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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schoolcraft

Brookside Blast 9/8/23

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Above, PK Students enjoy a closing circle. Below, the third graders are "Saving Fred" - a very sticky teamwork challenge.

Thank you for a terrific beginning to the school year! Students and staff survived the sweltering temps this week and look forward to cooler weather ahead.

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

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.

In Partnership,

Sarah & Chris

Salutations from the Library!

I am so excited about school this year! Some announcements:

  • Please help your child/children decide how many books are reasonable for check out each week. I will never limit the number of books they select but want them to learn to be responsible patrons. If 10 is too many please help your child create some boundaries.

  • If you still have books from last Spring, I would love to have those returned asap. Students cannot complete the self check out if there are too many books still at home.

  • I am looking for silk plants for the library! If you have any you have tired of I would love to green things up in here. Low maintenance!

As always, please reach out with questions, clarifications or for book recommendations! Warmly, Nancy Daigle

School Counseling Corner

We hope the school year is off to a great start! Here are a couple quick updates from the school counseling team. This week we’ve been rolling out school counselor introductory classroom lessons and Friend Chips N’ Chill lunches. Ms. M and Ms. B will have lunch with every student at BPS to build connections and peer relationships. We are starting one classroom per grade level and working through each class and grade.

Make sure to check out the BPS Comfortship website for information and resources. More to come soon, do not hesitate to reach out to us, and have a great weekend!

Kately Mosher Ashley Bergeron

802-583-8064 802-583-8017

School Counselor (A-K) School Counselor (L-Z)

PE News: Bike & Scooter Week / Walk & Bike to School Day

Next week (Sept. 11-15) is Bike and Scooter week in PE. Student's may bring their own helmet and or bike/scooter to use during their PE class. BPS has plenty of bikes/scooters/helmets for students to use. Very Important: we have had bikes and scooters stolen from the playground if they are left overnight. All bikes/scooters should be picked up as soon as possible after school ends. We cannot store bikes overnight.

Walk and Bike to School Day is Wednesday, September 13th. Families are invited to Rusty Parker Park for a light breakfast from 7:00-7:15am. At 7:15 we will walk/bike/scooter to Brookside Primary School to start our school day. Any student riding a bike or scooter must wear a helmet to participate.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 13 - Walk and Bike to School

  • September 18 - Open House (PK, K, 1) 5:30-6:30

  • September 19 - Open House (2, 3, 4) 5:30-6:30

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

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

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. This year the theme is “Structure and Function” and we will be teaching 5 different lessons over the course of the academic year. The specific lessons are entitled Spiders, Tremendous Trees, Skull Sleuthing, Calling All Owls, and the Buzz on Bees.

Curriculum materials including background information and activity descriptions are provided by the Four Winds Institute and are accessible online. We have a two hour in-person training session prior to teaching each of the 5 lessons. The training sessions are led by a professional environmental educator and naturalist. There are a variety of different activities for each lesson, including an informative puppet show, hands-on experiments, games, crafts, dances, songs, examination of provided specimens, and observations in nature.

These training sessions are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month from 8-10am. Our first training session is on Thursday, September 14th. If you can’t make the in-person meeting you can study the materials at home to prepare for teaching the lesson. Ideally each class is taught by a team of two volunteers. The classroom teacher is always there to help with managing the kids as well.

Four Winds Institute provides us with many of the scientific materials and we organize and gather household items to be used for the lesson activities.

Please email Emily Marotto at to let us know if you are interested in volunteering this year or if you have any questions about the program.



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.

Playing Fields. a participatory, mulit-media theatrical experience, is coming to Crossett Brook! HUUSD and the Flynn are thrilled to bring Playing Fields to Crossett Brook Middle School. 12-foot tall, luminous horses will light up the fields and joust, dance, and play with the audience to bring a whimsical and surprising back-to-school celebration to the school district and surrounding community.

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to come play with us on Thursday, September 14. Doors open: 6:00pm, Show starts: 6:30pm

National Parks Passes

Did you know that every fourth grader in the country is eligible for a free family National Park pass? Check it out here:

Art Classes at the Current

The start of the school year always represents a time of change and transition in our lives and brings with it opportunities for growth, connection, and new possibilities. I sincerely hope that the first couple weeks have brought all of these things to you and your family. As we all settle into the school year, I'd like to invite you and your family to join us at The Current this fall for our new and expanded range of afterschool classes and art events. Featuring new teen-specific classes, STEAM-based programming, and an expanded age range, our afterschool classes are designed specifically with you and your family in mind! We are delighted to present these classes and hope to see you all soon.

Classes start on Monday, 9/11, with our Teen Ceramic Studio School and Youth Drop In Session from 3:00-5:00. Though fast filling up, we still have some space in the following classes:


Open Studio Drop-In for students aged 4-13

Teen Ceramic Studio School for students aged 11-18


Art Adventurers for students aged 4-7 Teen Studio School: Art Academy for students aged 11-13 Thursdays: Ancient Animals: Scientific Illustration From the Dawn of Time- students aged 7-11 Sign up by using our website or call us at 802.253.8358. We look forward to seeing you in class and as always, we so much appreciate your continued support of The Current. We couldn't ask to serve a better community.


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