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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 6/7/24

Thanks to all who made our final walk & bike to school day so successful... it was a week filled with much movement and outdoor time!

More than 200 children and adults gathered in Rusty Parker Park last Wednesday from Brookside Primary School and Crossett Brook Middle School to enjoy the early summer weather and get some fresh air and exercise before the school day began. 

Many thanks to Duncan McDougall, Bill Minter, Carol Baitz, Waterbury LEAP, Waterbury Rec, BPS/CBMS staff and parents and guardians for your support with the event and helping it to be accessible and safe!

Student engagement with wheels continued throughout the week in PE classes as they practiced safe riding and stamina on BPS grounds!

On Friday, BPS students participated in Field Day. Third and fourth graders had morning events at Dac Rowe and students in all grades (interrupted by intermittent rain and thunder holds) got to enjoy stations at BPS including relay races, slip and slide, face paint (indoor and outdoor) and water balloon toss. Themes of excitement, teamwork and sportsmanship prevailed!

We look forward to an awesome last week for students this week!

In partnership,

Sarah & Chris

Special Events Calendar:

There are so many amazing things happening at BPS! We look forward to the upcoming special events in the coming weeks...



Monday 6/10

4th grade: step up day at CBMS

Step Up Day for grades K-1 and 2nd-3rd

Tuesday  6/11

3rd Grade Field Trip

Wednesday  6/12

2nd Grade Field Trip

Wednesday  6/12

3rd Grade Chorus Field Trip

Thursday 6/13

4th Grade Celebration of Learning, see more below

Friday 6/14

Last Day of School for Students; 11:25 dismissal

Please see more detailed information from your child's teacher regarding any of the above events.

4th Grade Graduation Information

We are thrilled to announce that our 4th Grade celebration of Learning is fast approaching! The event will take place in the gym on June 13th, starting promptly at 8:15 am. The ceremony in the gym should take approximately 45 minutes. After the ceremony in the gym, the fourth graders and their families will move outside to enjoy planned outdoor activities.

For ease of access, parents and families will be entering and exiting the building through the main entrance foyer.

Warm regards,

The 4th Grade Team

Bridgeside Books is holding a story building workshop on Sunday, June 9 at 3pm. A ticket comes with a signed hardcover copy of one of Aaron Starmer's best known novels, The Riverman. The book is definitely upper-middle grade with some dark themes, so it might be too intense and mature for most Brookside students, but they can still participate in the story building event. Details are here:

Lost and Found

Please come by and look for any lost water bottles, sweatshirts, boots gloves or hats that may belong to your child!

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: If you are ordering past 5/17, your yearbook will be delivered directly to your house.



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:

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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