Archive for August, 2009

Jessica Baker – A True Browning the Best Hero!

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker is a delightful 6th Grade student at Browning Elementary.  A talented & energetic soccer player, Jessica’s family (Mom Terri, Dad Jeff, & brothers John, Ryan, and Jacob) became concerned when she wasn’t quite herself becoming weak & lethargic early this summer.  After numerous doctor visits & declining health, Jessica was diagnosed on June 20, 2009 with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Stage III.  She is being treated very aggressively.  The protocol is oral and IV chemo for 2 ½ years.  X-rays indicate the mass has shrank significantly – a very positive sign of recovery.  For more information on Jessica’s diagnosis & trek, please visit

As you can imagine, Jessica & her family’s world was and continues to be turned upside down.   They have experienced a lot in a short period of time.  They are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support they have received from family, friends, neighbors, the Browning community, the soccer community, and all the wonderful people whom they did not even know before Jessica’s illness.

Because the long, hard journey ahead is not one anyone should undertake alone (financially or emotionally,) the Browning PTA, our families, staff, & community came together to provide donations, monetary contributions, &/or support during a  PTA sponsored fund-raiser at Browning on Thursday, Oct. 8th.   A pasta dinner (generously provided by the Maiani family) & donated items from local businesses (thanks to time & efforts of Lisa Williams & Susan Deutsch)  were raffled off or offered as Silent Auction.  All proceeds were given to Bakers to offset costs of medical expenses not covered by insurance & ease the financial strain during this difficult time.


To those who worked so hard organizing the fundraiser, everyone that helped out and made it such a fun and successful night, and all of you who came in support of it, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done to help Jessica and our family during this difficult time.

There are no words that can convey how thankful and blessed we feel to be a part of such a caring group of people.  We cannot thank all of you enough!

With much gratitude,

Jeff, Terri, John, Ryan, Jessica & Jacob

Browning Elementary’s 2009/2010 PTA Leaders

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One of our highest priorities as a community is our children and their education.  Supporting your PTA is just one way you can help our students, staff, and school succeed.  We have a lot of fun and educational activities planned this year to supplement the classroom environment. 

  • Field Trips/On-Site Learning Opportunities
  • Bring Your Family To School Week Events
  • March  is Reading Month/Book Swap
  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • Muffins with Mom/Donuts with Dad
  • Picture Lady Program

By sharing ideas about activities, events, and opportunities that benefit our children, we can strengthen the connections between our students, parents, staff, and the community.  If you are interested in volunteering, chairing an event, &/or have an idea to share, please contact a Board member, e-mail us, or attend our next PTA meeting on Tues., Nov 10th at 7PM in the Media Center.