Miss Tracey's Class

September 2014

Welcome and Thanks

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year, and welcome (or welcome back :)) to our class. We are so happy to have you as a part of our school family! We are looking forward to a fun and exciting school year with your children and look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Thanks to all, for your patience and understanding as we settle into a new school year, adjust to new routines, and get to know all of our new, little friends. We are grateful for your support.

During the short time we had in August, we learned about our friends in class and just being back in school. Coming up in September, we will be focusing on ourselves, as well as continuing to focus on our friends. We will also be using a Sports theme as an avenue to building skills such as comparing/contrasting, sorting, following directions, and numeracy concepts, to close out the month.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 1 - No School, Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 10 - School Pictures
  • Saturday, September 13 - BSE Mattress Fundraiser, 10 am - 6 pm, BSE gym and bus lot
  • Tuesday, September 16 - PTO meeting, 7 - 8pm, BSE LGI room
  • Thursday, September 18 - Brooks School Early Childhood picnic, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Brooks School Elementary (Early Childhood playground/lawn)
  • Monday, October 20 - AM fieldtrip to Smith Family Farms; NO PM CLASSES
  • Wednesday, October 22 - PM fieldtrip to Smith Family Farms; NO AM CLASSES

Brooks School Early Childhood Picnic

Thursday, Sep. 18th, 5:30-6:30pm

Brooks School Elementary, Early Childhood playground/lawn

Join us on Thursday, September 18th to celebrate the

beginning of what will be a great school year!

Please bring a picnic dinner to share with your

family, as well as a picnic blanket to spread out on the lawn.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


Thank you to all who have completed the Communication/Social Media survey. We have had a good response but want to give one more week, before compiling the results. If you have not completed the survey yet, we would greatly appreciate your feedback, as it is meant to help us be able to share information with you more effectively and efficiently. I will send the link out again, for those of you who have not had an opportunity to complete it. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

Food Allergies

The following was important information sent to Brooks School families who "subscribe" to the Brooks School listserv. I thought this was important information to share with our families, in case you are not a part of the Brooks School listserv.

August 27, 2014

Dear BSE Parents,

Please take a few minutes to read the following information regarding food allergies. Our intent is to increase awareness of this potentially life threatening health concern and its increasing prevalence in our school.

  • Approximately 8% of children under age three and 6-8% of school-age children are affected by food allergies.
  • There has been an 18% increase in food allergy between 1997 and 2007 according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Any food can potentially cause an allergic reaction, but eight foods are known to cause 90% of food allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
  • The severity of an allergic reaction can vary from mild symptoms to severe life threatening reactions. Some students can be very sensitive and may even react by inhaling or touching the food allergen.
  • There is no cure for food allergies. Students must totally avoid their food allergens to prevent an allergic reaction. In the school setting education, awareness, and preventative measures must be in place.

Scholastic Volunteer

HELP! We are in need of a parent who would be able to coordinate our Scholastic book orders this year. Scholastic allows families and classrooms to build their libraries with wonderful books, at a reasonable cost. It is a wonderful means to instill a love of reading in your child. We are looking for someone who can help us continue to offer this wonderful opportunity to our families. We need someone who would be able to prepare flyers to go home with students and to input orders once they are placed. It is something that can easily be done from home and is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you for your consideration of this volunteer opportunity.

Brooks School Early Childhood

Please feel free to contact me at any time. I am happy to work side by side with you, to help your child grow and flourish.