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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 5/12/24

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, stepmoms, grandparents, caregivers and guardians that support our children. We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Students in Ms. Bryant's class made portraits of their mothers/caregivers.

This week was a busy one! We had teacher and staff appreciation all week - and offer a HUGE thank you to the PTO for making it truly special. The appreciation was heartfelt and ongoing...from mailbox treats, flower deliveries and snack carts to the taco lunch on Friday! Thank you so much!


Here is the winning poster of the LEAP-BPS Poster Contest! Created by Samuel Butterfield and Andrew Long in Hopkins/Cunningham.


A handful of K/1 BPS teachers have engaged in STEM professional learning in partnership with the ECHO center over the past year. As part of this partnership, ECHO's STEM truck visited BPS on Thursday with enough STEM fun to fill a gym and anchor a "STEM Fair" for our entire school! The event was filled with engaging activities for all ages, including a 12 foot tall wind wall, giant blue building blocks, a 30 foot Lego race track, ECHO STEM Festival Guide, planning support, and more. It was a blast!!

From the Library

Every Year the Superintendent honors the school board members in each town by purchasing a book for the school library and dedicating it to them.

Thank you, Tori Taravella!

Nurses' Notes

We also celebrated National School Nurses' Day on Wednesday!

Ticks – The top 10 things to remember

  • Ticks crawl up – Ticks don’t jump, fly or drop from trees onto your head and back.

  • All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes. 

  • Ticks can be active in winter.

  • Ticks carry disease-causing microbes. 

  • Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria. 

  • For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection. 

  • Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin.

  • The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer. 

  • Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites. 

  • Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable. 

Top ten things to know. (ND). The University of Rhode Island. Retrieved May 6, 2024, from

The University of Rhode Island has created a QR Code specifically designed to help answer the following questions: 1) how do I prepare for an outdoor adventure 2) what do I do when I get home and 3) I found a tick, what now? Please use it to answer these very important questions!!

Vermont Department of Health: Measles cases are on the rise in the U.S.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Measles cases are rising in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. In the U.S., nearly twice as many measles cases have been reported in the first few months of 2024 compared to all of 2023. Within the last two weeks, the Vermont Department of Health reported the first diagnosed case of measles in the state since 2018. Measles is common in some countries so make sure you’re protected against measles before traveling internationally. Check with your provider or your school nurse if you are unsure your student is fully vaccinated.

BPS is offering a yearbook again!

It will be free of cost to 4th grade students (you do not need to order one).

All others can preorder (for $12.76) at this link:

Yearbooks will be distributed when they arrive in June.



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.


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