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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 1/26/24

A busy five day week is in the books at BPS! Our third and fourth graders had their first xc ski trip to Trapps this past week and did great! We finished out the week with cozy/pj day on Friday. We hope the snow continues to stick around for much more snow play, skiing and recess sledding in the coming weeks. Please encourage your child to check the lost and found for any missing items - there are several pairs of boots, outerwear and other items in the collection. Thank you!

Healthy Habits

February 2024 is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year's theme is “Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles!”  We're looking for pictures of kids practicing healthy habits to share at our All School Morning Meeting Feb 7.  If your child would like to be featured in the video showing a healthy habit to grow strong and healthy teeth, please send a photo to

Some examples of healthy habits include: bruising twice daily, flossing between teeth daily, heating healthy foods, limiting sugary drinks, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. 

It’s that time of year when outside play may lead to wet clothes, even when students are dressed in winter clothes.  Please pack a dry set of clothes for your student to change into if their clothes get wet. “Just in case” is a great reason to share with your child should they question your actions :-).  The limited clothing in the health office is for bathroom accidents.

Brookside Primary School is kicking off the American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge! Students are excited to care for their hearts and help kids with special hearts. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn about helping others (grandmas and grandpas who survived heart attacks or strokes and babies born with special hearts).

***Please note that all students will participate in PE classes. Families are not required to to collect donations for the AHA. 

If you choose to collect donations, please talk to your child about the importance of helping others (not to get thank you gifts- I will also talk about this in class). All donations will be due before February vacation. 

Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s Kids Heart Challenge! You’ll definitely want to check it out!

Here’s how you can help:

  • Register: or download the free “AHA Schools” app 

  • or you may collect cash and check donations in the envelope provided.

  • Complete Finn’s Mission: Watch the 2-minute Hands-Only CPR video featuring cardiac arrest survivor, Damar Hamlin, and watch a music video on the warning signs of a stroke (F.A.S.T.).

  • Share with Family & Friends: Send messages via social media, text messages and/or email.

With Heart, Mrs. Baitz

Parents of Grade 1-2 students:

Dear Parent or Guardian

A group of Harwood Union High School student’s from the club “Let’s Talk About It” will teach a pre-approved age appropriate lesson during health education classes the week of February 12-16.  The goal is to teach the importance of “consent” and to identify “trusted adults”.  This group has taught lessons in other HUUSD schools and will bring their message to Brookside Grade 1-2 students.  Sexual abuse prevention is required to be taught by VT State Law and this lesson fits in well with the HUUSD health education curriculum.

Students will listen to the book “Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect” by Jayneen Sanders.  This is a “book to teach children about body ownership, respectful relationships, feelings and emotions, choices and recognizing bullying behaviors”.  Students will also identify trusted adults both in school and outside of school that they can talk to about anything.

Feel free to contact the following Brookside Primary School staff with any questions.

Nancy Robinson - health education teacher at

Ashley Bergeron - school counselor at

Kately Mosher - school counselor at




Please note that the opportunities/events listed below are not specifically endorsed or screened by school staff. As always, families should use their own standards and review processes to determine appropriate activities.

Winter Break and Summer Theater Camp Registration Details:

Exploring shows, plays, songs, poems, and stories. Dive into the world of lines, songs, choreography, and blocking under the expert guidance of our Director of Education.

Registration is now LIVE,  secure your spot before they're gone!

February Break Camp: Feb 26- March 1, 9:00AM- 3:30PM: Winter Magic! 

April Break Camp: April 22-26, 9:00AM-12PM: Spring into Shakespeare 

Summer Theater Camp: July 15-19, 9:00AM- 3:30PM: Taking the Plunge!

Summer Theater Camp: July 29- Aug 2, 9:00AM- 3:30PM: Rainbow Connections!

Summer Theater Camp: Aug 19- 23, 9:00AM- 3:30PM: Masked!

'The SpongeBob Musical' (Ages 12-17): August 5-9, 9:00AM- 3:30PM

For More Information Contact:

Waterbury Winterfest, Vermont's premier celebration of winter recreation, returns

January 31st through February 4th with indoor and outdoor events for all ages. The schedule features many familiar, long-time favorites, including family broomball tournament, snow soccer and volleyball, and VT Candyland. This year also marks the return of the popular Game Show on Friday evening after a three-year hiatus. New additions to the schedule include Monikers Merriment game night at Bridgeside Books on Saturday and a Cardboard Arcade hosted by Makersphere on Sunday.

The full calendar of events can be seen at A handful of events require advance registration for planning purposes or because of space limitations: Wassailing, Intro to TRX (Total Resistance Exercises), Family Broomball Tournament, Bocce Tournament, and Monikers Merriment. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up early to ensure their spot. Broomball teams have a registration fee of $10 per adult and $5 per child, and the bocce registration fee is $20 per team. All other events are free and open to everyone, with donations appreciated. Spectators are also welcome and encouraged to attend Winterfest events.

ABOUT WATERBURY WINTERFEST Waterbury Winterfest is a volunteer-run, non-profit

initiative that provides a venue for indoor and outdoor winter recreation events that bring community members and visitors together to beat the mid-winter blues. All proceeds from events and sponsorships go towards scholarships, grants, and supporting recreational activities in Waterbury throughout the year.

Clyde Whittemore Little League

Registration is open for the spring 2024 baseball and softball season!

CWLL provides youth baseball and softball programs for children ages 4-12 years old in the Waterbury area.   Playing baseball or softball is a great opportunity for kids to learn patience, focus, teamwork, sportsmanship, and most importantly to have fun!   

To find out more information about the programs offered by age group and to register please go  to  Registration fees are discounted through February and will increase on March 1st so sign-up soon! 

Please reach out to with questions or if you have a child who would like to play and is in need of a scholarship.  One of CWLL's goals is to make this program accessible to ALL kids regardless of financial situation. 

We look forward to seeing you on the field this spring!

Family Yoga Series at The Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont, Burlington

Saturdays starting January 20 4:00-5:00pm 

A yoga class for children and the adults who love them. Through fun, playful movement geared towards learning about the body and its capabilities we will learn about yoga poses and concepts, practice mindfulness with kid-friendly breath exercises, and foster community infused with love for yoga. Build confidence, stability and flexibility in the body and mind!

Class is focused on the child’s experience but adults are encouraged to join in, and to be present with their child. Every child is welcome to participate in their own way. All ages welcome. 

Winter Break Yoga Camp at the Iyengar Yoga Center of VT, Burlington

Wed Feb 28 and Fri Mar 01


Join us during the school break for two drop-in days of yoga camp for kids aged 6-11. Together we will enjoy scheduled yoga practices to cultivate a deeper understanding of the body, building self-awareness and confidence. Our fun and dynamic instruction introduces yoga concepts in an age-appropriate way, teaching compassion and mindfulness for ourselves and others. Yoga related games and art projects, and outings to local parks round out our day together. Sign up for one or both days!

For more information and to register visit:

Equity Pricing Available

Scholarships Available, email Rebecca:


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