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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 11/3/23

It sure was a colorful week! The whole BPS community paraded through the village on Friday morning in rainbow order as an earned school-wide celebration.

Speaking of parades, students are starting their lanterns in art classes, in preparation for the River of Light lantern parade on December 2nd. If you are an approved volunteer able to assemble lanterns later this month, please sign up at this google doc. Thanks in advance!

PTO updates

Next Thursday 11/9 at 6:30pm is a Special Meeting in the BPS library, in which 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.

Earlier this year, we notified you of our status as a Title 1 School. Please see the attached invitation to a meeting on November 13, 2023 from 6pm-7pm in the BPS Library. We hope to see you then!

Title I Meeting Invitation BPS
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Music Notes

BPS Chorus Many students have already signed up for Chorus, but there is still time to come try it! 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 rehearsal this week or the week after. 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. After 11/17, students can only continue coming to Chorus if they have handed in a permission slip.

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 Permission slip: Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Nurse Notes

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 (

Health Insurance Open Enrollment - Vermont Health Connect If your child is in need of health insurance, now is the time to apply through Vermont Health Connect. Open Enrollment goes from November 1, 2023, to January 15, 2024. This is the time for Vermonters to enroll in OR make changes to their health care coverage. Vermont Communications Toolkit for 2024 Open Enrollment | Vermont Health Connect

Free Lockable Storage Bags to reduce risk of Children Accessing Cannabis Products To help reduce the risk of children accessing cannabis products and other substances, the Department of Health and Cannabis Control Board have launched a pilot project to offer free, lockable storage bags at select cannabis stores in Vermont. The Healthy at Home bags can be used by anyone to store cannabis products safely, but they are especially important for people with young children in the home to prevent them from accidentally eating edibles and other products. A new Health Department report shows a rise in accidental ingestion of substances among children since 2018, based on emergency department data. Cannabis was among the three most common substances involved in unintentional, nonfatal overdoses in 2022 for children under age 9. Other top substances of concern in Vermont’s youngest children include prescription and over-the-counter medicine and stimulants. The free storage bags will be available at Capital Cannabis Company in Berlin and Euphoria Cannabis Products in Burlington.

Enjoy the weekend and thanks for your partnership!


Sarah & Chris



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.

MRVSA is holding a skill assessment for those U10 and U12 boys and girls interested in spring travel soccer. Please contact if your player is interested in spring soccer but cannot attend the assessment day.

We are asking that interested players attend the skill assessment as it will be a key tool for building team rosters across different divisions. Registration for spring soccer will be coming in January 2024.

Please complete this form if you are planning on attending.

Date: Saturday, November 4th (Sunday, November 5th is the rain date)

Location: Mad River Park, Airport Rd. Waitsfield

Time: 9:30-11am

We will offer spring travel soccer for U14 (2010-2011) and U16 (2008-2009). Assessments for this age group are not necessary.

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


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