Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Updates and Dates to Remember

Dear Parents, 

I hope you are having a great week!  February will be busy month! 

Here are some dates to remember:  

Friday, February 2nd-Wear your team's jersey

Thursday, February 8th-Literacy Night (Bring a Book, Take a Book) 5:30-6:30 pm

Friday, February 9th-Early Release at 1:15 pm 

Saturday, February 10th-Snow make-up day 8:45-12:45 (please send in a big snack)

Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine's Day and Mrs. Gilland's class Learning Experience at 12:30 pm

Monday, February 26th-Field Trip to see The Cat in the Hat 10:30-1:00 pm at Duke Energy Theater in Raleigh

Tuesday, February 27th-Math and Science Fair at 6:00 pm  

If you would like to be a chaperone for the field trip, please let me know.  We are able to take 3 parents.  The cost is $10.00, and you can pay Brassfield Elementary.  You must be an approved volunteer.  You will meet us at the Duke Energy Theater around 11:00.  The play will go from 11:45-12:45.  The students will eat lunch when they return to school.  

We will be starting a new social studies unit on community helpers.  If you have a job that you would like to share with our class, please let us know.  You may be asked to share with multiple classes.  You will talk to the students about your role in your job, the instruments or tools you use, and answer their questions.  

Thank you and have a great weekend!
Hillary Gilland and Jenny Holt 

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

Dear Parents, 

Wow!  We made it through our first FULL week of the New Year!  The kids worked very hard, but I am sure they are very tired.  

Please note that school will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  

We will have a snow make-up day on Saturday, January 20th and April 7th.
  • School hours are 9:15 to 12:45 (carpool begins at 8:45 and ends at 1:10)
  • Buses run normal routes
  • No YMCA Before or After care
  • No Breakfast or lunch served by the cafeteria - students should bring a lunch/heavy snack

Today was the last day to turn in math and science fair forms. If your child would like to participate in this event, please have them return the form ASAP. Forms can be found on the Brassfield website under the PTA tab.
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Thank you and have a great weekend!
Hillary Gilland

Wednesday, November 29, 2017



Good afternoon!  I wanted to let you know that as part of our Social Studies Curriculum, we have been studying Winter Holidays from Around the World.  So far we have learned about Diwali, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.  We have been talking about how these holidays are similar and what commonalities they all have. The children have been enjoying this unit so much and I am planning on ending the week with some Christmas activities based around the book "The Polar Express" by Chris VanAllsburg. I hope the kids will enjoy it! Please allow them to wear their pajamas on Friday, December 1st.  

Also, please be aware that the book fair is happening this week. Media by Moonlight is next Tuesday night, December 5th. Hopefully some of us can make it over our track out. 

Lastly, Friday is our last day of school before our mid year track out.  It is a full day of school. I will be sending pencil boxes home to restock with pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, etc.  Please be sure to send them back in January. 
We return to school January 2, 2018. Report cards will go home when we return from track out.  

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful track out and winter break! 

Hillary GIlland and Jenny Holt 

Monday, November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017

  • A new club opportunity is coming in January 2018! The Brassfield Morning Movement Club will begin on Friday, January 5, 2018 for (K-2) & Friday, January 12, 2018 for (3rd-5th.) The club will meet from 8:00-8:45 AM on Friday mornings in the Multi-Purpose Room (Gym) from January through Mid-May.  Each age group will meet every other week. The missions of the movement club are to get kids moving and to make them aware of how their breath can help them calm down and focus.  
  • How can I register my child for the club? On-line. Look for the web link for the permission/registration on the Brassfield Web Site on Nov. 29th & in the upcoming Brassfield Bulletin E-Newsletters. 
  • What will my child need to bring? Your child may bring his or her own yoga mat each week. If your child doesn't have a yoga mat, then he/she may use one that has been purchased by the Brassfield PTA for the club.  
  • Is there a cost to participate in the club? There is a one-time $10 club fee to purchase club equipment due the first day your child attends. Make checks payable to "Brassfield PTA." 
  • Will you need parent volunteers? Yes! Look for a web link to the Sign Up Genius for Parent Volunteers. This link will be sent to parents who register their child on-line for the club.  (Note: All volunteers must have Volunteer Clearance with WCPSS) 
  • Who will be leading the club?  Parent Volunteers: Amy Buchan (Tr 2) & Jennifer Johnson (Tr 1) 
  • If I have a yoga mat / yoga mats that I'd like to donate to Brassfield PTA to be used by K-5 students, then where should I bring them? Beginning Nov. 27th, there will be a large box in the lobby labeled: "Yoga Mat donations for Brassfield Morning Movement Club."
  • Have additional questions? Contact: Amy & Jennifer @

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

Dear Parents and Families, 

I cannot believe it is already the end of November.  Time really does fly when you're having fun! We have had another great quarter and are gearing up for our December track out.  

Please note that tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 21st is an Early Release Day.  Dismissal is at 1:15. Please let me know of any transportation changes. 

In January, Brassfield's PBIS Committee is kicking off a 'PBIS Pep Rally' for our students.  As part of the celebration, we will roll out 'Individual BEARS tickets' as an incentive for students that exhibit "pawsitive" behaviors.  These tickets will allow our students an opportunity to 'cash-in' for fun items that each grade level has requested.  In an effort to support this school-wide initiative, our grade level is requesting the following items:
  • fun erasers
  • pencils
  • trading cards (Pokemon, Sports, etc.) 
  • other small prize box trinkets 
Thanks in advance for considering supporting our upcoming 'PBIS Pep Rally!'  Please send in any of the items above with your student.   😊

Don’t forget to keep logging the books your child reads on the Readvolution website.  We have 4 children in our class in the top 10 Readers of the school. Keep up the great work!!

Have a wonderful, safe holiday weekend and I will see the children back to school on November 27th for our last week!

Mrs. Gilland and Mrs. Holt 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7

Dear Parents, 
Please note that tomorrow is Spirit Day here at Brassfield.  Tomorrow's theme is Rainbow day. Every grade level is designated to wear a special color of the rainbow.  Our color is ORANGE.  So please send your child to school in orange if possible.  

Friday November 11th is Veteran's Day and there is no school.

Monday November 13th we have an in-school field trip with Science is Fun for Everyone.  The scientists will be teaching us more about balance and motion.  Since this "field trip" is in school, no chaperones will be needed and no special lunches will be necessary.  But I will be sure to take lots of pictures for you :) 

Wednesday November 15th is picture make up day for track 1. If you would like to have your child's fall pictures retaken, please let me know and I will send home a new order form. 

Tuesday November 20th is an Early Release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:15. 
Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd school is closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.  

Lastly, please be sure to send a jacket or heavy sweater/sweatshirt to school.  The weather is changing and the temperatures are fluctuating in the classroom too. Thank you!

Have a great evening and a wonderful week!

Hillary Gilland 

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

Dear Parents,  

I hope everyone is having a great week!  This is just a reminder that our book character day is next Tuesday, October 31st.  Your child should dress as their favorite book character and bring the book.  We will also have a learning experience that day from 9:30-11:15.   

Also, their social studies celebration project is due November, 2nd.  Please email me if you have any questions about the project.  I look forward to seeing them!  

Have a great weekend and keep reading and recording your books for the Readvolution challenge!  

Hillary GIlland