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    Central registration for the READY pre-school program, kindergarten, and all students new to the district in all grade levels for the 2019-2020 school year will be done online follwed by an in-person appointment.

    For details please click here: Registration Letter from Dr. Scott Rubin


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  • Student dressed in colonial clothing  student (girl) in colonial clothing Colonial Kids

    What was every-day life like for children during the Colonial Era? Fourth grade students at Brookside Place School have a very good idea thanks to the insights of Ms. Craig, a presenter from Boxwood Hall in Elizabeth, NJ. She recently visited the three fourth grade classes to discuss what it was like to grow up in Colonial New Jersey. Topics covered what children studied in school, what games they played, and what they wore. This interactive session supports the New Jersey social studies curriculum.


    Boxwood Hall was the home of Elias Boudinot from 1772 to 1795.  Mr. Boudinot was the president of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 which ended the American Revolution. In fact George Washington visited the home on his way to New York for his inauguration as the first President of the United States. Presenters from Boxwood Hall have a long-held tradition of visiting Brookside Place School and providing students with a fun look back through history. 


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  • January with Snow

    The new year is here! Please see the Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters for the latest information and important dates. 

    Brookside Briefs January 2019 and Healthy Hints 


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  • Pasta for Pennies Pasta for Pennies 2019

    The Brookside Place School community will once again support the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the Pasta for Pennies program sponsored by The Olive Garden. Collection boxes and information sheets were sent home via student backpacks. Students and their families may choose to collect and donate change to this school-wide initiative. Contributions will be collected on the following dates:

    Friday, January 18

    Friday, January 25

    Friday, February 1

    Winner Announcement: On or around February, 4

    The class that collects the largest amount will be rewarded with a special lunch from The Olive Garden. Thank you for your support! 


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  • School Store

    BPS School Store ~ January 2019

    Friday, January 11 - Grades 4 and 5

    Friday, January 18 - Grade 1 and 3

    Friday, January 25 - Grade 2 


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  • MLK Day with Flag

    Brookside Place School and all Cranford Public Schools will be closed for students and staff on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. 






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  • Variety Show

    Save the Date: BPS Variety Show ~

    Friday, April 12, 2019

     Brookside Place School students, staff and families will stage our annual Variety Show on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Cranford High School. Look for more event details as the date draws closer. 



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  • Sounds of the Season 

    The Brookside Place School chorus, orchestra and band performed two wonderful winter concerts. Congratulations to all the students and to their teachers: Ms. Schafer (chorus), Ms. Lee (strings) and Mrs. Mockoviak (band). BPS Art Teacher, Ms. Baillod, collaborated with four fifth-grade students to create the themed bulletin boards. Congratulations to Ciara Conley, Grace Ingraham, Lucia Grillo and Kylee Schmidt for having their work selected as the inspiration. 

    Three teachers     Poster with Nutcracker    Bulletin Board with Nutcracker


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  • BPS Orchestra Performs for Seniors

    Members of the Brookside Place School Orchestra brought the sweet sounds of the holiday season to the residents of Atria, an assisted living community in Cranford. Thirty four students including third, fourth and fifth graders performed selections including Up on the Housetop, Chanukah Chanukah, and Skaters' Waltz. “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the students' instrumental skills and engage in community service,” explained Ms. Christine Lee, orchestra director at Brookside Place School. “It was wonderful to see how proud the students were of their growth and how much the senior enjoyed the performance.”  After the show, the students shared some additional holiday spirit by presenting handmade holiday cards they created.  

    Two girls play violin  Orchestra performs for seniors  


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  • arrival and dismissal Please click here: BPS Schedules

    for arrival and dismissal times for the following 

    * Delayed Opening

    *Single Session

    *Full School Day




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  • Veterans Saluting Our Veterans

    Brookside Place School recognized 32 veterans associated with our school community at our annual Veterans Day assembly on Monday, November 12. The BPS third grade performed beautiful songs of tribute and 18 veterans were able to attend in person. They shared information about their service and insights on the United States military and what it means to our nation. 



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  • Five Second Grade Students Dressed in Orange

    Unity Day 2018 

    Orange was the color of the day on Wednesday, October 24 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 2018



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  • Pumpkins + Math = Lots of Fun 

    BPS first grade students recently enjoyed "Pumpkin Day," an annual event that uses the seasonal squashes to explore math concepts. Activities included counting seeds by two's, five's and ten's to measuring ingredients for pumpkin bread. This first grade tradition is always a highlight of the fall season and reinforces skills such as counting, addition and estimation. 

                  Three students with a pumpkin    Student teacher and two students    Students mix batter




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  • Collaboration Station

    The stories included missing Halloween treats, ghosts, runaway pumpkins and lots of creative collaboration. Mrs. Surmay’s fourth grade class and Mrs. Gilbertson’s first grade are buddy classes. In October they collaborated on stories with a Halloween theme. The younger students generated the story ideas and dictated the text to their older partner. The students then illustrated the stories together. All BPS classes are matched with a buddy group to promote collaboration and build school community connections.

    Two students discuss ideas  two students discuss ideas  two students color a pumpkin


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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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  • Putting the Spotlight on Positivity


    The Brookside Place School restrooms recently went from plain to postively positive. Grade 5 teacher Mrs. Scholz coordinated the addition of quotes, positive messages and affirmations using special decals. The project is designed to create spaces that inspire children and to reinforce a positive, community-focused environment. 

       Stall After Photo     Staff After      Staff After

    Stall After      Staff After     Staff After


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  • A Day at the (Bike) Rodeo

    Brookside Place School fourth grade students put their bicycle skills to the test at the annual 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 fun morning of skill building!

    students with police officer      bikes on the rack       student with bike



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  • Message from the Nurse

    Please see these important messages from the School Nurse, Mrs. O'Hara

    Welcome Back Letter

    Head Lice Prevention




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    Click here to access the 2016-2017 New Jersey Department of Education School Performance Report for Brookside Place School: 

    Performance Report



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    The Cranford School District implemented new school entry procedures for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Please note the following:

    • All visitors will need to have an appointment (advanced notice) to enter the 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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