Archive for November, 2012

Balloon Launch 2012

“If you want to change the world, be that change.” – Gandhi

Our Children Create our World

Thanks to all the Families who contributed to our

7th Annual PTA Balloon Launch Direct Donation FUNdraiser!

Every little bit helps offset the costs of field trips, on-site learning opportunities, Family Fun events, supplemental learning materials (books, classroom supplies, etc.), playground improvements, & much more.  

It takes a village!!!!


Congratulations to Mrs. Pacioni’s 4th Grade Class for having the highest percentage of students/families contributing to the Balloon Launch!  They will receive a classroom pizza party.


How does this raise money for our school?

Our goal was to raise one $40.00 donation per family. Our hope was that each family would participate at some level.  Understanding that every family’s circumstance is different, please make a contribution that is best for your family.

How does the Balloon Launch work?

Each child launched a Halloween orange balloon with a biodegradable card (with his/her first name and classroom) requesting that the finder return the card to Browning Elementary.  On October 31st, the entire school released the balloons together.  It was a spectacular display! As the balloon cards are returned to school, they will be tracked for distance, mapped in the school hallway, broadcast on the morning announcements, and returned to your child.

Benefits of the Balloon Launch:

  • Proceeds go directly to students for field trips, on-site learning opportunities, Family Fun events, supplemental learning materials (books, classroom supplies, etc.), playground improvements, & much more.
  • Every child was included.  ALL children present launched a balloon!
  • Students look forward to cards that are returned, even if the cards are not their own.
  • It does not matter if you have one child or five, your donation counts for all of them.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support!

Without it, the supplemental learning

opportunities & experiences

 our children deserve would not be possible!

Parent Survey

Browning Elementary/Utica Community Schools is conducting a parent survey and they value your input.

The survey will be available until November 30, 2012.

In order to complete the survey, please go to:

(If this link does not work by clicking on it, please copy and paste it into your browser.)

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

If you need technical assistance to complete this survey, please e-mail AdvancED at [email protected] or call 888-413-3669 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Browning Elementary at 586.797.4000.

Greetings from Oh Canada!!

Balloon Launch 2012 - Oh Canada!

Balloon Launch 2012 - Letter from our Canadian Neighbor Stan

Our school could win $10,000 for an Outdoor School Project!

TreesRockLogoThe SCOTTIES® TREES ROCK! Video Contest was designed to energize kids to get creative and share why they think trees are an important part of our school community and why planting them is beneficial for everyone.  And the best part is, our school can benefit too!

The SCOTTIES® TREES ROCK! Video Contest! Could award a lucky 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader at our school:

•             $10,000 for a outdoors school improvement project, along with a tree planting ceremony

•             $5,000, plus a trip to Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park and an electronic tablet

Spread the word – the more entries for our school, the better our school’s chance of winning!  Learn more.