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    Suggested Summer Reading 2018-2019

    Studies show that students who participate in summer reading programs or engage in free voluntary reading during the summer return to school in September better prepared. Avoid the summer slide. Click on the Suggested Summer Reading List by Gudied Reading Level below for some terrific tips and book recommendations. 

    Suggested Summer Reading



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  • June with a sun

    June, the final month of the school year, is here and it's a busy month!

    Please see the Brookside Briefs and Healthy Hints newsletters for important dates and information. 

    June Brookside Briefs and June Healthy Hints


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    BPS Student Council Countdown

    The BPS Student Council has planned a fun countdown to the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  Check out the schedule below or access the full calendar here: Student Council Countdown

    June 4 - Jersey Day - Wear your favorite team jersey

    June 5 - Remarkable Reader Day - Bring in your favorite book  

    June 6 - Wacky Hair Day 

    June 7 - Hat Day

    June 8 - 1980's Day 


    June 11 - Favorite Fruit Day - Bring your favorite fruit for snack

    June 12 - BPS Olympics

    June 13 - Excellent Exercise Day - Wear sneakers for some exercise fun

    June 14 - Inside Out Day

    June 15 - Crazy Sock Day


    June 18 - Super Hero Day

    June 19 - Lovely Luau Day - Wear a Hawaiian shirt, dress or lei

    June 20 - Utter Uplifting Words Day - Give compliments to your classmates

    June 21 - BPS Pride Day - Wear a BPS shirt to school


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    Band and String Instrument Rental

    BPS families have the opportunity to rent band and string instruments. Here is information on four rental companies, courtesy of the music department. 

    Main Violin

    K&S Music

    The Music Shop

    Elefante Music


    Attention Second Grade Familes

    Students at Brookside Place School have the option of playing a string instrument during their third grade year.  Please take a moment to access the Google Form below to learn more and indicate your son's or daughter's interest in the program. Thank you. 

    Instrument Form




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    Promoting Pedal Power 

    Brookside Place School recently installed two new bike racks thanks to a grant from Atlantic Healthy Schools and the support of the BPS PTA.  The racks are designed to encourage more students, especially those in the younger grades, to make a healthy lifestyle choice and ride their bikes to and from school. The Atlantic Healthy Schools' A+ Challenge is a school health initiative offered by Atlantic Health System and is designed to help schools implement a healthy eating and/or active living strategy in the school environment. BPS School Nurse Paula O'Hara applied for the grant and also coordinated a school-wide bicycle registration. In conjunction with the program, the Cranford Police Department conducted a bike safety assembly reinforcing important messages about helmets, rules of the road and more. 

    students on bike racks      Students and police officers


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  • Trees Are Tops at BPS

    Tree experts from the Union County Master Tree Stewards program recently visited the three Brookside Place School fourth grade classes to talk about the important role trees play in our ecology. Topics included local tree species, stages of growth and conservation.  At the annual Arbor Day celebration on April 27 the entire school body gathered to recognize the importance of trees and the 5th Grade Class dedicated a weeping cherry tree accompanied by this dedication: Our branches will flourish in different directions, but our roots will always remain at BPS. The first grade also sang It's Time to Plant a Tree

    students look at a tree trunk    students with tree parts  

       student with plaque    copy of inscription


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  • A “Little Show” with Lots of Fun

    The creative talents of the Brookside School community were on full display during “Brookside’s Little Show,” a student variety show that featured things there were “a little funny and frightful.” On the very fitting date of Friday, April 13th, each class performed a choreographed performance to songs such as “Monster Mash, “ Addams Family,” and “Ghostbusters.” There were also several special acts. The 5th grade boys performed “Men in Black” by Will Smith, the 5th grade girls performed “I’m in Love with a Monster” by Fifth Harmony. The BPS teachers and staff took on the title performance from the Broadway musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.”  Many thanks are due to Ms. Paula Nowicki, BPS classroom assistant, and Mrs. Kristin Sztancsik, second grade teacher, who spearheaded the show. They were supported by dozens of volunteers, parent/guardian helpers, and the BPS PTA. Funds raised via ticket sales were donated by the BPS PTA to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis. 

    Student dressed as a zombie  Two girls dressed as zombies  students perform in show


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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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  • Pennies for Pasta Logo

    Making Our Change Count


    The results are in! Brookside Place School raised $3,919.28 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through our annual Pasta for Pennies drive. Thank you to all the BPS students, staff, friends and family for supporting this annual initiative. 

    The top five classes and their totals were:

    • Mrs. Chelland's 2nd Grade Class - $294.44
    • Mrs. Surmay's 4th Grade Class - $424.40
    • Mrs. Halkias's 5th Grade Class - $495.34
    • Mrs. Petrow's 2nd Grade Class - $516.59
    • Mrs. Brockman's 4th Grade Class - $614.48 

    Mrs. Brockman's class earned a breadsticks, salad and pasta lunch courtesy of the Olive Garden as part of the Pasta for Pennies program. 

    During the 2016-2017 school year Brookside Place School was honored as the top per capita fundraising school in New Jersey as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Student Series.  Patient support, research and advocacy are part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission.


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  • 100 Day Shirts      Boys wearing special t- shirts      More 100 Day Shirts      Kids wearing 100 Day Shirts

    Celebrating 100 Days of Learning

    The 100th day of school is a fun milestone in each school year. BPS first grade students celebrated by creating specially themed t-shirts decorated with 100 items.  From stickers and googly eyes to pennies and pom poms, there was plenty of creativity on display. The three first grade classes also joined together to perform the traditional 100 Days of School song and then visited each BPS classroom to show off their special shirts. Later, in the first grade classrooms, there were lots of math-based activities that helped students explore the concepts of ones, fives, tens and the number 100.  It was day full of fun and learning. 


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  • Congratulations Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Foye

    Two Teachers Brookside Place School is pleased to announce that Mrs. Pierce has been selected as the Classroom Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Foye has been selected as the Educational Services Professional of the Year. Click here to learn more about this annual honor coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Education: 

    BPS Teacher(s) of the Year 2017-2018




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    Chicks Teach a Life Lesson 

    BPS first grade students studied the start to life during their recent science instruction.

    Read more about this "egg-cellent" lesson: Chicks Arrive at BPS



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  • Students in colonial dress with presenter


    Ever wonder what it was like to live in Colonial America?

    BPS fourth graders have a very good idea thanks to the efforts of a local presenter from Boxwood Hall. 

    Read more about these Colonial Kids




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  • Student Council  BPS School Store

    Students in Grades 1 through 5 have the chance to purchase novelty pencils, pens, folders, BPS bracelets and much more at the BPS School Store.  Proceeds from the store 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 1 and 4: May 18

    Grade 2: May 25

    Grades 3 and 5: June 1




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  • Four students with the school media specialist

    The Language of Computers

    Brookside Place School students learned the language of computer science during the district-wide Hour of Code initiative. Read all about it: Hour of Code





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    Six students work on a project  Setting Sail for STEM Learning 

    The inagural BPS Science Night made a big splash with students, parents/guardians and staff.  Read more about the imaginary pirate mutiny and how students built their own ships using concepts from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

    Science Night 2017



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    Meeting a Maker 

    Children's book author Adriana Brad Schanen recently met with BPS third grade students.  Learn more about the visit by clicking here: Quinny & Hopper at BPS





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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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