The Crossing

Brooks Crossing & Deans School Newsletter - 11/29/18

Welcome to our Brooks Crossing (BC) and Deans (DE) School Newsletter. We are a two-campus school community.

We are hopeful that you had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break and are ready for the rush of the coming December holidays!

Throughout the year, please stay informed of school happenings and due dates by reading this monthly school newsletter, looking over our weekly Online Friday Folder by going to, and by checking your child's Parent/Teacher Communication folder daily. In the district's efforts to "go green", most of our information is only online, so it is very important to check our Online Friday Folder weekly!

Enjoy this edition of The Crossing!

Brooks Crossing Staff Changes!

Please join me in welcoming the following new members of our staff:

Leonor Olaya-Shek - Night Custodian (BC)

Stephen Kozlik - Day Custodian (BC)

Quratulayen Khurram - Paraprofessional (BC)

Ranjana Gupta - Paraprofessional (DE)

Kristyn Messina - Substitute Teacher (BC)

Important Dates and Events for December

Mon. 12/3 - Due date forToiletries & Personal Care Items for the SB Food Pantry.

- Unsold KidStuff books should be returned to your child's teacher today.

- Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads North, 7:00pm

Wed. 12/5 - EARLY RELEASE DAY. (DE dismisses at 12:45pm & BC at dismisses 12:50pm)

Fri. 12/7 - Everyone Counts School Spirit Day! Wear something with a number on it to show

your BC/DE school spirit!

Wed. 12/12 - PTO Holiday Shop at DEANS Campus. Details to follow.

Thurs. 12/13 and Fri. 12/14 - PTO Holiday Shop at BC Main Campus. Details to follow.

Mon. 12/17 - Board of Education Meeting, Crossroads North, 7:00pm

Thurs. 12/20 - Grades 3-5 Report Cards will be posted to the Genesis Parent Portal.

Fri. 12/21 - EARLY RELEASE DAY. (DE dismisses at 12:45pm & BC dismisses at 12:50pm)

12/24 - 1/1/19 - Schools are Closed for Winter Recess.

Grades 3-5 First Semester Report Cards

Report Cards for students in Grades 3-5 will be available through the Genesis Parent Portal on December 20th. An email will be sent to the primary email address we have on file for you, informing you when grades are available to view in the Genesis Parent Portal.

Please be sure to set aside some time to review your child's report card with him or her. Congratulate your child for good or improved results, however, don't feel compelled to reward your child with expensive gifts. Simply setting aside some special one-on-one time with your child is a much better reward than material things, especially with the holidays so close. If your child's report card is not what you expected, it’s best to not react with a scolding or punishments. Such actions rarely have any long-term impact on improving school performance. Instead of punishment, work with your child to develop an action plan to improve his or her grades. This type of attitude will convey the message that results can be improved through careful planning and hard work. Some quality time spent with your child will set the tone for a more successful marking period.

PTO KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who sold or purchased the KidStuff Coupon books during our fundraiser, because your support helped your Parent Teacher Organization earn a 50% profit on all books that were sold! Final orders are due November 30th. The more books you sell, the more free books and prizes you can earn! Please refer to the informational flyer that was sent home with your child, along with one coupon book to sell or purchase. Please return any unsold books to your child's teacher no later than Monday, December 3rd. If you have questions about the KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser, email and someone will assist you.

PTO After-school Enrichment Program for Grades 2-5 - Winter 2019

Our 2nd cycle of Enrichment Options for this school year will begin in January! Please look for registration information that will soon be posted in our Online Friday Folder and also sent home with students in grades 2-5. Some of the classes offered this cycle will include; BC Runners, STEM Club, and Lawn Games!

Class sizes are limited. Please monitor the Online Friday Folder weekly and check your child's Parent/Teacher Communication Folder daily for the registration packet, as registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

EVERYONE COUNTS School Spirit Day - Friday, December 7th

Show your school spirit on Friday, December 7th! Wear something with a number on it, because EVERYONE COUNTS at BC/DE!

School Spirit Days are sponsored by our BC Student Congress.

PTO Holiday Shop

Our popular annual PTO Holiday Shop will take place once again in December, just in time for the holidays! Details will be sent home and/or posted in our online Friday Folder. Your child may shop for family and friends during school hours. Teachers will be assigned a date and time when their students may shop.

Students attending the Deans campus will have an opportunity to shop on Wednesday, December 12th. Students who attend the Brooks Crossing Main Campus will shop on either Thursday, December 13th or Friday, December 14th. Look for details that will be sent home with your child. Please complete the shopping envelope in full (child's name, teacher's name, amount enclosed, etc.) and send it to school with your child prior to the date they are scheduled to shop.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist our young shoppers, please contact the PTO by emailing

Dress Prepared for Outside Recess!

Please dress your children prepared to go outside for recess and other activities daily! That includes a warm winter coat, hat and gloves. The colder weather is here, but fortunately our students will still be able to get outside on most days to enjoy healthy fresh air and a fun recess! Keep in mind that even when it is colder outside, our students may also go outside as part of a classroom activity and/or for physical education classes!

It is also helpful for your child to come dressed in layers. A light sweatshirt or sweater is always helpful for your child to feel comfortable throughout the day and sneakers are a MUST everyday!

Be sure to label your child’s clothing and other items (i.e. coats, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, water bottles). Unclaimed items in our Lost and Found are donated regularly.

Thank you for supporting our local South Brunswick Food Pantry

We appreciate everyone's support during the recent PTO sponsored food drives and collection to replenish much needed personal care items for those in need. Items are distributed through our local South Brunswick Food Pantry and Social Services. Your generosity is much appreciated! We are still collecting toiletries and personal care items until Monday, December 3rd. Bins are located at both BC and DE campuses.

PTO Brooks Crossing School Spiritwear

Show your school spirit and wear the BC School Spirit Wear to school and PTO sponsored events! For questions about ordering school spirit wear, or purchasing from our current inventory, please email the PTO at Our BC school spirit wear makes a great gift idea too if shopping for the holidays!

PTO Memberships

We are still accepting PTO Memberships. For only $10 per family, you can support your Parent Teacher Organization and also receive discounts to many of our PTO sponsored family events throughout the school year! We strive for 100% participation from our families and BC/DE staff, so please join today to show your support! Note: Only PTO members are given access to the school-wide directory. The directory is useful for arranging play dates, sending invitations, etc.

Click link below for the membership form!