• September 2nd, 2013

    Brandon PTA announcements for the week September 2, 2013

    LABOR DAY HOLIDAY – Monday, September 2nd – NO SCHOOL

    1st GENERAL PTA MEETING – Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 pm in Room 25
    All are welcome to attend the first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 pm in Room 25 (access the room from the South playground).

    Branch Out with Brandon PTA! Memberships are $6 and include the very useful Brandon Directory. Membership envelopes are available in the school office.

    Please take a moment to complete and return the PTA Brandon Directory form sent home in your child’s Friday Folder. Forms should be returned by September 9th.

    Show your Brandon pride with a Brandon Islanders T-Shirt or Sweatshirt.
    Youth T-Shirts are $7; Adult Long-Sleeved T-Shirts are $15, and Youth Hooded Sweatshirts are $20.
    Shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale in front of school on Thursday, September 12th at 8:00 am. If you cant make it to school, a flyer with details on how to place an order will come home in Friday Folders.
    Inventory sells quickly!

    To benefit music and physical education in the Goleta Elementary Schools!
    Date: Sunday, September 15th
    Place: District Office at 401 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta
    Time: 4 mile walk/run starts at 8:30 am, Kids Fun Run starts at 9:45 am, Family Activities from 9-10:30 am
    Register: www.Active.com
    A volunteer is needed to serve as the Brandon GEF Representative and to help organize the event and coordinate Brandon’s participation. Five volunteers are also needed to be course monitor volunteers the day of the run.
    If you can help, please contact Felicia Roggero immediately at froggero@

    A Genevieve’s Fundraising Coordinator is needed ASAP. Funds raised by this even benefit students’ Camp Accounts. The kick-off for this event is scheduled for early September. If you can volunteer, please contact Felicia Roggero at froggero@

    A volunteer is needed to serve as the Brandon representative on the Goleta District Advisory Council (DAC). The DAC is a group consisting of parent representatives from each of the nine Goleta schools and meets monthly (usually the first Thursday from 9:15-11:30 am) at a different school site to hear District updates, provide input, and share information from the school sites. The Brandon representative is responsible for attending the DAC meetings, taking notes and presenting information to the PTA, as well as contributing information to the Principal’s newsletters.

    A volunteer is needed to be the PTA Yearbook Chairperson. The yearbook chairperson is responsible for designing the year-end school yearbook, taking pictures at events throughout the year, ordering, working with parents and teachers, and working with Brandon’s computer specialist. This person should be organized, have time for picture taking at events, be outgoing, be personable and love seeing the students faces at the end of the year with their yearbooks that will last them a lifetime.

    Would you like a farm fresh fruit and veggies CSA box delivered to Brandon? A portion of the proceeds supports the Brandon school garden! Contact www.ellwoodcanyonfarms.com with discount code#CQGD66M and receive 10% off your first order until September 30th. If you have questions, please contact Jana Brody at Jana@paintjamusa.com

    Please remember to save your Box Tops for our Fall Collection. Box Tops can be clipped from hundreds of products in grocery stores and discount stores like Costco, KMart and Target. For each Box Top collected, Brandon School receives 10 cents. 10 cents adds up very quickly; last year we raised almost $1500 that the PTA used to buy playground equipment.
    Box Tops Marketplace offers even more benefits. To enroll, log in to www.boxtops4education.com and select Brandon School as the school that you support. Then click the link to any of the 300 affiliated stores and shop as usual. A portion of your qualifying purchase will be donated to Brandon School. Visit boxtops4education.com as often as you would like for bonus Box Tops, special offers, deals, discounts, and coupons.
    Also, check out www.2ways2earn.com to earn even more Box Tops for Brandon. There is lots of free money out there for our school; all you have to do is register for the benefits for the shopping that you already do. Please take a few minutes to check it out.
    Box Tops will be collected from classrooms on October 18th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mimi Dent at mimident@hotmail.com

    BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT – Thursday, September 12th
    Plan to come to Back To School Night on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 pm for K-3rd and 7:00 pm for 4-6th 4-6th grades. This is a valuable opportunity for your child’s teacher to talk about information important for a successful year. It also gives you a chance to ask questions and find out ways to assist your child and the classroom. Please note that this is an adult-only evening.

    Information regarding Brandon Elementary School’s after-school enrichment classes is provided as a service to families of students at Brandon Elementary School. The Brandon PTA is neither sponsoring nor endorsing the enrichment classes or the agencies/businesses providing the classes.

    Arts Innovators – Kindergarten – Art Classes @ Brandon, Mondays, 1:35-2:35 pm in Art Room, Starting September 16th.
    Fall Session: September 16th–December 16th (11 classes), Cost: $154 (payment plan available).
    Art Adventures: With Art Innovators, discover our fun and playful curriculum with whimsical animals, people and nature, still life, simple landscapes, and 3-D projects. Using artist quality media, learn to draw, paint, collage, and build with clay while gaining self-confidence in creating beautiful original art! Our curriculum guides young children in the transition from random scribbling to intentional drawing and helps them see how lines and shapes fit together to create recognizable forms.
    Art Innovators – Grades 1st-6th – Art Classes @ Brandon, Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm in Art Room, Starting September 19th.
    Fall Session: September 19th-December 19th (12 classes), Cost: $168 (payment plan available).
    Art, Ecology, and Mythology!: Join Art Innovators this year for an imaginative and creative venture into the world of art. Explore famous places & faces, re-use materials in everyday life, and discover mythology in art. Build clay sculptures, learn to draw, paint in watercolor and acrylics, create mixed media projects, try out printmaking, copper tooling, collage, repoussé and lots more! Three sessions make up our full-year curriculum.
    Register for Art Innovators classes online at www.ArtInnovatorsSB.com.
    Register for Full School Year (Sept. 19, 2013-May 29, 2014) and get 5% Discount!
    NEW CURRICULUM and artist quality media EVERY SESSION!

    Labor Day Holiday – No School – Monday, September, 2nd
    General PTA Meeting – Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 pm in Room 25
    Back To School Night (Adults Only) – Thursday, September 12th
    GEF 4-Miler & Fun Run – Sunday, September 15th, 8:30 am 4-Miler; 9:45 Kid’s Fun Run
    Fall Book Fair – Monday, September 16th-Friday, September 20th
    PTA Welcome Back BBQ – Thursday, September 19th

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