3rd Grade Post Office Up & Running!

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 Halloween 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 28th.
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:  O’Shea Avenue, First Ave (Schlenker), Glackin Grotto
2nd: Dowling Drive, Rainbow Row (Chelland), Kroll Court
3rd: Sztancsik Skyway, Pierce Place, Higgins Lane
4th: Petrow Path, Brockman Brook Lane, D’Amato Drive, Ventura Highway
5th: Salls Stop, Scholz Street, Halkias Highway
***If you have any questions, please email jhandsman@hotmail.com

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Jack O Lantern Contest


Is your family’s Jack O Lantern as cute or “scary” as this one.
Click & enter your Jack O Lantern for the October 24 Fall Fest today!

All entered Jack O Lanterns will be returned to their owners at the end of the event.

Thank you for entering.

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Box Tops for Education Contest

box-topsBrookside Place School Fall 2014 Box Top for Education Contest

Keep clipping those Box Tops!
All submissions are due by Friday, October 24. Prizes will be awarded for the most submissions. Siblings may enter together, but friends may not. All submissions must have your name and class to receive credit. (glue or tape to the form http://www.boxtops4education.com/-/media/BoxTops/FlyersAndDownloads/Thumbnails/CollectionSheets/collectionsheet_50_thumb_2014-5-7.jpg)

To be valid, expiration date must must be visible and no expired box tops. Box Top container is on the table across from the mail office.


Jennifer Paul/jenannpaul@yahoo.com

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Fallfest & Trick or Trunk 2014

fall festival

Fallfest and Trick or Trunk will be held consecutively on October 24th from 5:00 pm-8:30 pm. BPS PTA is proud to host the combined event.

The BPS PTA Annual Fall Fest Festival (Fallfest flyer 2014) will be held on Friday, October 24 5:00pm–6:30pm (rain or shine – outside 5th grade doors) and we are looking for volunteers to donate a baked good, enter Jack O Lanterns or to work on the day of the festival. Please fill out the form and submit through the website. Any questions, please contact Nicole Consorte at nicoleorange@yahoo.com.

Fall Festival Volunteer Form

Please consider volunteering to coordinate an event or to work the day of the festival. Thank You.
  • Volunteers Needed for the following on the day of festival



 Friday October 24  6:30PM – 8:30PM 

Trick or Trunk is defined as “trick-or-treating done from parked vehicle to parked vehicle in a local parking lot. The trunk of one’s vehicle is opened,displaying candy, decorations and sometimes games”.  Please consider volunteering your vehicle to be a part of the Brookside Trick or Trunk.  Helping out is easy, all you have to do is park your vehicle in the school’s lot, decorate the trunk of your vehicle and hand out candy.  We’ll even provide the candy to hand out!

A quick “google” of “trick or truck” can help you with a theme but the possibilities are endless!

  • The Wild West, Hippies from the 60’s or even an 80’s Hair Band!
  • Harvest Theme…scarecrow, corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins!
  • A theme can come from your favorite kids movie, video game or toy!
  • Pour some sand by the back of your car and create your own beach!
  • A tent, a pretend campfire and a lantern creates a Camp Out theme!
  • Put on your favorite jersey and display your memorabilia for a sports theme!

We need volunteers to make this happen.   To get involved please email:  frankdickson@att.net

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Principal’s News

bps-header.jpgWeek of Respect
Aligning with our focus on Kindness during the month of October at BPS, the first full week of October (starting on October 6, 2014) is celebrated across the country as the Week of Respect/Kindness. While the entire month will see a collective focus with regard to the theme of kindness, this first full week will be the recipient of additional attention through meaningful and engaging activities on just how critical it is for everyone to be especially kind to others.

After School Clubs  In addition to our band, orchestra and chorus groups that meet in the mornings in preparation for our two concerts during the year, we are very excited to offer several after school clubs for this school year. More information will be forthcoming from the advisors of the clubs in the coming weeks.

Back to School Night
Thanks to all of the parents/guardians that attended Back to School Night on Tuesday evening,    September 9, 2014. Classrooms were filled with parents/guardians intently listening to their child’s teacher(s) explicitly describe his/her classroom expectations and the grade level course of study. The establishment and continued emphasis on an open line of communication and support is such a critical aspect in establishing parents/guardians as partners in the education of their child.

Walk Your Child to School Day at BPS
Wednesday, October 8th starting at 8:15 am children should gather on the Blacktop at Brookside Place School by the 3rd and 4th grade doors. This event is a chance to gather as a community to share some healthy snacks.  A member of the Cranford Police Department will be present to talk about walking safely to school.
To find out more about the Cranford Police Department’s “School Route Plan”, visit http://cranfordschools.orgIf you are available to volunteer with the event, or have questions, please contact Sarah McMahon Cannizzo, cannizzo.mcmahon@verizon.net or Barbara Riley, mmriley533@aol.com

Principal Open Agenda Meeting
The first of four Principal Open Agenda meetings is set to take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.   All Open Agenda meetings take place in the BPS library and begin at 7:00 PM. I look forward to discussing any topics that participants bring up that will help improve the outstanding learning environment at Brookside Place School.

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Square 1 Art

The artwork has been submitted to the company as October, 16, 2014 – thank  you all who participated.
Each student was given their Square 1 art packet the week of September 29th. BPS PTA is holding the fundraiser in the fall again this year so that your child’s artwork/gifts will be ready in time for the holidays.

The artwork is due by Friday, October 10thPlease return to the PTA mailbox in the main office or to your child’s teacher.
If you have any questions on the fundraiser, please contact Robyn Domber at srdomber@comcast.net . We also encourage you to check out the Square 1 art website (www.square1art.com ).
Participation is optional.

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Target Rewards For Education

targetWe all shop at Target. Why not have a portion of your purchase support our school? It’s a win win!

Simply enroll your Target card and you are all set. Go here. Now!

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KidStuff Fundraiser

kidstufflogoThe Annual Kidstuff Book Fundraiser is upon us. The books have been distributed and will be coming home with your children this week. Please check those backpacks. Note that only one book per family is distributed, typically with the eldest sibling.

The cost for each book is $25. The books are jam-packed with terrific savings and discounts. Using just two or three of the hundreds of coupons available will cover the cost of the book.

If you would like to order more books for friends or family members, complete the order form, provide payment for all books, including the one you would like to keep, and return to your teacher in the envelope provided.

If you are not interested in purchasing the book, return the book to your teacher. Please, do not remove the label from the book; this is the only way I will know that you are choosing to return the book.

The class that sells the most books will win a Cupcake Party! Each child in your family will receive credit for their class for any books your family sells/purchases.

If you have any questions or if your family did not receive a book and order form, please contact
Laurie DiRusso at lbuck522@aol.com

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Cranford Community Events


Open the links for more information

Scarecrow Stroll

Prescription Drug Take Back Program


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