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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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  • Thanksgiving Recess

    Wednesday, November 22

    Single session for students and staff

    (Grades 1 - 5: Doors open at 8:20 AM / Instruction begins 8:30 AM / Dismissal 12:30 PM)

    (AM Kindergarten: Doors open at 8:20 AM / Instruction begins 8:30 AM / Dismissal 11:00 AM)

    (PM Kindergarten: Doors open at 9:55 AM / Instruction begins 10:00 AM / Dismissal 12:30 PM)

    ** NOTE: Milk at snack and lunch are not served on half days**


    Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

    School closed for students and staff  (Thanksgiving holiday)



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  • Orchestra Practice

    Winter Concerts 

    The Brookside Place School community will celebrate the season with two Winter Concert performances.

    Thursday, December 14 at 9:00 AM for Parents/Guardians and Family 

    Friday, December 15 at 9:15 AM for Students, Faculty and Staff  

    The chorus, orchestra and band will perform a selectionof seasonal songs. 



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    Students playing violin Holiday Music

    Third grade students are hard at work learning the first variation of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Gatherings of family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday break can be a great opportunity to for impromptu performances and practice. 





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  • cornicopia

    November is here!

    The Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints will help you stay organized during this month of Thanksgiving.

    November Brookside Briefs and November Healthy Hints


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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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  • Fall + Math = Pumpkin Day

    BPS first grade students explored math concepts using pumpkins as a springboard for learning.  From counting seeds by two's, five's and ten's to measuring ingredients for pumpkin bread, the students put their emerging math skills to good use.  This annual event is always a highlight of the fall season and reinforces skills such as counting, addition and estimation. 

    Students count seeds     Boy counts seeds     Students with a pumpkin     Four students    Recipe      Student Making Pumpkin Bread    Baking student



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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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  • Student Council

    Grand Opening - BPS School Store

    The Brookside Place School Store is up and running. Students in Grades 1 through 5 have the chance to purchase novelty pencils, pens, folders, BPS bracelets and much more.  Proceeds from the store will 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: December 1

    Grade 2 - December 15

    Grades 1 and 4: December 21




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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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  • Police Officer and Student  A Day at the (Bike) Rodeo

    Brookside Place fourth grade students put their bicycle skills to the test in September at the annual Grade 4 Bike Rodeo.  The Brookside PTA and the Cranford Police Department Traffic Bureau partnered to present the event. A portion of Spruce Street was closed for the morning so students could practice skills like speed control, steering and braking. Safe riding practices, such as wearing helmets, were also discussed. It was a beautiful fall morning for biking and learning. 



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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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