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  • Pasta for Pennies Logo

    The Brookside Place School community is a proud supporter of the Pasta for Pennies program which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Collection dates will be on: 

    Friday, January 17 ~ Friday, January 24 ~ Monday, February 3

    Thank you for your support! 


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  • Football Who Will Win the BPS Souper Bowl?

    The BPS Student Council will conduct its annual Souper Bowl to benefit Cranford Family Care. Students may donate canned goods in the name of their preferred team, the San Francisco 49er's or the Kansas City Chiefs, from Monday, January 27 through Friday, January 31. Please see this flyer for details: Souper Bowl 2020 Flyer



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  • PTA Meeting Chalk Board


    The second BPS PTA meeting of the

    2019-2020 school year will be on 

    Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM in Room 1

    (Please note this is a new date)



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       Cultural Dance   West Indian Dance Troupe

    BPS Cultural Night 2020

    Brookside Place School families came together in January to share the sights, sounds and flavors of many cultures. The evening event included demonstrations by two different dance troupes, cultural clothing, and delicious dishes from around the world. This annual PTA event is designed to celebrate the many cultural backgrounds of the BPS community and help students learn about different ethnic traditions. Many thanks to the BPS PTA volunteers who helped make it a success! 

     Irish Step Dancers     Irish Step Dancers



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  • Boy in Colonial attire 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. Katherine Craig, a presenter from Boxwood Hall in Elizabeth, NJ. She recently visited the four 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. 


    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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  • music notes

    There are exciting new updates to Ms. Schafer's Music Page! The web site, which features resources for students in grades three through five, now includes content specifically for second graders. Visit Ms. Schafer's Music Page to find music, videos, activity pages, links, and more to help children make music outside of the classroom. This web site is updated often with new material, so check back often for more resources and activities.   


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  • Teacher and Class

    Teacher Gets Wrapped Up for Reward

    The students in Ms. Stotz's first grade class won the Fall Box Top challenge by downloading the most Box Top apps and linking the most Shoprite cards. The reward? Having their teacher decorated in holiday wrapping in front of the entire school. All BPS students also wore pajamas to school that day as a reward for reaching the monetary goal for the fall collection. Congratulations! 

         Teacher gets wrapped up       Teacher gets wrapped up


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  • Students with Collection

    Students Collect Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities

    The students in Mrs. Wilhelm's fourth grade class have been collecting pop tabs for several months to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. So far the BPS community has contributed 8,269 pop tabs to the effort! That is equal to 7.5 pounds! The class is more than half way to their goal of 15,000. The collection will continue through June so keep those pop tabs coming!



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  • January

    Brookside Briefs and and Healthy Hints 

    Welcome to 2020! Here are the January Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters:

    January Brookside Briefs and January Healthy Hints


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  • Principal reads a story

    Polar Express Makes a Stop in the BPS Kindergarten

    The Polar Express recently made a station stop in the two Brookside Place School kindergarten classes. In addition to wearing their pajamas to school, students were treated to a special reading of of the book The Polar Express written by Chris Van Allsburg and read by BPS Principal Mr. Michael Klimko. This classic holiday story teaches lessons about friendship and bravery. Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Anne Marie Francis and a group of parent volunteers used the story as a springboard for five "station stops" where the  students participated in literacy and math activities. And what polar party would be complete without some hot cocoa to sip? It was a school day full of learning and seasonal fun! 


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  • Sharing Sounds of the Season 

    The BPS Orchestra, Band and Chorus shared a selection of seasonal music with the school community in a two concert series. Congratulations to Ms. Lee (orchestra), Ms. Schafer (chorus) and Mrs. Mockoviak (band) and all their students for a job well done. Congratulations also to fifth grade students Brooke Santos and Kasey Coon who collaborated with art teacher Ms. Baillod on the program cover and related bulletin boards. 

    Music Staff      Orchestra on Stage


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  • Learning the Code of Computer Science

    Students all over the world participated in “Hour of Code” events the week of December 9 – 13 and Brookside Place School was part of the learning and the fun. BPS students in second through fifth grade participated in computer science based activities during their scheduled library period with Media Specialist Mrs. Arline McCloskey. Students used the Hour of Code web site to choose tutorials and challenges that introduced them to binary code and other coding skills.  Interesting coding facts and tips were also shared during the morning announcements. Coding supports better writing and math skills, problem solving, perseverance, and logical thinking.  In 2019 there were 132,277 registered Hour of Code events held in more than 180 countries. For more information about Hour of Code visit:

    Teacher and students on computer     Hour of Code    Girls on computer     Boys on computer     Boys on computers



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  • Student Council     Veterans with banner

    BPS Thanks Our Veterans

    BPS students and staff honored veterans associated with the school community with a special assembly. Eleven veterans with connections to BPS students were able to attend the event in person while others were honored by having their profiles read aloud. In addition one student spoke about his father who is currently deployed with the Army National Guard. Finally, a volunteer with the Cranford 86 Project spoke about Marcus Anderson, a veteran of the Vietnam War who made the ultimate sacrifice to his country. The Cranford 86 Project seeks to honor the 86 Cranford residents who lost their lives in military service. SP5 Anderson is the only known member of the group to have graduated from Brookside Place School. The morning assembly also featured performances of patriotic songs by BPS third grade students. 


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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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  • school graphic

    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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  • images of common alergens

    Regulations for Managing Food Allergies 

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



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