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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 10/13/23

We are right in the midst of a significant stretch of uninterrupted learning time! Students and teachers have gotten in the groove - both third and fourth grade teams hiked in Little River State Park this week - building community, perseverance and connecting with the outdoors.

There will be a solar eclipse through the western part of the country on Saturday. This link has information, graphics, and a video on the timing and trajectory of the solar eclipse happening on October 14, 2023.

If you are interested in supporting our students and love the outdoors, please consider volunteering for Four Winds nature science! We are still in need of volunteers for the following classrooms:

  • Amy Scribner

  • Rose Lovett

  • Mary Geibel

  • Chris Wood

  • Tom Thurston

  • Allison Champlin

  • Stefi Clymer

  • Amy Cunningham

  • Heather Morehouse

Please reach out to Emily Marotto at if you are interested or would like more information! Thanks in advance.

Mark your calendars...

Picture retakes are scheduled for 11:30-12:30 on Tuesday Oct 17.

Family Conferences will be held the week of 11/13-11/17. We will again use Canyon Creek for sign-ups, which will be live on Monday 10/30 at 8am. More information, incluidng login information, will be forthcoming.

Finally, the PTO had its first meeting on Thursday at 6pm. If you are interested in joining us - please do! We will meet the 2nd Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm in the Library at BPS - the next meeting will be 11/9. Remote option available.

Enjoy the weekend!

Sarah & Chris

PE Next Week

Everyone is excited! We have earned a choice day in PE next week! This is a schoolwide incentive and each class helps to earn this special activity. Each class can earn two bonus points at the end of each class. One point for everyone wearing sneakers and one point for following the school codes! Once we have accumulated 200 points, the school earns a choice day during their PE class! Congratulations to all of the students for helping us to reach this goal!

Mrs. Baitz

Music Notes

4th Grade Families: Recorders

Please return Recorder Order forms by Monday, October 16th. If I don't receive your form by then, I will pick the color for the recorder your student receives. If you'd prefer to fill the form out digitally, here is the link to the online form:


Ask Me!

This week, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students received their first "Ask Me!" sheet. Students will bring these home throughout the year. On the sheet is a song or rhyme students have been practicing in music class. Ask your student to perform and/or teach it to you! Singing and speaking rhymes at home are both great ways to strengthen your child's music skills.

“Apple Tree” is a folk song and “The Tree Song” was composed by Lorraine Lee Hammond.

BPS Chorus

BPS Chorus will start on October 17th. Chorus is a singing group that rehearses once a week before school for 3rd and 4th grade students. If your child loves music or singing and would like to have more of it in their week, they should come to the first few rehearsals to see what it is like. Students may come without committing to the group during this trial period. If they decide they want to join chorus for the year, they can get a permission slip at one of the rehearsals and return it by November 17th* to officially be on the roster.

Chorus Rehearsal Schedule:

3rd Grade - Tuesdays from 7:40-8:10 starts 10/17

4th Grade - Blue Thursdays/Gold Fridays from 7:40-8:10, starts Friday 10/20

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

*This has been changed from 11/22.



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.

Harwood Youth Basketball Association

Please use the below link to register. Registration is set to close end of day Oct 22:

New MakerSphere Art Classes Start Soon!

MakerSphere art and making classes are a fun way to spend after school time. Kids can get creative with drawing, painting, building and crafting of all kinds. Kids can take the bus right to the studio from school.

K - 2nd Grade Studio Art on Tuesdays starting Nov 7

Grades 3 - 4 Studio Art on Wednesdays starting Nov 1

Classes are from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

At the Seminary Building, 201 Hollow Road, Waterbury Center

Info and to register for all programs:

Soccer for Little Feet Preschool Pickup Sessions:The Children’s Room and the Waterbury Recreation Department are pleased to offer FREE soccer pickup sessions for 3-5 year olds with the financial support from Waterbury Winterfest and Friends of Waterbury Area Recreation Development. Children and accompanying adults will participate in fun activities geared towards helping develop skills of kicking, passing, sharing the ball and enjoying playing ball games with others. Just bring sneakers/cleats and yourselves! Questions? Email

  • Ages: 3 to 5 year olds (only preK 5 year olds not participating in Waterbury Youth Soccer program)

  • Dates: October 15th and 22nd

  • Time: 10:00 am

  • Location: Hope Davey Park soccer fields

  • No registration required- come to one or both pickup sessions!

Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center announces...

2023-24 Bill Koch League Youth Nordic Ski Programs!

BKL Youth Ski Program

Grades K-8, Fridays or Sundays We teach the fundamentals of cross country skiing, while incorporating games, fun and adventures on the ski trails at Sleepy Hollow. BKL Youth Ski Program meets 1 day a week, either Friday afternoon (4:00-5:30 pm) OR Sunday afternoon (2:00-3:30 pm) from mid-December through February. $170 per child and it includes a season’s pass! Scholarships available. Interested in helping? We also need ski leader volunteers- sign up to help if you can! See the website link below.

BKL Middle School Race Program

Grades 5th-8th, Tuesdays and Thursdays plus races A ski program for 5th-8th graders who are excited to ski, to try racing and to learn both classic and skate skiing techniques. We work on striking a balance between doing some good skiing and racing, learning technique, building endurance and strength, building group camaraderie and having FUN. Practices are on Tuesday/Thursdays (4:15-5:45 pm) and races throughout the season, starting after Thanksgiving and going through early March. $310 per child and it includes a season’s pass! Scholarships available.


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