This Week at Brookside...

Friday, January 29, 2016

PARCC Talking Point of the Week

Why is New Jersey using PARCC?

New Jersey has had statewide assessments since the 1970s. In fact, the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires every state to test students in grades 3 to 8. The previous paper-and-pencil student assessments—the NJASK and HSPA—complied with the federal requirement for statewide exams, but were often criticized for not providing useful data to improve schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, New Jersey transitioned to PARCC, an exam created by New Jersey and other states to more accurately measure academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. PARCC is designed to provide parents/guardians and educators with information that can improve learning.


Health Office - Mrs. Bolton

Friday, February 5, 2016 is National Wear Red Day.

Please join the entire Brookside Community and wear RED to celebrate Heart Healthy Awareness for Women.

The facts are that women are frequently misdiagnosed or don’t seek medical care because they don’t think a heart attack could happen to them and because often times, women’s symptoms differ than those for a man.

Causes of a heart attack in women:

Heart attacks occur when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked by a buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries. While the initial causation can often be pinned on the usual suspects: heavy smokers, people with high-stress lifestyles, or those who are excessively overweight, however, the not so usual suspects, family history, can also be a high risk factor for heart attack.

Sweating, Pressure, Nausea, Jaw Pain:

Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack in women. They are also symptoms that women often brush off as the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather.

Additional Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back;
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach;
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort;
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it is important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

What to do during a heart attack:

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Do not wait to call for help. Dial 911, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away;
  • Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice;
  • Do not drive to your doctor’s office;
  • Try to stay as calm as possible & take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders and ambulance.


Mary Ellen U. Bolton, MA, RN, NJ-CSN

5 - D Creates Authentic Experience!

We are reading the novel The Island On Bird Street by Uri Orlev. The main character, Alex, an 11 year old boy, is currently living alone, after escaping selection during the Nazi invasion in an abandoned house in the Warsaw Ghetto of Poland. We read chapter 5 in the dark with flashlights to pay homage to Alex’s journey through dark corridors and tunnels in Nazi occupied Warsaw. This was his effort to stay hidden while searching for life’s basic necessities, including food, water, shelter and clothing. It was our effort to create an authentic experience for the class as we huddled on the floor in the dark with our flashlights, reading quietly as a group.

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Brookside PTO

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FYI Dates...

2/3: Scoliosis Screening for 4th grade students with parental consent

2/5: National Wear Red Day!

2/11: PTO Meeting