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Welcome Back!

 August, 2017

 Dear Brewer Island Families,

 Welcome back to a new school year! On behalf of the Brewer Island Staff, I would like to welcome you to an exciting 2017-2018 school year. The SMFCSD facilities and maintenance crew are working extremely hard to ensure BIES is ready for our students on the first day of school. Over the summer our school was given a fresh coat of paint and currently the roof is being replaced. In addition, teachers are preparing their classrooms and curriculum for the start of school. We look forward to seeing you in just a couple of weeks!

 Please join me in welcoming three new staff members to the BIES family. I warmly welcome Claire Cremers, 2nd Grade Teacher, Michael Dalmadge, Preschool SDC Teacher, and Gwindale Person, 3rd -5th Grade SDC Teacher. They will be wonderful additions to the Brewer Island School community.

 Most school communication will be delivered through email and the school website. Please continue to view the Brewer Island website (http://brewer-island.smfcsd.net/ )for information regarding upcoming events. In addition, we will email parents weekly with an updated calendar of events, send a monthly newsletter announcing the wonderful things that are happening at BIES, and send fliers home with your child regarding important events and scheduling changes such as Open House dates and times and early dismissals. If you change your email address please update your email address with the Office so you do not miss important information.

 Information regarding PTA events and activities will be sent through the PTA website at https://brewerislandpta.membershiptoolkit.com.  Please register on the site to receive important information on PTA activities, including Math Night, Ice Cream Social, Movie Nights, etc. You do not have to join the PTA to receive information from this site, although you will have to register to receive the email communications.  You will also be able to fill out forms, purchase Spirit Wear, make Dolphin Drive Contributions, and find out about upcoming PTA events on the site.

The Brewer Island website, http://brewer-island.smfcsd.net/ contains forms for you to fill out and return on Monday, August 14, during Maze Day which is our Start Of School event. If you are unable to print these forms, hardcopies will be available at Maze Day as well. Parents have the opportunity at this event to turn in school forms, learn about our PTA, pay for hot lunches, purchase a student planner (required for all 3rd-5th grade students) and pick up his/her child’s class assignment. Additional information regarding Maze Day may be found on the BIES PTA website at: https://brewerislandpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home. For those who are unable to attend Maze Day, your child will bring home important forms on the first day of school for you to complete. Be sure to return your envelope with your completed forms to school immediately. This envelope will be used as your weekly information packet for the remainder of the school year. Please note that a $2 charge applies for replacement of lost envelopes.

 Class Lists will be posted on the front windows of the school on Monday, August 14 at 5:30pm. The first day of school, Tuesday, August 15, is quickly approaching.

The schedule for the first day of school is as follows:

            Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten: 8:30am-11:30am

            1st – 3rd grades: 8:20am-2:40pm

            4th and 5th grades: 8:00am-2:40pm


For more information regarding Brewer Island including the daily school schedules and the hot lunch menu, please visit the Brewer Island Elementary School website at 


 I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, August 16. More information regarding Back to School Night can be found below.  

 I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing all of you very soon.


Alexis O’Flaherty


Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Please join the Brewer Island Staff at our Back to School Night event.

 5:45-6:00pm:            TK and Grades 3rd-5th Welcome and Information Session in the BIES Gym

6:00-6:40pm:           TK and 3rd-5th Grade Presentations in your child’s classroom

6:45-7:00pm:            K-2nd Grade Welcome and Information Session in the BIES Gym

7:00-7:40pm:           K-2nd Grade Presentations in your child’s classroom

 Welcome and Information Session: You will be introduced to our BIES staff and hear about important school information as well our PTA program.

 Classroom Presentations: You will receive information from your child’s teacher regarding Common Core State Standards, curriculum, classroom rules and expectations, field trips, use of technology and other important classroom information.

 Important Reminders:

·         This is an adult only event. Unfortunately we are unable to provide childcare during Back to School Night.

·         Back to School Night is not an appropriate venue to discuss specific concerns regarding your child. Please schedule a mutually agreed upon time with your child’s teacher to discuss concerns.

·         The parking lot is for staff only. If you live near school, please consider walking to help reduce traffic and parking congestion. Always drive with caution near school zones.

 We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 16!


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