Edna Brewer PTSA Annual Giving Drive – Please Donate Today!

Hello Proud Panther Parents!

 The school year is in full swing and so is the PTSA Annual Giving Drive.   This is the first fundraiser of the year and provides much needed funds to make sure our teachers, staff and students start the year off right.  We are asking all Brewer families to contribute $75 per student to help make this happen. Thank you to the Brewer families who have already made their contributions!  

In the past week, most families should have received our Annual Giving drive letter with a pre-addressed return envelope.  If you haven’t already, please take a moment to make your donation.  You can write a check made payable to EBMS PTSA and drop it into the PTSA box in the office or mail-in your donation.  You can also make your donation online using PayPal by going to www.ednabrewer.net/.  Simply click on the DONATE button.  You can choose to make your donations monthly using the SUBSCRIBE button.

 Whether by check or online donation, every dollar counts – what is important is that every family give.  By making a contribution of any amount, you are directly supporting the enrichment of your student’s educational experience.

All donations are tax deductible.  Our tax ID # is 91-1931747.  Please consider increasing your donation by checking to see if your employer will provide a matching donation.  Many employers do.  Thank you for your support and for being a part of our amazing, vibrant community! Sharon C. Lipping.

Personal Invitation to our First General Association Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM

Hi Everybody,

I wanted to send you a note and personally welcome you to the Edna Brewer community. We are a fun crowd and we plan to celebrate that fact with lots of community events this year.  Often, after elementary school, we see a drop off in parent involvement. The assumption is that our crazy tweens and teens are not interested in having us in their social world. My experience has been the exact opposite. By being involved I am able to help my son navigate a new and challenging social hemisphere, in addition to showing the teachers some much needed support.  The bonus to being involved is making some fantastic new friends :) 

I’d like to personally invite you to our general meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30. We’ll have some delicious snacks and drinks and we’ll outline upcoming community events that you may like to participate in. 

I hope to meet you all soon!

Johanna McCormack, PTSA Co-President

The Crucible Girl Gear Project and Edna Brewer Middle School Fall 2013

     Hello Edna Brewer Families,
     I am happy to announce that The Crucible (www.thecrucible.org) was granted funding for 12 girls from Edna Brewer Middle School to participate in their Girl Gear Project. The 12 girls will learn basic welding and torch-cutting skills while exploring themes such as self-reflection, ideas of super heroes, and identity through sculpture.
     The dates for the project are: October 2, 9, 16, 23 and November 6, 13 on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00–5:00 PM.
     All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls are invited to fill out an application and hand in their application at the main office. The girls who are chosen will be contacted by email or phone by September 25, 2013.
Kathy deRosas will be on the Edna Brewer Middle School campus on September 10th and 11th during lunch period to hand out the application and release forms.
     This is an opportunity for a chance to learn new skills and share in an experience that the girls will never forget. If you have any questions please contact me at kathyderosas@gmail.com.

After School Pick-up
     Hello Panther Parents,
     To make after school pick-up safer and more efficient, please pick your student up accordingly:

6th grade: Exit from Front Door, parents pick up in the front of school.
7th grade: Exit from Excelsior Gate, parents pick up on Excelsior.
8th grade: Exit from E. 38th Street Gate, parents pick up on E. 38th.
Families with multiple grade levels, choose one side most convenient for your family.
     Teachers will be reminding students of these exits points. Please discuss as a family in order to minimize confusion and traffic congestion.
     Thank you for your support in helping Brewer run smoothly.
     GO PANTHERS!!

8th Grade 2014 Washington DC Trip Information Meeting & Registration, Thursday, September 12, 6:30 PM (Gym)
     A “must attend” meeting for 8th grade students and parents/guardians (unless you attended the Spring meeting) if you are interested in going on the trip.
     DC Trip dates are: Wednesday, May 21 – Monday, May 26, 2014
Why do we want to offer this trip?
How will we work together?
What sites and topics will be covered on the trip?
What are the student and parent expectations?
Trip cost – what does it cover?
Trip Registration Deadlines
Payment schedule
Fundraising & scholarship opportunities
     Limited space is available: sign-up is first-come, first-served basis.
     Trip Registration and $150 deposit are required to reserve student’s space (cash or check accepted).
     Please note: If you attended the Spring information meeting, you do NOT need to attend this meeting.

Parent eBook Licenses Are Now Available for Core Connections Textbooks!
     Parents may purchase a one-year ebook license of their student’s book for $10 by calling CPM and using a credit card.
     Below is the information on textbooks our students are using in Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, and Algebra:
     6th graders are using Core Connections, Course 1
     7th graders are using Core Connections, Course 2
     8th graders are using Core Connections, Course 3
     Algebra 1 students are using Core Connections Algebra 1
     Please go to http://www.cpm.org/parent.html for more detail information. See order form for a complete list of available one-year licenses. Contact CPM at (209) 745-2055.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Professional, Co-Ed Non-Tackle Football League Arrives in Oakland – Piedmont Area
     East Bay Flag Football’s (EBFF) Co-Ed NFL Youth League begins September 15th and lasts until November 3rd, 2013 with divisions for 9-11 and 12-14 year olds. Games and practices are held on Sundays from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on the beautiful all-weather turf football field at Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA.
     NFL Flag is a 5 on 5 fast paced football game played in over one thousand leagues across the country. An exciting style of play both to play and watch, NFL Flag allows no contact or blocking and offers every player a chance to receive the ball. In EBFF’s league, score is kept, there are standings, playoffs, and a league champion is crowned.
     Online registration and more details are available at www.eastbayflag.com.
 

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Vote for Brewer on Facebook!
     For every 25 votes, Target will send Brewer a $25 GiftCard. Brewer can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards. We can use this as ACT awards and prizes to give back to our great kids! Simply click on the link below and vote from your Facebook! Then post to your wall and encourage your friends to go vote too. Tell your kids to go out and vote – it’s their money they are earning with each click! Have them post to their wall as well. Together we can do it! https://givewith.target.com.

Sign Up for eScrip Today – Don’t Delay!
     Grocery shopping at Safeway or Piedmont Grocery? Going out to eat at Ozumo, Pican, 3000 Broadway, Lanesplitter Pizza, Ta-ke Sushi or another great restaurant? Shopping online at Amazon, Buy.com, Expedia, or just about any other online site?
     Brewer is losing out on up to 5% of what you spend if you are not registered with eScrip! Take 3 minutes right now to register and you’re done!
     1. Simply go to www.escrip.com and click on Step 1: Sign Up, then enter Group Name: “Edna Brewer Middle School PTSA” or Group ID “6651479″. You can select up to 3 schools or organizations to support!
     2. Enter your contact information (name, address, email, phone).
     3. Register your Safeway card and credit/debit cards (absolutely safe, 3 digit CVV code is not captured, only the number for tracking).
     Then every time you make purchases with an eScrip merchant (there are lots), up to 5% goes to our kids.
     Be a SUPER supporter! Add Safeway and credit card numbers for family and friends under your eScrip. You can register up to 4 Safeway cards and multiple credit card numbers under one account.
 

PTSA NEWS

Welcome Back Edna Brewer Families!
     We are thrilled to kick off another dynamic year in the life of our students. This year the PTSA has set its sights on increasing community events and partnership with the school. In fact, we have already begun to do just that. On August 17th, just after registration was complete, we held a New Family Picnic to welcome those joining the Edna Brewer community. It was a huge success! We need to say a big thank you to Paula Larsen-Moore, a new Glenview parent, who organized the event. We have definitely established a new tradition. We look forward to seeing you all for the first day of school today and invite you to participate in the PTSA’s many events coming up this year. Our first general association meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 PM. Stay tuned for upcoming parent programming to be offered. Lastly, from all of us here in the PTSA, we want to congratulate Mr. Pasarow on welcoming a bouncing baby boy to his family. Welcome baby Callan!
     As always, if you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email us at president@ednabrewer.net.
     Warmest regards,
     Johanna McCormack and Celina Hodges
     PTSA co-Presidents

Sports at Edna Brewer Middle School

FALL SPORTS
Girls Volleyball
     The first day of tryouts will be Friday, August 30th. Students trying out should meet in front of the gym at 2:50 PM. Practices will most likely happen on Tuesdays/Thursdays for students who make the team.
Flag Football
     We will begin tryouts at the end of September. Practice happens on Tuesdays/Thursdays. Both boys and girls can try out for football.

WINTER SPORTS
Boys Basketball
     Tryouts happen in November, although there may be preseason workouts happening earlier, if so we will notify students and families.  Practices happen on Tuesdays/Thursdays. Besides games scheduled against other teams during the week, starting in January there are games that happen on Saturdays through the Oakland Parks and Rec league.
Girls Basketball
     Tryouts happen in November, although there may be preseason workouts happening earlier, if so we will notify students and families. Practices happen Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays unless otherwise noted. Besides games scheduled against other teams during the week, starting in January there are games that happen on Saturdays through the Oakland Parks and Rec league.

SPRING SPORTS
Boys Soccer
     Tryouts happen in March or April. Practice days TBD. Games are played typically on Saturdays but occasionally happen on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Girls Soccer
     Tryouts happen in March or April. Practice days TBD. Games are played typically on Saturdays but occasionally happen on Wednesdays and Fridays.

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Vote for Brewer on Facebook!
     For every 25 votes, Target will send Brewer a $25 GiftCard. Brewer can receive up to $10,000 in Target GiftCards. We can use this as ACT awards and prizes to give back to our great kids! Simply click on the link below and vote from your Facebook! Then post to your wall and encourage your friends to go vote too. Tell your kids to go out and vote – it’s their money they are earning with each click! Have them post to their wall as well. Together we can do it! https://givewith.target.com

Sign Up for eScrip Today – Don’t Delay!
     Grocery shopping at Safeway or Piedmont Grocery? Going out to eat at Ozumo, Pican, 3000 Broadway, Lanesplitter Pizza, Ta-ke Sushi or another great restaurant? Shopping online at Amazon, Buy.com, Expedia, or just about any other online site?
     Brewer is losing out on up to 5% of what you spend if you are not registered with eScrip! Take 3 minutes right now to register and you’re done!
     1. Simply go to www.escrip.com and click on Step 1: Sign Up, then enter Group Name: “Edna Brewer Middle School PTSA” or Group ID “6651479″. You can select up to 3 schools or organizations to support!
     2. Enter your contact information (name, address, email, phone).
     3. Register your Safeway card and credit/debit cards (absolutely safe, 3 digit CVV code is not captured, only the number for tracking).
     Then every time you make purchases with an eScrip merchant (there are lots), up to 5% goes to our kids.
     Be a SUPER supporter! Add Safeway and credit card numbers for family and friends under your eScrip. You can register up to 4 Safeway cards and multiple credit card numbers under one account.

EDNA BREWER REGISTRATION FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

• Wednesday, August 14, 2013
   All New Students
   8:30 AM — 1:30 PM
   New Student & Family Orientation
   2:00 — 3:00 PM
   Important! You must complete the registration process for new students on Wednesday, August 14, or your student will be dropped from the roster.
• Thursday, August 15, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
• Friday, August 16, 2013
   Returning Students
   8:30 — 11:30 AM
   1:00 — 4:00 PM
   Please note: If you do not complete the registration process for your returning student at one of these sessions, or make prior arrangements with the school for alternate dates, your child will be dropped from the Edna Brewer roster for the Fall.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH REGISTRATION

We need parent volunteers on all registration days. A Sign-Up Genius page is in the works for registration volunteers. In the meantime, please contact Julie Slater (mjs15@comcast.net) for more details and to sign up for a shift.