Brookside Place School

Making A Difference

Achieving Excellence



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  • Mrs. Schlenker and Mrs. Nowicki

    Mrs. Schlenker and Mrs. Nowicki Honored

    Brookside Place School is pleased to announce that first grade teacher Mrs. Donna Schlenker has been selected as the BPS Educator of the Year and Ms. Paula Nowicki has been selected as the BPS Educational Services Professional of the Year from nominations made by the BPS community as part of the New Jersey Department of Education 2019-2020 Governor's Educator of the Year Program. Congratulations Mrs. Schlenker and Mrs. Nowicki!


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  • BPS Science Fair 2020

    Electricty, weather, chemical reactions, principles of physics...

    These were just a few scientific topics explored by third, fourth and fifth grade students at the BPS Science Fair. The event, which was sponsored by the BPS Student Council, allowed students to work in groups of two to three to explore a scientific topic of their choosing. Students designed their own experiments and created tri-fold displays of their research, predictions and findings. Families visited the fair at an evening event and students visited the next day with their homerooms. 

    Students with their science project     Student and teacher observe experiment     boys with science project

    cloud project     Girl and project


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  • March with Shamrock

    March is here and so are the Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters. Please review for important information, reminders and dates for your calendars. 

    Brookside Briefs March 2020  and   Healthy Hints March 2020


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  • Mrs. Sholz's students


    Pasta for Pennies 2020

    Thank you to all the BPS families that supported the 2020 Pasta for Pennies program to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!



    The change has been counted and together the  BPS community raised an amazing $8,191.31 

    The top five classes and their totals are: 

    Mrs. O'Shea's 1st Grade: $614.56 ~ Mrs. Brockman's 4th Grade: $765.97 ~ Ms. Antoniewicz's 4th Grade: 905.76 ~ Mrs. Halkias's 5th Grade: $1,601.55

    Mrs. Scholz's 5th Grade: $1,933.33

    Mrs. Sholz's students will enjoy a pasta lunch courtesy of The Olive Garden, a national sponsor of the Pasta for Pennies program. Special thanks also go to Mrs. Brockman and her Grade 4 students for organizing this community service initiative. BPS is a longtime supporter of Pasta for Pennies and turning loose change into a lasting difference.


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       Cultural Dance   West Indian Dance Troupe

    BPS Cultural Night 2020

    Brookside Place School families came together in January to share the sights, sounds and flavors of many cultures. The evening event included demonstrations by two different dance troupes, cultural clothing, and delicious dishes from around the world. This annual PTA event is designed to celebrate the many cultural backgrounds of the BPS community and help students learn about different ethnic traditions. Many thanks to the BPS PTA volunteers who helped make it a success! 

     Irish Step Dancers     Irish Step Dancers



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  • music notes

    There are exciting new updates to Ms. Schafer's Music Page! The web site, which features resources for students in grades three through five, now includes content specifically for second graders. Visit Ms. Schafer's Music Page to find music, videos, activity pages, links, and more to help children make music outside of the classroom. This web site is updated often with new material, so check back often for more resources and activities.   


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  • Student Council     Veterans with banner

    BPS Thanks Our Veterans

    BPS students and staff honored veterans associated with the school community with a special assembly. Eleven veterans with connections to BPS students were able to attend the event in person while others were honored by having their profiles read aloud. In addition one student spoke about his father who is currently deployed with the Army National Guard. Finally, a volunteer with the Cranford 86 Project spoke about Marcus Anderson, a veteran of the Vietnam War who made the ultimate sacrifice to his country. The Cranford 86 Project seeks to honor the 86 Cranford residents who lost their lives in military service. SP5 Anderson is the only known member of the group to have graduated from Brookside Place School. The morning assembly also featured performances of patriotic songs by BPS third grade students. 


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  • Author with four students       Local Author Shares Her Story

    Laura Sassi, Cranford author, visited Brookside Place Elementary School to share her latest book, Love is Kind, with students in kindergarten through second grade. During her presentation she covered all facets of the creative writing process from conception to collaboration to finished product. The visit was arranged by Mrs. Arline McCloskey, media specialist at Brookside Place School.


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  • KPM Class with Pumpkins    KPM Class with Pumpkins

    A Walking Tour  

    Kindergarten students in Mrs. Anne Marie Francis' morning and afternoon sessions took a walking tour of nearby Dreyer Farms to explore the concept of living verse non-living things. That idea is part of the state-wide science curriculum for kindergarten and serves as a foundation for future exploration. The trip to Dreyer Farms, the last working farm in Union County, is a long-held BPS tradition spanning more than 65 years.  According to Mrs. Francis, it is a wonderful opportunity for hands-on learning, experiencing a local landmark, and discussing the change of seasons. 


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  • Cranford Public School District: Medical Forms

    Allergy Action Plan

    Asthma Action Plan

    Authorization for Medicine Administration

    Medical History Form

    Medical Enrollment Form

    Physical Exam Grades 4 - 6


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  • HIB Self-Assessment Data 2017-2018

    Cranford Public Schools are committed to providing a safe and caring school community.

    Please see this message from Lisa Burfeindt, the district anti-bullying coordinator, and the related 2017-18 HIB Self-Assessment Data.

    The letter contains details on how to provide parent/guardian and community feedback on the self-assessment. 

    HIB Self-Assessment Letter and HIB School Self-Assessment Report


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    Cranford School District School Entry Procedures

    Please note the following:

    • All visitors need an appointment (advanced notice) to enter a school building. 
    • No visitors will be granted building access (unless they have a scheduled appointment) between the following times at each school:
      • 8:10 - 8:40 AM (arrival window)
      • 2:30 - 3:00 PM (dismissal window)
    • If a student is picked up early, advance notice must be provided prior to arrival. If it is an emergency, please call the school to notify the office.  Students will not be sent to the main office until a parent or guardian arrives.
    • The Brookside Place School Main Phone Number is: 908-709-6244
    • If a visitor must drop off an item for a student (lunch, homework, etc.), they will be directed to deposit that item in a bin inside the main entry vestibule.  All items must be clearly labeled with the student’s name and grade and will be retrieved by office staff.  Entry into the school building is not required.
    • Please click here for more information regarding visitor procedures.


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  • images of common alergens

    Regulations for Managing Food Allergies 

    Please see the district policy regarding in-class celebrations: Regulation #5331R



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