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  • 100 Day Shirts      Boys wearing special t- shirts      More 100 Day Shirts      Kids wearing 100 Day Shirts

    Celebrating 100 Days of Learning

    The 100th day of school is a fun milestone in each school year. BPS first grade students celebrated by creating specially themed t-shirts decorated with 100 items.  From stickers and googly eyes to pennies and pom poms, there was plenty of creativity on display. The three first grade classes also joined together to perform the traditional 100 Days of School song and then visited each BPS classroom to show off their special shirts. Later, in the first grade classrooms, there were lots of math-based activities that helped students explore the concepts of ones, fives, tens and the number 100.  It was day full of fun and learning. 


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  • Globe with Flags

    ~ Experience tastes from around the world! ~ 

     Cultural Night presented by the BPS PTA will be

    Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Click here for more information and a link to the Sign Up Genius: BPS PTA website


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  • Congratulations Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Foye

    Two Teachers Brookside Place School is pleased to announce that Mrs. Pierce has been selected as the Classroom Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Foye has been selected as the Educational Services Professional of the Year. Click here to learn more about this annual honor coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Education: 

    BPS Teacher(s) of the Year 2017-2018




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  • February with hearts

    It may be a short month, but it is busy!

    Read the February Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters for all the latest Brookside Place School news. 


    February Brookside Briefs and February Healthy Hints


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  • Pennies for Pasta Logo

    Making A Difference Together

    Brookside Place School was recently honored as the Top Per Capita Fundraising School in New Jersey for 2016-2017 by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's quite an accomplishment! The fourth grade is looking to build upon that momentum with its 2017-2018 drive. BPS students in grades K - 5 are invited to collect loose change and the classroom that collects the most will enjoy a salad, breadsticks and pasta lunch courtesy of The Olive Garden. All the funds raised will support blood cancer research and therapies.  Individual collection boxes were sent home with students the week of January 29 along with detailed information sheets.  Class collection days will be on:

    * Friday, February 2

    * Friday, February 9

    * Tuesday, February 20

    Thanks for making your change count! 


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  • agenda image Principal's Open Agenda Meeting 

    Join Brookside Place School Principal, Mr. Klimko, at the second Principal's Open Agenda Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM in the library/media center.  This meeting is an open forum for discussing any topics that participants bring up that will help improve the outstanding learning environment at Brookside Place School.   



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  • 1/2 days of school

    There will be two single session school days for students on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9.

    (BPS staff will have Professional Development in the afternoon.)

    • Grades 1 - 5: Doors open at 8:20 AM with instruction beginning at 8:30 AM. (Note: Milk and lunch will NOT be served.) Dismissal is at 12:30 PM
    • Kindergarten AM: The AM Kindergarten doors open at 8:20 AM with instruction beginning at 8:30 AM. Dismissal for AM kindergarten is at 11:00 AM
    • Kindergarten PM: The PM Kindergarten doors open at 9:55 AM with instruction beginning at 10:00 AM. Dismissal for PM Kindergarten is 12:30 PM


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  •    Students pose with cans of soup  Souper Bowl Winner!

    The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, but they also soared to another impressive honor. They were champions of the Brookside Place School Souper Bowl! BPS students in grades kindergarten through grade five donated cans of soup and other dry goods in the name of their preferred Super Bowl team – the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots.  At Brookside, the Eagles were the decisive winner with 302 cans donated to their team boxes.  The Patriots garnered 150 “votes.” The BPS Souper Bowl is an annual tradition coordinated by the Student Council and all donations benefit Cranford Family Cares. Thank you to all the students and families that supported this fun community service iniative which resulted in a donation of 452 cans of soup and food. 




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  • Girl holding a baby chick


    Chicks Teach a Life Lesson 

    BPS first grade students studied the start to life during their recent science instruction.

    Read more about this "egg-cellent" lesson: Chicks Arrive at BPS



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  • Students in colonial dress with presenter


    Ever wonder what it was like to live in Colonial America?

    BPS fourth graders have a very good idea thanks to the efforts of a local presenter from Boxwood Hall. 

    Read more about these Colonial Kids




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  • Delayed Opening Schedule 

    In the event of a delayed opening, please follow the schedules below. 

    Note: Arrival of students may begin at 9:40 AM at the earliest


    Kindergarten AM Session

    9:50 AM - Student Entrance

    9:55 AM - Attendance Taken and Session Begins

    11:55 AM - Dismissal


    Kindergarten PM Session

    12:55 PM - Student Entrance, Attendance Taken and Session Begins

    2:55 PM - Dismissal


    Grades 1 - 5

    9:50 AM - Student Entrance

    9:55 AM - Attendance Taken and Classes Begin

    11:50 AM - 12:50 PM - Lunch 

    2:55 PM - Dismissal


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  • Hot Cocoa      Tea Sleeves in a Basket


    All Aboard!

    The Polar Express made a stop in the Brookside Place School kindergarten classroom on December 14th.  The students in the morning and afternoon sessions wore their pajamas to school and celebrated the season with a special reading of the book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. This holiday classic teaches lessons about friendship and bravery. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Francis, used the book as a springboard for a rotation of five “station stops” where the children participated in literacy and math activities aligned with the New Jersey Learning Standards.  The morning kindergarten also decorated cup sleeves that were donated to the Tea Spot in Cranford. This act of kindness coincided with the character trait of the month which was "generosity."  And what polar party would be complete without some hot cocoa to sip? It was a school day full of learning and seasonal fun for both the students and parent volunteers alike!                     

    Students sipping cocoa      students and teacher       




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    Sounds of the Season 

    The Brookside Place School Symphonette Orchestra recently performed a selection of seasonal music for seniors at the Cranford Community Center. The orchestra of fourth and fifth grade students (and one third grader) was led by Mrs. Lee, BPS strings instructor and orchestra director. 

    Congratulations to the students on a job well done! 



    students perform in the orchestra



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  • Student Council  BPS School Store

    Students in Grades 1 through 5 have the chance to purchase novelty pencils, pens, folders, BPS bracelets and much more at the BPS School Store.  Proceeds from the store support student needs, like classroom libraries, and community outreach programs, like hurricane relief efforts and Cranford Family Cares.  Students visit the store by grade groups on designated Fridays during recess time. Items range in price from 50 cents to $4.00.  The store is a joint initiative between the Brookside Place School Student Council and the BPS PTA.

    School Store Schedule / Fridays During Recess

    Grades 3 and 5: February 9

    Grades 1 and 4: February 15 (Note: This is a Thursday due to winter recess.)

    Grade 2: February 23




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  • Four students with the school media specialist

    The Language of Computers

    Brookside Place School students learned the language of computer science during the district-wide Hour of Code initiative. Read all about it: Hour of Code





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    Six students work on a project  Setting Sail for STEM Learning 

    The inagural BPS Science Night made a big splash with students, parents/guardians and staff.  Read more about the imaginary pirate mutiny and how students built their own ships using concepts from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

    Science Night 2017



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  • Author with Students    


    Meeting a Maker 

    Children's book author Adriana Brad Schanen recently met with BPS third grade students.  Learn more about the visit by clicking here: Quinny & Hopper at BPS





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  • Veterans Pose for a Group Photo Service and Sacrifice

    Each year the Brookside Place School community sets aside time to honor veterans associated with our students and their families. The annual Veterans Day Assembly was held on Monday, November 13 and featured patriotic music performed by the third grade. Nineteen veterans with connections to the BPS school community were recognized and 11 of those spoke directly to the students about their military service. Fathers, uncles, and grandfathers each shared their insights which focused on the themes of teamwork/collaboration, service, sacrifice, and standing up for the rights of others. The morning was a wonderful complement to the character education trait of Gratitude, which is studied by all five grades during the month of November.


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  • Students dressed in orange United in Support

    Orange was the color of the day on Wednesday, October 25 when Brookside Place School students and staff participated in Unity Day, a signature event of the National Bullying Prevention Center. By wearing clothing with the color orange students sent a powerful, visually compeling message that students who have been disrespected in the past are not alone.

    For more information, please click here: Unity Day





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  • Friends at the Farm 

    Students at the Farm       Students at the Farm

    Kindergarten students in Mrs. Anne Marie Francis' morning and afternoon sessions took a walking tour of nearby Dreyer Farms on October 19 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 season. 




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  • Tinker Toy Star         A Look Inside the Library

    Learn about the new learning opportunities inside the BPS Library / Media Center.

    Click here: Maker Space at BPS



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  • students stand with Lenni Lenape artifacts

     Lenni Lenape in the Limelight

      The original people of New Jersey were the Lenni Lenape. 

      Click here to learn more about how they are studied at BPS: 

    Grade 4: Lenni Lenape




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  • Regulation #5331R for Managing Food Allergies 

    Recently there were changes to school policy regarding in-class celebrations.  

    For details, please click here: Regulation #5331R


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