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    BPS PTA Meeting

    Friday, January 26 at 9:00 AM in Room #19. 




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  • earth with kids World Languages Meet and Greet for BPS Grade 5 Students 


    Monday, January 29 between 3:15 p.m and 4:00 p.m. in the Orange Avenue School Cafeteria. 

    For more information, please read this letter:

    Grade 5 World Language Invitation



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  • Girl holding a baby chick


    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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  • Delayed Opening Schedule 

    In the event of a delayed opening, please follow the schedules below. 

    Note: Arrival of students may begin at 9:40 AM at the earliest


    Kindergarten AM Session

    9:50 AM - Student Entrance

    9:55 AM - Attendance Taken and Session Begins

    11:55 AM - Dismissal


    Kindergarten PM Session

    12:55 PM - Student Entrance, Attendance Taken and Session Begins

    2:55 PM - Dismissal


    Grades 1 - 5

    9:50 AM - Student Entrance

    9:55 AM - Attendance Taken and Classes Begin

    11:50 AM - 12:50 PM - Lunch 

    2:55 PM - Dismissal


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  • Ice Skaters

    Welcome to 2018!

    Find out what this month has in store at Brookside Place School by reading the

    January Brookside Briefs and January Healthy Hints


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  • Hot Cocoa      Tea Sleeves in a Basket


    All Aboard!

    The Polar Express made a stop in the Brookside Place School kindergarten classroom on December 14th.  The students in the morning and afternoon sessions wore their pajamas to school and celebrated the season with a special reading of the book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. This holiday classic teaches lessons about friendship and bravery. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Francis, used the book as a springboard for a rotation of five “station stops” where the children participated in literacy and math activities aligned with the New Jersey Learning Standards.  The morning kindergarten also decorated cup sleeves that were donated to the Tea Spot in Cranford. This act of kindness coincided with the character trait of the month which was "generosity."  And what polar party would be complete without some hot cocoa to sip? It was a school day full of learning and seasonal fun for both the students and parent volunteers alike!                     

    Students sipping cocoa      students and teacher       




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    Sounds of the Season 

    The Brookside Place School Symphonette Orchestra recently performed a selection of seasonal music for seniors at the Cranford Community Center. The orchestra of fourth and fifth grade students (and one third grader) was led by Mrs. Lee, BPS strings instructor and orchestra director. 

    Congratulations to the students on a job well done! 



    students perform in the orchestra



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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 3 and 5: January 12

    Grades 1 and 4: January 19

    Grade 2: January 26




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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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  • Author with Students    


    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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