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The Brighwood Bark - November 2002
Brightwood School...A Grrreat Place To Learn
A publication of the Brightwood Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Association, Alhambra Council, First District of the California State
PTA. Reach us on-line at [email protected].
Hello, my name is Colleen Underwood. I am the new Principal of Brightwood
School. I am very pleased to be assigned to Brightwood and am overwhelmed
by the open and warm welcome from the students, faculty and the parents.
I hope I will be able to serve the school in a positive and creative
manner. I have been in the Alhambra School District for 26 years and
I have taught all grade levels from 1st through 8th.
I have been a Dean and a Guidance Counselor at San Gabriel
High School as well as an Assistant Principal at Park and Repetto, and
most recently at here at Brightwood. My qualifications include a Masters
Degree in Guidance and Counseling, I have been in the Alhambra School
District for 26 years and I have taught all grade levels from 1st through
8th. I have been a Dean and a Guidance Counselor at San Gabriel High
School as well as an Assistant Principal at Park and Repetto, and most
recently at here at Brightwood. My qualifications include a Masters
Degree in Guidance and Counseling, a K-12 Teaching Credential, a CLAD
certificate, a Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential and a Clear
Administrative Credential. I am currently working on my Educational
November is a very busy month with Thanksgiving vacation
and the PTA Magician Night. I am looking forward to these events because
it will give me more opportunities to meet and interact with the parents
and children of Brightwood. Thank you again for such a warm welcome.
Valet Volunteers Vacate Vehicles
Who are the heroes of our morning valet service? Parent volunteers
Derral Yee and Kelly Ma help get our kids to school five days a week,
40 weeks a year. The Brightwood and Hillside drop-off zones are run
by Office Assistant Jane Torres and Kindergarten Supervisor Irene Padilla.
Starting shortly after 7 a.m., they hustle to keep the cars moving toward
the end of the zones, lift kids‚Äô heavy backpacks out of the cars, and
open and shut the car doors. Irene Padilla says, ‚ÄúWe have to run because
we have a lot of traffic. It‚Äôs good exercise.‚ÄĚ Padilla complimented
Derral Yee, ‚ÄúI call Derral ‚ÄėSuperman‚Äô because he works so hard. He‚Äôs
great with the heavy backpacks.‚ÄĚ
Derral Yee got his start as a valet early one day in October
2001, when the Hillside drop-off zone was unmanned. Without being asked,
he jumped into service and has not missed a single day since. Derral
also works full-time as a self-employed plumber and is father of Brightwood
eighth grader Gerrat Yee and fifth grader Kerran Yee. Derral wakes his
kids extra early so they can all go to school together. While Dad works
the valet service, son Gerrat monitors the teachers‚Äô parking lot as
a Safety Patrol lieutenant.
Other early risers include Kelly Ma‚Äôs son Kevin Cheung
(third grade), Irene Padilla‚Äôs sons Cesar and Ernesto (eighth and third
grades), and Jane Torres‚Äô sons Nicolas and Douglas (eighth and seventh
grades) and daughter Suzu (third grade). While Nicolas and Douglas work
morning Safety Patrol duties, sister Suzu helps Mom in the valet zone.
Suzu says she‚Äôs an early riser and likes helping because ‚Äúsometimes
we get to help our friends and say ‚ÄėHi‚Äô to them.‚ÄĚ Kevin Cheung also
helps his Mom keep the cars moving. After a busy morning, Kelly Ma puts
in a full day at her office job.
Principal Colleen Underwood has high praises for our valet
volunteers and staff, ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre wonderful! They‚Äôre out there every day
and are SO generous with their time.‚ÄĚ Third grader Marriah Gomez‚Äô dad
George said last week was his first time using the valet and it was
‚ÄúGreat!‚ÄĚ Parent and PTA Room Dean Coordinator Sai Dizon said, ‚ÄúThe service
is excellent. It saves us so much time!‚ÄĚ Derral Yee says, ‚ÄúMost parents
are nice. They say ‚ÄėThank you‚Äô and ‚ÄėDoing a great job‚Äô.‚ÄĚ
Some grateful Brightwood parents, including Lisa Yee and
Pauline Chang, thank our valet volunteers by bringing them some morning
coffee, tea, water or holiday treat from time to time. One parent even
gave a gift of Tupperware!
Several years ago, Brightwood established the first valet
service in the District. Since then, it has been widely imitated at
other schools. Our valet crews remind parents to pull all the way up
into the drop-off zones, don‚Äôt make U-turns as you exit, and don‚Äôt jaywalk
near the drop-off zones.
Buses also drop off kids in front of Brightwood. Brightwood
dad Gabriel Reyes (whose daughter Susel is a fourth grader) works for
the school 45 minutes each morning making sure our kids safely get from
bus to campus. For the past four years he has done this before his full-time
job at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital.
Brightwood is a better school because of these dedicated
people. The Brightwood PTA thanks Derral Yee, Kelly Ma, Jane Torres,
Irene Padilla, Gabriel Reyes, and students Gerrat Yee, Kevin Cheung,
Nicolas Torres, Douglas Torres, and Suzu Torres.
Thanksgiving Food Drive This Week
Share your bounty - please support the PTA Thanksgiving Food Drive
this week! Just send a donation to class with your child to put a feast
on the table of needy Brightwood families. Teach a lesson in generosity.
Suggested items include: Kindergarten ‚Äď canned corn or cranberries 1st
Grade ‚Äď canned yams or green beans 2nd Grade ‚Äď canned soups or gravy
3rd Grade ‚Äď canned fruit, Jell-O or pasta 4th & 5th Grades ‚Äď rice, stuffing
or instant mashed potatoes 6th, 7th & 8th Grades ‚Äď $.50 donations to
Magic Show and Dinner This Wednesday
Did Halloween offer too many treats and not enough TRICKS? Come
enjoy a great Chinese dinner and drink for only $4, starting at 6 p.m.
Then be amazed by Magician Tony Daniels at 7 p.m. Scrip gift certificates
will also be on sale.
Brightwood Searches for its Brightest Stars
Do our Brightwood children have talent? Of course they do! The producer
of the Spring 2003 Brightwood Talent Show, Seventh Grade Teacher Barry
Glick, will be conducting auditions for current Brightwood students
only, in Room 29, on December 11, starting at 2:30 p.m. Please see Mr.
Glick if you need an audition application. The top 20 acts will perform
live on February 19, 2003 in the Brightwood Cafetorium.
Thank you to the Brightwood student body for their support of the
Signature fundraiser which netted the school about $24,000! This money
pays for field trips, science specimens, the Brightwood Bucks program,
assemblies, earthquake supplies, holiday and end of the year parties,
and Cafetorium, library and computer equipment, and much more.
Mrs. Gee (kindergarten), Mrs. Bennett (first grade), and
Ms. Pellitteri and Ms. Munnecke (both third grade teachers) each received
seven playground balls for achieving participation of at least 75 percent
of their students. Seventeen other classes received five balls for participation
of at least 50 percent. Class parties will be hosted for the six top
selling classes: Mrs. Gee; Ms. Sotowa (sixth grade); Ms. McLain (fourth/fifth
grades); Mrs. Bennett; Ms. Jung (fifth grade); and Ms. Makela (first
grade). Brightwood‚Äôs top selling student, Lauren Saiki, received a $100
gift certificate to Toys R Us. The next six top selling students each
received $50 Toys R Us gift certificates: Michelle Echeverria; Jared
Roehm; Kaeyla Yip, Edward Hsi; Matthew France; and Garrett Jen.
Special thanks go to Irene Jong, Linda Roehm, Elaine Lee,
Susanna Louie, Mary Ann Ragus, Lora Saiki, Yuri Sangen, Bonnie Tang,
and Diane Wong for all their hard work. Irene Jong extends an EXTRA
special thank you to Pat Ichiriu for crunching all the numbers!
Youth Fair Volunteers
Several dozen Brightwood parents volunteered to ensure the success
of last month‚Äôs Youth Fair. The PTA is grateful for the participation
of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Mustang Basketball,
AYSO Soccer, Alhambra American Little League Baseball, Manta Rays Swim
Team, and Johnny Thompson Music.
Thanks to our volunteers: Adrianne Yip, Irene Jong, Stephanie
Chung, Ted Esak,i Bob Gin, Peggy Gu, Maria Haluska, Scott Hara, Kumi
Hasegawa, John Hatem, Donna Hihara, Laine Ichiriu, Pat Ichiriu, Vicki
Iwata, Lynn Izuhara, Martha Jimenez, Alice Kansawa, Pat Kudo, Betty
Low-Chang, Joe Leon, Jay Moreno, Aida Pagone, Cindy Quo,n Rolando Rocha,
Linda Roehm, Lora Saiki, Yuri Sangen, Cindy Schaeffer, Esther Storbakken,
Lily Seetao, Bonnie Tang, Bill Yee, Brandon Yip.
Have no idea what to get Uncle Robert for Christmas? Scrip gift
certificates are the answer. Just send your completed order form and
check to class with your child. Extra order forms are available in the
school office. All holiday orders must be received by Monday, December
2 for delivery on Friday, December 6. Brightwood PTA receives between
2 and 25% back on all purchases. Business Owners and Managers: Please
use PTA scrip for holiday gifts, client gifts and employee incentives.
Thank you for your continuing support.