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 Brainard is a California Distinguished School!


Brainard Celebrates Distinguished School with Superintendent Del Cute

Brainard's staff and parents celebrated being named a California Distinguished School with Superintendent Linda Del Cueto and Instructional Director John Rome who came to the school for a Tuesday event.


Mrs, Del Cute told parents and staff how proud she is of the dedication and hard work parents, staff, and students made to achieve this special statewide honor. She mentioned that of the 121 schools in Local District Northeast, Brainard was one of only five to achieve the honor. Statewide, only 5% of California schools receive the honor.


She presented Principal Jaque' Kampschroer and staff members with a plaque and $1,000 for marketing Brainard, which is added to the $2,000 given by LAUSD!

Brainard's Week Ahead

School resumes Tuesday, April 3rd, after Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Day! Our ELAC will meet Wednesday at 8 a.m. and School Site Council Thursday at 2:30 to discuss the 2018-2019 budget! All interested persons are invited to attend!


We are also excited and honored to announce that Brainard is being recognized next month as a California Distinguished School during a ceremony with State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson on May 3rd.

Parent Workshop - Intellectual Development

Parents are invited to come to a workshop on intellectual development Monday, March 12th at 8 a.m. in the Parent Center.

Daily News and LAUSD coverage of valentine event LAUSD Daily coverage link:

Valentines for the Elderly

Valentines for the Elderly

Brainard Elementary fifth graders brought a lot of love and kindness to residents of a local convalescent hospital on Valentine's Day! The homemade valentines, which were created by nearly every student as part of Brainard's kindness project, brightened the day of the war veterans and elderly.


The students were joined by Local District Northeast Superintendent Linda Del Cueto, School Board Member Kelly Gomez, Los Angeles School Police Officers Cabrera and Flood, fifth grader teacher Kimberly Upshaw and Principal Jaque' Kampschroer. 


Students sang to the residents and played games. Convalescent hospital director Marcia Walden said many of the patients hadn't spoken for a long time, but spoke to the students. And, the students themselves learned that the best feeling of happiness is when you make someone else happy. 

School Activities

Brainard's Local School Leadership has come up with a host of school activities:

School Activities


College Days – every Wednesday (wear your college gear to school)

Spirit Days – every Friday (wear your Brainard T-shirt to school)



Valentines for the Elderly: Students make valentines the week of Feb. 5th for the elderly in retirement homes and convalescent hospitals and they are dropped off by a team of volunteers


100th Day: Kindergarten fun and educational activities to celebrate the 100th Day


Kindness Project begins Feb. 5 through end of the year: PSW Johanna Johnston will be leading us in this project for students to become “Secret Agents” of kindness, following the fill your bucket and secret agent model created by Omaha teacher after Sandy Hook tragedy.


Black History Day: Students dress up as an important figure in Black History. They can research their figure and tell others about him/her. They also take part this week in activities in the computer lab – scavenger hunts.


Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character: Wednesay, Feb. 27th:  Students with the best costumes in each grade level win a book.



Dr. Seuss Day/Pajama Day: Friday, March 2nd. Students come to school in their pajamas. Upper grade students are assigned to lower grades to do read-alouds in the afternoon.


Sports Day: Tuesday, March 13th: Dress as your favorite basketball team for March Madness


Open House/Art Show: Tuesday, March 20


Sports Day: Thursday, March 20th: Dress as your favorite baseball team for Opening Day



Famous Californian Day: Friday, April 27th. Dress up like a famous Californian



Cinco de Mayo: Friday, May 4th: Dress up in your traditional cultural costume


Fitness Day, Friday, May 25th – Students take part in a variety of activities in a circuit



Career Day: Friday, June 1st:  Students dress like their future career. Parents come into the classroom/grade level to tell about careers


Friendship Day: Wednesday, June 6th: Students make cards at recess for their friends and sign cards for each other.


Tuesday, June 5th: Spring Sing



Back to School Night

Dress as Your Favorite Super Hero



I Like You Just the Way You Are Week (twin day, crazy hair, crazy hat, crazy socks)

Red Ribbon Week

Halloween Parade



Veterans Caring Day: Write letters, invite veterans to come speak to students

USC-UCLA Day: Dress up to support your favorite team the Friday before the Big Game


December: Winter Program (last week before break)

Toy Drive (first week of December)



Local School Leadership Highlights

Brainard Elementary School

Local School Leadership Council


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  • Approved a series of school-wide activities for students and staff to be involved in including Kindness Project, Valentines for the Elderly, Black History Day, Pajama Day, Famous Californian /day, Fitness Day, Spring Sing (facilitated by our Music Teacher), Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character Day, Art Show at Open House (facilitated by our visual arts teacher)


  • Approved school-wide field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo


  • Approved SBAC testing dates: Fifth grade week of May 7th; third and fourth, week of May 14th


  • Approved assemblies for hands-on science assemblies and social studies this semester


  • New incentives for Brainard Bees including a game room and dance party (grades 4-5)


  • Next meeting – Feb. 21, 2018 at 2:30 in Parent Center – all invited

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Local School Leadership Council


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  •  Aprobó una serie de actividades escolares para que los estudiantes y el personal participen en incluir Proyecto de bondad, Valentines for the Elderly, Black History Day, Pajama Day, Famous Californian / day, Fitness Day, Spring Sing (facilitado por nuestro profesor de música) , Vístete como tu día favorito de personaje de cuentos, Show de arte en Open House (facilitado por nuestro profesor de artes visuales)


  •  Viaje de campo aprobado por toda la escuela al zoológico de Los Ángeles


  •  Fechas de exámenes SBAC aprobados: semana del quinto grado del 7 de mayo; tercero y cuarto, semana del 14 de mayo


  • Asambleas aprobadas para reuniones prácticas de ciencias y estudios sociales este semestre
  • Nuevos incentivos para Brainard Bees, incluida una sala de juegos y fiesta de baile (grados 4-5)


  • Próxima reunión - 21 de febrero de 2018 a las 2:30 en el Centro para Padres - todos invitados



College Day - Every Wednesday

Brainard's Local School Leadership Council has declared every Wednesday college awareness day and encourages all students to wear a T-shirt, hat, button, or sweatshirt from a college or university! Brainard's LSLC believes every Brainard student is college and career ready!

School Calendars for Next Three Years

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2017) -- The Board of Education today approved instructional calendars for the next three school years that start classes before Labor Day and give students a week off at Thanksgiving and a three-week winter break between first and second semester.

In approving calendars through 2020-21 instead of for a single year, board members said they hoped to provide stability by allowing families and employees to plan activities well in advance.

The board followed the recommendations of District staff in approving the following calendars:

First semester – Aug. 14 to Dec. 14
Second semester – Jan. 7 to June 7
Winter recess – Dec. 17 to Jan. 4
Spring recess – April 15 to 19

First semester – Aug. 20 to Dec. 20
Second semester – Jan. 13 to June 12
Winter recess – Dec. 23 to Jan. 10
Spring recess – April 6 to 10

First semester – Aug. 18 to Dec. 18
Second semester – Jan. 11 to June 10
Winter recess – Dec. 21 to Jan. 8
Spring recess – March 29 to 2

The calendars also include school holidays for Admission Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day and Memorial Day.

Winter Program/Minimum Day on Friday

Brainard proudly presents its 2017 Winter Program Friday, Dec. 8th with performances at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Family members will be able to enter the auditorium through the front entrance. Strollers need to be left outside. For your convenience and a faster admittance, use the tickets from the flyer you received.


School will be dismissed at 12:39 p.m. on Friday.

Brainard's Advisory Councils to meet

Brainard's ELAC and SSC meetings, which had been scheduled for Dec. 6 and Dec. 7th, respectively, have been rescheduled to Dec. 13th and Dec. 14th because of school closures due to the Creek Fire.,

Brainard and other LAUSD schools closed Thursday and Friday

Brainard Elementary and most of LAUSD schools in the San Fernando Valley will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Additional information is forthcoming from the District. Please be safe during this tragic time.

Brainard Closed Today, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has continued the evacuation of several parts of northeastern San Fernando Valley, and Brainard will be closed today. Brainard students and staff safely evacuated our school campus on Tuesday. We are grateful to our parents who came quickly to pick up their children, our students for their exemplar behavior, and our staff who came to school to serve our students and safely and professionally teach and evacuate our students. 


We will keep you posted about future developments of when school will be open.


There will be no ELAC meeting this morning; it will be rescheduled.


Brainard's ELAC and SSC December meetings have been scheduled. ELAC will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5th at 8 a.m. in the Parent Center and the LSLC will meet Thursday, Dec. 6th at 2:25 in the Parent Center followed by the SSC. All parents are invited to attend.


Topics for discussion include the Single Plan for Student Achievement, Comprehensive Needs Assessment (what we need at Brainard), Positive Behavior, and school activities and the calendar.






Special Education Coffee for Parents

Coffee with the Division of Special Education

for Parents, Guardians & all Interested Parties 


Please join Beth Kauffman, Associate Superintendent and select Division of Special Education staff. 


The presentation will include: 

  •  2016 – 2017 Division of Special Education Accomplishments  Goals for 2017 – 18 
  • After the presentation, participants may ask questions.


  • San Fernando Middle School Auditorium

130 N Brand Boulevard 

San Fernando, CA 91340 



Wednesday, November 29 , 2017

at 9: 45 a.m. 


Parking is available in the school parking lot. 


Interpretation is available in Armenian and Spanish. 

Light refreshments will be served. 


Questions? Please call LAUSD, Division of Special Education 213-241-6701.

Holiday Program *Change in Time

Brainard will have two performances of its Winter Music Program, one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m. The time of the second performance has been changed to accommodate the brunch times.

GATE Student Referral

We are now accepting referrals to test students for gifted and talented (GATE).


There are several categories for identification according to student's talents:

    -Intellectual Ability

    - High Achievement Ability

    - Specific Academic Ability

    - Creative Ability

    - Leadership Ability

    - Visual/Performing Arts Ability


Descriptions of the various categories are available by going to

Any parent who believes their child might qualify for gifted assessment, please contact Principal Kampschroer.

November ELAC/SSC Meetings

Brainard's advisory councils meet next week. ELAC, the English Language Advisory Committee, meets Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 8 a.m.. and SSC, School Site Council, meets Thursday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Both meetings are in the Parent Center.


All parents are welcome!

Parent Workshop - High Frequency Words

When learning to read, students need to learn a few hundred words that cannot be sounded out. They are called high frequency or sight words.


Come to a Parent  Workshop presented by Community Representative Anabel Franco this Thursday, Oct. 26th at 8 a.m. in the Parent Center to learn how you can help your child learn these important words.


Students at Brainard will be taking part in Red Ribbon Week, which celebrates being healthy and saying no to drugs and tobacco.

Our local Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has provided us with bookmarks and certificates, and our teachers will be providing students with health lessons in living a healthy lifestyle.


We have another fun week of specialized clothes to wear to school!

  - We choose to be drug free! Wear RED on Monday.

  - We Won't Let Drugs Turn Us Inside Out -  Wear your clothes BACKWARDS ON TUESDAY.

  -  Because we are healthy, we will be college and career ready - DRESS FOR YOUR DREAM JOB ON WEDNESDAY.

  -  We Won't Get caught Sleeping -   Wear your PAJAMAS ON THURSDAY.



Parent Engagement Policy

Brainard is sending out LAUSD's Parent Engagement Policy to all parents the week of Oct. 16, 2017:

I Like You Just the Way You Are Week!

Brainard Elementary School students will be celebrating our "I Like You Just the Way You Are Week," a week of respect and kindness towards others, Monday, Oct. 16th through Friday, Oct. 20th.


This is our spirit week in which we encourage students and staff members to appreciate and respect each other "just the way they are."


The activities include:

Monday -- Backwards Day -- wear your clothes backwards

Tuesday -- Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday -- Crazy Socks Day

Thursday -- Crazy Hat Day

Friday -- Spirit Day (as always) -- wear your Brainard spirit wear or Brainard blue.

Parent Workshop on Graduation Requirements Oct. 11th

Community Representative Anabel Franco will present a parent workshop on High School Graduation Requirements on Wednesday, Oct. 11th at 8 a.m. in the Parent Center.


It's never too early to learn what is required to graduate from high school!

SSC Meeting Oct. 5

Please come join us at our School Site Council meeting Thursday, Oct. 5th at 2:30 p.m. in the Parent Center. We will be discussing  our Parent-School Compact, Parent Involvement Policy, our Single Plan for Student Achievement, and other items.


We look forward to seeing you at our meeting!


Get involved in your child's education by coming to our advisory council elections Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 8 a.m. in the Parent Center. Parents will elect five members to the School  Site Council; three to the English Learner Advisory Council, and two to our Local School Leadership Council!

Special School Site Council Meeting Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Brainard Elementary School has received additional Title 1 and Parent Involvement monies over the summer, and a special School Site Council meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. to discuss how the money will be spent. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Welcome back event/ice cream social/master plan options meetings

Brainard's staff would like to welcome you (back) to school during a kindergarten/new parent orientation and ice cream social on Monday, Aug. 14th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ice Cream for our students ...more

Former APEIS passes away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brainard APEIS Rhonda Dillon on June 25, 2017. Ms. Dillon served Brainard for the 2016-2017 school year and was remembered respectfully by staff members. She died following a short illness.

Important Dates for 2017-2018

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School-Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy to be mailed home

Brainard's School Site Council approved the school's 2016-2017 Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact at its meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. 


These policies, along with LAUSD's Parent Involvement Policy, will be sent to parents via U.S. mail during the week of Oct. 10, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact the school at 818-899-5241.



Brainard parents should look for the SSC-approved Parent Involvement Policy and School-Parent Compact in the mail as it will be mailed out Monday, Nov.6th.

Brainard students make valentines for the elderly

Brainard Elementary students are busy kicking off their kindness challenge by making valentines for the elderly. The valentines will be delivered to a local convalescent hospital on Valentine's Day!


Parent Receive Resources from the LA Library

Did you know that you can download five songs a week if you have an Los Angeles City library card? Brainard Elementary School parents learned that and more at Monday's Coffee with the Principal when representatives from the local library came to Brainard.


Alicia Reyes, bilingual outreach librarian, provided parents with updated library cards and a glimpse into the services, which include free tutoring from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from elementary school to college as well as a summer reading club for kids and teens, computer classes, SAT/PSAT/ACT help for students. Anyone updating their resume can also have someone review it.


Brainard Principal Jaque' Kampschroer is planning to invite library representatives to various school events for the convenience of parents wanting to get a library card for themselves or their children as well as having a parent workshop in literacy in the near future.