September 29

PTO 2013-2014 Fundraiser

Our Brecknock PTO does an amazing job supporting many school events such as RIF, field trips, field day, and so much more. This year, the PTO would like to earn its annual budget through a simple fundraiser called Scrip Center. All that families need to do is order gift cards for things that they would normally purchase. Learn more about how to become involved with the details on the attached documents.

Scrip Center Cover Page

Shop with Scrip Instructions

Scrip Prizes

July 15

Summer PTO Events

Join us for the first PTO meeting of the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, August 5th at 7 PM. This will be held in the library. Please enter through the gym doors and come in through the back library door.

PTO is hosting a Corn on the Cob Stand at Bowmansville Days. Bowmansville Days are on August 9-10 at the Bowmansville Memorial Park. Bowmansville Days is a community event with live music, games, food, vendors, quilt auction and craft show on Saturday and a car show on Friday. Please stop by and support the PTO at our Corn on the Cob stand.

June 10

June PTO News

Thanks for a great school year!   Congratulations to Nicole Horning, a senior,  for winning the PTO’s  Award in Honor of John Green.  Congrats and a BIG THANK YOU to our teachers retiring this year.

We will be having a new fundraiser in the fall so stay tuned for more information.  We will be having a stand at the Bowmansville Days, August 9 & 10,  stop by and say hello.

Have a great summer and we’ll see you in the fall!

October 15

The Race for Education is coming!

On Friday, October 26, students at Brecknock Elementary will participate in the Race for Education. This event offers a way for our school community to be engaged physical fitness as well as serve as a fundraiser for our school. Thank you to Mrs. Felpel and everyone who contributed to the Race planning efforts this year! We hope you will consider joining us on Race day. Here is our schedule for the day. Feel free to join your child(ren) at the times below to walk, run, and/or jog around the Race “track!”

9:10-9:40 AM – 4th & 5th Grades

9:50-10:20 AM – 3rd & 6th Grades

10:30-11 AM – AM Kindergarten & Autistic Support homerooms

11:10-11:40 AM – 1st Grade

1:45-2:15 PM – 2nd Grade, PM Kindergarten
Hope to see you there!
October 7

Staff in the Spotlight – Meet Mrs. O’Donnell!

Mrs. Laurette O’Donnell is one of our fifth grade teachers at Brecknock Elementary School. She has been a teacher at Brecknock since 1989. Mrs. O’Donnell is a Garden Spot High School graduate! She studied at Millersville University. She student taught at Brecknock with Mrs. Kidhardt in first grade. She worked summers and breaks at Carter’s pricing and inspecting children’s clothing.

Mrs. O’Donnell’s favorite hobbies are gardening, supporting our troops, watching the Flyers and the Phillies, baking, writing letters, scrapbooking, and more! Mrs. O’Donnell lives in New Holland with her husband, Patrick, and her daughter, Sarah, who is a freshman at West Chester University this year! They currently have no pets, but the family has a soft spot for rabbits and have had several as pets in the past.

You may not know these fun facts about Mrs. O’Donnell! She once played “catch” with a dolphin at a marine animal park in Canada; they tossed a basketball back and forth! Her mother chose her first name, Laurette, after reading it in a novel. Her family farmed tobacco when she was growing up. She won a cow judging award in elementary school. 🙂 She loves baby lima beans!

To Mrs. O’Donnell, the best things about working at Brecknock are “the beautiful building and setting, great colleagues, supportive parents, and of course, our wonderful students.”

Mrs. O’Donnell enjoys traveling, and she would love to revisit states like Maine, California, and Oregon, and also visit new places like Arizona, Idaho, and Vancouver. She also enjoys reading and has a lot of favorite books, including Jodi Picoult books, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Thoughts of You My Friend edited by Susan Polis Schutz , Rule Number Two by Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft, Final Salute by Jim Sheeler, Attitudes of Gratitude by M. J. Ryan, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and she just finished reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about another one of Brecknock’s fabulous teachers, Mrs. O’Donnell!

September 25

Spartan Spirit Week! October 1-5

           Join us in celebrating Garden Spot’s Homecoming week with some fun events each day at Brecknock Elementary School!

Monday, October 1 – Blue Shirt Day……October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. The organization STOMP Out Bullying™ created BLUE SHIRT DAY™ WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION to signify its importance. Schools across the nation are participating by wearing blue shirts on this day. Official Blue Shirt Day shirts can be purchased in retail stores, but it is not necessary to participate. All students and staff are asked to wear a BLUE SHIRT on October 1 to help promote the cause. More information can be found at

Tuesday, October 2Role Reversal Day! ……Teachers dress like students, students dress like teachers! One of our favorite days of the year… we enjoy seeing our students in their blazers, ties, and classy grown-up attire! (And I think the teachers enjoy “dressing down” as well!)

Wednesday, October 3- Favorite Sports Team Day! ……Wear your favorite team’s jersey, shirt, or colors!

Thursday, October 4 Mismatch Day! ……Wear your plaids with your polka dots and clash your outfit’s colors! Don’t forget the crazy socks!

Friday, October 5Spartan Spirit Day! ……Wear your favorite Garden Spot/Elanco/Brecknock Elem. shirts and/or wear blue and grey!