Towslee Family Newsletter

November 18, 2022

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Towslee Cookbook

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Positive Office Referrals

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Snapshots of Learning

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Veterans Day

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Pictures from the Week

See our Twitter Page (@BCSD Towslee) to see some pictures from this week!

November PRIDE Drive

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District News

November 22

On Tuesday, November 22nd, the students at Brunswick Middle School encourage everyone to participate in “Support our Classmate Day.” Please wear either yellow to honor Mick, who is battling cancer, or orange to honor and remember Collin, who lost his battle with cancer.
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Brunswick Education Foundation (BEF) is hosting a "Too Tired to Cook" fundraiser on Thursday, December 1st, from 4:00-6:00 pm. If you are interested in purchasing a delicious meal AND raising money for a great organization, this is the perfect opportunity! All orders MUST be placed by 3:59 on Monday, November 28th. Click HERE to place your order.


We are grateful for the continued support of BEF! The money they raise directly impacts students in the classroom through Educator Excellence Grants and student scholarships.


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Towslee Breakfast Menu

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Towslee Lunch Menu

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Previously Shared

An Opportunity to Recognize Our Staff

"B" 4 Excellence allows employees and community members to recognize BCSD employees who are working hard to serve our students. This award seeks to recognize staff members who exemplify the BCSD commitment to excellence and the pillars of our strategic plan: empower, nurture, inform and grow.


To nominate a deserving employee, please complete the short NOMINATION FORM.

Toy Drive

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Volleyball

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Brunswick Blue Devils Club Volleyball Team

For girls & boys in 3rd - 6th grade


When: Each team will play in 6-8 tournaments that are held on either Saturday or Sunday from late January to early May. Tournaments will last the full length of a day. Practices will be held every Monday & Friday from early January to early May.


Where: Practices will be held in the main gym/aux gym at BMS, or West Gym at the high school. Tournaments will be held in different locations throughout Northeast Ohio.


Cost: The approximate cost to play on the club team would be about $825 in addition to the $67 registration fee. This cost includes playing in 6-8 tournaments, two jerseys, warm-ups, and a bag. (this cost is relatively low compared to many other clubs that start around $1100 or more).


Interested? This is the perfect opportunity for any Brunswick student that wishes to play volleyball starting in 7th grade. Your player will learn the fundamental skills of the game in order to prepare him/her for the 7th & 8th grade teams. This is a Brunswick-only team, so the boys/girls will be able to get to know one another, and continue to play with one another throughout high school. We will be holding an informational meeting: on Wednesday, September 28th at 5:00 at BMS Student Center If this is something you would be interested in and you would like to receive informational emails, please email aperkey@bcsoh.org to be added to the email list. You can be removed from this list at any time.


Contact Information: Hi! My name is Amber Perkey, a coach and teacher at Brunswick Middle School. It is my goal to start, and build our volleyball program at a younger age, getting as many boys & girls involved as possible. I am so excited to begin YEAR 2 of this journey with you guys! If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email me at aperkey@bcsoh.org.



Website: You can access our website by going clicking on the following link:

Brunswick Volleyball Club Website


If you like what you see and would like to tryout, please complete the form located on our website! We look forward to meeting you! Tryouts will be held on October 21 & October 28 at BMS!



BVC Returning Player Google Form BVC New Player Google Form


Counselor's Corner

Counselor’s Corner

Leanne Lalos

Towslee/Hickory Ridge

November 2022

Welcome to the second quarter of the school year! I have completed the Second Step bully lessons for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each student at Towslee and Hickory Ridge should now know The Three R’s of bullying: Recognize bullying, Report bullying and Refuse bullying. Ask your child what each of these means and also what they can do if they’re a bystander to bullying. We want to make sure that there is no bullying at either of our buildings so everyone feels safe and respected. Remind your child to think before they speak or act and to make sure they’re always being respectful of others!


I will begin my regular Second Step lessons for grades 2 and 3 during the month of November. The topics discussed will be Skills for Learning and Empathy. Please see the parent links below for more information and how you can work with your child on these concepts at home.



Teach Empathy to Eliminate Name-Calling


“Nerd.” “Sissy.” “Geek.” Kids have called each other names for centuries. They put someone down in front of a crowd to look cool to onlookers. Whatever the reason, name-calling is wrong. Today these actions have been linked to much harsher schoolyard cruelies.


To keep kids safe at home and school, we must try to limit their aggressive behavior. We must foster civility and doing the right thing. To do this, be sure to:

  1. Be a good role model. Don’t call people names. Say you disapprove when you hear someone putting another down.

  2. Don’t accept a child saying, “I was just joking.” It’s never a joke when someone is made to feel rejected or ridiculed.

  3. Voice your anger and disappointment if your child has taunted someone. Have him/her apologize to the victim and perhaps others.

  4. Express your concern if your child has been taunted. Help him/her reflect on why kids do this. And ponder ways of coping.

  5. Teach that name-calling hurts everyone. Doing it–or tolerating it–undercuts our integrity and humanity.

  6. Foster empathy. Always encourage your child to think how it might feel to be in another’s shoes.

Source: Michael Riera, Ph.D., Joseph DiPrisco, Ph.D., Right from Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in your Child.



The Second Step Program has a link that parents can utilize to reinforce the skills that their children have learned for the week. All you need to do is the following:


Use this link www.SecondStep.org then enter the following Activation Key:

Kindergarten- SSPK FAMILY70 Look for Lessons under Home Link

1st Grade-SSP1 FAMILY71 Look for Lessons under Home Link

2nd Grade-SSP2 FAMILY72 Look for Lessons under Home Link

3rd Grade-SSP3 FAMILY73 Look for Lessons under Home Link

4th Grade-SSP4 FAMILY74 Look for Lessons under Home Link

5th Grade-SSP5 FAMILY75 Look for Lessons under Home Link





Families, at times, struggle to make ends meet. See links below for local food distribution centers and food banks.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RalJnbgkrdrLo6pBCXSCbEKRgM39O1R1SQ_Ysznsr

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Referrals

Please contact me via the Mach Form attached to the Principal’s newsletter if you have any questions or concerns about your child. In addition here is a link to outside counseling services.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TMReVSoDhrRu2Q4GNJB3e1ERjlrLtsfHUUiNmBJ3t8Y/edit

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me :-)

Leanne Lalos

School Counselor

Brunswick City Schools

Hickory Ridge Elementary School

Towslee Elementary School

330-225-7731 ext. 1518

llalos@bcsoh.org

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Mrs. Selby's Website

Car Rider Procedures

Due to the increase in the number of car riders this year, we are needing to make an adjustment to our current procedures to ensure safety of all of our students, families and staff. The new procedures will be in effect on Monday, September 19, 2022. This change will not result in a quicker procedure so I apologize for any changes with the timing but safety is our top priority. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
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Car Rider Arrival

  • Cars will enter the high school lot closest to Towslee off Excellence Drive. Please note on the map the preferred route to access this entrance to prevent back-up on Excellence Drive. Cars will loop through the Tri-C lot. Cars will turn right into the Towslee lot. (This entrance will be blocked until 8:45). Cars will make a loop around the perimeter of the lot and pull up to the area where students will exit the car. Cars will be in a single file line.

  • The first car will pull up to the Gaga pit. We will have six cones to indicate stopping points for students to exit. Students should exit from the passenger side of the car.

  • The six cars will exit the Towslee lot and turn right into the high school parking lot.

  • The next group of cars will pull up to the first cone and the process will continue.


Car Rider Dismissal

  • Cars will enter the high school lot closest to Towslee off Excellence Drive. Please note on the map the preferred route to access this entrance to prevent back-up on Excellence Drive. Cars will loop through the Tri-C lot. Cars will turn right into the Towslee lot in a single file line. (This entrance will be blocked until 3:25). Cars must have the provided orange sign on the dashboard. A staff member will use a walkie to read the name of the student and assign a cone number (Ex: Trujillo Cone 1). Cars will make a loop around the perimeter of the lot and pull up to the assigned cone. Students will be waiting at the assigned cone.

  • Students will enter the car from the passenger side.

  • Cars will continue straight and exit the Towslee lot making a right turn only into the high school lot.

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting - New Facilities Page on Website

On Monday, August 29th, BCSD hosted a Construction Bond Town Hall. The goal of this event was to share the project's scope and cost with our community so they can make an informed decision on November 8th. In July, BCSD was notified by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) selected BCSD as one of five districts in the state of Ohio to receive funds to offset the cost of constructing a new high school. The OFCC will pay 39% ($42.6 million) of the proposed high school construction project if the community can raise the local share. This bond issue will cost homeowners in our district $7.14 monthly for every $100,000 of home value.

For more information, please watch the archived version of the Town Hall (click HERE) or read an article in the Medina Gazette that provides a summary of the Town Hall (click HERE).
Town Hall Meeting - Construction Bond (August 29, 2022)
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Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

During the past two school years, the Federal Government provided funding for free breakfast and lunch for all students. That funding is no longer available. As a result, many families will no longer have access to free breakfast and lunch. BCSD will continue to provide free/reduced lunches to students who meet eligibility criteria. To determine if a student is eligible to receive free/reduced lunch, please use this LINK to complete the application. In addition, students who qualify for free/reduced lunches may also be eligible to have their school fees waived. Please reach out to our Nutrition Services Coordinator Karen Becker with questions.

School Information

Please see Towslee's website (found on the District site) for more information including car-rider arrival/dismissal procedures. Our School Handbook is located on this site as well.
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BCSD Family Resources Page

This will be linked at the bottom of each newsletter. Please visit this site to access resources, links, forms that you may need throughout the year.

District Calendar

District Calendars


Please refer to the approved calendar when making plans throughout the school year.

2022-2023 School Calendar

Safety Tip Line

Safety Tip Line

The Brunswick City School District is proud to partner with SaferSchools Ohio to provide our families with a free resource for keeping our schools safe. The anonymous tip line service helps alert local law enforcement to potential school safety crises. By calling or texting the statewide tip line - 844-SAFEROH - you can report anything suspicious or endanger to you, your friends, or your school. No tip is too small. Click here for more information

Principal Read Alouds

Principal Read Alouds


Please feel free to have your children use the above link to listen to previously shared "Principal Read Alouds." I will add them throughout the year! Our first day of school read aloud and the books I shared to help introduce PRIDE during spirit week are in the virtual library. Students watched these videos in class already as their teachers used them as starting points for their classroom discussions and instruction.

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Twitter

Stay connected to what's happening at Towslee by following us on twitter @BCSDTowslee

Towslee House Website

We have created a website with information about our Towslee Houses. There is a video overview on the "General House Information" page from Mrs. Trujillo.

Towslee Houses!

5 Houses, 1 School Family

Brunswick PRIDE: Performance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, & Effort

PBIS Gold Award!

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Towslee Gold Recognition!

Congratulations to our PBIS teams and our entire staff for all of their work in successfully implementing PBIS. Towslee was 1 out of 29 schools in the state of Ohio to earn this recognition. I'm incredibly proud of our staff! Our students directly benefit from their dedication to priortizing social-emotional needs. Please see the "B" in the Know video below that explains this recognition in a little more detail.
'B" in the KNOW! PBIS
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