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  • May

    May is here and it's a busy month! 

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

    Brookside Briefs May 2019 and Healthy Hints May 2019


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  • Student poses with tree  BPS Celebrates Arbor Day

    The BPS community honored the role trees play in our world on Arbor Day, April 26, with a special assembly.  The first grade students sang It's Time to Plant a Tree and the 5th Grade Class dedicated a weeping cherry tree to the school. Grade 5 student Caroline Cleaveland provided the dedication:




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  • Students Make Cards      Students with Cards

    Making Birthday Wishes Come True

    During April the BPS community supported the local non-profit organization A Birthday Wish and fulfilled 19 birthday wishes for children in New Jersey foster care. Students also created handmade cards to accompany the presents. This project was coordinated by the Brookside Cares for Cranford Committee, a division of the Brookside Place School PTA. Thank you to all the BPS families that supported this community service initiative.


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    Middle School Music Survey for Grade 5 Families

    Grade 5 families are invited to complete a Google Form that will gather information on student participation in the middle school music program.  Even if the student does not plan on participating in the music program in sixth grade, families of all current 5th grade students are asked to complete the form by Monday, April 29, 2019.

    Please see the letter below for more information and a link to the survey. 

    Current Grade 5 Families - Music Letter


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    Jersey Boys and Girls

    The students of Brookside Place School took center stage at the annual BPS Variety Show performing songs by artists associated with the great Garden State. Songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Paul Simon and the Jonas Brothers, to name just a few of the featured artists, had the audience members dancing in their seats. Thanks to the many volunteers, families, teachers and staff who helped make the evening a success! 

    two girls in red white and blue  Boy with microphone  Four boys with sunglasses



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  • School Store

    BPS School Store ~ May 2019

    Friday, May 3 - Grades 4 and 5

    Friday, May 17 - Grades 1, 2 and 3



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  • Olympic Rings

    Save the Date: the BPS Olympics will be held Wednesday, June 12

    (raindate Monday, June 17)

    Additional information will be shared as the date approaches


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  • Performers pose with students  

     Child's Play Touring Theatre Brings Student Works to Life

    Writing creativity was on full display during the recent Child's Play Touring Theatre performance. Students in grades two through five wrote original scripts which were submitted to the theater company for consideration. The actors then selected four of the submitted works to perform for the student body. The chosen works were a surprise to both the audience and the student playwrights adding a layer of suspense to an already fun format. There were 89 scripts submitted and in addition to the four winning selections there were 24 honorable mentions. 

    Child's Play Touring Theater 2019 Playwrights

    Timmy's Birthday Party by Sophie Verno

    The Stage Fright by Eliza Rivera and Olivia Schottlander

    The Boy Who Couldn't Fish by Andrew Parke

    Sitting by the Stream by Lila Gedonius



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  •  Start of Bulletin Board with Wings        Student Helps with Art Work         Student Poses with Wings

    What Lifts You?
    BPS Art Night participants pondered that very question and created a beautiful visual answer. Students, their family members, and BPS staff members each created a colorful paper feather depicting what inspires them. Some artists cited sports, friends, nature, family and books, to name just a few examples. These individual "feathers" were added to the "What Lifts You?"  bulletin board to form wings in the style of artist Kelsey Montague. BPS Art Teacher Ms. Jenna Baillod coordinated the evening event along with the Brookside Place School PTA. "This was a wonderful, family-friendly event that used art to shine a spotlight on the things in life that inspire us and make us feel happy," said Ms. Baillod. "The finished wings were a beautiful reminder of all the things that lift us up."
    Finished Art Night Project

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  • Author and four students holding books      Author and Librarian

    Author Visit Puts Reading and Writing Center Stage

    Laura Sassi, Cranford author, visited Brookside Place Elementary School to share her book, Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, with students in kindergarten through second grade. Students heard Mrs. Sassi, accompanied by puppets, read from her book and learned how the initial idea evolved into a published book. The visit was arranged by Mrs. McCloskey, media specialist at Brookside Place School.


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  • Mrs. Francis poses with a book  Congratulations Mrs. Francis

    Brookside Place School is pleased to announce that kindergarten teacher Mrs. Anne Marie Francis has been selected as the Classroom Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. Read about her career and teaching philosophy and learn about the Governor's Educator of the Year Program by clicking here: Mrs. Francis




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  • Pantry Items Brookside Cares Collects More Than 250 Pantry Items

    Kindness was the character trait of the month in February and the Brookside Place School community engaged in several initiatives to spread kind words and deeds.  The Brookside Cares Committee, a division of the Brookside Place School PTA, did its part by coordinating the collection of more than 250 pantry items to benefit Saint Joseph Social Services in Elizabeth. Thank you to all the BPS families who contributed to the success of the drive. 



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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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  • Pasta for Pennies 2019

     Fourth grade students with collection boxes Thank you to ALL the Brookside Place School families that supported the 2019 Pasta for Pennies initiative to benefit the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Together the BPS community raised $4,348.64!

    The competition between classes to see which homeroom could contribute the most and earn the special luncheon from The Olive Garden resulted in the following:

    5th Place: Mrs. Higgins's 3rd Grade Class

    4th Place: Mrs. Brockman's 4th Grade Class

    3th Place: Mrs. Surmay's 4th Grade Class

    2nd Place: Mrs. Scholz's 5th Grade Class

    AND IN 1st Place:

    Mrs. Halkias's 5th Grade Class with a total of $710.45

       Thank you to Mrs. Brockman and her fourth grade students for coordinating this community service initiatve and to the school community for your support! 



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    Students Use Code to Shovel "Snow"

    Brookside Place School students engaged in a fun challenge as part of their recent "maker space" instruction. Students were tasked with making a shovel function for the small interactive robot, Dash.  Students used Legos to construct a snowplow attachment to Dash. Next they used Blockly, a type of code, to tell Dash to plow the snow into a pile. In this challenge, the "snow" was a collection of loose cotton balls. Mrs. McCloskey, BPS librarian and media specialist, explained that Dash and its counterpart, Dot, are easy to use, interactive robots that teach children about programming with hands-on play. Blockly is a type of JavaScript that can be used to create "visual block programming languages." The Dash snow plow challenge is part of the students' media curriculum.





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  • Students with cans of soup football  

    Los Angeles Rams Win BPS "Souper" Bowl 2019

    The Los Angeles Rams did not come away from Super Bowl LIII with a championship trophy, but they won handily in the 2019 edition of the the Brookside Place School "Souper" Bowl. The Brookside Place School community donated 447 cans of soup during the week leading up to the NFL championship game on Sunday, February 2. Of those, 299 were donated in the name of the Rams and 148 were donated in honor of the New England Patriots. All of the donations, regardless of team affiliation, were delivered to Cranford Family Care. This annual service project is coordinated each year by the Brookside Place School Student Council. 





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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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