This Week at Brookside...

Friday, December 11, 2015

Classroom Spotlight... Mrs. Johnston's Second Grade!

Mrs. Johnston’s second graders have been learning about how an author’s writing life begins. All of the students have decorated writers’ notebooks from which they gather ideas. One of our favorite books is called Let’s Do Nothing, written by Tony Fucille. We learned from this story that an author can take a “nothing” moment and turn it into an engaging and entertaining story. Collaborating with peers has helped us to expand our writing ideas, and peer editing allows us to help one another proofread our work more carefully. We are establishing a community of proud writers who listen, share, and respond to each other’s special moments.

2-J participated in an interactive and educational lesson with Mr. Bradbury, our District Technology expert, about computer coding which is an introduction to computer science. The kids were very excited to learn that this is how video games are made. We are looking forward to doing our own coding on Chromebooks next week when Mr. Bradbury returns.

Health Office - Mrs. Bolton

Have You Washed Your Hands Today?

“Regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others, says experts promoting “National Hand-Washing Awareness Week” from December 6 to December 12, 2015.”

“This message is especially important now, during the flu season. Though the single best way to prevent getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine each year, washing your hands often will help protect you from getting and spreading germs, and can cut your flu risk in half,” said Rockland County, N.Y., Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

Because this is National Hand-washing Awareness Week, here are a few things we are reinforcing in school and would appreciate you reinforcing at home with your child(ren):

“When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during and after preparing food, and before eating food;
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick, and before and after treating a cut or wound;
  • After using the toilet, and after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet;
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • After touching an animal or animal waste, and after touching garbage;”

“What is the right way to wash your hands? Remember: wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry:

  • Wet your hands with clean, warm, running water and apply soap;
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well for at least 20 seconds; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails;
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them. Shut the faucet off with the paper towel and exit the door using the paper towel on the handle;”

“Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand rub for 15 seconds and follow label instructions.”

For more information about hand-washing and disease prevention, visit the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at

Source: Pascack Valley Press, December 7, 2015

Science, Chromebooks and Polar Bears, Oh My!

The second graders in Ms. Hines’ class have been learning how to do non-fiction research on Chromebooks. This activity integrated science and technology to focus on the study of Polar Bears. The children learned about reading informational text and how to read with a purpose when seeking the answer to a question. In addition, the students learned how to write informational text. Ms. Hines’ class found out that a polar bear’s fur is not white, but clear. It looks white from the reflection of the sun onto the fur. Many students thought the polar bear’s skin was white. The skin is actually black. The fur is so thick that people think it is white. More interesting facts can be found on the class bulletin board, where the second grade polar bear projects are on display.

Brookside has a member of the Hall of Fame on Staff!!!

On Saturday November 21, 2015, Brookside School's own, Mrs. Keahon was inducted into the Nanuet High School Sports Hall of Fame. All of the staff and students are so proud of her! Congratulations Mrs. Keahon!!!

Brookside PTO

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


Present the coupon below with your purchase and The Canteen will give 10% of your total purchase to The Brookside School. - Shop between SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5TH AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH - This coupon cannot be used with any other deals currently available at The Canteen. In-merchandise only. No special orders.

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Shopping-Fundraiser Event for THE BROOKSIDE SCHOOL, WESTWOOD

Saturday, December 5th through Saturday, December 12th

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FYI Dates...

12/17: PTO Meeting - 8:45 a.m. - Media Center

12/17: BOE Meeting

12/22: Kindergarten Winter Show

12/22: Kindergarten Report Cards

12/24 - 1/3: Holiday Break