This Week at Brookside...

Friday, January 10, 2020

YouthTruth Survey- COMING SOON!

Westwood Regional School District has partnered with the national nonprofit, YouthTruth, to help us hear feedback from our parents, staff, and students about what we are doing well, and how we can improve.

From January 21 to January 31, 2020, the YouthTruth Family survey will be open and we want to hear from you! Once the survey is open, we will send out an email with the link to the survey and any additional details. The survey takes about 15 minutes and your anonymous response will be combined with responses from other parents/guardians throughout the district.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

CAP Programing for K-5 Students

Brookside School, mandated CAP programming for all students will take place January 2020 in all homerooms. If you still need information, click:



Getting to School on Time

Just a reminder that students should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. Students may enter the building at 8:40. Class begins at 8:45.

Teacher-student contact time is critical for a child’s education. Constant tardies put your child at a disadvantage during this most fundamental period in his/her schooling.

Arriving to school on time helps prepare students for a successful adult life. Habits developed in elementary school not only carry over to the upper grades and high school, but also tend to remain with students throughout their lifetime. Children who arrive late to school also miss valuable instructional time. A habit of tardiness could certainly be detrimental to your child’s future success not only this year, but in high school, college, and in the competitive job market.

Being punctual will help ensure your child has every opportunity to succeed!

Give Kids a Smile

Every February, dentists throughout NJ participate in this one day event and offer free dental care to children 12 years and younger. Give Kids a Smile Day is February 7, 2020. For more information please visit Please click here for a list of participating providers.

Special Education Parent Advisory Meeting

The next Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting will be held on January 23, 2020, at 6:30 PM in the conference room within the Department of Special Services. All parents are encouraged to attend! Ariana Wiecenski, District Occupational Therapist, will be supported by Jessica Gluck, Assistant Director of Special Services, and Ray Renshaw, Director of Special Services, as she addresses the topic of self-regulation. Furthermore, strategies and resources regarding the Zones of Regulation will be shared during the meeting.

5th Graders Explore Journalism Careers

Mrs. Margie Fodor visited each of the fifth grade classrooms to present her experiences as a journalist. This was a great way to support our first nonfiction unit. Bringing in famous journalists from our very own community gives students hands-on experience and exposure to the pursuit of a career in journalism and/or an appreciation for what is involved in the process.

Exploring Historical Fiction

This week, Mrs. Acosta's, Mrs. Arditti's, and Mrs. Fodor's 4th grade students are diving right into historical fiction and learning about writing literary essays. Students will be reading various fiction books with historical backgrounds in such subjects as World World II and the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement, and immigration. In the photo, 4th graders are listening as Mrs. Fodor reads another chapter from "Number the Stars," about life for a family in Copenhagen in the 1940s.
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Winter Watch: Asthma and Allergy

Are you making a to-do list for the new year? Don't forget to include some of these asthma and allergy tasks:

Guidance News! All About Self Control

Please click HERE to see our January Theme of Self Control, and how home and school can work together to help our students!

Sign Up link for Dr. Silo: Click here to RSVP!

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One of the greatest features of our new mobile app is the ability for you to receive push notifications directly to your phone with important information or reminders from the district and school with important information or reminders. Once configured, you will be notified whenever a message is sent regarding any change in school status due to inclement weather as well as occasional announcements / reminders about school level events.

Follow these steps when downloading the mobile app:

1. Search ‘Westwood Regional Schools, NJ’ in your phone’s app store and download the app

2. Select ‘ALLOW’ when prompted on initial download to ensure you receive notifications

3. Open the Westwood app, and navigate to the left-side menu for ‘SETTINGS’

4. Ensure your settings are turned on and your school(s) and/or the district is selected

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


Date: THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Seasons, Washington Township

FYI Dates...

1/15: Guidance Night Program - 7 p.m., Brookside Media Center

1/15: BEAR begins

1/17: Game Night (Snow date 1/24)

1/20: District closed for students

1/23: Special Education Parent Advisory Council - 6:30 p.m., Special Services Conference Room

Community Resources

Click HERE to access Community Flyers from This Week's Flyers, Active Flyers, and Archived Flyers!