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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 10/6/23

Happy long weekend! We hope you are able to enjoy some extended "down" time this weekend as the rain brings many of those bright leaves off their branches.

Mrs. Burns captured this gorgeous photo Friday morning!

This week at our October All School Morning Meeting, we discussed signs of fall and upcoming fall celebrations/dates of note. This will become a routine part of our monthly All School Morning Meetings, which is an opportunity for us to gather as a community and share in celebration and learning.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, October 9th in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day (formerly Columbus Day). This is a national holiday and we will not have school. Here are some resources and information to share at home.


​Thursday, October 12 6-7pm in the BPS Library

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Chris & Sarah

Counseling Update It is hard to believe we have entered the month of October. There are many exciting things happening in the school counseling program this month. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we will be pushing into classrooms teaching lessons school wide throughout the month.

This past Monday October 2, 2023, there was a safety drill. Mr. Neville and Ms. Schoolcraft sent out information to caregivers and families. As a reminder, please do not hesitate to reach if you need more information and support around the topic of safety drills at home. Make sure to check out the comfortship website. We hope you have a great weekend! Kately Mosher Ashley Bergeron 802-583-8064 802-583-8017 School Counselor (A-K) School Counselor (L-Z)

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:


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.

PE Updates PreK-2 are doing overhand throwing stations this week and next. If you get a chance to practice throwing with your child over the long weekend, ask them what a good overhand throw looks like. We have been throwing bean bags, footballs, foxtails, yarn balls and rockets!

Grades 3&4 are learning to play pickleball this week and next. If you get a chance over the long weekend, check out and play some pickleball at the town tennis courts.

PE Expectations:

All students are expected to wear sneakers and to bring a water bottle to PE. This is both an expectation for safety and responsibility. If sneakers/closed toe shoes are a need for your child, please reach out to Sarah Schoolcraft

Thanks in advance for your support. Carol Baitz

Updates from Madame Chartrand

  • I will be posting pictures and videos of what is happening in French class on Instagram. You can search for my username: @mmechartrandbps.

  • I will be offering yoga for grades 3 and 4 a couple times a week from 7:45-8:05 am. Please click on this link to read about it and view the permission slip. If you want to send me an email instead of sending back a hard copy as permission, please do so at Permission slips are due on Tuesday, October 17th.

  • Here is a link with information about Linguascope, an online language learning tool. Email me for the username/password if you would like access.



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

It's almost basketball season! Registration is open for 1st-6th graders to learn the game of basketball through October 15th!:

The full list of age groups and options is below, along with pricing which helps cover insurance, equipment, referees, and uniforms the players will get to keep. We have scholarships available for anyone who needs one.

· 1/2 boys, 1 practice mid-week and 3v3 on Saturdays, MRV and Waterbury (2 days at Brookside) - $75 / player

· 1/2 girls, 1 practice mid-week and 3v3 on Saturdays, MRV and Waterbury (2 days at Brookside) - $75 / player

· 1/2 boys, mid-week only, MRV/Waterbury (2 days - at Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown) - $75 / player

· 1/2 girls, mid-week only, MRV/Waterbury ( 2 days - at Waitsfield/Fayston/Moretown) - $75 / player

· 3/4 boys, mid-week only, MRV/Waterbury (2 practice, 0 games) - Location TBD based on where players are coming from - $125 / player

· 3/4 girls, mid-week only, MRV/Waterbury (2 practices, 0 games) - Location TBD based on where players are coming from - $125 / player

· 3/4 MRV boys, full pgm (2 practices, 1 game per week in Waits./Fayston/Moretown/Waterbury) - $125 / player

· 3/4 MRV girls, full pgm (2 practices, 1 game per week in Waits/Fayston/Moretown/Waterbury) - $125 / player

· 5/6 MRV boys - Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player

· 5/6 MRV girls - Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player

· 3/4 Waterbury boys, full program (2 practices, 1 game per week) - In Waterbury - $125 / player

· 3/4 Waterbury girls. Full program (2 practices, 1 game per week) - practices at Brookside - $125 / player

· 5/6 Waterbury boys - Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player

· 5/6 Waterbury girls - Full program (2 practices at CBMS, 1 game per week) - $125 / player

All practices will begin in early November. Games schedules will be created in early November and games will begin in late November / early December. The season runs until the week before February break.

Harwood Youth Basketball is looking forward to another great winter of basketball, and we hope to have another great turnout! Please also consider volunteering to coach. Patience, enthusiasm, and availability are just as important as experience, and many hands make light work and more fun!

Safe Sitters Courses

Safe sitters is a great course for young kids. This class teaches life long skills saving lives and how to be a baby sitter with confidence. There are two separate classes, Safe @Home is a class for grades 4-6 to learn now to stay home safely while a parent runs to the store or a appointment. Safe sitters essentials is a course for grades 6-8th that would like to start their own babysitting business. They are trained and certified in first aid, CPR and choking. For infants and toddlers. The student learns how to manage their business and be confident in their work. They also learn how to build a resume and the importance in communication. These classes are held at Apple Tree Learning Centers in Stowe VT. Contact Kacey Greene @ for virtual registration today. Only 8 students per class! register now as classes fill up fast

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.

Join Mad River Valley Cub Scouts!

Are you or your child interested in getting outdoors, learning new skills, engaging in group activities and alternatives to screen time? Cub Scout Pack 798 based in Waitsfield VT is seeking new recruits! We are in search of both adult volunteers and new cub scouts in grades K-5.

During the school year, we meet once a week at the Waitsfield UCC's Meeting House for den meetings and monthly for a pack meeting where we do announcements, den shares, advancement awards, etc. We also have monthly optional fun family activities- for example Pinewood Derby, sledding, cookie decorating, Green Up Day etc.

For more information please reach out to:

Mad River Valley Pack - Handout
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