Watch Ms. Byrn’s 5th grade class participate in Target Oratory Festival 2016, where they recited Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address at Ford’s Theater earlier this month.
Third through fifth graders from four other area schools also presented famous Lincoln speeches. The fifth graders had been studying the Second Inaugural, as well as public speaking skills with the help of a teaching artist from Ford’s Theater since early last Fall. When the time to perform came, the fifteen students were able to stand proudly on stage and recite from memory each of Lincoln’s famous words, encouraging unity between the North and South as the war’s end neared. Great job!
Miss last night’s PTA meeting? The presentation from last night, including enrollment data for charter schools frequently chosen by Brent families, and some insight into PARRC scores from Jefferson Academy, is now available. Thanks to the Middle School Committee for a great presentation.
Middle School Presentation
Tomorrow’s PTA Family night we will be joined by a couple of special guests. Ward 6 Council Member Charles Allen’s Chief of Staff, Laura Marks, will join us to talk about the budget process for school modernization and what we can expect (and influence) this year. We will also be joined by Jefferson Academy Assistant Principal Greg Dohmann, who will present a quick analysis of the PARCC scores at Jefferson Academy.
The PTA’s Middle School Committee will also be making a presentation of some research that was done on enrollment trends at some of the Charter middle schools that have been serving Ward 6 Families.
Childcare and dinner for kids provided.
Brent will be hosting its annual middle school night on Wednesday February 24 at 6:30 p.m. No matter what grades your children are in, please come on the 24th to help inform the next chapter after Brent for your kids. Questions to be addressed include:
Calling all parent volunteers!! On April 8 Brent will be holding its first annual Health & Fitness Day. It will be an exciting day full of fun activities and events. We are calling on our fabulous community of parents to help us make this day a huge success. We need lots of parent volunteers to help make the day run smoothly. Volunteers will be asked to help with: shuttling children to different activities, helping kids safely cross the street, helping hand out healthy snacks during the all school picnic, assisting the teachers in leading a class, etc. Please note that April 8 is a half-day for all students so volunteering duties would be over by 12:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this awesome event please email Stacy Miller at (if interested in helping out with grades Pre-K-1st) or Elisabeth Kraemer (if interested in helping out with grades 2nd-5th). We are very excited about Brent’s first Heath & Fitness Day.
Three Million Minute Reading Challenge
Let's do our part and race to 3,000,000 minutes of reading! Register your student(s) for the program at and log your reading time. Sign in using your DCPS login information (Student ID Number and Six-Digit Birth Date as password). Please e-mail Ms. Bettina with questions.