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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 10/27/23

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Happy Friday!

We've enjoyed a balmy week at Brookside with unseasonably warm temps! Learners enjoyed outdoor learning adventures, a field trip to the Flynn, and classroom-earned PBIS celebrations!

Speaking of celebrations, we are excited to share that students have been working hard this fall to earn their first school-wide PBIS reward, to celebrate the safe, kind and responsible choices students are making at school! We will have a color parade (similar to the rainbow parade last fall) on Friday, November 3rd from 8:30am-9:00am. We will walk through the neighborhood, and each grade will be assigned a color. Classes are encouraged to get creative and make signs, hats, etc. with their grade level color. If caregivers and families are able to, we encourage you to watch the parade on Stowe Street.

Please see the colors below:

PreK & Kindergarten: Red

1st Grade: Orange

2nd Grade: Yellow/Gold

3rd Grade: Green

4th Grade: Blue

(We have extra shirts in all colors that students can borrow if needed.)

Thank you for supporting your student and the BPS community, for more information about PBIS click here.

A friendly reminder that despite the excitement and outside of school celebrating that occurs in the spirit of Halloween (Tuesday 10/31), for a variety of reasons (creating an inclusive environment, maintaining routine and stability for students, ensuring students aren’t scared by one another’s costume choices) Halloween costumes/celebrations are NOT part of BPS. Thanks for your support in this!

PTO Notice of Special Meeting

The Brookside PTO will hold a special meeting on Thursday 11/2/23 at 6:30 pm in the BPS Library. We will be appointing people to roles/officer positions and briefly amending the bylaws to allow us to do this properly in the middle of the school year.

Please plan to attend or reach out to Sarah Schoolcraft at ASAP with any questions.

Fall conferences are scheduled for the week of November 13-17.

Fall conferences are opportunities to connect around goal-setting and your child should be in attendance. The sign up window is open Monday 10/30 at 8am until Friday 11/3 at 4pm.

Step-By-Step Parent/Guardian Instructions:

1. Visit the school’s homepage and select “How Do I” and then select “Schedule a Conference.”

2. From the Online Scheduler Home Page:

a. Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO”

b. Enter the school password bps.

c. Enter your student’s “Student ID”. If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.

d. Verify the student’s birth date

e. A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed. Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with.

f. If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’

teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to

schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students. If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.

g. You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.

h. Select the times that work best for your schedule.

i. Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)

j. Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.

k. Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number should you need to cancel your appointment)

3. Need help? Contact the school’s Online Scheduler™ specialist: Kelsey Guziak or 802-583-8024

Have a wonderful final weekend of October!

In partnership,

Chris & Sarah

Helping to Keep Our School Clean

Our playground has been unusually muddy this fall due to all the rain. We will be discussing with the students ways to show respect during our All School Morning Meeting, next Wednesday morning. One of the ways that we can show respect, especially to our custodians, is to keep mud out of the classrooms. We are asking for your support in helping your child to have a pair of boots or outdoor shoes and then a clean pair of shoes to wear in the classrooms. If your child needs some outdoor shoes/boots, please contact Sarah Schoolcraft. Thanks in advance for your support.

PE News

We are continuing our sports based ball skills and game concepts this next week with soccer skills and concepts. Again, PreK-2 are mostly working on skill development, grades 3&4 are reviewing skills and applying game concepts in small-sided games.

If your child enjoyed learning about basketball this past week, you may still sign up for Harwood Youth Basketball this weekend. Please email to register.

Nurse Notes

Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinics in our area

Waterbury Ambulance Service, in partnership with the Barre Office of the Vermont Department of Health, will be offering Vaccine clinics in Washington County. These are free and open to the public. They are walk-in clinics, no appointment necessary. The clinic will offer Moderna and Flu Vaccines for those ages 6 months to 64 years.

Saturday, October 28th

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Crossett Brook Middle School in the cafeteria

5672 Vermont Route 100, Duxbury, VT 05676

Sunday, October 29th

Time: 09:00am-4:00pm

Location: The Barre Universalist Church

19 Church St, Barre, VT 05641

Wednesday, November 8th

Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Spaulding High School

155 Ayers St, Barre, VT 05641

Sunday, November 19th

Time: 09:00-4:00pm

Location: Harwood Union High School

458 Vermont Route 100, Moretown, VT 05660

Clothing for the Health Office

The Health office is in need of gently used shorts and long pants with an elastic waist, sizes 4T-12. These clothes are used for students who have a need to change clothing at school, but may not have an extra pair of clothing in their backpack.

Please consider packing your child's backpack with an extra set of clothing in the event they may need to change clothes at school.

If you have shorts or pants with an elastic waist that your child no longer needs, please consider donating them to the health office.

Thanks so much!

Dental Collaboration

We are pleased to inform you that a dental hygienist from the 802 Smiles Program will be collaborating with the school this year. You can access the application form at this link. We kindly request that you take a moment to review these materials and, if interested, proceed with the online application process.

1. 802 Smiles intro letter HUUSD Brookside Elementary
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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.

Holiday Giving Tree Several area organizations are interested in sponsoring children and/or families during the upcoming holiday season. They have enlisted our help to make contact with interested families who have children and who would like to receive assistance. Please complete the linked form to sign up for this program. Entries should be completed by November 3rd. Forms will not be accepted after November 10th. Please reach out to the BPS Nurse team with any questions ( 2023 Holiday Sign up Form The Annual Waterbury Giving Tree Program begins on Friday, November 17th. Those wishing to purchase gifts for children in our community may choose a tag from a tree displayed at the Waterbury Public Library. The tag will include the age, gender, sizes and special wishes for an anonymous child in our area. If you would like to participate but prefer not to shop, monetary gifts are accepted in person or can be mailed to the Waterbury Branch of Community Bank attn: Waterbury Giving Tree Program at 994 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury, VT 05676.

Math Mysteries LIVE: A Family Escape Room

Saturday November 4th, 2023 @ 1:00PM - 4:00 PM

A Bookstore Mystery We Need YOU to Solve

Welcome Prime Detectives! Are you ready to go on your very own Math Mystery? You’ll need to follow the clues, solve the riddles, and explore the bookstore to collect FIVE secret letter titles. When you collect them all, arrange them in the right order to discover the SECRET PASSWORD. Once you’ve solved the riddle, find author Aaron Starmer, tell him the secret code, and earn your SIGNED COPY of his brand new Middle Grade Novel, Math Mysteries: The Triple Threat. Available early only at Bridgeside Books! Will you accept the challenge? Ideal for kids and families ages 8-11. Adult participation required. $10 per family, includes activity and signed copy of Math Mysteries: The Triple Threat by local author (and Brookside Parent!!) Aaron Starmer. Activity will like take 20-35 minutes for most families.

Lantern Workshops for Children: The Children’s Room and Makersphere are pleased to offer FREE lantern workshops in conjunction with The River of Light parade held in December in Waterbury each year. Children will work with their adults and facilitators to make their very own lantern for the River of Light parade! With financial support from Revitalizing Waterbury, these workshops are free of charge! Workshop dates & location are below. Email to register.

  • Dates: Wednesday November 8th at 9:00 am OR Thursday, November 9th at 4:00 pm

  • Location: Brookside Primary School in preschool rooms

Not So Scary Halloween Party: Saturday, October 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Come to the Brookside Primary School gym in Waterbury Village for a not so scary Halloween party! We have activities, music and a parade:). Everyone please wear a costume and bring a healthy snack to share! Ages 0-6, siblings are welcome too. Free!


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