Holiday Magic Restored

“Giving Back” Over the Holidays


Our School will be partnering with Becky Beckner from Provisions Today to support an organization called Path to Shine and Children from their Canton Office.  Path To Shine provides mentoring and tutoring support for at-risk elementary school students. With 1 mentor for every 2 children Path To Shine seeks to help students graduate elementary school, while learning to make productive life choices that can lead to high school graduation.

What are we collecting

School supplies and perishable Christmas stocking items for ages 5 (kindergarten) – 5th grade age 10 -11.
Sample items include: Small educational toys (i.e. legos, blocks etc.), Paper-lined and blank, pencils (large and small grip), pencil grippers, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers, plastic supply boxes,  Personal items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, gloves, socks, mittens



  1. Help decorate donation points throughout the school for drop offs.
  2. Communicate and promote with your friends and neighbors share the collection information throughout your community.
  3. Teach the importance of giving back during the holiday season to your children.
  4. PROMOTE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA! This will be our final collection drop off and supply pick-up from Provisions Today.


November’s Happenings Australian Travels

The students are currently preparing to take a trip around the world with Queensland, Australia as the grand destination.  They are busy learning about the landscape, culture, and government of Australia as well as the land animals native to Australia and the Great Barrier reef.  They will be creating brochures about Queensland and will each choose one particular aspect to be an “expert” in.  As a group, the students voted to take this trip by cruise ship (This trip really exists!).  We are in the middle of planning out exact routes, stops along the way, and figuring out the cost per person.  They will all be Australian experts by the end of the unit.  Good-day-mate!

Combating Fall Illness

The season for colds, flu, and viruses has arrived once again at Brenwood Academy.  It’s normal you say? We understand and relate to the frustrations that parents have this time of year as the directors are parents as well.  It is, unfortunately, a normal part of having a child in school or childcare and as a parent; this is the difficult part of taking the first steps to exposing them early.

A long-term study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2006, found that toddlers in group child care get sick more often than toddlers who stay at home, but found those same kids get sick less often than their peers during the elementary school years.

Many pediatricians will agree that even healthy children will get sick while in school or childcare.  Natural ways to help build up immune systems in children are to serve foods that are rich in protein, zinc and vitamin C, and free of refined sugar. Parents should consider supplementing their toddlers’ diets with immune-boosting vitamin D and probiotics, both of which are available in kid-friendly drops or chewable tablets. Exposing children to viruses is an important part of building their immune system.”  Today’s Parent

Having your child enrolled in a licensed early education center ensures that guidelines for cleanliness are required and audited regularly.  State license regulations for child care centers, in addition to the cleanliness guidelines to obtain SACS accreditation ensures your child is in the best environment to combat these illnesses.   For our private school students, these guidelines are stricter in comparison to other school and elementary settings because of Bright From The Start license regulations.

ROI On Early Childhood Education

Perry Preschool findings How can we as parents possibly place a value on what a preschool environment actually has on our children.  We often question, why are we putting so much effort into classes for our children at such an early phase when we should be investing in and saving for their college education.  Perhaps we as parents have that philosophy somewhat reversed.

Brain development continues for an extended period postnatally. The brain increases in size by four-fold during the preschool period, reaching approximately 90% of adult volume by age 6.  With 90% of brain development and growth occurring in the preschool age, it is extremely critical to make the right choice for development.

A few excerpts from other resources suggest the following return:

The HighScope Perry Preschool Study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages.

Early childhood education makes good economic sense, as well. In Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return, a high-ranking Federal Reserve Bank official pegs its return on investment at 12 percent, after inflation.

Brenwood Academy has by far pulled out the stops that are required to create a stimulating and educational environment for children ages infants through 3rd Grade Private School in Canton, GA.   Our private school setting has developed a project based learning environment with a multi-age classroom.  Our teaching philosophy alone has allowed children to transition from several different tutoring and help centers, to a place where individualization and assessments can nurture the academic needs of our students.  With an abundance of resources for each of our classrooms, spacious outdoor playgrounds, a developing garden center area, and a spacious  indoor gym facility, Brenwood Academy ranks as one of the best preschools and early elementary private schools in Cherokee County.

First Day Of School Olympic Games

child care services canton GeorgiaThe elementary program was excited to welcome back both returning and new students.  The students are already involved in their first problem based learning unit that involves creating a Brenwood Olympics for the younger students in the school. Currently they are learning about the history of the Olympics and the job of the Olympic Committee.  They will plan, organize, market, create and manage the first Brenwood Olympics! Over the next few weeks the students will be learning about geography, budgeting, organizing and time-lines.  They will work as a team to meet deadlines and will discover ways to problem solve during “crunch time”.  Let the games begin!

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Back To School Supply List

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer.

As a member of the private elementary at Brenwood Academy, all school supplies will be provided.  I do understand though that buying personal school supplies dds to the excitement of back to school.  Below is a list of supplies that you may purchase for your child if you wish to individualize his/her supplies.


Pencil Box/Pouch


Crayons (Pre-k – 1st)

Colored Pencils (2nd – 3rd)

Age appropriate scissors

2 Two pocket folders

Spiral Notebook/Wide Ruled (2nd – 3rd)


Lunch/snack box

Water Bottle (sport top/straw)


*Please send a healthy snack and water bottle starting on the first day of school.  (Please do not send fruit snacks, chips or sweets)

*Also donations of baby wipes and tissues would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you,

Lisa Sawdy



Camp Activate Summer Camp

Summer Camp is in full swing at Brenwood Academy.   We have overhauled our Summer Camp Program to include a new line-up of events for summer fun in Canton, GA.  If you haven’t registered yet there is still space for your child to attend.  From building a garden center, trip’s to the pool, INK and Tellus Museums, and learning adventures at Challenge Island our summer line up is jam packed.  Contact Mindy Anderson to register for our upcoming weeks and events by visiting our Summer Camp Page for more details.


Hannah Craton For the next two weeks at Camp Activate, Acting and Directing Coach Hannah Craton will be joining us as we host Drama Theater Camp.  Hannah will graduate this summer from Reinhardt University with a Masters Degree in music education.  She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Reindhardt University Concert Choir and brings a colorful world of Drama and performance to our campers at Brenwood Academy.  We are thrilled to have her join our team.


Former Director, Mrs. Rachel Rubright has decided to move to a school that is closer to her home in Dallas, GA, to allow for more time with her expanding family.  While we are sad to see her leave, we welcome Ms. Victoria Broyles as our new director at Brenwood Academy.

AN INTRODUCTION FROM DIRECTOR VICTORIA BROYLES: I am originally from Waco, TX and moved around quite a bit during my childhood. I moved to Georgia in 2005 and my family and I live in the Woodstock area. My husband Aaron and I have been married for fourteen years and we have two beautiful children-Braeden and Elayna. I hold a BA in Early Childhood Education and have been working in the field for 15 years.

In our spare time my family and I enjoy the outdoors, watching movies, and trying new Mexican restaurants. Our favorite vacation spot is Ocean Isle, NC and visiting my parents in Ellijay.

March Updates

The elementary students are busy learning about living in a community.  They are working on a community service project that involves collecting donations for a local animal shelter.  They created their own flyers for distribution and are learning about how to promote/market an event.
Students are also learning about communities long ago, maps, goods/services, and community helpers.  They will soon be creating a mock community in the classroom.
 Cat's and Dog's posters