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August 29, 2021



                               Stronger Together


Brentwood Families,


We have completed our first week of school! It is exciting to see the smiling faces of our Brentwood students. 


Please see information below for updates: 


Important Dates to Remember


Monday, August 30= First day of school for PreK and Kindergarten students         


Important Updates


Welcome Kindergarten Students


We are excited to WELCOME all of our kindergarten students into the building on Monday! If you are unsure of who is your child’s teacher, please contact the front office at (919)850-8720.


IMPORTANT: Updated COVID Procedures and Protocols


As you are probably aware, this past Wednesday, the district just sent out information to all families regarding updated COVID-19 Health Guidance. With just receiving this information, we are currently in the process of reviewing our current lunch plan and seeing where we can make changes. Once we have finalized this plan, I will communicate this information with all families. 


We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time, as our top priority at Brentwood is to ensure the safety of our students. 


If you have any other specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


IMPORTANT: Carpool and Dismissal Procedures


Please see reminders for carpool and dismissal procedures for all families. It is important that families follow these procedures so that we can efficiently complete dismissal. When procedures are not followed, dismissal takes much longer to complete. 


Dismissal Procedures: 


  • Please do not park in the bus loop at dismissal
  • Be patient as a large number of our students are dismissed through carpool
  • Please be sure to follow all carpool procedures: 
    • No turning left into the carpool line 
    • Remain in car, no walking up to the door
    • Hang your carpool number & help teach your child their number
    • If you are not picking up your child, call the office and also let the person know who is picking up the child know the carpool number
  • Walkers: To be tagged a walker, students need to be in the walk zone identified by WCPSS. Parents will need to go through the carpool lane if your child is not identified by WCPSS as a walker.


If you have any questions about dismissal procedures, please contact our Assistant Principal, Emily Hardee.


Reminder: 2021-2022 Beginning of the Year Information


Please make sure you have reviewed information that was sent to all families via School Messenger on August 13 for the beginning of the school year. To view this message, please click the following link.

Also, view our Brentwood Parent Handbook for detailed information about our school.


Reminder: Important COVID Procedures and Protocols


All famillies should review to the Safe to School Plan for Families for all Health and Safety Guidelines. Brentwood staff follow this plan in implementation of COVID procedures and protocols.


All students should have their temperature taken every day at home before coming to school. You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you are:


  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and not fully vaccinated
  • Instructed to quarantine
  • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea


IMPORTANT: Please know that parents will be contacted if their child experiences any of the above symptoms while at school, and will need to be picked up. 


COVID like symptoms will require a negative PCR test OR alternate diagnosis by a medical provider AND student must have felt well and been fever free for 24 hours without medication to return. Please refer to the following link for more information:


School Communication


Are you receiving school communication from Ms. McKinley each week? There have been some families that have stated that they are not receiving the school communication. It is important that you are receiving this information as it contains important announcements pertaining to Brentwood. Please check out the following link for more information on school messenger:


If you are not receiving school communication, contact our front office at (919)850-8720 so that we can verify what information you have in our system.

Ms. McKinley will send home a weekly School Messenger to all families every Sunday evening. These messages are located on the Brentwood website at the following link. 


Reminder: Supply List


In addition to parent provided school supplies, the school will also provide some supplies for all students. Please see the supply list below.

21-22 School Supply List


Reminder: How will your child be getting home?


Once you are informed about your child’s teacher, please make sure to communicate with the teacher on how your child will be getting home in the afternoon. If it needs to change, call the main office by 2:30 on the day of the change (919-850-8720).


REMINDER: Brentwood Afterschool Program


We will continue 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 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


Thank you for your patience with us as we continue to receive updated district information. Again, we will communicate all of our plans for Brentwood once it is finalized.


Feel free to contact the school at (919)850-8720  if you have additional questions or contact your child’s teacher if you need any assistance. 


We are Stronger Together!




Melissa McKinley, Principal