Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Dear Elementary Families,
In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Wake County Public School System’s Strategic Plan Vision 2020, we will be partnering to bring Readvolution to all of our elementary schools. This partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school.  The event has a start date in schools of October 2nd and an end date of January 12, 2018. Your child will be able to be part of this event by reading daily for 20 minutes!
The challenge will include an individual and school wide component as well as goals for each.  The individual component will include the following:
·         Through an online tracking system, students will provide their name and minutes read each day. Please see the log in instructions.
        Students who achieve the goal of reading 20 minutes per day (Monday - Friday) throughout the October -January time frame will receive a complimentary ticket voucher to a Hurricanes home game.
        Students will have the opportunity to nominate a teacher who has encouraged them most in their reading. Randomly selected nominated teachers will be highlighted at a Carolina Hurricanes game.
        Students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to write and submit an essay on a chosen topic. An essay winner per region will be recognized county wide.

The school wide component of the challenge includes the tracking of books read collectively at the school site.  This component will include the following:
        Schools that collectively read 2,020 books between October-January will be entered into a drawing by region to participate in a culminating event (Cool School Field Trip) at PNC arena during the school day in February. 
        If your school is selected from the drawing to attend the culminating event, students will have the opportunity to see a Hurricanes practice, participate in fun activities, and hear from Hurricane players.
        For every book a student reads, they will write on a paper puck the title of the book as well as their name, which will be added to the Hurricanes hockey goal banner. The goal is to collectively fill the banner with 2,020 pucks.
        The Hurricanes will visit select schools throughout the campaign to encourage students to read. 

Thank you for your willingness to participate in the Readvolution program. We appreciate this opportunity to build life-long readers and learners in our community. 
Introducing Readvolution
In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Wake County Public School Systems Strategic Plan of Vision 2020, we are teaming up to bring Readvolution to all of our elementary schools. This partnership will support a community-wide literacy campaign around daily reading outside of school. The goal of this campaign is to highlight the importance of reading in creating college, career ready graduates. We will kick off this event in schools starting October 2nd and an end date of January 12th.

All WCPSS elementary students will be given the challenge of 20 minutes of reading outside of the school day! The challenge will include an individual and school wide component as well as goals for each.
Instructions to Log In Use your web browser to go to http://hurricanes.com/WakeCounty. On the website, click “Submit Reading Results”, to take you to the Readvolution app homepage. You will see the scoreboard and the option to log into your account using your WakeID username and password. After logging in, you will see your student dashboard. The dashboard will show you an overview of things you can do.
How to log the time that you read
Each day, after you’re done reading, you should add the time to your Readvolution log.

● If you are reading a new book
○ You can add a new reading log entry by clicking the large “Add” button.
○ Enter the title of the book and how many minutes you spent reading it.
○ Enter the date of when you read the book (if you didn’t read it today)
○ Enter whether you finished reading the entire book.
○ Click the “Save” button.
○ Your new entry will be added to the log on your dashboard.
● If you are continuing to read a book
○ Click on the “Continue” button next to the book that you read.
○ Enter the date of when you read the book (if you didn’t read it today)
○ Enter whether you finished reading the entire book.
○ Click the “Save” button.
○ Your new entry will be added to the log on your dashboard.
The scoreboard is on the homepage of the website, click the big #readvolution logo at the top of the page to get there.
Teachers have their own dashboard. They can see the student roster and details for each student. This will be coming soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

Dear Parents, 

We are into our second week of second quarter.  Please continue to check your child's Bee binder for important notes and assessments.  Spelling list and homework are placed in their binders on Monday.  Please go over your child's homework before they turn it in on Friday.  Spelling tests are given each Friday, so please review the words throughout the week.  Students have an opportunity to practice the words in class as well.  

Please have your child bring a water bottle with their name written on it.  They should also bring a healthy snack to eat at the end of the day.  

If you have not yet had a fall conference, please email me to schedule a time.  I am also able to do phone conferences.  

We are in need of treasure box items.  If you would like to send those in we would really appreciate it.  

Thank you! 
Hillary Gilland and Jenny Holt 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Character Parade

Dear Parents,
We are happy to announce that student government has coordinated a Storybook Character Parade this year! It will be held on October 31st, grades 3-5 @ 9:30 and grades K-2 and life skills @ 9:50.  Parents are encouraged to dress up and watch the parade also! We ask that parents/guardians line up along the sidewalk either at the front of the building or on the sides. No need for a babysitter, feel free to allow your little ones to dress up and watch with you! The students will be parading around the school, carrying a book that has their favorite character!

Your child is encouraged to dress as any story book character they choose and they must carry that book with them during the parade.  A few examples: you can be Cat in the Hat and carry the picture book, dress up like Harry Potter and carry the chapter book or dress like Spiderman and carry the comic book! Creativity and homemade costumes are encouraged!!!

Track 3- You are welcome to attend, even though you are tracked out

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at hgilland@wcpss.net.

We look forward to seeing you there :)


                                                          Brassfield Student Government and Hillary GIlland

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Happy Track out!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and restful break.  I have enjoyed working with and getting to know your children these first nine weeks.  Report cards will go home the first week we return to school.  I am available for conferences on September 28th or after we return in October.

Please encourage your child to read, write and practice their math addition and subtraction facts to 20 over the break.  Ask them questions involving math whenever you get a chance.  This will help them to see math in the real world.  Please use the websites listed on the class blog to help keep their skills sharp.

Thank you for all of your support!
Hillary Gilland

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Important Updates

Good afternoon! I just wanted to send out a quick reminder of some upcoming events. Please scroll down for more details of each event. 
  • August 18 - Early Release at 1:15 PM & Author Visit
  • August 28 - Fall Picture Day, Tracks 1 & 3
  • August 30 - Spirit Day - Wacky Tacky - City BBQ at Falls of Neuse
  • August 31 - Walkathon, Tracks 1 & 3
  • September 4 - No School - Labor Day​​​​​​​
Early Release
We have our first Early Release Day on Friday, August 18th. Students will dismiss at 1:15 PM, with carpool pickup from 1:15 to 1:40.  Busses will run their routes in the normal order, but you should expect students home about 2.5 hours earlier than normal. YMCA after school will operate until its normal 6pm end time. Please let me know of any transportation changes.

Caldecott Honor Recipient Peter Brown is coming to Brassfield
Caldecott Honor author and illustrator Peter Brown is visiting Brassfield on Friday, August 18th. Mr. Brown has written books such as Wild Robot and The Curious Garden. He will be giving presentations to classes and signing pre-ordered books. E-mail Brassfield Media Specialist Marni Wall at mwall@wcpss.net with questions.

Backpack Buddies Food Drive
August is Backpack Buddies food drive month!  Brassfield's Backpack Buddies program, in collaboration with North Raleigh Ministries, provides over 300 food items per week to our children in food insecure homes.  Please donate non-perishable food items or grocery store gift cards to help support our program. Bins for donations are located in front lobby.  Grocery gift cards may also be placed in an envelope, labeled for Backpack Buddies, and put in the PTA mailbox (located inside between the front doors of our school).  Sign up here to help us organize our donations throughout the year. For questions, more information, or to volunteer with Backpack Buddies, please contact Jennifer Johnson (jenadamjohnson@gmail.com) or Melinda Leonardo (mesmerize35@hotmail.com).  Our sincere thanks for your support!

Have a great week!
Hillary Gilland

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017

We are off to a great start to our year!  

Here are some of the highlights: 

The children are learning how to pick out good fit books that interest them.  
They are solving addition and subtraction story problems using drawings and counting on.  
The students wrote a story about something that has happened to them.  They certainly have exciting lives!  
We discussed the rules of our school, and understand why we need rules.  

Thank you for all of your cooperation and helping us get off to a great start!  Please continue to check the BEE binder nightly, and the Wednesday folder.  

Mrs. Vilcans will be our class parent this year.  If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer registration application on the school computers.  This must be done yearly. We will be sending out a Sign-up Genius for in class volunteers.   

Important Dates: 

Backpack Buddies food drive in August

August 18th Early Release 

August 25th Spanish Concert @1:55-2:40 (More details can be found on the blog.)  

August 28th Fall Pictures

August 31st Walkathon

Friday, July 7, 2017

Supply List

2017-2018 Supply List for First Grade
Below is a list of school supplies we would like for you to send in with your child.  
Please know that many of these items will be shared.
Free photo School Supplies Glue Back To School Crayons - Max Pixel
Please label these items with your child’s name:                                                           
___         A large bookbag (NO WHEELS)
___         Children’s Fiskar scissors
___           1 rectangular plastic school box, 8 inches in length
___         1 set of headphones

Please do not label the following items:
___             24 standard #2 yellow pencils (sharpened)
___             1 box of Crayola brand 24 count crayons (no larger)
___             1 box of 10 markers
___             3 sturdy two-pocket plastic folders: 1 red, 1 blue & 1 green (without brads or designs)
___             2 packs Black Expo Dry Erase markers
___             1 pack of glue sticks
___             2 pink rectangular erasers
___             3 black and white marble composition notebook (not spiral)
___             1 inch white view binders (clear plastic pocket on the outside)
___        1 pack of 3x5 index cards (lined)
___             2 standard container baby wipes         
___             2 large box of tissues
___             1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags

First Grade Team would love these items but they are not required:

___         white cardstock
___             stickers
___             small items for our prize boxes
___             Recess items such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, balls, etc.
___             printer cartridges -
                   Laser Jet Pro 400 Black ink;
                   Laser Jet 500 4 colors (black CE400X, Blue HE401A, Magenta CE403A, Yellow HE-CE402A)

...and if you feel it it necessary:

___             A change of clothes in a ziplock bag labeled with your child’s name (socks, underwear, shirt, pants)

In addition, your child will need to have the following items at home to be able to complete their homework assignments: pencils, erasers, crayons and glue sticks.  

THANK YOU for all you do for our students!