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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 10/21/22

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

'I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.'

-L. M. Montgomery

We enjoyed a beautiful October afternoon for our fire drill this week - some of the brightest leaves are still hanging onto their branches!

Students have enjoyed time outdoors for outdoor learning, recess and PE. Classrooms are buzzing with both academic learning and social emotional growth on an ongoing basis.

Please note the upcoming dates:

  • PTO Meeting Tuesday 10/25 6pm at BPS

  • HUUSD School Board Meeting Wednesday 10/26 at 6pm, HUHS Library

  • NO SCHOOL/Inservice Friday 11/11

  • Family Conferences the week of 11/14-11/18 (sign-ups will occur the 2nd week in November)

  • NO SCHOOL 11/23-11/25

HUUSD Social Emotional Task Force

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."- Aristotle.

Hello! Did you know that HUUSD has a district-wide task force dedicated solely to Social and Emotional Learning? This task force is committed to providing educators and families information, resources and ideas to support students' social/emotional well being and overall wellness.

This October we are focusing on the theme of Self-Awareness and what it means to be self aware. Being self aware is being able to identify one’s own emotional state and needs related to this. We all teach this often and use many different tools to help students identify how they are feeling and what they need. Here are a couple ideas about how to try at home this month:

For younger children:

  • Need a book to read with young students about their feelings? Try one of these: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst; All My Feelings at Home: Ellie’s Day by Susan Conlin and Susan Levine Friedman; or Amanda Pig on Her Own by Jean Van Leeuwen.

  • Here’s a mindful activity that increases self awareness and can be used at home or at school: Roses, Thorns and Buds.

From Mrs. Daigle

I am so pleased to announce the first Book Fair since 2019!!

Monday November 14- Friday November 18, 3-6 pm in the Library.

Children will "browse" the week before and make lists of the books they want to read.

The registers will be open after school the 14th-18th during conferences. It's a great way to support the library and celebrate a successful conference!

I look forward to seeing you all!


Nancy Daigle

BPS Art Program

Staying Up-to-date:

We have had a fun and fast start to the year; building community through art challenges, making still-life drawings of landscapes as well as seasonal and found objects, and getting into some painting and Gelli plate monoprinting!

Our website is still up and running at: However, I find myself adding more updates on my Instagram for our class. Please feel free to give it a follow for a more up-to-date look at what we've been up to. The handle is @ms.wells.artroom

Artsonia Student Portfolios:

I'm also hoping to clarify some questions about Artsonia and the email you got last week from Artsonia.

Artsonia is a safe-for-kids art portfolio platform which is meant for kids to take pictures of finished artworks and save those pictures in their own online portfolio. This portfolio would be accessible to you and anyone that you would want to invite to view your student's artwork.

You may have noticed that there is no art in there yet, and that is intentional! Students are working on all the essential skills to start the year and we will eventually get to documenting all of their work on some ipads. For now, art class is rocking and rolling along, Artsonia will start later this year, and I will let you know when we get to it. :) This is also a new program for me so I really appreciate your patience and grace!


I am currently hoping to collect more of the following items for my classes to use.

- paper towel rolls

- toilet paper rolls

- cardstock

- posterboard

- cereal boxes

- mat board

- takeout containers pictured at right ->

Un message de Madame Chartrand:

K Families: Be on the lookout for a video of your child singing Petit Escargot (Little Snail) in French. I passed it along to your child's classroom teacher to share with you.

Grade 1 Families: Be on the lookout for a video of your child participating in a presentation of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See in French. Each child got to be an animal, and they got to say which animal they saw. I passed the video along to your child's classroom teacher to share with you.

All Families: I am excited to announce that I am able to get Linguascope back for students. Linguascope is an online language learning platform that I use for whole group instruction and for independent learning. Students can access Linguascope at home as well, if they choose. Here is a link that goes into more details about it. Please be on the lookout for a hard copy of the username and password in your child's backpack next week. Please do not share this information with anyone outside of our school.

Merci ! Madame Chartrand

Zoom with Dr. Mike!

The School Board will host a Zoom Q&A/Meet the Superintendent with Dr. Mike on Tuesday, October 25th from 7:00-8:00 PM. This will be a chance for community members unable to attend the in-person events to ask questions and share comments.

To participate please use this link:

To view live, use this link:

You can always email your questions for Dr. Mike ahead of time to Kristen at In the subject line, please type Zoom Q&A. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Thank you for participating and for your support of our schools. We look forward to serving you.

Brookside Community Skating Party - Hope to see you there!

Where: Waterbury Ice Center

When: Saturday 11/5 from 10am-12

Cost: FREE admission and skate rental

Please join your friends at this fun event put together by the PTO.

Helmets are strongly encouraged- please bring your own. Snackbar will be open!

Thank you so much for supporting your child's education. Have a glorious fall weekend!


Sarah & Chris



Candy Donations Sought

Once again the residents of Randall, Elm and Park Row streets are gearing up for a great Halloween for your ghosts, goblins, zombies and princesses!

The neighborhood streets will be closed to traffic starting around 5:00 on 10/31.

Some houses in the neighborhood counted 800+ trick or treaters last year!!

There are Candy Donation Stations at both BPS and CBMS offices and at Waterbury Public Library thru Friday, 10/28.

Thanks for helping!


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