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 

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 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