​Principal's Message

August 21, 2017

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!

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 jcrutchfield@k12albemarle.org
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,                                                      Nancy McCullen,
Principal                                                                    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
BrownsvilleOfficeStaff@k12ablemarle.org with summer office hours of 8a.m. – 3p.m.

We wish everyone a fun and safe summer break.


Jason Crutchfield
Your Bee Leader

Bee Busy!
Dear Brownsville Families,

It is a great feeling to know that there are so many people in a school building thinking about how to
create meaningful experiences for our kids. Students’ days will be full during these upcoming weeks.

Field trips to places such as Grand Caverns, Lake Monocan, Camp Albemarle and more are scheduled.
Springtime is a great opportunity to get out of the school building and find new methods and authentic
environments for learning.

Students in kindergarten through 3 rd grade are getting ready for their music performances. Ms. Smith and
Mr. Bricker have been helping our students use their musical talents to explore and create. We also look
forward to other grade levels in the audiences, always willing to provide support to their fellow

Of course, teachers and parents are teaming up in planning for our Art Print program. It is almost that
time of year for Ms. James to make way in the library for the “Cave”, a model of the Lascaux caves in
France. That will have to wait until the Book Fair move out. Going on in the library from April 17 – 21, with
Family Night on the 20 th , 5 – 8pm, there are so many great books for readers of all ages and interests.

Beginning the week of May 8th, students in the 3 rd through 5 th grades will take the Virginia SOL tests.
Each grade takes a reading and a math test. Fifth grade also takes a science and a Virginia Studies test.
Testing dates are scheduled through June 1st, with retakes and make-ups on-going through June 8th.

The Fun Fair is back this year, Sunday, April 23 from 2 – 5pm. We hope that all of our Bee families will
come out to join in the fun. This looks to be a huge event that our PTO has put together for our families
and community partners. This is another way that our PTO is working to make sure that all of our families
have access to fun learning experiences.

As we plan for the remainder of this year, school leaders will bee looking ahead toward the 2017-18
school year. Parent input for their child’s learning is very important to us. Forms to provide input for your
child’s success will be located on our web page in the What’s New section on the site. Input forms should
be submitted to Mr. Crutchfield by April 28 th .

Please use our webpage, especially the calendar link, as a resource to stay up to date with all the exciting
events we have scheduled for the remainder of the year. We hope to see you at the next one!

Your Bee Administrators,

 Jason Crutchfield                         Nancy McCullen                           Teresa Tyler
      Principal                               Assistant Principal                      Assistant Principal

February 2017

Dear Brownsville Elementary Families,

We are well into our 2nd semester and there is so many accomplishments to be proud of. We are meeting many of our goals and benchmarks for students as well as for our school.

The past semester included many new and traditional events. One of the biggest was our 50th year anniversary celebration, that included current and former students, teachers and administrators. Many stories were shared about where Brownsville has been and where it is going.This next semester is sure to bee filled with just as many exciting activities and experiences for our students.

As we move forward safety continues to be a priority. Our parking lots in particular are very crowded and as we continue to grow, it becomes even more important for us to be careful, especially in the mornings. Bus riding can limit most of the congestion, but for families that choose to drop off or pick up, remember to look for cars, children and flashing “STOP” signs on buses. Parents that drop off, should do so in the car drop off line or park and walk students in. Traffic in the bus lane can be unpredictable and not safe for students to walk alone.

Once they are here safely, we have so much to look forward to in the next couple of months. #BeeHiveNight will be the title for our showcase night on Thursday, March 16. Come out in your bee colors to show your school pride and visit student classrooms to see all the project, passion, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), art, and movement based work our students have completed over this year.

We want to thank you for sending us such wonderful students every day. It is a pleasure working with this community collectively for our little bees and making this the BESt school it can be.

Jason Crutchfield                            Nancy McCullen                           Teresa Tyler

Principal                                          Assistant Principal                   Assistant Principal

October 2016

​ August 2016

Welcome back Brownsville Families!

We are very excited about this upcoming year at Brownsville Elementary School. Many new faces and ideas will be in place as we get this year started.

Teresa Tyler, former Albemarle High School teacher, will be joining our already new administrative team. One particular item she will work on this year is coordinating our events for Brownsville’s 50th Anniversary. This is an incredible opportunity to make connections to our past and envision our future. The big news is the rumor of a time capsule somewhere on school grounds, waiting to be unearthed. We will be sure to get many students and community members involved in these anticipated events.

We are also excited about the new furniture you will see around the school this year. These pieces are intended to provide our learners with real learning space choices for task-based and physical comfort-based needs. New items include wobble stools, chairs that rock, plush seating, and a variety of mobile tables. Many classrooms will have no assigned seats so students can take advantage of the choices. Our goal is for students to develop the contemporary skills needed to alter and use spaces to initiate and accomplish collaborative and individual work. Our PTO has been instrumental in supporting this effort by supplying classrooms with much of the new furniture.  PTO provided a grant allowing us to try out many items in order to see what students really like and what works for our classrooms.

We also plan to continue the engaging and exciting work of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and other instructional practices that foster students’ curiosity. In doing so we will continue to find ways to allow students to participate in authentic, real world experiences that encourage thoughtfulness, application of skills and excitement both inside, and sometimes outside, of school.

Our teachers have returned with tremendous energy and spirit to make this the best year ever at Brownsville. “Out BESt, for everyone” is our charge for year.  As we look forward, we will keep in mind that is our community and families that make this school so great. The young Bees you entrust us with each day motivate and inspire our staff.

Your Bee Hive Leaders,

Jason Crutchfield, Principal

Nancy McCullen, Assistant Principal

Teresa Tyler, Assistant Principal