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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Neville

Brookside Blast 4/29/22

We hope you all had a great week! A few important things to share:

Backpack Program

Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to Brookside Primary School's Backpack Program. For those who may not have heard of it, this program sends supplemental food home on the weekends to children at BPS when their families register through the school.

We are currently fully stocked on: canned chicken and tuna, instant potato sides, rice sides, and macaroni and cheese.

We are currently in need of:

  • Granola bars

  • Individual (snack size) bags of Cheez-Its, Goldfish, and trail mix

  • Dry Pasta

  • Individual (4 oz.) applesauce cups

  • Individual (4 oz.) fruit cups in fruit juice

  • Chef Boyardee canned pastas

  • Peanut butter or Cheese Sandwich Crackers

  • Ramen noodles

You can leave donations in the Main Entrance air lock at Brookside Primary school, or order online and have shipped to:

Backpack Program

47 Stowe St.

Waterbury, VT 05676

Thank you for your continued support of this program.

If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Smith at

Waterbury Youth Soccer Needs New Coordinators!

Waterbury Youth Soccer is looking for a few new coordinator(s) to help coordinate the Fall Recreational Program.

Last year we had 2 of our coordinators move out of state and we are looking for some more individuals to get involved with Waterbury Youth Soccer to help continue our strong fall programming.

Individual roles/responsibilities may vary by interest and expertise, but can range from general administration, scheduling, equipment/supply coordination, field management, and referee coordination. Some low key prep work is done in May/June/July, with the majority of the work being done in August (registration, team creation, scheduling, coach recruitment & training, equipment sorting, field lining, etc.). Coordinators support the program in September & October. If you are interested in helping out with any aspect of this please reach out to us at the emails below.

Widely supported through volunteer coaches, this well established program has been a community tradition for over 2 decades and has continued to grow, reflecting the vibrancy of our community. This is a great opportunity to support and serve the community we live in, work with an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who return year after year, and most importantly, create recreational opportunities for local youth that build skills beyond the foundations of soccer.

Please contact Kirsten Kollgaard ( or Marni Martens ( for more information.



Mark your calendars for the BPS Spring Concert on Thursday, May 19th at 6pm in the gym. This performance will feature students from 3rd Grade Chorus, 4th Grade Chorus, and 4th Grade classes will perform, as well.

Concert Dress

Chorus: Something bright and springy! (bottoms should be an appropriate length or worn with leggings or tights; no ripped clothing)

4th Grade Classes: Students will wear school provided t-shirts; bottoms should be an appropriate length or worn with leggings or tights; no ripped clothing

Email Lizzy Carlson with any questions at

Music Artists in Residence

BPS will have two guest musicians working with students in music classes this Spring!

Last year, Marlena Fishman taught students about Stepping, a type of dance that incorporates body percussion, chanting and full body movements. Stepping originated in South Africa, where miners would use rhythmic tapping on their gum boots in the dark caves as a way to communicate. Stepping has evolved in many ways, most commonly recognized in playground chants and hand clapping games. Step Teams perform and compete in schools around the US and beyond, both at the collegiate and professional level. Students will work with Marlena to build upon the skills and knowledge from her visit last year.

Students will also work with Natasha Giles, a skilled singer with Stepping experience. She is excited to share songs and her passion for singing and music with BPS students.

Working with artists from our community is a hugely valuable experience for students to learn from experts and expand both their skills and their thinking. We are so lucky to be able to offer this opportunity, and look forward to many more opportunities like this in the future.


  • 3/4 students will work with Marlena and Natasha the weeks of April 25-29 and May 2-6

  • PreK-2nd grade students will work with Marlena and Natasha the weeks of May 9-13 and May 16-20

All work will happen during music classes. We plan to showcase this learning with 4th Grade at the BPS Spring Concert on May 19th and with other grade levels at the Spring Celebration on June 10th. Videos will be available on the school website if you are unable to attend in person.

Registration is now open for MakerSphere Kids Summer Day Camps!

All camps run from 9:00 am -3:00 pm. The first of six camp weeks kicks off on June 20th with the NQID Parade Float camp in which kids will once again build a float for the NQID (Not Quite Independence Day) Parade. There are six weeks of camps with two available for each age group:

June 20 – 24 for grades 5 – 9

July 11 – 15 for grades 1 – 2

July 18 – 22 for grades 3 – 5

July 25 – 29 for grades 6 - 9

August 1 – 5 for grades 1 – 2

August 8 – 12 for grades 3 – 5

Camps fill up quickly! Register to secure your space. For more info and details about camp themes, please visit the MakerSphere camp page:

Stay in the loop by subscribing to the MakerSphere newsletter:

Teacher Appreciation Week

Hi BPS community, It's Teacher Appreciation week next week, 5/2-5/6. The PTO is hoping to shower teachers with as much appreciation as we can put together. We're asking families to decorate the entrances with student art and messages of love and support. The PTO thanks you for helping to make next week special for the teachers here at Brookside!

Do you have an incoming Kindergartner? Save the date!

We will host a "screening" for incoming Kindergartners on Saturday, May 14th. The hours will be roughly 9am-3pm. Incoming K students will be invited to visit BPS, meet some of our staff, and engage in both play and assessments to help us learn how to best meet their needs and develop K classes for the 22-23 school year. Be on the lookout for more information.


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