VOLUNTEER for Fall Fest 2018


Sunday, October 14th

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Bounce houses, games, balloon animals, DJ, pumpkin decorating, chili cook-off*, pumpkin carving contest** all compliments of the Fall Fest committee and BPS PTA. Principal Pie Toss 3-3:30pm (by donation to Cranford Family Cares $1 per toss)

Tony’s Traveling Trattoria & Jimmy Buff’s Hotdogs available for purchase.

Fall Fest is two weeks away!  Below are all of the different ways you can sign-up to volunteer and help make this day a success!

Sign up to volunteer Fall Fest Volunteer Sign Up 35+ volunteers needed to make the day a success.

* Pumpkin Carving Contest– Carve a pumpkin and bring it to Fall Fest you will surely win if it’s the best! Even if carving is not your thing, stop by and vote! Winner gets a $50 gift card to Ambeli

** Chili Cook off– There is a “Chili” in the air again…..”Bean” craving something warm and hearty” Come to Fall Fest for the Chili Cook Off! Cook your best chili- turkey, beef, vegetarian, the list goes on…Winner gets NY Jets Tickets courtesy of the Wischusen Family

Sign up online at Chili Cook Off & Pumpkin Carving Sign-Up

Limited to first 12 Cooks to sign up!

*** CupCAKE Walk – please see sign up (Cup)Cake Walk Sign-Up

Please contact Melissa Paine or Lexi Kiriakatis at [email protected] with any questions.

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Character Trait Respect









This month’s bulletin board was created by the 2nd grade classes and highlights the Character Trait Respect.

During our month of “Respect” Mrs. Fiske will be working in each of the classrooms to identify herself and what her role of counselor means. She will also present what “respect” looks like, and will conduct read alouds on the topic.

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Walk To School Day

When: 8:15am October 10

Where: Blacktop at Brookside Place School

What: 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.org.

Walk to School Day

If you are available to volunteer with the event, or have questions, please contact Katie Wright, [email protected]; or Amanda Ghanime, [email protected]

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Trick or Trunk at BPS

The 6th Annual Trick or Trunk at BPS will be Friday, October 26, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Trunks needed.  All you have to do is park your car in the school’s lot, decorate the trunk and hand out candy.  We’ll even provide the candy and trinkets to hand out.

Not that creative?  We also need a couple of volunteers to help out behind the scenes.

If you like to volunteer, please contact Kevin Niemsyk at [email protected]

Trick or Trunk Volunteers

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BPS Gift Card Fundraiser

The BPS PTA is holding a fantastic NEW Gift Card Fundraiser just in time for the Holidays!

Gift cards are purchased at face value. Each gift card has a rebate percentage that goes directly BPS! Simple as that!

Retailers include Target, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Shoprite, Whole Foods, AMC, and so many more!

So by just buying gift cards you may already plan on buying, BPS will receive a percentage of the sale!

Deadline to purchase the gift cards is November 5th!

Click here for more info and the order form BPS Gift Card Fundraiser

For additional information, please contact Wendy Menneg-Lyubarsky or Marilyn Geraghty

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Principal’s October Message

October’s character trait is Respect.  You can find out more about this by reading Mr. Klimko’s Brookside Briefs.  You can also check back later in the month by visiting our Character Education page to see what our school has done to show our respect.

Please find attached the October Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters.
The Briefs include highlights from September as well as a look ahead and a calendar for the month of October. 
The Healthy Hints include important health-related information as well as details on two voluntary programs that encourage students to walk to school and/or increase their step count. 

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Brookside = Positivity

Having a positive attitude is contagious and Brookside Place School is spreading messages of positivity to our students.  Mrs. Scholz kicked the year off by giving the bathrooms a positive and inspirational makeover!  The Brookside Place School restrooms recently went from plain to postively positive.  Grade 5 teacher, Mrs. Scholz, coordinated the addition of quotes, positive messages and affirmations using special decals.  The project is designed to create spaces that inspire children and to reinforce a positive, community-focused environment.

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Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Back To School Night, Wednesday, September 26th – September 28th.  Please see class schedule below.

If your child will be shopping for books with their class, please send in an envelope with their name, class and $dollar amount they have written on the outside of the envelope.  Parent volunteers and classroom teachers will help guide the children into what books they can get.

We are also in need of parent volunteers.  We need some parents to help set-up the book fair, help the children shop and help with packing the book fair up at the conclusion.  You can sign up by going to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4eaaaa23aaf58-bpsscholastic2

See Class Schedule  BookFairScheduleSept27-28-2018

Book Fair Letter  BPS Scholastic Fall Book Fair

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Legacy Week – Formerly Known as Celebrate With Books

Legacy Week – Attention 5th Grade Parents
Legacy Week is a PTA sponsored event for the 5th Grade Class of 2019. This event was started to help keep the BPS library stocked with wonderful books. It is an opportunity for your 5th Grader to donate a book to the library and then “showcase” themselves in one of BPS showcases located outside the office or library.  Fill the showcase with special things that tell us about your child.  A “donated by” label will be placed in your child’s donated book for all BPS eternity. As an added bonus they get to go on the announcements with Mr. Klimko and share their favorite thing about BPS!


Here is how it works:

– Choose a week for your showcase from this signup genius link Legacy Week BPS Class of 2019

– You have the options of donating the book of your choice or donating $15 and letting the librarian choose with your child.

– Please fill out the form found on the Legacy week page at http://bpspta.digitalpto.com/pta-programs-events/celebrate-with-books/.  Stick it in your child’s folder in an envelope marked “Legacy Week”.  It should include the form (and $15 if you’ve selected to let the librarian choose the book) or feel free to dop it off in the PTA mailbox, located in the main office.

– Each week has the option of the main entrance or the library showcase. The week and location will be on a first come first serve basis per the sign up.

***Please note that certain weeks only have 2,3 or 4 days so please check the school calendar when you choose your week***.

On the week of your child’s showcase please have your display up by 8:35 on the first day of the school week. The custodians have the keys to unlock the showcases. You may be able to set up your display the Friday afternoon before your week starts. Please dismantle your display after school on the last day of your week so the next person can set theirs up.  You can also just send in your child with a bag and they will be able to empty it on Friday after classes.

After October 5th, we will open this up to the rest of the school as the original Celebrate with Books.

If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Geraghty at [email protected].

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