Dear Brecht Families,
It has been a fun and fast summer and I am looking forward to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year on August 28th. I hope that you had a great summer filled with lots of fun and learning. Thank you to Dr. Burkhart and Mrs. Wales who led our summer reading program on Mondays in July. It’s always fun to see our students and their families in the summer.
Listed below are important dates that I want to share. Teacher letters to students will be mailed out on Friday, August 11th. There will not be a teacher assignment postcard mailed to you this year. The teacher letter will provide you with your child’s class assignment. Incoming Kindergarten Students are invited to come for a bus ride on Wednesday, August 16th at 9:00 a.m. Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to ride the school bus with their children. New Family Open House is Wednesday, August 16th from 10:00-12:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for new families to participate in self-guided tours of Brecht (maps of the building will be available). This is also a time that you may practice walking your child to his/her classroom in preparation for the first day of school. On the first day of school, students will walk independently to their classrooms. Teachers will assist any students who may need help.
Brecht’s Staff is excited about the district’s technology initiative. This year all 3rd grade students will have a one to one device (iPad) to utilize as part of their learning. Teachers will be incorporating this technology into their instruction to help students meet learning objectives. This initiative will be expanded each year to include all grade levels.
On August 24th, Brecht Teachers will be visiting various locations in the Brecht attendance area. We will be stopping to visit with students and hand out free school supplies. We will be at each stop for approximately 10-15 minutes. Please note the following stops (the times are approximate):
Stop 1: 10:00- Liberty and Charlotte (near Career Link)
Stop 2: 10:25- On Roosevelt, near Glen Moore Circle at the entrance of the Golden Triangle Apartments
Stop 3: 10:50- Stauffer Park (at Toll Gate Lane)
*Even if you don’t need any school supplies, we would love to see your smiling faces!
Please join us at the PTO’s Back to School Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for your child to see friends and teachers while enjoying some ice cream on the playground at Brecht.
We will open up the school year with an all-school assembly focusing on our school-wide positive behavior support plan, the Bobcat 5: respect, responsibility, kindness, cooperation and excellence. In September, our school community will focus on kindness; cooperation will be our focus for October. I will be talking about the Bobcat 5 at Back to School Night. Back to School Night will be on Tuesday, September 5th. More information regarding Back to School Night will be in your child’s first day packet.
Take a moment to explore the new format of the Manheim Township School District website at www.mtwp.net. You will notice user-friendly new links on the homepage for parents to find valuable information and resources. Brecht also has it’s own school page which features our school event calendar, supply lists and newsletter updates throughout the year.
Thank you for reading all of the paperwork that comes home at the beginning of the school year. Please be sure to review the information included in the Elementary Handbook that will come home in the first day packet. Save this handbook for reference through the year! Thank you for your diligence in returning the beginning of the school year paperwork as soon as possible.
Attached to this letter are Manheim Township School District’s Attendance Guidelines. It is important that you review and abide by these guidelines for your student’s attendance. We know there is a direct connection between students’ attendance and their achievement.
Please sign up on Brecht’s PTO website (https://brechtpto.wordpress.com) to receive important Bobcat Blasts and school information. The first PTO meeting will be on September 19th at 6:30 p.m. Please plan on becoming an active member of our PTO. We need everyone’s support to provide all of the great activities the PTO has planned for our school community. Childcare will be provided at our PTO meetings, so please join us!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! It is an honor and privilege to be a part of your child’s educational journey.
Thank you for your partnership.
Sharon R. Schaefer,