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ONE more week until the FUNd Run!

Our students, teachers and staff are EXCITED about the FUNd Run – check out our official FUNd Run video and see why!

The FUNd Run is next Friday, November 9th! Continue collecting those pledges – ask your friends, families and neighbors to support Brockman for our only fundraiser of the year to raise money for new playground equipment! Pledges can be collected via cash or check (checks can be written to Brockman PTO with the student’s name in the memo line) or via PaypalSimply click here and go to Donate.

Next Friday, on the day of the FUNd Run, your child will receive a FUNd Run t-shirt to wear for the run. Students are also asked to bring a water bottle from home.

Parents are also cordially invited to join the fun next Friday! Parents are permitted to bypass the main office and join the fun directly on the upper field. FUNd Run shirts for spectators will be also available for sale for $5 on the upper field with proceeds going back to the school. Remember to bring your own chair if you plan to stay and watch!

The UPDATED schedule is as follows:

Primary Classes: 8:30
Lower El Classes: 9:10
Upper El Classes: 9:50

We hope to see you there!

Spirt Wear Table

As your child outgrows his or her shirts and sweatshirts, please consider trading them in. You can even bring it to the FUNd Run.

A ‘shopping’ table will be available on Friday November 9th at the FUNd Run. Trade in your old Brockman gear and maybe even ‘shop for free’ for something new to you! (one pre-owned item per student)

Important Dates to Remember:

Saturday, November 3rd:  Free adult Barre class for parents, teachers and staff at MUV Fitness from 8-9am, taught by Meredith Duncan, one of our Brockman Bear parents. Arrive a few minutes early to sign a waiver required by MUV. Child care is available for $5. Sign up here! (registration is encouraged, but not required)

Monday, November 5th: Smoothie Day. Can you help bring some of the needed ingredients for Smoothie Day? Click here to sign up.

Friday, November 9th: The Big Day — The FUNd Run!

Volunteer and Have Fun With Us!

Want to volunteer to help with the FUNd Run or some of the excting in school events that are happening this month leading up to the event? Sign up here!

Time To Get Those Pledges!

Be sure to encourage your child to get their pledges. Remember, they can email family and friends who don’t live nearby. 

Remember, this is the ONLY fundraiser for the PTO this year. We hope you will participate all month long with your child at home by incorporating some of our healthy living pointers and by helping them ask for pledges.

Let’s Get Moving

We are having a Healthy Habits challenge for teachers! If teachers complete the challenge they can turn in their completed form into the PTO mailbox by Monday, November 5th. Completed forms will be entered into a drawing for a new FItBit on the day of the FUNd Run!

Healthy Tidbit

Choose lean meats such as chicken breast, lean ham or roast beef, instead of salami or bacon. Consider alternate forms of protein such as tofu, cheese, milk, nuts and beans. Try new foods as a family; when everyone is trying something new together, your child will be more able to evaluate it for taste and texture if you guide him or her. Be positive as you comment about the new food from your own perspective as a new taster. Learn from what your child likes about the food. Maybe your child enjoys spicier fare than you previously thought, or likes the crunchy texture of raw squash better than the soft texture when it’s boiled.

Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, November 2nd: Hoola Hoop Day

Saturday, November 3rd:  Free adult Barre class for parents, teachers and staff at MUV Fitness from 8-9am, taught by Meredith Duncan, one of our Brockman Bear parents. Arrive a few minutes early to sign a waiver required by MUV. Child care is available for $5. Sign up here! (registration is encouraged, but not required)

Monday, November 5th: Smoothie Day. Can you help bring some of the needed ingredients for Smoothie Day? Click here to sign up.

Friday, November 9th: The Big Day — The FUNd Run!

Volunteer and Have Fun With Us!

Want to volunteer to help with the FUNd Run or some of the excting in school events that are happening this month leading up to the event? Sign up here!

Brockman FUNd Run 2018 – Dream Big. Let’s Play!

Brockman students and teachers learned there are lots of ways to exercise this week during Yoga Day on 10/23. Students practiced yoga with teachers from Yoga Masala and our own Mrs. Wentzky, and learned poses such as the “Mountain Pose,” and “Sleeping Tiger.” Yoga increases energy and improves focus, concentration and mood. It also builds strength, balance and flexibility. Yoga can be enjoyed by people of all ages – it’s a great activity to practice at home as a family!

Next weeks FUNd Run events continue our focus on moving our bodies to stay strong and healthy:

  • Parents are invited to a special free Barre Class at MUV Fitness on 11/3 from 8-9am, taught by one of our Brockman Bear parents. Childcare is available for $5.
  • Teachers and staff will also participate in a healthy habits challenge with the opportunity to win a FitBit!
  • Finally, students will burn off some of that Halloween energy on Hoola Hoop Day, held in the cafeteria on Friday, 11/2.

The FUNd Run at Brockman is a way for our whole community (parents, teachers, staff, and students!) to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Continue collecting those pledges to raise money for our healthy school and new playground equipment, and we hope to see you at the FUNd Run on November 9th! To volunteer, sign up here.

Thank You From the BROCKMAN BASH Committee

The Brockman Bash Committee* would like to thank these amazing parents for giving their time and energy to helping us put on this wonderful fall event for all our families to enjoy!

Margaret Aucoin
Tara Cecchini
Nici Comer
Katy Dallas
Katharine Dragner
Valerie Goodwin
Robyn Holt
Brandon Jones
Susan Kuhn
Misha Lawyer*
Gabe Madden
Katie Purnell
Michelle Thorvaldson*
Thor Thorvaldson
Tiki Satterwhite
Lindsay Shazly
Tarek Shazly
Kristen Spotts
Sara Svedburg
Tommy Williamson

We would also like to thank Dr. Stark, Mrs. Sharonda Giles, and Mr. Linnan for their unwavering support & help through it all.

And finally, an extra special thank you to Melanie Trimble and Erica Ferrell*: this event could not have been a success without help from people like you!

Seema Madden & Jen Williamson
Brockman Bash Co-Chairs 2018

Box Tops

For all of our new and returning Brockman Bears and their parents, please remember to send in your Box Tops For Education, clipped from many of your favorite products.  If you’re willing to participate, there’s also a bonus app for your cell phone or tablet, available at www.btfe.com/bonusapp.  Every (unexpired) Box Top you send in gives Brockman one dime, sent twice a year to the school as a check.  You can find Box Tops on popular kids’ foods like Annie’s, Larabar, and Cheerios, plus home-care supplies like Lysol, Kleenex, Hefty, and Ziploc.  Simply tear off the Box Tops, put them in an envelope or baggie, and have your child put them in the bright pink Box Tops collection box near the front door of the school.  They don’t have to be trimmed or packaged in any way; they just need to get to us.  We’d love to have over $1000 this school year, and we’ll need every Bear’s help to get there!  If you have any questions or need the full list of products emailed to you, please feel free to contact Erin Baldwin at dukelaw1@hotmail.com.  Thank you all for your Box Tops contributions to Brockman!

Brockman Spirit Wear…Pass It On

As your child outgrows his or her shirts and sweatshirts, please consider turning them in to the box outside the media center. A few times a year we’ll give parents the opportunity to ‘shop for free’ for 1 pre-owned item per student.

Collection will start Monday, October 22nd.

A ‘shopping’ table will be available on Friday November 9th at the FUNdRun.  More details coming soon!

Contact Julie Schmidt lafrickdusud@hotmail.com for more information.

Donuts & Drop-ins at Sanders Montessori Middle School

Curious about the Richland One Montessori Middle School? Please join us for one of our Donuts & Drop-in events. During these events, parents may observe students and teachers in the middle school environment and ask questions about the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

Dates and Times:
November 28, 2018: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
January 24, 2019: 10:30-Noon
February 22, 2019: 9:30-11:00 a.m.
March 20, 2019: 10:00-11:30 a.m

*Please see this flyer for more information or send questions to Jessica Lathren at 803-727-4802.

RSVP by clicking here.

FUNd Run Kick-Off

FUNd Run Packets

Look for FUNd Run pledge packets to come home with your child TODAY (10/22)!

Be sure to ask your child about the packet and look it over together. They will ask friends and family to sponsor them with pledges. Sponsors can pledge by the minute (ex: $2 per minute = $40) or they can make a flat donation. They will bring their pledges in by Friday, November 9th when we host the big event.

Remember, this is the ONLY fundraiser for the PTO this year. We hope you will participate all month long with your child at home by incorporating some of our healthy living pointers and by helping them ask for pledges.

TOMORROW (10/23) is Yoga Day!

Read this excerpt taken form PBS Parents to learn why Yoga and Kids is a great match!

Yoga is about exploring and learning in a fun, safe and playful way. Yoga and kids are a perfect match. Here is what children (and adults!) can learn from yoga:

  • Yoga teaches us about our bodies.
    When we practice the physical postures or exercises (called asanas), we learn how to move more freely and with greater ease and awareness. These postures help our bodies become strong and flexible.
  • Yoga teaches us how to breathe better.
    When we breathe deeply and fully (called pranayama) and become more aware, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.
  • Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the life force energy in our bodies (called prana) to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
  • Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still. This helps us to listen with attention and make good decisions.
  • Yoga teaches us about balance.
    When we practice yoga, we learn to be more aware about the need for balance in our lives. This could mean equal stretching on the left and right sides of our bodies or making sure we balance our very busy time with equal quiet time and relaxation.
  • Yoga teaches us to be the “boss” of our bodies.
    Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies by modifying or changing poses that are too hard or cause pain. (We will talk about how to modify poses in a later section.)
  • Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves.
    Yoga is a great way to move our bodies and feel healthy. And teaching children how to take care of themselves is one way to show love. As with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!

The beauty of yoga is that children can practice alone, with a friend or with a group. Many schools are now teaching yoga to young children, and there are many choices of after-school or weekend classes for kids and their families. Everyone can enjoy yoga – from tots to great-grandparents!

Professional organizations that focus on children also support the idea behind yoga. For example, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) recommend that children should participate in activities that support the development of the whole child. This is exactly what yoga is about!

Healthy Tidbit

Your healthy tip of the day is brought to you by the FUNdRUN:  how many colors can you eat today?  (Artificial colors don’t count.)  Have you ever tried purple cabbage, a red radish, or an orange sweet potato?  They taste as different as they look.  Eat a rainbow, and enjoy!

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 22nd: We’ll kick off our official fundraising for the 5th Annual FUNd Run on October 22nd when pledge packets will be sent home with students – remember that 100% of the proceeds from our FUNd Run go back to Brockman, with a special emphasis this year on raising money for new playground equipment!

Tuesday, October 23rd: Yoga Day!

Friday, November 2nd: Hoola Hoop Day

Monday, November 5th: Smoothie Day

Friday, November 9th: The Big Day — The FUND Run!

Get Ready for the BROCKMAN BASH!

The Brockman Bash is almost upon us! Get ready for concessions, games, prizes and costumes (that includes you parents)!
Remember to:

1) Return your Bash RSVP form by Monday, October 15th to reserve your child’s Brockman Student Bash card good for FREE food and games. *Additional Bash cards will be for sale for $5 on the night of the event. (one free Bash Card is available only for current Brockman students).

2) Return your cakewalk donation form by Monday, October 15th. We are looking for 3-4 donations from each class. Get creative and send us your spookiest, most delicious treats! Please contact Nici Comer at gamecomer5@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The Bash will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 6-8pm. An extra special thank you to Marco’s Pizza for sponsoring our haunted house this year! We look forward to seeing Brockman students and their families at this fun fall event!

For more information please contact Seema Madden at blueandque@yahoo.com or Jen Williamson at jenwilli@bellsouth.net.

Brockman FUNd Run 2018

Tuesday during lunch, students, teachers and staff voted on a 2018 FUNd Run logo to go along with this year’s theme: “Dream Big, Let’s Play!” Dr. Stark even got in on the action! It was a close race but there was a clear winner – stay tuned for the results!

We’ll kick off our official fundraising for the 5th Annual FUNd Run on October 22nd when pledge packets will be sent home with students – remember that 100% of the proceeds from our FUNd Run go back to Brockman, with a special emphasis this year on raising money for new playground equipment!

Remember to mark your calendar for the day of the FUNd Run on November 9th as well. Want to volunteer for the FUNd Run or some of the exciting in school events leading up to the big day? Sign up here!

And the logo winner is…

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