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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 5/5/23

It's MAY! We were thrilled to welcome everyone back from spring break this week - and equally happy to see more buds and green with every passing day! We celebrated our fantastic School Lunch Heroes this week with a well-decorated cafeteria and lots of thanks.

Fourth graders enjoyed exploring cause and effect with these Rube Goldberg projects below:

Third and fourth graders took their first pass at the new state testing this week. Mr. Costello shared a photo of their class resting after working so hard on the tests.

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming Arts events at BPS:

Spring Celebration has been postponed: Thursday June 8th, 1:30pm on the BPS upper playground (songs and dances to celebrate spring and showcase West African dances learned during our Artist in Residency). Friday June 9th rain date.

Arts Nights:

Wednesday May 31st, 5-6pm for Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1

Thursday June 1st, 5-6pm for Grades 2, 3 and 4

Arts Night is like an Open House with the Arts teachers. See what your kids have been learning in French and Health. Learn about the School Counseling program. View the Art Show exhibited on the main floor of the school. And spend some time in the gym where students will sing songs learned in music and demonstrate skills/activities learned in PE.

School Counseling Update

All students have an exciting opportunity and will attend a Puppets in Education presentation all about Kindness on Wednesday May 10th. All students will see the show in the gym throughout the day.

Check out the comfortship website for information and resources. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!




Walk and Bike to School: Wednesday, June 7th. Meet at Rusty Parker Park at 7:15am for a light breakfast, then walk or bike/scooter to Brookside Primary School at 7:30am. Families are encouraged to attend to walk or bike/scooter together. All students biking and scootering must wear a helmet to ride.

Classroom Placement Procedures

The goal of the placement process is to create classes that are heterogeneous and as balanced as possible. We consider each student’s individual needs, input from a child’s current teacher, input from the arts team and input from any other adult that works with a particular child. Final placement decisions are made by the administration.

Because of our looping model, placement is done for students entering Kindergarten, First and Third grade. Students entering Second and Fourth grade will remain with their current teacher and class.

While we cannot honor specific requests for teachers, we value your input as we determine the best class placement for each child. If you’d like to provide input, please complete this form by Friday, May 12, 2023. Placement decisions will be shared on Step Up Day, which is planned for June 2, 2023. Step up day is an opportunity for students to briefly visit with their new classmates and teacher before we break for the summer.

Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who turns 5 by September 1st, 2023 and lives in district? Would you like to send them to Brookside Primary School? Please use this link to register:

Kindergarten Screening

Brookside Primary School will host Kindergarten screening on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023. This is for students NOT currently enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten at Brookside only. Please call our office at (802) 244-7195 to schedule an appointment. Children currently attending Brookside’s preschool do not need to sign up. We will gather the information we need while the children are at school.

Teacher Appreciation - From the PTO!

We hope you all had a fun and restful April break. The PTO would like to remind you that Teacher Appreciation week is next week, May 8th-12th. Where would we be without these hard working teachers! Please help us shower them with appreciation and love.

Here are some ideas if you need help.

1. gifts are great!

2. lawn signs or personal notes taped to the entry doors/windows

Thanks! Brookside PTO

Mud Boots

The rain may have stopped, but the BPS playground is still super muddy. Please send your child to school with boots for the next couple of weeks until our playground dries out. Let's help out the maintenance department.

Important Upcoming Dates

​Friday May 12 - First grade field trip

​Monday May 29 Memorial Day - No School

Wednesday May 31 5pm - Arts Night (PK/K/1)

Thursday June 1 5pm - Arts Night (grades 2/3/4)

Friday June 2 - Step Up Day

Tuesday June 6 - PK field trip (M/T classes)

​Wednesday June 7 - Walk and Bike to School, First Grade field trip, 3rd grade chorus field trip

Thursday June 8 1pm - Spring Celebration

​Friday June 9 - PK field trip (Th/F classes)

​Monday June 12 - 2nd grade field trip

Tuesday June 13 - 3/4 field trip

Wednesday June 14 - Field Day, Menz/Kennedy Field trip

Friday June 16 8am - 4th grade celebration

Monday June 19 - Last day of school - half day for students



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.

Spring Hill preschool is once again hosting their annual Spring Community Event. Please join us May 21st, 3:30pm at the Lareau Farm Pavilion for some great laughs with the Modern Times Puppet Theatre as they present “The Perils of Mr.Punch”. Co-founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband and wife duo, producers for Vermont Vaudeville and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater. As parents themselves, they strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Following the show, flatbread, salads and drinks will be available for dinner in the pavilion. Spring Hill School will also have a fantastic bake sale for sweet treats throughout the event. Please dress for the weather and bring a blanket or camp chairs to sit on during the show! Tickets are available online at

$4 for kids/$7 for Adults Or day of $5 for Kids/$10 for Adults We hope to see you there!

Rise Against Hunger Food Packing Event

Saturday, May 20, 2023

10:00 AM – Noon

Harwood Union Middle and High School Cafeteria

Join 70 volunteers from Waterbury and the Mad River Valley at Harwood Union High School to package meals to be delivered to school feeding programs in developing countries through Rise Against Hunger, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating hunger in our lifetime.

This high-energy event is fun for all ages 4 and up!

To learn more and sign up, visit

Questions? Call Pete Colgan at 781-771-5568

The Children’s Room Benefit Plant Sale at Evergreen Gardens:

Come to Evergreen Gardens at 15 Cabin Ln, off Route 100 in Waterbury Center between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday, May 12th and Friday, May 26th to purchase your Mother's Day flowers, garden starters, plants and more and benefit TCR at the same time! Evergreen Gardens donates 20% of its sales to TCR. We would LOVE your support:). Cash, check or Venmo only.

Tag Sale Volunteers and Donations Needed:

The Children's Room Tag Sale is right around the corner on May 19th and 20th! Do you love thrift stores and yard sales? Want first dibs on amazing kid stuff? Want to give back to your community? Come help us sort and set up our Annual Tag Sale! We need you! Bring your kiddos, meet other parents, we promise it is fun! There are shifts everyday of the week starting May 15th and the Tag Sale is May 19th, 3:00 to 6:00 pm & May 20th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteering is the same location as the Tag Sale, at the Wesley UMC Church at 56 South Main in Waterbury. Sign up here: Tag Sale Volunteer Sign Up

Need to pass on kids' clothing and gear? We are looking for high quality donations of 0-8 children's clothes, toys/games and gear. Donate Tues May 16th - Thurs May 18th from 2:30-5:30 at the Wesley UMC Church back door.

For more information go to TCR’s facebook page, or email with questions.


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