• Friday at 5:00: Braelinn News
    December 14, 2018

    Follow us on Twitter @BraelinnStars! CLICK HERE: www.fcboe.org/bes

    CLUB UPDATES
    NO CLUBS NEXT WEEK! Most clubs start again in February. The following clubs start again in January:
    Knitting 1/08, Grade 2-3 Art Group A 1/10, Science Olympiad 1/14, and Origami 1/15.
    Pick-up for all clubs is always 3:30pm in the bus loop.
    Chorus starts again February 5. Chess and Chimes Start again February 7. Spanish Club starts again February 5. Running
    Club starts again April 8 after spring break. Second Semester Clubs were filled using our start of the year Club Forms.
    Questions about clubs? Please email oden.jan@mail.fcboe.org.

    CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES
    Congratulations Nurse Connie Knowles on your upcoming retirement! Thank you for keeping our Braelinn Stars healthy
    and safe every day! Welcome Nurse Erin Knapp who begins January 7.
    Best wishes to our PE Paraprofessional, Michelle Stacy, on her move to warmer temperatures in Florida. Thank you
    Coach Stacy for helping our Braelinn Stars to be fit and have fun. Welcome PE Paraprofessional, Trish Arnold, who
    begins January 8.
    Congratulations to Ms. Meyer and her amazing Chorus and Chimes students for their incredible performances last
    night and today.
    READ, READ, READ
    As we go into the holidays, we see lots of time to READ!  Six Flags offers an incentive called Read to Succeed to all K - 6
    students to earn a FREE Six Flags ticket just by reading and filling out a reading log.  Your child simply needs to log 6
    hours (or 360 minutes) of reading time between now (Nov. 2017) and Friday February 23, 2018.  Extended time away
    from school like this upcoming break is a great time to encourage continued reading!
    Things to note:
    1. Students must turn in the Reading Log by Friday Feb. 23, 2018 (or earlier, if finished!).  This is a firm deadline as the
    website will close and not allow me to enter any more names.
    2. The tickets will be given to your student at the end of the school year in May 2018.  The tickets are dated for the
    summer months by Six Flags over Atlanta.
    3. A copy of the Reading Log is attached at the bottom of this email.  If you need a printed copy, please contact
    hipps.patricia@mail.fcboe.org Happy Reading!

    LOST AND STILL NOT FOUND
    Please have your child check the lost and found (in the cafeteria) each day. All remaining items will be donated next
    Friday. Coats and other items clearly labeled with student names are returned to homeroom teachers.

    HOW WILL YOUR CHILD GO HOME IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY EARLY-RELEASE FROM SCHOOL?
    With winter coming, emergency early-release is always a possibility. How will your child go home? Bus, car rider, heated
    golf cart, or ASP? Walking or riding a bike is not typically an option on these days. All after-school activities (except ASP)
    are automatically cancelled. We will not be able to take phone calls or emails, so please be sure you have your PUP
    DEFAULT (the way your child goes home EVERY day) set accurately, and then ONLY make changes to PUP if you want
    the default to change that day. Need help? Check your email for a PUP invitation or email oden.jan@mail.fcboe.org
    @BraelinnStars was updated during our 2-hour delay this week. Watch YOUR children shine on Twitter!

    HOLIDAY PARTIES
    The kids are so excited for their holiday parties! Thank you parent volunteers for signing-up through homeroom
    teachers since you will need to arrive early. All Braelinn parents are invited to attend the parties; please just sign-in at
    the front office, grab your visitor sticker, and enjoy the party with your children. See the chart below for times/dates.
    Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

    CAFETERIA PLEASE HELP: PLEASE NO VISITORS DURING JANUARY LUNCH (only 17 school days)
    We are working to make lunch a more enjoyable time for students, so we are reshaping our cafeteria culture. To help us
    with the process, we are asking that all students sit and eat lunch with their classmates in January (not at a parent table,
    just for 17 school days.) For 17 days, Braelinn staff and students will work together to improve our dining experience. If
    you are celebrating a birthday or have family in town in January, please still feel free to come for lunch and be seated at
    the parent table with your child. With the cold weather, lunch in the courtyard is limited, so our cafeteria tables are
    packed. Unfortunately, we don’t have space for another table, so please understand that student seating is a priority.
    We’ve had so many lunch visitors lately that some of our students have had to eat in their classrooms instead of the
    cafeteria. We will create a rotating visitor lunch schedule to roll out in February. Thank you so much for your help!

    PTO UPDATE
    A 9-month retainer was signed with Bomar Law Firm, LLC. Once the taxes are filed, the average IRS processing time is 6
    months. We expect three milestones to be updated:
    1. Submission of application to IRS
    2.  Decision rendered by IRS (up to 180 days after #1)
    3.  Completion of Incorporation/Bylaw process
    Outside of these three events we do not expect updates to be necessary. All PTO events are on-hold until further notice.
    Follow this link for all information posted on the PTO website: https://braelinnpto.com
    Thank you parents for your patience, and your support of each other and our amazing school!

    REMAINING DECEMBER EVENTS
    Mon December 17 2 nd Grade Parties: Colston & Phillips @ 12:00/ Byars @ 1:00/ McClanahan 12/18 @1:00
    Tues December 18 3 rd Grade Parties 10:00-11:30 (and McClanahan @ 1:00)
    Wed December 19 4 th Grade Parties 11:00-12:30
    Thurs December 20 5 th Grade Parties 11:30-1:00. Last day at Braelinn for Nurse Connie and Coach Stacy.
    Fri December 21 NO SCHOOL Semester Break starts on a Friday this year. Students return Tues January 8, 2019.
    Tues January 8, 2019 Students return. New Year’s Resolution: Follow my child’s school on Twitter @BraelinnStars
    January, 2019 PLEASE No January lunch visitors unless celebrating a birthday or have out of town guests.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Read. Read. Read.
    Jennifer