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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Neville

Brookside Blast - October 1st

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Happy October!

As the evenings turn cooler, we are noticing so many signs of fall. We’ve completed our first round of surveillance testing for both students and staff this week, and it went off without a hitch! We are so grateful for Nurses Allison and Beth, their nursing students and all staff who have worked tirelessly to get systems in place and support everyone through the process.

One thing you may hear your child reporting out about is WIN time, or “What I Need.” These are consistent blocks of time in all student schedules where students may receive differentiated small group support as needed. Some students may be supported outside the classroom by one of math or reading interventionists, in the classroom with small group support from a teacher or staff member, or be assigned individual work that supports their learning. This is an intentional time where no new instruction occurs. Ask your students what they are working on during WIN!

Upcoming dates:

  • Picture Retake day (and first time for Th/F PK) October 14th (rain date October 15th)

  • No School Friday 10/8 for Staff Inservice

  • No School Monday 10/11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day

The Hall of Dots

A project put together by Brookside students

Prepared by Ms. Wells

After reading The Dot, all students at Brookside studied an artist who makes their mark using dots! Each student created a dot inspired by the artist that they explored.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

PK and Kindergarten students learned about Wassily Kandinsky’s synesthetic color selecting abilities and created their own dot using consecutive circles inspired by his artwork!

1st Grade

Grade 1 studied Georges Seurat’s art making process and created their own pointillism landscapes!

2nd Grade

Grade 2 read the book Yayoi Kusama- From Here To Infinity and created dots inspired by her imaginative use of dots in her work. Students also looked at examples of Kusama’s installation art, and helped with the installation and naming of this wall!

3rd Grade

Grade 3 explored the Pop Art Movement and created their own dots inspired by the language and style of Roy Lichtenstein.

4th Grade

Grade 4 witnessed the creation of a traditional Mandala, made by Buddhist Monks and created their own mandala to spread kindness.

Check out this video: The Hall of Dots

Volunteers Needed for Nature Education Program

Brookside Primary School's Four Winds Nature Education program is still 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 “patterns in nature” and we will be teaching 5 different outdoor lessons. 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. Our first training is in mid-October. 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.

Nurse Notes for this week:

Surveillance Testing

The Harwood Unified Union School District will be offering free surveillance testing to School District staff and contracted service providers working in our buildings, and students attending HUUSD schools whether or not they are vaccinated. This testing serves as an additional mitigation measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. To sign up visit: Vermont School Testing Consent Site.

What happens if my child is home sick or is sent home from school sick?

Testing to return to school

If you are testing to return to school because of COVID-19 related concerns (close contact, symptoms, ending quarantine early), the test must be a PCR test. See the VDH website for free testing locations and to read more about the types of tests.

Has your child already tested positive for COVID-19?

If your child has already had COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you check in with your child's primary care provider. It is important for your provider to be aware of the test result and to provide you with follow-up guidance.


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