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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 8/19/22

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

The anticipation of the start of school is starting to build around here! We hope you are enjoying these last weeks of time before the bustle of return to school at the end of this month.

Playground, Pizza, Popsicles

We would love to kick off the new school year with a community event. On Thursday, August 25th, 2022 you are invited to swing by the BPS playground between 4pm and 6pm. Grab some pizza, grab a popsicle, and enjoy playing and connecting with old friends as we start the 22-23 school year. Please bring a water bottle as we will not be providing beverages. Looking forward to connecting and hearing about your summer!

Timely Tidbits:

  • Family Conferences on 8/25 (see Brookside Blast post here with details on signing up using Canyon Creek)

  • Popsicles, Pizza and Play at the BPS Playground - 4-6 pm on August 25th

  • New arrival routine

  • No School on 9/2 or 9/5

  • Bus Routes:

Pick Up Patrol welcome emails were sent earlier this week. Please be sure to update your child's default dismissal plans prior to the first day of school.

Volunteers Needed for Nature Education Program

Brookside Primary School's Four Winds Nature Education program is seeking volunteers to help teach kids about our natural world. Get kids outside to experience hands-on standards-based science education concepts. This year the theme is “Earth” and we will be teaching 6 different lessons on topics including sunlight & shadows, erosion, rocks & minerals, air, wind & clouds, and the water cycle. If you’ve been a volunteer in the past please join us again this year. You do not need to be a parent of a BPS student. We have had excellent volunteers that were grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, and interested community members that just want to help introduce the splendor of our natural world to young minds. We offer all the training and supplies to get you started. Please email us at to let us know if you are interested in volunteering this year or if you have any questions about the program.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday for conferences, playground, pizza or popsicles and finally on Monday, August 29th for the first day of school!

With excitement,

Sarah & Chris


Community Postings

5-Session Series: How to Talk to Young Children About Race, Racism and Anti-Racism: Join The Children’s Room and Waterbury Area Anti-Racist Coalition for a hybrid (virtual and in-person) workshop with Emma Redden and Grace Aldrich of The Full Story School. We will meet over 10 weeks to start building a practice of talking with kids about race and racism grounded in their own lives. We will learn some history of the creation of race, consider how that history has impacted our mind and body, and to build language to use with young people. For parents, relatives, care providers and early educators...all adults with young children in their lives. Sliding fee scale. Priority and free registration given to BIPOC. Professional development credits available for early educators and administrators. Contact Heather LaRocca at for information and to register. PDF Flyer

Dates below:

  • Session 1: Virtual, Tuesday September 6th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

  • Session 2: In person, Sunday, September 18th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Camp Meade in Middlesex

  • Session 3: Virtual, Tuesday, September 27th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

  • Session 4: In person, Sunday, October 16th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Camp Meade in Middlesex

  • Session 5: Virtual, Tuesday, November 1st, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Waterbury Youth Soccer Fall Season Registration Open

Waterbury Youth Soccer is a recreational soccer league for players between Kindergarten and 6th grade living in Waterbury, Vermont, and surrounding communities. Please visit to learn more and register. Registration is $40 per child for the Kindergarten program, $50 per child for 1st-2nd grade program, and $55 per child for the 3rd-6th grade program. Scholarships are available. Early registration ends August 21st, so act now! Program fees increase by $10 after this date. Registration closes on September 7th.

If you know a family that has not participated in our program, please pass this information to them so they can get started.

MakerSphere Expanded After School Program 2022-2023!

The MakerSphere after school program has expanded to include some great new classes for all ages! Registration is now open for the entire school year! Kids can take the bus directly to the MakerSphere Waterbury Center location! New this year - middle schoolers are now able to take classes right at CBMS!

  • New Class just for Kindergarteners

  • New Nature Art Class for Grades 3 – 4

  • Studio Art & Making for Grades 1 - 2

  • New Cooking Class at CBMS for Middle Schoolers

  • New Woodworking Class at CBMS for Middle Schoolers

  • New Sustainable Products Making Class for Middle Schoolers

  • Studio Art at CBMS for Middle Schoolers

Register for one or more classes now at Scholarships available; apply online.


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