BPS Holiday Boutique

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The holiday season is only a few weeks away and BPS has organized an amazing Holiday Boutique for the children, offering gifts for their loved ones.
The boutique will take place on Tuesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 14th.  Please see the attached shopping schedule to see when your child’s class will be shopping and be sure to include their shopping list (also attached with more detailed information) as well as money – cash only – on their scheduled day.
Children can shop for up to 6 people during their designated time but can return after the last class has shopped on Wednesday to buy additional items.  Items range from $1-$5.
We are looking for volunteers to help the children shop during those two days.  Please visit http://bpspta.digitalpto.com/ptas-president-message/holiday-boutique/holiday-boutique-volunteer-form/ to fill out the form and submit to the PTA.
There will be a bin in the lobby of the school labelled “Holiday Boutique”.  We’d appreciate donations of wrapping paper, gift boxes, jewelry boxes, tape and tissue paper in order to offer our “free wrapping” of 1 gift per child.
Any questions – please contact Jessica Handsman at jhandsman@hotmail.com or Alex Paulyson at alex.paulyson@yahoo.com
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Sponsored by the BPS PTA http://bpspta.digitalpto.com/

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Educator of the Year Nominations

a-trophy2016 Governor’s Educator of the Year Program.  If you would like to make a nomination, please complete the attached form electronically and email it to rokicki@cranfordschools.org by Thursday, December 22. educatoroftheyearnominationform2

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Principal’s December News

december-month-winter-kidsDecember’s character trait is Generosity.

Please see school Calendar for all activities in December all dates are in the newsletter as well as on the BPS PTA website calendar.

Mrs. O’Hara letter to BPS families healthyhintsdecember2016.

Lastly, please read the entire December brief found in the Principals’ Info tab (along the top bar) Principal’s Monthly Message for more information and important dates.brooksidebriefsdecember2016

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BPS Giving Box


The Brookside PTA invites you to help make the holidays happy for a local child or family.
You and/or your child are invited to visit the Brookside Giving Box beginning on Monday, 11/21/16 located in front of the office.
http://www.damnralph.com/content/binary/gifttag.png Take a gift tag from the Giving Box
(The gift tag indicates gender, age, and size information and gift ideas as provided by Cranford Family Care)
http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2475804/2/istockphoto_2475804-bow-for-present.jpgPlease place your gift (it can be wrapped or unwrapped) in the Giving Box
(IMPORTANT:  original gift tag with age and gender information
must be attached to your gift)
Please place gifts in the Giving Box by Wednesday December 14, by 8:35am in order to meet Cranford Family Care’s delivery schedule.  Thank you for your generosity!
Questions? Please contact one of the committee members:
Antonia Cleaveland antonia528@verizon.net
Ellen Goodlander-Karant egoodlander@yahoo.com
Susan Kastin susan@kastin.org
Melanie Graceffo gmgraceffo@comcast.net
Lynn McCabe lynnmmcc@gmail.com
Lissette Pryor rwp825@msn.com

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Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show

Disney Variety Show

        RAISE MONEY & FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER! Come Experience a giant winter wonderland of holiday lights, food trucks, vendors, s’mores, artificial snow and free kids activities! The event is run by Hugs For Brady Foundation, a non profit organization that funds research and supports families of children experiencing the devastation of childhood cancers.

The Hugs For Brady’s Holiday Light Show will be donating 10% of Brookside Place School ticket sales back to the school for anyone who attends on December 12th, 2016. 

If you plan on attending, you must purchase your tickets through their online website and use the promo code in order for our school to get credit for your purchase.

Please Visit: www.hugsforbrady.org  Purchase tickets for any show time December 12th, 2016 ONLY! When selecting tickets, enter promotional code: brop3534  *Promo code selected before checkout

The light shows are November 25-December 30 in 630 Route 1 North Brunswick NJ. Please note you can buy tickets online for any date and time, if you choose to go December 12th please use the BPS promo code. All money earned will be donated.

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BPS Mailbox delivery begins Oct. 17

mailboxEveryone loves to get a card, right? Students, parents, teachers and friends: It’s your chance to send mail to *anyone* at BPS via the school-wide postal service operated by Brookside’s third graders! That’s right… you can send a letter or card to your child and have it delivered by the 3rd Grade Post Office. Perhaps send your child a Holiday card or even have a sibling send something to their own brother or sister.  A student can even send something to his or her teacher from last year! And your child can send letters and cards to their BPS friends, too!

Mail is sorted and delivered every Tuesday. The first delivery will take place on Tuesday, October 17th and run till the end of the school year.
What can you send?  Any Letter, card, greeting card or postcard.
Where do you mail it?  Put it in the mailbox by the Main Office or give to your teacher before lunch Tuesday.
When will it be delivered?  Every Tuesday at recess.
Each person from Brookside will have his/her own address (Name, teacher’s address, Cranford, NJ 07016).
Simply address the envelope using the standard format (return address, send to address, sticker/stamp).
Teachers’ addresses:
K:    Frances Fairway
1st:  2 Surf Way (O’Shea), 4 Gilbertson Garden, 5 First Ave (Schlenker),
2nd: 8 Kroll/Higgins Court, 9 O’Dell Drive, 10 Rainbow Row (Chelland),
3rd: 11 Sztancsik Skyway, 12 Higgins Lane, 13 Pierce Place
4th: 14Ventura Highway, 15 Brockman Brook Lane, 17 Petrow Path,
5th:  16 Halkias Highway, 18 Collins Court, 20 Scholz Street
All other BPS staff: BPS Main Office
***If you have any questions, please email Melissa Paine mas08@verizon.net and Marilyn Geraghty mmunster102@gmail.com

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K-5 Parent Info Session Math & Reading


The district is hosting a K-5 Parent Information Session on Wednesday, 11/30 from 7 – 9 PM at Hillside Avenue School.  The topics are:
* Mathematics Tool Kit – Resources to Support Your Child at Home
* Understanding When We Read
All are welcome to attend.

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November Principal’s Message

ThanksgivingNovember’s character trait is Gratitude.

Thank you to the Walk Your Child to School Day , Fallfest and Trick or Trunk Committees for bringing the BPS community together in the month of October.

Please read the entire November brief found in the Principals’ Info tab (along the top bar) Principal’s Monthly Message for more information & important dates. brooksidebriefsnovember2016 & Nurse’s Healthy Hints (see tab)

See school calendar for all activities in November all dates are in the newsletter as well as on the BPS PTA website calendar.

Here are some dates to note:
11/22  * Mrs. Collins (Grade 5) – Parent/Guardian Conferences
11/23  * Single Session Day for Students and Staff
11/24  * School Closed – Happy Thanksgiving
11/25  * School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/28  * Classes Resume

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Do they like to dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art? This year’s PTA Reflections in Art theme is “What Is Your Story? Tell us your story!

Local, State and potentially National Recognition for your child’s creative expression in the following categories: Visual Arts, Dance choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition and Photography. Categories include: Pre-K – 2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and special artists. Must be child’s own unique work.

Be on the lookout for upcoming entry forms and requirements in your child’s folder and via email, as well as BPS Facebook page. Find out more details from Jenny Piezas (jennypiezas@gmail.com908-414-0024) or April Sherrington (aprilsherrington@gmail.comand get creative! Submit your child’s entry including the piece of art, title and artist statement (what inspired the work and how it relates to the theme – 100 word max) by November 16, 2016

More information can be found here http://www.pta.org/reflections

Forms can be found here: 16-17-rules-summary marketing-email-long-version student-entry-form



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