Monday, June 11, 2018

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Welcome to 1st Grade!

We are excited to begin a new school year! Our first day of school will be July 9th.  Open house is on July 17th from 5:30-7:30.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Brassfield you must do a background clearance check every year.

The children will need lunch money or a packed lunch each day.  They should also bring a healthy snack for the afternoon.

Supply List for First Grade
Below is a list of school supply items we would like for you to send in with your child.  
Many items will be shared.
Please label these items with your child’s name:
___         A large book bag (NO WHEELS) – label with name
___         Children’s Fiskar scissors – label with name
___               3 sturdy two-pocket plastic folders (1 red, 1 blue & 1 green)
                 (without brads or designs)
___           1 rectangular plastic school box (label) 8 inch size
___         1 set of headphones- these are very important to have! (not earbuds)
___         A full change of clothes in a ziplock bag labeled with your child’s names (socks, underwear,
shirt, bottoms)
                                  Please do not label the following items:
___             12 standard #2 yellow pencils (sharpened)
___             1 box of Crayola brand 24 count crayons – (no larger)
___             1 box of colored pencils
___             2 packs Black Expo Dry Erase markers
___             2 packs of glue sticks
___             2 standard container baby wipes (BOYS)
___             2 rolls of paper towels (GIRLS)         
___             1 large box of tissues
___             3 black and white marble composition notebook (not spiral)
___             1 inch white view binders (clear plastic pocket on the outside)
___        1 set of 5 tab dividers for binders

We would love but it is not required:
___         white cardstock
___             stickers
___             small items for the prize box
___             playground equipment: sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jump ropes, balls, etc.
___             printer cartridges -
                   Laser Jet Pro 400 Black ink;
                     Laser Jet 500 4 colors (blaack CE400X, Blue HE401A, Magenta CE403A,
Yellow HE-CE402A)
___             sheet protectors
___             Avery address labels to print on
___             colored pens
In addition, your child will need to have the following at home to be able to complete homework assignments: crayons, pencils, erasers,
and glue sticks.  

Thank you for all of your support throughout this school year!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018

Spring Carnival – Friday, June 1st – Volunteers Needed
Brassfield’s first Spring Carnival is 2 weeks away! We hope you are planning to join us on Friday, June 1st  in the Lower Field @ 5-8 PM.
Ticket sales are going great, but volunteers are desperately needed at to run game stations. If the sign-up does not increase, then we will have to eliminate a significant number of games. Please help!
Volunteers can sign-up here. Grab a friend and work a station together!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Dear Parents, 

I hope you are all having a good week!  The children are doing well and working very hard!  

There will be no school on Friday, March 30th and Thursday, March 29th will be a full school day.  Report cards will go home on Thursday.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference, please feel free to email me.  

Ms. Kessler our AG teacher informed me that the window for nominating your child for testing for single subject acceleration will be opening for Track 1 - 4/12 - 4/25.  You can visit her blog for more information. 

Picture day will be next Wednesday, April 4th.  Our next field trip is also approaching.  We will be going to 3 Bears Acres on April 17th.  

Thank you for all of your support! 
Hillary Gilland  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents, 

I hope everyone is enjoying their track out despite this crazy weather!  Please be sure to check the weather and send your child to school with the appropriate clothing for recess.  It is a tricky time of year and since our recess is earlier in the day, it can be a bit chilly still. Also, don't forget to stop by the Book Fair! 

Here are some important events for our first week back:

Saturday 3/24: Track in Day and Saturday Make Up. Please let me know if your child will not be attending school, as it will greatly help with planning 😊

Tuesday 3/27 Media by Moonlight 5-7 pm

Thursday 3/29 Early Release 1:15  Please notify me of any transportation changes. 

Friday 3/30 No School Good Friday

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your track out!

Mrs. Gilland and Mrs. Holt 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Track out February 27, 2018

Dear Parents, 

I hope everyone has a restful break!  Friday, March 2nd is our last day.  Our class will be moving out of our room.  We will move to room 211.  Over track out please have your child continue to do Xtra Math.  The site can be accessed from our class blog on the Brassfield website.  Also, all students can access ABC mouse.  The email is and the password is brassy.  Please encourage your child to read and write daily over the break.  Also, talk to your child about your wants and needs and how your family is using money.  
In math they should be able to fluently add and subtract numbers to 10.  

This Friday the children may bring a favorite stuffed animal and wear their pajamas to celebrate our track out.  They have worked very hard this quarter!  

Thank you for all of your support!  

Hillary Gilland and Jenny Holt 

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.
The 2018 Brassfield Math & Science Extravaganza enrollment period is now open! The Extravaganza is a great opportunity for junior scientists and mathematicians to be ...
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Hillary Gilland