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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 3/25/22

Mud. Every year, it seems surprising that the vast majority of us are able to navigate these roads without some sort of ATV or military vehicle. It's Vermont's fifth season, the time of year when you can wear t-shirts, down jackets, mud boots, snow boots and flip flops all in the course of a week. Even when the roads seem (or are) impassible, it's important to remember that the sun will continue to rise, our roads will dry out, and within weeks, the trees will have buds and crocus will bloom. Thanks for your flexibility despite the multiple bus route changes and frequent communications over the past several days. We look forward to fewer of those in the days to come.

School Climate Survey

“Parents want a school where their children feel safe physically and emotionally; where their children are known and valued; where academic standards are high and where the work is engaging and meaningful; where students of all abilities are given effective support; where the school culture builds positive character habits such as respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness; where there is a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom in areas such as arts and athletics; where the physical facilities are ample and well-kept; and where their children will become confident, capable learners and good citizens.” -Ron Berger

The CSCI Climate is an empirically validated tool that is used on a national scale to identify strengths and challenges based on student, staff and family/community perceptions. It is based in the field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and its use in HUUSD is directly connected to our Recovery plan and goals around SEL. This tool will provide our school and district with information about what is working well and specific areas for improvement.

The window is open through Friday, 4/1. You can find the survey at the link below. Please contact Sarah Schoolcraft or Chris Neville, Co-Principals, for any questions regarding the CSCI.

CSCI Family survey link:

In appreciation and partnership,

Sarah & Chris

Music Notes:

Looking for a great family friendly show? Check out the HUHS Musical happening in a few weeks. Information below for Disney's Freaky Friday:

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

April 7,8 at 7:30 pm, and April 9 at 1:30 & 7:30 pm. The 1:30 pm Matinee will be specially geared towards kids, with a presentation from the orchestra, and a meet and greet with the cast on stage after the show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children and will be available at the door.


Effective Monday, March 28th Central Vt Gymnastics Academy will be located at 81 Demeritt Place in Waterbury. The same bus, bus #1 will take students there.

BPS/HUUSD Preschool Registration!

It’s time to register for preschool for the 2022-2023 school year. Your child must be born on or before September 1, 2019. Brookside Primary School has a two day per week program (regular school hours) for preschoolers with bussing provided. The sessions are Monday/Tuesday or Thursday /Friday from 7:50 am-2:25 pm. Please click here to read the full letter.

Community Postings:

2022 Harwood K-2 Youth Lacrosse

This youth lacrosse program is open to all students in grades K-2. The program will run on SUNDAYS from 9:00 - 10:00 at Crossett Brook Middle School from May 1 - June 5 (excluding Memorial Day weekend, May 29). The program is FREE to all participants, but we are asking participants to bring their own lacrosse stick (Waterbury Sports is a good place to start your search for a kids lacrosse stick). We do have loaner sticks available if you are unable to provide your own. Please reach out to Curtis Taylor,, with any questions you may have. Sign up here:

Hannah's House is sponsoring "Conscious Circles" with Suzy Blais of Green Mountain Conscious Parenting. If you are wanting to feel differently on the inside, speak differently, and act differently with your family this space is for you. Do you wish you could feel calm, comfortable and more connected so you can show up as the parent you daydream of? This is a safe space for those wanting to connect with other parents and learn more about coping with the challenges, parent-guilt, shame and frustration that comes with parenting. If you are wanting to become more clear and connected to your children these circles are for you. Suzy Blais will answer your questions, provide insight on Social Emotional Development, share tools and tips for this journey of parenting. There will be a different topic covered each Wednesday along with time for dialogue and peer support. There is no cost. Topics we'll cover:

  • How to become more mindful, aware and conscious of our inner Social Emotional Climate.

  • How to create coping strategies that will help us in the moment and also model this for our children.

  • Are you parenting from old conditioned beliefs and generational patterns? Holding space for our children's emotions is difficult if we don't hold space for our own.

  • Grow up! Let's reparent ourselves. We can now meet our own needs, think for ourselves, trust our own intuition and judgements rather than let others think and do this for us.


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