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BES Principal's Message

​January 2019

Happy New Year Brownsville Families!

Welcome back. It was a great to see everyone arrive ready and rested to find out What’s Next for our learning goals. The new year always brings excitement and optimism in accomplishing something new.

January is usually filled with tasks for teachers to complete along with end of the semester assessments in order to get ready for report cards at the end of month. We try not to schedule too many activities to make sure all students get the needed attention necessary to feel welcome and confident about being a Brownsville Student.

Our PTO has a meeting scheduled for this Tuesday at 6:30pm in our Library. Along with their agenda, our admin team will bee presenting on the topic of being A Brownsville Student along with our Student Response Plans when we see students in need of support. We will also provide an update on our Hive Helpers Association student leadership groups.

As always we are grateful that our families dropping off and picking up during our morning arrival and afternoon dismissal continue to be safe and follow our walking paths and traffic patterns.

January important Dates

                     7        Winter Bee Classes Begin

 8       PTO meeting 6:30pm

                10 4th Grade Music Performance 6:00pm -  Azimi, Fiddner, Sullivan

17       Spelling Bee 9:00am

18       End of 2nd Quarter.  Portal Closes at 3:00pm.  ½ Day 11:30am Dismissal

21       Holiday-No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day

             22 Teacher Workday - No School for Students

                24 8:20am Lockdown Drill

                30 5th Grade Parent Night at Henley 6:30pm

        February 1st Parent Portal opens for Report Card Access 3:00pm  

August 2018

(La traducción al español se encuentra debajo)

Brownsville Bee Families,​

It is hard to “bee”lieve that in just a few short weeks, we will be welcoming your children back to school on Wednesday, August 22.  

Our student population has now gone over 800 and things are really beginning to look different around here.  The certainty of change leaves us thinking of, “What’s Next?” as a theme for this school year. We believe that an awareness of what we currently do right, will help us and most importantly our students, determine their next steps in learning. 

We have recently added an additional kindergarten class, to make a total of seven.  If you have been to our parking lot lately, you have noticed a new learning cottage to soon bee placed outside of our school by the amphitheater.  Classrooms continue to transform with new flexible furniture, others with new floors and with all second grade classroom furniture updates that include choice and comfort spaces for student learning.  

As we continue to transition and grow, we are reminded that with all this change, we will continue to focus on creating an inclusive learning community that will involve teachers, students, parents and community partnerships. We are truly looking forward to, “What’s Next?”, for our incredible little Bees. 

Even with all these changes, we recently heard from a parent that though we are a big school,  it still has a small, family feel.  

Below you will find some dates to be keep in mind before school starts to help transition into a great start to the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Jason Crutchfield

Brandi Robertson, Ashley Struzik
Assistant Principals

August 10
Parent Portal opens at 3pm. There you can find your child’s teacher placement.  
August 15
Newcomer’s Picnic at Brownsville 5:30pm-7:30pm
August 16
Open House 4:30pm-6:30pm
August 18
Kindergarten Playdate at Brownsville 10am-11am 
August 22
First Day of School for Students (7:45am doors open; 7:37 car drop-off)
August 30
Back to School Night 3rd-5th:
  • 6:00-6:40 1st session
  • 6:50-7:30pm 2nd session
September 11
Back to School Night Kindergarten-2nd:
  • 6:00-6:40pm, 1st session
  • 6:50-7:30pm, 2nd session
    September 3
    Labor Day - No School

    Agosto de 2018

    Familias de Brownsville Bee,

    Es difícil "creer" que en solo unas pocas semanas, les daremos la bienvenida a sus hijos a la escuela el miércoles, 22 de agosto.

    Nuestra población estudiantil ha superado los 800 y las cosas realmente empiezan a parecer diferentes por aquí. La certeza del cambio nos deja pensando si, "¿Qué sigue?", es un tema para este año escolar. Creemos que una toma de conciencia para reflexionar lo que hacemos bien en la actualidad nos ayudará a mejorar, y lo más importante, a determinar nuestros próximos pasos en el aprendizaje de nuestros estudiantes.

    Recientemente hemos agregado una clase adicional de jardín de infantes, para hacer un total de siete. Si ha estado en nuestro estacionamiento últimamente, ha notado una nueva casa de aprendizaje para abejas colocada fuera de nuestra escuela junto al anfiteatro. Los salones de clase continúan transformándose con nuevos muebles flexibles, otros con pisos nuevos y con todas las actualizaciones de muebles de aula de segundo grado que incluyen espacios de elección y comodidad para el aprendizaje de los alumnos.

    A medida que continuamos la transición y el crecimiento, mantendremos en mente que con todo este cambio, continuaremos enfocándonos en crear una comunidad de aprendizaje inclusivo que involucre a maestros, estudiantes, padres y asociaciones comunitarias. Estamos ansiosos por "What's Next?" para nuestras increíbles y pequeñas Abejas.

    Incluso con todos estos cambios, recientemente escuchamos a un padre que dijo que aunque somos una escuela grande, todavía se siente un ambiente pequeño y familiar.

    A continuación encontrará algunas fechas que debe tener en cuenta antes de comenzar la escuela para ayudar con la transición para un gran comienzo del año escolar. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en contactarnos.

    10 de agosto
    el Portal para padres abre a las 3 p.m. Allí puede encontrar la ubicación del maestro de su hijo.
    15 de agosto
    Picnic de Recién Llegados en Brownsville 5:30 p.m.
    7:30 p.m.
    16 de agosto
    Las puertas de la escuela estarán abiertas para conocer a sus maestros de 4:30 p.m. a 6:30 p.m.
    18 de agosto
    Kindergarten Playdate en Brownsville 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
    22 de agosto
    primer día de clases para los estudiantes (7:45 a.m. abren las puertas; y a las 7:37 a.m. los autos pueden dejar los estudiantes)
    30 de agosto
    Noche de regreso a la escuela para 3 ° -5 ° grados:
    • 1ra sesión- de 6:00 - 6:40 p.m.
    • 2da sesión- 6:50 - 7:30 p.m.
    11 de septiembre
    Noche de regreso a la escuela para Kindergarten-2nd:
    • 1ra sesión- 6: 00-6: 40 p.m.
    • 2da sesión - 6: 50 - 7:30 p.m.
    3 de septiembre
    Día del Trabajo - No hay clases​


    Jason Crutchfield
    Director Principal

    Brandi Robertson, Ashley Struzik
    Asistentes del Director Principal

    March 2018

    Good Evening Brownsville Families,

    March has literally arrived by storm. I am glad everyone is safe and sound and hopefully all power is restored in our school district. We will need the energy to get through this month’s scheduled activities.

    In order to make sure our students don’t miss the treat of their fellow classmates’ talents, we have rescheduled our Variety Show daytime performance for this Wednesday.

    Families can join the fun this Friday with the PTO sponsored Families in Motion event, where our students host their families in a circuit of exercises that promote fitness and unity.

    #BeeHiveNight18 will bee on Thursday March 15th, 5:30-6:30PM, with the Used Book Sale from 5-7PM. This is a night to get students excited about the fruits of their academic achievements or even what they learned from trial and error. Kids get families excited to visit as a part of our greater BeeHive Family.

    Our musical performances will continue with 3rd Grade performances on Tuesday and Thursday March 20th and 22th. There will only bee one 2nd Grade performance on Thursday the 29th.

    Along with planning a busy March calendar, safety has been on our mind over these past few weeks. There are few regularly scheduled safety preparation events scheduled. School bus evacuation drills will take place right after-school on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14th and 15th. You can expect buses to be few minutes late on these days. We also plan to participate in the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday March 10th.

    In our efforts towards continued improvement, especially in terms of safety procedures, we have recently updated two of our safety protocols, in case of emergency. A few adjustments were made, primarily along the lines of accounting for students when a random event occurs. We were able to assess this a few months ago when we had to evacuate the building during dismissal time. This event provided awareness of procedures needed to make sure 100% of our students are accounted for during an evacuation. Several other adjustments have been made to our lockdown drill over the last two weeks, with the support of our School Resource Officer, Ronnie Vanderveer. Actions have been taken based on understanding all school access points and to put procedures in place for responding to any situation the best way possible. Please know that you may contact Mr. Crutchfield directly is you have any questions in these regards.

    What we do know, is that a strong, caring, inclusive community is one flank of security that we can influence. All of our Bee Hive members arrive everyday, keeping this goal first.

    Brownsville Elementary School Administration

    November 2017

    Happy Second Quarter Brownsville Families,

    We are buzzing along and fully settled into our school year. Time can move fast and all the events in the upcoming weeks will surely make it seem like it is going faster.

    Many of the new ideas and programs that we started this year are going well. The new morning traffic pattern is a success. Families have been patient, cautious, and courteous as we learned to figure out a safe and stress free way to drop off students. As a reminder to families who walk in to drop-off, all students should not arrive until 7:45am including those doing morning announcements and Henley Helpers. Safety patrols may enter at 7:40am. Car drop-offs and a few early buses can enter prior to that time.

    Our new math curriculum, Math Investigations 3 has also been a success. Teachers are working in their grade level teams to keep pace with the program and students are seeing the benefits of shared vocabulary and the collaborative, hands-on activities they are engaged in.

    Report cards are almost done and families will be able to access them on the Parent Portal at 3:00pm this Friday, November 10th. Bee patient with the site at 3:00pm Friday; with so many of our families accessing the site at the same time, it may be slow to update and may take 15-20 minutes or so.

    As the holiday approaches, we look forward to family, thankfulness and cheer. Our annual school sing-a-long is on the schedule again and as always it will be a fun time for our students. As in years past, Dr. Jones will lead our students in many traditional seasonal songs. As a community of many different cultures and traditions, we invite families that would like to suggest ideas or songs to the event so that everyone at Brownsville will feel at home for this holiday season. Feel free to contact Mr. Crutchfield if you like,

    We are appreciative of the support and contribution this community makes toward our school. We are so proud to be BEES!

    August 21, 2017

    2017 BES State of the School.pdf
    Community Input for the BESt a.m. student drop off.pdf

    Teachers returned to Brownsville for our first day of planning on Monday. This was the signal for a glorious beginning of our 2017-18 school year. Our staff is refreshed and excited to receive our little bees next week.

    After some serious building maintenance projects and learning programs, we are preparing the school for our Open House, Thursday, August 17, 5:30-7:30p.m. and the first day of school, Wednesday, August 23rd.

    Another goal we have been working toward is an improved morning drop off process. We have attached a proposed morning drop off plan to keep our arrivals safe and moving. This plan, which will begin the first day of school, was coordinated with VDOT and one other traffic advisement agency. To learn more, stop by the Community Theater Room for one of four fifteen-minute presentations about how the traffic pattern will work. The presentations will begin at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30p.m.

    This has been a joy filled summer of planning and fun for all of us and we cannot wait to begin another great school year!

    July 2017

    Dear Brownsville Families,

    Summer is in full swing for Brownsville Elementary and I am sure it is as well for all of our
    families. Also a fond welcome to new families to our learning community. We look forward to
    meeting you at our Newcomers Picnic on Wednesday August 16th at Mint Springs Park,

    We just finished up a fun week of cuteness, energy and curiosity with our Kindergarten camp
    and our summer learning program continues until July 14th. Hard to believe that is just about a
    week away.

    Summer learning programs are having to work around some serious maintenance projects
    focused on updating the older sections of the building, while our administrative team continues
    to design school improvement strategies for the upcoming year.

    One of the those improvements involves our morning drop off procedures, including traffic and
    family walk-ins. This is an area where we need your help. We are offering 3 ways to provide
    your input on a solution, keeping safety a priority.

    You may email any suggestions to Jason Crutchfield directly at
    or attend one of the two community input sessions in our school cafeteria on Thursday, July 13
    at 10a.m. or Thursday, July 20 at 5p.m. Please enter through the cafeteria doors by the car drop
    off circle. Each session will last about an hour and all attempts will be made for every voice to
    be heard.

    As our teachers and support staff prepare for school to open next month, we are also taking
    time to relax with our families and enjoy a break. We hope that you all are able to as well.

    Bee safe, stay cool and have fun.

    Jason Crutchfield, Principal
    Nancy McCullen, Assistant Principal

    June 17, 2017

    Brownsville Elementary Families,

    Thank you all for a wonderful 2016-17 school year. Everyone here at Brownsville, teachers and support staff, watched your students grow in size, creativity, knowledge and caring. We hope
    that the 50 th year of our school was the BESt year for all of our families.
    As we close out this year and look forward to 2017-18, some of the most important work of
    school planning begins. A couple of items are on our mind as we go into the summer are
    implementing a K-5 Math program called Investigations and improvement to our morning drop
    off plan.

    Investigations is a math curriculum designed to make math relevant and fun for students.
    Investigations involves many hands on activities and games that students participate in as they
    develop a conceptual understanding of math processes, rather than just memorizing
    procedures. Common language and strategies reoccur throughout the K-5 program. Our
    teachers will participate in professional development for this program and other areas of
    learning as well.

    We also look forward to modifying our morning drop off traffic pattern to improve the flow while
    maintaining safety as our first priority. Keep an eye out for community input opportunities in July.
    We appreciate everyone’s attention to beeing careful this past year and look forward to
    exploring solutions.

    This summer we will be hard at work, with building maintenance and repairs, Kindergarten
    Camp (June 26th - 30th) and Summer School (June 26th - July 14th). Also, we would like to
    introduce Avis Key, our new member of the office staff. We wish Marianne Barbour best wishes
    as she takes on a new position in our school division.

    Our next school dates for 2017-18:
    Open House Thursday August 17 4:30-6:30 pm
    First Day of School Wednesday August 23

    If you have any questions, we are available by phone at (434) 823-4658 or by email at with summer office hours of 8a.m. – 3p.m.

    We wish everyone a fun and safe summer break.


    Jason Crutchfield
    Your Bee Leader


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