Archive for August, 2010


Thanks to everyone who came to our 1st “Back to School Family Picnic” on Thursday, Sept. 9th from 5:30-7:30pm.  Approximately 80 people enjoyed music provided by DJ Tony Tocco (we had some awesome dancers), facepainting, &/or running around the playground with friends!   We greatly appreciate Chris Washeleski organizing this family fun event.


 The National PTA & Nickelodeon have partnered to designate Sept. 25th as Worldwide Day of Play and encourage families to TURN OFF THE TV & GET UP, GET OUT, & GO PLAY!   For more information, please visit

Worldwide Day of Play Ideas

  • Walk, run, skip a mile
  • Play a game of football, soccer or your favorite sport
  • Host a family charity run/walk event
  • Hold a jump-rope contest
  • Tackle a ropes course
  • Compete in a dance-off
  • Play on the jungle gym
  • Roller skate at a local rink
  • Organize a bike-a-thon
  • Take a martial arts lesson
  • Climb a rock climbing wall
  • Take your dog & family on a nature walk

Now Recruiting Browning’s Best for FIRST Lego League

Are your ready for “Ford Thunderquest 2010”?

FIRST Lego League (FLL) will be entering its ninth year in Utica Community Schools and we hope to have Team Browning represented!  If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help, please contact Mrs. Hassell at 797-4000 to learn more about this exciting educational event.

This program is mentored by the 2006 and 2008 World Champion Thunder Chickens which means we’ll have world class support!  For more information, you can also visit or contact Jacob Palmer at 586-797-6400.

Back to School Shopping Time

Thank you all for a wonderful year of fundraising! We raised a total of $1604.84 as a result of the Browning community participation in the “My School is Cool” Lakeside program in 2009/2010. We were one of 15 schools chosen to run in this year’s program.   Outstanding!!

Please start saving all your receipts from Lakeside Mall and we can make some easy money!  Every dollar we spend will earn us a point pass.  Browning has a locker for point passes in the Lord & Taylor court upstairs or they are accepting point passes at customer service counter right now for the fall session. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact one of our “My School is Cool” co-chairs:  Dawn Neubacher ([email protected]) or Tracy Sorrentino ([email protected])

Browning Day at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

The Browning PTA is excited to offer our families and friends a new event -“Browning Day” at Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill!  On Saturday, October 9th from 10am –5pm, Browning families will receive the special price of $6.95 (a $2 per person savings off the regular price of $8.95) for the Cidermill Barnyard Funland All Day Pass which includes:

New Straw
MountainBarnyard 500 Tricycle Track
Animal Petting Farm
Giant straw maze and jump
Cornfield Maze
Storybook Barn
Mr. Bone’s ™ Outhouse
Scarecrow band
Le Roy’s ™ Apple Picking Truck
Haunted Village & Black Hole
Train Ride
Pumpkin Jump
Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch

Please print and bring this flyer… Blake’s will donate 10% of all admissions & purchases to Browning PTA!!  Many thanks to Roni Sorgi for coordinating this family fun event!


Dear Parents:

What better time to foster family engagement then the start of a new school year?  

From the White House to our homes, we all recognize the need to prepare our children to be healthy, happy, well-educated citizens!  In 2010/2011, we hope to reach out to Browning parents & staff with our “Healthy Habits/Healthy Minds” theme to further strengthen the ties between school & community.  By promoting good eating habits & encouraging physical activity, we can help emphasize the important roles we all play in keeping our children healthy and ready to learn.

On behalf of the entire Browning Elementary family, the PTA would like to invite you to support our efforts in this initiative & to help supplement the classroom learning environment.   Without PTA fundraising dollars & our amazing volunteers, the opportunity for on-site learning experiences, field trips, playground equipment, supplemental learning materials, and, as in the past, Family Fun Events would not be possible.

Please check out our calendar of events & membership materials!  We look forward to working with you to support our students and staff in another “Browning the Best” year!

Browning PTA Team