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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 9/15/23

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

It was a busy third week of school and we are getting in the grove! Students are learning the routines in their specials and some have even met the persona dolls who make their home in the library! They love to be read to and are an important part of our community.

We had a great turnout for our first Walk and Bike to school event this year! Thanks to those who participated and supported this great event. We look forward to more school-community events this year!

We hope to see families on Monday and Tuesday for the fall open houses (schedule below). Students will be excited to show their families around their classrooms and the building. There will not be a formal presentation/gathering but please say 'hi' when you see us around!

Thank you for keeping the car lines moving in the morning and the afternoons, and for utilizing PickUp Patrol for all dismissal changes and updates.

Is your child going to be absent?

  • Please fill out the Absence Form AND update PickUp Patrol!

  • If you do not have access to the form, please call 802-244-7195 and press 2 when you hear the auto-attendant. Please do this as a LAST RESORT.

  • Please do not email the classroom teachers as most of them are unable to check their email until the end of the day.

Finally, here are some important dates to note:

September 28 - Picture Day! (Th/F PK photos)

October 6 - Staff Development - NO SCHOOL for students

October 9 - Indigenous People Day NO SCHOOL

October 17 - Picture retakes (M/T PK photos)

We look forward to seeing you at our open houses this week! Enjoy the weekend and stay healthy!


Sarah & Chris

PE News

Thank you to all of the families that participated in the Walk and Bike to School event on Wednesday. So happy that the weather held off until we got to school. Walking, biking and taking the school bus to school each day are great ways to do our part in minimizing our carbon footprint. If you live in the village and would like to lead a group of walkers or bikers to school on a more regular basis, please contact Carol Baitz at BPS.

PE Next Week: We will be moving into the gym to learn/review class expectations through small equipment use and games. Please have your child wear sneakers and bring a water bottle on PE days.



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.

Opportunity to Help Students in Barre

Hi friends! Heads up! Starting Thursday Sept 14 at 3 pm, Filling Station Restaurant, located on U.S. Rte 2, across from Red Hen Bakery, will be accepting donations for the students attending Barre City Elementary and Middle Schools. Many families in the Barre area were deeply affected by the flood. The kids need our help.

We urge you to come in and drop off any of the following items:

•laundry detergent

•dryer sheets

•toothbrush/toothpaste/kids flossers


•haircare items

•new towels

•hand soap

•any and all new hygiene products

We hope you join us in spreading a little love and support to our community. Thursday’s weather looks nice. Donate what you can and hang out with us. Have a burger. We’ll have the fire pits going. See you then!

Just a quick note to give some Children’s Room updates and let you all know about our upcoming events. We have a Playground Meet Up this Sunday afternoon at Hope Davey Playground in Waterbury Center (changed day and location). We also have our annual Barn Dance & Harvest Festival coming up on Sunday, October 1st at the beautiful property of the Beard Family in Waterbury Center. The pony rides are back again this year! We need volunteers to help with set up and clean up for the Barn Dance- sign up link is below if you can help out. See updates and further information below. Come join the fun!

  • Playground Meet Up: Sunday, September 17th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Hope Davey Playground in Waterbury Center off Maple Street. Monthly on weekends @ different playgrounds in Central Vermont, 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Come join The Children’s Room for some fun on the playground together! Snacks provided too. Check the website or calendar for locations and dates.

  • Barn Dance & Fall Harvest Fest: Sunday, October 1st, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Join the Children’s Room for a fun family fall event! The Barn Dance is our biggest fundraising event of the year with harvest snacks, live music, hay rides, pony rides, face paint, games and more. Bring a pie for the pie contest! 1601 Barnes Hill Rd in Waterbury Center. 2:00-5:00 pm. $25 per family.

  • Barn Dance Volunteers: We NEED volunteers on the days before the Barn Dance and right after the Barn Dance for set up and clean up. If you’re able and interested in helping out here is the link to sign up- Barn Dance Volunteer Sign Up. Many thanks!

  • TCR Space Hours & Notes:

    • Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    • TCR is not open when there is no school. Check the TCR calendar for no school dates. See the TCR website for location and directions to the room.

    • Sign IN and OUT: Be sure to sign in and out in the main office AND the Children’s Room clipboard. This helps the school keep track of visitors in the building and helps The Children’s Room track numbers for grant purposes.

    • Tidying Up: if you visit the Children’s Room, please take a moment to help your child clean up toys and tidy up before you leave. Many thanks!

Check out our website at, facebook or email for more information or to join our mailing list. Hope to see you at The Children’s Room or an event soon!


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