Brookwood Monthly Newsletter

December 2021

From the Desk of . . . Jacqueline Cubberly, Principal

Hello Brookwood Families,

I hope this message finds you well.

Thank you for attending Parent Teacher conferences and investing in your child's education.

In today's world, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our children have postive learning experiences that broaden their perspectives and open doors.

Reading is the key that unlocks those doors and allows for adventures, laughter, suspense and much more.

Additionally, foundational math skills are essential for everyday life, regardless of the path our children choose.

Continue to encourage the importance of education and working with teachers to help your child to work hard, learn and dream big.

As we approach the holiday season, be sure to check out PTO events, Brookwood's Family Code Night and more.

Be safe and well.

Jacqueline Cubberly


Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week, or CSEd Week is celebrated December 6 to 12. Computer Science Education Week aims to get K-12 students interested in computer coding.

During the second week in December, students are encouraged to take part in an “Hour of Code.”

Computer Science Education Week also highlights the importance of computer science which is an important subject teaching problem-solving and analytical skills, and is an essential skill in the modern job market.

The week of December 6-12 was chosen in honor of Grace Hopper’s birthday. She was born on December 9, 1906, and is known as the pioneer of computer programming.

Ms. Fran Scordia, M.Ed.

Library Media Teacher

Brookwood Elementary School



Brookwood invites you to participate in our National Family Code Night, a free live-stream event for our K – 5 families.

This is a fun learning experience in which children do their first hour of coding with a parent or other partner.

No experience needed!

- The event has been held in thousands of schools nationwide, and is now provided to our school via a live stream.

- Participants will be entered into a drawing for a license to Dash’s Neighborhood, a virtual robotics playground, from Wonder Workshop.

- So, save the date and get ready for a community learning experience the whole family will value and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

7:00 PM


Use the link below

"Our Livestream, CSEdWeek Family Code Night, will be December 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 PM Pacific. You will join the Livestream at that time at this link:

Fourth Grade B201 - Mrs. Krusen's Class

The students in B201 participated in a LIVE experiment via Zoom with Dr. Drizzle and Defined Learning. The students learned about the UN's 17 Goals and specifically focused on Number 6, Clean Water and Sanitation. The students met with other students from around the country to discuss ideas on how to provide clean water to those in need. In the live Zoom a few of our own students shared ideas for a water filtration system, and also asked questions to help with creating an everyday water filter.


Kindergarten students read the book, "Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade." After learning how the balloons in the parade came to be, students designed and created their own parade balloons using tape, construction paper and markers. The parade of balloons was amazing and so creative!

More HANDS ON Learning in 4th and 5th Grades!

Students designed Thanksgiving magnets and keychains using perler beads, while learning about Native Americans. They also built their own individual Mayflowers.

Creative Kids at Brookwood!

Enrichment Groups

Students in the Fourth and Fifth Grade enrichment groups were tasked with creating the tallest tower possible from 12 index cards, 20 dot stickers, and scissors. The students worked through the Engineering Design Process to plan, create, and improve upon their designs.
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Important Dates

12/1 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Family Night – Family Services

12/4 Holiday Bazaar – sponsored by PTO

12/6 – 12/10 Holiday Shop

12/7 7:00 pm, Brookwood Family Code Night

12/13 Holiday Grams, last day to submit

12/13 – 12/17 FAB LAB for 3rd and 4th Grade

12/17 Fun Friday - Ugly Sweater Day

12/23 Early Dismissal

12/24 - 1/2 Winter Break

1/3 Classes Resume

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Pretzels will be sold every Tuesday morning at the A and B wing Stairs.

They will be sold in the morning before the school day begins.

The cost of one pretzel is $1 and it is first come, first serve.

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This year, each month students will learn about a specific "Character Trait" and will be encouraged to practice that trait throughout the month.

Character Traits are universal, regardless of age, culture or language spoken.

It's about being a good person and knowing the difference between right and wrong, and always trying to do what is right!

The "Character Trait" for the month of December is GENEROSITY.

GENEROSITY - The willingness to give or share; unselfish

Last month's trait was Gratitude and this month's trait is Generosity, my apologies.

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