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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 12/1/23

Welcome December!

A fresh snow really was a game changer for this week's recess, PE and outdoor learning! Students in Th/F PE classes got in some snowboarding and many classes were able to take advantage of the nordic ski conditions in the field.

We also welcome the new month with details of the River of Light lantern parade:

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2023 - The parade starts promptly at 5:00PM

PARADE ROUTE: The starting location is in the front of Brookside Primary School. We leave promptly at 5:00PM and parade up Stowe St. to Main St. to Dac Rowe. Please arrive between 4:15 and 4:45 to retrieve your lanterns. There is no parking in the front of the school.

Please see parking and lantern pickup/parade etiquette details below!

Allyship for 3rd and 4th graders

We had exceptional attendance and show of interest at our first allyship meeting of over 60 students. Many students were interested to learn more about what allyship group is and what we will be doing. Allyship is open to third and fourth graders, we meet Wednesday mornings in the library from 7:45am-8:10am. We will continue to 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! The next allyship group meeting is Wednesday December 13, 2023. 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!

HUMHS Bond Project

Nurses' Notes

Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. What a great time to consider the many benefits of the flu vaccine. It can reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu, be lifesaving for all ages, and protect the people around you. Help keep our communities safe from the flu and get vaccinated. Contact your primary care provider or your local pharmacy to schedule an appointment!

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program - a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for children over the weekends and extended breaks at no cost - is up and running and any child enrolled at Brookside Primary School is able to receive these weekly bags of food for themselves and each child in their family.

If your family could benefit from this, please complete the application below and send it along to the main office or return via email to

BPS Backpack Program Application 23-24
Download PDF • 118KB

We look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow evening at the parade!


Sarah & Chris

Additional Lantern Parade Details

What to Wear: Please dress up warmly! You will be outside for a while. Waterproof boots, thermals, gloves, hats, etc. Gloves are especially useful for carrying the bamboo pole.


BPS students must have a responsible adult accompany them on the parade route. If you would like to have one adult be responsible for a small group of children (e.g. I have my two children and I’ll be responsible for my friend’s two children) that would be okay. BUT students CANNOT be dropped off at the parade site to be met at Dac Rowe at the end.

At Dac Rowe:

There will be a few warming fires at Dac Rowe, so please instruct your children to behave responsibly. Under no circumstances are children permitted to burn their lanterns. All bamboo poles will be collected for future use.

Please HAND YOUR POLE TO STEWARDS (who will be wearing safety vests). The lanterns and lights may be taken home.

LOST CHILD: If you and your child get separated at the park, please go to the hot chocolate stand (which will be located at the pavilion) and we will help you reunite!

Lantern Etiquette:

To make this a safe and fun event for everyone in the parade, please go over the following lantern etiquette with your child before the parade:

- Walk with lanterns - as opposed to running

- Try not to swing the lantern about - so you don’t hit anyone with it.

- Stay behind the band in the front. The band will set the pace. Please don’t go in front of them.

- Hold the bamboo pole firmly – with the lantern out in front and not back over the shoulder. Please be aware of the people around you and hold your lanterns as high as possible, where it can be seen and enjoyed by all. Keep in tight formation and HAVE FUN!

More information can be found on our website or please contact MK Monley at We look forward to seeing you on December 2nd!

Parking at BPS: There will be no parking in the front school parking lot because this is where we line up. Please use the PARKING LOTS at the back of the school or park downtown. There will be NO PARKING on Armory Avenue or at Dac Rowe.

You may find on street parking downtown or use these other parking lots that are available:

Parking Close to Dac Rowe for leaving

1. Anderson Field/Swimming Pool

2. Post Office

3. Municipal Building/Library

Downtown Parking

4. At the old Municipal Building 51 S. Main

5. Behind the Methodist Church - access from Foundry Street

6. Near the Train Station (where the old freight house was).



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.

Highlander Lacrosse is excited to announce our 2024 Spring Lacrosse Season

We are very excited to be able to offer another full program of practices, games, and events this spring. It’s never too late to start; novice players are welcome! Our emphasis at all levels is for kids to have fun learning to play lacrosse and to make new friends.

Registration is now open at

The Highlander Lacrosse Program includes teams for:

Kindergarten-2nd grade | Boys & Girls in the Chillax Program

3/4 grade girls | 3/4 grade boys

5/6 grade girls | 5/6 grade boys

7/8 grade girls | 7/8 grade boys

Official outdoor practices commencing in April. Some team coaches may also arrange pre-season indoor sessions before April. Practices run 1-1.5 hours and happen 2 or 3 times during the weekday. Games are scheduled to kick off during the first week of May and continue through mid-June. Games are jamboree style with teams participating in two games during the jamboree.

Registration Fees

Our Chillax program (K-2) is free, but registration is required.

For grade 3-8, registration is $100 before Feb 1, 2024.

USA Lacrosse Membership ($35) is required for registration.

TCR Special Programs & Announcements:

  • TCR & WPL Saturday Storytime & Songs: The Children’s Room teaming up with Waterbury Public library to do a monthly weekend session of singing, dancing and stories. Join Heather from TCR and Sandra from WPL for some fun! Saturday, December 9th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, located at the Waterbury Public Library. Free. Ages 0 to 5.

  • TCR Open Gym Session! Looking to get some kid energy out? Come to Brookside Primary School on Sunday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to run around the gym and play. We’ll have balls, mats and all sorts of fun! Snacks too. Free. Ages 0 to 6.

  • Thursday morning “Building Blocks of Play” Playgroup from the Family Center of Washington County: The Children’s Room is sharing space with FCWC on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 am (December 7th & 21st) for a “Building Blocks of Play” playgroup, geared towards children ages birth to 3 years (and siblings) who benefit from early intervention and milestones development support. For more information call 802-262-3292 or visit FCWC website. FYI- TCR is still open to the general public during this time.

Featured Programs and Events:

  • Bridgeside Books Reindeer Rendezvous: Sunday, December 17th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. FREE. come see real reindeer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm on Bidwell Lane next to Bridgeside Books in Waterbury. This is a touch only event where you can ask questions of the handlers, but there is no touching or feeding animals. See event website for more details and parking information.

  • Weekly Free Nature Playgroup at Audubon Vermont: Mondays at Audubon, Vermont in Huntington. Join Nature Playgroup to get outside and explore the magic of Aububon with 255 acres of forest, meadow, beaver pond, rivers, and peeper pond. This program is focused on supporting parents and caregivers with children ages birth to 5 in getting outdoors and exploring nature. Program is free and no registration is required. See program webpage for meet up details and further information.

  • A Forest of Lights at Vermont Institute of Natural Science: Now through January 3rd. Visit to see the magic of the VINS Forest Canopy Walk as thousands of lights transform VINS into an enchanted realm. New additions include a twinkling Snowflake Tunnel, the Blue & White Icicle Tower and the Fairy Hideaway. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for youth and 3 and under are free. For tickets and more information, visit VINS website.

  • Musical Munchkins Winter Session: Registration is now open for Musical Munchkin’s brand new Holiday/Winter Wonderland Session. Join Ms. Andrea for 8 weeks with a variety of class age options- baby boogie, Toddler & Kids Jamboree, Preschool Swing & Young Musicians classes. Classes are held in Waitsfield, Stowe and Montpelier. See website for registration and more information.

  • Kids Trade and Play: Saturday, December 9th, 9:30 to 11:30 am, a monthly clothing exchange serving newborn to junior 10, and women is held and sponsored at the Capital City Grange, 6612 VT Route 12 in Berlin, every Second Saturday of the month. Find out more info on their Facebook page.

  • Inklings Children’s Book Store Reading- Miss Northern Vermont’s Teen, Mina Smith: Saturday, October 9th at 10:30 am, 106 Mad River Green in Waitsfield. Mina will be reading, All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold, an uplifting story of a community coming together to welcome a new member of the neighborhood, reminding us that we all have a place and can contribute. A craft will be following the reading! See website for more.

TCR Weekly Programming:

  • Drop-in Play Every Day: The Children’s Room is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for anyone with children ages 0-6 to come and play. Starting Tuesday, September 5th! Check the TCR calendar for school closure days.

  • 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. 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. 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.


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