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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 4/7/23

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

It was another great week at Brookside! Have a great weekend:)

Chris and Sarah

Artists in Residence

Our kids had a great time drumming and dancing this week!

Broken arms are becoming a trend:)

Music Update

Spring Concert:

Mark your calendars! The BPS Spring concert is scheduled for Thursday, April 13th at 6pm in the gym. This concert will feature all 4th grade classes as well as 3rd Grade Chorus and 4th Grade Chorus. We hope you can join us!

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

The Sound of Music

April 6-8, Harwood Union High School will present this year’s musical, The Sound of Music. The classic tale of the von Trapp family, with special ties to Vermont, will feature a cast of twenty-seven Harwood Middle and High School students, as well as students from Waitsfield Elementary and Crossett Brook Middle School. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, this 1961 classic was destined to become the world’s most-beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars for the feature film version. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta von Trapp, follows a young nun in-training who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria, and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. The cast is led by Senior Abby Holter, playing Maria von Trapp, and Sophomore Christopher Cummiskey playing Captain von Trapp. The von Trapp children are played by sophomores Zoe Blackman as Liesl and Emma Riley as Louisa, eighth graders Tarin Askew as Friedrich and Harmony Devoe as Brigitta, seventh grader Robin Weigand (CBMS) as Kurt, fifth grader Ari Weigand (CBMS) as Marta, and fifth grader Desi Dahlgren (Waitsfield Elementary) as Gretl. Other featured cast members include seniors Mia Lapointe, Arianna Clark, Lucie Ruggerio, stage manager Maddie Thibault, sound engineers Otis Neville, junior Ben Robinson, sophomores Annie McMillion, Kai Haddock, Elsie Pawul, and Ellie Buckingham, and freshmen Aiden Heath; as well as a large ensemble of hard-working students on and offstage. Guiding the cast are director Scott Weigand, music director Molly Clark, orchestra conductor Chris Rivers, set builder Aleta Kibler, lighting designer Avery Bacon, and producer Skyler Bradley. Performances take place April 6-8, at 7:30 pm at Harwood Union High School. On Saturday, April 8 there will also be a special children’s matinee, that will include a pre-show presentation by the orchestra, and a meet and greet with the cast following the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, and will be available at the door (cash/check only).

Nurses' Notes

Ticks: As the weather warms and ticks begin to emerge, be sure to take precautions. The best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites. Limiting your exposure to ticks, using an effective repellent and checking your body for ticks are some of the ways you can decrease the risk of contracting a tickborne disease.

Check your kids each night after outdoor playtime. Ticks are usually found behind the ears, around the armpits or groin area. Remove ticks using a fine tipped tweezer and pulling straight up. After removal, cleanse the area with soap and water. If you think a blacklegged tick has been in place for more than 36 hours or if it is engorged (the body of the tick is puffy and olive green), please call your healthcare provider. Watch for signs of tickborne illnesses for up to 30 days. Symptoms may include fever, rash, headache, fatigue, joint pain. Report any of these symptoms to your provider. Visit or for more information.

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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.

TCR Special Programs:

  • Special Audubon Field Trip: Sugaring! Thursday, April 6th, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Join The Children's Room for a special Audubon field trip, generously sponsored by Waterbury local business Hen of the Wood. Journey from Sap to Syrup: Follow a droplet of maple sap as it turns to sweet syrup. Find out what it takes to become a real Vermont sugar-maker as you tap a tree, collect sap, and help boil. Families can take a free school bus ride to Audubon, leaving from Brookside Primary School. Email to register.

  • Dabble Days Spring Art Fling: Brookside Primary School gym, Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. Bring a friend along for ripping, tearing, taping, pasting, painting, and molding. Special guests from MakerSphere will also be leading activities! Dabble Days is a craft-themed event geared toward ages 2-6. Suggested donation of $5 per child. See the attached flyer.

Noteworthy Childcare and Community Happenings:

  • Waterbury Community Values Mapping Program: The Waterbury Conservation Commission is looking for input on guiding Waterbury’s future growth. Waterbury residents will have an opportunity on April 11 and April 20 to participate in a program to map Waterbury’s community values and direct the future growth of Waterbury. See the attached flyer or website for more information or to register.

  • Vermont Parent Survey of Child Care Needs and Experiences: The Vermont Child Development Division (CDD) is partnering with Child Trends, a non-profit research organization, to learn about families' awareness of and experiences with the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP). Participation is voluntary and will help CDD understand how recent state policy changes have affected families who are eligible to receive child care assistance. See the attached flyer. Survey link

  • Childcare for Vermont: The Courage to Care Rally! Wednesday, April 12th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, State House lawn in Montpelier. Let’s Grow Kids has organized a rally to support lawmakers in passing a bill to make a long-term public investment in Vermont’s child care system. See rally website for information on transportation options, program updates and how to volunteer.

Featured Programming:

  • VINS’ Owl Festival: Saturday, April 15th at Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Join VINS for a day of all things owly. Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, join a craft and play games. Join us for a day of all things owly! Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, join in a craft, and play games. Also leading up to the festival are free Virtual Owl Fridays on April 7th and 14th with talks about owl conservation, research and ecology. See VINS website for festival tickets and further information.

TCR Weekly Programming:

  • Drop-in Play Every Day: The Children’s Room is open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for anyone with smaller children to come and play.

  • 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.

Other Weekly Playgroups in Central Vermont:

Check out our website at, facebook or email for more information or to join our mailing list. Hope to see you at The Children’s Room or a TCR event soon!


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