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January 10, 2021



Brentwood Families,


Hope you had a great weekend!


As you know, events that occurred at the U.S.  Capital this past week may have affected staff, students, and families in various ways. Many may experience various emotions, but our staff are here to listen and support. We know that students are watching what is going on around them. Our role as educators is to create a positive learning environment for our students.  I am grateful for our Brentwood staff for being there for our students, and letting them know that we care about them and are here if they need anything. Below are some resources provided by the district:


Psychological First Aid for Students and Teachers

  • Listen: The first important step to help your students after an event is to listen and pay attention to what they say and how they act.
  • Protect: Answer questions simply and honestly, clearing up confusion students may have about what happened. Talk to your students about what is being done by the school and community to keep everyone safe from harm.
  • Connect: Reaching out to people in your school and community will help your students: “Check in” with students on a regular basis, find resources that can offer support to your students and classroom, keep communication open with others involved in your students’ lives (parents, other teachers, coaches, etc.).

Helping Children Cope

  • Try to keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including school.
  • Limit exposure to television, news and social media.
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle. Do not answer questions that have not been asked.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Refer students who are triggered by or struggling with recent events to a member of your student services team: School Counselor, Social Worker or School Psychologist (Student Support Services Contact List)

Please see information below for updates: 


Important Dates to Remember


Monday, Jan. 4-15  = Remote instruction for all students


Wednesday, Jan. 13  = Remote Learning (Asynchronous) Day for all students


Monday, Jan. 18-  HOLIDAY (No school for students and staff)


Tuesday, Jan. 19- Teacher Workday (No school for students)


Wednesday, Jan. 20 = All in-person students return to the school building                            


Friday, Jan.22 = Report Cards will be emailed to families                            


Important Updates


UPDATE: Parent Reminder


As we continue to be on remote instruction, just want to provide a reminder to parents to please allow students the opportunity to complete their own work. This is very important as it allows for our staff to get an accurate depiction of what students know in order to determine how best to meet their needs. Thank you so much for all that you do! It takes a team to ensure the success of our students. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 


UPDATE: 5th grade parents: Magnet Application Now Open!


The magnet application is now open and will close on 1/28.Visit the following website for more information: If you have any questions about schools or the process, contact our Magnet Coordinator, Kristen McBryde (


REMINDER: Check out what students will be learning at Brentwood this month


Virtual Schedules and Information from each grade level is located in the newsletter below:

 January Update Newsletter


REMINDER: Remote Instruction (Jan. 4-15)


All students will be on remote instruction from Jan. 4-15. Teachers will send all schedules and information before tomorrow. If you have not received information from your child’s teacher, please reach out to them. ALL in person students will return on campus on Wednesday, January 20th.


If you need assistance, there will be someone in the office daily from 8-4pm. Feel free to give us a call at (919) 850-8720.


REMINDER: 2nd Semester Homeroom Teacher Changes


If your child is changing homeroom teachers for the 2nd semester, you should have received communication from their new teacher. If you have any questions, please contact the school.


REMINDER: Brentwood Afterschool Program

We will be partnering with Raleigh Parks and Recreation for our After School program. The program will be held on the Brentwood campus on school days from 3:00 - 6:00 for a cost.


The program strives to make available a high-quality program at a low cost. The goal is to include a variety of curriculum-based programs such as arts & crafts, fitness & nutrition, and homework assistance.


Registration is open and needs to be completed through Raleigh Parks and Rec. For more information and the registration process, please visit:


REMINDER: Follow us on Social Media


Check out the wonderful things going on at Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering!


Twitter: @BrentwoodMESE

Facebook: BrentwoodMESE

Instagram: BrentwoodMESE


Feel to reach out to me if you have additional questions or contact your child’s teacher if you need any assistance. 


Thank you again for your GRACE, PATIENCE, and FLEXIBILITY. 




Melissa McKinley, Principal