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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 10/7/22

This has been a beautiful first week of October and the sunset above was captured Sunday evening 10/2 from the playground. Please note, there is NO SCHOOL this Friday 10/7 (teacher professional development day) or Monday 10/10 (Indigenous People's day). While you have your calendars out, please also note that our parent conferences are scheduled for the week of 11/14-11/18. We will be sharing the information on how to book these conferences in the next couple of weeks or so.

Brookside students will once again be participating in the River of Light Lantern Parade. All students grades PK-4 will be creating lanterns in art classes during the month of November and are invited and encouraged to attend the parade on Saturday, December 3rd. The theme this year is MARVELOUS MAGIC and we couldn't agree more! What a treat!

As a reminder, our 3rd and 4th grade open house is tonight, 10/6 from 5:30-6:30pm.

Grades 1 & 2 will be on Tuesday, 10/11 and grades PK and K will be on Thursday, 10/13. All open houses are 5:30-6:30pm and include both adult caregivers and students. We look forward to seeing you then!

Pick Up Patrol

Please remember to update your child's plans in Pick Up Patrol if students will be absent or dismissed early. Additionally, please be SPECIFIC about the location for bus drop-off (i.e. "home" or "the corner" is not particularly helpful. Please write an address) Thank you for your cooperation with this, as it helps exponentially.

Outside Learning and Play

Our students enjoy playing and learning outside every day. Please be sure to send clothing to keep your child warm and dry, including boots and hoods on rainy days. These unpredictable fall days often require multiple layers!

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Sarah & Chris



A River of Light Parade

Please join us for lantern building workshops for the 13th annual River of Light Lantern Parade, held on Saturday, December 3rd. MARVELOUS MAGIC is the theme this year! The event is made possible by our sponsors: Waterbury Winterfest, The Alchemist, Billings Mobil, and the HUUSD. All workshops are free to attend and space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

10:00-4:00 - Brookside Primary School Gymnasium - These lanterns are made from willow, rattan, and paper and take two full days to complete. Previous experience is recommended.

10:00-3:00 - Brookside Primary School Gymnasium - These lanterns are made from willow, rattan, and paper - and will take the entire time to create.

10:00-12:00 or 1:00-3:00 - These lanterns are made from vellum paper and take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Harwood Youth Basketball

It's almost basketball season! Registration is open until October 18th for 1st-6th graders to learn the game of basketball at:

1st - 4th grade teams are split into Valley teams and Waterbury teams to reduce travel. Feel free to sign-up for either team. Waterbury teams will practice at Brookside and Valley teams will practice at Waitsfield/Moretown/Fayston. 5th and 6th grade teams will practice at CBMS.

3rd-6th grade will practice twice during the week and play games on Saturdays. Home games will be at CBMS and there will be games in Barre/Montpelier/Williamstown, etc. Practice will begin in early November. 1st & 2nd grade won't travel or have formal games beyond their one weekly practice. Schedules will be released in early November.

HYBA is looking forward to another great winter of basketball - Please let me know ( if you have any questions!

Volunteer Opportunities - MRV Seniors' Meals on Wheels

4th Monday of each month: serve community breakfast 2nd Tuesday of each month: wash dishes 3rd Tuesday of each month: wash dishes Every Tuesday of each month: set up and serve community luncheon Each shift takes 2-3 hours. If you have the time and interest, please email Board President Gretchen Hernandez at I wash on the fourth Tuesdays--arriving at 11 am and out by 1:30ish. Fabulous lunch included and wonderful co-workers.

Safe at Home Class

Students grades 4-6th that want to be safe at home by taking a course to be home alone

Saturday Oct 15th 9am-3:30 To register, email Kacey Greene at or call 802-595-4352 $75

Updates from The Children's Room

We have lots of great programming this month in The Children’s Room and around the Central Vermont region. Check out the program list below, including a TCR Not So Scary Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29th. FYI- The Children’s Room will be closed tomorrow, Friday, October 7th, due to Brookside Primary School being closed for an inservice day. We’ll catch you back in the room next week!

The Children’s Room Tag Sale is returning in the spring, but if you’re on the lookout for clothes, winter gear or Halloween costumes, check out these events:

TCR Fall Programming:

Nature Explorations: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am @ various trailheads in the area. Get outside for some fresh air and fun! Every week we go to a different trailhead or natural area to explore and connect with the natural world and with each other. Activities are hands-on and facilitated by an instructor. Ages 0-6 and carriers are helpful for little ones! Email to sign up. Enrollment is always open!

Music & Movement: drop-in, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 @ The Children’s Room in Brookside Primary School. Ready for some singing, moving & playing? Come join The Children's Room for our drop in Music & Movement class, at The Children's Room space in Brookside Primary School. We begin by singing songs and moving together and allow time at the end to play with instruments, as well as time for adults and kids to socialize too. Ages 0-6. The calendar will be updated the morning of by 8:00 am for cancellations.

Art & Exploration Fridays: drop-in, anytime Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ The Children’s Room in Brookside Primary School. Come to TCR to play & dig into an art project or hands-on exploration every week.

Playground Meet Ups: Sunday, October 22nd at Brookside Primary School Playground, Monthly on weekends @ different playgrounds in Central Vermont, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Come join The Children’s Room for some fun on the playground together! Snacks provided too. Check the website or calendar for locations and dates.


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