November Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints

November’s character trait is Gratitude.

Thank you to the Walk Your Child to School Day , Fall Fest 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.

Brookside Briefs November 2019

Healthy Hints November 2019

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

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BPS Post Office

Everyone 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.  Mail is sorted and delivered every Tuesday at recess. Please place your cards, letters, and postcards in the blue mailbox located in the vestibule before 11:30 on Tuesdays to ensure delivery.


This is a school-wide postal service operated by Brookside’s third grade!

Students, parents, teachers and friends: send mail to anyone from BPS, via the Third Grade Post Office.

What can you send?? Any Letter, card, greeting card or postcard.

Where do you mail it?? Put it in the mailbox in the front vestibule or give to your teacher before Tuesday lunch.

When will it be delivered?? Every Tuesday at recess.

Each person from Brookside will have his/her own address.


Teachers’ addresses

K: 0 Francis Fairway

1st: 2 O’Shea Way, 4 Stotz Square, 5 Schlenker Superhighway

2nd: 8 Petrow Path, 9 Bendert Boulevard, 11 Sztancsik Skyway

3rd: 10 Kroll Ct, 12 Higgins Hideaway, 13 Pierce Place

4th: 14 Surmay Stroll, 15 Brockman Brook Lane, 17 Antoniewicz Avenue, 19 Wilhelm Way

5th: 16 Halkias Highway, 18 Collins Court, 20 Scholz Street

All other staff: Main Office

Contact Lexi Kiriakatis at [email protected] for more information.

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Thank you from the PTA

Thank you to all who participated in the Pie in the Face at Trick or Trunk! $157 was donated to “A PROM-ise to Our Community”! 

The BPS PTA would like to thank all of the chairpersons of the events that have taken place at BPS over the past months. Thank you for donating your time to benefit the BPS students and their families. We appreciate your willingness to help! We are always looking for volunteers!

  • Maria Loikith – Schoolkidz
  • Amanda Ghanime & Lynn McCabe – Picture Day
  • Kinga Keaveney – 4th Grade Bike Rodeo
  • Tracy McSweeney & Kim Dispensa – Book Fair
  • RAC Landscaping/Cao Family – BPS Beautification
  • Amanda Ghanime & Katie Wright – Walk Your Child to School Day
  • Melissa Paine & Lexi Kiriakatis – Fall Fest
  • Kevin Niemsyk – Trick or Trunk
  • Christine Bove – Box Tops

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STEM Night

BPS Family STEM Night will be held on Tuesday, November 12th, from 7:00-9:00pm. There will be 2 sessions – one hour presentation by Science Tellers and one hour family STEM Challenge in the classrooms. The sessions are divided based on your child’s last name. For the first hour (7:00-8:00pm), last names beginning with A-L will be in the classrooms, while last names beginning with M-Z will be in the auditorium. For the second hour (8:00-9:00pm), last names beginning with A-L will be in the auditorium, while last names beginning with M-Z will be in the classrooms.

Please sign up here: STEM Night Sign Up

Please indicate the number of family members attending and names of students who will attend. Please note this event is only for BPS students.

Please see the flyer below for more details. Please RSVP by Friday, November 1.

STEM Night

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Join the PTA for 2019-2020

Please Join the Brookside Place School PTA for 2019 – 2020!

The BPS PTA is a non-profit organization made up of teachers, staff, and parents. The PTA subsidizes class trips, assemblies, teacher grants, school events such as the Olympics, Fall Festival, holiday boutique, and so much more! The BPS PTA would not be possible without your continued support and generosity.

The cost to join the BPS PTA is $10.00 per member.

You can find out how to join the PTA by clicking How To Join The BPS PTA.  Fill out the attached form, Membership Registration 2019-2020 and return to school with a check made out to BPS PTA.  You can also visit to sign up and pay online by credit card.

Please contact Renee Melchiorre at [email protected] or Michelle Werner at [email protected] with any questions.

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Box Tops

Our first Box Tops and Shoprite for My School collection drive ends Wednesday, October 30thWe have a long way to go to reach our goal of 4,000 box tops for a SCHOOL WIDE pajama party!

Just follow these steps to link your Shoprite card and download the Box Tops app:

  1. If you shop at Shoprite, link your Shoprite card to get credit for your child’s homeroom by visiting select Brookside Place School. Have your Shoprite card handy because you will need the Price Plus Number.
  2. Download the Box Tops for Education app wherever you download your apps. Visit more information.
  3. Take a screenshot of the open Box Top app.
  4. Email the screenshot to [email protected]to get credit for your child’s homeroom. Please include your child’s name and homeroom and the email address you used to register the app and/or link your Shoprite card.
  5. In the subject line please specify if you downloaded app and/or linked your Shoprite card.
  6. If you have paper Box Tops please send them in loose in envelopes or bags. Be sure to write your child’s name and class on it so their class can get credit.

The homeroom with the most Box Tops app downloads and linked Shoprite cards will get to toilet paper their teacher in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL!!

See attached flyer for more information! Any questions, please contact Christine Bove at[email protected].

Box Top Flyer fall 2019

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Order your yearbooks now and save

Pre-order your BPS Yearbook by Monday, 9/30 and get 15% off!

Each yearbook is full color with a picture of each student and
memories from school events for all grade levels. Plus you can
customize two pages just for your child!

Click here to pre-order:

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Volunteers Needed for the School Library

The BPS Library is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering one hour to help in the BPS library, please email Michelle McCarthy to be added to the monthly sign up genius.

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Volunteer for Fall Fest


Sunday, October 20th

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Games and prizes

40 foot Obstacle Bounce Course

Balloon Animals


Pumpkin carving contest

Chili cook off

Donate $1 to Cranford Family Cares for a chance to throw shaving cream at Mr. Klimko

Come for lunch with food available for purchase from Tony’s Travelling Trattoria

Fall Fest is less then 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!

** 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…

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

Questions please email [email protected]

This event is sponsored by BPS PTA

Fall Fest Flyer 2019

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