time to gather the supplies if you didn’t order. Bring school supplies. unlabeled, to Meet the Teacher Night.

Reminder: Even if you pre-ordered school supplies online, white t-shirts, water bottles, headphones, and pencil pouches aren’t included in school supply kits.

2019-2020 school supply list

Get your Bulldog T-Shirts

Speaking of white t-shirts, tie-dyed class t-shirts are a Brentwood tradition. Many students tie-dye a Brentwood Bulldogs tee. Order by August 14th, 2019 to pick them up at Meet the Teacher night, or purchase them after August 15 and have them delivered directly to your child's class.

Pre-order your Bulldog t-shirts online

Sign up for School Cash Online

New this year, School Cash Online will make it easy for Brentwood Elementary families to pay their child’s Grade Level Enrichment fees, Birthday Book Club donation, and other fees. Processing individual cash and checks takes time away from teachers’ important responsibilities, so by paying online, you’ll be saving teachers time.

Learn more about School Cash Online

Brentwood Library Seeks Volunteers

  • Looking for a way to be involved in your child's school?

  • Have an hour to spare a week?

  • Possess fond library memories from your own days as a student?

  • Love books and want to know what is new and trending in children's literature?

If you answered YES! to one or more of the above questions, then save the date for Brentwood Library's Volunteer Reception, where you’ll find out how you can volunteer in the library. The event takes plan on Friday, August 23rd at 8:00am in the Brentwood Library.

Library Volunteer Reception Details

New Faces at Brentwood

A recent letter from Principal Laroche explained some of the staff changes at Brentwood this year. While several folks have moved on to new roles, we’ll welcome an array of new faces:

  • Ms. Beck (5th grade)

  • Ms. Garcia (Special Education)

  • Ms. Dymkowski (Assistant Principal)

  • Ms. Mckenna (Counselor)

  • Mr. Kline (Teacher Assistant)

  • Ms. McCullugh (Teacher Assistant)

  • Ms. Thompson (Kinder)

  • Ms. Miksch (Kinder)

  • Ms. Settles (1st grade)

  • Ms. Farris (1st grade)

  • Ms. Kang (2nd grade)

  • Ms. Gallegos (4th grade)

  • Ms. Coronado (4th grade)

At the time of Ms Laroche’s letter, Brentwood is still in search of a highly qualified candidate for the special education SCORES teaching position.

Some teachers are changing roles: Ms. Briggs will teach pre-kindergarten, Ms. Berry will join 1st grade, Ms. De La Paz will join 2nd grade, and Ms. Blanchard will join the special education team as a teacher assistant.

New Austin ISD Dress Code

Over the summer, Austin ISD adopted a revised student dress code, the first revision since May 2007. The new dress code will take effect at the start of school.

Learn more about the new dress code

Box Tops are Going Digital

Box Tops for Education has launched new mobile apps that make it easier than ever to earn. Scan your receipts, and the app will automatically identify all eligible products. You’ll earn ten cents each for Brentwood. Tell grandparents, aunts, uncles, and everyone else how easy it is to contribute.

Not only that, but the original Box Tops aren't quite gone yet. Some products will still feature the old-school clippable label for a while. Supporters (that’s you!) can "double dip" by submitting both the digital and physical versions of the Box Top.

Those little Box Tops can make a big difference! Last year, your clipped tops brought in a whopping $1,163.90 for Brentwood.

Download the app for iOS or Android.

New PTA Website

Our ‘lil ole PTA site has gotten a new look. We’ve updated the site to make information easier to find, more up to date, and easier to maintain. Let us know what you think and if you notice anything we can improve.

Check it out in all its glory→

Other Reminders:

  • Brentwood is a Nut Aware campus. If a student has a nut allergy, the parents or teacher may request that other parents voluntarily try to use non-peanut or tree nut snacks and food items in their kids’ lunch and snacks. Brentwood teaches all students to NOT share food. Parents can help by teaching students about their own allergies at home, and letting the school know about any allergies.

  • Required Notifications: The office has asked us to share two required annual memos regarding AHERA Asbestos Management and Integrated Pest Management. Check them out here.

Enjoy the last week of summer, Bulldogs!

Register for School Cash Online

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School Cash Online will make it easy for Brentwood Elementary families to pay their child’s Grade Level Enrichment fees, Birthday Book Club donation, and other fees that may apply to other grade level activities or projects.  Once you sign up, you’ll be able to access your account year-round for any children you have enrolled in Austin I.S.D.

Once your grade level is ready to start accepting funds for the year, families who have enrolled will receive an email prompting them to complete payment for your enrichment fees.

Processing individual cash and checks takes time away from teachers’ important responsibilities, so by paying online, you’ll be saving them time.

Get started in 3 steps

  1. Go to austinisd.schoolcashonline.com.

  1. Follow a few steps to create an account and then add your children to the newly created account. You only have to do this once. This account will be good until your child graduates from an AISD high school!

  2. Review and purchase your child’s back to school items using direct online payment. A 3% Merchant Fee will apply to all online payments.

For more details on the registration process, review this guide.