As the first major (near historic when it was all said and done) snowstorm of the winter of 2015-2016 is one week removed, we settle in and wonder what lies ahead for the next month or so. Many thanks are in order for our BPS custodians, the district maintenance staff, the Cranford Department of Public Works our own Cranford Police Department for their incredible efforts over the course of the storm weekend. Quite incredibly, our recess blacktop area was all cleared for our return to school following the two days of school being closed. February is always one of those months where you just never know what to expect in the way of cold and blustery or lots of precipitation with plenty of ice along to deal with. Let’s wait and see as we hope for the best.
Character Education continues to be a regular focus at Brookside each and every day. Coming off of an inspirational assembly on January 15, 2016 (more
details included in the Just Call Me Geri section) where compassion, acceptance and being kind to others were prominent among the plethora of
messages presented, our monthly focus on one trait will shift from courage in January to kindness in February. Daily quotes that cover a wide array of
building positive character on the morning announcements include the late John Wooden’s powerful one, “Discipline yourself so other won’t need to.” In addition, this one (author unknown), “It’s nice to be important, but exceedingly more important to be nice,” remains a staple as one of the mantras
students are consistently exposed to. In the end, students are well aware that making their parents/guardians proud of all that they (the students)
do when parents/guardians are not around to watch should be among the many daily and long range goals they set for themselves. Thanks to all of you for
continuing to do your part in keeping developing one’s character high on the list at all times to support our work at the school level.