Brookside Blast - September 10th
Hello Brookside Families!
We are in full swing!
We are excited to share our newly hung banner proudly displaying the new name of our building. We have had a permanent sign in the works since June, but like so many things, it is taking much longer than anticipated so we're pleased to have this up in the meantime.
Later this month, hopefully in conjunction with the permanent sign, we will be working as a greater school community to recognize the education and forward movement as part of this name change. It is another important step on our journey to becoming a more inclusive and antiracist community. Stay tuned for more on this.
Students across grade levels have enjoyed getting outdoors as much as possible when weather permits, and our entire school has a strong focus on Social-Emotional Learning to start this year of recovery. Ask your child how they are part of their classroom community!
From the office:
Arrival: Thank you for remembering that student drop off is 7:30-7:50am. Students are considered tardy after 7:50. Student arrival between 7:30-7:40 will ensure children can get settled for the day and grab breakfast if needed.
Please remember that we are currently still limiting adults in the building (including drop off, delivering items). We look forward to a future date where you all can be present in our buildings...just not yet!
The Denise Goodnow Backpack Program is up and running! We have plenty of food to be shared. Please complete this form if you are interested in weekend meals and snacks for your children, free of charge.
Surveillance Testing: The Harwood Unified Union School District will be offering free surveillance testing to School District staff and contracted service providers working in our buildings, and students attending HUUSD schools whether or not they are vaccinated. This testing serves as an additional mitigation measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. To sign up visit: Vermont School Testing Consent Site
What happens if my child is home sick or is sent home from school sick? Parent Resource: Return to School Following Illness
Testing to return to school If you are testing to return to school because of COVID-19 related concerns (close contact, symptoms, ending quarantine early), the test must be a PCR test. See the VDH website for free testing locations and to read more about the types of tests.
Has your child already tested positive for COVID-19? If your child has already had COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you check in with your child's primary care provider. It is important for your provider to be aware of the test result and to provide you with follow-up guidance.
Volunteers Needed for Nature Education Program:
Brookside Primary School's Four Winds Nature Education program is seeking volunteers to help teach kids about our natural world. Get kids outside to experience hands-on standards-based science education concepts. This year the theme is “patterns in nature” and we will be teaching 5 different outdoor lessons. If you’ve been a volunteer in the past please join us again this year. You do not need to be a parent of a BPS student. We have had excellent volunteers that were grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, and interested community members that just want to help introduce the splendor of our natural world to young minds. We offer all the training and supplies to get you started. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are interested in volunteering this year or if you have any questions about the program.
-Lindsay Barrett, Christine Colangeli, Emily Marotto