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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 6/14/24

Updated: Jun 17

That's a wrap!

This year we say "see you later" to the following staff who are moving on or retiring:

Carol Baitz

April Barone

Alex Bourbonnais

Rebecca Chartrand

Matt Currier

Owen Duffy

Evan Kirk

Lizzy Palumbo

Judy Mulhern

Kendra Renz

Aimee Smith

Sage Tallman

Shannon Tucker

Brenda Ververis

Thank you for your years of service. You will be missed a great deal by students, families and colleagues alike.

Thank you to everyone for a great 23-24 school year. Have a wonderful, safe summer and we'll see you in August!

There will be new light post banners out in front of the school soon! 4th graders worked in teams to design new images for them in art class, and some of those designs are now displayed on the bulletin board outside of the art room. Stay tuned!

Please enjoy this "feel good" news story about the "First Grade Special" at Maxis in the Waterbury Roundabout here:

Are You Interested In Becoming A Room Parent?

The Brookside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is looking to set up a Room Parent Program to assist our wonderful teachers!

Responsibilities may include:

  • Being the point of contact for the teacher 

  • Helping to gather volunteers for field trips and other events

  • Informing parents/caregivers about school and PTO events 

  • Supporting classroom special activities

  • Most importantly, backing up and supporting our teachers!

Time commitment: less than an hour a week, mostly virtual

Please email Suzanne Mann at if you are interested!


It is not too late to order a yearbook!

Please note that yearbooks will be delivered directly to your house.

Lost and Found

Please come by and look for any lost water bottles, sweatshirts, boots gloves or hats that may belong to your child! The lost and found items will be donated next week. If there is something specific you are looking for, please email Sarah or Kelsey and we will try to locate it for you.

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.



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.

The 15th Annual Green Mountain Mile Saturday, June 29th, 2024 

The race will take place before the 4 pm parade.

The one-mile course starts on the access road to the Ice Center in Waterbury. The race will merge onto VT Route 100 north and continue on Main Street ending at the Reservoir Restaurant. The course is flat.

Read more below to sign up!

2024 Green Mountain Mile Application
Download PDF • 69KB

Joining the Waterbury Rapids swim team is a great way to have fun while becoming a stronger swimmer as part of a dynamic team. We will be practicing and having meets this summer at the Waterbury Pool.

Children of all ages and swim abilities are welcome! Families from all area towns are welcome including Northfield, Barre, Waitsfield, Richmond, etc. Below are the links for the flyer with lots of information.

This year you can register with the Waterbury Recreation Department’s website. Not sure if this is right for your family? Come to practices 5:00 - 7:15 Monday June 24th and Tuesday June 25th to see what it is all about!


June 10, 2023


Rain or Shine

Walk for a cause - A Cause 4 Paws! Raise money and you will help provide food, shelter, exceptional care, and second chances to over 1,000 animals who will need CVHS this year. Join us on the State House lawn, show off how much you love your furry friends, and help save animals - one step at a time!


YOU can make a differenceEvery dollar you raise will make it possible for us to go the extra mile to save lives. Every penny counts!

For full schedule of events, T-shirt details, prizes, and to register:

Waterbury Public Library:

Sleepy Hollow 2024 Summer Camp Programs!

Slammin’ Outdoor Camp: Get outside and adventure in Sleepy Hollow’s 850 acres of forest and trails in Huntington! We head out on the trails every day to explore the natural world around Sleepy with a new outdoor theme every day, including forest, stream and pond studies. We also do fun outdoor activities every day- hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more!  Campers can expect a fun week outside packed with activities, art projects and games.

  • Ages: 8-12 years old

  • Cost: $300 per camper

  • Weeks: July 22nd - 26th OR July 29th - August 2nd

  • Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


Summer Ski Camp: Spend the week outside at Sleepy Hollow’s 850 acres of forest and trails in Huntington, with running, hiking, mountain biking, rollerskiing*, swimming and more! The camp is geared towards kids that are excited to try some summer nordic summer training. We get out on the trails every day and do activities, art projects and games too, all with the focus of summer fun outside! *Rollerskis not needed- we team up with NENSA for rollerskiing, and they provide a fleet for us to use.

  • Ages: 10-14 years old

  • Cost: $300 per camper

  • Weeks: July 15th - 19th

  • Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Sleepy Hollow Ski & Bike Center, 427 Ski Lodge Drive, Huntington, VT 05462

Questions? Contact Summer Program Director, Heather LaRocca at or 802-345-7837.


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