Brownell talbot faculty handbook pdf download

Brownell talbot faculty handbook pdf download

brownell talbot faculty handbook pdf download

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A Message from Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Head of School


1 Brownell-Talbot Newsletter August-September B-t. Issue 1 For the families, friends, and staff of Brownell-Talbot School A Message from Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Head of School Dear Families, We are eager to welcome you back to school in the days ahead and hope that you had a wonderful summer break. The year ahead is promising as we celebrate years of service as the only PS private independent school in Nebraska educating children with excellence and distinction. We have many wonderful events planned to celebrate this milestone and hope you can join us for as many as possible! Visit for more information. Our faculty and staff have and will continue to attend professional development and training sessions with a commitment to serve in the most relevant and meaningful ways that advance our mission. Students across grade levels will continue to benefit from ongoing professional growth and development of faculty and staff that directly impact our curriculum and programs. Just last week, we had three full days of Apple training with applicable skills specific to maximizing student learning, organization, and time management. Increased access and opportunities in technology education facilitate the enhancement of creativity and critical thinking, communication and collaboration, and promote information fluency and media literacy. We are attentive to the appropriate developmental stage and grade level of students as we build upon new opportunities this year with our ipad program. In addition to a strong foundation in academics, activities, and the arts, we will emphasize and build upon the skills and competencies required for achievement and success in college and life. Ongoing attention to campus safety and security to ensure the best learning environment for students is also among the top areas of attention. You will notice new campus signage and other enhancements to our campus safety program throughout the year, including education sessions for our community. These and other considerations are currently being discussed with a commitment to meet the needs of our school. This year we will also work to implement our newly approved Strategic Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees this May. We will share the document and communicate our process with parents later this fall as we look forward to your continued support and participation to actualize key initiatives over the next several years. The launch of a new Website this fall will ensure effective ways to communicate with and provide information to our families and inform prospective families and the larger community about our school. Lastly, This is a very exciting time for our community and I am pleased to welcome everyone back to Brownell-Talbot School! All my best, Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas Head of School 1

2 ALL SchoolNews Ms. Renae Mackender () , ext B-T Begins th Academic Year! The first day of classes for Brownell-Talbot students is Monday, August All Lower School students, including new students, should report to their classrooms by a.m. Middle School students in grades five through eight should report by 8 a.m. to their first period classes. Upper School students in grades nine through 12 should report to their class sponsor no later than 8 a.m. Sponsor s classrooms or meeting rooms will be posted in the Upper School Commons and in the Swanson Auditorium Lobby. New Parent Orientation/Veracross Training On Thursday, August 22, the school will host a New Parent Orientation from p.m. Included in the orientation is training on the parent portal followed by Veracross training (student grading program) for parents with students in grades that new and current families are invited to attend. Open House/Parent Information Sessions Middle and Upper School The School is hosting an Open House for Middle and Upper School families from p.m. on Thursday, August Lower School teachers will be in their classrooms from p.m if you would like to stop and say hello. Lower School On Tuesday, August 27, parents of children in grades PS - 4 will have an opportunity to hear more about their specific grade level from the classroom teachers with two options of sessions being offered. This event will combine the Open House and Parent Information Night of the past. Please plan to send supplies with your student on the first day. Session 1 runs from p.m. and Session 2 is 5 p.m. Your child s classroom assignment was mailed on August 9, please let us know if you did not receive the letter. Raider Zone Begins Aug. 26 Raider Zone (extended care program) will be available for registered families beginning the first day of school August All forms must be turned in prior to the first day of school in order for your child/ren to attend Raider Zone. Labor Day Weekend No School Aug. Sept. 2 Brownell-Talbot will not hold classes and Raider Zone will not operate on Friday, August 30, or Monday, September 2, in recognition of Labor Day. School offices are open August 30, but closed September 2. School Photos August 27 School photos will be taken on Tuesday, August All students must wear their formal uniforms that day. Preschoolers and junior kindergartners may wear what they wish. Photographs are included in the students permanent records and published in The Triangle, the School s yearbook. An informational flyer is included in this newsletter. The flyer contains the website ( and the School's access code, packages with pricing, and ordering information. Please refer to this flyer for ordering your No School Sept. 27 The year s first parent-teacher conference day is Friday, September 27, to give students, parents, and faculty an early opportunity to discuss student progress. There is no school that day. Conferences for Middle and Upper School are scheduled for 10 a.m p.m. and p.m. in the fieldhouse. Lower School parents will schedule their child's/children's conference time online. We will use a scheduling component in Veracross that you will access through the Parent Portal. Instructions and more information will be provided later. Conference times will run from 8 a.m.- noon and p.m. REMINDER: Please return ALL forms on or before the first day of school! Every family needs to complete a Family Emergency Contact Form. This information is critical in case of an emergency involving your child. It is also used for the publication of the Brownell-Talbot School Directory. Additional forms are available online and at the main office. 2

3 All SchoolNews Call-in Policy for Absences Parents, please notify the School if your child/ren must miss class. In the event of illness, please call the School office at () before a.m. If illness (or any absence) will cause a student to miss more than one day of school, you may ask to have his or her books ready for pickup after p.m. Assignments may be found on the B-T website in the web-based student information system (Veracross). NOTE: School staff verify the attendance of every student. If the School has not been notified of a child s absence by a.m., parents will be contacted. Please send a written note to the appropriate Lower, Middle, or Upper School Head in advance of planned absences such as medical appointments and vacations. A two-week advance notice is requested for college visits. More detailed information on School policy regarding absences, tardiness, and make-up work is available in the community login area of the website in the Student/Parent Handbook. Important Dates September 27 Parent Conferences/No School September 20 Grandparent's Day & Homecoming October 18 End of First Quarter November 1 No School; Faculty In-Service Day November Thanksgiving Holiday; No School December 12 Holiday Programs December 20 End of First Semester December January 5 Winter Holiday; No School January 6 Classes Resume January 31 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences; No School February Mid-Winter Holiday; No School March 7 End of Third Quarter March Spring Break; No School March 31 Classes Resume May 9 Gala May 10 Prom; US Early Dismissal May 26 Memorial Day; No School May th Baccalaureate & Commencement Monthly Newsletter All parents receive the Brownell-Talbot monthly newsletter by . Please make sure is set in your address book as a safe sender to ensure that the newsletter is received. Pages may be printed as desired. The newsletter is also available at 3 Student/Parent Handbook Online In an effort for Brownell-Talbot to save dollars and to support its "going green" initiative, the School will no longer print copies of the Parent/Student Handbook. The Handbook will be published online only as a PDF file. Parents/students who wish to have a printed version may either print from the downloadable PDF document online, or request a copy from the main office. The Handbook may be found at or within the Resources section when a parent or student is logged into the Parent or Student Portal (community login). Please contact Cathy Tibbels, Director of Communications and Marketing, at () , ext. , with questions. School to Dedicate 'Friday Night Lights' The family of the late Chester Chet Paul, M.D., provided a $, gift to purchase and install lighting at the stadium. Please join the Paul family and Brownell-Talbot at p.m. for the lighting dedication preceding the first home football game on Sept. Dr. Paul died in December at age Family, friends and volunteers remember him as an early pioneer whose contributions were critical to breaking new ground for the statewide trauma system. The Pauls are grandparents to current B-T students Jackson, 14 and Wyatt, 17 Smith. As a Lincoln High School alumnus, Dr. Paul earned a premed degree at the Nebraska Wesleyan University in He graduated with high distinction in from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. Following his residency, he completed fellowships in vascular surgery at Baptist Memorial in Memphis, Tenn., in burn treatment at Brook Army Burn Center, San Antonio, Texas, and at Harborview Hospital, Seattle, Wash. Paul enjoyed sharing his medical expertise. He served as clinical professor of surgery at UNMC, the Creighton University Medical School and the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Paul was a co-author for the Advanced Trauma Life Support course still used by trauma practitioners worldwide.

4 All SchoolNews School Welcomes New Chaplain Please join the school in welcoming Fr. Jason Emerson as Brownell-Talbot Chaplain. Fr. Emerson has been the rector at Church of the Resurrection in Omaha since February He previously served as associate rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Omaha. Fr. Emerson has also served as diocesan minister for youth and young adults, seminarian for youth ministry at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York, N.Y., team coordinator and retreat leader for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and peer minister for Lutheran Campus Ministry at UC, Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as many committee services. He has received The Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize GTS award, The Seymour Extemporaneous Preaching Prize GTS award, The J. Wilson Sutten Thesis Prize GTS award and The McVikar Prize (Alumni/ae prize in Greek) GTS award. Fr. Emerson and his wife, Jodie, are parents of twins, Evie and Isaac, who will begin school in the Brownell-Talbot Preschool program next week. Dundee Days In honor of years of Brownell-Talbot serving the Omaha community and beyond, Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas was named grand marshal of the Dundee Days Parade. Please join the school and fellow members of the Brownell-Talbot family, along with Dundee/Memorial Park residents and businesses, for the 10 a.m. parade on Saturday, September The parade begins at Brownell-Talbot's Underwood parking lot and proceeds to 50th Street. The Pancake Man will be in Dundee serving breakfast before the parade. Vendor booths will line the Dundee business area, along with games and rides for children. Live bands will perform into the evening. Brownell-Talbot School will again serve free rootbeer floats after the parade near the streetcar memorial on the corner of Underwood and Happy Hollow Bloulevard. Regional Chess Event Set Sept The Midwest Regional Team Chess Championship will be held September at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Any student interested in participating in this competition should contact Mr. Bob Goetschkes at for more information. Correction Invitations for the th Anniversary Celebration and All- School Reunion were in the mail when we noticed a couple errors: We misspelled the names of Theisen Field House and th Anniversary commemorative plate artist Maureen Beat. Also, the service at Trinity is a regular church service, not a chapel service. We apologize for any confusion and please direct any questions to New Face in the Art Room Kristi Schmidt-Herrera has joined the Brownell-Talbot faculty as the junior kindergarten through grade six art teacher. Mrs. Schmidt-Herrera earned her bachelor's degree in studio art from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a masters degree in K art education from the College of Saint Mary. She taught art for two years at R.M. Marrs Magnet Center. Prior to teaching she worked as an interior design assistant for Susan McMannama Interiors. Mrs. Schmidt-Herrera, her husband and children are enthusiastic about joining the Brownell- Talbot School community. Floats After the floats Visit Brownell-Talbot School after Join the Brownell-Talbot Dundee Days parade School Saturday, a for a free August rootbeer 25 th for float FREE immediately root beer following floats. the Dundee Day Parade! Meet the new Head of School, Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Ph.D. N. Happy Hollow Blvd. Omaha, NE Brownell-Talbot College Preparatory School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools The Nebraska Department of Education 4

5 All SchoolNews Homecoming & Grandparents Day Join Us for the Annual BTPA Chili Supper & Grandparents Day The Annual BTPA Chili Supper on Thursday, Sept. 19, offers great food, School spirit and a family atmosphere. Cost is $5 per person ($3 for children age 5 and under) for a bowl of fabulous homemade chili (with a vegetarian option) and all the 7 Homecoming Week Events Monday, September 16 Geek Chic: Dress as your favorite nerd or technology icon Tuesday, September 17 Formal Uniform Day p.m. BTPA Scholastic Book Fair, Roberts Gym Wednesday, September Years: Wear your th T-shirt to Celebrate! p.m. BTPA Scholastic Book Fair, Roberts Gym Thursday, September 19 western Day: Cowboy Up in your best Western Duds p.m. BTPA Scholastic Book Fair, Roberts Gym 6 p.m. Chili Supper (vegetarian option available) and Pep Rally, Fieldhouse Dusk Bonfire, Skutt Field, following supper and rally Friday, September 20 Blue/Gold Day fixin s! Turkey dogs will be available for our non-chili eating B-T students. Homecoming candidates will be announced, followed by the pep rally at approximately 7 p.m. The Homecoming bonfire will be held outside on the practice field immediately Middle and Upper School Blue and Gold Day. Go all out in blue and gold Brownell-Talbot gear! Grandparents Day (Lower School students must dress in formal uniform for Grandparents Day program) a.m p.m. BTPA Scholastic Book Fair, Roberts Gym a.m. PS, JK, and Kindergarten Grandparents Day program, Swanson Auditorium a.m. Grades Grandparents Day program, Swanson Auditorium a.m. Grandparents Day lunch, dining room 7 p.m. Homecoming game: Raiders vs. Tekamah-Herman, Skutt Field 5 following the pep rally. Please join us for this wonderful B-T tradition! Come back the next day for great performances by the Lower School students during the annual Grandparents Day celebration. Grandparents and special guests are invited to stay for lunch. Homecoming Dance Set September 21 The B-T Homecoming dance begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, for all Upper School students. Students may bring one guest from another school. Students are encouraged to come as a group. Students must arrive to the dance by 10 p.m. and may not leave and return. The dance ends at midnight; rides are asked to arrive no later than p.m. The dress code is dressy casual. Boys should wear a sport coat or a sweater. Girls may wear a dress or a dressy outfit. Jeans are prohibited. Contact Mr. Bill Harrell at () , ext. , with questions. Grandparents Day Grandparents and special friends are invited to attend a Lower School program in their honor Friday, September 20, in Swanson Auditorium. Refreshments will be served prior to the a.m. preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten performances. Refreshments will also be served prior to the a.m. grades one to four performances. Both programs will be recorded and available to order. Information about ordering will be available at a later date. Grandparents are invited to join their students for a special lunch in the School s dining room. Please contact Mrs. Kami Landenberger at () , ext. , with questions or to make special arrangements.

6 Celebrate the B-T CommunityNews Ms. Renae Mackender () , ext C. Hedican Wins Theater Award Charlotte Hedican, '15, received the Omaha Community Playhouse's Mary Peckham Award for Best Actress in Musical for her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She also won the Theatre Arts Guild award for Best Youth Actress. Basile Selected for Youth Jazz Orchestra Congratulations and applause to Brownell- Talbot trombone player Gabi Basile, 17, on her successful audition for the Metro Area Youth Jazz Orchestra. It is very unusual for a freshman to be accepted to this elite ensemble. The only other student to have earned this honor was Precious Moore, Class of , who was a senior. M. Kent Completes Service Challenge Mercedes Kent, '14, completed the Hugh O'Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership for Service Challenge by volunteering hours. The mission of HOBY is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Band Members Perform Band mates and Brownell-Talbot students Ethan Foxall, '16, David Bredthauer, '17, and Wyatt Smith, '17, members of the band Us and Them performed at the blues festival Playing With Fire on July The three are members of the Omaha Blues Society Blues ED program. 6

7 Celebrating News years YEARS! Please join us in celebrating our th year of serving students from across the Midlands and the world. Events kick-off with the special All-School Chapel on Tuesday, September 17, , at 2 p.m. with special proclamations from Nebraska's Governor (presented by the Lt. Governor) and Omaha's Mayor. 09/17/ p.m. All-School Founder s Day Celebration Scott Gymnasium 09/18/ Blue and Gold Day a.m. All School Photo on Skutt Field 09/19/ p.m. Annual Chili Supper Scott Gymnasium 09/20/ a.m. Grandparents' Day Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten followed by grades 1 through 4 Swanson Auditorium 09/20/ p.m. Raider Homecoming Football Game Skutt Field 09/21/ a.m p.m. Pancake Man a.m. Fun Run/Walk Memorial Park Baseball Diamond to Brownell-Talbot School p.m. Founder's Fair and More on Campus Scholastic Book Fair - Roberts Gymnasium p.m. All-School Reunion Education Conference Center, Walter & Suzanne Scott Aquarium Henry Doorly Zoo 09/22/ a.m. Church Service; reception following Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, N. 18th St. p.m. Alumni Football Game Skutt Field For more details about the th celebration schedule or to purchase the th history book and limited-edition Peggy Karr plate, please visit, or contact Dr. Lonelle Rathje, Director of Institutional Advancement, at or () , ext Sign up for the Walk/Run at! 7

8 News C e l e b ra t in g y e ars Brownell-Talbot in the Community Community Engagement Activity To kick off the th year of service in education, Brownell-Talbot School partnered with Kids Against Hunger to host a meal-packing event on August Throughout the morning, School faculty and staff purchased, packaged and delivered 15, meals to neighbors in north Omaha. More than 40 Brownell-Talbot volunteers worked on assembly lines where teams of 10 people bagged and boxed the meals. Individual responsibilities included mixing the ingredients of rice, proteins and vegetables, weighing and portioning the food into bags, and finally sealing and boxing the bags. Each bag is filled with grams of food, which equals about six full meals. Each Brownell-Talbot volunteer packaged between and meals per hour and the school donated a total of 15, meals that faculty and staff immediately delivered to the Heart Ministry Center on 22nd and Binney streets. (Photos of the event may be viewed and downloaded at Kids Against Hunger is a relief organization that provides nutritious food to hungry children and families in underserved communities throughout the United States and developing nations. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger Omaha works with local schools and organizations coordinate and execute food packing events throughout the year. Please visit to learn more about their organization and to sign up for their list. Brownell-Talbot grew up with Omaha and the state of Nebraska and will continue to innovate with the region. The School shares a special connection with the Omaha community and is a leader in 21st century education because of our faculty, students and supporters. Watch for additional community outreach initiatives throughout the year and the launch of the volunteer section on our redesigned website (launch date tba). Additional outreach initiatives will be presented throughout the year as well as a unique portion that will connect our students to volunteer and community programs through the School House structure. Watch for the newly designed volunteer page to roll out on the School s new website launching this fall. The volunteer page will serve as a community outreach hub for our students and families who are looking to get involved. 8

9 Upper SchoolNews Mr. Bill Harrell () , ext US Opening Day: Students & Parents August 26, a.m. Upper School students report to their class (grade level) meeting room. Room assignments will be prominently posted in the US Commons and the Swanson Auditorium Lobby. Classes begin and morning events include the Upper School House Induction at a.m., an All-School Pep Rally at a.m., and Upper School Orientation, and classes. Because of special House activities planned for the Opening Day, students should wear their House shirt, tennis shoes, and comfortable, appropriate shorts. New Upper School students will receive their House shirts during the House Induction. The first formal uniform day is Tuesday, August Freshman Participate in Retreat The Class of participated in a required retreat August 15, engaging in team-building exercises, games, recreational activities, and goal setting at Brownell-Talbot and at Mahoney State Park. The retreat ended with an orientation to their new laptops and a freshmen family picnic. Senior Retreat Held August The Class of participated in the traditional senior retreat at Camp Calvin Crest August With the guidance of faculty, seniors set goals, planned for the future, and began organizing activities for their senior year. Dr. Sylvia Rodríguez Vargas, Head of School, and Mr. Bill Harrell, Head of Upper School, hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss expectations and senior leadership. Class of Explores Nation's Capitol Twenty-one members of the freshman class recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. Led by Mr. Bill Harrell and Mr. Mike Dorsey, the students visited the many landmark memorial sites and museums in our capitol. The four-day trip included stops at the National Archives, the National Zoo, the capitol building, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mt. Vernon, and Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia, where they were entertained during a lamp-lit ghost tour. 9 Raiders se Débrouillent en France In June, several Brownell-Talbot French students participated in an 18 day adventure in France led by Upper School French teacher Michael Recker. Highlights of the trip included a bike tour on the Brittany coast, a kayak excursion on the Loire and four frenetic days of exploration in Paris. In a very moving scene at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, students had the chance to witness a choir of French school children pay tribute to a group of American veterans who had helped liberate France during the D-Day invasion 69 years earlier. Students had the chance to speak French throughout the trip, but the most intense and the most rewarding challenge came from a seven-day family stay in the city of Metz in northeast France. Students attended school with their French hosts, dined with them, and hung out with their hosts friends. Travelers included Ryan Segur, Madison Albers, Jessica Puetz, Gabe Schatz, Ally Washka, Chloe Dana, Eros Shreve, Lauren Zimmerman and Caravaggio Caniglia. Cheerleaders Prepare for Fall Season In late June, the B-T cheerleaders attended NCA Cheer camp at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The team worked hard and improved to earn a superior ribbon on their final evaluations. Senior Grace Bydalek earned All-American honors by performing a cheer, and a jump sequence that met a national standard set by National Cheerleading Association. This camp experience was a great kick off to the upcoming fall season. The girls look forward to kicking off the school year with a "Welcome Back" Pep Rally, cheering on the Raider sports teams, decorating for Homecoming Week, and celebrating Brownell- Talbot's th anniversary. This year's fall cheerleaders include: Emma Banse, '15, Bydalek, Jessica Curry, '15, Angela Fader, '16, Christina Fossum, '15, Parker Gottsch, '17, Charlotte Hedican, '15, Julianna Hirz, '15, Kathryn Johnson, '17, Carsen Kesick, '15, Maddie Klinger, '15, Kenzi Larkin, '15, Wellesley Michael, '15, Anjali Murthy, '15, Tenley Propst, '15, Sarah Setlak, '14, Sama Shah, '17, Celia Vann, '17, Maggie Weedman, '15, Sydney Woods, '14, and Jessica Zhou, ' Yearbook Photos Due Oct. 25 Senior yearbook photos are due Friday, October Please see or Mrs. Waterman at with questions.

10 News Upper School Zombie Prom Coming to B-T From Off-Broadway to Brownell -albot! This "girl loves ghoul rock and roll" Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of '50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage. "A musical blast! Fun for the whole nuclear family!" New York Daily News "Exhilarating! Sharp, spiffy, brighter and better crafted than both "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Grease" put together. It has musical wit and breathtakingly catchy, rich melodies." New York Law Journal Auditions are set for Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September Call backs, if needed, are scheduled for Thursday, September The cast list will be posted on Friday, September 13, or Monday, September Auditions requirements include: reading from the scriptsolo and in pairs and sing 16 bars of a show tune with accompaniment. Schedules, permission forms and scenes for practicing will be available Wednesday, September 4. Show dates are Friday-Sunday, November Stndents and parents, please make note of the following dates. All dates are subject to change. More details will be provided later. Wednesday, September 18, first meeting and read through Friday, October 11, off book Wednesday, October 16, full run through Saturday, October 26, clear the whole day, dance Sunday, October 27, Open House rehearsal TECH WEEK Saturday, November 2, all day Monday, November 4, p.m. Tuesday, November 5, p.m. dress rehearsal Wednesday, November p.m. dress rehearsal Thursday, November 7 Friday, November 8, Call time 5 p.m., show Saturday, November 9, call 5p.m., show Sunday, November 10, call 12 p.m., show and strike all cast and crew dismantle the production after the final performance and will finish approximately p.m. 10

11 College CounselingNews Mrs. Stacey Evert () , ext College Admission Panel Upper School students and parents are invited to the College Admission Panel at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in Swanson Auditorium. Admission professionals from select colleges will sit on a panel and provide information on gaining admission to selective colleges and setting your application apart from others. Students and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. This event will give underclassmen exposure to the college admission process and upperclassmen the ability to ask specific questions so they can tailor their applications accordingly. PLAN The PLAN test will be administered on Thursday, October 24, to sophomore students. The test will be given at school during the morning classes. The PLAN test covers the same subject areas as the ACT: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The PLAN score report will show your strengths and weaknesses in the four subject areas and how your scores compare to those of other students who have taken the PLAN. The report will also provide information about your career interests and preparations for college. The PLAN score report will be distributed to students in December. Grade-Level Parent Meetings Parents, please mark your calendar and plan to attend applicable parent meetings. These meetings are specifically geared towards each grade and discuss relevant topics to assist with success in high school and preparations for the college exploration and application process. Junior Student and Parent Night Monday, November 11, p.m. Sophomore Parent Night Wednesday, February 12, p.m. Freshman Parent Night Monday, March 17, p.m. Omaha Area College Fair 1 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20 UNO Sapp Fieldhouse EducationQuest will be sponsoring the Omaha Area College Fair for area high school students. Over colleges from the Midwest and across the country will be represented. Visit for more information and a list of participating colleges. PSAT The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 16, to sophomore and junior students. The standardized test will be given at school during the morning classes. Sophomores and juniors will complete practice tests during their college counseling classes. The PSAT measures critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. Students will not have to recall facts as this test measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills. Why is the PSAT important? Get feedback about critical academic skills Practice for the SAT reasoning test and other standardized tests Enter scholarship competitions and scores determine eligibility for National Merit (junior students) Use this information to determine your standardized test averages to assist you when researching colleges The PSAT score report and explanations will be distributed to students in December. For more information on the PSAT, please visit Standardized Test Dates Please access the website for registration information and deadlines. Registration deadlines are typically three to four weeks prior to the test date. ACT ( September 21 October 26 December 14 February 8, April 12, June 14, SAT ( October 5 November 2 December 7 January 25, March 8, (no subject tests offered) May 3, June 7,

12 Middle SchoolNews Ms. Bridget Collins () , ext MS Students Enjoy Acadia Adventures As they say in Boston, We pahked ah cah at Hahvad yahd. Actually, they parked the bus on Mount Desert Island and a few other places while touring Acadia National Park and other points of interest in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. This year s Middle School adventure June included 27 enthusiastic students from Classes , , and , as well as three hardy teacher-chaperones most of whom had never experienced the wonder of New England. Everyone hiked, kayaked, swam in the North Atlantic (brrrr!), caught and ate lobsters, weathered a tropical storm, toured a haunted fort, shopped, and walked the Freedom Trail in five fun-packed days. Details about next year s trip will be available in late September. Sixth Grade Outdoor Education This year s sixth-grade class will travel to Camp Kitaki for the grade s annual outdoor education trip. The students will leave campus on Wednesday, September 11, and return on Friday, September This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to be able to be outdoors and experience and explore activities including archery, night hikes and canoeing all while spending time as a class celebrating friendship and fellowship with each other and some of their teachers. More information on the trip will come to sixth-grade parents soon. 12

13 TechnologyNews Dr. Tracy Platt () , ext IT Department Prepares for ipad Program This summer administration, faculty and staff at Brownell-Talbot School have been hard at work in preparation for the muchanticipated Middle School ipad Program. The IT department members kicked off their work with the upgrade of the network infrastructure including new cabling, hardware, wireless access points, MDM system, and a broadband increase to MB. In addition, they installed mounted projectors and Apple TVs to Middle School classrooms to aid in seamlessly facilitating the collaboration and sharing of knowledge while integrating ipads into the curriculum. Finally, the IT department began configuring ipads for rollout during student ipad educational sessions for Middle School students on August Parent Training Sessions We are very grateful to our parents for their help in the continuous process of guiding and shaping our Middle School ipad Program. While it is impossible to anticipate every issue that will arise, we are committed to working with you as partners. Together we are preparing our students for a future that will require them to understand and be able to use technology. As a component of this journey we feel it is imperative to hold parent education sessions on the ipad. The following sessions will be held for parents: Teacher Professional Development Sessions Faculty members Wade Lanum, Erica Bradford, and Barbara Olsen attended the Bureau of Education and Research s Conference on the Best Use of ipads and Apps to Enhance Content Learning. Sessions attended allowed our faculty to meet with national experts in the use of ipads and mobile devices and learn practical ideas and strategies to create engaging learning opportunities. In addition, Apple Professional Development Specialists have worked with our faculty on curriculum specific ipad training focusing on language arts, literacy, science, math, history, and administration. Each session concentrated on ipad best practices and ways to integrate technology into the curriculum while complementing and strengthening learning, facilitating communication, collaborating through the emphasis of higher order and critical thinking. 5/6 Grade Parents Setting up an itunes and Kindle account on an ipad: During open house on Thursday, August 22, from p.m. in the Middle School computer lab After school Monday, August 26, from p.m. in the Middle School computer lab Previously arranged by parent(s), with Dr. Platt, fifth- and sixth-grade student(s) may take their ipad(s) home on August 26 to be returned on Tuesday, August Grade Parents ipad basics and security: September 5 at 6 p.m. in Swanson Auditorium Grade Parents ebackpack: Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. in the Swanson Auditorium 13

14 Educational Apps included on ipads: All ipads come with the following Apps for curriculum integration: 14

15 News Business Office News BROWNELL-TALBOT SCHOOL SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION Students may choose either a hot or cold plate lunch. Prices for a hot or cold plate lunch are $ Each lunch includes one carton of 1 percent white or skim chocolate milk. Hot lunch menu items are published monthly in the online newsletter and under quicklinks: school lunch. A cold plate lunch includes a turkey, ham, cheese or sun butter and jelly sandwich, chips and fruit. Please refer to the grade levels below for more options. LOWER SCHOOL Preschool 4th Grades In addition to the hot or cold lunch plate, students may purchase only the hot entrée of the day or an alternative entrée of the day consisting of a carton of yogurt with a cheese stick for $ Students in Lower School who purchase a hot or cold lunch plate may return to the serving line for a complimentary serving of fresh fruit in lieu of purchasing a second entrée, if they so desire. MIDDLE SCHOOL 5th 6th Grades In addition to the hot or cold plate lunch, students may purchase any of the daily a la carte items listed below. Students may also purchase soft serve ice milk (non-dairy) on designated days. MIDDLE SCHOOL 7th 8th Grades In addition to the hot or cold plate lunch, students may purchase any of the daily a la carte items listed below. Students may also purchase a vendor-provided lunch. Vendor lunches are provided by some of our local restaurants such as Subway, Sam & Louie s, Fazolis, etc., and are generally offered every Friday. UPPER SCHOOL 9th 12th Grades In addition to the hot or cold plate lunch, students may purchase any of the daily a la carte items listed below. Students may also purchase a vendor-provided lunch. Vendor lunches are offered on select Fridays by Subway, Fazoli's, Sam & Louie's Pizza, and Popeye's. DAILY A LA CARTE ITEMS Prices vary per item Homemade soup Grilled cheese sandwiches Hamburgers/cheeseburgers Baked French fries Salad/fruit bar Soft serve ice milk (non-dairy) 1 percent white or skim chocolate milk Yogurt parfait Cheese sticks Assorted bottled and fountain beverages Assorted pre-packed chips Nutrigrain bars Assorted pre-packaged baked cookie crisps All breads served are whole wheat. Pizzas are made with whole wheat crust. Spaghetti and mostaccioli are made with whole grains. No pop or sodas are available for students in the lunch room. All menu items are nut-free. 15

16 Lower SchoolNews Costumes Needed Our preschool teachers are looking for creative costumes for this year's class. If you have any old Halloween or dance recital costumes, they will put them to good use. Contact preschool teacher Kassandra Mayo at with questions. Mrs. Kami Landenberger () , ext For more Lower School news, please see Landenberger s Landing, the weekly Lower School newsletter, and the teachers classroom newsletters. Join the Serenading Raiders ''14 The Serenading Raiders, Brownell-Talbot s Lower School choir, performed this past year at several Brownell-Talbot concerts, the Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, Elk Ridge Village, and The Arboretum. All third- and fourth-graders may join the Serenading Raiders. The third grade rehearses on Thursdays from p.m. The fourth grade rehearses on Tuesday from p.m. When a concert date nears, combined rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Families should note rehearsal days as they plan for next school year with other activities. Contact Mrs. Nancy Robson, Lower School music teacher, at with questions. Ping, Herrera Join Faculty Mrs. Karen Ping and Mrs. Kristi Schmidt-Herrera have joined the Brownell-Talbot faculty. Ping will teach kindergarten and Schmidt-Herrera will teach art to students in junior kindergarten through sixth grade. Grandparents Day The annual Grandparents Day program is scheduled September 20, , during the great th Anniversary celebration of Brownell-Talbot School. Please plan to attend both shows featuring our Lower School students. Preschool, junior kindergarten and kindergarten students will present "My Trip to the Mountains." Students in first through fourth grades will present "Compose Yourself," a musical designed to introduce them to some of the great composers of the past. 16

17 Athletics Lower, Middle and Upper News Mr. Jeff Rohrig () , ext Physicals and Consent Forms Due Now All students in grades seven through 12 MUST turn in their medical physical and parent consent forms before they are allowed to begin practice for their activity. Completed physical and consent papers may be submitted to Sue Moon and Linda Fries at the school front office. Contact activities director Jeff Rohrig at edu with questions. Girls' Golf The girls' golf team kicks off their season on Wednesday, August 28, in the Papillion-LaVista South Invite at Eagle Hill Golf Course. The team returns four seniors from the varsity team that qualified for State. Coaches this season are Dave Brown and Janelle Comer. US Volleyball The Upper School girls' volleyball team is ready to begin its fall season. Head coach Randi Scott and assistant coach Ashley Herber will lead the squad that had a record of last year. The girls travel to Malcolm on Thursday, September 5, for their first triangular with Malcolm and Louisville. The team's first home triangular is on Tuesday, September 10, versus Parkview Christian and East Butler. The Raiders return all their starters from a year ago so the team is very excited to begin play. US Cross Country Brownell-Talbot and Roncalli Catholic co-op for cross country. The team began practice on August 19 and has its first invite on Thursday September 5 in Plattsmouth at p.m. Brownell-Talbot runners returning from last year are Tenley Propst, '15, Caravaggio Caniglia, '15, and Drew Ketterson, ' The head coach is Jim McClurkin. MS Volleyball The seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball team began practice on August The girls play their first game on Saturday, September 14, in Mead at 10 a.m.. The team is coached by Rob Schindler and assisted by Megan Fowler, ' All seventh- and eighth-grade girls are encouraged to attend practice and join the team. Calendar of Events All activity schedules may be found at athletics. You will also find directions to away games and other important activities information. Raider Football The Raider football team returns eight starters on offense and defense this season. The team is motivated to win the district championship and qualify for the state playoffs. The first game is Friday, August 30, in Humboldt against Humboldt- Table Rock-Steinauer (HTRS.) The team has a bye on Friday, September 6 then plays its first home game against Yutan on Friday, September The team is led by Head Coach Mike Mancuso and Assistant Coaches Wade Lanum, Brad Dunlap, John Olson and Joe Mancuso. The team will have about 34 young men on the squad this year. With the installation of the field lights, all home games will kick off at 7 p.m. this fall. US Boys' Tennis Brownell-Talbot and Concordia operate cooperatively for boys' tennis. Returning players include David Rich, '14, Powers Dicus, '15, Camilo Zapata, '15, and Abhinav Suresh, ' The team began practice on August 12 and has its first tennis dual versus Waverly on Friday, August 30, at 4 p.m. Home duals will take place at Omaha Country Club this season. The new Head Coach Brian Sivinski and assistant Coach is Mark Smith. US Softball Brownell-Talbot and Mercy High School co-op for softball this fall. The team plays its home games and practices at Westgate Fields on 82nd and D streets. The team began practice on August 12 and plays its first game on Thursday, August 29, versus Lincoln Pius X. Brownell-Talbot freshman Grace Boothe is a member of the team. MS Football The B-T Middle School football team began camp on August Regular practice begin Monday, August The junior Raiders will have four games this season. The team starts the season on Tuesday, September 24, in Yutan with a p.m. kick-off. Coaches Chris Hamel and Jon Mayo will lead the young Raiders on the grid iron this season. 17

18 Athletics Lower, Middle and Upper News B-T Youth Sports Organization The Brownell-Talbot Youth Sports Organization (BTYSO) is a volunteer run organization that provides recreational opportunities for kindergarten through sixth-grade Brownell-Talbot students to participate in organized team sports. The B-T Youth Sports Organization provides opportunities in soccer, basketball, volleyball and flag football. The BTYSO depends on parent volunteers to organize and coach the teams. The BTYSO has four goals: 1. Allow an opportunity to learn to play team sports in a way to build skill, confidence and good sportsmanship. 2. Provide an opportunity for the development of every player regardless of ability while having fun, whether playing recreational or competitive level sports. 3. Build good sportsmanship and positive attitudes in players, coaches and parents. 4. Provide coach-training opportunities and encourage coaches to learn coaching skills and techniques appropriate for each level of play. Most recreation youth sports programs are founded on three important principles: fun, personal development and skill development. The B-T Youth Sports Organization will allow every player the opportunity to learn the game while having fun! B-T s fall sports offerings include: Soccer (preschool, junior kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grade) Volleyball (third through sixth grade) Flag football (fifth sixth grade) While registration for fall sports has officially closed, we still may be able to get your child on a team this fall if there is room. Please contact Bruce Froendt, BTYSO coordinator at or by text or phone at ()

19 advancementnews Dr. Lonelle R. Rathje () , ext With documented success, Brownell-Talbot School made a commitment to be a leader in the educational discussion about the skills and experiences children need to live, learn and succeed in the 21st Century. Brownell-Talbot believes that preparing today s children for success in life means teaching them to learn passionately, think critically, act responsibly and lead with integrity. According to the Center for Public Education, this is a direct result of the major forces reshaping the demand of skills: automation; globalization; corporate change; and demographics, to name a few. As we prepare students for success amid these forces, 21st Century Learning also encourages students to develop broader competencies related to critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. In light of these trends, as well as Brownell-Talbot s May approval of its five-year strategic plan, the Office of Institutional Advancement was established to advance the mission, relationships, resources and reputation of the School. Through a crossfunctional approach, the Office of Institutional Advancement encourages partnerships and provides opportunities for meaningful and enduring engagement among our communities. This is offered through a collaboration among the Advancement departments of Admissions and Financial Aid, Fund Development, Constituent Relations, Marketing and Communications, and Advancement Operations. The Office of Institutional Advancement supports the mission of Brownell-Talbot to create a safe and caring community focused dedicated to academic excellence and to preparing students for success in college and in life. Through experiences in academics, activities and the arts, students learn passionately, think critically, act responsibly and lead with integrity. As Brownell-Talbot continues its work to uphold its mission and affect needs given global trends, the Office of Institutional Advancement in concert with the broader team at Brownell-Talbot will assist in addressing the five-year vision as indicated in the strategic plan: 1. Support leadership in academic excellence & innovation. Be known as a leader in PS education in Omaha by distinct, innovative and relevant interdisciplinary programs that achieve excellence in academics, athletics/activities and the arts. 2. Enhance Brownell-Talbot brand. Increase brand recognition and reputation through stronger community engagement, cultivation of constituent relationships and aggressive enrollment management. 3. Increase financial resources. Achieve financial strength, stability and sustainability by completing a successful campaign designed to redesign, expand and improve the campus infrastructure in support of excellence in academics, athletics/activities, the arts and community engagement; and increase endowment for faculty and program excellence. Dr. Lonelle Rathje, Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, is responsible for all Advancement Office activities. She also spearheads all annual, major and planned gift fund raising activities. In addition to Dr. Rathje, the Advancement team includes the following: Kelley Miller; Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Miller provides leadership for all activities related to admissions and financial aid. He also spearheads external outreach. Jessica Bertschinger; Associate Director of Admissions Bertschinger manages the daily activities of events, Parent Ambassadors Committee, Student Ambassadors, testing and donated scholarships. Renae Mackender; Advancement Operations Coordinator Mackender provides leadership for gift accounting and reporting, assessment and benchmarking, information systems management, and donor relations and stewardship. Bob Kassmeier; Director of Constituent Relations Kassmeier facilitates meaningful opportunities for student, alumni, parent, grandparent and faculty/staff outreach and engagement. He also spearheads all Gala activities and manages the daily activities of the Annual Sustaining Campaign. Cathy Tibbels; Director of Marketing & Communications Tibbels provides leadership for all activities related to Brownell-Talbot marketing and communications. For more information, please contact Dr. Lonelle Rathje at () or 19

20 ANNUAL SUSTAINING CAMPAIGN News Parent Pride Welcome to all of our new and returning families! We are excited to start the most historic school year to date while also kicking off the Parent Pride effort to support the Annual Sustaining Campaign. Parent Pride benefits every Brownell-Talbot student your gifts are an investment in your children and future generations. Brownell- Talbot is independent of state, federal and religious regulations and funding, uniquely positioning the School with the freedom to Learn, Think, Act and Lead in the most innovative of ways. Your Parent Pride contribution to the Annual Sustaining Campaign is more vital than ever to keeping our School at the forefront of 21st Century Education. As we never charge the full cost to educate each child today, we charge only 84 percent of total tuition costs we ask instead that families consider giving the difference (currently, $2,) as a voluntary, tax-deductible contribution. We recognize that families have various abilities to contribute. Therefore, families are only asked to give at levels appropriate to their circumstances, and to increase their contributions each year. Our Parent Pride goal is percent participation among our families, as well as to reach our goal of $, Your contribution to the Annual Sustaining Campaign will prepare current and future students for success in the following ways: Keep tuition affordable for all families Offer need-based financial aid for academically talented students Support our challenging college preparatory curriculum Purchase and utilize ipads, computers, audio and video equipment and other emerging technologies Provide students with project-based learning activities and personal interactions with career professionals and community leaders Remain agile in updating and adapting our curriculum, staffing and educational programs Support faculty excellence and innovation Enhance a customizable approach to each student s learning needs Ensure that a degree from Brownell-Talbot is perceived with the highest value possible Today, we are experiencing near record enrollment levels at Brownell-Talbot. Notably, 19 percent of our students this year will benefit from $, in financial aid awards thanks in part to your support through the Annual Sustaining Campaign. Importantly, while we are proud of our ability to support these talented students, we are still unable to meet the financial needs of every academically qualified and accepted student. Last year, 19 students were unable to attend Brownell-Talbot due to a lack of financial aid availability. Your support to the Annual Sustaining Campaign can ensure that Brownell-Talbot s prestigious education becomes a reality for even more academically talented students. From the day we first visited Brownell-Talbot and met the staff, we knew this was the right place for our son Brad. Brownell-Talbot has equipped him with the tools for success as he moves forward through life. Giving to the Parent Pride Campaign is the least we can do to help continue the dedication to academic excellence at Brownell-Talbot. Support for the Parent Pride Campaign can be large or small, but we encourage all parents to participate at some level! Our support is essential for the School to continue providing the best in academics and preparation for the future for each of our children. Lisa and Kyle Hutchings: Parents of Brad, class of The Hutchings family joined Brownell-Talbot in Please join us in making our th year the most influential yet! To make your Parent Pride contribution online, visit our web page or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at ()

21 AdmissionsNews Mr. Kelley Miller () , ext Welcome to our New Students and Families! Please join us in welcoming new students and families to Brownell-Talbot School! m. on Sunday, October 27, as Brownell-Talbot hosts its Fall Preview Day. Families will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, discuss extracurricular activities in fine arts, athletics and academic programs and tour our campus and facilities. Please help us in getting the word out about this wonderful opportunity for families to learn more about Brownell-Talbot and the role we can play in their child s education. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at () or 21

22 B-t AquaticsNews Ms. Jeanie Neal () SPECIAL EVENTS Saturday, September 7 11th Annual Back to Pool Day, p.m. Sunday, September 15 Fall Splash Meet #1 B-T RAIDERS SWIM TEAM We know that fun times in the pool will result in fast times on the clock at meets. Our newly rejuvenated USA Swimming team will have its first practice in September. We are accepting new members through Saturday, September 7. Registration for the winter season will open on Sunday, September 8. The team is open to B-T students in kindergarten through fourth grades who can complete a minimum of 25 yards each backstroke and crawl stroke. Attention Middle School Students: Our new B-T Raiders Swim Team is accepting applications for help with after school practices, Saturday morning practices, and team events. This is a volunteer position open to all Brownell-Talbot Middle School students. The B-T Raiders swim team is open to Brownell-Talbot Lower School students this school year. Over the next two years, we will add a new grade each year. Beginning with the Olympic summer of , the club will be open to students in all grades. This is an open invitation to B-T Middle School students to participate in our new team. Whether you are already on a USA Swimming team, or want to start swimming with the Raiders on a limited basis before we grow to your grade, we want you! q q I m already a member of a USA Swimming Team. I want to help coach the Raiders. We welcome your help with our new school swim team. You can register to help with B-T Raiders practices and events that do not conflict with your team practices and events. I would like to start swimming and help coach the Raiders, too. While we can t offer you the full swim team experience until the summer of , student coaches can learn all that is taught at the team practices, participate in Saturday practices and take advantage of public lap swim time at B-T. Student coaches who pay for USA Swimming membership on our team may attend meets on the team schedule. We publish a separate weekly online newsletter for the B-T Raiders. Even if you are not on the team, you might want to check it out. There is some good stuff there! You ll find links to the newsletters at the bottom right of the home page ( Click on More News to view older issues. Team Events: Saturday, September 7 First Practice! Sunday, September 8 Online registration for the winter session opens at noon Saturday, September 14 Officials Clinic Sunday, September 15 Fall Splash #1 (entries due on 9/10) 22

23 B-T AquaticsNews PUBLIC SWIM We offer three types of public swimming opportunities in September. Family Swim: This is recreational swimming for the whole family. Admission is $3 per person.* Family Swim time is p.m. on Saturdays when we have swimming lessons. Fitness Swim: This is before-school lap swimming and water exercise for all ages. Fitness Swim times are Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 8 a.m. Admission is $3 per person.* Bonus Swim+: This is lap swimming time for adults in conjunction with our swimming lesson times. Admission is $3 per person. *There is no charge for current B-T students, faculty, and staff or immediate family members accompanied by the student/faculty/ staff member. +Bonus Swim times are subject to change with little notice. Check the website for schedule updates. PHYSICAL EDUCATION PE swimming starts on September Students will swim best and have the most fun when they have the proper equipment for swimming. We do not provide caps and goggles. We recommend every swimmer have both at every class. Girls swim best in one piece suits with no ties. Please do not choose suits that tie at the neck, behind the back, or at the legs. Alternately, boys swim best in suits that do have a string to tighten up the waist. Beware of fashion suits that have ties that are for show and do not help hold up the suit. Visit the B-T Aquatics web site to view helpful hints on purchasing goggles and selecting suits. SWIMMING LESSONS We offer great lessons! So great that as of August 21, there are two spots left open for fall swimming lessons. These are all on Tuesdays during the school day. Online registration is available at Registration for winter lessons opens on Sunday, September 8. 23

24 Parents AssociationNews Mrs. Melissa Schafer () Welcome to the school year! The Brownell-Talbot Parents Association is looking forward to another great year. As this year s president, I would like to encourage you to become involved with the upcoming projects and opportunities you have as a parent of the Brownell-Talbot community. Monthly BTPA meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at a.m. in the Fireside Room. Please plan to attend the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 5, September is a very busy month for the BTPA! Scholastic Book Fair Tuesday, September Saturday, September 21 *A complete listing of hours is on the Homecoming page in this newsletter. There are extended hours this year on Friday, September 20, and Saturday afternoon hours during the Founder's Fair. Chili Supper Thursday, September 19 Grandparents Day Friday, September 20 Each year, the BTPA works to provide students, teachers, and staff with enrichment and recognition programs. Just a few examples include Grandparents Day programs, Halloween parties, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week, Family Fun Day, Scholastic Book Fair and much more! To continue to provide these worthwhile activities, we need YOUR help. Your help, big and small, can make a difference for our children and teachers at Brownell-Talbot! To our B-T families, new and returning, I look forward to your participation and seeing you at the various BTPA events! Sincerely, Melissa Schafer BTPA President BTPA Meeting Dates for September 5 October 3 November 7 December 5 January 9 (2nd Thursday due to Holiday Break) February 6 March 6 April 3 May 1 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! The Brownell Talbot Parents Association sponsors and supports many events and activities throughout the school year. Your volunteerism makes a difference to our children and our school. Even a few hours can make a big difference! Look for signups coming soon online and at the New Parent and Open House nights. September Scholastic Bookfair The Brownell Talbot Parents Association will hold its annual Scholastic Bookfair September in conjunction with the School's th year celebration. The bookfair will also be available online at homepage/brownelltalbotschool 24

25 B-T Booster Club Mrs. Kathy Emery () Dear B-T Parents, We are looking for parents and students to help in the concession for football and volleyball. It is a great opportunity and a lot of fun to get to know other B-T parents. To volunteer to help during football games, please contact Colette Michael at To volunteer during volleyball matches, contact Donna Bellavance-Puetz at com. Students who wish to volunteer should contact Mr. Jeff Rohrig, activities director, at I want to thank the following parents who have agreed to volunteer for the Booster Club during Suellen Willett: Vice-President Greyson Smith: Treasurer Sarah Haskell: Secretary Karen Burkley: Parliamentarian Jenny Rich: Membership Diana Hopkins: Concession Buyer Suellen Willett: Merchandise Buyer Samara Boothe: Merchandise Sales Coordinator Colette Michael: Football Concession Volunteers Donna Bellavance-Puetz: Volleyball Concession Volunteers Sarah Haskell, Colette Michael: Concession Openers Samara Boothe: Concession Closer Jeff Rohrig: Student Volunteer Coordinator If you would like to help in any of the above-stated areas, please contact any one of us. B-T merchandise will be available for purchase during the New Parent Orientation/MS and US Open House Night on Thursday, August 22, and the Lower School Open House event on Tuesday, August Don t forget to sign-up for your Booster Club membership: the membership form may be downloaded at forms. Please contact Jenny Rich, membership chair at with questions. Go Raiders! Go Boosters! Kathy Emery Booster Club President 25

26 News B-T Booster Club BROWNELL-TALBOT BOOSTER CLUB RAIDER POWER - IT S CONTAGIOUS!!! We are extending an invitation to all parents, alumni, and friends to join the B-T Booster Club. The purpose of the B-T Booster Club is to create an atmosphere that supports our children s extracurricular endeavors in a manner that fosters good sportsmanship, teamwork, and school spirit. B-T is not a neighborhood school. Our children need positive outlets and a place to gather. What better place than at these extracurricular activities! These events become social events for the B-T students, parents, and alumni. Developing school spirit and pride starts early, so we encourage Lower and Middle School families along with all the Upper School families to join the Booster Club in supporting our children! If you aren t able to attend sports competitions, please consider joining the Individual or Support the Arts category. Please return the membership form and your check (made payable to Brownell-Talbot Booster Club) to: Brownell-Talbot School Boosters N. Happy Hollow Blvd. Omaha, NE BLUE & GOLD CIRCLE ($) Your names in athletic program Allows two (2) adults free admission to home athletic events INDIVIDUAL CIRCLE ($60) Your name in athletic program Allows one (1) adult free admission to home athletic events SUPPORT THE ARTS ($40) Your donation helps support the music and drama programs, and the speech team Name Phone Address City, State, Zip Payment made by: Cash Check payable to Brownell-Talbot Booster Club The Booster Club offers many opportunities for volunteering your time, such as working in the concession stand during athletic and extracurricular activities, baking goodies for the concession stand, helping with Spirit Nights for various sports, and supporting many of the events surrounding Homecoming. If you would like to be involved, check here and we will contact you. Thanks!! 26

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