This Week at Brookside...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Classroom Spotlight - Mr. Goldman's Grade 4!

Brookside’s Kindest, Smartest, Most Amazing 4G Network - of Students!

Since the beginning of the school year, the students in Mr. Goldman’s class have been doing a tremendous job. They have increased their mammoth vocabulary by studying a plethora of words in their Wordly Wise books. They have been getting to the core of some tough math topics like multiplication, division, and place value that would normally fill others with dismay. In English Language Arts, they have been focusing on character traits and AHA moments while reading different stories from Storyworks, and the fantastic Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli. Our students have been getting very patriotic while studying the most important documents and events in our history. Lastly, they have been having an ex-cell-ent time comparing and contrasting the organelles of plant and animal cells. Although we have been in school for only a few weeks, 4G has been connecting with many subjects and soaring academically.

They have been hit such great heights, that we thought they should get ready for space. This week, we went to the Buehler Science Center in Paramus, New Jersey to try out some great lab experiments to see what they need to survive in space and how life works at the International Space Station. They spent their time in small groups trying to figure out how electricity works, how to maneuver robots in order to fix and create in space, and how to ensure they could travel safely in microgravity. The kids had a great time and were able to test their theories in various hands on activities.

There is so much to look forward to in 4th grade. Creating cells, learning about the different regions of the country, and multiplying with two and three digits. Of course, there is also Halloween:)

We are very eager to see what is in store for us for the rest of the year!!!

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Walk to School Day!

On Friday, October 14, 2016, close to 75 students, parents, and staff joined together for National Walk to School Day! Special thanks to Officer Cottone and the Westwood Police Department for their "escort" on our walking route! It was an amazing event!

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Health Office: Mrs. Parke

What Is The Best Way To Prevent The Spread Of Germs?

The focus is on prevention. Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Most germs are harmless, however, there are some germs that can make you sick. Please reinforce proper hand washing with your child. A healthy child is a happy child.

Everything you come in contact with has germs - door knobs, light switches, computer keyboards, telephones, toilets, etc. Whatever you did today, you came into contact with germs. Germs are constantly present on your hands and it’s very easy for germs on your hand to end up in your mouth or nose. Whether it be eating a food with your hand, touching your lips or rubbing your nose, germs can invade the body and sometimes make you sick.

So when are the best times to wash your hands?

  • when your hands are dirty

  • before eating or touching food (like if you're helping cook or bake, for example)

  • after using the bathroom

  • after blowing your nose or coughing

  • after touching pets or other animals

  • after playing outside

  • before and after visiting a sick relative or friend

A lot of people do not know how to wash their hands properly. The next 5 steps outline how to keep your hands sparkly clean:

  1. Use warm water (not cold or hot) when you wash your hands.

  2. Use whatever soap you like. Some soaps come in cool shapes and colors or smell nice, but whatever kind gets you scrubbing is the kind you should use. Antibacterial soaps are OK to use, but regular soap works fine.

  3. Work up some lather on both sides of your hands, your wrists, and between your fingers. Don't forget to wash around your nails. This is one place germs like to hide. Wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." (Sing it quickly two times or just once if you go nice and slow.)

  4. Rinse

  5. Dry well with a clean to towel.

I will be visiting classrooms to review handwashing. I will also have some fun activities for students to do in school. I have attached a handwashing family activity guide.


Anna Parke, RN, BSN, CSN

Certified School Nurse

National Art Honor Society's Annual Pumpkin Carving!

The National Art Honor Society's Annual Pumpkin Carving event, which will be held on Sunday, October 16th in the high school cafeteria from 12pm-3pm. It's open to students of all ages and is always​​ a huge hit! Please see the link for more details!

Community Flyers

In our on-going efforts to reduce paper and increase efficiency, the district has created an online library of electronic flyers for our community partners.

If you click on you will be taken to the community portion of our website where you can access: 1) the newest flyers received in the current week, 2) flyers received previously and are still active, and 3) an archive of older flyers that are no longer active, but available for your review.

FYI Dates...

10/20: Board of Education Meeting

10/24 - 10/25: Half-Days for Students (Parent Conferences)
10/26: Evening Parent Conferences

10/31: Halloween Parade