Please check out Quick Links for the most up-to-date information about registering your child for the 2015-2016 school year. Kindergarten Orientation will be held from 8:30-9:30 AM on Friday, March 20. We look forward to meeting our newest Bulldogs!

Check out Quick Links to find out how you can donate used ink cartridges and other used technology devices to earn money for Brennen!

Thanks to all of our wonderful business partners for supporting Brennen Elementary!
Check out "Quick Links" to see the names of these groups!

Student Council is hosting a Write Away Competition.
  All Bulldogs (k-5) are encouraged to participate and can write about any of the following topics and receive a mystery prize.
  Entries should be submitted to the font office by February 20.

The topics you may use may be any one of these:

1. If you could be a famous athlete, who would you be and why?

2. If you were granted a super power, how would you use your power to help people?

3. Pretend you have a twin and describe an adventure you two take.

Congratulations to Larrabee Elllenburg, who read the most (2, 909!) pages in Part 1 of our Read With the Gamecocks program!

We are Richland One/Brennen Elementary School, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

We have begun to use our latest technology device, the padcaster, to record our WBRN news Read more...

Please check out the Quick Links in the left column to see the many activities available to your child.

Go to and select Parent Resources you will see mathematics calendars filled with activities. 

Check out all the new information for parents by going to our Parent Resources listing!

Follow us on Facebook

YMCA Y-Club Afterschool Information for 2014-15 now listed on the left under Quick Links!

Students are dismissed
@ 2:30 all bus riders
@ 2:40 all car riders

The Brennen Drama Parent Survey:
We are preparing for a great year in drama next year, but we need your assistance.
Please consider letting Melania Trimble know  about your interests and skills, as well as the best contact information.
Thanks so much!
Melanie Trimble, Drama Teacher

Check out our newest Reading Rewards Program.  Go to "Quick Links" and find all the information that you need about our yearlong "Read with the Gamecocks" reading program.

Congratulations!  Brennen has been awarded Palmetto Gold for General Performance!

Happy Birthday and Thank You to the following Brennen Bulldogs who have had library books purchased in honor of their special day!
Paul C.
Olivia S.
Drennon R.
Ian S.
Check out our "Birthday Book Club" bulletin board, located just inside the Library Media Center.

Brennen Elementary School

Home of the Brennen Bulldogs
As a member of Richland One, we at Brennen Elementary School will prepare every student to be a successful, contributing citizen in a global society by providing an effective and high quality education.
Brennen Elementary School, in collaboration with an engaged community, is committed to ensuring that each learner achieves his/her potential in a safe, caring, and academically challenging and diverse learning environment that will develop responsible citizens for a changing world.

PTO Announcements

Brennen PTO has a new web page! Check it out at
It will be available all year under Parent Links as well.

Want to receive email updates about what's happening at Brennen?  Just send an email to so that your name can be added to the distribution list.


Bulldog Brags

Brennen and Carver-Lyon Elementary Schools tied for first place in Richland One's Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive.  Each school collected 1,895 pounds of food!  Our efforts were recognized at the MLK celebration on Monday, January 19 at MLK Park.  In addition, we will be recognized at the January 27 RCSD#1 school board meeting at St. Andrews Middle School.

Brennen raised the most money of any school in the school district for the March of Dimes Walk!  Thanks to all parents, teachers, staff and students who helped Team Brennen raise an impressive $4,430!

Congratulations again, Brennen, and all you wonderful Brennen volunteers!

Congratulations, Bulldogs!  We collected more food for the Harvest Hope Food Drive Campaign than any other school in the entire school district!  Our  families went above and beyond the call in collecting food for less fortunate families in our community. 
1st Place Brennen Elementary collected  1,999 pounds of food!


Congratulations to Brennen Elementary School! 

Congratulations to the School Improvement Council

Accelerated Reader

Bulldog Awards

Red Carpet Award

Palmetto Gold Award Recipient
Palmetto Silver Award Recipient


Today, 3/27/2015
High: 60 Low: 38
Rain showers likely
76% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/28/2015
High: 54 Low: 30
Mostly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 27
Teacher Workday: No School for Students
Sat, Mar 28 - Sun, Apr 5
Spring Break

Monday, April 6
2nd Grade Swimming Lessons

Tuesday, April 7
2nd Grade Swimming Lessons

Student Council Meeting
2:30 PM - 3:10 PM

From the Principal

Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Brennen Community,

Happy New Year. I hope all of you had a wonderful Winter Break. 

In order to maximize service to Brennen families and to ensure the most efficient use of resources, we will be asking all parents and guardians to provide address documentation stating your legal domicile verification. A domicile is your PERMANENT LEGAL place of dwelling or where your child lies their head each night, which is different than residence. 
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year and ANNUALLY thereafter, ALL parents and guardians will be REQUIRED to provide THREE (3) current proofs domicile verification. Examples of what can be used are:
    "               ONE (1) from the following: Real estate purchase contract, mortgage statement, lease agreement, copy of payment stub. CAR TAX BILLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
    "               TWO (2) from the following: Utility bills with the SERVICE address to the domicile (cable, electric, water, or land-line phone bills) CELL PHONE BILLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Please send nothing now. We will send out a notice later in the school year letting you know the days you can register students. The information required above will be brought with you then. If required information is not provided, your child or children will not be placed into a classroom.  Thank you for your attention and understanding as we work closely to maximize the resources for our students.

Our music teacher, Ms. Harriet Taylor, has retired to take care of her mom. Ms. Taylor has been an educator for over 30 years in Richland One and most of them have been at Brennen. She has taught many Bulldogs and their siblings.
We have hired a long term substitute to finish out the school year for Ms. Taylor. His name is Paul Lindley. He comes to Brennen after completing an internship at Brockman Elementary School. In addition, you can find Mr. Lindley working with the Columbia Children's Theater located inside the Richland Fashion Mall. Unfortunately at this time we will no longer have an afterschool chorus. Our chorus will continue again in the 2015-2016 school year. We apologize for any inconvenience that this brings.

Ms. Erica Mitchell, our part time guidance counselor, is on a leave of absence for continuing her educational commitments. Please welcome Mrs. Amanda Frisby as our part time guidance long term substitute. She comes to us having re-located from Charleston, SC where she most recently worked as a guidance counselor at Sedgefield Intermediate School.

Ms. Ebony Ayalingo, our media center assistant. will be going to complete her student teaching at Columbia High School. Please welcome Ms. Aria King as our media assistant long term substitute. She has a son in first grade and has most recently worked for us in music.
Again, please welcome our long term substitutes Paul Lindley, Aria King, and Amanda Frisby to our Bulldog family. At the same time we wish Ms. Harriet Taylor all the best as she starts a new chapter of her life.
I look forward to seeing you around campus. Thanks again and once again, Happy New Year.

Please mark your calendars:
January 12 End of the 2nd Nine Weeks
January 15 Early Dismissal Day 12:00 Noon
January 16 Student Holiday-Teacher Work Day
January 19 No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 22 REPORT CARDS GO HOME for the 2nd Nine Weeks
January 22 PTO Family BINGO 5:30 Cafeteria
February 2 PTO Board 6:30 in the Media Center
February 4 SIC 5:30 in the Media Center
February 6 Father-Daughter Dance 6:00 Cafeteria
February 11 Progress Reports for the 3rd Nine Weeks GO HOME
February 16 Student Holiday-District Professional Development Day

See you around campus.

Mark Shea
Jennifer Helmly
Brennen Secretary/Bookkeeper