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Test Drive a Ford – Fundraiser

Browning LogoTest Drive a Ford Car – Support Browning Elementary


Browning Elementary’s Destination Imagination group has made it to the Global Finals in Knoxville Tennessee.  For every person that test drives a Ford Vehicle, Ford will make a generous donation to support the group.  Please come and help support Browning Elementary and its first group of students to attend the Global Finals.


Ford Test Drive Event Details
What: Test Drive a Ford car for a good cause
When: Saturday May 16, 2015   10am -2pm
Where: Browning / Bemis Parking Lot
12400 19 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48313


Download Test Drive Event Details – PDF

This event has been made possible by
Ford Motor Company and Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights

Volunteers desperately needed to assist with UCS Millage Renewal!

Help! Volunteers desperately needed to assist with UCS Millage Renewal!

Volunteer opportunities are available for two separate activities.

1) One is a group of 5 who will help this Friday, Oct 31st from 11:00am-1:00 calling identified favorable voters reminding them of the election on November 4th. The phone bank will be at the Citizens’ Committee Office – 12900 Hall Road, Suite #250.

2) The other activity will be precinct volunteers who will distribute information to voters d…uring two time slots on election day at Bemis. The volunteer shifts are from 7:00-9:00am and from 3:30-7:00pm. Volunteers do NOT have to stay for the entire time, we can split the shifts, but it is desired to have 3 people at Bemis during the time slots.

The Bemis Parent Advisory Committee has a Sign Up Genius online registration for the activities:

As always, your support is greatly appreciated! Please share with other parents who may be able to help.

2014 Entertainment Books Prize Winnters

Thank you to all the students who sold Entertainment Books this past month! Our sale has now ended and all the prizes and books have been delivered to the classrooms! Please return any unsold books to your child’s teacher or a check for $30 if you haven’t done so already!! Now for the best part…here are the amazing winners for this 2014 season!!

2014 – Entertainment Book winners

Blake’s Cider Mill

Purchase Blake’s Cider Mill vouchers & support the PTA

Click Here – Order Form Blake Cider Mill 2014

Vouchers and wristband will be sent home in your child’s backpack one or two days after form and payment are received.

1) CIDER & DONUTS – $20 (All Blake’s locations)


Redeemable Daily 8am – 6pm

2) BARNYARD FUNLAND ALL-DAY PASS $10 (Big Apple & Cider Mill)

  • Redeemable 9am-5pm

    3) AMERICAN as APPLE PIE – $20 (All Blake’s locations)

    4) SCARE UP SOME FUN – $25 (Big Apple)

    Haunted Hayride

    3-Story Haunted Barn


    • 35 minutes
    • Cider & Donuts
    • Family Friendly
  • Live Actors
  • 3 Levels of Frights
  • All Ages
  • 3-D Maze
  • Dark Corn Mazes
  • Fortune Teller
  • Petting Farm
  • Redeemable FRI-SUN Nights Dusk -10:30pm 9/27 – 10/27 at Blake’s Big Apple

    Redeemable Daily 8am – 6pm

    Order in advance to support the PTA (Blake’s donates 25% of all sales back to the PTA)

    Name                    __________________________________________
    Phone Number   __________________________________________

    Qty Each Total
    1) CIDER & DONUTS $20.00
    3) AMERICAN as APPLE PIE $20.00
    4) SCARE UP SOME FUN $25.00
    Make Check Payable to Browning PTA TOTAL

    PTA Board Nominations

    Please complete the form below for 2016/2017 school year PTA board.
    Forms must be submitted by May 31, 2016

    It’s hard to believe the year is winding down & it’s time to start planning for 2016/2017school year already. As much as the current officers and committee members love what they do, it’s always exciting to involve new families and bring in fresh ideas. It would be a disservice to our school if we didn’t. The Browning PTA is comprised of all families and staff in our school who work together to support the students. We are blessed with a wonderful community of extensive parental support and volunteers just like you!

    What are the basic job responsibilities of board members?

    • Attend board meetings scheduled as needed throughout the school year
    • Act as liaison between President and board and those Chairs who fall in to your subject area (i.e.FUNdraising Chair serves as liaison between PTA Board / President and chairs of Balloon Launch, Fun Fair, etc.)

    Board Position Descriptions

    Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per week
    Busiest Times of Year: Busiest at the beginning of the year but flattens out a bit as year progresses. Picks up again at year end

    • Manage overall objectives and strategies of PTA
    • Act as liaison between parents and principal / staff
    • Recruit all PTA Committee Chairs
    • Create agenda and facilitate PTA meetings
    • Create agenda and facilitate PTA board meetings
    • Create a welcome corresponsdance for parents in September
    • Create school calendar and budget with Principal and PTA Board
    • Speak at Curriculum Night and other events
    • Additional special projects as needed

    FUNdraising Chair
    Time Commitment: 2 hours per week; much more during peak times
    Busiest Times of Year: Around major fund raisers- Balloon Launch, Fun Fair, etc .

    • Recruit and support committee chairs for key fund-raising events
    • Continue to monitor success of fund-raisers and to recommend changes to fund raising objectives and strategies

    Events Chair
    Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per month
    Busiest Times of Year: On-going

    • Recruit committee of volunteers for events (i.e. Family Fun Nights, Staff Appreciation, Fall Festival, etc..)

    Vice President
    Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per month
    Busiest Times of Year: Back-to-School but also on going

    • Maintain PTA website & database of volunteers & email addresses
    • Provides these to board members and chairs as needed
    • Help other volunteer coordinators to coordinate the schedules and demands on their volunteers
    • Fill in for President as needed

    Time Commitment: 30 hours per year
    Busiest Times of Year: Following each PTA meeting

    • Records minutes at PTA meetings. Forward to president for review, and then submit minutes for inclusion on website and on bulletin board. Make copies of the minutes for the next PTA meeting so they can be approved by the membership.
    • Keep records of programs and events at Browning. Take photos all year for PTA Bulletin Board
    • Decorates & Maintains Bulletin Board
    • Distribute PTA communications

    Time Commitment: Approximately 100 hours per year
    Busiest Times of Year: Beginning/End of the year, some summer work getting budget ready for Fall, ongoing throughout year.

    • With the president, generate the PTA budget
    • Prepare the annual tax return
    • Inform committees of budgeted funds
    • Pay bills and reimbursements as required
    • Oversee ongoing PTA finances, ensure adherence to approved PTA budget
    • Inform committees of budgeted funds
    • Prepare and present budget report for each PTA meeting.

    2013-2014 PTA Meeting Dates

    October 1, 2013 – 7pm

    December 3, 2013 – 7pm

    February 25, 2014 – 7pm

    April 22, 2014 – 7pm

    June 10, 2014 – 7pm

    All Browning families are welcome to attend the PTA meetings.

    6th Grade Memory Book

    Dear Browning 6th Grade Parents,

    It’s hard to believe our children are leaving Browning Elementary!  It seems like yesterday we were so excited for them to start Elementary.

    Each year a Memory Book is created with the help of all the parents.  It is also funded by Browning PTA.  I have volunteered to be the chair person this year with the assistance of PTA members and parents.

    We would like to make this book very special so we need all of the Browning 6th Grade Parents support.  What we need are pictures of your sixth graders.  Digital images work best.  If you could dig through your pictures, this is what we are looking for:

    • Individual Class Kindergarten picture
    • Any fun images taken during any Browning Events or during school
    • One image of your child doing something fun the summer before starting 6th Grade

    To keep things organized I have created an email account and Shutterfly account specifically for the Browning 6th Grade Memory book.

    PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK FOR INFO REGARDING UPLOADING PICTURES.  Or send an email to [email protected] and details will be sent to you directly.

    DEADLINE: March 10th, 2013 Please have your images uploaded as soon as possible or no later than March 10th 2013

    If we do not receive any images of your child he/she will not make some of the pages in the Memory book.

    If you are not able upload digital images to the site they can be scanned.  Please email me at [email protected].

    Thank you !

    Renee Zoltowski
    [email protected]

    Dear Browning 6th Grade Parents,

    It’s hard to believe our children are leaving Browning Elementary! It seems like yesterday we were so excited for them to start Elementary.

    Each year a Memory Book is created with the help of all the parents. It is also funded by Browning PTA. I have volunteered to be the chair person this year with the assistance of PTA members and parents.

    We would like to make this book very special so we need all of the Browning 6th Grade Parents support. What we need are pictures of your sixth graders.

    “It takes a Village!”

     Welcome Back to School Browning the Best students & staff!  This year, we will be encouraging our students to explore the world!  In so many ways, the world is their canvas so we hope to help broaden their horizons by introducing them to different cultures, languages, customs, etc.!  Please join us for the many family fun events &/or help us incorporate this theme into activities throughout the school year.   Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters, check the PTA bulletin board outside the office, &/or visit our website ( for a listing of upcoming events!

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

    • Field trips
    • On-Site Learning Opportunities
    • Balloon Launch
    • Pumpkin Patch
    • Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom
    • Support School Clubs (i.e. Recycling, Student Council, Junior Honor Society, etc.)
    • Picture Lady Program
    • Assistance with items not covered in the dwindling school budget (i.e. classroom needs, staff appreciation, 6th Grade Graduation, service/safety squad, etc)

    By sharing ideas about programs, activities, and opportunities that benefit our children, we can strengthen the connections between our children, parents, staff, and the community.  TOGETHER, we can make a difference.

    Every parent, student, and staff member at Browning Elementary is a member of the W.B. Browning PTA!

    What is the PTA?

    The Browning PTA is a local group of concerned parents, students, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving the learning environment and strengthening the connection between home and school.  Our focus is to provide opportunities for parents and teachers to work together to support the education & social well-being of all of our students…..NOT just fundraising!   It is our goal to build the kind of community where everyone feels welcome, valued, and a part of the “team.”  In 2012/2013, we hope to provide outdoor learning environments for students, staff, & families to enjoy (i.e. trails, gardens, new playscapes & fitness equipment, and much more.)Burke Playground IN-2113

    Why should I get involved?

    Research shows that when parents get involved in their children’s education, good things happen.  Grades go up, test scores go up, and discipline problems go down.  Children with involved parents are more likely to graduate and go on to higher education.  Schools with strong parent involvement are more successful, and teachers report it’s a much better working environment.

    There are many reasons to get involved. Here are just a few examples:

    • I like to have a voice in school decisions that affect my children.
    • I get the chance to meet and share ideas with other parents & the Browning staff.
    • I can help bring opportunities to the students that they may not otherwise have.
    • It keeps me updated with information about the school.
    • It shows my kids that school is important & worth my time.


    Parents save money & our school raised much needed funds (>$6,000) for PTA sponsored projects like off-site learning opportunities!  Entertainment Book proceeds account for 20% of PTA income so your support is greatly needed & appreciated!

    Top selling students are eligible for great prizes!

    The  2012 Entertainment book will be sent home with your child the 1st week of school.  More info to follow……..

    Many thanks to Sue Medina & Dawn Neubacher for co-chairing this profitable fundraiser!

    Questions?  Please email them at [email protected] or  [email protected] .

    Kroger Rewards Program


    Kroger Rewards Program

    Please re-enroll to continue earning money for Browning Elementary in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. All participants must sign up for the program in order to earn funds for our group during 2012-2013. Even those of you who signed up for Kroger Community Rewards earlier this year must re-enroll to continue earning rewards during the coming year, 05/2012 to 05/2013.

    It’s easy for you to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards. Please visit, click on “Michigan” and click on “Enroll” to register for the first time and “Re-enroll” to re-register. All participants must have a valid online account at and must sign up online to participate. You can no longer scan our group’s barcode at the registers or service desk to re-enroll.

    Thank you for your support!