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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 2/17/23

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Students were immersed in kindness activities this week with a different "station" set up each morning in the lobby during student arrival.

  • Monday was a 'kindness wheel' activity where students identified ways to show kindness to others.

  • Tuesday was a very popular "photo booth" in the lobby (see some photos below).

  • Wednesday, students and staff watercolored hearts on squares which were assembled into a mosaic in the lobby.

  • Thursday, students wrote positive messages of kindness and gratitude to teachers, staff and other important adults.

  • Friday, students were invited to state positive self-affirmations in a mirror set up in the lobby (and on many bathroom mirrors throughout the building).

Third and fourth graders had a gorgeous bluebird day at Sugarbush this week! We have two more days of our 3/4 alpine programs and one more trip to Trapps for second graders after February break.

Kid's Heart Challenge

Just a friendly reminder that donations to the American Heart Association are due before vacation. Please send cash and check donations in the KHC envelope that went home last week. Online donations need to be completed by Feb. 24th. If you need help registering online try this link. Thanks in advance for your support. Carol Baitz

HUUSD Annual Report

In accordance with Article 9 of the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) organizational meeting held on August 31, 2016, we are notifying you that the HUUSD Annual Report, which includes the proposed 2023-2024 school budget, will be available February 17, 2023.

The report is available online at You may also request a copy by calling 802-583-7953. We can mail the copy or you may arrange pickup at the HUUSD Central Office.

The board will hold an annual meeting and informational budget meeting at Harwood Union High School and via Zoom on March 6, 2023 at 6PM. See the HUUSD website for instructions on joining the meeting.

On March 7, 2023 the budget vote will be by Australian ballot in all six towns. Voters can obtain absentee and early ballots from their respective town clerks.

Eagle Academy

While we are only half way through the current school year, we are already thinking ahead to this summer. We appreciate that many of you may be doing the same as you work to plan camps, childcare and other summer details.

To help with this planning, please note that HUUSD summer school (Eagle Academy and Mad River Academy) will be offered July 17- 21, July 24-28 & July 31 - August 4 this year. Students receiving special education services who have extended year services in their individualized education plans (IEPs) will be invited to attend all three weeks. All other students with specialized service plans (EST, 504 or special education plans without extended year services included) will be invited for July 24 - August 4.

These summer academies offer participants a few weeks of rich programming that includes academic tutoring as well as fun learning experiences. It is an academically focused camp, with specific tutoring alongside creative learning experiences with peers from across our district. The focus of the academic tutoring will be based on students’ individualized learning. goals. We are offering the academic tutoring in conjunction with a day-long (8:00-3:00) program based at Brookside School (Eagle Academy) and Fayston School (Mad River Academy) that will include projects, makerspace, music, and outdoor activities. Students will be served breakfast and lunch at school or they can bring their own lunch.

Please note that the eligibility to attend these summer programs is made by each child’s individualized services team. If your child has an individualized education plan (IEP), the team, with you, will decide if the summer academy is recommended. If your child has any plan (i.e. intervention services, EST plan), you should assume that he/she will be eligible for the two weeks of services from July 24 - August 4.

We will be in touch with families after February break with further details and to ask you to commit to your child’s participation in this programming. Meanwhile, you may wish to mark the calendar with these dates (July 17- 21, July 24-28 & Aug 31 - 4).

Spring Conferences

Conferences are on the school calendar for March 24, and once again we will be using Canyon Creek to schedule conferences for the week of 3/20-3/24. The sign up window will open on 3/13. Please stay tuned for details after February break.

Calendar Raffle Update

Hi Brookside Families! We hope you're selling lots of raffle tickets!!! Please ask your child's teacher if you need more tickets or email Ms.Tammy at The deadline is Friday 2/24. Remember, your hard work selling tickets pays for field trips, ski equipment updates, outdoor learning supplies and special teacher requests throughout the year, like new books for the library. Thanks for your efforts!!

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

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

Interested in Art-Making Summer Camps?

Our Art teacher Rachael Wells will be teaching the Woven Wonders, Intro to Jewelry Making, and the Stories in Clay camps this summer at The Current in Stowe. There are many camps to choose from, for a variety of ages. Check out their offerings at the link below!

Please see detailed information and registration form below:

2023 Girls basketball camp offerings-1
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It might not feel like spring outside just yet, but the start of the 2023 Little League season is right around the corner! Registration for all programs is open and can be found at Programs are available for boys and girls aged 4-12. Information on each program can be found on the website. If you have questions about which program is best, please email Robyn Fulton at with your questions.

To help you learn more about the upcoming season, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • 3/4-4/15- Each Saturday there will be indoor trainings available at Crossett Brook Middle School for each age group. Participation in the indoor trainings is not required to play but helpful if you are able to attend. More information on timing for each session will be sent out as we get closer, but the sessions will be sometime between 9am-1pm.

  • 4/1- Assessments during indoor training time for players looking to ‘play up’ into an older division.

  • 4/15- Registration closes

  • 4/22- Uniform pick up, picture packet hand out day, and opening day information day at Crossett Brook Middle School from 9am-1pm (specific times to be announced).

  • 4/29- Opening Day! Picture day (Times to be announced). A little league parade and event will be held this day as well.

We are excited for a great start to the 2023 little league season. Typically, the season runs from 4/29-6/16.

  • T-Ball will be on Saturdays at Hope Davey in Waterbury Center.

  • Farm League will practice 1-2 times per week and will have games on Saturdays.

  • Minors and Majors Baseball and Softball will have 2-3 practices/week and a 10-14 game schedule with games against other towns.

Please consider volunteering to help coach a team. We will have coaches training and plenty of resources available to help you feel comfortable leading a team. We would love to have 2 coaches for each team and greatly appreciate parents who step up to help!


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