If your child(ren) is interested in buying a carnation for a teacher or staff member, please send $1/flower/staff, or you can get 6 for $5, between Tuesday, Feb 13 and Thursday, Feb 15th in the cafeteria before school. Thank you!
We need you Brockman parents! Are you ready to make a difference at Brockman? The PTO Executive Board needs to fill the following positions — VP for Fundraising, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are willing to fill any of these positions (or would like more information about the responsibilities), please email Ashley Lindler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to have these positions filled and ready for election at our next PTO meeting on March 8th. Please consider volunteering your time and efforts.
We’ll be celebrating Staff Appreciation Week during Valentine’s Week! Please click here to sign up to help out with morning duties, flower sales, and food donations for teacher breakfasts. We still need quite a bit of help with morning duties.
Also, if your child(ren) is interested in buying a carnation for a teacher or staff member, please send $1/flower/staff, or you can get 6 for $5, between Tuesday, Feb 13 and Thursday, Feb 15th in the cafeteria before school. Thank you!
The Annual FAB Arts Auction is scheduled for Friday, April 27th, at Rockbridge Swim & Tennis Club, and we need your help! We would like to challenge each family to try to support our arts programs in some way this year. Please spend two minutes thinking about your extended community — where you shop and who you do business with, and whether there is an opportunity for them to support our school. Think big and think outside the box! Questions? Interested in helping? Send a text message to Kirby Speas at 336-407-5000.
After learning about many needs with our 3 playgrounds from faculty and staff, the PTO Board and various members have been busy researching and assessing needs. Since the start of the year, we have visited a beautiful Montessori playground at James Simons Elementary in Charleston, had several discussions with various playground equipment vendors, visited Caughman Road and Carver Line playgrounds which have been recently upgraded by the district, met with our district playground manager, James Montgomery, and most importantly, surveyed teachers and staff for general feedback as well as recess cart needs, followed by discussion at a staff meeting. In order to meet some real immediate needs, we have made updating the recess carts a short-term goal for the year. We hope the new equipment will be in play before the end of February.
The teachers and staff have identified several big needs:
- Primary – Their top wish is to expand the playground to include the neighboring field for more running space; they also want to rebuild and move the location of the raised beds so that we can have greater success of growing vegetation. They also want more shade.
- Lower El – They desire a more natural playspace, removing the existing play structure to add climbing/balance equipment, and keeping the large field space with higher fencing so that balls are not continually lost to the parking lot. They want a storage shed, accessible irrigation and more natural vegetation. They also would like more shade.
- Upper El – This is the most complicated to plan with the infrastructure of the amphitheatre and track. Students desire space for soccer and swings and materials for building forts. They want hammocks and a slack line. They greatly need new recess equipment, as the “blue bars” are dangerous exercise equipment. equipment. It is noted it would be helpful to move basketball hoop back towards the gym wall to better use the space.
At this point, the board is moving forward with developing a vision that can be built in phases with a multi-year fundraising plan. As of yet, we do not have a budget determined. We do know that playground renovation is an expensive and intensive enterprise that will require utilization of many community resources, and plan to keep the Brockman Community informed throughout the process.