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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 11/17/23

GATHER /ˈɡaT͟Hər/ (v). come together; assemble or accumulate.

This year, the HUUSD has a focus on gathering, and how it supports our social emotional learning - in students and adults alike. All HUUSD staff will engage in inservice on Monday 11/20 (no school for students), which will focus on this work. We will miss you, and hope that you'll have the opportunity for gathering in some way that fills you and your family up over the next week. We'll welcome students back on Monday 11/27!

Please enjoy the following sound byte from the 4th grade chorus!

Our school and community has a strong history of gatherings, and are proud to highlight the preparation for and celebration of some gatherings from this week!

Students in Mr. Thurston and Ms. Bryant's first grade classes planned, prepped and baked pies to share with their family and friends!

In preparation for a major Waterbury gathering, the River of Light Lantern Parade, students in all grades have been working to create and finalize their lanterns!

Finally, we mixed and we matched and we mismatched!

School Counseling Updates

This week we introduced a new and exciting group that will be starting here at BPS after break called Allyship. Allyship is a group just for 3rd and 4th graders that will meet weekly on Wednesday mornings in the library. We will discuss and reinforce what it means to be an ally; someone that is associated with another as a helper; a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity or struggle and ways that we can work together to be allies here at BPS. This will be a time for students to talk and ask questions, share, participate in projects and much more! This group will begin on Wednesday November 29th. Reach out to Ashley or Kately if you have any questions or would like to receive information at any point.

Thank you for partnering with us in creating a collaborative, safe and inclusive environment here at BPS!

Happiness Challenge

According to research:

  • 90% of your long term happiness is not predicted by your external world, it is predicted by the way your brain processes the world.

  • Only 25% of job success is predicted by IQ, the other 75% is predicted by optimism levels, social support, your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.

  • If you can raise someone’s positivity in the present, their brain experiences a “happiness advantage”.

  • Your brain at “positive” performs better than negative or stressed. Intelligence, energy levels, and creativity rise.

Watch this video: Happiness Advantage

According to research in the field of positive intelligence, doing these 5 things every day

for 21 days will make you happier:

  1. Write down three things you grateful for

  2. Journal about one positive experience you have had in the last 24 hours.

  3. Meditation- mindful minute

  4. Exercise- at least 20 minutes

  5. Random Act of Kindness- one positive email or note

We are encouraging our students and staff to engage in this practice between Thanksgiving and Winter Break . Please participate if you choose:)

Nurse Notes

Vaccine Clinic Information

This weekend Waterbury Ambulance Service is hosting two Covid & Flu Vaccine Clinics in Washington County. These clinics are free, no insurance required, no appointment needed and open to the public. We can vaccinate individuals 6 months-64 years old. We anticipate that these clinics will be very busy, please come ready to be patient. Saturday, November 18th Time: 09:00am-4:00pm Location: Montpelier High School Cafeteria 5 High School Dr, Montpelier, VT 05602 Parking will be a challenge with the Winter Farmer’s Market at the same venue. Please walk, ride your bike, or carpool if possible. We WILL have a shuttle running from surrounding parking lots to ease some of the burden. Sunday, November 19th Time: 09:00-4:00pm Location: Harwood Union High School Gym 458 Vermont Rte 100, Moretown, VT 05660

In Need of Winter Gear?

We have a number of gently used coats, snowpants, and hats as well as a few boots and gloves for students. Please email if your child could use winter gear.

Gently used clothing?

The health office is in need of elastic waist pants and underwear for boys and girls sizes 4-10. If you have any of these clothing items you plan to donate, please consider the BPS health office.



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.


Order now for your holiday! Hand crafted, home made, and baked with love.

Gluten free option available.

Fillings available:


Chocolate pecan


Other upon request (ask!)

Topping varieties: (or as appropriate)


Crumble (gluten free)

Fully covered

Pies are 9 inches and made in my little non commercial kitchen, and cost $25 each (unless you are an educator, then we'll chat). Happy to make trades with anyone. Text or call 425-495-6250 for questions or place an order or reply here.

Thanks, KC


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