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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 2/2/24

     We have been working on the annual town report this week and therefore thinking a lot about what's important to share about our school and what makes it unique. We asked a few staff members what they thought about this and received some of the following responses:

  • " Everyone is appreciated for who they are and they receive the supports and kindness they deserve and need." 

  • " The lantern parade, field trips, open house, arts night, book fair, artists in residence, ECO, and so many more collaborative community events and opportunities exist at Brookside Primary School."

  • "Pajama day is the best!"

We agree on all of the above points!  We encourage families to keep talking on this subject -- what do you think is important to share about our school? What makes BPS unique?

In Partnership,

Chris and Sarah

Nordic Skiing - 3rd and 4th grade

The above photos are from the 3rd and 4th grade ski trips to Trapps' over the past two weeks. Students entered at all different levels - and all have made great strides in their skills. Not to mention, the views and company!

PE News

Kid's Heart Challenge: We will continue with the KHC for the next two weeks of PE. K-4 students had a PE homework assignment to show their adult at home the KHC packet and to explain the 2 reasons that we do the KHC every year (1. to learn how to keep our own hearts healthy and strong and 2. to help others, ie. babies born with heart defects/special hearts and to help loved ones that have suffered a heart attack or stroke). Ask your child to tell you some of the things they can do to keep their heart healthy and strong.

Sneaker donations: We are still looking for good, used sneaker donations in sizes 12-5. If you have sneakers that your child has outgrown, but still have life left in them, please consider donating them to the borrowed sneaker cubbies in the gym:)

Nurses' Notes

We are writing to let you know that we have seen an increase in respiratory illnesses among children and adults in the last week. These illnesses could include, but are not limited to flu, RSV, and COVID-19. Symptoms of respiratory illnesses can include fever, headache, chills, body/muscle aches, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, and/or sore throat. A person may also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. COVID-19 test kits can be ordered online or picked up at your local pharmacy or library.  There are a limited number of test kits available at schools.  

What Can We Do?

Staying home while sick can help keep others safe.

  • All persons with acute respiratory symptoms should stay home while ill. 

  • All persons should cover their mouth using a tissue or bent arm—not their hand—when they cough or sneeze and should wash their hands frequently throughout the day.

Good hand hygiene is essential:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Always wash your hands: after using the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, before and after caring for someone who is sick.

You may find additional information here.



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.

Raffle Winners for this week!

The BPS and CBMS PTO’s are excited to announce the first week of winners from the Calendar Raffle. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.  And a BIG thank you to all the amazing businesses that donated prizes this year!  We will post another round of winners next week.

1/28 - 2 Lift Tickets to Sugarbush Mtn Resort; winner is Antonia McGuire; ticket sold by Beatrix McGuire

1/28 - $25 Gift Certificate to Zenbarn Restaurant; winner is Lisa Bryan; ticket sold by Grayson Gendimenico

1/29 - Family 4 pack to Jay Peak Pumphouse; winner is Melissa Greenwood; ticket sold by Sage Sadowsky

1/29 - $20 Gift Certificate to Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant; winner is Kevin Viani; ticket sold by Olivia Viani

1/30 - 2 Lift Tickets to Stowe Mtn Resort; winner is Jamie McKnight; ticket sold by James Abair

1/30 - 4 bags of coffee from Underdog Coffee; winner is Karli Clark; ticket sold by Everly Renaud

1/31 - $50 Gift Certificate to Jeremy Ayers Pottery; winner is Frannie Donovan; ticket sold by Finn Donovan

1/31 - 2 Lift Tickets to Bolton Valley Resort; winner is Derrick Martens; ticket sold by Haley Martens 

1/31 - $27 Gift Certificate (6 Empanadas) to Paprika Catering; winner is Nick Antell; sold by Hailey Antell

2/1 - $25 Gift Certificate to China Star Restaurant; winner is Jessica Kelman; ticket sold by Sterling Renaud

2/1 - 8ft Christmas Tree from Murray Tree Farm; winner is Kate and Frank Renaud; ticket sold by Everly Renaud

2/1 - Free Month to Jazzercise; winner is Jay Vogelsang-Card; ticket sold by Zarek Vogelsand-Card

2/2 - 6 pairs of sockets from Darn Tough Socks; winner is Michael Hollister; sold by Saoirse Hollister

2/2 - $20 Gift Certificate to Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant; winner is Anna Walls; ticket sold by Anthony Walls

MakerSphere is hosting two fun family events on February 4th as part of Winterfest! These events are free and do not require registration. Beat the winter blues and join in the fun!

Join Green Mountain Performing Arts for a Summer full of dancing, games, crafts and more!

We will have camp options for ages 3+ in a variety of dance styles and themes like Barbie, JoJo Siwa, Wonka The Musical, Taylor Swift and more.

You are bound to find something that your dancer will enjoy. Register soon to secure your spot!

All Summer 2024 info can be found here: Summer 2024

We are planning for Waterbury Recreation Summer Camp! This year we are seeking: Camp Director, Head Counselor, and Camp Counselor positions. All applicants must submit an application and will go through an interview process.


Learn more about the positions HERE (scroll past the first post to get to the recreation postings)


Please help spread the word. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Recreation Director, Katarina Lisaius.

Clyde Whittemore Little League

Registration is open for the spring 2024 baseball and softball season!

CWLL provides youth baseball and softball programs for children ages 4-12 years old in the Waterbury area.   Playing baseball or softball is a great opportunity for kids to learn patience, focus, teamwork, sportsmanship, and most importantly to have fun!   

To find out more information about the programs offered by age group and to register please go  to  Registration fees are discounted through February and will increase on March 1st so sign-up soon! 

Please reach out to with questions or if you have a child who would like to play and is in need of a scholarship.  One of CWLL's goals is to make this program accessible to ALL kids regardless of financial situation. 

We look forward to seeing you on the field this spring!


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