This Week at Brookside...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Classroom Spotlight - Ms. Hines' Grade 2!

The Second Graders in Ms. Hines' class are excited about using Chromebooks in their classroom to enhance their learning. During the first week of use, the children learned how to take care of a Chromebook, how to handle it while walking, and how to login. Now, working with teacher guided instruction, the children are accessing multiple curriculum based programs as part of their weekly activities. The children have already had opportunities to problem solve on the Envisions Math website, reread stories on the Treasures Reading website, practice their weekly spelling words using the Spelling City interactive website, as well as explore Ms. Hines' webpage. Here the children find links to lessons, favorite author webpages, activities, games and other relevant websites. The Chromebooks are a wonderful tool to build the foundation for technology success in the primary grades. The students are becoming more active learners because the Chromebooks offer them a modern, relevant way to learn.

PTO Book Fair and Books Before Bedtime!

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in conjunction with the annual book fair, the Brookside School PTO hosted Books Before Bedtime, where students, parents, and teachers came together (wearing pajamas) to hold a night of reading and relaxation. Students listed to many adults read some of their favorite books while others went into the gym for a quiet read. Refreshments were served by our PTO volunteers which contributed to the nights success!

PTO Webpage!

Please see the link below for the PTO's link to their website!

Health Office News...

Editorial from The Pascack Press - 10/12/15

Car crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, a non-profit group dedicated to preventing such deaths. Child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used correctly, can prevent injuries and save lives. Gov. Christie, on May 7 signed a bill into law that amended the state's child restraint law. The new law took effect on September 1, 2015.

Updated rules:

1. children under age of 8 are legally required to ride in the back seat as follows: under the age of 2 and weighing less than 30 pounds are required to use a rear-facing car seat with a 5 point harness. (Most babies will outgrow an infant carrier before their second birthday and will need to transition to a convertible seat used in the rear-facing position. Unless you start off with a convertible seat from birth and then there is no need to transition to a bigger rear-facing seat.)

2. Age 2 through age 3 (24-47 months) secured in a car seat with 5 point harness either rear facing (until reaching the weight or height limit) or forward-facing. Having a 3 year old in just a booster seat is not legal unless they weigh more than 40 pounds.

3. Age 4 through age 7 (48 months until the 8th birthday) and less than 57 inches tall secured in a forward facing car seat with 5 point harness or a booster seat. There is no weight requirement in this updated law, only age and height requirements.

The full text of the new law can be found at:

Incorrect use of child safety seats is widespread. It's widely reported that some 7 of 10 children are not properly secured or are in incorrectly installed seats.

Proper use of child car seats is one of the most effective ways to protect young children in the event of a crash.

Check your child's seat based on these new rules and adjust as needed. If you need help, your police department has trained Officers to help parents install car seats and secure children in them. If you are not sure if you child's seat is installed properly have it checked, it can be a matter of life and death.

PTO Beautification Committee

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, 2015, the PTO Beautification Committee will hold a fall clean up and planting from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We will also be planting 200 bulbs for a spectacular garden come the spring!!!!

Additionally, a BIG thank you is to be given to Mrs. Gorham for securing a grant from the Environmental Commission for her work with our school garden. We are so proud of her and her committee for all of their efforts to make our school such a beautiful place for our students and our community!!

Pictured below from L to R are:

Mrs. Harrahy (PTO Co-President), Mrs. Gorham, Mrs. Foley (PTO Co-President)

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FYI Dates...

10/22: PTO Meeting - 2:00 p.m.

10/22: Latino Family Literacy Night - 6:30 p.m.

10/30: Halloween Parade - 1:45 p.m.