2019-20 Brywood 6th Grade Activities

Questions and Answers

What are the 6th Grade Activities?  There are many activities planned for 6th graders to make the students’ last year at Brywood fun and memorable. The list is shown on the next section.

Does PTA pay for the cost and provide volunteers?  The 6th grade activities are SEPARATE from PTA.  These activities are for 6th graders only; therefore, the fundraising and volunteering must be done by our 6th graders and their families.

Why is it necessary to raise funds and volunteer for these activities?  There are costs to making these activities possible.  A goal of the 6th Grade Activities Coordinators and committees is for every Brywood 6th grader to have the opportunity to participate in all the fun activities.  No activity should be out of reach to a child due to cost.

The Pancake Breakfast, Carnival, and Used Books Sale empowers each student to raise funds towards his/her own Outdoor Education camp fees.  The extra income generated from cash sales on September 28th goes into the general 6th-grade activities account.  During the year, this account builds up through fundraising efforts such as after school treats, sales from 6th Grade apparel, and spring fundraisers.  This account pays for the year-end activities (DARE Graduation, End of Year Fun Trip, Promotion DJ Party, and Promotion Ceremony).  If the funds raised come up short, we will need to modify these activities.

We understand that parents work hard for their money and spare time is limited.   Please know that we strive to be good stewards of the funds and your time.  We are committed to keeping expenses down to a minimum and asking for volunteers only when absolutely necessary.  The volunteer sign ups have been broken down into smaller committees to spread the volunteer work load.  Student & parent teams are asked to help at one or more events by contacting the coordinators.    We hope that these activities not only provide fun events for the kids but also build a close-knit community of students, parents, and staff.

When will 6th graders start selling Pancake Breakfast tickets?  Friday, September 13

When can I start donating books for the Used Books Sale?  Thursday, September 5th (at Back to School Night)

In prior years, sausages were served as a Pancake Breakfast side dish.  Will an alternate item be offered for those who cannot have sausages?  Bananas will be available in lieu of sausages, while supply of bananas last.  Come to breakfast early before they run out.

What are the 6th Grade Activities? (still under maintenance)

  • Pancake Breakfast / Used Book Sale / Carnival

    • Abby Cruz (Volunteer/Communications Coordinator) posted volunteer shift sign-ups on-line.  Parent & Student teams are asked to sign up together for at least one shift.

    • Pancake Breakfast (Suresh Anand):

      • All pre-sale tickets a student sells are credited towards that student’s personal Outdoor Education account.

      • Students are encouraged to take “pre-orders” from families and friends before receiving tickets.  Maureen Kim (Ticket Committee) to provide letter and door hanger templates for this purpose.

      • We are asking businesses to sponsor/donate some supplies to offset the pancake breakfast expenses.

    • Used Books Sale (Yuying Tsong, Jackie Apfel, Shalya Prabhakar)

      • To help students sell more tickets, the books sale will accept tickets in addition to cash payment.

    • Carnival (Simone Nguiyen)

      • Fun carnival games and other interactive activities

  • Sweatshirts and T-shirts (Kandie Schmehr) Sweatshirts cost $35 – order deadline 9/28

  • After School Treat Days (Maimoona Saleem)

    • Treat days held throughout the year to help fundraise for the cost of activities

  • Panoramic Photo

    • Panoramic photo taken of the sixth grade class in November

  • Outdoor Education

    • Cost of Outdoor Ed camp per student is about $270.

    • The more pancake breakfast tickets a student sells, the less that student has to pay for camp.

  • Yearbook Baby Photo (Frank Zhang)

    • Start looking for a baby picture of your 6th grader to be used for the yearbook.  E-mail picture in jpg format to Frank by November 30.  If you cannot provide a jpg format, e-mail Frank.

  • D.A.R.E. Graduation (Erica Warren and Michelle Hidalgo)

    • Parents are invited to attend ceremony where students make individual statements and pledge to stay drug-free.  Refreshments provided after the ceremony.

  • Sixth Grade Field Trip (Maimoona Saleem)

    • All day FUN field trip which takes place Monday or Tuesday during the last week of school

  • Promotion Party / Dance (Renu Michelsen and Usha Anand)

    • Dance party with food, games and music.  DJ gets kids involved with games and dancing as a group.

  • Promotion Ceremony (Renu Michelseon and Usha Anand)

    • Takes place the last day of school from 10:30 to noon.  Students walk across stage and receive diplomas.  Select students make speeches.  A reception follows ceremony.