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    There is lots to know about what's going on at Brookside Place School in November.

    Please take a moment to read the Brookside Briefs Newsletter and related Healthy Hints.

    November Brookside Briefs

    November Healthy Hints  





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  • The Full Value Community 
    An Evening Presentation for Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades K - 12

    Cranford Public Schools has partnered with John Grund, LCSW, ( to support the implementation of the six principles of Full Value, which supports our students’ social and emotional learning to co-create a successful learning environment among students, faculty, staff, administration and parents/guardians.  Enjoy coffee/tea and treats at this evening presentation and learn how you can be an active member of the Cranford Full Value Community! 

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 @ 7:00 PM in the CHS Library 

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    To see all the Parent Academy offerings, please click here: 

    2019-2020 Parent Academy Programs 


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    Please note the following schedule for November for Cranford Public Schools 

    Tuesday, November 5

    (Election Day ~ School Closed for Students / Full Day for Staff: Professional Development)

    Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8

    (NJEA Convention ~ School Closed for Students and Staff)

    Wednesday, November 27

    Single Session for Students and Staff. Click for: Single Session Schedule

    Please note only PM Kindergarten will attend school on 11/27 with an 11:15 AM dismissal

    Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

    (Thanksgiving Recess ~ School Closed for Students and Staff)



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  •        Girl with a pink shirt  Girl counting seeds Boys stirring batter Girl stirring batter


    Pumpkin Day Fun in Grade One!

    Cooking, counting, coloring and cooperating were on the agenda for BPS first grade students during their recent "Pumpkin Day" activities. This annual event uses the seasonal squashes to explore math concepts and other skills. Activities included counting seeds by two's, five's and ten's to measuring ingredients for pumpkin bread. This first grade tradition is a highlight of the fall season and reinforces skills such as counting, addition and estimation.              

             Two Girls Count Seeds                   



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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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  • Students hold unity signs

    Unity Day 2019

    Orange was the color of the day on Wednesday, October 23 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. The day was also a wonderful complement to the BPS October Character Trait of respect as well as National School Violence Awareness Week. 


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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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  • Lenni Lenape Learning

    BPS Grade 4 students were able to transcend time and become Lenape children for a day during their recent visit to Huber Woods in Monmouth County. During the visit they worked cooperatively to build a life-sized replica of a Longhouse, the traditional home of the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, using only the tools of the era. Discussion of daily life in a Lenape Village was also part of the day's activities. The study of the Lenni Lenape, the first people of New Jersey, is part of the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum. 

    children carry a ladder    children build a structure    kids build a ladder

    two girls dig a hole    boy hangs a canvas sheet   two girls with poles   children build a ladder  


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  • Two police officers and two students   Ready to Ride 

    Steering, braking, speed control and the rules of the road were the order of the day at the annual fourth grade Bike Rodeo. The Brookside PTA and the Cranford Police Department Traffic Bureau  presented the event. A portion of Spruce Street was closed for the morning so students could practice their skills and learn safe riding practices, such as wearing helmets and reflective gear at night. It was a fun morning of learning and skill building!



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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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    Regulations for Managing Food Allergies 

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



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