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PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD S T A R S O F T O D A Y A N D T O M O R R O W
From the Desk of Mrs. Bell
Corresponding Secretary: Once the calendar turns to November granted the dedicated teachers
Jennifer Harris I begin my yearly panic. Have I in- and staff who work every day to
Treasurer: cluded everyone in the Thanksgiving make sure every child is learning.
meal? Have I started shopping for Never do I take for granted the
Jessica Walter gifts? What about decorating? Will I wonderful students who work hard
Advisor: find time to get everything done be- to be successful. Never do I take
Kay Norton fore guests start arriving? I think we for granted the families who en-
all get caught up in the rush of No- trust us with their children and
vember and December. I have support us along the way. I hope
started a new way of thinking this you will take the time to count
year. Breathe! Slow down for just a your blessings as well.
moment and enjoy family and
From the Editor: friends. I doubt very seriously that To the families who have loved
anyone will notice if I polished the ones serving in the armed forces, I
If you have an interesting
silver. I don’t think they will count applaud you. We value your sacri-
feature story idea, or know
the gifts to make sure everyone has fice and encourage you to enjoy
of something interesting
happening with a Braelinn
the same number. (Although I think the season as well.
student, teacher, parent, my children still do this!) I have
or staff member, we would made a resolution to slow down and Remember to keeping reading with
love to follow up and write enjoy the season. and to your children. Try to
about it for everyone to squeeze in a few math facts here
read! I like to count my blessings and re- and there.
flect upon Thanksgiving as well. I
We would love to publish consider Braelinn students, families, Mrs. Bell
and staff to be among my many
blessings. It just doesn’t get any
Comments regarding the
better than this. Never do I take for
newsletter are welcome.
Please send items to:
gmail.com. The next dead-
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From the President
I love this time of year...the ing and after school, volunteers
weather has been beautiful (at least popping up everywhere, com-
if we don't have rain, it's been mittee chairs who take things
pretty!!), I can finally wear my fa- and run with them, faculty and
vorite sweater, and the holidays are staff that welcome new ideas,
around the corner. Hopefully, you an executive board that answers
can take some time from your busy my numerous questions and
schedule to enjoy it (not my emails, my friends that put up
sweater, but the time of year!!) with me and my family who
knows I love to be busy with
I would like to thank Braelinn fami- anything but housework and
lies for all their support. It's been cooking!! Ya'll are THE best!!
an incredible first few months of
school. There has Happy Thanksgiving!
been incredible support and encour- Rebecca
agement of Braelinn activities dur-
SPOT YOUR SPIRIT
The following license plate was spotted at Riley Field! 357 WTF
If you drive a Blue Honda Van with this license plate, email
email@example.com for your child(ren) to receive free ice-cream!
(The Childers family was "spotted" in September…)
Star Tree Update Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Tis the season! It's time to get ready for October 22nd was Bus Driver Appreciation Day
our annual Star Tree Program. This year, here at Braelinn. The Braelinn PTO recog-
we are working with FACTOR (Fayette nized each of our bus drivers with gifts of ap-
Alliance Coordinating Teamwork Out- preciation for all they do for our children and
reach Resources) to help families in need for our school. We salute our bus drivers -
for the holidays. We are “adopting” 40 Bobby Bates, Vicki Clute, Judy Killpack, Jessie
children, ages newborn to 12 years old, Price, and Wayne Robinson. Thank you!!
to make their Christmas wishes come The 4th grade class hosted the October Staff
true. I will fill out Stars with the child’s Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, October
age, any requests they may have and an 24th. “SPOOK”tacular finger foods were
ID number. These Stars will be hung on served to the staff. They ate eyeball meat-
the tree in our lobby and each classroom balls, pumpkin swamp mush, and many other
may adopt as many Stars as they would spooky, scary foods! Thank you to our 4th
like. If you would like to adopt a Star, grade families for all the creative, savory, and
please make sure and record your name very delicious food. Also, thanks to our 4th
next to your Star Childs' number on the grade room parents – Gay Rogers, Kay Nor-
form next to the tree. The presents are ton, Beatriz Hardy, Shanna Hester, Beth
due back to school on December 12th, Hubeli, Bridget Adams. Great job!
wrapped and placed in a plastic bag with May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with
the ID number on the outside. Thank you joyous blessings!
for your help and giving!! Jamie
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Boundary Committee update from Kay Norton
On Monday, Nov. 12 , the Community Redistricting Committee presented two plans to the school board. As a re-
sult of the meeting, the date for the public forum has changed. It will be held on Monday, Dec. 3; time
and place to be determined. This will be the time where the community can express any concerns or thought re-
garding the plans. People who wish to speak may sign up beginning at 6 p.m. and will be limited to three minutes.
The Superintendent suggests neighborhoods organize to present their points from one speaker, or if there are dif-
fering opinions in a neighborhood, one speaker per view point. The school board will accept packets with more
detailed points of view to be considered.
Additionally, the school board representatives will meet with the Committee on Nov. 26 for a workshop and ques-
tion and answer so that members of the board are more familiar with the options presented. The public is permit-
ted to attend, and may find the information discussed helpful, but will not be allowed to comment.
None of this is set until the school board votes. They may accept one of the options or neither option...or maybe
a combo of both. They plan to vote at the Dec. 17 board meeting so that planning can be underway beginning in
We hope to have the actual maps in each elementary school by the end of the week.
Let me tell you all up front, this was a lot more difficult than I expected it to be. We had our first meeting in May
and then began meeting regularly in August...each week. I figure each representative has put in at least 60
hours into this process. At the end of our last meeting we were all tired, emotionally drained and ready to put
this to bed. Both plans were voted on democratically but neither of them received unanimous approval.
I will briefly outline the two options that have been presented. as they will affect Braelinn:
Option A: Closes East Fayette Elementary School (this will save the county a significant amount of money).
• The following neighborhoods will go to Peeples (those off of Redwine Rd and Holly Grove Rd): The Preserve,
Foreston Place, Rubicon, Bedford Park, Kenton Place.
• Highgrove will then come to Braelinn from Peeples. (fyi: Whitewater will go to Sara Harp Minter)
• This will put Braelinn at 94 percent capacity next year and 102% capacity in 2011.
Option B: Keeps East Fayette Open.
• Braelinn will lose the following two neighborhoods (the two off of Red Wine Road): The Preserve & Foreston
• Balmoral Village students will come to us from Oak Grove. (fyi: Highgrove and Whitewater will then go to
Sara Harp Minter).
• This will have Braelinn at approximately 76% next year and 80% in 2011.
There is information on the PTO Table about the process. If you should have any specific questions please email
me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
for newsletter. Email
More PTO news on Braelinnnews-
pages 6, 7 & 8 email@example.com
Grade Level News
Kindergarten is going into a busy
November. We will learn about the
first Thanksgiving. Why we celebrate
and how it is different today com-
pared to how the Pilgrims celebrated
will be the focus of our discus-
sions. We will talk about the Pilgrim
children and how their lives were dif-
ferent from the children of to- We hope you all have a wonderful Thanks-
day. The students will also discover giving.
the difference between our "needs"
and our "wants". Third grade is excited to be learning their
It's exciting to watch the kindergar- multiplication facts. Daily practice at home
ten children learn to read! They are is very beneficial. Be on the look out for
doing an awesome job!!!!! upcoming field trip information. We will be
going to Shenandoah in Newnan on Decem-
All first grade classes will be cele- ber 12th to learn more about rocks, min-
brating Thanksgiving with special ac- eral , soil, and fossils. Be sure to practice
tivities. Mrs. Buffington's class will for the upcoming poetry recitation con-
feast with their parents. Mrs. Holley's test. Good luck to all!
class will feast with their 5th grade
buddy class. Ms. Harris' class will be Fourth Graders honored Veterans through
bringing ingredients for a Pot Luck different writing assignments and heard
Stew. Mrs. Lucsko's class will have a wonderful guest speakers at the Veterans'
little Thanksgiving presentation for Day Program. Students discussed the im-
parents. We are all very thankful! portance of drug awareness during Red Rib-
bon Week. We will celebrate Thanksgiving
2nd graders are looking forward to with the Holiday lunch and discover new
some fun November activities! They books in the Book Fair. We look forward to
will rotate through the second grade the Poetry Recitation and Geography Bee in
classes as they learn about the Native December. Happy Thanksgiving!
Americans of the Eastern Woodlands.
They will also enjoy some Native Fifth graders are getting ready for the Po-
American games, "Trading Day" and etry Recitation Contest to be held in De-
a FEAST! cember. Parents please help your child
practice reciting their published poem! We
The students are also hard at work are fast approaching the half way mark in
learning to add and subtract two and our year! Remind your child to study con-
three digit numbers with regroup- sistently, work at being organized, and turn
ing. It is essential that the students in assignments on time. We love working
know their math facts to be success- with your children, and we have high ex-
ful in this. Please be sure your child pectations for them. Our group of fifth
spends a few minutes each night graders Shining Stars!
memorizing these facts.
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Braelinn Earns State ‘Gold Award’
Braelinn Elementary was awarded the Gold Award by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement last
month. We were one of only 27 elementary schools in Georgia to earn this honor.
Braelinn met three criteria to earn the award:
• We made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years
• At least 30% of students exceeded standards in all test areas of CRCT tests
• At least 97% of students met or exceeded CRCT standards
Several other Fayette County schools earned awards of distinction. Rising Starr earned a Silver Award;
Starr’s Mill earned Bronze.
Congratulations students, staff and parents for the hard work that has brought about this award!
Concert and again in May at the
Club Corner: CHORUS Spring Concert. The concert in De-
cember will feature a Christmas
theme including speaking parts. The
Spring concert is unique in that it
will combine performances by the
chorus, band, and strings.
Mrs. Meyers has enjoyed working
Chorus with the students and says one of
her favorite things about the chorus
Photo is “getting to work with kids who
want to sing and enjoy it”. She also
Removed mentioned something the kids love
about chorus, and that is the end of
the year party. Students look for-
ward all year to this party where
everyone brings treats to share,
they watch a movie, and have fun as
The Braelinn Chorus performs at the Veteran’s Day Program a group.
Chorus is a wonderful opportunity
for students to acquire a greater ap-
Chorus is our highlighted club of the month. Auditions are held at preciation for music, gain greater
the beginning of the year for students in the fourth and fifth grade. self-confidence from performing in
This year 39 students make up the chorus. Mrs. Amy Meyer, the front of a group, get the opportunity
music teacher at Braelinn, has been directing the chorus for seven to make new friends, and have fun.
years now. Any children who moved to Braelinn
Chorus students meet once a week throughout the school year to
after the August audition that took
practice songs that will be performed at several different concerts.
place can set up a special audition
The chorus just finished a performance at the Veteran’s Day pro-
gram where they sang patriotic songs. They looked great in their with Mrs. Meyer if they would like to
uniforms of blue skirts/pants and white shirts, and their songs were join chorus. You can contact her at
inspiring. The chorus will also perform in December at the Holiday firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Vegetable Garden Struggling During
Parents Melissa Meyhoefer and Jacinda
Thomsen planted lettuce and radish
seeds with first grade classes on Sep-
tember 15. The radishes have sprouted,
but the lettuce plants have not come
up. We reseeded new lettuce on
10/18/07. Due to the drought Georgia is
facing our radish leaves are half yel-
low. The garden should receive 1 inch of
water per week and has been dry now
for 3 weeks. Our parents have collected
wa- ter from rain and during their
showers to water the garden. We all
hope to see some harvest soon despite
the drought. Planting the vegetable garden with a first
Conscientious parents and staff of Braelinn have inquired if the courtyard is being watered with school
water. Melissa Meyhoefer of the courtyard committee reports that no water is taken from the taps to wa-
ter. Mr. Z placed two blue plastic baby pools in the courtyard to collect water (they can be seen from the
cafeteria) and she is even collecting shower water that people are bringing it in from home (she is happy
to have yours, too). She monitors watering by having volunteers log their watering time and amounts.
Additionally, a new rain barrel is now installed to collect water (see feature article on next page).
Now all we need is the rain…
to your child’s teacher. Please mark
The Landscape Committee would like to the envelope ATTN: Julie Oldenburg.
maximize our Pike’s receipts nest egg Include your name and the
during the holiday season by offering a teacher’s name. The winner will be
raffle for a $25.00 Pike’s gift certificate announced at the first PTO meeting of
to a lucky Braelinn family. To partici- the New Year. So, get over to Pike’s
pate, all you have to do is turn in your and get inspired by their beautiful se-
original Pike’s receipt of $50.00 or more lection of trees and holiday greenery—
maybe you’ll be the winner!
Photo of Children
Spreading Pine Straw At least 10 parents and their children showed up on a
Removed Friday evening in September for what we called a
“Pine Straw Social”. Parents and their Braelinn stu-
dents carried and distributed 50 bales of pine straw to
protect the plants for the winter.
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Rain Barrel Ready for the Rain
If and when the clouds bring be allowed to decorate and
rain, Braelinn Elementary will paint the barrel if they like.
be ready and waiting to catch Additional barrels may be a
some of it using a new rain future Eagle Scout project.
barrel in the courtyard. Mark
Roddy, a Braelinn parent and “One good storm can yield a
owner of Roddy’s Professional 50-gallon barrel [of water]
Floor and Wallcovering, an- easily,” said Mr. Roddy. “It’s a
swered Mrs. Bell’s request for way to water the plants in the
The rain barrel
a rain barrel by building one courtyard and keep them
using a recycled 55-gallon alive.” He has two rain barrels see plans and tips at
drum. The bright blue barrel is of his own at home, which he www.conservewatergeorgia.net
attached to a downspout in built using instructions from /Documents/creative.html. Mr.
the courtyard (near the cafe- the Georgia Master Gardener
Roddy will also advise anyone
teria door) and fitted with a program.
spigot at the bottom so a hose who needs help; he can be
can be used to water the Anyone wanting to build their reached at (678) 817-1727 or
plants. Braelinn students will own rain barrel at home can at email@example.com.
Plan to Attend Christmas Shopping Events
SECRET SANTA SHOPPE—
December 4th ,5th, & 6th and desserts made by the faculty and staff . The
Students will be able to shop in our Santa desserts will sell for $10 each; many will be able
Shoppe December 4-5-6, All gifts will be to be frozen and used for the holidays.
priced from $1-$7. Each class will have an
assigned time to shop. Your child’s teacher Vendors will be in the gym from 9-12 on Satur-
or room parent will be asking for volunteers day. If you would like to set up a table or know
to help with shopping and wrapping. someone. Deadline who would like to, please send
back the form sent home from school for vendor
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL— sign up is November 19th.
Saturday December 8th from 9-12
Breakfast with Moodles in the Cafe. Enjoy a Pictures with Santa. This will be in the
Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit and juice; break- gym….you can sign up your child(ren) and then
fast is pre-order only. The PTO will also be do some shopping in the gym. You will be called
selling donuts and juice. a few minutes before your picture.
Braelinn’s Relay for Life Team will be sell- Santa Shoppe – The Santa Shop will be open
ing hot chocolate and coffee in the café. during the festival.
They will also be selling whole pies, cakes
Volunteers are needed. Please fill out the
volunteer form and send it back to school.
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Braelinn Elementary School Calendar
• Thanksgiving Break—Nov. 21—23
• Progress Reports Home—Nov. 15
• Newcomer’s Coffee—Nov. 15, 9 a.m., cafeteria
• School Boundary Redistricting Public Forum—Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Whitewater High School.
• Holiday Festival—Dec. 8, 9-12 noon.
• Spelling Bee—Dec. 10
• Holiday Lunch—1st & 2nd grades, Dec. 13.
• Fayette County Board of Education meeting—Dec. 17
• PTO Meeting—?
• Spirit Nights: Mellow Mushroom, Dec. 3; Mike & C’s, Dec. 11.
• Semester Break—Dec. 21-Jan. 2.
• Happy Birthday! - Mary Beth Jones, Dec. 2; Lauren Toering, Dec. 4; Donna Buffington &
Susan Lucsko, Dec. 9; Connie Knowles, Dec. 12; Carol Burkett, Dec. 27; Billie Anderson,
Dec. 30; Dianne Richart, Dec. 31.
Gym Braelinn Families: we are so close to our
gym floor. Thank you for your donations
KEEP YOUR NOMINATIONS COMING FOR
MOST SPIRITED FACULTY/STAFF MEMBER!
this week. In just 1 week, you sent in over
$1,660. Just $1.689 left!! Congratulations to the winners:
Floor If you have your own business, this is a September - Mr. Scott Moore
great tax deduction. Perfect time of year!! October - Mrs. Ashley Mitchell
Update Any questions, please email November-It's up to you!! Send your nominations to
The winning teacher/staff member will receive a spirit
item, a local restaurant certificate and all year recogni-
tion on the front office bulletin board!
To those of you who recycle Christmas
trees when Kiwanis is giving away
saplings and who don’t want the trees
for your own yard, please contact Julie
Oldenburg, Landscape WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR?
Mrs. Hanes—Hannah, K
(firstname.lastname@example.org) My mommy– Peach, K
She will take the trees My house—Barrett, 1st
and plant them around My family, school and teacher—Gabby, 2nd
the school. My family, my friends and sports—Coury, 2nd
My family—Carly, 2nd
My friends, my family and my cat, Georgia—Emery, 3rd
My family and football—Hunter, 4th
My family and my friends. I consider my pets part of my
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