BES Recent Events

BES PE September 2016

Miss Stine took advantage of the beautiful weather last week and took her elementary physical education class outside for some fun.


BES Fun Day 5/19/16

BES Awards May 2016

SCC Carnival 2016 BES

PreK Classes Planting Grass
Last week the PreK classes planted grass for education during the Spring season.

PreK Classes Planting Grass

Recognition Breakfast

   Congratulations goes to 6th grader Taylor Smith! He was this year's recipient of the Illinois Principal's Association Student Recognition Award. Taylor's parents attended the breakfast along with Mrs. Reeter at Greenville College. Students are selected based on their grades,character, citizenship, and good character. We are very proud of Taylor and his accomplishments.

C'motion at BES
The BCUSD 201 Foundation, Brownstown SCC, and BES PE Department funded a program for Brownstown Elementary School PE called C'motion.  Ms. Stine's elementary school physical education classes are participating in this high energy cardio and physical fitness workout February 9-11th.


BES P.E. Bowling Unit 2015
This past week, students at BES started a bowling unit in Miss Stine's physical education class.  Pictures have been posted below.

BES P.E. Bowling Unit 2015

BES Reading Night 2015

BES Reading Night 2015

Santa’s Secret Shop

It's that time of year again, time to find the perfect gift for everyone in your family.  The SCC is having their annual Santa's Shop for the little ones to do their Christmas shopping for friends or family.  Every year the SCC provides this opportunity to help teach BES students the importance of giving to others.  This also gives them the opportunity to pick out the perfect gift to give their loved ones.  Santa's Shop will be held on Friday, December 11 to help students get their Christmas shopping done.  The NHS from the high school will be present to help students navigate the items for “sale”.  Thanks to the SCC for holding this fun event for BES.

By Alicia Wilburn

BES Santa's Cottage 2015

Animal Tales BES November Reward Day 2015

Animal Tales BES Reward Day 2015

    On Monday November 30,  Brownstown Elementary children attended Animals Tales for their PBIS reward day of the month.  Animal Tales presented on exotic animals and also interacted with the children by allowing them to hold the animals.  All students attended and BES is very proud of the students and their good choices in the month of November.  While the presenter was packing up to head back to Nashville, Tennessee, someone had to hold Boomerang the Kangaroo and Mrs. Reeter happened to be in the right place at the right time.  For more information and events you can visit the Brownstown Elementary School Facebook page to see the many activities at BES. 

By Hannah, Brock, and Seth

                                                 BES Recycles

    Over the past year and a half the Brownstown Elementary School has been collecting plastic lids to make a bench to set up outside of the school. A few short weeks ago, the school purchased two benches and a table made from plastic lids. Secretary Shelly Thomason says the company Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, IN were very nice and helpful the day that Shelly and her husband Tony delivered the lids and picked up the benches and toddler table. The eight foot bench the school purchased cost $250 and the toddler table for the preschool area cost $150. Shelly says the school ordered two benches since they collected more lids than they had originally planned on and also purchased a toddler table Green Tree Plastics had in stock the same day Shelly and Tony picked up the benches. The school was hoping for 1,000 pounds of lids and ended up exceeding their goal by collecting 2,600 pounds! A big congratulations to the elementary school for collecting all the lids and purchasing an item many individuals will enjoy for years to come!

By Sydney Rosborough

SCC Cookie Dough Fundraiser

     The Brownstown Elementary SCC 2nd annual cookie dough fundraiser was a huge success! The school sold over $8,136 worth of cookie dough and received $655 in donations. Our school received 40% of total cookie sales. The top selling student, with 23 items, was Benji Lowe. The top selling students in each class went out to eat for lunch to celebrate! These student included: Aiden Smith, Kayden Chinn, Autumn Davis, Ella Satterthwaite, Logan Lach, Benji Lowe, Emalee Smith, Abram Austin, Sami Ashley, Macie Feltner, Dakota Arnold, Justine Ward and Tyler Snow. Thanks again for all who supported this fall fundraiser!

The Brownstown Fire Department and local EMT’s came to both the high school and elementary on October 7th.  The Brownstown Fire Department started at the high school with a mock fire drill.  They put a fog machine in the end of the junior high hallway to make the students think about what to do if an exit was actually blocked, which directed students to use another alternative route to exit the building.  After the drill they went to the elementary to teach the kids about fire safety and prevention.  The fire department showed the kids the truck and equipment after the lesson.  At the end of the day the kids got to spray the fire hoses with local firefighters at their side.

by Brock Oberlink

Brownstown Fire Prevention Week 2015


        The Brownstown Elementary School P.E. students are ecstatic about the soccer unit. Soccer is the first sport the kids learn this school season. They start with learning basic skills on how to 'dribble' and work on their foot-eye coordination. They then move on to setting up for a pass or an assist, and playing the correct positions. The BES physical education teacher, Miss Stine, thinks that the skills they learn in soccer can be applied to other sports, such as basketball and other organized activities. Miss Stine loves that the state of Illinois requires physical education and that Brownstown provides this opportunity to have all students, K-12, move each and every day. Studies show that daily physical activity can result in outstanding performance in the classroom as well.
By Kyrstyn Fitch

BES P.E. Soccer Unit 2015

                                                Pre-K Graduation 2015

Pre-K Graduation at BES 2015

SCC Spring Carnival

On Friday, March 20 the annual SCC carnival took place at the Brownstown  Elementary School. SCC stands for School Community Club, a parent group that has a goal to provide classroom materials, software programs, playground equipment, and much much more when grants and budgets fall short. This year all money raised will go toward new playground equipment. The SCC holds the carnival for two reasons. The first goal is to bring the community together by offering food, games, and prizes. The second goals is to raise money and give back to the school and community.

This year the carnival offered a meal from County Market that  included smoked, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade baked beans, cole slaw, chips, dessert, and a drink. There was  a variety of activities that included two inflatable playgrounds, face painting, cotton candy, a cake walk, a photo booth, and a raffle ticket drawing on items that were donated

Brownstown Elementary School was accepted for the St. Louis Cardinals Doin’ it Right Program for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Buscher took the initiative to apply for the program which was 50 minutes in length and included a video presentation with recorded messages from Cardinal players. On Tuesday, March 3rd this cost free program came to BES by the courtesy of  Fox Sports Midwest. This elementary-designed program helps students to focus on important choices in life.  The Cardinals Organization advertised “Don't do drugs! Stay in school! Participate in sports and stay fit!”

Fredbird and Al Hrabosky delivered the presentation with a mixture of comedy and seriousness.  Fredbird cracked jokes by messing with the Mad Hungarian during the presentation which brought laughter and smiles throughout the entire gymnasium. Al Hrabosky gave personal narratives of past friends that were tempted by drugs and lost their lives or baseball careers because of it. He also talked up the importance of a good education and regular exercise.   

“I am always impressed with how well the program is organized” says Mrs. Buscher.  "This program does so much more than any lesson I could teach and it keeps their attention!-Go Cards!"  The students get a chance to be entertained while also learning important life lessons. Bill Haller, American league Major League Umpire, was also at the presentation. Elementary teacher Sandra Stine was lucky enough to have Fredbird, Al Hrabosky, and Bill Haller all sign her bat.

It is so exciting to see a sea of Cardinal red when the student body wears their baseball gear to support the St. Louis team. See the photo albums from the program below taken by teacher Sandra Stine. The Brownstown School district would like to thank the Cardinals organization for their time and great program. We all hope to see them again real soon!

by Caitlyn Reeter and Shayla Stokes

Doin' it Right

STL Cardinals Doin' It Right Program 2015

 SEB cheerleaders held a cheer clinic for the St. Elmo and Brownstown elementary school girls. Approximately 85 little girls learned 3 cheers, a dance, and how to stunt.  They preformed their routine on Friday, February 13 at half time of the JV game against Altamont.


    For the month of January, students at BES spent time on an inflatable playground for their PBIS Award Day during P.E classes.  The students were able to climb, run, and crawl through the inflatable playground inside the elementary gym. The BES students enjoyed and appreciated the playground for PBIS Award Day. Check the web album below for classes in action!

    Brownstown Elementary School hosted a school wide spelling bee today, January 28th. The spelling bee featured two students from fourth through sixth grade. The sixth graders who participated were Cassi Payne and Makayla Cook, fifth graders Taylor Smith and Nathan Grull, and fourth graders Elaine Voelker and Morgan Hall. The winner of the spelling bee was Nathan Grull who will be advancing to Mulberry Grove for the county bee on February 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Pictured below are the Honor Roll students for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

BES Perfect Attendance 2014-2015

Mrs. Ledbetter's 3rd grade class has collected over 2,000 Box Tops this year and were rewarded with a pizza party and had a special guest join them. Deputy Shawn Carter ate lunch with the students and even showed them a pretty cool science experiment.

Elementary Girls Basketball Camp 2014-2015

BES Christmas Concert 2014

                                                                       BES Reading Night                                                          
 Last week the Brownstown Elementary School hosted their annual reading night. Keri Buscher, the reading specialist at BES, organized the event. Throughout the evening community members and teachers read books to the students and their families. Also at the event was a book fair followed by the play presented by the BES staff called “Junie B. Jones: Captain Field Day” based off of the book. First grade teacher Mrs. Dokey played the role of Junie as she does every year and the rest of the teachers played Junie’s classmates as they prepared for a field day. Staff members performed several chapters from the book, and invited the students to bring their families back in the evening to see the rest of the story. The students along with their families had an entertaining time full of reading and excitement.

by Andrew Koonce

BES Fire Prevention Week 2014



from local businesses. Tickets for the raffle were  only twenty-five cents each. Tickets for the cake walk, cotton candy, face painting and the photo booth were only $1 each. The SCC works with a group called FUN to set up the carnival and offer all these great activities.

            Talisha Bloemker said, “We appreciate so much the help of the NHS and art students that take the time to come and help with food, games and face painting. We would also like to thank the teachers that gave so much of their time to help setting up and working the night of the carnival also.”  Once again the SCC Carnival was a success. Thanks to all those who participated.
by Caitlyn Reeter

SCC Fundraising

        Zayden Gillespie was proud to show the 7 bears he collected during the Brownstown Elementary School SCC cookie dough Fund Raiser.  Students received a bear after selling their first tub of cookie dough and then after every fourth tub.

       The BES students were tickled that 'bear hunters' would stop by the school, and reward them with a treat if when they spotted a bear.  Zayden is a student in Mrs. Schaal's KB classroom.

        The School Community Club at BES is a tremendous help to the staff and students in District #201.  They provide financial assistance for programs and materials which promote learning within the classrooms.  The SCC is successful because of parent, faculty and community support.

BES Back to School Night 2014

BES Goes To State Capitol

    On Monday, April 1st, the fourth grade class had the opportunity to venture north on a field trip to Springfield, Illinois. There, the elementary students explored Lincoln’s Presidential Museum. The experience was rewarded after completing a short unit about Abraham Lincoln, taught by teacher Casie Bowman. “I think the students learned to appreciate history and all it has to offer,” says Bowman. “History can be brought to life if you look hard enough.”
by Katie Carson

Fourth Grade Trip to Springfield

BES PBIS Reward Day

    The students of Brownstown Elementary School had fun playing in the "snow" last Tuesday.  Mrs. Ledbetter and the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support team rewarded the K - 2nd grade students who had good behavior though the month of February with an indoor paper snowball fight in the gym.  Students had a variety of snowball challenges during the afternoon.  They also created their own snow angels.  Students in grades 3rd - 6th were also rewarded with one of their favorite activities, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.  The sound of giggles and laughter were heard down the hallways of BES. 

by Addison Cage

BES PBIS Reward Day

BES Bookworms

At Brownstown Elementary School, reading is a big deal among the students. The more literature they read, the more rewards and incentives they can receive. For months now, children have been reading from a list of awarded novels. Monarch books are for grades 1-3, and Bluestem books are for grades 3-6. The authors honored on these lists have been carefully selected by the Illinois School Library Media Association.

On Tuesday, February 25th, students that read and passed a test on at least four books from their list were invited to vote for their favorite novel. The Monarch winner was Experiments That Failed, with The One and Only Stuey Lewis coming in second. The Bluestem finalist was Number The Stars, followed by Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything. The SCC provided milk and donuts to further congratulate the students, and to encourage them to keep reading in the future.

by Katie Carson

Reading is fun at BES!

Jump Rope For Heart!

Jump Rope for Heart Wrap Up 2014

For the past twenty-five years, the jump ropes have came out for an entire week at Brownstown Elementary School to support the American Heart Association. This year was the final one, and the event went out with a bang.

During Miss Stine's P.E. classes, students enjoyed different activities and competitions involving jump ropes, hurdles, and other active equipment. This was to not only increase awareness about the importance of healthy hearts, but also to put it into practice. The students were encouraged to bring in names of friends and family members who have had serious heart issues. These names went on the "In Memory/ In Honor" wall for all to see.

Students also had the opportunity to raise money for the association. This year, a total of $2,398.04 was brought in, adding up to a grand total of $48,782.59 over the past twenty-six years. Prizes - a series of toy ducks - were given to any children who brought in money. Lexi Seabaugh was the top collector, with $253, and gets to give Miss Stine, the physical education and health teacher, a whipped cream pie in the face. Students are encouraged to continue heart-healthy activities in the future, not just at school, but on their own time as well. BHS would like to thank Miss Stine for all of her hard work and time over the past years.

by Katie Carson

Preschoolers Go Polar

With the frigid temperatures showing up this year, it makes sense that the preschool kids at Brownstown have been studying the polar north. The students learned about habitats, penguins, and polar bears. With the help of teachers Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Hingson, the classes were even able to build their own igloos inside the classroom. Boxes were donated from Effingham businesses to complete the much enjoyed project.

by Katie Carson

BES Spelling Bee

Wednesday, January 29th  the Brownstown Elementary School 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students competed in a spelling bee. Each grade level had two champions that faced each other for one final opportunity  to advance to the Fayette County spelling bee. Fourth graders Taylor Smith and Quinton Logan, fifth graders Cassi Payne and Conner Reeter, and sixth graders Makenzie Walk and Bryton Pruett advanced to the final round. The BES winner of the spelling bee was Makenzie Walk, who will now be heading to the Mulberry Grove Elementary School on February 21st to compete at 6:00 p.m. for the chance to move on to yet another level of competition. Good luck to Makenzie as she fights for the title of top speller in Fayette county.

by Mackenzie McClintock


Little Girls Basketball Camp

It's not the size of the girl in the game...

The first through sixth grade girls have been working all through Christmas break to learn new skills.  They have been attending a basketball camp hosted by the BSE High School Lady Bombers basketball team and Coach Brian Pruett .  These little girls have been to late night practices starting at 6:30 and Saturday practices as early as 8 in the morning, working on dribbling, passing, and shooting while making new friends in the progress.  All the practice and hard work lead to an experience the girls will never forget: they got to play at halftime of a real high school girls basketball game! They also received a shirt and a basketball with their name written on it.  It was an enjoyable night for the girls, the high school girls, and the parents, and we hope they all come back again next year!

by Michaela Walk

BES Santa's Secret Workshop

Santa's Secret Workshop

    December 13th, the Brownstown Elementary School will be holding Santa's Secret Workshop with the help of teachers, volunteer parents that are members of the School Community Club and National Honor Society students from the high school. Envelopes were sent home to all elementary students on December 2nd and should be turned in December 11th. On your child's envelope please write the names of the friends or family members that will be receiving gifts bought at the workshop. Everything that can be purchased at the workshop will be priced at $1.00 and parents are advised to send no more than $10 with their children. This activity is a great way for children to become part of the holiday spirit and give back to their family and friends.
by Chloe Lansford

Reading Night on 11/21
    Last Thursday, November 21 at BES a book fair was held, followed by Reading Night.  Reading night was full of fun activities including books read by teachers and members of the community, plus a special presentation by the BES faculty of a Junie B. Jones story!  The book fair sold books, erasers, pencils, bookmarks, posters, and other items.  
    Check out the web album below.

By Michaela Walk

BES Reading Night

Perfect Spellers

    Every week, the challenge begins for elementary students as the new list of spelling words comes out. Over the next few days, classes practice and study for the upcoming quiz. Then, on Friday, students test their new spelling skills. If the paper comes back completely correct every week for the entire quarter, the child earns the title "perfect speller."

    Perfect spellers are rewarded quarterly with a trip to McDonald's for lunch. Each child is provided with a free hamburger, fries, and a drink, then privileged with some recreational time in the play land. The twelve students who attended the first perfect spellers trip on November 6 are Ava Harre, Avree Strobel, Brody Mason, Taylor Claycomb, Abi Burney, Ethan Campbell, Lexi Seabaugh, Nathan Grull, Taylor Smith, Cassi Payne, Makenzie Walk, and Max Schraer. Now the records have been cleared, and every student has a chance to be a perfect speller next time!
by Katie Carson

BES Veterans Day Program

BES Veterans' Day Program

Brownstown  Volunteer Fire Department Talks Safety
On October 8th the fifth graders at BES got an important talk from some local heroes.  The Brownstown VolunteerFire Department spent the day speaking to the youngsters about the importance of fire safety.

    SCC Benches
The School Community Club,or SCC, have recently purchased two new benches to put outside for the students. The SCC is the  PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) that organizes fundraisers for the BES.    The benches cost $800 each and they raised this money through their last fundraiser where they sold about $12,156.50 worth of products, with 42% of that coming back to the school.  There will be more information coming out in their next meeting on November 5.  If you are interested in helping out contact Principal Angela Reeter at the Brownstown Elementary School.

by Mackenzie McClintock

Super Readers!
This group of students from Mrs. Stinebring's 3rd grade class read over 600 minutes at home for the month of October.  Congratulations!

Back row, left to right: Jenny Schilling, Keturah Sidwell, Jadalyn Whitehead, Alayna Bertiaux,Caleb Campbell, Chase Mayfield
Front row: Michael Rubin, Alex Goldesberry, Dalton Lake, Emaleah Mays

Red Ribbon Week 2013

Red Ribbon Week 2013