Monday, September 15, 2014

Important Updates and Reminders

This Friday, September 19th, students on Tracks 2 & 4 will participate in our PTA's 2014-2015 fundraising efforts by participating in Brassfield's second Walk-a-thon of the school year. Our $35,000 annual goal, across all tracks, will directly support the learning and teaching at Brassfield by providing our school community access to necessary digital tools and programming, curricular and professional development, relevant 21st century instructional initiatives, and more. If you are planning to observe or volunteer at this exciting event, please communicate with your child's teacher to ensure that you have received WCPSS volunteer clearance. Only pre-registered, approved volunteers may attend

Attention Bus Riders - WCPSS Transportation
Bus dismissal times are posted on Twitter, @BrassfieldBuses, and may also be found our website. Please check this communication prior to contacting our main office with questions. 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.

Attention Carpoolers

  • 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.
  • Vehicles should enter the carpool by 4:00pm each afternoon.

Early Student Arrival
As a friendly reminder, the cafeteria parking lot is reserved only for families requiring handicap accommodations. No other vehicles are authorized in this area without prior administrative approval. Club participants, the Safety Patrol, and our BTV Crew should access the building through Brassfield's main entrance. 

Questions, Comments, and/or Concerns
Contact Mrs. MacWilliams directly at (919) 870-4088. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is in the Air

Autumn is always an enchanting season at Brassfield Road Elementary.  It is a magical time when sunshiny, crisp school days ignite a contagiously irresistible excitement for learning in all of us.  There is something about the start of football, pumpkin patches, and gradually shortening days that relaxes our students, brightens their smiles, and brings great joy to our classrooms.

This fall, meaningful learning and teaching will remain our focus at Brassfield.  With a little more than two years of the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards under our instructional belts, we are well prepared for continued success in challenging and engaging all students through enrichment, extension, and digging deeper opportunities that are designed to meet every child’s individual learning needs. 

This era of swift and continuous change is transforming our classrooms, our instructional practices, and our educational mindset.  Expected learning outcomes are shifting, and as a result, our methodology, too, has had to change.

A constant at Brassfield continues to be our priority in cultivating a school community where students are empowered and required to think critically, investigate purposefully, and dream big dreams. As teachers and parents, we are charged with challenging our children to stretch beyond what has become academic comfort, to embrace a future characterized by unknowns.  This requires a lot of thinking outside of the box, explaining, and thoroughly reflecting upon what we know, what we want to know, and what we have learned. 

Learning is not a destination and does not conclude with a 1, 2, 3, or 4.  All students have the potential to learn, and will learn at Brassfield. It is not about ‘looking smart.’  Learning is about ‘getting smarter.’

Where imaginations play, learning happens. - Douglas Thomas