Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Adventure Begins

It's official - The 2014-2015 school year has begun!

Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2026 to our Brassfield family. Wow, 2026!

As I wrote last year at this time, someday is today at Brassfield. Our students are critical thinkers, digital engineers, dreamers, entrepreneurs, and gamers whose learning needs continue to shape and reshape best instructional practices and the process of learning and teaching at our school.  

In your child’s classroom, direct, explicit instruction will balance tacit learning opportunities in which your child will experiment, investigate, and problem solve. Our goal is to cultivate and develop learners who are eager to acquire new knowledge, who are equipped with a solid academic foundation, and who are prepared to embark on innovative learning endeavors in a world characterized by constant change.

Community involvement is an invaluable resource at our wonderful school, and we excitedly welcome volunteers to support our classrooms as much as possible. 

New Volunteers for 2014-2015
Any new volunteer applicants for the 2014-2015 school year must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.  Applicants may register at any WCPSS site through the intranet.  Access to the volunteer system:  WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration. At Brassfield, please sign-in at the main office, prior to visiting our Learning Commons to complete your application. 

The volunteer system will be open daily for registration from July 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014.  

From November 3, 2014 through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only. However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays:  December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015. 

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers
All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013-2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet.  Access to the volunteer system:  WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration.

Have you subscribed to the 'Brassfield Parent Email Distribution List' yet?  
If not, please do so by visiting the 'Parents' tab on the Brassfield website. From there, please choose 'Subscribe to Brassfield Parents Email List.'

To subscribe to the Brassfield Parents email list, send an email to brassfieldparents-request@mailman.wcpss.net:
  • Leave the subject line blank.
  • Type subscribe in the body of the message.
  • You will receive a confirmation email asking you to reply in order to confirm your subscription request.
  • Click the reply button and send the email.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures for 2014-2015

Arrival
Our instructional day begins promptly at 9:15 a.m. In order to ensure that all students are appropriately supervised by faculty and staff on duty, students may arrive to school no earlier than 8:45 a.m. Please utilize our carpool in the front parking lot.  The back parking lot is reserved only for contract vehicles and/or families who have obtained prior administrative approval.  

The Brassfield Safety Patrol & our BTV Crew may arrive no sooner than 8:30 a.m.  Students must enter the building at our main entrance.  

Dismissal
The school day concludes at 3:45 p.m., at which time students are released to their designated transportation zones; Busers - Multi-Purpose Room, Carpoolers - Learning Commons, and Walkers and YMCA - Cafeteria. 

Busers
Bus dismissal times are posted on Twitter, @BrassfieldBuses, and may also be found our website. As a friendly reminder, the WCPSS requires all kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students to have an adult present at the bus stop in order for drop-off to occur. Children without an adult waiting at the bus stop will be returned to school. 

Walkers
Families who reside within 3 miles of Brassfield Road Elementary, and who choose to walk or bike to school, are eligible to register as ‘Walkers.’ All vehicles will be required to utilize our carpool.  

Early Student Check-Out
In order to protect your child's instructional time at school, any parent and/or guardian who is checking out a student prior to Brassfield's regularly scheduled 3:45 p.m. dismissal time, must do so by 3:15 p.m.  After 3:15 p.m., parents or guardians will be required to utilize our carpool. Please consider this policy when scheduling appointments for your child after school. Similarly, on WCPSS Early Release Days, after 12:45 p.m., parents or guardians will be required to utilize our carpool.

Parents and guardians who are already on campus to volunteer in their child’s classroom and/or to attend a classroom event may check out their child directly from his/her classroom. If a parent has multiple children at our school, sibling names may be provided to our main office staff prior to 3:15 p.m. At the 3:45 p.m. dismissal bell, siblings will be released to their parent’s designated volunteer location.  

Carpool Rules

  • Only utilize the designated carpool in our front parking lot.
  • Carpool tags must be hung in the rearview mirror.
  • No handheld cell phone use, please.
  • Fill both lanes and merge, beginning at the 2nd grade mobile unit.
  • Pull forward to the first available cone for loading and unloading children.
  • Only load and unload children in the designated loading zone.
  • Only load and unload children on the passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Turn right out of the Brassfield parking lot.

We invite parents and guardians to join us at Open House to learn more about all of the exciting and meaningful learning opportunities that Brassfield has to offer your family during the 2014-2015 school year. We realize that this is an extremely busy time for our families, so this year, Open House will truly be an open house. Teachers will be available in their classrooms throughout the entire event. For important classroom information, please be sure to visit your child's classroom website, prior to the Open House.   

Open House Dates
Track 1, Track 2, & Track 3: Thursday, July 10th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Track 4: Thursday, July 31st from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

I'm looking forward to serving your family this school year at Brassfield!

Always Brassfield Proud,

Elizabeth MacWilliams
Principal


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