This Week at Brookside...

Friday, February 7, 2020

Too sick for school?

It is best to keep your children home from school if they are sick, and they should not return until they have fully recuperated. Some students are returning to school too early. Sending a child back too soon can actually delay their complete recovery and make other students in school more susceptible to infection. Please read When is a Child Too Sick for School?


A physician’s certificate is required when a student has been absent due to chickenpox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), fifth disease, hepatitis, mononucleosis, pediculosis, scarlet fever, strep throat, or any other communicable or contagious disease, such as influenza.


Students should remain home if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Excessive runny nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Fever; students may return to school after being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of antipyretics (i.e., Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol)
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Skin rashes of a questionable or unknown origin
  • Sores on the skin, especially if moist, draining or encrusted


If your child is absent from school, please report the absence to the school's main office before 9:30 a.m. by calling 201-664-9000, then press 1. This is necessary every day your child is absent. In your message, include your child’s name, grade/teacher, and the specific reason for his/her absence.

Shedding some light on everyday materials

In Kindergarten, we are working on our materials unit, studying wood, paper, and fabric. We studied these substances to see which would be best for making everyday items. Students have had a great time examining each different substance and learning what each is used for.


Thanks to our wonderful PTO, we were able to explore the fabrics using our new light table. During this activity, students could closely examine the makeup of fabric and see individual stitches. The light table enabled students to see which fabrics would be good to wear in winter versus summer. We also learned that burlap is a useful fabric to store things, but we would not want to wear it as clothes, because it comes apart too easily!

Food allergy guidelines

Food allergies are addressed on an ongoing basis throughout the school year with students, families, and school personnel. The District's Food Allergy Guidelines provide an overview of food allergies, signs and symptoms, medical management, awareness and education, risk reduction, and resources available. Please explore the WWRSD website Food Allergy Guidelines for more information.


Parents should ask the teacher about food, snack, and treat requirements before bringing food into the classroom. Students should not share food with classmates. Everyone needs to remember to wash their hands to stay health and keep everyone safe.

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5th Grade PALs head to leadership conference

We are excited to announce that our 5th grade PALs will be heading to Kean University in March for the annual Elementary Leadership Conference. This experience is part of the Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship of KEAN University, which Brookside has partnered with over the years to bring our students important resources for diversity and inclusive learning environments for all students.


The purpose of this trip is to add to the cultural and educational experiences of our students here at Brookside. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with students from surrounding towns and discuss diversity within our community and school.

Attend the Royal Ball!

The Woodington Players are hosting a Cinderella fundraiser in conjunction with the upcoming musical.
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2020-2021 District Calendar

The District calendar for the 2020-2021 school year was approved at the January 16, 2020, Board of Education meeting.
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Brookside PTO

Please check out the Brookside PTO to see all the amazing ways they support Brookside and how you can get involved!! PTO Website

FYI Dates...

2/12 - 2/13: BEAR

2/17: Schools closed

Community Resources

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