A Spanish heritage celebration will be happening on May 27 throughout the day! Classes will rotate through a “Mercado” of studentmade crafts inspired by Cinco De Mayo and Mexican culture. Each student will pick a craft (made by another student) to take home with them. Traditionally, Mexican people use bright colors and easily available materials found in nature to make “artesanías” (handmade objects) that are useful in the home or used in celebrations. Brent students are learning about the craft they made themselves as well as other artesanías in Mexican culture. If you are able to volunteer, please access the google doc links below. Also, Please email jenniferannettem@gmail.com with any questions! [Read More]

Brent community,

DCPS has outlined the process for selecting the new Principal at Jefferson Academy. There will be a panel of community and PTA members who develop a questions and conduct interviews with finalists.  A Brent PTA representative will serve on a panel with other feeder schools, Jefferson Academy staff and parents.  The proposed schedule from DCPS is to have an organizational meeting of this panel on June 6th and then spend June 10th meeting with principal candidates and making a recommendation. DCPS is looking for a member of the PTA who is familiar with Jefferson and its needs, and is elected by the PTA membership.

Any Brent PTA member may be nominated for the position.  Interested individuals should send their name to Kevin Moore.  Nominations will be accepted until on Thursday, May 26th.  The election will be held at Brent on Friday, May 27th from 8 to 9am. I apologize for the short time frame, but DCPS requires the representative be elected by May 31st.

The Buy-One-Get-One-Free Book Fair will be held from May 23 through May 27. The fair will be open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., and on Wednesday from 3:15 until 6:30 p.m. In addition, on May 23, Parent-Teacher Conference Day, parents will have the opportunity to visit the fair and obtain summer reading material for their children from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you can help with set-up on Friday, May 20 right after school and/or with clean-up on May 27 at 4:15 pm, please contact Ms. Bettina in the library or by e-mail at bettina.schewe@dc.gov. Thank you.

Our annual exhibit night is this evening for all students, PS3-5th grade, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Come see displays on “Controversial Issues-Defined and Discussed,” and “Mayas, Incas and Aztecs,” just to name a few! There is lots to see and the students are eager to share their work! Please note that second grade will be performing three Civil Rights plays in the cafeteria, and will not be on the second floor near their classrooms.


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Brent’s 4 teaching partners….you see them in the hall, in classrooms, in the library and cafeteria, but what do they do? How are they helping our students this year?

Having been conceived as part of last year’s Strategic Plan and primarily funded by the PTA, the Brent teaching partner program started strong this year with four students from Trinity University’s School of Education joining Brent in August. Since then, these four educators (Taneika Blackwell, Leontia Collins, Shani Plummer, and Brittany Wilkerson) have been helping students who need more individual attention as they work toward getting and staying on grade level. Over the course of the day, the teaching partners interact with students in a variety of settings. For example, a teaching partner will work with a 4-person group of students on their multiplication skills using curriculum and tips from Mr. Mangiaracina. Later that same teaching partner will join a class during Writing to support any struggling writers. In addition to working in small groups and in the full classroom, teaching partners work one-on-one with students for quick lessons.  [Read More]