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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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  • November

    November is a busy month when we place a special focus on gratitude. Please take a moment to read the Brookside Briefs Newsletter, Healthy Hints, and the related letter regarding Physical Education instruction. 

    November Brookside Briefs

    Physical Education Letter

    November Healthy Hints




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    Please note the following schedule for November for Cranford Public Schools 

    Monday, November 6

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

    Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9

    (NJEA Teachers' Convention ~ School Closed for Students and Staff)

    Wednesday, November 21

    (Single Session for Students and Staff)

    Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23

    (Thanksgiving Recess ~ School Closed for Students and Staff)



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  • half day

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018 will be a

    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: Lunch, as well as water and milk at snacktime, will not be served.**



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    A Reimagination Meeting for the Brookside Place School Community 

    Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM in the Cafegymatorium 

    All Brookside Place School families are invited to attend a special meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the BPS cafegymatorium with Superintendent of School Dr. Scott Rubin, Board of Education members, and other district administrators to discuss the proposal to "Reimagine Cranford Public Schools."  This will be a BPS specific event and will be in addition to other building-specific and larger community meetings that will be held at Cranford High School. For more information on the proposal, recent communications from Dr. Rubin, and details on all meeting dates and topics please click here: Reimagining Cranford Public Schools


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  • PTA Meeting Chalk Board


    You're Invited

    The BPS PTA will meet on Wednesday, 

    December 12 at 7:00 PM. 




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    Winter Concert  Winter Concerts 

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

    Thursday, December 13 at 9:00 AM for Parents/Guardians and Family 

    Friday, December 14 at 9:15 AM for Students, Faculty and Staff  

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



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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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  • 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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