This Week at Brookside...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Classroom Spotlight... Mrs. Oldak's Kindergarten!

This week has been an exciting one in K-Oldak! We are continuing our study of short a word families. We know the words in the –at family and are now working on working on building –an words. We read the big book Dan the Flying Man. We then created our own Super Hero Flying characters complete with a costume covered in –an words. We had a lot of fun with this project!

In Math we are working on reading, counting, and writing the numbers 6-10! We have learned some fun rhymes to remember how to form the numbers correctly. An example is: “First a ball, then a line, that’s the way to make a 9!!”

Finally, this Wednesday the Kindergarteners were involved in a mini unit on scarecrows. We read books, wrote the steps to make a scarecrow, made scarecrow puppets, read scarecrow poems, and made a scarecrow puzzle. All of this culminated with the students making actual scarecrows in school! We worked in small groups to plan how to make one and then worked with parent volunteers to build 4 different scarecrows. These scarecrows will be placed around the school to help “catch” students being good Bucket Fillers at Brookside!

Picture Re-Takes

Make-Up day for students who wish to have their picture re-taken is on Monday, November 16, 2015. In order to have your picture re-taken, students must return the original packet they received. Students who have not yet had their picture taken will also be included in this session. Any questions please contact the main office... 201-664-9000.

Operation Shoebox was a great success... Thank you!

The Westwood Regional School District Elementary Schools participated in a school wide donation called Operation Shoebox. Operation Shoebox is an organization that sends care packages to the troops overseas. Students from every elementary school in Washington Twp. and Westwood dropped off their leftover Halloween candy to the Elementary Physical Education Department. The collection ran from Nov 2-4, 2015. The students were able to donate over 600 pounds of candy this year!

Health Office - Mrs. Bolton

Four cases of Head Lice have been reported to our school this week. In order to be vigilant and proactive, we ask you to carefully read and follow the instructions listed below.

The head louse is a small, multi-legged organism that feeds on human blood. The color may be gray or brown, and it moves very quickly. The female lays eggs (nits) which are attached to the hair shaft with a cementing material near the root. She lays as many as six eggs per day. The nits appear to be pearly in color and teardrop in shape. They cling tenaciously to the hair shaft and cannot be brushed or flicked off. Possible methods of transmitting are: direct contact with infested persons, combs, brushes, towels, bedding, hats, ribbons, scarves, coats, and sweaters. An obvious sign of louse infestations is persistent itching of the scalp.

Contact the Health Office immediately if you are suspicious of possible infestation. She will inspect the student in your presence. Anonymity will be respected. If it is determined that the student is infested, call your family doctor for suggested treatment. Remedies are available in pharmacies; however, it is advisable to call your physician for the most effective treatment. All labels and instructions should be read carefully with attention to any warnings and precautions. Affected students will be excluded from school.

Recommended care of infested articles is as follows: clothing should be washed in hot water, dry cleaned or ironed with a hot iron. Furniture must be vacuumed thoroughly.


  • Shampoo your child’s hair at least once a week
  • Inspect your child’s hair and scalp daily, particularly behind the ear and at the nape of the neck
  • Comb you child’s hair with a fine tooth comb daily
  • Instruct your child not to share combs, brushes or headgear
  • All students with long hair should wear their hair pulled back and braided or in a bun
  • If you suspect head lice in your child, please notify the Health Office.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Brookside PTO - Help needed!!

We could really use more volunteers for the Holiday shop! Please contact Mrs. Burry, Mrs. Foley, or Mrs. Harrahy if you are available to assist!

To help everyone have a better awareness of our PTO and what they are up to, please make sure to visit their webpage!

FYI Dates...

11/16: Picture Re-takes

11/17: End of 1st Marking Period for Grades 1 - 5

11/17: Mad Science 3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

11/17 - 11/18: PTO Holiday Shop

11/18: PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

11/18: PTO Holiday Shop Evening hours: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

11/18: PTO Theme Day Kick-Off Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

11/20: 3 - 5 Family Movie Night

11/25: Report Cards Available via Genesis Parent Portal

12/6: PTO Mom-pruh-nur - Westwood Community Center: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.