Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015-2016 Student Assignment

With Abbott's Creek opening next school year, many Brassfield community members are wondering what our school will look like in 2015-2016.

Currently, Brassfield serves 785 students. Fewer than 40 of those students have been reassigned to Abbott's Creek next school year without eligibility for a 'grandfather transfer.' Approximately 100 new students from various schools - Durant, Baileywick, and some others - have been assigned to Brassfield for 2015-2016. However, many of those children are eligible for grandfathering at their current schools, making the number of incoming students from other buildings difficult to predict.

So, what does this mean for Brassfield?

We are projecting that our enrollment for next school year will grow slightly with no significant change to our percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Common Core Math Night

Mrs. PF's Common Core Math Night:

Just What You Have All Been Waiting For! Common Core Information Night with Mrs. PF!

I receive e-mails, messages, and tweets pretty regularly regarding the Common Core math curriculum. Folks feel pretty passionate about it and I really love that! How fortunate are our kids that we are involved in advocating for their education?

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6-7 PM I'll be hosting a Common Core Information Night here at Brassfield. We are pleased to announce that childcare will be provided by A.E. Finley YMCA, so you don't even have to get a babysitter. Make it a date night! (How much more romantic can you get than this? I mean, REALLY). 

I am asking that participants let me know that they are coming so that I can be sure to have seating available and enough space to make you all comfortable. I'll be able to gather this information via a quick and easy survey I'd like you to fill out so that I have a little background on your relationship with mathematics and with the Common Core curriculum. Please take a few moments to visit and log in as a student to room e0f9bb19. Note that the 0 is a ZERO, not the letter "o."

If more than one member of your household plans to come, please have each individual complete the survey. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crazy Hair Spirit Day

Thank you to all of the boys and girls who participated in today's Crazy Hair Spirit Day! #Brassfieldisthebest!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Box Tops

WOW, Bears! We received our mid-year Box Tops payout last week, and all of that clipping is making a tremendous difference at our school. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Brassfield Parents Email Distribution List

Communication is a critical component to our school's success. As a friendly reminder, it is very important that all families subscribe to the Brassfield Parents Email Distribution list

To subscribe to the Brassfield Parents email list, send an email to

  1. Leave the subject line blank.
  2. Type subscribe in the body of the message.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email asking you to reply in order to confirm your subscription request.
  4. Click the reply button and send the email.

Attention Carpoolers...

Thank you for entering the carpool line each day by 4:00pm

A friendly reminder:

In an effort to create a safer and more efficient carpool, effective immediately, we are asking all vehicles entering carpool to do so by way of a right hand turn. Any vehicle attempting to make a left will be directed toward Honeycutt and may join the right turning carpool line. Additionally, as to avoid blocking community traffic, all carpool vehicles waiting in line will be directed to pull onto the shoulder. Hazards are encouraged and may be utilized as an indicator that your vehicle is part of our carpool. 

What's happening this month at Brassfield?

Mark your calendars, Brassfield Bears:

2015-2016 Track Change Request Period
Monday, January 5th – Friday, January 30th

3-5 Spelling Bee
Tuesday, January 13th at 9:30am

Crazy Hair Spirit Day & Spirit Night at Chick-fil-a (Six Forks)
Wednesday, January 14th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School
Monday, January 19th

Kindergarten Registration (Existing Families)
Monday, January 5th – Thursday, January 15th

Kindergarten Registration (New Families)
Thursday, January 15th 10:00am-2:00pm

Brassfield School Expo for New Families
Thursday, January 15th 5:30pm-6:15pm

Math Night
Wednesday, January 28th 6:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Head Lice - General Information

Oh, no! Head lice!?! Don't fret, Brassfield Bears. While head lice can be extremely frustrating to manage, lice is not dangerous, and can definitely be prevented. 

At our school:
If a child appears to be scratching, he/she is referred to the office for a head check. 
If a case is identified in a classroom and communicated to school personnel, a letter is sent home to the parents of students in that class. 
Coats, hats, and mittens are separated as much as possible. 
Individual use of earbuds/headphones is encouraged. 

From the Wake County Public School System:

Head Lice - How You Can Get Lice
  • Lice do not jump or fly
  • People must have their heads close together so the lice can crawl (short distances only) from one head to another
  • Lice may also be spread by sharing combs, hats, scarves, sweaters, coats, brushes and pillows
  • Lice can crawl from clothing or personal items that are stored in one place such as piles of hats or coats at friends’ homes, school or meeting places
  • Lice eggs can live on upholstered chairs, carpet or car seats
Head Lice - What Lice and Their Eggs (“NITS”) Look Like
Lice are:
  • Small insects that are about 1/8” to 1/10” long (about this (-) long)
  • They are grayish white with dark edges
  • They have three legs on each side of their body
  • They run quickly from light, so can be difficult to see
  • On the head, lice can live for 28-30 days
  • Lice need about 5 blood meals a day to live
  • They die within 24-48 hours if they fall off the scalp
Nits are:
  • Lice eggs.  They look like a sesame seed
  • Nits are attached by a glue-like substance to the hair, which makes them very hard to remove.  To tell the difference, remember that dry skin or lint will brush off easily; nits will not come off easily
  • Nits are laid at the end of a hair within ¼” of the scalp.  The nit will move up the hair as the hair grows
  • Nits hatch in 7-10 days
  • Nits that are more than 1/2” from the scalp have hatched and are no longer alive
Head Lice - Who and How to Treat
Information on who and how to treat head lice may be found on the Parent Information Sheet. English (PDF - 69k); Spanish (PDF - 72k)
Who to Treat
  • Check all family members for lice and nits
  • Treat only people who actually have live lice or nits.  The treatment will not prevent people from getting lice
How to Treat
  • Several different medicated shampoos can be purchased at the drugstore.  You may wish to ask your doctor for a product that requires a prescription
  • Read the directions on the shampoo carefully.  Some will need to be put on dry hair.  It is important to use the entire bottle
  • The medicated shampoos kill live lice.  It is not certain that any of them will kill nits
  • A fine toothcomb (metal works best) must be used after the shampoo to help remove the nits
  • Automatically repeat the treatment once in 7 - 10 days
  • Follow the product directions and the advice of your doctor
  • It is very important not to use any treatment more often than suggested
  • Never use home remedies such as kerosene to treat lice

K-2 Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Sawyer Tadd, Brassfield's K-2 Champion! Mr. Shillings and I were soooo impressed with all of this year's participants. We are very proud to work with so many smarties at Brassfield.