Principal’s December News


Please view the full letter under Principal’s Info Tab/Monthly Message

A Salute to all Veterans
Our Brookside Place School Veterans’ Day Assembly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 was very well received and a moving tribute to seventeen veterans connected to BrooksidePlaceSchool. On the heels of such wonderful assembly, the entire BrooksidePlaceSchool community would like to again express our sincere gratitude for all veterans who have so selflessly served this wonderful country.

Monthly Character Trait Focus
BrooksidePlaceSchool staff members continue to work towards sending a powerful message to the students about character education. The focus for the month of December will be on generosity. During the holidays it is so wonderful.

Principal Open Agenda Meeting
The first Principal’s Open Agenda meeting took place on Wednesday, November 9, 2014. Some of the topics discussed were preparations for the upcoming PARCC assessments and field trips. The second of three open agenda meetings is slated for Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 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 BrooksidePlaceSchool.

Please read the full letter under the Principal’s Info Tab for more important topics such as Core Curriculum updates, Wednesday Wellness Poster Contest – ongoing , Electronics Indoor Recess and much more.


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BPS Giving Box

presentPlease select a tag and bring back the gift wrapped or unwrapped along with the tag attached. Gifts are needed early this year- Please place gifts in the Giving Box by Friday, December 12th by 3pm in order to meet Cranford Family Care’s delivery schedule.  Thank you for your generosity!

See flyer for additional details.cfc giving box flier 2014

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BPS Bumper Magnet

bps001_royalSee BPS car magnets on bumpers at drop off, pick up and around town. You can purchase one too.
BPS Car Magnets available for $5 each. Please send in cash or check made payable to BPS PTA in an envelope marked with the 1. child’s name, 2. class and 3. number of magnets you wish to purchase.
Supply is limited first come first fullfilled.
Check out the BPS PTA website for all current fundraisers and school information.

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BPS Skate Night

ice-skatesSAVE THE DATE AND COME OUT AND SKATE Saturday, January 31 6-8pm Warinanco Skating Center (all welcome- all entraints must pay $3 fee).  Sign up sheet and money must be submitted prior to the event rsvp by January 16, 2015 Volunteer under the PTA Winter Tab to help with check in the night of the event or chair for 2016. Questions please contant or  {Print and return Form Skate Night January 2015 (2015)}

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Box Tops Winners

box-topsAnd the results are in Brookside received $729.30 in box tops from the student body. Thank you all for your contributions and please keep clipping and saving your boxtops for the spring.

Individual Winners are:
1st Place               Madison Delong               3JP                     740 Box Tops
2nd Place             Will & Garrett Towne     4LV & 1GO       696 Box Tops
3rd Place              Joseph Bovasso              5 Mrs Scholz    425 Box Tops

Honorable Mentions:
Lindsey Mychalczuk  3TH 410 box tops
Sophia Vizzoni              3KS 319 box tops.

Thank you to out Committee Chair Jennifer Paul for counting, submitting and distributing the prizes.

*Please not all expired boxtops were not included in the totals of $ collected or towards individual students totals. Prizes to all listed above will be distributed the week of 11/10/14.

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BPS Spiritwear Sale

bps001_royalShow your Cranford and BPS Pride!
Looking for a great t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or pair of sweatpants to wear to local sporting events, school events or just around town?
We’ve made it extra easy this year! Just copy and paste the link below, place your order online and have your items delivered directly to your child’s classroom.  

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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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Principal’s November News

ThanksgivingMonthly Character Trait Focus The Brookside Place School learning community continues to embrace all character traits in a variety of ways. Each new month provides an opportunity to shine a brighter light on one highlighted trait in order for teachers and other staff members to better plan for some of their interactions/lessons with students. The month of November is all about gratitude appropriately aligning with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday coming up at the end of the month. Additionally, our annual Veterans’ Day assembly is all about being grateful as we pay tribute to such incredibly heroic individuals. This year’s assembly will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the BPS Cafegymatorium.

Principal Open Agenda Meeting The first Principal’s Open Agenda meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. All welcome meetings take place in the BPS library and begin at 7:00 PM.

Wellness Wednesday Poster Contest Each Wednesday, the students learn wellness tips through Wellness Wednesday Announcements. I would like to encourage the students to show me what they learned each month by creating a wellness poster about one of the weekly messages. If your child is interested in participating, please have them create a thoughtful, original poster on an 8 ½ x11 piece of paper (construction, white or poster). Encourage them to give their best effort; some will be displayed throughout the school. There will also be a monthly drawing for a prize!

Electronics Note Students deciding whether to bring in or use (in the case of the students who have their devices for after care and/or to communicate with a parent/guardian) electronic devices during indoor recess days ONLY should speak with their parents/guardians about this. The key part of the discussion should center on whether the risk (loss or damage to these expensive items) is too great to take. Please know that lunch aides are reminded to closely monitor all situations including those students opting to use electronic devices during indoor recess. Provided students choosing to play games with their electronic devices abide by the expectations as set forth by the lunch aides, they are fine to use. However, engaging in other activities (talking with friends, playing board games etc.) is much more strongly encouraged.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!As the new and improved grass playground area has been opened up for student use, tremendous thanks are in order to the BPS PTA along with the generous donation (in the form of labor and supplies) to Jeff’s Landscaping. The incredible look and feel of this completely refurbished large grass area has everyone very excited to get out there and play. Students and staff are so appreciative of all the hard work and funding that went into making this a reality.

November 2014 Calendar See Calendar for dates Teacher Conferences and November Activities (also full Principal’s Newsletter under Principal’s Info tab)

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Square 1 Art

For those of you who submitted artwork for the Square 1 art fundraiser, your order packets were sent home in your child’s backpack.
We encourage you to order online using the instructions found in the packet but if you choose to submit a paper order form, please submit it to the PTA mailbox no later than Friday, November 14th.

UNFORTUNATELY, NO PAPER ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED AFTER NOVEMBER 14th! Online orders can be placed until Tuesday, November 18th.
Orders will be delivered before the holidays.
If you have any questions on your order, please contact Robyn Domber at . We also encourage you to check out the Square 1 art website ( ).
Thank you for your participation!

Paper orders are due no later than November 14th

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 . We also encourage you to check out the Square 1 art website ( ).
Participation is optional.

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