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Penny Round Up

Posted on: December 18, 2017

The Penny Round Up will finish for 1st semester on Wednesday, Dec. 20th.  The money collected from the Penny Round Up will be used for additional recess items.  Any amount of spare change is welcome.

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Celebrating Grandparents Day at Brent Elementary

Welcome to all the Grandmas, Grandpas, Paw Paws, Nannas, Grammys and Granddads at Brent

Posted on: November 21, 2017

What a special morning at Brent Elementary School, where grandparents were treated to a special breakfast, time in their grandchildren's classroom and a charming assembly just for them! Grandparents, we are thankful for YOU! (More photos above!)

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drawing of Thanksgiving basket

The welcome gift of a Thanksgiving meal

Posted on: November 12, 2017

Capture the true holiday spirit by helping provide Thanksgiving dinner for Finneytown families in need. WildcatSERVE will provide the turkey and pie; your family can help with the rest. Here's how.

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Keeping Our Students Safe

Posted on: November 8, 2017

We want our students to be safe traveling to and from school, especially as winter approaches and the days are shorter. Here are a few simple but important reminders.

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girl looking through shelf of books at Book Fair

Coming Soon: Book Fairs!

Posted on: November 2, 2017

Guilt-free, affordable, enriching, endearing -- there's no down-side to buying books for your children. Whether you're getting a head start on holiday shopping or just tucking a wonderful read away for a rainy day, please consider patronizing our

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Nominate an elementary staff member as FLSD's Educator of the Year

Posted on: October 30, 2017

The Finneytown Elementary PTA is accepting nominations for Finneytown PTA Educator of the Year. Anyone can nominate a deserving elementary teacher, counselor or administrator for the award. Here's the form, with details below.

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Join a focus group and help shape FLSD's future

Posted on: October 25, 2017

Be part of Finneytown Local Schools' strategic planning process by joining a focus group. Two sessions are available: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. in the Secondary Media Center; or Thursday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center on the Secondary Campus. We value your input.

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Local veterans are honored at Honoring Our Veterans grill-out on Nov. 5.

A very special day to honor our veterans

Posted on: October 24, 2017

Each year our HONORing Our Veterans cookout and celebration raises funds to send local military veterans on Honor Flights to see their military memorials in Washington D.C. This year's celebration is Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Whitaker Elementary. Veterans eat free; entertainment and live music for everyone!

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Past 'Reflections' art contest winner of a little girl walking in the woods

Annual art awards program is where Finneytown students shine!

Posted on: October 23, 2017

Excellence in art is one of the things Finneytown is known for, and the annual national PTA 'Reflections' arts program is a place to showcase the work of our talented students! Parents and teachers, please encourage our students to enter! Deadline is Nov. 8.

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Penny Round Up

Posted on: October 23, 2017

Each year, the PTA sponsors two Penny Round-Ups. Students bring in pennies from home and classrooms compete to raise the most money.  The winning classroom receives a special surprise.  Collectively, the money raised will go towards purchasing new

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After School Art Classes

Posted on: October 23, 2017

The Finneytown Elementary PTA is pleased to offer and After-School Art Class for Brent students.  Classes are Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. in the art room.  The classes meet on Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.  The cost is $35

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Box Tops for Education

Posted on: October 18, 2017

It's time to collect Box Tops for Education.  Send your box tops in to your classroom teacher on Thursday, October 19th.  Classes collecting the most box tops will earn a special treat.  There will be another collection during the year, so keep saving those box tops.

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Photography of a colorful waterfall by Lynda Rush Photography

Please save these dates!

Posted on: October 5, 2017

This time of year, things start to get busy so we're giving you advance notice of some especially fun coming events.

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Poster for the Fire Department Open House

How cool is this? See fire trucks, tour a firehouse, meet Sparky the Fire Dog!

Posted on: September 24, 2017

Our good friends at the Springfield Township Fire Department invite families to an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 7. See firefighters in action. Watch a University Air Care Helicopter landing. Spray water from a fire hose!

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Festive floats always make the homecoming parade special

Always a Special Weekend: Homecoming 2017

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Finneytown Local Schools have a host of wonderful traditions, but none is more community-minded than Homecoming. It's a time for students, parents, residents and staff to come together and remember what makes this such a special, welcoming place. Here's what's happening Sept. 28-30.

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A Brent family lines up in front of a Pete the Cat mural at the entrance of Brent Elementary

A Purrfect Evening: Brent Family Reading Night

Posted on: September 8, 2017

The children's-book favorite, Pete the Cat, made his presence known everywhere at Brent Elementary's spectacular Family Reading Night, Sept. 7. Brent students and their families listened to Pete stories, ate snacks mentioned in Pete books and played games and made crafts that had Pete's paw prints all over them.

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Whitaker Principal L'Juana Booker and Brent Principal Lana Gerber at opening day breakfast

Two ways to get to know our elementary principals. . .

Posted on: September 6, 2017

The first: Stop by for coffee with Brent Elementary Principal Lana Gerber and Whitaker Elementary Principal L'Juana Booker tonight (9/6) at 6 p.m., Brent Elementary. The second: Read a Q&A with each of these wonderful educational leaders below.


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Finneytown bus driver welcoming students onboard

Ever considered driving a school bus?

Posted on: September 1, 2017

Bus drivers are a crucial part of the Finneytown Schools' staff. We are now looking for a few more great drivers. Paid training and hiring bonuses. Call 728-7220 for more information.

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Brent Family Reading Night

Posted on: August 28, 2017

Join us for Brent Family Reading Night on September 7th beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Come read books, listen to a storyteller, participate in reading games and much more. 

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Back to School Celebration

Posted on: August 11, 2017

Brent's Back to School Celebration - Friday, August 18th from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  Join us for a gathering of Brent School Families and Staff.  Visit your child's classroom and learn what's happening for the 17-18 school year. 

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The Scoop: Back-to-School Dates, School Hours, Fees, Etc.

Posted on: August 8, 2017

Here's a one-stop look at back-to-school information you'll need.


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Like Finneytown Local School District on Facebook!

Posted on: June 28, 2017

It's an easy way to keep up on school events, activities and the everyday life of Finneytown Schools.


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Finding out all about the Class of 2030

Posted on: June 21, 2017

Know and be known -- that's the thinking behind Brent Elementary's kindergarten assessments. New this year, the assessments help kindergarten teachers gauge their students' social and intellectual development before they set foot in their new classroom.

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Nancy Rouse is Finneytown's 'Celebrate Excellence' Honoree

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Congratulations to Brent Elementary counselor Nancy Rouse, who received Hamilton County Education Foundation's highest award for public-school educators.

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Kick off a summer of reading!

Posted on: May 1, 2017

It's another great Finneytown tradition -- the K-12 Summer Literacy Kickoff Celebration, May 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., McNulty Stadium. Bring your family, friends and something delicious to read!

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April Support Staff Member Peggy Battistone: "I love living and working here."

Posted on: May 1, 2017

For her 21 years of service to the Finneytown Local School District -- and her constant helpfulness and love for the children she serves -- Peggy Battistone has been named support staff member of the month for April.

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Nancy Rouse named Finneytown's Educator of the Year: "She's a superstar in a school filled with superheroes."

Posted on: April 28, 2017

Overseeing exemplary counseling programs, organizing World Culture Night, initiating Staff Wellness Week, supporting students and staff and connecting with families -- Finneytown native Nancy Rouse was a natural fit for Hamilton County's top public-school honor.

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Kindergarten Camp 2017 -- Welcome, Class of 2030!

Posted on: April 20, 2017

On May 5, incoming kindergartners and their parents can enjoy a fun afternoon of touring Brent Elementary, meeting some staff members (and other kindergarten families!), and getting the scoop on the kindergarten program.

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Reminder: Extended Care registration begins Monday, April 24

Posted on: April 3, 2017

The Extended Care Program is for children whose parents work and are not able to be home before or after regular school hours. Elementary students in K-Grade 6 who attend Finneytown Local Schools are eligible.


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We watch college sports. These FLSD staff members played them.

Posted on: March 31, 2017

Their students -- and often even their co-workers -- may not know it, but Matt Breines, Cathy Counts, Craig Dukes, Sharon Furlong, Mark Hafner Lora LeMay, Carol Miller and Joe Nichols were all gifted college athletes.


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Four Finneytown students win statewide PTA honors

Posted on: March 14, 2017

Organizers of the Ohio PTA Reflections arts awards program have announced the District 6 state-level winners. Of 11 local winners, four are Finneytown students.


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Read Aloud 15 Minutes.

Posted on: March 6, 2017
March is National Read Aloud Month, and Brent Elementary is joining the national campaign to get every child and every parent to read aloud together every day.
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Kindergarten registration begins March 2

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Parents can register their children at Brent Elementary School on March 2, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., or Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays at the Finneytown Board Office, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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The World Comes to Finneytown: World Culture Night 2017

Posted on: February 6, 2017

To prepare students for the world, schools have to look like the world. World Culture Night at Brent Elementary School is a chance to celebrate -- and show off -- our district's amazing diversity!

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Show your Wildcat spirit!

Posted on: January 23, 2017
Finneytown Elementary PTA spiritwear is available until Jan. 31. It's always the right time to show your spirit for Finneytown Schools, and it's an especially good time to tuck away a t-shirt or jacket for Valentine's Day gifts or for birthdays.
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Field Day Fun- Thank You!

Posted on: May 26, 2017

A huge THANK YOU to all of our family and high school volunteers, and to the BRENT TEAM as it was a successful Field Day, full of fun and memories.    Thank you all for your efforts and now…you deserve the 3 day weekend!  Enjoy your

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The Brent Beat 5.25.17

Posted on: May 23, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Please see the link below for our last Brent Beat news of the 2016-17 school year. The Brent Beat 5.25.17 A reminder that there is No School on Monday.  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and an awesome summer!! John SUNSCREEN FOR

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Bengals Spirit Day- May 24th!

Posted on: May 22, 2017
Tags: Brent superhero pbis

Good Morning and Happy Monday Brent Families! This Wednesday, May 24th, will be a school wide Cincinnati Bengals Spirit Day!  Please have your students wear their orange and black and their Bengals gear!  We will be having our last PBIS Assembly

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The Brent Beat 5.18.17

Posted on: May 16, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

K-2 FIELD DAY IS FRIDAY, MAY 26TH… VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED!! We are excited to hold a school-wide field day on Friday, May 26th!  Lunch times will be the same for all grades.  Classroom teachers will lead their classes to events, with

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The Brent Beat 5.11.17

Posted on: May 9, 2017
Tags: Brent beat, Finneytown pta

Dear Brent Families, It is another wet week outside!  Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter.  Hard copies will come home in Thursday Folders.  Thank you to the PTA and to all Brent Families for such a wonderful

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The Brent Beat 5.4.17

Posted on: May 2, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Good Morning Brent Families, Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter.  Hard copies will come home in Thursday Folders.  Congratulations to Mrs. Rouse! The Brent Beat 5.4.17 As we are celebrating “Teacher

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The Brent Beat 4.27.17

Posted on: April 25, 2017
Tags: Brent beat, Brent superhero

Dear Brent Families, We had a great time at last Friday’s Family Movie Night.  Thank you to those who attended! Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter, so that you are fully informed of the many upcoming activities

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The Brent Beat 4.6.17

Posted on: April 4, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Welcome back to school!  We hope that students enjoyed having Monday off from school. Everyone did a great job of getting back into their school routine today.  We had a lot of Cincinnati “spirit” in red

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The Brent Beat 3.30.17

Posted on: March 28, 2017
Tags: Brent beat, Brent family reading night

Dear Brent Families, Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time, or attended, our preschool and kindergarten Dr. Seuss Reading Night!  It was a wonderful literacy evening, and good family time! Please see the link below for this week’s

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The Brent Beat 3.23.17

Posted on: March 20, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter.  We are very excited that this Thursday is our Dr. Seuss Reading Night!  It is from 6:30-7:30 PM.  We are still in need of parent volunteers to help

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The Brent Beat 3.9.17

Posted on: March 8, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Elementary Families, We finally got some sunshine today!  Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter.  Hard copies will be in tomorrow’s Thursday Folders.  Thank you to all families who assisted and attended last

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The Brent Beat 3.2.17

Posted on: March 1, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, We had quite a wet start to our Wednesday!  Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat Newsletter, as well as the following flyers for this Saturday’s PTA Carnival.  Maybe I will see you in the dunk booth!

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2.23.17 Updates From Brent!

Posted on: February 23, 2017
Tags: Kindness challenge

Dear Brent Families- SUPERHERO KINDNESS CHALLENGE WEEK Happy Kindness Week at Brent!  Remember, though it was national digital learning day at school, the Family Challenge for this evening was as follows: Family:  Turn off all technology for 20

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

February 16, 2017 Dear Finneytown Families, At Brent Elementary School, this is one of our favorite times of the year – the time to register incoming kindergartners for next fall. On Thursday, March 2, we’re holding kindergarten registration

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The Brent Beat 2.16.17

Posted on: February 15, 2017
Tags: Brent beat, Kindness challenge

Dear Brent Families, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Please see the links below for this week's Brent Beat newsletter, next week's Superhero KINDNESS CHALLENGE, and 2017-18 Kindergarten Registration information. The Brent Beat 2.16.17 2017-18 Kindergarten

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Brent Elementary has been recognized as a SILVER Breakfast All-Star School!

Posted on: February 12, 2017

Brent Elementary has been recognized as a SILVER Breakfast All-Star School!   Over 450 schools submitted breakfast participation data to be recognized for the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.  Schools that met criteria for the School Breakfast

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The Brent Beat 2.9.17- World Culture Night Edition

Posted on: February 7, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Reflecting on last week’s World Culture Night, a sincere thank you to all Brent and Whitaker students and families that played a part in this magical evening!! There were so many smiling faces. A great evening for inclusion,

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World Culture Night- Feb. 2nd!

Posted on: February 1, 2017

WORLD CULTURE NIGHT Tomorrow night is the big moment…World Culture Night at Brent Elementary!  We hope to see you at our school on Thursday, Feb. 2nd from 6:30-8:00 PM. We are so proud to showcase the diversity of the Finneytown community and

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The Brent Beat 1.26.17

Posted on: January 26, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat.  Hard copies are also being sent home today in Thursday Folders. The Brent Beat 1.26.17 GO BEARCATS!! John SAFETY DRILLS Each month, our students and staff conduct

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The Brent Beat 1.12.17

Posted on: January 10, 2017
Tags: Brent beat

Dear Brent Families, Please see the link below for this week’s Brent Beat newsletter.  Hard copies will be sent home in Thursday folders, along with information about our upcoming parent event at Whitaker:  Help Your Child Work Smarter, and

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Brent Elementary students took a ride on the Polar Express before our winter break! It was part of a magical final school day for the children, who started off the day recreating the Polar Express. All 300 kids were set up in the hallway in chairs like they

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